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Top News & Analysis Pennsylvania

  • 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.

  • NEW YORK, June 15- The five largest U.S. technology companies may have lost enough market capitalization over the past week to buy plane maker Boeing, but the benchmark S&P 500 stock index has managed to remain within a stone's throw of its record high. All of sudden everyone wakes up and says, Holy cow, maybe were getting ahead of ourselves, and backs off a little bit, "...

  • NEW YORK, June 15- The five largest U.S. technology companies may have lost enough market capitalization over the past week to buy plane maker Boeing, but the benchmark S&P 500 stock index has managed to remain within a stone's throw of its record high. All of sudden everyone wakes up and says, Holy cow, maybe were getting ahead of ourselves, and backs off a little bit, "...

  • TRENTON, N.J.— U.S. regulators have approved new competition for EpiPen, the emergency allergy medicine that made Mylan a poster child for pharmaceutical company greed. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corp.' s product, which should go on sale later this year. Currently, EpiPens cost about $630 to $700 without...

  • NEW YORK, June 15- Most U.S. Treasury yields edged higher on Thursday after stronger-than-expected U.S. economic data and as traders weighed hawkish Federal Reserve and Bank of England signals, but remained depressed as they did not fully reverse their biggest plunge in a month Wednesday. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 8,000 to a...

  • NEW YORK, June 15- U.S. technology stocks slid again on Thursday, led by declines in heavyweights Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc, as investors continued a recent move away from the year's best-performing sector. All of sudden everyone wakes up and says, Holy cow, maybe were getting ahead of ourselves, and backs off a little bit, "said Brad McMillan, Chief Investment Officer...

  • A phone app is helping doctors have difficult conversations with patients about lowering doses of opioids. Ashley Ruby, a Philadelphia family physician. It's part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's opioid guidelines app, which also has a dosage calculator and a copy of the first national prescribing guidelines.

  • MONROEVILLE, Pa.— Even doctors can be addicted to opioids, in a way: It's hard to stop prescribing them. Melissa Jones is on a mission to break doctors of their habit, and in the process try to turn the tide of the painkiller epidemic that has engulfed 2 million Americans. She drives 100 miles a day to visit doctors across western Pennsylvania's Allegheny and...

  • NEW YORK, June 15- The U.S. technology sector fell on Thursday, pulled down by heavyweights including Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc after bearish analyst research gave investors a reason to take profits on the stock market's recent champion sector. The downgrade triggered a broader tech selloff, according to Kim Forrest, senior equity research analyst at Fort Pitt...

  • NORRISTOWN, Pa.— Jurors deadlocked after 30 hours of deliberations in Bill Cosby sex assault trial; judge tells them to keep trying.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, June 15- Uber Technologies Inc has pursued a slew of businesses beyond taxi service to augment growth. UberBOAT is a water taxi service Uber offers in certain cities, including Istanbul. Uber started a car leasing program, Xchange Leasing, to entice drivers who don't own cars to start working for Uber.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, June 15- Uber Technologies Inc has pursued a slew of businesses beyond taxi service to augment growth. UberBOAT is a water taxi service Uber offers in certain cities, including Istanbul. Uber started a car leasing program, Xchange Leasing, to entice drivers who don't own cars to start working for Uber.

  • An appeals court on Wednesday upheld Philadelphia's 1.5- cent- per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages, saying it does not duplicate Pennsylvania's state sales tax. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said the two court decisions indicate the tax, which is being earmarked to fund education in the city, is legal. "The beverage industry needs to see this ruling for what it...

  • MADISON, Wis.— A Taiwanese company that assembles Apple's iPhones and other electronics is considering building a plant in Wisconsin that could employ thousands of people and give Gov. A person with direct knowledge of the negotiations who was not authorized to speak publicly confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday that the state is in talks with...

  • Many shoppers gravitate to a smaller store when one of the big players shuts down, says Aric Shlifka, the owner of Kiddles Sports in Lake Forest, Illinois. Macy's is closing some stores. Sears Holdings Corp. reportedly plans to close another 66 Sears and Kmart stores, adding to 150 closings in April.

  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Typewriter enthusiasts gather at an Albuquerque restaurant to experiment with vintage Smith Coronas. A new documentary on typewriters featuring Tom Hanks and musician John Mayer is set for release this summer. "I haven't seen business like this in years," said John Lewis, a typewriter repairman who has operated out of his Albuquerque shop for...