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Fed sees continued low rates

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve held its benchmark interest rate steady Wednesday and sent its strongest signal to date that it sees no need to raise rates anytime soon. Its message ignited a rally on Wall Street, which cheered the prospect of continued modest borrowing rates for the ...

Stocks jump after Fed indicates patience on US rate increases

Stocks finished sharply higher Wednesday after the Federal Reserve signaled it could hold off on interest rate increases in the coming months, citing muted inflation. Technology companies powered the broad rally, which snapped the market’s two-day losing streak. The benchmark S&P 500 ...

Department of Corrections needs to improve focus on safety for officers

Recent headlines across the commonwealth trumpeted a drop in state prison population. That has certainly earned Pennsylvania positive reviews from many outside the system, but for those of us on the inside, we see a great deal of work that remains to improve the safety for corrections officers ...

Feds indict powerful Philly union boss, councilman, others

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A powerful union boss who has long held a tight grip on construction jobs in the Philadelphia region and wielded political power in the city and Statehouse has been indicted on embezzlement and fraud charges along with a city councilman and six others. Johnny “Doc” ...

E-cigs outperform patches, gums

WASHINGTON (AP) — A major new study provides the strongest evidence yet that vaping can help smokers quit cigarettes, with e-cigarettes proving nearly twice as effective as nicotine gums and patches. The British research, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, could ...

Vehicles pileup after snow squall

READING (AP) — More than two dozen vehicles have been involved in a chain-reaction crash on a central Pennsylvania highway after a snow squall caused whiteout conditions. About 27 vehicles were involved in the crash just after 1 p.m. Wednesday on Route 222, about 60 miles (95 kilometers) ...

Wolf renews bid to put state’s minimum wage among highest

HARRISBURG (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf rolled out a second-term proposal Wednesday to vault Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to one of the highest in the nation after similar first-term proposals by the Democrat fell flat in the Republican-controlled Legislature. Wolf wants to take the hourly minimum ...

Kris Letang, Pittsburgh jump out early, topple Tampa Bay

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kris Letang tied Hall of Famer Paul Coffey’s franchise record for career goals by a defenseman, Matt Murray stopped 33 shots and the Pittsburgh Penguins held off the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 on Wednesday night. Letang’s shot from the right circle in the second period ...

Gordon altered NASCAR landscape

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jeff Gordon graduated from racing sprint cars on “Thursday Night Thunder” to the big leagues of NASCAR, arriving with a silly mustache, a mullet and a briefcase that held little more than his Nintendo Game Boy. The 20-year-old from California, who briefly ...