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National events echo 1969 Johnstown police shooting

Jul. 4, 2020 3:05 AM EDT

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — On a March night in 1969, long before the image of a death could be captured on a cellphone and instantly spread across the world, a 15-year-old Black male was shot in the back of the head by a white police officer in a Johnstown alley. The incident was major news in the region at the...

Today in History

Jul. 4, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, July 4, the 186th day of 2020. There are 180 days left in the year. This is Independence Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted by delegates to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia. On this date: In...

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 6:10 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...

FILE - In this April 7, 2017, file photo, members of the Philadelphia Phillies stretch before the team's baseball game against the Washington Nationals in Philadelphia. Five players for the Philadelphia Phillies have tested positive for COVID-19 at the team's spring camp in Florida, prompting the club to indefinitely close the complex.
The team also said Friday, June 19, 2020, that three staff members at the camp have tested positive. The club didn't identify any of those affected. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Phillies place 4 on injured list with no specific injury

Jul. 2, 2020 9:52 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies have placed infielder Scott Kingery and pitchers Hector Neris, Ranger Suarez and Tommy Hunter on the 10-day injured list with no specified injuries. The team opens camp on Friday, but the four players won’t be eligible to return until late next week at...

Staff members from Kosbar, a bar in Coraopolis, Pa. a town west of Pittsburgh, join with other service industry workers and supporters to protest in front of Allegheny County offices, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Pittsburgh. They are protesting that the county ordered bars closed and stopping the sale of on-site alcohol consumption in restaurants on Sunday, June 28, with enforcement to start on July 1 after reported cases of COVID-19 went up drastically. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

'Truly alarming': Officials order shutdown over virus spike

Jul. 2, 2020 5:35 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — With a spike in coronavirus cases expected to continue growing, Allegheny County, home to Pittsburgh and 1.2 million residents, imposed a one-week shutdown of bars and restaurants and all gatherings of more than 25 people starting Friday. The order is to take effect after midnight...

Philly Police officer charged with 2017 robbery, assault

Jul. 2, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A police officer and two other men have been charged with robbing and assaulting people gambling at a Philadelphia business nearly three years ago, city prosecutors announced Thursday. The district attorney's office said Officer Luis Miranda, 40, Gregorio Esquilin, 56, and Juan Luis...

FILE - In this  Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 file photo, Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons moves the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in New York. All-Star guard Ben Simmons says he’s feeling strong in his recovery from a lower back injury and expects to be at full strength once the NBA season resumes. Simmons, who averaged 16.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 8.2 assists in 54 games, was hurt in a Feb. 22 game at Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

76ers' Simmons recovered from back injury for restart

Jul. 2, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ben Simmons’ back pain threw his postseason status into uncertainty had the NBA season reached its natural conclusion. Check out Simmons these days on Instagram. He’s muscular, spry — and throwing down dunks without a wince on his face. The All-Star guard who...

FILE - In this  Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 file photo, Philadelphia Flyers' Oskar Lindblom (23) moves the puck against Carolina Hurricanes' Jake Gardiner (51) during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C. Philadelphia Flyers forward Oskar Lindblom has completed radiation treatments for a rare form of bone cancer.  He rang the bell at Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital, which signifies that he has completed his radiation treatments. The 23-year-old Lindblom was diagnosed in December with Ewing’s sarcoma, a cancerous tumor that grows in the bones or in the tissue around bones.  Lindblom says he's grateful the cancer was caught early and he's happy to be alive. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker, File)

Flyers' Lindblom completes treatment for rare bone cancer

Jul. 2, 2020 3:44 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Flyers forward Oskar Lindblom has completed radiation treatments for a rare form of bone cancer. The Flyers tweeted video Thursday showing Lindblom ringing the bell at Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital, which signifies that he has completed his radiation...

3 cities pilot South Africa-style truth, reconciliation push

Jul. 2, 2020 12:35 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — District attorneys in Boston, Philadelphia and San Francisco are teaming up on a pilot effort patterned after South Africa's post-apartheid truth and reconciliation commission to confront racism in the criminal justice system. Suffolk County DA Rachael Rollins, Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner...

Police: Sleeping young children unharmed when man steals car

Jul. 2, 2020 7:44 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two young children were unharmed when the car they were in was stolen early Thursday from a Philadelphia takeout restaurant while their mother was inside the business, authorities said. The mother was picking up food and had left the vehicle running as the children — a toddler...