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Governor to seek school construction aid amid health issues

Jan. 24, 2020 9:28 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — With budget season approaching, Gov. Tom Wolf's administration is developing a plan to help deal with aging school buildings plagued by environmental problems, including lead paint and asbestos insulation, his office said. Wolf must deliver a budget proposal to the Legislature on...

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James talks to teammates during a timeout in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

LeBron has triple-double, Lakers pull away to beat Nets

Jan. 23, 2020 11:38 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James is on his way to Philadelphia, set to pass Kobe Bryant on the NBA's career scoring list in the former Lakers star's hometown. It'll be another milestone achievement, but scoring has never been the most important thing to James. He prefers winning, and it looks like he'll do...

Members of the Froggy Carr club march during the Mummers Parade in Philadelphia, on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020.   Mayor Jim Kenney is sharply criticizing two men who wore blackface while marching in the city's annual New Year's Day parade. The group the men apparently were affiliated with was disqualified from the parade and may face additional penalties. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Mayor: Mummers Parade 'in jeopardy' for repeated blackface

Jan. 23, 2020 6:32 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney warned residents he will end the city's annual Mummers Parade if organizers don't curtail participants' inappropriate behavior, including blackface. The mayor sent a letter to the organizers of the four Mummers divisions and requested they meet with...

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New York City Council votes to ban cashless businesses

Jan. 23, 2020 5:34 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City lawmakers voted Thursday to require stores and restaurants to accept cash for payment, saying businesses that accept only credit and debit cards are discriminating against New Yorkers who lack bank accounts and credit cards. “This practice punishes the...

Philadelphia Archbishop-elect Nelson J. Perez addresses those assembled at the Archdiocese's offices after his introduction by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, as the 14th Bishop and 10th Archbishop of Philadelphia, on Thursday, January 23, 2020.   (Michael Bryant/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP )

Cleveland bishop named Philadelphia’s next archbishop

Jan. 23, 2020 4:23 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Roman Catholic bishop of Cleveland will become the new leader of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Vatican announced Thursday, making him the first Hispanic archbishop to lead the region’s 1.3 million-member flock. Nelson Perez, who spent most of his early pastoral career...

FILE- In this Jan. 9, 2018 file photo, Movita Johnson-Harrell, Interim Supervisor of Victim Services, looks on after getting introduced, during a press conference at the District Attorney's Office in Philadelphia. Johnson-Harrell, a former state representative, faces three months in a Philadelphia jail after pleading guilty Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, to charges she took money from a charity she established for the needy and spent it on vacations, clothing and other personal needs.   (Jose F. Moreno/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, File)

Former state lawmaker pleads guilty to stealing from charity

Jan. 23, 2020 12:08 PM EST

A former state representative faces three months in the Philadelphia jail after pleading guilty Thursday to charges she took money from a charity she established for the needy and spent it on vacations, clothing and other personal needs. Former Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell entered the pleas in Philadelphia, more...

Pope accepts Charles Chaput's resignation as Philadelphia archbishop; Bishop Nelson Pérez of Cleveland to succeed him.

Jan. 23, 2020 7:25 AM EST
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pope accepts Charles Chaput's resignation as Philadelphia archbishop; Bishop Nelson Pérez of Cleveland to succeed him.
Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) reacts after hitting a three-pointer during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

VanVleet scores 22 as Raptors top 76ers for 5th straight win

Jan. 22, 2020 11:16 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Already without star center Joel Embiid, the Philadelphia 76ers couldn’t overcome losing another starter to injury. Pascal Siakam had 18 points and 15 rebounds, Fred VanVleet scored 22 and the Toronto Raptors beat the short-handed 76ers 107-95 on Wednesday night, extending their...

FILE - In this June 21, 2019, file photo, flames and smoke emerge from the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining Complex in Philadelphia. Hilco Redevelopment aims to move quickly to clean up the 1,300-acre South Philadelphia refinery complex and redevelop it into a mixed-use industrial facility. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Firm to redevelop Philadelphia refinery site after $240M bid

Jan. 22, 2020 9:33 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A redevelopment firm's $240 million bid won an auction to acquire the bankrupt Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery site and has an “aggressive” timeline to clean up and redevelop, city officials said. Hilco Redevelopment Partners agreed to pay the high price to acquire...

Rangers sign veteran LHP Nicasio to minor league contract

Jan. 22, 2020 8:10 PM EST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Free agent right-hander Juan Nicasio has signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers and will go to spring training as a non-roster invitee. Nicasio has played for six big league teams in his nine major league seasons, and was on an opening day roster each of the past...