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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Several people have been taken into custody following a brief clash between police and protesters in Philadelphia.  Protesters gathered for a noontime protest of a law enforcement conference being held at the city’s convention center, carrying signs denouncing police and chanting slogans.  Hours later, protesters marched a few blocks away to the statue of a former Philadelphia mayor and police commissioner that has spurred protests and vandalism.

There, some protesters clashed with officers and several were wrestled to the ground and their hands secured behind them. Five were led to a waiting police van.  A police spokeswoman confirmed that there had been arrests but said she didn’t know the exact number. She said two officers sustained minor injuries.

 

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s projected $2.2 billion deficit, and a protracted fight over how to fix it, will come with its own price tag.  The final cost is a moving target, and how the fight will end remains unclear. It’s now nearly four months into the state’s fiscal year.  But the state stands to shell out hundreds of millions of dollars in the coming years. That’s considering the prospect of long-term borrowing to finance the deficit, made more expensive by a credit downgrade last month.

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, a Democrat, says those are extra costs that wouldn’t exist if the state had passed a balanced budget on time.  Meanwhile, DePasquale says he worries about tuition hikes on in-state students at Pennsylvania schools that haven’t received state aid that’s been held up.

 

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is getting yet another extension to comply with a federal law that requires driver’s licenses meet anti-terrorism standards. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s announced Friday that the state received another deferment from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.   Pennsylvania residents can use their current drivers’ licenses to continue accessing federal facilities like courthouses and prisons through next Oct. 10, when a new restriction that also affects commercial air travel takes effect.

Wolf had announced just last week that an extension had been granted an extension through Jan. 22.  Despite the latest extension, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation doesn’t expect REAL ID licenses to be issued until March 2019. That means Pennsylvania residents may need a passport to board even domestic flights to meet stiffer federal after Oct. 10.

 

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania town’s fire department is praising an ex-councilwoman whose donation helped save the lives of 19 cats in a house fire.

The Allentown Fire Department tells The Morning Call former councilwoman Gail Hoover’s gift of $4,000 enabled it to buy pet-friendly oxygen masks and collapsible animal crates.  Chief Lee Laubach says the contribution was invaluable when a fire struck a home filled with about 50 cats and several dogs last weekend.

Nineteen cats survived. Its unclear how many dogs survived.  The chief says firefighters are struggling with what they encountered in the home, where the animals were crying for help. The cats’ owners were away.  Firefighters and officials held a press conference Friday to thank Hoover.  Hoover holds a birthday bash every March and instead of gifts collects donations for her favorite causes.

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Features

NEW YORK (AP) — Parents of small children have long been told about the perils of “screen time.” And with more screens, and new technologies such as Amazon’s Alexa speaker, the message is getting louder.   And while plenty of parents are feeling guilty about it, some experts say it might be time to relax a little.

Jen Bjorem, a pediatric speech pathologist in Leawood, Kansas, said that while it’s “quite unrealistic” for many families to totally do away with screen time, balance is key.  Common Sense Media, a nonprofit group focused on kids’ use of media and technology, says kids aged 8 and under average about 2 hours and 19 minutes with screens every day at home. That’s up from an hour and a half in 2013, when smartphones were not yet ubiquitous.

 

ATLANTA (AP) — A poll finds that the slaying of five dozen people at a Las Vegas music festival did little to change American opinion about gun laws.  In the survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, 61 percent said the country’s gun laws should be tougher, while 27 percent would rather see them remain the same and 11 percent want them to be less strict.

That’s similar to the results of an AP-GfK poll in July 2016.  The poll found the country divided much more evenly on whether restricting firearms would reduce the number of mass shootings.  The poll was conducted about two weeks after Stephen Paddock fired on a musical festival in Las Vegas, killing 58 and wounding more than 540 people.

 

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Two Wyoming high school English teachers are set to return to class after giving a computerized quiz that included the possible answer: “He was shooting at Trump.”  The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports Jackson Hole High School Principal Scott Crisp notified students Friday that teachers Carin Aufderheide and Jess Tuschscherer would be back Monday.

Parents complained after a student showed his father a screenshot of a quiz about George Orwell’s 1945 novel “Animal Farm” that asked why one character fired a gun.  The newspaper found the quiz also had been administered in October 2016 by both teachers, but the school’s computer system does not identify who wrote the quiz. Aufderheide has said she didn’t write the quiz, but didn’t proofread it either. Tuschscherer has not commented.  Crisp says the issue has prompted a discussion of the role of politics in the classroom.

 

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A militia group has returned to Charlottesville, Virginia, to defend its presence at the Unite the Right rally in August.  NBC 29 reported Saturday that the Pennsylvania Light Foot Militia spoke out against legal efforts to ban the group and other organizations from future demonstrations in the city.

Militia members said they were protecting everyone’s right to free speech at the rally and never used any force.  They also drew a stark line between them and members of the so-called alt-right white nationalist movement. Militia member Christian Yingling said “we don’t support their beliefs in any way, shape, or form.”  The city of Charlottesville and others have filed a lawsuit trying to prevent such groups from returning. Violence erupted in Charlottesville during the rally protesting the planned removal of a Confederate statue.

 

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Evening Standard newspaper has apologized to Solange Knowles for digitally altering an image of the singer on the cover of its magazine.  Knowles — who had released a song called “Don’t Touch My Hair” — complained on Instagram that an elaborate braided crown on her head had been digitally removed from the cover photo.

The magazine article featured the singer talking about her experiences spending time at her mother’s salon as a child. She also discussed braiding’s importance to her and praised it as “its own art form.”  The magazine said in a statement Saturday that the photo was altered for “layout purposes” but it was sorry for the offense caused. The statement said: “Plainly we made the wrong call and we have offered our unreserved apologies to Solange.”

 

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — School officials say there will be no more Civil War-related student dress-up activities at a Georgia elementary school after its “Civil War Day” sparked conflict among students, parents and others.  Big Shanty Elementary School last month invited fifth-graders to dress up as characters from the war.

The mother of a 10-year-old black child says a white student dressed as a plantation owner approached him and said, “You are my slave.”  In a Thursday letter to the mother, Corrie Davis, a Cobb County assistant superintendent writes of the school system’s assurance that student dress-up activities related to the Civil War have come to an end at the school about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northwest of Atlanta.  With more than 110,000 students, Cobb County is Georgia’s second-largest school system.

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma anti-tax “zombies” were pushed away from the state Capitol in mock event by groups supporting tax increases to prevent cuts to social services.  Saturday’s event featuring people dressed as zombies was staged by Together Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Policy Institute. Videos are posted on Facebook and Twitter .

Charles Martin of Together Oklahoma says the group supports increasing gross production taxes on oil and gas from 2 percent to 7 percent, which would raise an estimated $400 million.  Many Republican lawmakers oppose that and support a $1.50 per pack cigarette tax increase, which Democrats oppose without a production tax increase to at least 5 percent.  Oklahoma lawmakers are struggling to figure out how to fill a $215 million budget hole.

 

SEA GIRT, N.J. (AP) — Nearly 200 people across the Northeast reported seeing a bright object streak across the sky.  The American Meteor Society says the flash of light that was spotted on Wednesday afternoon in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maryland and Delaware was a very bright meteor.  The sighting comes as astronomers prepare for the Orionid meteor shower. Particles from Haley’s Comet will be visible late Friday night into early Saturday morning.

 

BOSTON (AP) — The newly refurbished USS Constitution has taken its first spin in three years.

Friday’s joyride from Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston to Fort Independence on Castle Island celebrated the U.S. Navy’s 242nd birthday and the 220th anniversary of the iconic vessel’s maiden voyage.

The world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat fired a 21-gun salute in the waters off the fort. Its cannons boomed another 17 times as it passed the U.S. Coast Guard station, the former site of the shipyard where the Constitution was built and launched in 1797.  It is the warship’s first time underway since October 2014.  The ship earned the nickname Old Ironsides during the War of 1812 with Britain.

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A sketch of the Empire State Building drawn by President Donald Trump has sold at auction for $16,000.  Julien’s Auctions says the 12-inch-by-9-inch black marker depiction of the iconic New York City skyscraper was created by Trump for a charity auction in Florida during the time he opened his Mar-a-Lago estate as a private club in 1995.

Julien’s says the piece signed by Trump went for less than $100 the first time it was sold. It was estimated to go for $8,000 to $12,000 at the auction that took place in Los Angeles and online Thursday.  The buyer has not been named.  The auction house says a portion of the proceeds of the sale are going to benefit WHDD-FM, a National Public Radio station in Connecticut.

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Sports, Scores & Skeds

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Saquon Barkley and Trace McSorley each scored three touchdowns and No. 2 Penn State avenged its last regular-season loss with a 42-13 victory against No. 19 Michigan. Barkley set the tone the first time he touched the ball, breaking loose for a 69-yard touchdown run. He finished with 161 yards from scrimmage. Penn State is now 7-0, while the Wolverines fell to 5-2.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Wayne Simmonds scored on a feed from Valtteri Filppula with 2:15 left to snap a tie and lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 2-1 victory over the slumping Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. Filppula skated into the slot and found Flippula to his right, who one-timed a shot past Cam Talbot to give the Flyers three wins in four games. Simmonds also assisted on Claude Giroux’s first period goal, and Brian Elliott made 23 saves.

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros are going to the World Series for the second time in team history, and the first since 2005. Charlie Morton and Lance McCullers combined to scatter three hits while striking out 11 as the Astros took Game 7 of the American League Championship Series, 4-0 over the New York Yankees. Evan Gattis (GAT’-ihs) and Jose Altuve (al-TOO’-vay) belted solo homers and Brian McCann added a two-run double to help Houston earn a meeting with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

 

AP-Scorecard
Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:
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AMERICAN LEAGUE
Final Houston 4 N-Y Yankees 0
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NATIONAL LEAGUE
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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Toronto 128 Philadelphia 94
Final Orlando 114 Cleveland 93
Final San Antonio 87 Chicago 77
Final Miami 112 Indiana 108
Final Detroit 111 N-Y Knicks 107
Final Houston 107 Dallas 91
Final Memphis 111 Golden State 101
Final Milwaukee 113 Portland 110
Final Denver 96 Sacramento 79
Final Utah 96 Oklahoma City 87
Final L.A. Clippers 130 Phoenix 88
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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final N-Y Rangers 4 Nashville 2
Final Philadelphia 2 Edmonton 1
Final Tampa Bay 7 Pittsburgh 1
Final N-Y Islanders 5 San Jose 3
Final OT Buffalo 5 Boston 4
Final Ottawa 6 Toronto 3
Final L.A. Kings 6 Columbus 4
Final Florida 4 Washington 1
Final Dallas 4 Carolina 3
Final Chicago 4 Arizona 2
Final Minnesota 4 Calgary 2
Final OT Vegas 3 St. Louis 2
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TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Final (1) Alabama 45 Tennessee 7
Final (2) Penn St. 42 (19) Michigan 13
Final (4) TCU 43 Kansas 0
Final (5) Wisconsin 38 Maryland 13
Final (8) Miami 27 Syracuse 19
Final (9) Oklahoma 42 Kansas St. 35
Final OT (10) Oklahoma St. 13 Texas 10
Final (13) Notre Dame 49 (11) Southern Cal 14
Final (14) Virginia Tech 59 North Carolina 7
Final (15) Washington St. 28 Colorado 0
Final (17) South Florida 34 Tulane 28
Final (18) Michigan St. 17 Indiana 9
Final (20) UCF 31 Navy 21
Final (21) Auburn 52 Arkansas 20
Final (23) West Virginia 38 Baylor 36
Final (24) LSU 40 Mississippi 24
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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Baltimore at Minnesota 1:00 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Buffalo 1:00 p.m.
Jacksonville at Indianapolis 1:00 p.m.
N-Y Jets at Miami 1:00 p.m.
Arizona at L.A. Rams 1:00 p.m.
New Orleans at Green Bay 1:00 p.m.
Carolina at Chicago 1:00 p.m.
Tennessee at Cleveland 1:00 p.m.
Dallas at San Francisco 4:05 p.m.
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh 4:25 p.m.
Seattle at N-Y Giants 4:25 p.m.
Denver at L.A. Chargers 4:25 p.m.
Atlanta at New England 8:30 p.m.
TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE
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NATIONAL LEAGUE
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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Atlanta at Brooklyn 3:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Oklahoma City 7:00 p.m.
New Orleans at L.A. Lakers 9:30 p.m.
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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Vancouver at Detroit 7:00 p.m.
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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Baltimore at Minnesota 1:00 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Buffalo 1:00 p.m.
Jacksonville at Indianapolis 1:00 p.m.
N-Y Jets at Miami 1:00 p.m.
Arizona at L.A. Rams 1:00 p.m.
New Orleans at Green Bay 1:00 p.m.
Carolina at Chicago 1:00 p.m.
Tennessee at Cleveland 1:00 p.m.
Dallas at San Francisco 4:05 p.m.
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh 4:25 p.m.
Seattle at N-Y Giants 4:25 p.m.
Denver at L.A. Chargers 4:25 p.m.
Atlanta at New England 8:30 p.m.

 

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