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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...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine provides an update on the coronavirus known as COVID-19 in Harrisburg, Pa. President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. (Joe Hermitt/The Patriot-News via AP, File)

Biden picks 1st transgender person for Senate-confirmed post

Jan. 19, 2021 2:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. A pediatrician and former Pennsylvania physician...

The Latest: Trump promises 'orderly transition' on Jan. 20

Jan. 7, 2021 4:01 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress’ tally of the Electoral College vote won by Joe Biden (all times local): 3:55 a.m. President Donald Trump now says there “will be an orderly transition on January 20th” after Congress concluded the electoral vote count certifying President-elect...

In this photo provided by Abby E. Chiumento, six-term Republican Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, left, and his mother Milou Mackenzie pose at the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, in Harrisburg, Pa. Milou Mackenzie was elected in November of 2020 as a state representative in an adjoining district as her son. She took the oath of office Tuesday. (Abby E. Chiumento via AP)

Pennsylvania lawmaker joins familiar incumbent — her son

Jan. 6, 2021 2:45 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An incumbent Pennsylvania state representative was joined by a familiar face when lawmakers took the oath of office Tuesday — his own mother. Six-term Republican Rep. Ryan Mackenzie's district borders, for a couple miles, the one that his mother was elected to in November. ...

First term legislators of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives are sworn-in, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. The ceremony marks the convening of the 2021-2022 legislative session of the General Assembly of Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

Fight over close race mars first day for Pennsylvania Senate

Jan. 5, 2021 7:30 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A bitter dispute erupted on the floor of the Pennsylvania Senate on Tuesday when majority Republicans blocked a Democratic incumbent from being sworn in because his GOP challenger has disputed the razor-thin election results. Lawmakers were back in the Capitol for swearing-in day...

FILE - In this March 28, 2014 file photo, former Pennsylvania Gov. Dick Thornburgh recounts the Three Mile Island Nuclear Crisis during a two-day event marking the 35th anniversary of the partial core meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Middletown, Pa.  Thornburgh died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020 at a retirement community facility outside Pittsburgh, his son David said. The cause it not yet known. (Mark Pynes/The Patriot-News via AP)

Dick Thornburgh, ex-governor and US attorney general, dies

Dec. 31, 2020 3:38 PM EST

Dick Thornburgh, who as Pennsylvania governor won plaudits for his cool handling of the 1979 Three Mile Island crisis and as U.S. attorney general restored credibility to a Justice Department hurt by the Iran-Contra scandal, has died. He was 88. Thornburgh died Thursday morning at a retirement community facility...

Trump asks U.S. Supreme Court to take Wisconsin case

Dec. 29, 2020 6:47 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump's campaign asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to take its failed lawsuit challenging election results in swing state Wisconsin. Trump lost the state to Democrat Joe Biden by about 21,000 votes. The president's campaign filed a lawsuit with the state Supreme...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 file photo, Wendy Gill inserts her absentee ballot at a drop-off box as the sun sets on Election Day outside City Hall in Warren, Mich. The pandemic triggered wholesale changes to the way Americans voted in 2020, but that's no guarantee measures making it easier to cast ballots will stick around for future elections. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Despite smooth election, GOP leaders seek vote restrictions

Dec. 26, 2020 6:14 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Changes to the way millions of Americans voted this year contributed to record turnout, but that's no guarantee the measures making it easier to cast ballots will stick around for future elections. Republicans in key states that voted for President-elect Joe Biden already are pushing for new...

Pennsylvania state Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin, attends a hearing of the Pennsylvania State Senate Majority Policy Committee, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Gettysburg, Pa. Mastriano revealed Monday that he has COVID-19, confirming the positive test five days after he went to the White House to meet with President Donald Trump and went maskless at a packed public meeting to discuss efforts to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's victory. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

White House invites GOP lawmakers in Pennsylvania to lunch

Dec. 23, 2020 3:42 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican state senators in Pennsylvania were invited to a White House lunch Wednesday as President Donald Trump persists in talk of overturning his loss in the U.S. Supreme Court and baselessly maintains that Democrats stole the battleground state from him. A spokesperson for the...

Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, testifies during a Michigan House Oversight Committee hearing for suspicion of voter fraud within the state at the House Office Building in Lansing, Mich., on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. (Mike Mulholland/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)

Trump wants Supreme Court to overturn Pa. election results

Dec. 20, 2020 4:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Undeterred by dismissals and admonitions from judges, President Donald Trump's campaign continued with its unprecedented efforts to overturn the results of the Nov 3. election Sunday, saying it had filed a new petition with the Supreme Court. The petition seeks to reverse a trio of...