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Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Alison Lurie has died at 94. Her husband Edward Hower says the author died Thursday of natural causes. Her satirical and cerebral tales of love and academia included the marital saga “The War Between the Tates” and the comedy of Americans abroad “Foreign Affairs.” Author of 10 novels, Lurie broke through commercially in 1974 with “The War Between the Tates” and received her highest acclaim for “Foreign Affairs,” winner of the 1985 Pulitzer. Lurie’s novel was adapted into a 1993 television movie starring Joanne Woodward as Vinnie and Eric Stoltz as Fred. “The War of the Tates” became a 1977 TV production. Read more

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Pacific Gas & Electric’s household customers will be hit with an average rate increase of 8% to help the once-bankrupt utility pay for improvements designed to reduce the risk that its outdated equipment will ignite more deadly wildfires. The higher prices are effective March 1 and are expected to boost PG&E residential customer bills by an average of $13.44 a month. California power regulators approved the increases Thursday after two years of wrangling between PG&E and groups battling to limit how much customers should have to pay for the utility’s neglect of its electrical grid. Read more

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Lawyers for an ex-FBI lawyer who pleaded guilty to altering an email during the Donald Trump-Russia investigation say he “made a grievous mistake” but should be spared prison time and given probation instead. That's according to a sentencing memorandum filed Thursday in Washington's federal court. The former FBI lawyer, Kevin Clinesmith, admitted in August to having altered an email used in support of an FBI application to monitor the communications of onetime Trump campaign aide Carter Page. Clinesmith's lawyers say that although Clinesmith believed the information he wrote was accurate, he knowingly doctored the email by stating that Page was “not a source” for the CIA. Read more

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Three former presidents say they’d be willing to publicly take a coronavirus vaccine, once one becomes available, to encourage all Americans to get inoculated against a disease that has already killed more than 275,000 people nationwide. Barack Obama said during an episode of SiriusXM’s “The Joe Madison Show” airing Thursday, “I may end up taking it on TV or having it filmed, just so that people know that I trust this science.” A spokesman for Bill Clinton suggested similar. George W. Bush's chief of staff told CNN that Bush was ready to do so also. Former President Jimmy Carter released a statement endorsing getting vaccinated, while President-elect Joe Biden said he too would be willing to get immunized in public.  Read more

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China's space agency says its spacecraft has lifted off from the moon with a load of lunar rocks. It's the first stage to bring the samples back to Earth and if successful will be the first return of lunar rocks to Earth since Soviet spacecraft did so in the 1970s. The spacecraft touched down Tuesday and it left a free-standing Chinese flag on the moon after its ascent module lifted off Thursday night to connect with its return vehicle. The capsule carrying the rocks is expected to land on Earth later this month. Read more

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No. 8 BYU will play at No. 14 Coastal Carolina on Saturday after the Chanticleers' original opponent, No. 25 Liberty, was hit with COVID-19 issues. The unbeaten Cougars have been looking to add another game to improve their case for a major bowl bid. The unbeaten Chanticleers have ESPN's “College GameDay” coming to Conway, South Carolina. Discussions between BYU and Coastal began Wednesday when it became apparent Liberty might not be able to play. BYU and Coastal Carolina announced they would be playing 56 hours before kickoff as both teams scrambled to prepare for the most intriguing game of the weekend. Read more

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In the most seismic shift by a Hollywood studio yet during the pandemic, Warner Bros. Pictures on Thursday announced that all of its 2021 film slate — including a new “Matrix” movie, “Godzilla vs. Kong” and the Lin-Manuel Miranda adaptation “In the Heights” — will stream on HBO Max at the same time they play in theaters. Films will debut simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max in the U.S. After one month, they will stop streaming and continue to play only in theaters. The move follows Warner Bros.′ decision to put “Wonder Woman 1984” on HBO Max next December, in addition to in theaters. Read more

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New York City rapper Casanova has surrendered to law enforcement following his indictment in a gang-related racketeering case. The rapper whose legal name is Caswell Senior pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of firearms possession, drug distribution and racketeering. He turned himself in to the FBI late Wednesday after being charged in the indictment of 18 members of the Untouchable Gorilla Stone Nation gang. The gang is charged with crimes including the killing in September of a 15-year-old in Poughkeepsie. Casanova is not charged with killing the child. His defense attorney denied the charges and said authorities painted Casanova with a broad brush.  Read more

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The state's highest court ruled against a motion seeking an emergency stay of its decision Saturday to reject a lawsuit led by Republican Congressman Mike Kelly. Read more

The session was the product of an order by the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission. Read more

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Authorities say a couple were arrested at a Hawaii airport after traveling on a flight from the U.S. mainland despite knowing they were infected with COVID-19. The Kauai Police Department says Wesley Moribe and Courtney Peterson were arrested on suspicion of second-degree reckless endangering. Officials say Moribe and Peterson took COVID-19 tests in Seattle and received their positive results while flying to San Francisco. Officials say they were both asked to isolate but they decided to continue on to Hawaii where they live. Peterson did not immediately return voicemail messages seeking comment. A phone number associated with Moribe had been disconnected. Read more

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US Specialty Formulations joined state officials Thursday to announce plans to invest more than $5 million in the effort. Read more

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A divided Wisconsin Supreme Court has refused to hear President Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn his election loss to Democrat Joe Biden in the battleground state. The court on Thursday said the case must first wind its way through lower courts. Trump had argued that there would not be enough time to wage the legal battle that way before presidential electors cast their ballots on Dec. 14. An attorney for Trump says he'll file the lawsuit in circuit court. Biden defeated Trump by nearly 20,700 votes in Wisconsin. He is seeking to toss out more than 221,000 ballots in the state’s two biggest Democratic counties.  Read more

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Queen Latifah’s upcoming drama series has scored a touchdown. CBS says “The Equalizer” will get the coveted post-Super Bowl slot next February to showcase its debut. “The Equalizer,” a reboot of the 1980s series about a retired intelligence agent turned private detective, stars Latifah as an ex-CIA agent and single mom who helps those with no one else to turn to.  The series will immediately follow the conclusion of CBS Sports’ Sunday, Feb. 7, Super Bowl broadcast, with future episodes of “The Equalizer” airing at 8 p.m. EST Sundays. CBS also said that a special edition of Stephen Colbert’s daily “The Late Show” will follow late local news on Super Bowl night. Read more

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Powerful winds have pushed flames through Southern California canyons as an out-of-control wildfire burns near homes, forcing residents to flee. The blaze in Orange County’s Silverado Canyon began late Wednesday as a house fire that quickly spread to tinder-dry brush. It exploded in size early Thursday. Firefighters are struggling in steep terrain amid unpredictable Santa Ana winds that have raised fire danger for much of the region. The blaze broke out as Southern California utilities cut the power to tens of thousands of customers to avoid the threat of wildfires during the windy weather.  Read more

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The killing of a young Black man last month by a white man who complained that he was playing loud music has roiled Ashland, Oregon. The slaying has forced the liberal college town famous for its Shakespeare festival to take a hard look at race relations. The Nov. 23 death of 19-year-old Aidan Ellison added another name to the list of Black men and women whose killings have sparked a nationwide reckoning with racism. Robert Keegan fired a single shot into Ellison’s chest in a motel parking lot. He is being held without bail after pleading not guilty to second-degree murder, manslaughter and other charges. Read more

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Joe Biden says he will ask Americans to commit to 100 days of wearing masks as one of his first acts as president. He stopped just short Thursday of the nationwide mandate he’s pushed before to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The move would mark a notable shift from President Donald Trump, whose own skepticism of mask-wearing has contributed to a politicization of the issue. That’s made many people reticent to embrace a practice that public health experts say is one of the easiest tools to manage the pandemic, which has killed more than 275,000 Americans. The president-elect has frequently emphasized mask-wearing as a “patriotic duty." Read more

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States are drafting plans for who gets the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available this month, as the nation’s death toll from the pandemic surpassed 3,100 in a single day for the first time. Governors and other state officials are weighing both health and economic concerns in deciding the order in which the shots will be given because initial supplies will be limited. Many appear to be heeding nonbinding Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to put nursing home residents and health care workers first. But some governors and lawmakers want to give priority to teachers and other workers, too.  Read more

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The Trump administration is accusing Facebook in a lawsuit of discriminating against U.S. workers in favor of foreigners with special visas to fill more than 2,600 high-paying jobs. The Justice Department announced the suit Thursday, alleging that the tech giant refused to recruit, consider or hire qualified and available U.S. workers for the positions that it reserved for temporary visa holders. Facebook sponsored the visa holders for “green cards” authorizing them to work permanently. The positions at issue offered an average salary of around $156,000. The department is seeking unspecified civil penalties and back pay on behalf of U.S. workers denied employment.  Read more

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Election officials are investigating the actions of a Florida lawyer who they say tried to register to vote in a high-stakes runoff in Georgia that will decide control of the U.S. Senate. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said in a statement Thursday that the attorney also was videotaped at a political rally encouraging Floridians to register to vote in Georgia for its Jan. 5 Senate runoff elections. The elections supervisor in Georgia's Paulding County says the lawyer went online and attempted to register to vote using the address of his brother in Georgia. The lawyer told WSB-TV that he was joking when he made the comments at the rally and denied any wrongdoing. Read more

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New findings show one-third of Allentown residents within the Neighborhood Improvement Zone, or NIZ, are living in poverty. Read more

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Mental health crisis experts Rachel Agosto and Walter Bynum are now on the front lines with Bensalem Township police. Read more

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Optimism about delivering long-sought COVID-19 relief is building on Capitol Hill after additional rank-and-file lawmakers voiced support for a bipartisan, middle-of-the-road plan taking shape in the Senate. Also, top congressional leaders connected on the topic for the first time in months. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — frequent rivals but proven dealmakers — spoke on the phone Thursday. Their conversation came the day after Pelosi signaled a willingness to make major concessions in search of a COVID rescue package in the $1 trillion range. Some conservatives, including Republicans from COVID hotspots like North Dakota and Iowa, said they were comfortable with an aid package carrying the almost $1 trillion price tag. Read more

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Up soon for President-elect Joe Biden: naming his top health care officials as the coronavirus pandemic rages. It’s hard to imagine more consequential picks. Biden is expected to announce his choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services next week. Two Democratic governors who had been talked about for the job — Rhode Island's Gina Raimondo and New Mexico's Michelle Lujan Grisham — are apparently out of the running. But businessman Jeff Zients is widely seen as the leading contender for a White House post coordinating the government's overall virus response. And the government's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, is staying on.  Read more

(The Center Square) – The number of initial unemployment claims filed in Pennsylvania the week ending Nov. 28 was down 3,281 from the previous week, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Labor. Read more

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The Senate has narrowly confirmed the nomination of Christopher Waller for the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors, placing another of President Donald Trump’s picks on the Fed’s influential board after a string of high-profile rejections. The vote Thursday in favor of Waller’s appointment was 48-47. Waller, research director for the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank, has built a career of solid economic credentials and has endured far less scrutiny than Judy Shelton, the controversial nominee he was paired with and who was voted down in the Senate last month. Read more

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Pennsylvania added more than 11,000 daily cases Thursday, with Berks seeing its biggest daily increase, adding more than 460 cases. Read more

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EASTON, Pa. - Being the boss isn't always easy but it's a role Alex Pizolato, 8, figured out quickly. Read more

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PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- FS KKR Capital Corp. (NYSE: FSK) announced that it has priced an underwritten public offering of $1,000,000,000 in aggregate principal amount of its 3.400% unsecured notes due 2026 (the "Notes"). The Notes will mature on January 15, 2026 and may be redeemed in whole or in part at FSK's option at any time at par plus a "make-whole" premium, provided that the Notes may be redeemed at par one month prior to their maturity. The offering is expected to close on December 10, 2020, subject to customary closing conditions. Read more