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BC-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

December 20, 2018

Good morning! 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. Ron Todt is on the desk. Editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 215-446-6631 or lrosenthal@ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

UBER-AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

PITTSBURGH _ Uber is resuming autonomous vehicle tests in an area near downtown Pittsburgh. The restart Thursday comes just over nine months after one of its autonomous cars struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona. Testing has been suspended since the accident in March.

UNIVERSITY STUDENT-POISONING CHARGE

EASTON, Pa. _A former Lehigh University student accused of leaving racist graffiti for his roommate earlier this year is now accused of trying to poison him. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_CATHOLIC SCHOOL-SEXUAL ABUSE _ A counselor at a Baltimore Catholic school has been removed from his post after sexual abuse allegations stemming from the 1980s surfaced in Pittsburgh.

_WOLF-MARIJUANA _ The Republican leader in the Pennsylvania Senate says he’s opposed to legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes and is criticizing the governor for saying it should be considered.

_ PACKAGE THIEVES-FIGHTING BACK _ Home surveillance cameras appear to be making a difference in the battle against “porch pirates” — people who steal packages off stoops and porches during the holiday season.

_ MAIL CARRIER BRIBED _ A Philadelphia man has been convicted of bribing a mail carrier to divert packages.

_ EXPLOSION-PENNSYLVANIA ENERGY FACILITY _ A man who was injured in an explosion at a MarkWest energy facility in Pennsylvania last week has died.

_ TURNPIKE-HOLIDAY TRAFFIC _ Pennsylvania turnpike officials say they expect 6.3 million vehicles to travel the turnpike during the holiday period beginning Thursday until Tuesday, Jan. 1.

SPORTS:

HKN--PREDATORS-FLYERS

PHILADELPHIA _ The Nashville Predators visit the Philadelphia Flyers.

TEXANS-EAGLES PREVIEW CAPSULE

HOUSTON (10-4) at PHILADELPHIA (7-7) Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS By The Associated Press.

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