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Generations of African Americans trusted Dollar Bank

March 6, 2020

By Marylynne Pitz, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette PITTSBURGH (AP) — On a hot July Monday in 1872, 23-year-old Benjamin W. Thomas climbed the steps of a Downtown Pittsburgh bank guarded by two massive, hand-carved stone lions. Standing in a room with black and white marble floors, white marble counters, a ceiling adorned by a circle of winged…

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Cruise passengers off California await virus test results

March 6, 2020

By OLGA RODRIGUEZ and ADAM GELLER SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Coronavirus test results were expected Friday for some passengers and crew aboard a cruise ship held off the California coast. The Grand Princess lay at anchor near San Francisco on Thursday after a traveler from a previous voyage died of the disease and at least…

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Warren ends 2020 presidential bid after Super Tuesday rout

March 5, 2020

By WILL WEISSERT WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren, who electrified progressives with her “plan for everything” and strong message of economic populism, dropped out of the Democratic presidential race on Thursday, according to a person familiar with her plans. The exit came days after the onetime front-runner couldn’t win a single Super Tuesday state, not…

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Bloomberg quits the 2020 presidential race, endorses Biden

March 4, 2020

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE and ALEXANDRA JAFFE NEW YORK (AP) — Billionaire Mike Bloomberg ended his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination on Wednesday and endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden. It was a stunning collapse for the former New York City mayor, who had his 2020 hopes on the Super Tuesday states and pumped more…

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Black voters seek to flex political power on Super Tuesday

March 3, 2020

By KAT STAFFORD HOUSTON (AP) — Martha Whiting-Goddard believes there’s power in voting — she’s seen it firsthand. Her great-grandfather, the Rev. John Henry “Jack” Yates, was one of a handful of freed slaves who founded Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in 1866, Houston’s oldest African American Baptist church. The church has historically helped shape the…

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Tornadoes devastate Tennessee, killing at least 19 people

March 3, 2020

By TRAVIS LOLLER and KIMBERLEE KRUESI NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tornadoes ripped across Tennessee early Tuesday, shredding at least 40 buildings and killing at least 19 people. One of the twisters caused severe damage across downtown Nashville, destroying the stained glass in a historic church and leaving hundreds of people homeless. Daybreak revealed a landscape…

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Man in Washington state first in US to die from coronavirus

February 29, 2020

By ROBERT JABLON, LISA BAUMANN and ANDREW SELSKY A man has died in Washington state of COVID-19, state health officials said Saturday, marking the first such reported death in the United States. State officials issued a terse news release announcing the death, gave no details and scheduled a news conference. A spokesperson for EvergreenHealth Medical…

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Congress makes lynching a federal crime, 65 years after Till

February 28, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: From left, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, hold a news conference to discuss the “Emmett Till Antilynching Act” which would designate lynching as a hate crime under federal law, on…

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Judge hears arguments in Jill Stein’s voting machine lawsuit

February 28, 2020

By Marc Levy ASSOCIATED PRESS  Pennsylvania’s top elections official spent hours in federal court last Tuesday, defending the certification of voting machines being used by Philadelphia and two other Pennsylvania counties, including one where problems led to undercounted returns in a race in November. The hearing in federal court could help determine how 17% of…

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Department of Health approves more clinical registrants for medical marijuana research program

February 28, 2020

Harrisburg – On February 20, the Pennsylvania Department of Health approved four more clinical registrants that will be part of the state’s first-in-the-nation research program for medical marijuana. A clinical registrant holds both a medical marijuana grower/processor and dispensary permit and is contracted with an approved academic clinical research center. “Pennsylvania remains on the forefront…

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