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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...

No. 8 NC State uses big third quarter to beat Pitt 88-44

Jan. 23, 2020 10:11 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — North Carolina State coach Wes Moore might want to save a recording of his halftime speech from Thursday night’s game against Pittsburgh. No. 8 N.C. State was leading Pittsburgh by eight points at the break, with the Panthers taking advantage of Wolfpack center Elissa Cunane's foul...

Pennsylvania Speaker of the House, Mike Turzai, left, stands the podium beside his wife Lydia, right, and one of his sons, Matt, center, as he announces at a news conference he will not run for another term as a Pennsylvania representative, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in McCandless, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Pennsylvania's GOP House speaker to retire after three terms

Jan. 23, 2020 6:59 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai will not run for reelection, the Republican announced Thursday, ending the career of a conservative force in state government in a critical year when Democrats are aiming to take control of the chamber. Turzai, 60, made the announcement at a news...

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...

2 accused of taping disabled woman made to chase after food

Jan. 23, 2020 6:06 PM EST

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Two workers at a northeastern Pennsylvania group home were charged Thursday with recording video of a developmentally disabled woman as they made her chase after chicken they threw in a yard and basement and on a bathroom floor. Police charged Eileen Dougherty, 39, of Scranton and Lisa...

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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...

Pennsylvania high court upholds old precedent in fracking

Jan. 23, 2020 2:28 PM EST

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled to uphold a legal principle that allows drillers to drain oil and natural gas from outside their property lines. The court overturned a 2018 decision by the lower Superior Court on Wednesday that said the “rule of capture" does not...

911 center workers lose jobs after sharing New Year's toast

Jan. 23, 2020 12:34 PM EST

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Three 911 supervisors were fired and seven operators resigned after sharing an alcohol-spiked drink while working on New Year’s Eve, officials said. The employees violated longstanding county policy when they drank eggnog spiked with alcohol to ring in the new year, Lehigh...

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...