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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Gettysburg re-enactment, a fight over gay marriage and a 10-year-old girl who challenged national organ transplant rules were among the major headlines in Pennsylvania during 2013.

Thousands trekked to central Pennsylvania for the 150th anniversary of a bloody Civil War battle and the short speech that immortalized it.

It proved to be a watershed year for gay marriage supporters. Several lawsuits challenged the state ban on same-sex unions, and one rogue clerk issued licenses to gay couples.

And the family of 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan (MUR'-nuh-han) successfully fought to get her a life-saving lung transplant.

Also, Penn State stayed in the news in 2013. The university agreed to pay nearly $60 million to 26 young men over claims they were sexually abused by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

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