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In this image from video, Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., speaks at the U.S. Capitol Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. After two days of silence Perry confirmed a New York Times report, saying Monday, Jan. 25, 2021 that he had introduced then-President Donald Trump to a top Justice Department lawyer who, according to the newspaper, then discussed a plan to overturn the results of the 2020 election. (House Television via AP)

Perry: I 'obliged' Trump with introduction to Justice lawyer

Jan. 25, 2021 6:38 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — After two days of silence, Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania confirmed a New York Times report, saying Monday that he had introduced then-President Donald Trump to a top Justice Department lawyer who, according to the newspaper, discussed a plan to overturn the results...

FILE - In this April 30, 2018 file photo, Pennsylvania state Rep. Jeff Pyle, R-Armstrong, speaks at an annual gun rights rally in the state Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg, Pa.  Pyle has issued a vague apology, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, after sharing an image on Facebook mocking the appearance of Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania’s recently departed health secretary.  Levine is a transgender woman newly nominated to serve in the Biden administration.  (AP Photo/Marc Levy, File)

Legislator mocks trans Biden nominee on Facebook, apologizes

Jan. 23, 2021 12:53 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania legislator shared on Facebook an image mocking the appearance of the state’s recently departed health secretary, Dr. Rachel Levine, a transgender woman who has been nominated to serve in the Biden administration, and then offered a general apology Saturday....

Democratic lawmaker slams Pennsylvania over vaccine rollout

Jan. 22, 2021 7:38 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Democratic state lawmaker criticized Pennsylvania’s vaccine rollout as muddled on Friday — saying other states are doing a much better job at distribution and communication — while unions representing police and prison guards expressed outrage at having been...

Lawmakers speed bill to limit a governor's disaster powers

Jan. 22, 2021 5:54 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Legislature on Friday took another step in the drive to strip future governors of some of their constitutional authority under emergency declarations, and give lawmakers more control over the declarations. The Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency...

Governor names replacements for departing health secretary

Jan. 22, 2021 12:10 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday said he would elevate two officials involved in his administration's response to the coronavirus to replace the departing Dr. Rachel Levine as his health secretary and physician general. Wolf said he intends to nominate a deputy chief of staff, Alison Beam, to...

Unemployment rate stable in Pennsylvania, as payrolls shrink

Jan. 22, 2021 10:17 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate remained stable and on par with the national rate in December, although the labor force and payrolls shrank, according to state figures released Friday. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was 6.7%, down one-tenth of a percentage point from...

A man carries a child, both wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, as they stroll along a street near the popular frozen Houhai Lake in Beijing, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. China is making some of its toughest travel restrictions yet as coronavirus cases surge in several northern provinces ahead of the travel rush for Lunar New Year on next month. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: Shanghai locks down 2 major hospitals over cases

Jan. 21, 2021 10:33 PM EST

BEIJING — Shanghai has imposed lockdowns on two of China’s best-known hospitals after they were linked to new coronavirus cases. Outpatient services have been suspended at Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center and Renji Hospital, both of which have been cordoned off along with some surrounding...

Pennsylvania hospitals: Not enough vaccine to go around

Jan. 21, 2021 5:44 PM EST

Some of Pennsylvania’s largest health systems are delivering a reality check after the state greatly expanded eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine this week, pointing out there's not nearly enough supply to meet surging demand. Pennsylvania, which surpassed 20,000 deaths attributed to the coronavirus...

Most Pennsylvania GOP backed Trump to the end, and still do

Jan. 21, 2021 7:08 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — With Donald Trump out of the White House, Pennsylvania's Republican Party shows no sign of walking away from a president who lost control of Congress, carried out an unprecedented campaign to overturn an election and is blamed by some in his party for inciting a violent assault on...

Child care workers eligible for $600 grants, governor says

Jan. 20, 2021 4:43 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Employees of licensed child care facilities in Pennsylvania will be eligible for a one-time, $600 grant to reward them for providing a valuable service through the pandemic, Gov. Tom Wolf's administration said Wednesday. Wolf's administration said the money is coming from a federal...