Trump Pardons Michael Flynn, Who Pleaded Guilty To Lying About Russia Contact

Updated at 5:49 p.m. ET President Trump has pardoned his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who spent years enmeshed in an often bizarre legal war with the government that sprang from the Russia investigation. Trump announced the news Wednesday on Twitter as Americans prepared to observe the Thanksgiving holiday this week. Trump's action on Wednesday may open the door to possible clemency for other former Trump advisers who were indicted as part of the Russia investigation,...

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The Altoona Area School District is building a new, $88 million high school.
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During a special meeting Tuesday night, the Altoona Area School District Board of Directors voted 5 to 4 to approve a shift to fully remote instruction beginning next Tuesday.

The decision comes as the state government has tightened COVID-19 mitigation policies intended to curb growing cases across Pennsylvania.

The vote means all 12 schools in the Altoona Area School District will be online until Feb. 1 or until Blair County sees two consecutive weeks of a disease transmission level that’s less than the current “substantial” level.


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Accidents involving common household products and outside activities cause over 100,000 eye injuries each year. Many of these injuries are caused by objects, particles, chemicals or radiation. They can result in temporary or permanent vision loss.

Safety glasses can prevent eye damage and are a must for any activity that poses a risk to the eyes. This protection includes sunglasses, which can shield your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays.

Outdoor dining at Parc on Rittenhouse Square.
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As Pennsylvania heads into Thanksgiving week, Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine announced new enforcement measures aimed at businesses, schools and the biggest drinking night of the year.

Businesses will now be penalized if they do not force customers to wear masks indoors, following an existing health advisory.

“If they come inside, they need to follow the procedures,” said Wolf. “We have those signs that say ‘no shirt, no shoes, no service. Well, no mask, no service.”

The Blair County Courthouse sits on Allegheny Street in Hollidaysburg, PA.
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As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Blair County, local leaders are encouraging residents to follow precautions and take advantage of the free testing the state Department of Health has set up at the Blair County Convention Center.

Bruce Erb, chairman of the Blair County Commissioners, said the site at the Convention Center has been very busy — 500 to 600 tests a day.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump is appealing a federal judge’s dismissal of his campaign’s effort to block the certification of votes in Pennsylvania.

The president and other plaintiffs filed notice of appeal to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Sunday, a day after the judge issued a scathing order shooting down claims of widespread irregularities with mail-in ballots.

Judge Throws Out Trump Bid To Stop Pa. Vote Certification

Nov 21, 2020
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Pennsylvania officials can certify election results that currently show Democrat Joe Biden winning the state by more than 80,000 votes, a federal judge ruled Saturday, dealing President Donald Trump’s campaign another blow in its effort to invalidate the election.

U.S. Middle District Judge Matthew Brann in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, turned down the request for an injunction by President Donald Trump’s campaign, spoiling the incumbent’s hopes of somehow overturning the results of the presidential contest.

$11B Budget Package Passes Pennsylvania Legislature

Nov 21, 2020
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An $11 billion no-new-taxes spending package won passage in a lame-duck Friday night session in Pennsylvania’s Legislature, as lawmakers sought to plug a multibillion-dollar deficit brought on by the pandemic and carry state government operations through the rest of the fiscal year.

Lawmakers voted as they rushed to wrap up their two-year session. A coronavirus outbreak in the House of Representatives caused hours of delay Friday before the main spending bill passed the chamber, 104-97, and the Senate, 31-18.

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on November 21, 2020 and hosted by Max Spiegel.

In the first hour, hear tracks from Ry Cooder, Frank Zappa, Taj Mahal, Gil Scott Heron, Yat-kha, The Blues Brothers, Doc Watson, The Black Keys, The Dixie Hummingbirds, Steve Earle, Paul Simon, Richie Havens, Casey Jones, and more.

WPSU Jazz Archive - November 20, 2020

Nov 20, 2020
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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show as broadcast on November 20, 2020, hosted by Tom Beebee, celebrating instruments of jazz, and played in alphabetical order!

In the first hour, hear Richard Termini, Bela Fleck with the Marcus Roberts Trio, Lonnie Plaxico, Dr. Michael White, Ray Barretto, Gene Krupa, Jimmy Smith, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, and more.

In the second hour, hear the John Pizzarelli Trio, David Naiditch, Zetan Spore, Shingo Nakamura, JATP All Stars, Albert Ammons, Modern Jazz Quartet, and more.

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As Pennsylvania sets multiple records for one-day increases in COVID-19 cases in recent days, Penn Highlands Healthcare announced Thursday it’s offering rapid COVID-19 testing in six locations.

Chief Operating Officer Mark Norman announced during a conference call that rapid testing will be available in six Penn Highlands locations for symptomatic individuals or those who have been exposed. Those include Clearfield, DuBois, Punxsutawney, Moshannon Valley, St. Marys and Huntingdon.


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When she moved to the U.S. from Argentina in 1967, Elsa Calandrelli gave herself a stage name in Quechua, the indigenous language of the Andes: Suni Paz, which means "lasting peace." That's because, she says, lasting peace is what she wants for the world. The 85-year-old singer and songwriter has dedicated herself to singing for and about indigenous and working-class people, and children of all backgrounds.

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It can be difficult to muster gratitude during these hard times. Many people are grieving the loss of loved ones in 2020, and family members and friends are choosing to stay apart this Thanksgiving to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

One of the reasons this has been such a tough year is the lack of community. Two interfaith leaders in Oklahoma have been publicly urging their communities to worship virtually and not in person because of COVID-19.

We speak with Angie Rasmussen, a virologist with the Georgetown University Center for Global Health and Security, about the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine. Patients in trials have reported brief yet intense flu-like symptoms.

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Educators And Native Leaders Recommend Bringing Anti-Racism To The Thanksgiving Table

For Walter Fleming, an enrolled member of the Kickapoo tribe in Kansas, Thanksgiving will be difficult this year because so many Native Americans have died from COVID-19. "Particularly because it's been among our elders, the grieving is gonna be that much more," Fleming said. "These are the cultural guardians." Fleming is a professor of Native American studies at Montana State University, who observes the holiday. He says it's a chance for people to come together, feast and celebrate. "It's...

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Biden Picks Janet Yellen To Be Treasury Secretary In Historic Appointment

Updated at 6:15 p.m. ET The United States has had 77 Treasury secretaries in the last 231 years. So far, they've all been men. That's about to change. President-elect Joe Biden plans to nominate former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen to head the Treasury Department, a source close to the transition told NPR on Monday If confirmed, Yellen would play a leading role in shaping economic policy as the United States continues to dig its way out of the deep hole caused by the coronavirus pandemic...

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Alejandro Mayorkas, Biden's Pick For DHS Head, Would Be 1st Latino In Post

Updated at 4:30 p.m. ET President-elect Joe Biden announced Monday his intent to nominate Alejandro Mayorkas, a Cuban American, to head the government agency that oversees immigration issues, the Department of Homeland Security. Mayorkas, who would be the first Latino and first immigrant to hold that job, previously was the head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a DHS agency, during the Obama administration, and then deputy secretary of DHS. Following the announcement , Mayorkas...

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More Kids Are Getting COVID-19, Kentucky Pediatrician Says

As coronavirus cases increase across the U.S., children have been increasingly testing positive as well. Elizabeth Hawse, a pediatrician in Lexington, Ky., says she has seen a jump from earlier this year, when she was getting "sporadic calls." "But over the past few weeks, we are seeing more and more kids calling the office that they've been exposed or family members exposed and more and more positive cases," Hawse tells Steve Inskeep on Morning Edition . Children represent about 11.5% of all...

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Biden Administration: Here's Who Has Been Named So Far

Updated on Nov. 24 at 12:28 p.m. ET President-elect Joe Biden is assembling his inner circle of advisers and Cabinet officials despite President Trump's continued dismissal of the validity of the election. The week of Thanksgiving, Biden named key nominees for his foreign policy and national security teams, including Avril Haines as director of national intelligence. Haines would be the first woman to serve in the role if confirmed. Alejandro Mayorkas, nominee for Department of Homeland...

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Assessing COVID-19 Risk For Thanksgiving Celebrations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that you stay home this Thanksgiving and only celebrate with people who have been living with you for the last two weeks. Here & Now s Tonya Mosley speaks with Erin Bromage , associate professor of biology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, about celebrating Thanksgiving in a pandemic. This article was originally published on Copyright 2020 NPR. To see more, visit

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How Many Coronavirus Cases Are Happening In Schools? This Tracker Keeps Count

Looking for a snapshot of coronavirus outbreaks in U.S. schools? The National Education Association has just launched a tracker of cases in public K-12 schools. The tracker is broken down by state and shows schools and counties with known cases and suspected cases and deaths, as well as whether those infected were students or staff. It also includes links to the local news reports so users know where the virus data comes from. The NEA tracker builds on the volunteer efforts of a Kansas...

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