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BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — The police officer who fatally shot a Black man during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb apparently intended to fire a Taser, not a handgun, as the man struggled with police, the city’s police chief said Monday.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors’ case against former Officer Derek Chauvin drew toward a close Monday with tender memories from George Floyd’s younger brother and testimony from a police use-of-force expert who said no “reasonable” officer would have done what Chauvin did.

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Lawrence County reported a combined 37 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday and Monday, state health officials reported.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden White House is amplifying the push for its $2.3 trillion infrastructure package with the release of state-by-state breakdowns that show the dire shape of roads, bridges, the power grid and housing affordability.

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Twenty-three of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties got funding from a non-profit organization largely funded by a donation from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to help cover the increased costs associated with running an election during a pandemic.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Derek Chauvin's defense attorney was questioning George Floyd's girlfriend about the couple buying drugs when he abruptly shifted gears for what seemed an innocuous question: He presumed the couple had pet names for each other. Under what name, he asked, did she appear in …

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Two big South Korean electric vehicle battery makers said Sunday they have settled a long-running trade dispute that will allow one company to move ahead with plans to manufacture batteries in Georgia.

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PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It was supposed to be a unifying weekend for a Republican Party at war with itself over former President Donald Trump’s divisive leadership. But Trump himself shattered two days of relative peace in his closing remarks to the GOP’s top donors when he insulted the part…

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FERNDALE, Pa. (AP) — Four teenage girls ranging in age from 12 to 14 have been arrested on juvenile court charges of setting a fire that destroyed an unoccupied western Pennsylvania house earlier this month, sending a police officer and a firefighter to the hospital, authorities said.

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Lawrence County reported 15 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, state health officials reported.

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New Castle News picked up four honors, including a first place for NCN Editor Jeffery Gerritt, in the annual Best of CNHI editorial contest, sponsored by CNHI LLC., an Alabama-based media company with more than 90 local news outlets in 21 states.

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The number of abortion providers and the number of abortions provided in Pennsylvania have both decreased over the last decade, lawmakers were told at a House health committee hearing on Thursday.

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MILLCREEK TOWNSHIP (AP) — A New Castle man is in the Erie County Prison after he was thrown out of a bar for allegedly harassing another patron for wearing a face mask then tried to reenter the establishment armed with a gun and fired a shot.

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Lawrence County reported 16 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, state health officials reported. 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden released a $1.5 trillion wish list for his first federal budget Friday, asking for substantial gains for Democratic priorities including education, health care, housing and environmental protection.

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Lawrence County Community Action Partnership has received a $1 million HUD demonstration grant to help residents with weatherization and lead hazard control.

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A revived financial picture for Lawrence County has enabled the commissioners to fully repay its $3 million tax anticipation loan, just three months into the year.

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UPMC has begun administering its first doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in Venango County for residents in a nine-county area that includes Lawrence County.

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A 50-year-old North Hill man won’t face homicide or other charges for fatally shooting Darius Ramsey, 22, of Young Street, during a shoot out Thursday afternoon.

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HERMITAGE — A normally quiet place, Dr. Charles Gulland’s office in Hermitage was bustling Wednesday afternoon as staff members loaded vehicles in preparation for their annual deliveries to the area’s first responders.

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The state will roll out a new website for people seeking jobless benefits in June, updating a 40-year-old computer system that was strained by the unprecedented spike in unemployment claims last year as the pandemic shutdown vast swathes of the economy.

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Lawrence County reported another COVID-19 death and 29 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, state health officials reported. 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden, in his first gun control measures since taking office, announced a half-dozen executive actions Thursday aimed at addressing a proliferation of gun violence across the nation that he called an “epidemic and an international embarrassment."

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A major Pennsylvania construction contractor was charged Thursday with stealing tens of millions of dollars from its own workers by systematically violating state and federal prevailing wage laws on taxpayer-funded public infrastructure projects.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — George Floyd died of a lack of oxygen from being pinned to the pavement with a knee on his neck, a medical expert testified at former Officer Derek Chauvin’s murder trial Thursday, emphatically rejecting the defense theory that Floyd's drug use and underlying health proble…

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New Castle police are investigating a shooting in Neshannock Village that claimed the life of a New Castle man Thursday afternoon.

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Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge John W. Hodge crafted what he saw as an appropriate sentence Thursday for a 22-year-old man accused raping a 6-year-old girl when he was about 14 years old.

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BAGHDAD (AP) — The mission of U.S. forces in Iraq has shifted to training and advisory roles, allowing for redeployment of combat forces remaining in the country, U.S. and Iraq delegates said Wednesday, after a third round of strategic U.S.-Iraq talks.

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