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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2020, file photo an observer watches as Luzerne County workers canvas ballots that arrived after closing of voting until Friday at 5p.m. and postmarked by Nov. 3, as vote counting in the general election continues in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. resident Donald Trump’s campaign filed a number of lawsuits across six battleground states this month as he tried to upend the 2020 election. Judges uniformly rejected his claims of vote fraud. The latest case ended Saturday, Nov. 21, when a federal judge in Pennsylvania said Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani presented only ‘speculative accusations’ that brought to mind ‘Frankenstein’s Monster.' (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

County by county, Pennsylvania officials report vote results

Nov. 23, 2020 4:40 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — County election boards across Pennsylvania faced a deadline Monday to certify election results to the Department of State, an important milestone in the tabulation of votes for the presidential contest and other races. A Department of State spokesperson declined to say which counties...

Wolf shuts bars on Thanksgiving eve to fight COVID-19 spread

Nov. 23, 2020 3:37 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Last call for Pennsylvania bars will be at 5 p.m. on Wednesday to cut COVID-19 transmission during what is normally a night of heavy public drinking, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday. Wolf also imposed new crowd size limits of 500 people indoors and 2,500 outdoors and vowed...

The United States Courthouse is seen, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, in Williamsport, Pa. A hearing on the Trump campaign's federal lawsuit seeking to prevent Pennsylvania officials from certifying the vote results remains on track for Tuesday at the courthouse after a judge quickly denied the campaign's new lawyer's request for a delay. (AP Photo/Mark Scolforo)

In blistering ruling, judge throws out Trump suit in Pa.

Nov. 21, 2020 9:54 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge issued a scathing order Saturday dismissing the Trump campaign's futile effort to block the certification of votes in Pennsylvania, shooting down claims of widespread irregularities with mail-in ballots. The case was always a long shot to stop President-elect Joe...

Suit challenges expansion of mail-in voting in Pennsylvania

Nov. 21, 2020 9:12 PM EST

Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly is leading a suit filed Saturday in Pennsylvania challenging the use of mail-in ballots predominately cast by Democrats in lifting Joe Biden to victory in the presidential race in the state and seeking to block certification of the election results. The lawsuit was filed in the...

President Donald Trump listens during an event in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, on prescription drug prices. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump tries to leverage power of office to subvert Biden win

Nov. 20, 2020 10:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sought to leverage the power of the Oval Office on Friday in an extraordinary attempt to block President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, but his pleas to Michigan lawmakers to overturn the will of their constituents appeared to have left them unswayed. Trump...

$11B budget package passes Pennsylvania Legislature

Nov. 20, 2020 9:03 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An $11 billion no-new-taxes spending package won passage in a lame-duck Friday night session in Pennsylvania's Legislature, as lawmakers sought to plug a multibillion-dollar deficit brought on by the pandemic and carry state government operations through the rest of the fiscal year....

GOP lawmakers send governor bill to limit COVID-19 lawsuits

Nov. 20, 2020 5:46 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A divided state House on Friday passed a Republican-backed proposal to make it harder to sue schools, health care providers and others over COVID-19 claims. The 104 to 98 vote sent the bill to the desk of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf. All House Democrats were opposed, joined by five...

FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019  file photo, Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman speaks at a news conference in the governor's Capitol reception room in Harrisburg, Pa. A provision slipped into lame-duck budget legislation Friday, Nov. 20, 2020 would ban flags not approved by lawmakers from flying at the state Capitol — such as the pro-marijuana legalization and LGBTQ- and transgender-rights flags that Fetterman hangs from his second-floor outdoor balcony that overlooks the building's broad front steps. (AP Photo/Marc Levy, File)

Lieutenant gov's flags fly in the face of some PA lawmakers

Nov. 20, 2020 4:25 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor, Democrat John Fetterman, may have gotten under somebody’s skin. A provision slipped into lame-duck budget legislation Friday would ban flags not approved by lawmakers from flying at the state Capitol — such as the pro-marijuana...

Pennsylvania House votes to impose fees on electric cars

Nov. 20, 2020 4:10 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Motorists who register an electric vehicle in Pennsylvania would have to pay an annual fee, under lame-duck session legislation approved by the state's Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Thursday. The bill, backed by a 132-70 vote, still requires Senate approval to...

FILE - In this May 6, 2019 file photo, gun rights advocates gather for an annual rally on the steps of the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. Legislation heading to the desk of Gov. Tom Wolf repeals long-standing laws in Pennsylvania intended to control gun-carrying and prevent public officials from shutting down firearms dealers during disaster emergencies declared by a governor.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Wolf to veto bills on carrying, selling guns amid disasters

Nov. 20, 2020 2:32 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf will veto legislation heading to his desk that would repeal long-standing laws intended to control the carrying of guns and prevent public officials from shutting down firearms sales during disaster emergencies declared by a governor. Wolf, a Democrat who has advocated...