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Top News & Analysis Pennsylvania

  • ERIE, Pa.— GE Transportation says it has signed a $575 million deal with Egypt's national railway system to provide 100 locomotives. The Erie Times-News reports union leaders are hopeful the deal will be good news for current workers and those recently laid off in Erie, Pennsylvania, where most of the company's international locomotives are built.

  • NEW YORK, June 19- U.S. stocks rose on Monday, with the S&P 500 and the Dow hitting record highs with growth sectors such as technology in favor again as investors appeared to regain confidence in the economy after upbeat comments from Federal Reserve officials. Amazon.com' s Friday announcement that it would buy Whole Foods and an upbeat tone from Federal Reserve...

  • *Fed's Dudley says tight labor market should push inflation up. NEW YORK, June 19- U.S. stocks rose on Monday, with the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average hitting record highs helped by a technology sector rebound and strength in healthcare and financial stocks. "valuations are not cheap but it doesn't seem to be a deterrent for buyers," said Mark Luschini,...

  • PITTSBURGH— Coca-Cola's marketing efforts during the weekend's heatwave in Pittsburgh backfired when the company mistakenly used a map of Philadelphia in a post on Twitter. Sunday's tweet said, "Today's forecast in Pittsburgh: Record heat, followed by an ice-cold wave of ahhhhhhh.# ShareaCoke." Even Mayor Bill Peduto weighed in, responding, "I was elected to...

  • Small businesses could be paid faster for work done on some federal contracts under a bill approved last week by the House Small Business Committee. Brian Fitzpatrick, R- Pa., who introduced the bill. In recent years, small business contracting bills have become law as part of Pentagon spending bills.

  • HARTFORD, Conn.— Florida's governor on Monday made his second public pitch in two years to Connecticut businesses, urging them to leave a state that has seen two major corporate headquarters recently leave or threaten to leave. Rick Scott told about two dozen business officials at a gathering in Norwalk they should "go ahead and give up" on Connecticut and move to...

  • LEVITTOWN, Pa.— Family-owned Calkins Media is selling its six remaining daily newspapers in the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh suburbs. The company announced Monday that GateHouse Media is acquiring the Bucks County Courier Times, The Intelligencer, the Beaver County Times and the Ellwood City Ledger, all in Pennsylvania, and the Burlington County Times in New...

  • WASHINGTON, June 19- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a closely watched copyright dispute known as the "dancing baby" case over a company's move to take down a home video posted online showing a toddler joyfully bouncing to the late pop star Prince's song "Let's Go Crazy." The case pitted a Pennsylvania woman, Stephanie Lenz, against record company...

  • WASHINGTON, June 19- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a closely watched copyright dispute known as the "dancing baby" case over a company's move to take down a home video posted online showing a toddler joyfully bouncing to the late pop star Prince's song "Let's Go Crazy." The case pitted a Pennsylvania woman, Stephanie Lenz, against record company...

  • PITTSBURGH— EQT Corp. is merging with Rice Energy Inc. in a deal that combines two of western Pennsylvania's largest natural gas-drilling firms. The deal announce Monday will see EQT buy all outstanding shares of Rice common stock for about $6.7 billion, and assume $1.5 billion in net debt and preferred equity. EQT's president and chief executive officer,...

  • WASHINGTON— Getting nowhere with her father, liberal advocacy groups have been looking for an ally in Ivanka Trump. The most high-profile campaign directed at the president's daughter has come from New York- based China Labor Watch, which has been investigating working conditions at factories in China that have made Ivanka Trump products.

  • NEW YORK— Can Amazon, the company that persuaded people to buy ever more items online, win enough of them over to having their fresh groceries arrive in an Amazon box? Going full throttle into groceries by announcing a $13.7 billion deal for Whole Foods on Friday, Amazon gets the advantage of using the stores as mini-distribution hubs to deliver items to customers.

  • At least 10 women have pending civil claims against Cosby in lawsuits filed in California and Massachusetts. The judge in the criminal case against Cosby in Pennsylvania declared a mistrial on Saturday after jurors said they were deadlocked and unable to reach a unanimous verdict on charges that Cosby sexually assaulted Andrea Constand in 2004.

  • At least 10 women have pending civil claims against Cosby in lawsuits filed in California and Massachusetts. The judge in the criminal case against Cosby case in Pennsylvania declared a mistrial on Saturday after jurors said they were deadlocked and unable to reach a unanimous verdict on charges that Cosby sexually assaulted Andrea Constand in 2004.

  • PHILADELPHIA— A Pennsylvania woman who operated two tax preparation businesses has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for filing $4 million in fraudulent tax returns. Authorities announced Friday that Jessenia E. Cordero, of Allentown, defrauded the IRS through a scheme where she filed tax returns under the stolen identities of multiple Puerto...

  • PHILADELPHIA— The School District of Philadelphia and its teachers have finally agreed on a tentative contract after over four years of negotiations. Philadelphia Federation of Teachers president Jerry Jordan says he's hopeful the contract "will mean improved stability for our members and our schoolchildren." Superintendent William Hite says getting a...

  • LOS ANGELES— The Latest on a settlement with Genesis HealthCare to resolve allegations that the company and its subsidiaries filed false claims with the U.S. government:. Genesis HealthCare says it is pleased to resolve allegations that the company and its subsidiaries had submitted false claims for unnecessary therapy and nursing care.

  • LOS ANGELES— Genesis HealthCare has agreed to pay $53.6 million to settle allegations that it submitted false claims to the federal government for unnecessary therapy and substandard nursing care, the Justice Department said Friday. The settlement resolves six federal lawsuits and investigations alleging Genesis HealthCare companies and facilities...

  • Among major oil- and gas-producing states, North Dakota added three rigs while Alaska, Colorado and New Mexico gained two rigs each. California and Louisiana increased by one apiece. Arkansas, Kansas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and West Virginia were unchanged.

  • WASHINGTON, June 16- U.S. homebuilding fell for a third straight month in May to the lowest level in eight months as construction activity declined broadly, suggesting that housing could be a drag on economic growth in the second quarter. "The recent stall in homebuilding is bad news for growth," said Gus Faucher, chief economist at PNC Financial in Pittsburgh.