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5 stories to follow: May 14

Here's your daily look at five stories to know about:

5 stories to follow: May 14

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This image provided by Goldin Auctions on Friday, May 3, 2013, shows Lower Merion High School basketball jerseys worn by Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant. Goldin Auctions is suing for the right to sell the stuff after the NBA star´s lawyers wrote the firm to say it could not. (AP photo)
This image provided by Goldin Auctions on Friday, May 3, 2013, shows Lower Merion High School basketball jerseys worn by Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant. Goldin Auctions is suing for the right to sell the stuff after the NBA star's lawyers wrote the firm to say it could not. (AP photo)

Here's your daily look at five stories to know about:

1. Guilty verdicts: Verdicts came in Monday in two high-profile Philadelphia trials. Abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder for killing babies born alive at his West Philadelphia clinic. He faces either life in prison without the possiblity of parole or the death penalty. His sentencing hearing begins Tuesday. Gosnell was acquitted in the death of one other newborn, but convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of an adult patient who died from a Demerol overdose. Here is a timeline of the case, what to expect at penalty-phase hearings, and the reaction at Gosnell's shuttered clinic and from both sides in the abortion debate. Also Monday, a federal jury convicted drug kingpin Kaboni Savage was convicted of 12 murders, including ordering the 2004 firebombing of a North Philadelphia rowhome, killing four children and two adults. He also could face the death penalty.

2. Police-involved shootings: Shootings by police in Philly have soared, even as violent crime declines. A Philly.com exclusive looks at why there were more shootings by police that led to death or injury in 2012 than anytime in the past 10 years. Last year, Philadelphia police shot 52 suspects, 15 fatally.

3. Prince Harry at the Shore: Prince Harry will visit Seaside Heights and Mantoloking today, two Shore towns heavily damaged by Superstorm Sandy. The royal visit comes on the day the iconic Jet Star roller coaster, which has been partially submerged in the ocean since the storm, begins to be dismantled.

4. Kobe Bryant auction goes to court: Lawyers for NBA star Kobe Bryant and a New Jersey auction house will be in a Camden courtroom today for a hearing about whether Bryant memorabilia can be sold. Gold Auctions is suing because it wants to sell hundreds of items -- including practice gear, jerseys, high school awards and a signed ball -- Bryant's mother provided. Bryant says his mother didn't have permission to auction the belongings.

5. Liquor hearings: It's round two for Pennsylvania senate hearings on whether to privatize the state's wine and liquor stores. This afternoon's hearings will feature testimony from groups that make and sell alcohol.

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