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PITTSBURGH — With a loud crowd in Pittsburgh thrusting signs in the air, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis took to the stage at the Downtown hotel and stirred the people to their feet with calls to "make Pennsylvania free" and "put on the full armor of God." While backing Doug Mastriano for governor, DeSantis boasted of his own family's roots in Aliquippa and exhorted the crowd during the rally last ...

PITTSBURGH — A national study has confirmed what Pennsylvania officials have been saying for months: The Biden administration's infrastructure plan is a nice boost but isn't nearly enough to address all of the nation's transportation needs. The 10-page study, released last week by national transportation research nonprofit TRIP, said the new money would provide $454 billion for road, bridge ...

US-run clinical trial of Eli Lilly antibody therapy to end Eli Lilly & Co. said a clinical trial of its experimental antibody therapy in hospitalized COVID-19 patients will end, after the U.S. government-run study was paused earlier this month. The company said in a statement that the decision was based on data suggesting the treatment is unlikely to help hospitalized COVID-19 patients recover ...

No mail ballot for Trump: President to vote in person Saturday in Florida MIAMI — President Donald Trump will vote in person as a Florida resident for the first time Saturday, according to a White House spokesman. " President Trump plans to early vote on Saturday in West Palm Beach, Florida," Judd Deere, White House deputy press secretary, told the Miami Herald. The occasion appears as if it ...

Trump envoy Grenell tried to secretly negotiate Maduro's exit in Venezuela WASHINGTON — An influential Trump administration official secretly met with a representative of Nicolas Maduro's regime in Mexico City in September to try to negotiate the Venezuelan leader's peaceful exit from power. Richard Grenell, the former Acting U.S. director of National Intelligence and ambassador to Germany, ...

READING, Pa. - Vice President Mike Pence returned to the critical battleground state of Pennsylvania on Saturday, declaring President Donald Trump a champion of the "forgotten men and women of America" and blasting Joe Biden as a "Trojan Horse for the radical left." "The road to victory runs right through Pennsylvania," Pence told more than 1,000 supporters here after bounding down the stairs ...

When Jose Antonio Reyes Dupont died in early September after a three-week battle with COVID-19, his son wanted to send the $10,000 funeral bill to President Donald Trump. Reyes, 84, was a lifelong Republican and die-hard Trump supporter who believed the president when he said early in the pandemic that the nation had the virus "totally under control" and that it was no worse than the flu. His ...

Ex-Trump fundraiser Broidy to plead guilty to illegal lobbying Elliott Broidy, a former top political fundraiser for President Donald Trump and the Republican Party, plans to plead guilty to participating in an illegal foreign lobbying scheme and cooperate with investigators in the matter, according to a person familiar with the situation. Broidy was charged on Oct. 8 with illegally lobbying ...

PITTSBURGH - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which has already weighed in this election cycle on the legality of ballot drop boxes and the deadline for counting postmarked mail-in votes, will again decide on a crucial aspect of electoral administration in the swing state: whether counties are authorized or required to reject voted ballots on the basis of signature analysis. In an order filed ...

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - President Donald Trump returned to Pennsylvania on Tuesday night with a rally in this former industrial hub, marking his second campaign trip since he was infected and hospitalized with the coronavirus. "This election is a simple choice," Trump told a crowd of thousands. "If Biden wins, China wins. All these other countries win. We get ripped off by everybody. If we win, you ...

PHOENIX - Call it their fail-safe option. If Joe Biden were to lose a critical Midwest battleground like Michigan or Wisconsin, Democrats are counting on Arizona to bail him out, acting as a potential replacement state with enough electoral power to prevent President Donald Trump's re-election. After Trump carried this emerging swing state by just over 91,000 votes four years ago, some ...

HOUSTON - They go by names like Oath Keepers, Wolverine Watchmen and the Three Percenters. They chat on Gab, Discord, 4chan and other social media. Heavily armed and loyal to President Donald Trump, many vow to descend on polling places Nov. 3 in a far-right show of unity. Armed, far-right groups have long echoed at the fringes of American politics, drawing white nationalists and other ...

PHILADELPHIA - Sen. Pat Toomey has decided not to run for reelection or for governor of Pennsylvania in 2022, according to two people familiar with his plans, a surprise decision by the Republican with significant implications for the next elections in the state. He will serve out his current Senate term but won't run for either of those offices, seemingly ending his career in elected office, ...

MIAMI - Millions of Floridians could receive food boxes containing dairy, meat, produce - and a letter signed by President Donald Trump - this month as the latest round of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farmers to Families Food Box Program reaches the state. Written in both English and Spanish, the letter boasts how the president has prioritized sending "nutritious food" to underserved ...

McCANDLESS, Pa. - Like so many other women in suburban America, Alison Duncan was horrified by Donald Trump's election and decided to get off the sidelines. Duncan, a 46-year-old graphic designer who hadn't been involved in activism or politics since college, joined a progressive group and ran for a spot on nearby Pine Township's moribund Democratic committee. "I didn't even really know what ...

PHILADELPHIA - After four federal judges blocked additional operational changes to the U.S. Postal Service and ordered it to reverse the changes that had been made, South Jersey and Delaware processing and delivery plants have started reinstalling some of the mail sorting machines that had been removed. But in Philadelphia, nothing has changed. No machines in the Lindbergh Boulevard facility ...

DULUTH, Minn. - Five weeks before the election, President Donald Trump was back in Minnesota on Wednesday, raising money and rallying a few thousand supporters on a cool, blustery night. He falsely took credit for adding many jobs to the Iron Range, a refrain he also sounded a year ago when visiting Minneapolis, and expressed support for some of the area's most controversial topics, including ...

PHILADELPHIA - Confederate monuments and statues are coming down across America, scores of them gone in just the last few months. But not in Philadelphia, where a memorial to Southern war dead has stood for more than a century in the National Cemetery in West Oak Lane. Its dedication in 1912 - on the 42nd anniversary of the passing of Gen. Robert E. Lee - aimed to obscure the pro-slavery cause ...

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Thousands of roaring supporters greeted President Donald Trump for an airport tarmac rally Friday night, most barefaced and crammed together and all willing to defy the coronavirus and state rules to shower him with affection in the heat of a tight campaign. "Fill that seat!" they chanted as he mentioned the Supreme Court vacancy he'll fill Saturday afternoon. "Boo!" they ...

PHILADELPHIA - Majid Ali spent months shouldering mounting bills before finally receiving unemployment benefits. The $195 a week was a relief to the behavioral health specialist, who was furloughed when Philadelphia schools shut down. Ali, 57, quickly spent the money to catch up on car payments, cable bills, and other expenses once he got paid in June. Then Ali got more bad news. In July, ...

PHILADELPHIA - Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden urged Senate Republicans on Sunday not to confirm a new Supreme Court justice before the results of the election are known, warning that doing so would cause "irreversible damage" to American democracy. "To jam this nomination through the Senate is just an exercise in raw political power," Biden said in an address from the National ...

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. - There are no protests over racial injustice or police brutality here, and the only fires or violence Wendy Williams encounters are on television and online. Yet the spotty images of unrest in faraway Portland, Oregon, and Kenosha, Wisconsin, linger in her mind. If anything, she'd like President Donald Trump to crack down harder, to follow through on his threats to send more ...

MIAMI - Mike Bloomberg, the billionaire former New York mayor whose self-funded presidential bid fell short this year, says he'll spend $100 million over the next seven weeks to help Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden win Florida. Bloomberg's financial commitment is aimed at turning out voters for Biden in the Nov. 3 election in Florida, generally viewed as a must-win for President ...

DETROIT - A Detroit man has pleaded guilty for his role in weaving a $590,000 coronavirus fraud scheme, according to a release from the Department of Justice. Darrell Baker, 56, pleaded guilty to counts of bank fraud and money laundering Friday after intentionally attempting to defraud a Pennsylvania bank under the guise of a loan under the Payroll Protection Program, which was established to ...

President Donald Trump marked Friday's 19th anniversary of 9/11 by visiting the rural Pennsylvania field where Flight 93 crashed, as many of the nation's other prominent politicians gathered in New York City to remember and honor the victims of the worst terror attack in American history. Speaking before the Flight 93 memorial wall in Shanksville, Trump hailed the passengers of the plane as ...