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    China drives global diamond jewelry sales to $79 billion

    A diamond is forever ... especially in China.

    Global diamond jewelry sales hit a record $79 billion last year, led by strong interest from the Chinese for the rare gem, according to a report from De Beers.

    Polished diamond sales in China rocketed by ...

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INSIDE YOUR TOWN

Males tried to get middle school student into vehicle

Generic Lower Saucon Twp. police car
LOWER SAUCON TOWNSHIP, Pa.

Lower Saucon Township Police are investigating a report that three unknown males tried to get a Saucon Valley Middle School student into their car as she was walking home from school Thursday afternoon.

Synthetic athletic fields proposed for Lower Macungie park

Proposed sports fields in Lower Macungie Twp.'s Quarry Park
LOWER MACUNGIE TWP., Pa.

A $2.7-million proposal to install two synthetic athletic fields with lighting in Lower Macungie’s Quarry Park was presented to township commissioners Thursday night.

ASD unions slam administration over listless contract talks

ALLENTOWN, Pa.

It wouldn't be an Allentown School District Board of Directors meeting if at least one person wasn't miffed about something.

Forks dealing with maintenance building headaches

Forks Twp. board of supervisors meeting
FORKS TWP.., Pa.

Forks Township officials call the township's new maintenance building "the gift that keeps on giving."

Local Politics

Scots decide whether to declare independence from England

Scotland independence referendum, voters at polling place

Paul Hackett/Reuters

An independent Scotland could soon become a reality, so is the playing of bagpipes the sound of a revolution or the continued soundtrack of 300 years of tradition?

Pa. Senate committee approves property tax reform bill

Pennsylvania Capitol building - sunny day

Jace Codi/69 News

A measure to reform Pennsylvania's property tax system moved forward in Harrisburg on Tuesday.

Bethlehem leaders seek ways to close $5.9 million budget gap

Bethlehem City Hall

A $5.9 million budget deficit is looming in Bethlehem, but the mayor said he has a plan to fix it, and it's going to require some belt-tightening at City Hall and from residents themselves.

Poll shows Wolf maintaining lead in race for Pa. governor

Poll shows Wolf maintaining lead in race for Pa governor

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett is falling further behind in his bid for re-election.

Former Pa. lawmaker to take another shot at House seat

David Kessler

69 News

A former Pennsylvania representative in Berks County is once again setting his sights on Harrisburg.