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West Chester’s plastic-bag ban was ‘the right thing to do,’ officials say, even if it defies state law

Overhaul of Pa.’s medical transport program on hold after counties raise concerns

Property tax elimination plan that taxes retirement income gets 45 percent favorable reaction statewide, sponsor says



Apple says its contractors will stop listening to users through Siri

How Trump’s latest China tariffs could squeeze US consumers

Delivery drivers involved in multi-million-dollar Amazon theft ring: FBI



Curtis Institute offers another apology — for voices ‘not heard at critical moments’–20190803.html

Ex-Pittsburgh homicide detective, accused of lying, pleads no contest to hindering apprehension

Protesters rally against solitary confinement as inmates reportedly go on hunger strike

Central Berks Regional police asking citizens, businesses to register their security cameras


Scott Perry: Progressive groups are trying to ‘hijack’ town halls and make ‘mockery’ of legislative process

At Ohio rally, Trump escalates attacks on liberal cities

Trump to tour cracker plant in Beaver County next week


Health Care

#MeToo Meets Medicine: Philly doctors fight sex harassment, pay gaps by joining Time’s Up Healthcare

Sesame allergy is far more common – and dangerous – than previously thought

Philadelphia officials declare health emergency over hepatitis A outbreak

Duquesne’s med school plan part of national trend to train more doctors


Local News

For two weeks every summer, this Chester County sunflower field is an Instagrammer’s dream

Crash at Williams Grove Speedway kills spectator

US Secret Service, local law enforcement participate in two upcoming school safety events

City council proceeds with cyber security measures

Pipelines fuel panelists’ enthusiasm for natural gas

A new day: Avant Publications acquires Times Leader Media Group

Luzerne County releases details of proposed borrowing

With more bikes on Johnstown’s streets, safety for riders, pedestrians a growing concern


Opioid Crisis

Montco doctor’s ‘pill mill’ traded cash for powerful narcotics, feds say

Ohio governor: ‘No doubt’ drugmakers caused opioid crisis



Collapsing California cliff claims 3 lives along beach

How can states fight soaring housing prices? Oregon is capping rent increases and cutting single-family zoning.

New Jersey, 11 other states and D.C. sue Trump administration again over fuel efficiency standards

Puerto Rico governor resigns as promised; successor sworn in

Freed from Swedish jail, rapper A$AP Rocky lands in US



The ‘father of ice cream’ was a black Philadelphian who served in the White House. Or was he? | Maria Panaritis

He’s fighting urban heat — and violence — with Super Soakers

Philly Free Streets closes North Broad for five hours on Saturday. Here’s how to enjoy it.



After combative meetings, board chair Judge David Cashman resigns from the Jail Oversight Board

Turning kids around: Program for at-risk youth merits expansion

Gene Therapy: In an unsettling world, Father Paul settles in as Saint Vincent’s 18th president

Contemporary Craft receives $500,000 from state

$1 million state grant ‘another important layer’ in Hunt Armory ice rink redevelopment

Police frustrated by wide-ranging juvenile car thefts in Allegheny County


State News

‘Very validating and very affirming:’ PA to add gender neutral option for driver’s licenses next year

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture offering classes for businesses to obtain spotted lanternfly permit



U.S.-Russia arms control treaty dies; U.S. to test new weapon



Scientists link Europe heat wave to man-made global warming