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Over 1,200 vaccine shots given in Pennsylvania; more coming

December 24, 2020

ASSOCIATED PRESS  HARRISBURG, Pa.  — More than 1,200 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to health care workers at 16 Pennsylvania hospitals, the state health secretary said last Thursday, while dozens of other hospitals across the state waited to receive more than 96,000 doses by the end of the week. No adverse health…

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Congress seals agreement on $900 billion COVID relief bill

December 21, 2020

By ANDREW TAYLOR WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Capitol Hill negotiators sealed a deal on a $900 billion COVID-19 economic relief package, finally delivering long-overdue help to businesses and individuals and providing money to deliver vaccines to a nation eager for them. The package, expected to draw votes in Congress on Monday, would establish a temporary…

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Officials: Detention facility at center of scandal is closed

December 17, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: Mark Ciavarella ASSOCIATED PRESS  WILKES-BARRE, Pa.  — State and county officials have confirmed the voluntary closure of a for-profit juvenile detention center in northeastern Pennsylvania to which prosecutors said juvenile offenders were improperly sent in a kickback scheme that led to the imprisonment of two judges. The (Wilkes-Barre) Citizens’ Voice reports that the…

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AG Shapiro files lawsuit seeking to end Facebook’s illegal monopoly

December 17, 2020

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, along with a bipartisan coalition of 48 attorneys general, has filed a lawsuit against Facebook Inc., alleging that the company has and continues today to illegally stifle competition to protect its monopoly power.  The lawsuit alleges that, over the last decade, the social networking giant illegally acquired competitors in a…

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Governor Wolf announces $36 million in new funding to support community revitalization projects

December 17, 2020

Governor Tom Wolf has announced the approval of $36 million in funding through the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) to support 214 community revitalization projects across the commonwealth. “The Neighborhood Assistance Program has historically been a valued resource for communities across Pennsylvania, and that is true now more than ever,” Wolf said. “This has been a…

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Electoral College makes it official: Biden won, Trump lost

December 15, 2020

By MARK SHERMAN WASHINGTON (AP) — The Electoral College decisively confirmed Joe Biden as the nation’s next president, ratifying his November victory in an authoritative state-by-state repudiation of President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede he had lost. The presidential electors on Monday gave Biden a solid majority of 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232, the…

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In a first, leading Republicans call Biden president-elect

December 15, 2020

By LISA MASCARO WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, a groundswell of leading Republicans said Monday that Democrat Joe Biden is the winner of the presidential election, essentially abandoning President Donald Trump’s assault on the outcome after the Electoral College certified the vote. With states affirming the results, the Republicans faced a pivotal choice…

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Biden, Harris named Time magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’

December 12, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Time magazine has named President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris its “Person of the Year.” Time’s editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal says Biden and Harris won the honor for “changing the American story, for showing that the forces of empathy are greater than the furies of division, for sharing a vision of…

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Biden selects Linda Thomas-Greenfield as ambassador to the United Nations; fills cabinet for national security

November 23, 2020

Photo: Wikipedia WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden on Monday tapped Obama administration veterans for top national security positions, signaling a stark shift from the Trump administration’s “America First” policies that disparaged international alliances, career diplomats and other veteran government officials. The six picks, including former Secretary of State John Kerry, mark a return to…

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