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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf meets with the media at The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) headquarters, Friday, May 29, 2020 in Harrisburg, Pa. (Joe Hermitt/The Patriot-News via AP)

Governor to lift more pandemic restrictions in Pennsylvania

May. 29, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf will lift most of his pandemic restrictions in an additional 16 counties home to nearly 3 million people, including much of the Pittsburgh area, his office said Friday as afflicted Philadelphia also began mapping its way out of the crisis. The counties are in western...

This is an undated file photo of Pennsylvania state Rep. Andrew Lewis, R-Dauphin. A bitter partisan fight over a Lewis's decision to wait a week before disclosing his COVID-19 diagnosis spread to the House floor Thursday, May 28, 2020,  and the state attorney general declined to investigate. The Legislature has continued to meet during the pandemic. Lewis, from a Harrisburg-area district, said he was tested two weeks ago, learned the results last week and stayed quiet out of respect for others in his circle. (Martin Boutros/The Patriot-News via AP)

Secrecy on legislator's COVID-19 illness roils a statehouse

May. 28, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A bitter partisan fight over a Pennsylvania lawmaker's decision to wait a week before disclosing his COVID-19 diagnosis spread to the House floor Thursday, and the state attorney general declined to investigate. A day after Republican Rep. Andrew Lewis' announcement through a news...

GAR High School teachers Tim Lavelle, left, and Kathy Genovese surprise GAR senior Honesty Lopez with her graduation yard sign, Wednesday, May 27, 2020, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. GAR High School principals and teachers met earlier as a group to go out to student houses within the district to surprise the students with graduation yards signs. (Mark Moran/The Citizens' Voice via AP)

Pro sports can resume in Pennsylvania, without spectators

May. 27, 2020 10:54 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Professional sports can resume in Pennsylvania where the governor's stay-at-home order to stem the spread of the coronavirus is no longer in force, but without spectators, Gov. Tom Wolf's administration said Wednesday. Those teams and competitors will be allowed to practice or play...

Pittsburgh diocese to consolidate 61 parishes into 15

May. 27, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Roman Catholic diocese of Pittsburgh has announced plans to consolidate 61 parishes into 15 new parishes. The mergers, to be completed July 1, will reduce the number of parishes in the diocese of Pittsburgh from 152 to 106. Bishop David Zubik told parishioners in a letter that...

Pens F Bjugstad out for season after having spinal surgery

May. 27, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins will head into whatever becomes of the NHL postseason without forward Nick Bjugstad. The team announced Wednesday that Bjugstad underwent spinal surgery to repair a herniated disk. General manager Jim Rutherford said the surgery was necessary after Bjugstad had a...

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2019, file photo, Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek (34), of the Czech Republic, blocks New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast, of Sweden, with Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin (74) slowing Fast during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C. Carolina was one of two teams (along with Tampa Bay) that voted against the current playoff format, which doesn't reward it for being in a playoff spot when the season was paused. But the Hurricanes shouldn't need emergency goaltender David Ayres anymore with Mrazek and James Reimer healthy in net. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Sweet 16: NHL playoffs qualifying round tough to predict

May. 27, 2020 2:58 AM EDT

The NHL's regular season is over and the chase for the Stanley Cup is on if hockey returns this summer. The league settled on a 24-team postseason format that Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano supported back in March as the coronavirus was shutting down sports. “You can’t eliminate teams who are...

FILE - In this May 27, 2019, file photo, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks to the media before Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals between the St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins, in Boston. The NHL is one step closer to returning. Bettman unveiled a 24-team straight to playoffs format the league will use if it can clear the other hurdles to resume its season. Under the plan approved last week by players and agreed to by the NHL, the top four teams in each conference will play for seeding while the other 16 face off in best-of-five series to determine the field to vie for the Stanley Cup .(AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

NHL moves ahead with 24-team playoff format if play resumes

May. 26, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

The NHL will abandon the rest of the regular season and go straight into the playoffs with 24 teams instead of 16 — if it is able to resume play. The decision, announced Tuesday by Commissioner Gary Bettman, is no guarantee that games are coming back. The NHL and the NHL Players’ Association must...

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2020, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers NFL football player Minkah Fitzpatrick gestures during practice for the Pro Bowl in Kissimmee, Fla. Fitzpatrick isn't sure when he'll get a chance to be around his teammates again. In a weird way though, the potentially chaotic schedule that lies ahead for the NFL could be a boon to the Steelers, who bring back 10 starters on a defense that finished fifth in the league last season. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Fitzpatrick: modified schedule could benefit Steelers

May. 26, 2020 3:11 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Minkah Fitzpatrick is missing the somewhat leisurely pace of the NFL's organized team activities, when free time in the evenings allows teammates to develop the chemistry the Steelers safety considers critical to success. “You’re learning about each other and how each other...

Body of man who fell into river while fishing found

May. 25, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Authorities say a body found in a western Pennsylvania river over the Memorial Day weekend has been identified as a man who fell into the river while fishing near Pittsburgh more than a week ago. The Beaver County coroner's office identified the body found Saturday in the Ohio River near...

War memorial in Pittsburgh vandalized on Memorial Day eve

May. 25, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Authorities in western Pennsylvania are investigating vandalism of a Pittsburgh war memorial on the eve of Memorial Day. The statue of a World War I doughboy in the city's Lawrenceville neighborhood was splashed with red paint during the night and also appeared to have been sprayed with a...