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Pennsylvania to extend eviction moratorium to Aug. 31

Jul. 9, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday extended a statewide moratorium on foreclosures and evictions until Aug. 31, saying renters need more breathing room in the midst of the pandemic. The Wolf administration has been facing growing calls to extend the four-month-old moratorium — which had been set to lapse Friday...

Beaver Falls High School football players Mitch Myers and Quadir Thomas sanitize their hands between drills during practice Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Beaver Falls, Pa. They will continue with practice even as about 20 others high schools will pause practices for a week due to concerns with the COVID-19 virus. (Steph Chambers/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

Pennsylvania holds off on new pandemic restrictions

Jul. 8, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pittsburgh and the rest of Allegheny County reported a near-record number of new coronavirus infections Wednesday as state health officials expressed concern about the situation in southwestern Pennsylvania, but made no move to reimpose pandemic restrictions in border counties that...

FILE - This June 20, 2019 file photo shows McCormick Junior High School, in Cheyenne, Wy. An investigation into racist and anti-LGBTQ leaflets at the Wyoming junior high has been released after a court battle with media outlets. (AP Photo/Mead Gruver,File)

Report: Cheyenne school staff insensitive before incident

Jul. 8, 2020 4:53 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Staff at a Wyoming junior high school repeatedly used “derogatory and/or insensitive language” and students made racist, homophobic and otherwise derogatory comments toward peers leading up to a homophobic and racist incident, an investigation found. Some staff said they...

Judge blocks Montana from enforcing absentee ballot law

Jul. 7, 2020 7:30 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge issued a ruling Tuesday that blocks the state from enforcing a voter-approved law that restricts the collection of absentee ballots during elections. Tuesday's ruling from District Judge Jessica Fehr came after the Billings-based judge temporarily halted the Ballot...

FILE - In this Sunday, April 2, 2017, file photo, Tim McGraw, left, and Faith Hill arrive at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The government's small business lending program has benefited millions of companies, with the goal of minimizing the number of layoffs Americans have suffered in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Yet the recipients include many you probably wouldn't have expected. A Nashville, Tenn., company called “Road Dog Touring, Inc.” was approved for a small business loan of $2 million to $5 million. The company owns the official website for country singer Tim McGraw, timmccgraw.com, and a joint official site with his wife, Faith Hill, timandfaith.com. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Kanye West? Tim McGraw? Girl Scouts? All got PPP loans

Jul. 7, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's small business lending program has benefited millions of companies, with the goal of minimizing the number of layoffs Americans have suffered in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Yet the recipients include many you probably wouldn't have expected. Clothing lines by...

FILE - Hot air balloons are inflated during the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, N.M., on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. The Santa Fe Opera, Meow Wolf and the non-profit organization that puts on the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta are among the New Mexico businesses that received loans from the federal government as part of massive effort to support the economy amid the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, file)

Kanye West? The Girl Scouts? Hedge funds? All got PPP loans

Jul. 6, 2020 7:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government's small business lending program has benefited millions of companies, with the goal of minimizing the number of layoffs Americans have suffered in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Yet the recipients include many you probably wouldn't have expected. Kanye West's...

FILE - This April 23, 2018, file photo shows the logo for Verizon above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Verizon's decision to join the growing boycott against Facebook and Twitter risks hurting the social media giants where it hurts most: their advertising revenue.  Advertising accounts for nearly all Facebook's $70.7 billion annual revenue, and a similar share of Twitter's $3.46 billion.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Social media companies face revenue hit from boycotts

Jul. 2, 2020 9:46 AM EDT

Verizon's decision to join the growing boycott against Facebook and Twitter risks hurting the social media giants where it hurts most: their advertising revenue. Advertising accounts for nearly all Facebook's $70.7 billion annual revenue, and a similar share of Twitter's $3.46 billion. Both already faced...

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, right, address a news conference Wednesday, July 1, 2020 in St. Paul, Minn. as Minnesota's new law mandating that drug makers provide emergency and longer-term insulin supplies to diabetics who can't afford them went into effect. Their 26-year-old son Alec Smith died of diabetic complications in 2017 because he was forced to ration his supply of the drug.(AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Minnesota governor, insulin activists blast industry lawsuit

Jul. 1, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota officials and insulin activists blasted the pharmaceutical industry Wednesday for suing to overturn a new state law mandating that drug makers provide emergency and longer-term insulin supplies to diabetics who can’t afford them. The Pharmaceutical Research and...

Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden departs after speaking at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington, Del., Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Biden team putting together list of Black female court picks

Jun. 30, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden said Tuesday that his team is putting together a list of potential options for his first Supreme Court nominee, which he has already pledged will be a Black woman. “We are putting together a list of African American women who are qualified and have the experience to...

FILE - In this Friday, June 26, 2020 file photo, Barber Mike McAndrew holds a mirror as customer Rob Verrastro looks at his new haircut at Three Saints Barbershop and Shave Parlor in Jessup, Pa. Restaurants, retailers and salons are desperately trying to stay afloat as the U.S. economy reopens in fits and starts after months in a coronavirus lockdown. But billions of dollars allocated by Congress as a lifeline to those very businesses are about to be left on the table when the government's Paycheck Protection Program stops accepting applications for loans Tuesday, June 29. (Christopher Dolan/The Times-Tribune via AP, File)

Billions of dollars in aid for small businesses go unclaimed

Jun. 29, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — 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 Paycheck...