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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday that all schools will remain closed indefinitely as Pennsylvania reported nearly 700 new cases of the coronavirus.

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WINNSBORO, S.C. (AP) — Students struggling to get online in a rural South Carolina county received a boost last week with the arrival of six buses equipped with Wi-Fi, some of the hundreds the state has rolled out since

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As an uneasy March unspooled, as coronavirus dread descended upon the United States, it became commonplace — and, for public figures, quite practical — to point out how, unlike most major events in the 21st century, this was an unusually communal moment.

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The coronavirus pandemic has upended the lives and finances of millions. A federal relief package aiming to provide payments to distressed consumers passed Friday — but that money is not likely to land for a number of weeks.

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials have arrested the pastor of a megachurch after detectives say he held two Sunday services with hundreds of people and violated a safer-at-home order in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Alicia Keys, already a New York Times best-selling author, looks to the past and opens up in her new book, “More Myself: A Journey,” to be released Tuesday on Oprah Winfrey’s imprint via Flatiron Books. In outtakes from a recent interview with The Associated Press, Keys discu…

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BRANTNER, Mary E., 89, of Saxton.

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Some of the school districts throughout Bedford County are guaranteeing students have at least one meal per day during the COVID-19 school closures.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania increased by more than 640 over the past day and four more people died, the state Health Department announced Sunday.

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — As the coronavirus rages across the United States, mainly in large urban areas, more than a third of U.S. counties have yet to report a single positive test result for COVID-19 infections, an analysis by The Associated Press shows.

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Jason Mallery and Ashley Ramsey of Pittsburgh are blessed to announce the birth of a son, Jayce Wyatt Mallery. He was born at 1:52 a.m. March 19 at UPMC Magee-Women’s Hospital. He weighed 6 pounds, 1 ounce and was 19 1/2 inches long. He is welcomed by five amazing siblings: Kyara Mallery, Mo…

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Omni Bedford Springs Resort and Spa will be closing for two months, Omni officials have announced.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kristen Bell is hosting a Nickelodeon special with a “kid’s-eye view” of the coronavirus pandemic to address youngsters’ concerns and help families weather the crisis, the channel said Friday.

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From finding ways to help others cope to sheltering in place to canceling events, here’s a look at some of the ways the entertainment industry is reacting to the spread of the coronavirus, which most people recover from but can cause severe illness in the elderly and those with preexisting m…

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Residents needing records from the Bedford County Register of Wills/Recorder of Deeds and Prothonotary offices will be able to access those records online for free, Register/Recorder Dwight “JR” Winck said.

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(Obituaries on Page A10)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf put another 2.5 million Pennsylvania residents under an order that restricts people from leaving home Friday, as his administration confirmed more coronavirus cases and deaths and major facilities were enlisted to help with hospital overflows.

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Police are investigating a theft of service.

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MADRID (AP) — Some political leaders are hailing a potential breakthrough in the fight against COVID-19: simple pin-prick blood tests or nasal swabs that can determine within minutes if someone has, or previously had, the virus.

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A local man has launched an online project that so far has raised $600 for a statue that will depict a Medal of Honor recipient who died in the Vietnam War.

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CLAYSBURG — After two weeks of staying at home after Gov. Tom Wolf closed all Pennsylvania schools, Claysburg-Kimmel teachers re-connected with the community on Thursday with a parade that traveled through most of the district.

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Services and events at Time Ministries Church have either been postponed or canceled. Family Fun Nights will resume April 24. The special conference with Rabbi Jack Zimmerman will be rescheduled for fall. Sunday morning services will be live-streamed at 10:30 a.m. They can be viewed at www.F…

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If anyone wanted to point to signs of Christ’s return, the last two weeks have been a prophecy student’s dream.

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(Obituaries on Page A12)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania rose by 50% to more than 1,600 cases, while record numbers of state residents filed for unemployment compensation, the most in the nation, according to figures released Thursday.

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BOSTON (AP) — Neil Diamond posts a fireside rendition of “Sweet Caroline” with its familiar lyrics tweaked to say, “Hands ... washing hands.” A news anchor asks when social distancing will end because “my husband keeps trying to get into the house.” And a sign outside a neighborhood church r…

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Bedford Borough Council has declared a state of emergency in response to the coronavirus.

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Everett firefighter Selena Clark sprays down a skid loader that caught fire Thursday afternoon at 195 Drive-In Lane, Snake Spring Township. The skid loader caused a nearby brush pile to catch fire. The alarm was reported at 12:04 p.m.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week — almost five times the previous record set in 1982 — amid a widespread economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus.

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Bedford County has, to this point, not had a confirmed case of the coronavirus.

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Due to response efforts to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, the state Supreme Court has closed all courtrooms to the public. Central court on Wednesday was limited to cases for defendants currently incarcerated at the Bedford County Correctional Facility. Scheduled preliminary he…

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While Gazette print subscribers and other readers are able to read a print edition Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, print subscribers also have free access to read a complete digital version of the newspaper six days a week.

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(Obituaries on Pages A11 and A14)