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FILE - In this April 8, 2020, file photo, an empty Parkview Field minor league baseball stadium is viewed in downtown Fort Wayne, Ind. Minor league umpires are out of jobs so far and maybe all year with no minor league seasons due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Mike Moore/The Journal-Gazette via AP, File)

The Latest: West Indies cricket cutting pay by 50%

May. 29, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Cricket West Indies has announced a temporary 50% reduction in salaries and funding across the region from July 1. CWI has kept players, staff, umpires and coaches on full pay since the outbreak began, but the lack of any...

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...

FILE - In this March 15, 2020, file photo, Toronto Blue Jays minor league baseball player Jesus Navarro, left center, wears a mask while he prepares to fly home along with his teammates from the Dominican Republic at Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Fla. Unlike the NFL, NBA or Major League Baseball that can run on television revenue, it's impossible for some minor sports leagues in North America to go on in empty stadiums and arenas in light of the coronavirus pandemic. These attendance-driven leagues might not play again at all in 2020, putting some teams in danger of surviving at all and potentially changing the landscape of minor league sports in the future. (Octavio Jones/Tampa Bay Times via AP, File)

At least 15 MLB teams pledge more stipends to minor leaguers

May. 29, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — At least 15 major league franchises have informed minor leaguers they will continue to provide allowances after the May 31 expiration of Major League Baseball’s policy guarantying those players $400 per week. The Houston Astros, Miami Marlins, Minnesota Twins, San Diego Padres and...

Casey says test suggests he had COVID-19 earlier this year

May. 29, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bob Casey said Friday he received an antibody test result this week that indicated he probably had COVID-19 when he fell ill earlier this year. The Democratic senator from Scranton said he had a low-grade fever and mild flu-like symptoms, leading him to isolate himself at...

Ruling gives blind voters accessible ballots for primary

May. 29, 2020 12:41 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered Pennsylvania to make accessible write-in ballots available for disabled people who request them by 8 p.m. on Friday, granting a request by a blind voter who does not want to vote in person during the COVID-19 pandemic. U.S. District Judge Jennifer Wilson...

Police officers enter a CVS store during an investigation into the shooting of off-duty police officer Robert Friel, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Philadelphia. (Alejandro A. Alvarez/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Off-duty officer shot, wounded during scuffle with armed man

May. 29, 2020 12:13 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An off-duty Philadelphia police lieutenant was shot and wounded early Friday while trying to help another officer apprehend an armed man, authorities said. Lt. Robert Friel, 48, was taken to a hospital and underwent surgery for a leg wound. He was said to be doing well and was expected...

Series of shootings in Philadelphia leave 2 dead, 9 wounded

May. 29, 2020 8:00 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A series of six apparently unrelated shootings over a short span in Philadelphia has left two people dead and nine wounded, authorities said. The first shooting occurred around 10:45 p.m. Thursday, when two men approached a group gathered on the porch of a home and opened fire. One man...

2 dead in house fire, cause under investigation

May. 29, 2020 6:19 AM EDT

DUQUESNE, Pa. (AP) — Authorities in western Pennsylvania on Friday were trying to determine what sparked an early-morning house fire that claimed the lives of a man and a woman. Firefighters found intense flames and heavy smoke when they arrived on the scene on Karl Avenue early Friday. Neighbors told them...

A woman wearing a mask and gloves exits The Shop, a convenience store in downtown Milford, Pa. on Thursday, May 28, 2020. Pike County is moving to Governor Tom Wolf's

Claims backlog persists; Pennsylvania park beaches to reopen

May. 28, 2020 8:50 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — State officials said Thursday they’re making progress, but acknowledge more needs to be done to whittle down an unemployment compensation claims backlog that has persisted for more than two months. Jammed phone lines, balky computer systems and unreturned emails remain an...

FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2015 file photo, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf speaks with members of the media at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. Many state and local governments across the country have suspended public records requirements amid the coronavirus pandemic, denying or delaying access to information that could shed light on key government decisions.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Legislature sends bills on virus aid, $25B budget to Wolf

May. 28, 2020 8:06 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A piecemeal, no-new-taxes $25.8 billion budget headed to Gov. Tom Wolf's desk Thursday, as did legislation to distribute about $2.6 billion in emergency federal coronavirus aid to counties, nursing homes and wide range of other causes. Both won speedy approval in the...