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Police: Woman walking on railroad tracks killed by train

Apr. 4, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

TARENTUM, Pa. (AP) — A woman walking on railroad tracks in western Pennsylvania was struck and killed by a train, authorities said. The woman was walking north on the railroad track when a northbound Norfolk Southern train struck her at about 8 p.m. Friday in Tarentum, Allegheny County police said. She was...

Number of PA coronavirus cases tops 10,000; 136 deaths

Apr. 4, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health says the number of people who have tested positive for the coronavirus in the commonwealth has topped 10,000 with another 34 deaths reported, bringing the statewide total to 136. The department reported Saturday another 1,597 additional positive...

A body wrapped in plastic is prepared to be loaded onto a refrigerated container truck used as a temporary morgue by medical workers due to COVID-19 concerns, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at Brooklyn Hospital Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Where will the bodies go? Morgues plan as virus grows

Apr. 4, 2020 3:00 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — There are the new dead. And then there are the bodies waiting in overcrowded mortuaries to be buried as cities struggle to meet demand and families wrestle with rules on social distancing that make the usual funeral rituals impossible. Med Alliance Group, a medical distributor in...

In this photo made on, April 2, 2020, nurse anesthetist Jessica Poole checks for updates on the coronavirus pandemic in her home office in Greensburg, Pa. Poole, until a couple weeks ago, worked for a private anesthesia practice that serves the Pittsburgh area until she was laid off. She is one of the tens of thousands of medical workers across the United States suddenly out of work as operating rooms and doctor's offices go dark, casualties of urgent calls to prioritize coronavirus patients at overwhelmed hospitals and of the economic waves the crisis is churning. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

A mounting casualty of coronavirus crisis: Health care jobs

Apr. 4, 2020 12:16 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Tens of thousands of medical workers across the United States are suddenly out of work as operating rooms and doctor's offices go dark, casualties of urgent calls to prioritize coronavirus patients at overwhelmed hospitals and of the economic waves the crisis is churning. Even as...

Treating PTSD involves science, counseling, group support

Apr. 4, 2020 3:06 AM EDT

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — In the years since he had returned from a volunteer tour in May 1970, Elmer “Snubby” Burket was a self-described workaholic, sharing his life with his wife, raising a son, keeping up his house and always taking jobs where he could be by himself – milkman, dock...

In this Wednesday, March 25, 2020, photo Bishop David Zubik, right front, of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, seminarian Erik Pintar and others attend a mid-day prayer at the St., Paul Seminary in East Carnegie, Pa. Bishop Zubik called on Catholics in the Diocese of Pittsburgh to mark Wednesday as a day of prayer for those affected by the coronavirus.  (Nate Guidry/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

Religious groups reel from lost collections, fundraising

Apr. 4, 2020 3:05 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Religious congregations large and small are being pummeled with a series of sudden financial hits that are unseen in living memory. Measures taken to contain COVID-19, including avoiding gatherings larger than 10, are shutting down in-person worship services where the plate is passed....

Bait shop owners reeling amid shutdown during spring fishing

Apr. 4, 2020 3:05 AM EDT

KIRKWOOD, Pa. (AP) — Tending to a line on his fly rod, Shawn Coe crouched Friday morning on a stone-and-mud island surrounded by the shallow waters of Octoraro Creek near Kirkwood. Coe, 30, who moved to Lancaster County from Alaska in October, said fishing has been a welcome way to stay active since both...

Bothers Mark, left and Tim Ott stand together with Geraniums at Cleveland Ott & Son in Collegeville, a wholesale nursery that sells its flowers and plants to smaller garden centers in the region, most of whom are closed. Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

For many garden centers, virus outbreak brings silent spring

Apr. 4, 2020 3:05 AM EDT

GLENSIDE, Pa. (AP) — David Green had just hired seasonal staff last week and received shipments of plants and supplies for the big spring kickoff at the Primex Garden Center, when he was instructed to close his Glenside store because of the coronavirus pandemic. With thousands of dollars of perishable...

In this Thursday, April 2, 2020, photo, Tulsa River Spirit Expo Center is mostly empty at the Tulsa Fairgrounds in Tulsa, Okla. (Stephen Pingry/Tulsa World via AP)

The Latest: UN to decide in month whether to delay meeting

Apr. 4, 2020 1:29 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: —CDC recommending Americans cover their faces when leaving...

Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper prepares to bat during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Clearwater, Fla. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Harper, Matz latest MLBers to contribute to virus relief

Apr. 3, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper and New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz are the latest baseball players to make donations to coronavirus relief efforts. Harper and his wife, Kayla, are giving $500,000 to Direct Relief and Three Square in his hometown of Las Vegas and...