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COVID-19

Trump, Biden spar over virus, taxes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden offered sharply different visions of how to handle the surging pandemic and fought over how much Trump pays in taxes during their final debate of a tumultuous campaign. With Trump trailing and needing to ...

Care facilities seek virus relief

The state Department of Human Services this week urged the General Assembly to renew the Regional Response Health Collaborative program, in which hospitals help nursing, personal care and assisted living facilities contend with the coronavirus, because the program is set to expire Dec. 1. The ...

Grants aid farms, small businesses

HARRISBURG — Grant funding for energy efficiency and pollution prevention projects for small business owners and farmers is still available from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection through the Small Business Advantage Grant program. “This grant program was created with ...

Wolf seeking to waive state liquor license fees

PITTSBURGH — A proposal from Gov. Tom Wolf to waive next year’s liquor license fees and direct more federal stimulus money to restaurants and bars is being viewed as a “lifeline” by some operators, while others say it falls well short of what is needed to keep them afloat during the ...

Wheeler not coaching BG playoff game

Marauder leader 'exposed' to virus Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic head football coach Justin Wheeler will not be on the sideline with the Marauders Saturday for their District 6 Class 1A first-round playoff game against Bishop McCort. Bishop Guilfoyle canceled its game last Friday against Central ...

US, Europe split on virus response

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Virus cases are surging across Europe and many U.S. states, but responses by leaders are miles apart, with officials in Ireland, France and elsewhere imposing curfews and restricting gatherings even as some U.S. governors resist mask mandates or more aggressive ...

CDC urges masks for mass transit

The government’s top public health agency is raising the importance of wearing face masks on planes, trains and buses, although the Trump administration has resisted making masks mandatory for travelers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new interim guidelines for ...

US overdose deaths may hit record high

Matthew Davidson was beating his heroin addiction. The 31-year-old was attending group recovery meetings. He had a restaurant job he liked. He was a doting uncle to a baby nephew. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit. Davidson lost his job. He started staying home alone in his apartment near ...

Coronavirus relief deal inches forward

WASHINGTON — Washington negotiations on a huge COVID-19 relief bill took a modest step forward Tuesday, though time is running out and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, President Donald Trump’s most powerful Senate ally, is pressing the White House against going forward. McConnell ...

Masks all around

A man wearing a protective mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus looks at a mobile phone on Tuesday next to a statue of pandas at a park in Tokyo. The Japanese capital confirmed more than 130 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday. Leaders from the United States and around the world are ...

Desks collected for remote students

As remote schooling surged during the pandemic, parents across the country realized that many kids didn’t have desks at home. So they got busy building, collecting and donating them, giving hundreds or thousands of students workspaces to call their own and helping them get through long days ...

Pa. reports 2nd-highest case total of pandemic

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania is reporting 1,857 new COVID-19 cases, the second-highest daily total since the beginning of pandemic, days after officials said the commonwealth was seeing a “fall resurgence” of the coronavirus. The numbers announced Saturday by the state health department ...

Plan gives nursing homes free vaccines

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials on Friday unveiled a plan to get yet-to-be-approved coronavirus vaccines to nursing home residents free of charge, enlisting two national pharmacy chains to help. Such a vaccine is not yet available. The distribution program is contingent on the ...

White House installs ‘politicals’ to monitor CDC

NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump White House has installed two political operatives at the nation’s top public health agency to try to control the information it releases about the coronavirus pandemic as the administration seeks to paint a positive outlook, sometimes at odds with the scientific ...

Virus at ‘turning point’ in Europe

MILAN — Doctors are warning that Europe is at a turning point as the coronavirus surges back across the continent, including among vulnerable people, and governments try to impose restrictions without locking whole economies down. With newly confirmed cases reaching records, the World ...

Ex-worker sues Vitro over mask wearing

A former employee of Vitro Autoglass LLC of Tyrone has filed a federal lawsuit in Johnstown charging the company with violating the Americans with Disabilities Act for discharging him because he said he could not wear a face mask while doing his job due to medical conditions. In the lawsuit, ...

COVID-19: Bars, eateries abiding by rules

Pennsylvania State Police issued liquor-licensed locations in Altoona six warnings and three notices of violations so far in October for disregarding COVID-19 mitigation efforts, state police reported. “The goal of our weekly reports is to show our liquor control officers are out there ...

Efforts continue to fix COVID rent relief program

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf announced a step Tuesday to help more renters and homeowners benefit from a pandemic-created state program while a House bill to fix some problems with the program is in the pipeline. Wolf’s announcement ad­­dresses one aspect of the COVID Relief Mortgage and ...

US jobless claims rise

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week by the most in two months, to 898,000, a historically high number and evidence that layoffs remain a hindrance to the economy’s recovery from the pandemic recession. Thursday’s report from the Labor ...

Walgreens rebounds with profit

COVID-19 took another bite out of Walgreens Boots Alliance quarterly numbers but this time left behind better-than-expected earnings. The drugstore chain said Thursday that it made $373 million in the final quarter of fiscal 2020 after losing $1.7 billion the previous quarter, when ...