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A sign for curbside pickup marks a parking spot for a restaurant, Friday, July 3, 2020, in McCandless, Pa. In response to a spike in COVID-19 cases in Allegheny County, which encompasses McCandless and the Pittsburgh area, the county's Health Department closed bars and restaurants for a week, starting Friday, although they can still provide take-out and delivery. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Pittsburgh's spread helps drive up state COVID-19 infections

Jul. 3, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The rising number of COVID-19 infections in the Pittsburgh area helped drive Pennsylvania's number of confirmed new cases to 667, the state Health Department said Friday. Pennsylvania's death toll from the coronavirus pandemic rose by 34 to more than 6,700 since the infection began...

Judge: Hawaii's quarantine is reasonable during pandemic

Jul. 3, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A U.S. judge will not stop Hawaii from enforcing a quarantine on arriving travelers, saying in a ruling that the emergency mandate is reasonable during the public health crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. A group of Hawaii, California and Nevada residents tried to stop the...

EDS NOTE: OBSCENITY - FILE - In this Tuesday June 23, 2020, file photo protesters gather near the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va. Just a little over a month ago, the area around Richmond's iconic statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was as quiet and sedate as the statue itself.  But since the May 25 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the area has been transformed into a bustling hub of activity for demonstrators protesting against police brutality and racism. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, FILE)

Judge won't participate in 2nd lawsuit over Lee statue

Jul. 3, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia judge has recused himself from participating in a lawsuit filed by six Richmond residents opposed to Gov. Ralph Northam's order to take down a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that has become the focal point of protests over police brutality and racism. The Richmond...

Family files discrimination lawsuit against Hampton Inn

Jul. 3, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

WILSON, N.C. (AP) — A Black family has filed a federal lawsuit against the parent company of Hampton Inn and others after the family said a North Carolina clerk called police on them over a billing dispute two years ago. Delores Corbett was seeking clarification on a billing error for her prepaid room at...

Judge rules Illinois governor's order exceeded authority

Jul. 3, 2020 1:15 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A county judge has ruled Gov. J.B. Pritzker exceeded his authority by extending the state’s public health disaster declaration beyond the first 30 days in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The impact of Thursday’s ruling by a judge from southern Illinois’...

Iowa man who sued son over wife's death attacked by 2nd son

Jul. 3, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man who successfully sued one of his sons for the shooting death of his wife has been assaulted by his other son, police said. Billy Dean Carter, 55, was arrested Wednesday and charged with assaulting his father, 74-year-old Bill Carter, the Des Moines Register reported....

Yakama Nation to continue appeal against mining expansion

Jul. 3, 2020 11:17 AM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Supreme Court has ruled that the Yakama Nation can move forward with its lawsuit to halt the expansion of a gravel mining project that they say could disrupt a tribal cultural and burial site. The court ruled Thursday that the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the...

Natural gas company to pay state $56M for explosions

Jul. 3, 2020 9:56 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The utility blamed for a series of natural gas explosions in Massachusetts in 2018 that killed one person, injured almost two dozen and damaged more than 100 buildings has agreed to pay the state $56 million, state Attorney General Maura Healey said. The money from the deal with Columbia Gas...

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen Tuesday, June 30, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Supreme Court blocks curbside voting in Alabama

Jul. 2, 2020 11:29 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision Thursday blocked a lower court ruling allowing curbside voting in Alabama and waiving some absentee ballot requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic. Conservative justices granted Alabama’s request to stay a federal judge’s...

Journalists, legal observers exempt from orders to disperse

Jul. 2, 2020 10:39 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Some journalists and legal observers will be exempt from Portland police orders requiring protesters to disperse after an unlawful assembly or riot is declared, under a 14-day temporary order issued by a federal judge Thursday. Police also cannot arrest, threaten to arrest or use...