AP PA Headlines, Features, Scores & Skeds, Labor Day Monday 2017

AP PA Headlines

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia’s grand cultural boulevard, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, is gearing up for its 100th birthday  The mile-long artery connects the city’s business district with sprawling Fairmount Park, and is a corridor of world-renowned museums, imposing monuments and splashing fountains.  The city has a full roster of yearlong celebrations planned for the parkway, starting Sept. 8 and continuing through 2018. They include art installations, concerts, tours, talks and guides.


One highlight is an interactive project from artist Cai Guo-Qiang called “Fireflies.” It will involve a fleet of pedicabs adorned with Chinese lanterns that will offer free rides around the parkway.  As a grand finale, parkway museums, institutions and attractions will open their doors to the public on the actual anniversary next year for what’s being billed as a “visit-them-all” experience.


HAMBURG, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a pregnant woman and her two young children were killed in a fast-moving house fire in Berks County.  State police said the fire was reported shortly before 11:30 p.m. Saturday in a home in Hamburg. Thick smoke and flames could be seen pouring out of the structure.  Assistant Chief Deputy Coroner John Hollenbach identified the victims.


He said that 27-year-old Jennifer Wilder, 5-year-old Gabriel Kalinofski and 2-year-old Julian Gust were all pronounced dead at the scene around 4:30 a.m. Sunday. A man was able to escape from a bedroom window and was hospitalized with injuries.  Authorities said the fire was extinguished early Sunday but the home was destroyed. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.


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Conversation starters and Features

WASHINGTON (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook says he is standing by hundreds of Apple immigrant employees brought to the United States as children who have been shielded from deportation by a program President Donald Trump might eliminate.  Cook tweeted Sunday that “250 of my Apple co-workers are #Dreamers. I stand with them. They deserve our respect as equals and a solution rooted in American values.”


The White House says Trump is expected to announce Tuesday whether he plans to eliminate former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which has allowed nearly 800,000 immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as kids to remain in the U.S. and legally work.  Cook and the CEOs of Facebook, Microsoft, Google and other companies have put pressure on Trump to keep the program.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Before he left office in January, President Barack Obama offered his successor accolades and advice in a private letter that underscored some of his concerns as he passed the baton.  In the letter, published Sunday by CNN, Obama urged President Donald Trump to “build more ladders of success for every child and family,” to “sustain the international order” and to protect “democratic institutions and traditions.”


It is customary for presidents to leave notes for their successors. But typically these missives do not come to light so quickly. The handoff letters from President George W. Bush in 2009 and President Bill Clinton in 2001 were revealed earlier this year. CNN reports it received the Obama letter from “someone Trump showed it to.”


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronaut Peggy Whitson has returned to Earth, wrapping up a record-breaking flight: 665 days off the planet — 288 days on this mission alone.  She exceeds that of any other American and any other woman worldwide.  Whitson along with another American and a Russian landed in Kazakhstan shortly after sunrise Sunday — Saturday night back in the U.S.


She became the world’s oldest spacewoman at age 57 and most experienced female spacewalker following her launch last November. She also was the first woman to command the space station twice. This was her third flight.  Returning cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin has logged even more time in orbit: 673 days over five missions. Also headed home is Jack Fischer, with 136 days aloft. The men flew up in April.


LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A Missouri man is inheriting a 19th century courthouse in Connecticut under an unusual lease agreement signed by his ancestors in 1803.  The state of Connecticut closed the landmark 1889 courthouse with a Seth Thomas clock tower in Litchfield on Aug. 25 and moved operations to a new courthouse a few miles away in Torrington.


Under the 214-year-old lease between the state and six landowners, the property reverts back to the landowners’ descendants if the state stops using the property for a courthouse. Seventy-eight-year-old George Beckwith, of Goodman, Missouri, will be inheriting the property, along with the estates of his two late sisters.  Beckwith says he doesn’t want to be a courthouse owner. He and his sisters’ relatives will be selling the property to a historic preservation group in Litchfield.


CUMBERLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine lobstermen Alex Todd has hauled in blue lobsters and even some lobsters that were half blue, or half orange. But he says those don’t compare on the scale of weirdness to the translucent crustacean that he recently pulled up in a trap.  The lobster that Todd caught on Aug. 24 is a ghostly, pale blue. It almost looks to be transparent.


Todd, from Chebeague Island, said he knew when he saw the translucent lobster in his trap alongside mottled green and brown lobsters that this was “definitely weird.”  His photos have made the rounds on social media.  As for the lobster, he tossed it back into the ocean because its tail had been notched, flagging the lobster as an egg-bearing female. Those lobsters are off-limits for conservation reasons.


LONDON (AP) — Kensington Palace says Prince William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting their third child.  The announcement released in a statement Mondays says the queen is delighted by the news.  Officials say Prince William’s wife, the former Kate Middleton, is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum, a form of severe morning sickness, and will not carry out her engagements Monday.  William and Kate already have two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.


LAS VEGAS (AP) — It ended with a TKO. But Floyd Mayweather’s defeat of Conor McGregor last weekend was a knockout when it comes to the pay-per-view industry. It’s estimated that 50 million people saw the fight between the undefeated boxing champ and the mixed martial arts star. And that’s in the United States alone.


The estimates are based on figures released by Showtime Pay-Per-View, which said early numbers indicate the bout sold somewhere in the mid-to-high 4 million range. Since it’s estimated that about 10 people watch each pay-per-view purchase, the total audience could approach or surpass 50 million. To put that another way, one in six Americans would have seen the Mayweather-McGregor match..


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Sports, Scores & Skeds

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MIAMI (AP) — Nick Williams hit a two-out, two-run single in the 12th inning, and five Philadelphia Phillies pitchers held the Miami Marlins to four hits in a 3-1 victory. Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton went 0 for 3 with two walks to finish the week 2 for 25. Both hits were homers, giving him 52 for the season.

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Denny Hamlin overtook Martin Truex Jr. with three laps remaining and finished just ahead of Kyle Busch to win yesterday’s NASCAR race at Darlington Raceway. Hamlin caught Truex despite a mistake at the pit road entrance that dropped him 54 seconds back with 54 laps remaining. Truex won the first two stages and clinched the regular-season championship despite a flat tire late in the race.

Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:



Final    Houston          8          N-Y Mets        6



Final    Cleveland        11        Detroit 1

Final    Baltimore        5          Toronto           4, 12 Innings

Final    Chi White Sox            6          Tampa Bay      2

Final    Kansas City     5          Minnesota       4

Final    Texas   7          L.A. Angels    6

Final    Seattle 10        Oakland          2

Final    N-Y Yankees  9          Boston 2



Final    Philadelphia    3          Miami  1, 12 Innings

Final    Pittsburgh        3          Cincinnati        1

Final    Milwaukee      7          Washington     2

Final    Atlanta            5          Chi Cubs         1

Final    Arizona           5          Colorado         1

Final    St. Louis          7          San Francisco  3

Final    San Diego       6          L.A. Dodgers  4



Final    N-Y Liberty    82        Dallas  81

Final    L.A. Sparks     81        Connecticut     70

Final    Phoenix           84        Atlanta            70

Final    Minnesota       86        Washington     72

Final    Seattle 85        Chicago           80



Final    (21) Virginia Tech       31        (22) West Virginia      24




Texas   at         Atlanta            7:35 p.m.



Kansas City     at         Detroit 1:10 p.m.

N-Y Yankees  at         Baltimore        2:05 p.m.

Cleveland        at         Chi White Sox            2:10 p.m.

L.A. Angels    at         Oakland          4:05 p.m.

Houston          at         Seattle 6:40 p.m.

Toronto           at         Boston 7:10 p.m.

Minnesota       at         Tampa Bay      7:10 p.m.



Milwaukee      at         Cincinnati        1:10 p.m.

Philadelphia    at         N-Y Mets        1:10 p.m.

San Francisco  at         Colorado         3:10 p.m.

Chi Cubs         at         Pittsburgh        4:05 p.m.

St. Louis          at         San Diego       4:40 p.m.

Washington     at         Miami  7:10 p.m.

Arizona           at         L.A. Dodgers  8:10 p.m.



(25) Tennessee            at         Georgia Tech   8:00 p.m.


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