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An official press release states that this decision was based on a review of forecasts from the National Weather Service. Read more

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WFMZ's Ali Reid goes live every half hour to give us the local road conditions as the winter weather continues to rain (or snow) down on us. Stay tuned to see your local roadways. Read more

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It will remain windy and cold on the back side of our storm on Monday. Temperatures will likely be steady throughout much of the day in the mid to upper 30s with wind chills down into the 20s. Expect mostly cloudy skies and nothing more than a rain or snow shower in spots through the day. Read more

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Areas of Monroe, Carbon, and Pike counties could be looking at more snow than the Lehigh Valley. Read more

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One superfan in Berks County was especially fired up heading into the Birds' wild-card game Sunday against the defending champion Buccaneers. Read more

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In Lehigh County, some cars are getting stuck as they try to make it up Broadway near the Fountain Hill - Salisbury Township border. Read more

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The fire broke out just before 3 p.m. in Clinton Township on Haytown Road. Read more

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A dangerous winter storm combining high winds and ice swept through parts of the U.S. Southeast today, knocking out power, felling trees and fences and coating roads with a treacherous, frigid glaze. Read more

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On Sunday, the Boyertown Area Historical Society commemorated a fatal fire that happened at the Rhoads Opera House in 1908. Read more

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If you plan on going out, the state is urging drivers to be aware of changing conditions. Read more

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They responded to a fire at a house in the 1400 block of Chippewa Drive. Read more

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The woman tells Berks Dog Search that the man grabbed the dog and took off running.  Read more

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With freezing temperatures, roads that only look wet may actually be icy, and extra caution is needed.  Read more

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The deconstruction and recycling of the 1,000 pounds of butter showcases how dairy farmers make a positive impact on the planet. Read more

Officials say there were no reports of injuries. Read more

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Gov. Wolf released the maps Saturday and says the maps are free of gerrymandering.  Read more

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Officials report brine trucks have been applying brine to main, secondary, and tertiary roads, including some alleys. Read more

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(The Center Square) – While Americans continued to move out of higher taxed blue states in 2021, migration patterns were different than they were in 2020, a report by United Van Lines indicates. Read more

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Officials say one person was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive. Read more

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Sunday will still be cold as sunshine gives way to increasing clouds ahead of a strong and fast moving winter storm. Read more

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The fire tore through several buildings but it was contained before reaching the portion of the plant containing large amounts of chemical products. Read more

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There's no word on a possible motive or whether any suspects have been identified. Read more

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Trucks full of Thin Mints, shortbread cookies, Caramel deLites, were parked in the Dorney Park lot Saturday morning. Read more

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We'll end the weekend by sneaking in a dry day ahead of a strong and fast moving winter storm for Sunday night into early Monday. Read more

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The arrests include Christopher Kieffer, Johnathan Schantz, Brent Schantz and Joseph Redmond.  Read more

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Officials say the home did not have working smoke detectors but that the homeowner smelled the smoke.  Read more

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Governor Tom Wolf is reminding Pennsylvanians to monitor their local forecasts for details on the winter storm.  Read more

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has canceled her in-person appointments at the European Parliament this week after her driver tested positive for COVID-19. Von der Leyen was already in Strasbourg for the plenary when she was told of the news and immediately headed back to European Union headquarters Monday. She faced a heavy program in Strasbourg over the next three days. It included a solemn remembrance for David Sassoli. The European Parliament president died last week. Von der Leyen was also scheduled to have meetings with French President Emmanuel Macron and preside over the College of EU Commissioners for their weekly meeting.  Read more

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A dangerous winter storm is whipping the East Coast with significant snowfall, strong thunderstorms and blustery winds Monday. Forecasters estimate a foot of snow will fall in parts of New England, New York state, Ohio and Pennsylvania through Tuesday morning. New York City is expected to be spared most of the snowfall. The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the major city early Monday, which included Brooklyn and Queens. Sleet and rain are the main threats for much of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Road conditions were also a concern. Plow truck drivers were scattered along roads and highways in the region in the early morning hours. Read more

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says "our economy has never worked fairly for Black Americans — or really for any American of color." Her speech delivered at a Washington breakfast gathering is one of many by national leaders acknowledging unmet needs for racial equality on Martin Luther King Day. Major holiday events include the annual Martin Luther King Jr. service in Atlanta, where senior pastor and U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock is hosting Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and other politicians. The service at Ebenezer Baptist Church commemorates what would have been the 93rd birthday of the civil rights leader, who was just 39 when he was assassinated. Read more

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North Korea has fired two short-range missiles into the sea in its fourth weapons launch this month. South Korea’s military says the suspected ballistic missiles flew around 236 miles at a maximum altitude of 26 miles before landing off the country’s northeastern coast. The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command says the missile launches highlighted the destabilizing impact of North Korea’s “illicit” weapons program. Some experts say North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is returning to a tactic of pressuring his neighbors and the U.S. with missile launches and threats before offering negotiations meant to extract concessions. After nuclear diplomacy with the U.S. collapsed in 2019, Kim pledged to further expand his nuclear arsenal. Read more

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Chinese President Xi Jinping is calling for greater world cooperation against COVID-19 and pledged his country would send an additional 1 billion doses of vaccine to other countries. In a speech Monday at a virtual gathering hosted by the World Economic Forum, he also urged other powers to discard a “Cold-War mentality” at a time of rising geopolitical tensions in what was a veiled swipe at the United States. The Chinese leader also touted his country’s efforts to fight climate change but announced no new initiatives and offered no resources. Later, Moderna’s CEO said at a panel that the vaccine maker is working on a single-shot booster for both COVID-19 and the flu. Read more

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Emirati police say a suspected drone attack claimed by Yemen's Houthi rebels may have sparked an explosion that engulfed three oil tankers in Abu Dhabi and another fire at an extension of Abu Dhabi International Airport that killed three people and wounded six. Abu Dhabi police identified the dead as two Indian nationals and one Pakistani. They didn't identify the wounded; police said they suffered minor or moderate wounds. An investigation was underway. Abu Dhabi police did not immediately offer any suspects. Meanwhile, Yemen’s Houthi rebels said they targeted the United Arab Emirates, without elaborating. The Iranian-backed Houthis have claimed several attacks that Emirati officials later denied took place. Read more

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Novak Djokovic has returned home after being thwarted from defending his Australian Open title only to face a new predicament: He could be barred from the French Open this year, too, if he’s still not vaccinated against COVID-19. A plane carrying the No. 1-ranked player touched down in his native Serbia on Monday. That closed at least the first chapter in a dizzying drama that has resonance in the world of elite sports, Australian pandemic politics and the polarized debate over the coronavirus shots. But his troubles may not be over yet: He could be barred from the French Open this year, under a new law intended to exclude the unvaccinated from stadiums and other public places.  Read more

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Russia’s top diplomat has angrily rejected the U.S. allegations that it was preparing a pretext to invade Ukraine as Russian troops have remained concentrated near the border.  The comments Monday came are Russian troops near the Ukraine border launched more drills. The White House said Friday that U.S. intelligence officials had concluded that Russia had already deployed operatives to rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine to carry out sabotage there and blame them on Ukraine to create a pretext for possible invasion. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday dismissed the U.S. claim as “total disinformation.” He said Russia is waiting for a response from the U.S. and its allies to Moscow’s request for binding guarantees that NATO won't embrace Ukraine. Read more

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Sweden’s domestic security agency says it has taken over the preliminary investigation into drones that last week were seen hovering over the country’s three nuclear power plants. At first police said there had been drones over two nuclear plants — one at Forsmark, north of Stockholm, and the other at Oscarshamn in the southeast.  But the intelligence service later said a drone also was reported over a third nuclear power facility on the western coast. Police have no suspects. SAPO issued its statement Monday. Late Friday, police were alerted about the drones but lost track of the unmanned aircraft. Swedish media said the drones were large enough to withstand the wind blowing over the area.  Read more

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Palestinian residents of a flashpoint east Jerusalem neighborhood are locked in a tense standoff with Israeli authorities after police came to evict them from a disputed property. Several residents of a home in Sheikh Jarrah climbed onto the roof of the building on Monday with gas tanks and threatened to set them alight should the municipality follow through with the eviction. Residents say they purchased the property before 1967, when Israel captured east Jerusalem. The state has argued in court that the family does not have property rights. City Hall and the police say the court ordered the family to vacate the property for a school to serve Palestinian children. Read more

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A Turkish court has ordered that prominent Turkish civil rights activist and philanthropist Osman Kavala should stay in prison, despite his more than four years in pre-trial detention. The hearing Monday took place as a Council of Europe deadline that could trigger infringement procedures looms. The European Court of Human Rights ruled in 2019 that Kavala’s rights had been violated and ordered his release. But Turkey has repeatedly refused to do so. His trial is now part of a merged case involving 51 other defendants, including fans of the Besiktas soccer club who were acquitted six years ago of charges related to the 2013 anti-government protests before that decision also was overturned. Read more

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Organizers of the Beijing Olympics say they will only offer event tickets to “selected" spectators because of the coronavirus pandemic. Beijing had already announced that no fans from outside the country would be permitted at the events and had not offered tickets to the general public. The announcement posted on the organizing committee's website confirmed expectations that the Winter Games would have few onlookers. China has largely avoided major virus outbreaks with a regimen of lockdowns, mass testing for COVID-19 and travel restrictions. But it continues to fight surges in several cities. Read more

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Greece has imposed a vaccination mandate for people 60 and older, as its vaccination rate remains below the European Union average and a spike in infections has put sustained pressure on Greek hospitals. People in that age group who fail to get vaccinated will face a 50-euro ($57) fine in January and monthly fines of 100 euros ($114) after that. About two-thirds of Greece’s 10.7 million people are currently fully vaccinated, while the EU average is just over 70%. New infections surged sharply in early January, driven by the highly contagious omicron variant. Read more

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China is showing no signs of slowing its demand for American lobster this year despite disruption to the supply chain and international trade caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Chinese demand for the crustaceans grew dramatically during the 2010s in part because of the expansion of the country’s middle class. The lobsters are especially sought after in winter because they are a popular delicacy on Chinese New Year, which is Feb. 1 this year. American exporters sent about 6% more lobster to China in the first 11 months of 2021 than during the same time period the previous year. Read more

A Turkish court has acquitted German journalist Mesale Tolu after years on trial for terror-related charges. She was accused of engaging in terror propaganda and being a member of a banned left-wing group — the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party. The 38-year-old German citizen was placed in pre-trial detention for eight months in 2017. She was later released but was barred from leaving Turkey until August 2018. German-Turkish relations were tense at the time of Tolu’s arrest, when eight other German or German-Turkish citizens were imprisoned. Reporters Without Borders ranks Turkey at 153 out of 180 countries in its World Press Freedom Index of 2021.  Read more

The U.S. Senate’s only Black Republican is putting forth what he characterizes as a positive response to partisan rhetoric on race that he’s best-positioned to rebut. Tim Scott of South Carolina tells The Associated Press that he hopes a video series on issues he sees as pertinent to the Black community will help refocus a fraught national conversation on race. Scott has timed the release in conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Scott tells the AP he feels that race struggles are only exacerbated by President Joe Biden’s recent voting rights speech, which Scott calls “misleading.” Last week in Atlanta, Biden challenged senators to “stand against voter suppression.” Read more

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The Australian Open has started without nine-time champion Novak Djokovic. The focus is finally on the tennis. Naomi Osaka opened her title defense with a straight-set win over Camila Osorio in the second match on Rod Laver Arena. Rafael Nadal is the only past champion in the men’s bracket after Djokovic’s late withdrawal. Nadal also had a straight-set win as he renewed his bid for a men’s record 21st major singles title. Djokovic was heading home after losing a legal battle Sunday to have his visa reinstated despite not being vaccinated for COVID-19. Read more

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Weary of some of the harshest COVID-19 border restrictions in the world, many Australians wanted tennis star Novak Djokovic kicked out of their country for traveling to a tennis tournament without being vaccinated. But the backdrop to the government’s tough line on the defending Australian Open champion _ and Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s description of the expulsion as a “decision to keep our borders strong” _ dates to nearly a decade ago. It also shines a light on Australia’s complicated, and strongly criticized, immigration and border policies. Now, with the next election due by May, Djokovic has become the new focus of the government’s claim to a tough stance on border protection. Opposition leaders argue that the tennis star has exposed government failures. Read more

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Amazon’s British website has backed away from plans to stop accepting Visa credit cards issued in the United Kingdom. The online retailer said Monday that the change would not be implemented as planned Wednesday while talks between the two sides continue. Amazon had announced the move in November, blaming “the high fees Visa charges for processing credit card transactions.” Amazon didn’t rule out future action but told customers it would give them “advance notice” of any changes related to the acceptance of Visa credit cards. Read more

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Credit Suisse says its chairman has resigned following an internal investigation that reportedly turned up that he had violated quarantine rules intended to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The resignation of Antonio Horta-Osorio, a British-Portuguese national who took the job barely eight months ago, was announced Monday. It's the latest upheaval at the top-drawer Swiss bank that has faced an array of recent troubles, including bad bets on hedge funds and an internal spying scandal. Axel Lehmann will take over the post. Lehmann is a Swiss national and former executive at rival bank UBS who joined the Credit Suisse board in October. Read more

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New Zealand and Australia have sent military surveillance flights to assess the damage a huge undersea volcanic eruption caused in Tonga. Communications with the Pacific island nation remain limited since Saturday's eruption. No casualties have been confirmed on Tonga, although a British woman is reported missing. Residents who got messages out to the world described a moonscape left by tsunami waves and volcanic ash fall. The single underwater cable that provides internet and international phone service was likely severed by the eruption. The ash was contaminating drinking water, and New Zealand is planning to fly water and other supplies to Tonga on Tuesday. Read more

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China’s economy grew by 8.1% in 2021 but Beijing faces pressure to shore up activity after an abrupt slowdown in the second half. Government data show the economy expanded by 4% over a year earlier in the final three months of 2021. That is down from the previous quarter’s 4.9% and an eye-popping 18.3% in the year’s first three months. Activity languished under pressure from Beijing on the real estate industry, a key growth driver, to cut debt levels that Chinese leaders worry are dangerously high. The Chinese central bank announced an interest rate cut on one type of lending to commercial banks.  Read more

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Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has returned to Ukraine to face court on treason charges he believes are politically motivated. At the Kyiv airport, where he arrived on a flight from Warsaw on Monday morning, Poroshenko was greeted by several thousand supporters. From the airport, Poroshenko headed straight to court, which will rule on whether to remand him in custody. A prosecutor has alleged that Poroshenko, one of Ukraine’s richest businessmen, was involved in the sale of large amounts of coal that helped finance Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine in 2014-15. Poroshenko’s assets were frozen as part of its investigation into the allegations of treason. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.  Read more

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U.S. and British authorities are continuing an investigation into the weekend standoff at a Texas synagogue that ended with an armed British national dead. The rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel was among four people taken hostage and credits past security training with everyone getting out safely. President Joe Biden called the episode an act of terror. Authorities identified the captor as 44-year-old Malik Faisal Akram. The FBI said there was no early indication that anyone else was involved but has not provided a possible motive. The agency on Sunday night issued a statement calling the ordeal “a terrorism-related matter, in which the Jewish community was targeted” and said the Joint Terrorism Task Force is investigating. Read more

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World shares are mixed after China reported that its economy expanded at an 8.1% annual pace in 2021, though growth slowed to half that level in the last quarter. Paris, Frankfurt, Tokyo and Shanghai advanced while Hong Kong and Seoul declined. Shortly before the growth data were announced, the Chinese central bank on Monday announced a rate cut on medium-lending to commercial banks. On Wall Street Friday, major indexes logged their second losing week in a row. The S&P 500 gained 0.1%. The tech-heavy Nasdaq added 0.6% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.6%. Traders were disappointed to see that U.S. retail sales sank 1.9% in December. Read more

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Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Larry Bird headline the 1980s all-decade team for the NBA, as voted on by AP Sports staffers directly engaged with the NBA At 75 season-long series. Johnson and Bird are joined on the team by Julius Erving, Michael Jordan and Moses Malone. Read more

Arab politician Mansour Abbas broke a longstanding taboo when he joined Israel’s governing coalition last year. The bold move appears to be paying dividends: Abbas is the linchpin of the shaky union, securing hefty budgets and favorable policies for his constituents and even being granted an audience with the king of Jordan. But Abbas is being forced to perform a delicate balancing act between the desires of his Arab voters and his Jewish coalition partners, often finding himself berated by all sides. Read more

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A new effort to preserve historic Black churches in the United States has received a $20 million donation that will go to help congregations. The National Trust for Historic Preservation says Lilly Endowment Inc. contributed the money to the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund. It will serve as seed funding for the Preserving Black Churches Project. The first recipient is St. James AME Church, which was badly damaged during the tornado that ripped through Mayfield, Kentucky, last month. It will receive $100,000. The project plans to assist more than 50 Black churches nationwide over the next three years. Read more

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The tight-knit congregation at a Texas synagogue where four people were held hostage by an armed captor during a 10-hour standoff over the weekend traces its roots back to a gathering organized over 20 years ago by a handful of families who were new to the area. Since that start in 1998, the congregation in the Fort Worth suburb of Colleyville has grown to about 140 families, built its own synagogue and hired a rabbi known throughout the area for building bridges with other faiths. Anna Salton Eisen, a founder and former president of Congregation Beth Israel, said she's been bowled over by the intensity of the support they've gotten during the ordeal. Read more

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Monday from the Australian Open at Melbourne Park (all times local): Read more