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Keeping the faith: Churches go digital during virus crisis

By MARC LAROCQUE The Brockton Enterprise via AP BROCKTON, Mass. — The doors were locked at Saint Edith Stein Church in Brockton last Sunday, as a Catholic Mass took place inside without the hundreds of congregants who normally show up for the noontime services in Cape Verdean ...

Are gun shops ‘essential’ businesses during a pandemic?

By LISA MARIE PANE and JIM VERTUNO Associated Press In some parts of the U.S., authorities say gun shops aren't essential businesses and should close during stay-at-home orders meant to slow the coronavirus. In other places, officials are stopping background checks for concealed carry ...

DOE: Penn State violated Title IX after Jerry Sandusky case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Penn State University will be required to make major changes to how it deals with sexual assault complaints following an investigation of the school's handling of allegations in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, the Department of Education announced Thursday. U.S. ...

Today in History

By The Associated Press On March 28, 2003, American-led forces in Iraq dropped thousand-pound bombs on Republican Guard units guarding the gates to Baghdad and battled for control of the strategic city of Nasiriyah (nah-sih-REE'-uh). President George W. Bush warned of "further sacrifice" ...

The startling inequality gap that emerges after age 65

By Judith Graham Kaiser Health News via AP In an era when “deaths of despair” — from substance abuse and suicide — are on the rise among middle-aged Americans, those who reach age 65 are living longer than ever. But there’s a catch: Seniors in urban areas and on the coasts are ...

New medical school to train doctors to work in poor areas

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A new four-year medical school in St. Louis will focus on training doctors who will work in poor urban and rural areas. Puerto Rico-based Ponce Health Sciences University is making an $80 million commitment to develop the new campus in north St. Louis, the St. Louis ...

Dreaming of lottery riches? Virus could cut jackpots

By SCOTT McFETRIDGE Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa — Hoping to escape all the coronavirus-caused economic uncertainty by winning a giant lottery jackpot? Think again. Those jackpots are going to shrink as the pandemic tamps down lottery sales. The group that oversees the Powerball ...

Possible twister: Damage reports at Mississippi-Alabama line

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Teresa Hazelwood stopped by a Dollar General store in northern Mississippi to get some chips, and soon found herself riding out a suspected tornado in the parking lot and felt it lifting her car. She gripped the steering wheel and prayed. “I just prayed to God, oh ...

Today in History

By The Associated Press On March 27, 2006, Al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui (zak-uh-REE'-uhs moo-SOW'-ee) testified at his federal trial that he was supposed to hijack a fifth airplane on Sept. 11, 2001, and fly it into the White House. On this date: In 1513, Spanish explorer Juan ...

Highlights of Congress’ $2.2 trillion virus relief package

By ALAN FRAM Associated Press WASHINGTON — Partial highlights of a roughly $2.2 trillion package to rush aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic. The package, written by Trump administration officials and Democratic and Republican Senate ...

Pennsylvania court upholds ‘sexually violent predator’ laws

HARRISBURG (AP) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld laws Thursday that require offenders deemed “sexually violent predators” to undergo lifetime counseling and registration and be the subject of community notices. The requirements have the legitimate purpose of keeping the community ...

Paris falls silent: Sound maps show impact of confinement

PARIS (AP) — What's that sound beneath the Eiffel Tower? It's silence — a rare phenomenon in big cities like Paris, but one that's increasingly common now that tourism is banned and millions of people in and around the French capital are confined at home. Some 150 monitoring stations ...

Trump camp threatens local TV stations over Democratic ad

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's reelection campaign is threatening legal action against local TV stations in Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin if they don't pull a Democratic anti-Trump commercial that uses clips of the president talking about the coronavirus ...

Autism diagnosis more common in the US as racial gap closes

By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer NEW YORK — Autism has grown slightly more common in the U.S., but a gap in diagnosis of white and black kids has disappeared, according to a government report released Thursday. Closure of that gap — thanks to increased screening — is the main ...

Pennsylvanians filed 650K jobless claims in last 11 days

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvanians filed about 650,000 unemployment compensation claims over the past 11 days as the coronavirus has spread and thousands of businesses closed or laid off employees, according to new information released by the state Thursday. The single highest day for ...

Lowe’s hiring, McMenu shrinks, top Ford execs to defer pay

By The Associated Press The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed as it continues to spread across the world. Here is a look at some of the latest developments Thursday related to the global economy, particular economic sectors, and the ...

Home internet jammed up? Try these steps before upgrading

By FRANK BAJAK AP Technology Writer With so much of the U.S. workforce — and their families — now cooped up at home to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, it's not a huge surprise that home internet is showing the strain. If you've had a business videoconference stutter ...

Trump says feds developing new guidelines for virus risk

By ZEKE MILLER and ALAN SUDERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Thursday that federal officials are developing guidelines to rate counties by risk of virus spread, as he aims to begin to ease nationwide guidelines meant to stem the coronavirus outbreak. In a ...

Is shipping safer than shopping?

By SEAN ADAMS adams@pennlive.com As social distancing and self-quarantining to prevent the spread of the coronavirus continue, shopping becomes more complicated — and potentially riskier. Most retailers are closed, but there remains a chance to spread the disease from person to person ...

Wolf urges USDA to waive food assistance requirements

HARRISBURG— Governor Tom Wolf is urging USDA to waive eligibility requirements for the Emergency Food Assistance Program; reconsider Pennsylvania’s request for temporary waivers to allow more food to be distributed at school feeding sites and food banks; and to be flexible and change its ...