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BC-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

January 2, 2019

Good afternoon! Here’s a look at AP’s general news coverage today in Pennsylvania. For questions about the state report, contact the Philadelphia bureau at 215-561-1133. Bruce Shipkowski is on the desk. Editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 215-446-6631 or lrosenthal@ap.org.

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HARRISBURG _Democratic energy in the perennial battleground state of Pennsylvania is raising questions about President Donald Trump’s ability to replicate his stunning 2016 win in a state Republicans hadn’t carried for nearly two decades. By Marc Levy. SENT: 845 words.


DETROIT _ U.S.-based Roman Catholic bishops will gather Wednesday for a weeklong retreat near Chicago on the church sexual abuse scandal that organizers say will focus on prayer and spiritual reflection and not formulating policy. The retreat begins a day after The Associated Press reported that the Vatican blocked U.S. bishops from taking measures last year to address the scandal because U.S. church leaders didn’t discuss the legally problematic proposals with the Holy See enough beforehand. By Jeff Karoub. SENT: 935 words.


HARRISBURG _ The annual Farm Show kicks off this weekend.


ATLANTIC CITY _ The race to legalize sports betting is on now that the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed it in all 50 states, but will it provide enough extra tax revenue to make much of a difference for schools, roads or pension debt? Don’t bet on it. Just look to the states that capitalized immediately after the court’s ruling last spring and to Nevada, which previously had an effective monopoly on sports gambling. Even though the market is still developing, the returns to date have been modest. By Wayne Parry.


ATLANTIC CITY _ Wanna bet on sports? First, make sure you know what you’re doing — and the odds against you. Seven U.S. states now offer legal sports gambling, and as many as 30 more will consider jumping on board in 2019. So here are some of the basics — as well as some more esoteric aspects — of betting on sports. By Wayne Parry.


_ PHILADELPHIA STABBING-FATAL WRECK _ Police say a man suffering from multiple stab wounds was driving in Philadelphia when he struck a car full of people, killing three.

_ POLICE-K9 LAWSUIT _ A second police officer has been added to a lawsuit against the city of Wilkes-Barre over alleged attacks by a police dog.

_ INMATE FOUND DEAD _ Authorities in Lehigh County are investigating the death of a 21-year-old county jail inmate.

_ BOY DIES-SKI RESORT _ A 17-year-old boy has died after an accident at a ski resort in eastern Pennsylvania.

_ MAN IMPALED ON STATUE _ Authorities say a man slipped and impaled himself on a statue during the annual New Year’s Day Mummers Parade in Philadelphia.



PHILADELPHIA _ The Eagles are back in a familiar role as playoff underdogs, though they have a much tougher road to the Super Bowl this year, trying to become only the third No. 6 seed to win it. They had the luxury of a bye last season and two home games, though few expected them to do much with backup quarterback Nick Foles. By Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 7 p.m.


LAKE FOREST, Ill. _ Kicker Cody Parkey aside, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is the biggest uncertainty facing the Bears heading into Sunday’s playoff game because it’s his postseason debut. The second-year pro showed some improvement, but there were also spotty performances. UPCOMING: 600 words.


PITTSBURGH _ The Pittsburgh Steelers missed the playoffs for the first time since 2013 and head into the offseason wondering how to address a late collapse and the continuing antics of star wide receiver Antonio Brown. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m.


PHOENIX _ The Philadelphia 76ers visit the Phoenix Suns. By Bob Baum. UPCOMING: 600 words. AP Photos. 9 p.m., ET


NEW YORK _ Sidney Crosby looks to keep up his point-scoring binge as the Pittsburgh Penguins try for their seventh straight win when they visit the New York Rangers. By Vin A. Cherwoo. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Villanova plays DePaul. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING. 650 words. Game starts at 8:30 p.m. AP Photos.


Temple plays UCF at CFE Arena.


Lafayette plays Lehigh at Stabler Arena.


DORTMUND, Germany _ Christian Pulisic became the most expensive American soccer player in history after completing a transfer to English club Chelsea from Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday. SENT: 380 words.


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