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    Good evening! 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. Kristen de Groot is on the desk. Editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 215-446-6631 or [email protected]

    A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

    Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with updates.

    Also please note: The AP is moving election test reports for the November Pennsylvania general election on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1-3 p.m. These test tables are NOT for publication, broadcast or use online.

    TOP STORIES:

    BILL COSBY

    PHILADELPHIA —A former teen-actress who accuses Bill Cosby of molesting her asked a federal appeals court in Philadelphia to revive her defamation lawsuit against the actor-comedian. Renita Hill, of Pittsburgh, says she was defamed when Cosby, his wife and his then-lawyer questioned abuse accusations raised in late 2014 by Hill and other women. Cosby lawyer Martin Singer had called the new accounts "fantastical," ''ridiculous," ''illogical" and beyond "absurd." By Maryclaire Dale. MOVED: 315 words.

    SPANISH STREET SIGNS

    ALLENTOWN — An Allentown councilman's proposal to install Spanish-language street signs in a heavily Latino section of the city is creating controversy, with some residents calling it a gesture that honors the community while others saying the signs are unnecessary and divisive. UPCOMING: 500 words. By Michael Rubinkam. With AP Photos.

    PITTSBURGH BRIDGE FIRE

    PITTSBURGH — The fire chief says a contractor didn't have a key permit before welding caused plastic pipe and a construction tarp to burn on the Liberty Bridge, which was shut down for 24 days as a result. MOVED: 415 words.

    WOMEN'S TABLE TENNIS-WORLD CUP

    PHILADELPHIA — For the first time ever, the Women's Table Tennis World Cup is coming to the U.S. — bringing 20 top-ranked players from powerhouses as far afield as Singapore, Japan and Germany to Philadelphia. By Dake Kang. SENT: 401 words, AP Photos.

    ELSEWHERE:

    CAMPAIGN 2016-TRUMP ADS

    WASHINGTON — Donald Trump is changing some of his advertising plans. He's focusing more than ever on Pennsylvania and Ohio, a sign of the importance his campaign is placing on those two states. By Julie Bykowicz and Chad Day. MOVED: 309 words.

    AP Photos NYEV112-1007161454.

    SOUTHERN AIRWAYS-BALTIMORE

    BALTIMORE — Southern Airways is set to begin flying to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport with daily flights from Hagerstown and Altoona, Pennsylvania. SENT: 115 words.

    IN BRIEF:

    —PHILADELPHIA SCHOOLS-CREDIT OUTLOOK — A major ratings agency has boosted the credit outlook for the Philadelphia School District.

    —MOMMY DEAD-OVERDOSE — Police were able to revive a Pennsylvania overdose victim after they were led to the woman by a toddler saying, "Mommy dead."

    —PARENTS OVERDOSE-CHILDREN HOME — Police say four children are in county custody after their mother died and father was left in critical condition after overdosing on drugs in their northeastern Pennsylvania home.

    —COUPLE-CHURCH THEFTS — Police say a couple stole more than $174,000 while serving as officers of a northeastern Pennsylvania church.

    —SWIMMING RESORT-ARSON — A 13-year-old boy is being charged in juvenile court with setting fire to the snack bar area of a popular western Pennsylvania swimming resort.

    —HOME BUILDER SUED — The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office has sued a suburban Philadelphia-based home builder, alleging it misrepresented to several customers that new homes were weather-resistant.

    —MAN WEARING CLOWN MASK — Police have been fielding reports of suspicious clowns across Pennsylvania for weeks, and now one of them is speaking out.

    —UBER DRIVER-HARASSMENT — Police say an Uber driver wouldn't let a Pennsylvania woman out of his car because he wanted her to give him her phone number.

    —FATHER KILLED-SOCCER MATCH — A New Jersey man has been killed by a car minutes after he watched his daughter's college soccer game in eastern Pennsylvania.

    —CAMPAIGN 2016-PENNSYLVANIA — Vice President Joe Biden will be in Pennsylvania Friday, stumping for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, with Sen. Bernie Sanders doing the same on Saturday.

    —TURNPIKE-WHISTLEBLOWER LAWSUIT — A judge has ordered the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to pay a former worker more than $3 million after finding he was wrongly fired in retaliation for blowing the whistle on agency practices.

    —CHILD SEX ABUSE-ACQUITTAL — A Pennsylvania barber has been acquitted of charges he sexually assaulted a 12-year-old New Jersey girl.

    —STREET SHOOTING-PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia police have been looking for three men in hooded sweatshirts seen running away after a man was gunned down on a city street.

    SPORTS:

    MARYLAND-PENN STATE

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — When DJ Durkin and James Franklin spoke about their teams earlier this week, they sounded nearly identical praising young, up-tempo offenses led by dual-threat quarterbacks and highlighted by playmaking running backs. Whichever one takes the next step will have to come at the expense of the other. Penn State (3-2, 1-1 Big Ten) hosts Maryland (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) on Saturday in what's become arguably both team's biggest rivalry to date. The teams have split the past two games, each decided by one point after a combined 11 lead changes. By Travis Johnson. MOVED: 743 words.

    BBN-2008 PHILLIES REUNION

    WASHINGTON — Chase Utley sat in the Los Angeles Dodgers clubhouse and watched as Cole Hamels was chased from a game 1,000 miles away. Eight years ago might as well be an eternity. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 713 words, AP Photos.

    GEORGIA TECH-PITTSBURGH

    PITTSBURGH — Pitt spent extra time during fall camp for Georgia Tech's option offense. The final exam comes Saturday when the Panthers (3-2, 0-1 ACC) host the Yellow Jackets (3-2, 1-2) at Heinz Field. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 p.m.

    GAMES TO WATCH

    UNDATED — Sidney Crosby vs. Connor McDavid Act One, the Winter Classic in St. Louis and another outdoor game in Pittsburgh are among the games to watch during the 2016-17 NHL season. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 500 words, file photos by 5 a.m. EDT.

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