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Pa. Health Dept. Announces New 2,251 Coronavirus Cases Over Last Two Days After Technical Delay

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 2,251 new cases of Coronavirus and 17 additional deaths over the last two days.

The state reports there was a “technical issue” that led to a delay in reporting Saturday’s coronavirus update. Recently, the Pennsylvania Department of Health had shifted to publishing coronavivrus updates Monday through Saturday, with Sunday’s and Monday’s updates included on Monday. Today’s update is reflective of data from Saturday and Sunday.

The statewide total number of cases has risen to 163,535 since Friday’s report, according to the state’s data.

The Health Department says all 67 counties in Pennsylvania have had cases of COVID-19. Current patients are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital.

The statewide death toll has risen to 8,216.

There are 1,931,635 patients across the state who have tested negative to date.

The state Health

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Pa. Dept. Of Labor & Industry To Delay Deployment Of New Computer System, Will Continue To Use ‘Woefully Outdated’ System For Claims

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pennsylvania’s “woefully outdated” computer system used to handle unemployment claims will not get previously promised upgrades.

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For the past few months, The Department of Labor and Industry’s Secretary Jerry Oleksiak has said the new system would go live in October.

With just a few days to go, the state announced it will now pause the launch of the new system.

This comes at the recommendation of state legislators, stakeholders and the U.S. Department of Labor, according to the Department of L&I.

The release states: “Pennsylvania will avoid potentially disrupting people relying on unemployment compensation by pausing the launch of the new system that will change how to file for claim and benefits.”

The state is still using 50-year-old technology to process claims.

KDKA’s Meghan Schiller interviewed Auditor General Eugene DePasquale in August, who described the system as “woefully outdated” ad “held together with bubble gum

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Justice Dept. expected to file antitrust action vs. Google

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Justice Dep’t. sends its Section 230 rewrite to Congress

Cartoon hands hold out a band-aid over the words Section 230.

The Department of Justice today dropped a proposed “recalibration” of one of the most important laws governing the US Internet into Congress’s lap and urged legislators to act to remove a liability protection on which nearly every website and app currently relies.

Attorney General Bill Barr sent the proposed legislation—an extension of his June wish list—to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Mike Pence (in his role as President of the Senate) this morning.

“For too long Section 230 has provided a shield for online platforms to operate with impunity,” Barr said in a written statement. “Ensuring that the internet is a safe, but also vibrant, open, and competitive environment is vitally important to America,” he added. “We therefore urge Congress to make these necessary reforms to Section 230 and begin to hold online platforms accountable both when they unlawfully censor speech and when they knowingly facilitate

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Justice Dept. urges Congress to limit tech’s legal shield

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department sent Congress draft legislation on Wednesday that would reduce a legal shield for platforms like Facebook and YouTube, in the latest effort by the Trump administration to revisit the law as the president claims those companies are slanted against conservative voices.

The original law, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, makes it difficult to sue online platforms over the content they host or the way they moderate it. Under the proposed changes, technology platforms that purposely facilitate “harmful criminal activity” would not receive the protections, the department said. Platforms that allow “known criminal content” to stay up once they know it exists would lose the protections for that content.

Attorney General William Barr, in a statement, urged lawmakers to “begin to hold online platforms accountable both when they unlawfully censor speech and when they knowingly facilitate egregious criminal activity online.” (While they are shielded

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Justice Dept. Case Against Google Is Said to Focus on Search Dominance

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice’s impending lawsuit against Google has narrowed to focus on the company’s power over internet search, a decision that could set off a cascade of separate lawsuits from states in ensuing weeks over the Silicon Valley giant’s dominance in other business segments.

In presentations to state attorneys general starting on Wednesday, the department is expected to outline its legal case centered on how Google uses its dominant search engine to harm rivals and consumers, said four people with knowledge of the plan, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the details were confidential. Meeting with the state attorneys general is one of the final steps before the department files its suit against the company, they said.

The Justice Department’s action against Google is set to be narrower than what some states and several career lawyers in the department had envisioned. The department also investigated

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Justice Dept. to brief state officials on expected Google antitrust case

The Justice Department and Google each declined to comment.

The Justice Department opened its investigation of Google last year, a probe that initially appeared focused on the company’s advertising business but since then has come to encompass its dominant footprint in online search. It marks the first major entanglement between the U.S. government and the tech giant since 2013, when federal officials last scrutinized Google on antitrust grounds but opted against filing a lawsuit challenging the company. In the meantime, European regulators have slapped Google with billions of dollars in fines for violating antitrust laws.

The department had been eyeing a September lawsuit against Google. U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr this summer sought to speed up the agency’s work, overruling dozens of federal agents who said they needed additional time before they could file a case against Google, The Washington Post previously reported.

State attorneys general, meanwhile, embarked on

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Justice Dept. indicts six in scheme to bribe Amazon employees and gain marketplace advantage

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A grand jury in the Western District of Washington has indicted six people in a multi-million dollar scheme to bribe Amazon employees and contractors to gain an unfair advantage on the Amazon marketplace, the U.S. Justice Department announced on Friday.

The indictment alleges that the defendants conspired to pay over $100,000 in bribes in order to benefit specific merchant accounts on the platform used by third-party sellers. The accounts gained more than $100 million in competitive benefits, according to the indictment, and caused harm to competitors and consumers.

“The ultimate victim from this criminal conduct is the buying public who get inferior or even dangerous goods that should have been removed from the marketplace,” U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran said.

Among the “illicit steps” described in the indictment, corrupted employees and contractors helped reinstate products and merchant accounts that Amazon had suspended or blocked entirely from doing

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