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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. Ron Todt 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    A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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    TOP STORIES:

    RODIN MUSEUM-THE KISS

    PHILADELPHIA — The Rodin Museum in Philadelphia is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the sculptor's death with a new installation called "The Kiss." Named after his iconic sculpture of two lovers in a passionate embrace, the installation explores the idea of couples — men and women, mothers and children, even the living mourning the dead — in what a curator calls "a catalog of passion." By Kristen de Groot. SENT: About 460 words. AP photos.

    TRUMP TRAVEL BAN-PHILADELPHIA

    PHILADELPHIA — Attorneys for a Pennsylvania family whose six Syrian relatives were denied entry to the United States at Philadelphia International Airport more than a week ago say the relatives are expected to arrive Monday in New York. By Ron Todt. SENT: About 530 words.

    PHILADELPHIA RAIL CARS-DEFECTA

    PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia area's main transit agency says there will be a temporary shortage of rail cars during peak hours following the discovery of cracks in the support beams of two cars. SENT: NewsNow. UPCOMING: About 200 words.

    REDRAWING AMERICA-REALITY CHECK

    Passionate protests against Donald Trump's presidency have swelled the ranks of Democratic activists, but their new enthusiasm faces a hard reality: Republicans remain well-positioned to retain their grip on power in the 2018 elections. While Republicans hold only a slim majority in the U.S. Senate, Democrats occupy most of the seats up for election in two years. That means they must play defense against Republicans, especially in 10 states that Trump won. By David A. Lieb. SENT: About 1030 words.

    FRATERNITY MEMBER'S DEATH-ARREST

    INDIANA, Pa. — One of two fraternity brothers involved in a fight near their central Pennsylvania university campus later died, and the other member was arrested on an assault charge, authorities said. SENT: About 270 words.

    EXCHANGE:

    EXCHANGE-UNIVERSITY'S FLIGHT PROGRAM

    EDINBORO — Classrooms for Edinboro University of Pennsylvania student Brandon Morton include cockpits and a flight simulator. Morton, 19, of Guys Mills, is one of the first students in the university's aeronautical science program launched this past fall. The two-year program includes traditional classes at Edinboro's Porreco College and flight and flight-related instruction at North Coast Flight School at Erie International Airport. Graduates will not only earn an associate degree but also the licenses and certifications required to work as a commercial pilot. "I grew up in a family of pilots," Morton said. "My dad was a pilot for Lord Corp. My grandfather had his own grass runway strip and a couple of planes. "There's absolutely nothing I'd rather do," he said of flying. Valerie Myers, Erie Times-News. SENT: About 770 words.

    IN BRIEF:

    CASEY-MEEHAN — A spokesman says U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan will not be challenging U.S. Sen. Bob Casey next year and will instead focus on winning re-election.

    DOMESTIC DISPUTE DEATH — A western Pennsylvania man has pleaded no contest to third-degree murder in the stabbing death of his aunt's boyfriend last summer.

    FIRE-WOMAN FOUND DEAD — Authorities in western Pennsylvania say a woman found dead following a suburban Pittsburgh basement fire died of smoke inhalation.

    SPORTS:

    BBN--PIRATES-MCCUTCHEON

    PITTSBURGH — Andrew McCutchen is on the move, just not out of Pittsburgh. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle announced Sunday that McCutchen is moving from center field to right field this season. Gregory Polanco will flip from right field to left, with Starling Marte sliding over from left to center.

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