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COVID-19

Joyce joins Trump lawsuit against Pa.

HARRISBURG — President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, the national Republican Party and four western Pennsylvania members of Congress — including U.S. Reps. Glenn Thompson, R-15th District, and John Joyce, R-13th District, sued Monday to force changes to how the state collects and ...

Wolf: Masking slows spread

Despite a recent rise in coronavirus cases in Allegheny County that led to a ban there Sunday on alcohol sales in bars and restaurants, the state isn’t looking to return to the general restrictions it recently left behind, according to Gov. Tom Wolf. “Surgical” interventions like ...

Altoona ‘financially fragile’

There doesn’t seem to be any question that Altoona’s fiscal condition is better than it was before it spent five years in the state’s Act 47 distressed municipalities program, starting in 2012. But while 2019 was a moderately good year with the help of a robust overall economy, Altoona ...

Billions in coronavirus aid left out on the table

NEW YORK — Billions of dollars offered by Congress as a lifeline to small businesses struggling to survive the pandemic are about to be left on the table when a key government program stops accepting applications for loans. Business owners and advocacy groups complain that the money in the ...

States reverse virus decisions

Arizona’s Republican governor shut down bars, movie theaters, gyms and water parks Monday and leaders in several states ordered residents to wear masks in public in a dramatic course reversal amid an alarming resurgence of coronavirus cases nationwide. Among those implementing the ...

Fireworks sales sky-high amid virus

With widespread cancellations of community Independence Day celebrations nationwide due to social distancing mandates related to COVID-19, backyard fireworks use is expected to hit an all-time high this year. More families than ever before are visiting the thousands of consumer fireworks ...

Farm shows may be a no-go

As COVID-19 continues to alter summer plans, area farm shows are making decisions about holding events. So far, one has decided to pull the plug, two are making a go of it and one is undecided. The Sinking Valley and Hollidaysburg farm shows are taking place, while the Williamsburg Farm Show ...

Penn Highlands nixes fireworks watching

HUNTINGDON — Penn Highlands Huntingdon will not allow access to the hospital’s property for viewing of the July 5 community fireworks display this year. Officials at the health care facility said the decision was made in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control ...

World hits virus milestones amid fears

ROME — The world surpassed two sobering coronavirus milestones Sunday — 500,000 confirmed deaths, 10 million confirmed cases — and hit another high mark for daily new infections as governments that attempted reopenings continued to backtrack and warn that worse news could be yet to ...

Summer may decide vaccine race

People on six continents already are getting jabs in the arm as the race for a COVID-19 vaccine enters a defining summer, with even bigger studies poised to prove if any shot really works — and maybe offer a reality check. Already British and Chinese researchers are chasing the ...

Running for ‘Nana’: Grandson runs 218 miles to nursing home

SCRANTON (AP) — Endurance athlete Corey Cappelloni once ran six days through the Sahara Desert in what’s considered the most grueling foot race on Earth. But a 218-mile run to grand­ma after she was sickened with COVID-19 turned out to be the longest, toughest and most rewarding of his ...

Penn State reopening plan draws criticism

More than 1,000 Penn State faculty members and several hundred graduate students have signed an open letter to university administrators demanding more autonomy in determining how they’ll teach classes, a promise of job security for those not on a tenure track and more transparency and ...

Pa. health department eyes COVID-19 spikes

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania health officials are looking closely at areas where COVID-19 infection rates and deaths are ticking back up, threatening to turn back progress against the pandemic, the state’s health secretary said Friday. The rise may be attributable to the gradual reopening ...

Event planners facing difficult decisions

Area event planners have been in the unenviable position of canceling many popular large-scale events as the coronavirus pandemic continues — decisions that result in lost sleep, lost revenue and a disappointed public. “We don’t make (cancellations) lightly. We waited as long as we ...

Yard sale will proceed

EBENSBURG — In light of Covid-19 restrictions, the Ebensburg Main Street Partnership has announced changes to events scheduled for Homecoming Day on July 25, but one of the area’s largest yard sale events will proceed. The yard sale will begin at 8 a.m., and the partnership will list the ...

Trump visa move hits Pa.

Pennsylvania officials in both parties have struck at President Donald Trump’s decision to suspend visas for temporary foreign workers with special skills and education. Trump announced Monday that he would suspend new applications for H-1B visas, which let tens of thousands of highly ...

Dentists rebuilding post-coronavirus shutdown

U.S. dental offices are quickly bouncing back, but it won’t be business as usual. Expect social distancing, layers of protective gear and a new approach to some procedures to guard against coronavirus. Dental offices largely closed, except for emergency care, after the Centers for Disease ...

NYC region trying to quarantine visitors

Welcome to New York! Now don’t come near us for two weeks. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are the latest states to enact 14-day traveler quarantines to try to check the spread of the coronavirus. After being slammed by the outbreak this spring, the states’ governors hope they can ...

States retreat as virus cases spike

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas and Florida reversed course and clamped down on bars again Friday in the nation’s biggest retreat yet as the number of confirmed corona­virus infections per day in the U.S. surged to an all-time high of 40,000. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered all bars closed, while ...

US consumer spending jumps up

WASHINGTON — American consumers increased their spending by a record 8.2% in May, partly erasing huge plunges the previous two months, against the backdrop of an economy that’s likely shrinking by its steepest pace on record this quarter. Last month’s rebound in consumer spending ...