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Contested congressional seats in the nation's suburbs are becoming battlefields, and each party is wielding what it hopes will be a potent weapon. During the pandemic, Democrats are widely returning to the health care theme they used in 2018 to capture House control. In some races, Republicans are promoting the need for law and order after racial justice protests this summer that sometimes turned violent. Even in campaigns where the GOP has chosen a different theme, President Donald Trump's recent focus on law and order can color the debate. Each side has tested its messaging carefully and thinks the other side has chosen a losing issue. Read more

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Few members of the Republican Party have taken a political journey as long as Lindsey Graham’s. He's gone from ridiculing Donald Trump as a “race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot” to becoming one of the president's fiercest defenders in Congress. This November may be Graham's toughest test yet as he seeks reelection. He'll have to explain to voters how, as the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, he'll push for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee on the president’s aggressive timetable, even though the senator opposed moving ahead with Democratic President Barack Obama's election-year nominee. Graham says “the rules have changed as far as I’m concerned.” Read more

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A woman was located at the exterior of the home, conscious, and suffering from 2nd and 3rd degree burns.  Read more

The Census Bureau is contending with several natural disasters as wildfires and hurricanes disrupt the final weeks of the nation’s once-a-decade headcount. The agency was already burdened with the coronavirus pandemic and a tightened deadline. Now the fires on the West Coast have forced tens of thousands of people to flee homes in California and Oregon before they could be counted. And tens of thousands of others remain uncounted in Louisiana communities hit hard by Hurricane Laura more than two weeks ago. Nearly a quarter million more households are uncounted in areas affected by Hurricane Sally this week. Read more

Tens of thousands of Belarusians calling for the authoritarian president to resign marched through the capital as the country's wave of protests entered its seventh week. Hundreds of soldiers blocked off the center of Minsk, deploying water cannon and armored personnel carriers and erecting barbed wire barriers. Protests also took place in several other cities, including Brest and Grodno. The crowd in Minsk included about 100,000 people, said Ales Bialiatski, head of the Viasna human rights organization. He said dozens of demonstrators were arrested in Minsk and Grodno. Protests began Aug. 9 after an election that official results say gave President Alexander Lukashenko a sixth term in office; opponents and some poll workers say the results were manipulated.     Read more

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MONROE COUNTY, Pa. -- Officials have reported a shooting in Stroudsburg.  Read more

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The fire happened on the 800 block of Bangor Road. Read more

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Thousands of people have marched in Berlin demanding that the government do more to help migrants stuck in Greece, many of whom have been made homeless since fires ravaged the country’s largest refugee camp. Germany’s government said last week it would take in 1,553 migrants who come from 408 families with children from various Greek islands who already have been granted protected status in Greece. The move came on top of a decision to take in up to 150 unaccompanied children as part of a European effort. Sunday's demonstrators demanded that Germany do more, and that the government not block independent state or municipal efforts to take in refugees themselves.  Read more

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A dispute between Iowa's governor and the state's largest school district could mean summer school for students and crippling bills for the school system. Des Moines school officials have repeatedly refused to abide by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds’ order that districts hold at least half their classes in-person, saying it's not safe. After the district last week again voted to violate Reynolds’ order, the governor called their action “unacceptable.” The state Education Department is beginning the process for punishing the district. If they find the district is out of compliance, state officials could take a variety of actions, including requiring the district to keep students in classes until the end of June. Each additional day would cost the district about $1.5 million. Read more

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A federal judge has approved a request from a group of WeChat users to delay looming U.S. government restrictions that could effectively make the popular app nearly impossible to use. In a ruling dated Saturday, Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in California said the government’s actions would affect users’ First Amendment rights as an effective ban on the app removes their platform for communication. WeChat is a messaging-focused app popular with many Chinese-speaking Americans that serves as a lifeline to friends, family, customers and business contacts in China. It’s owned by Chinese tech giant Tencent. Read more

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Riding high on a performance for the ages, 21-year-old Tour de France rookie Tadej Pogacar will be cruising into Paris with the race leader’s iconic yellow jersey. He is on his way Sunday to becoming the youngest post-war winner of the showpiece event. Pogacar snatched away the overall lead from Slovenian countryman Primoz Roglic on Saturday at the last possible opportunity, in a high-drama time trial. It was the penultimate stage with the last real racing for the title. The Tour was celebrating a victory, too _ over the coronavirus. It left Nice on the Mediterranean three weeks ago unsure that it would be able to negotiate unscathed through the epidemic to Sunday’s finish on Paris’ tree-lined Champs-Elysees boulevard.  Read more

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The crash occurred on the 2300 block of Yost Road.  Read more

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Finnish authorities say a Baltic Sea passenger ferry with nearly 300 people has run aground in the Aland Islands archipelago between Finland and Sweden without injuries. Rescue officials are preparing to evacuate the vessel. The Finnish Coast Guard tweeted Sunday that the M/S Amorella operated by ferry operator Viking Line between the Finnish western port city of Turku and Stockholm is currently “stuck on the ground” south of the port of Langnas in the Aland Islands. Read more

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Four years ago, the allure of conservative Supreme Court appointments helped persuade skeptical Republicans to support Donald Trump for president. Two years ago, a contentious clash over Trump’s choice of Brett Kavanaugh for the court was credited with bolstering GOP gains in the Senate in an otherwise bad midterm election. And now, just 44 days before Trump’s reelection will be decided, Republicans are again looking to a nomination fight to unite a deeply fractured party as it faces the very real possibility of losing the White House and control of the Senate this fall. GOP leaders are optimistic they can pull it off. Read more

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Voting problems in Georgia's Fulton County, which is home to Atlanta, have become a national flashpoint in recent elections in part because they have disproportionately affected Black voters. In the state's June primary, many voters never received the absentee ballots they requested. Long lines at polling places forced some voters to wait hours after polls closed before they could cast a ballot. County elections officials are making myriad changes to try to head off problems in November, as Georgia emerges as a potential presidential battleground and turnout is expected to set a record. Read more

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Lauren Witzke is drawing criticism for a social media post, including a controversial meme, she posted just hours after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death Friday night. Read more

A union representing public sector workers in Germany says it will start staging short-term warning strikes after the latest round of wage negotiations failed to produce an agreement. The Ver.di union, which represents around 2.3 million federal and local employees, said Sunday that strikes will start Tuesday. Warning strikes are a typical tactic in German labor negotiations and typically last between several hours to a day or two. The union is demanding a 4.8% raise for its workers over the next year.  Government negotiators are seeking a longer-term solution and say the demands are too high with the German economy struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

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Route 222 southbound at the Kutztown Rd Overpass was closed for roughly 5 hours Saturday night.  Read more

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Amid an uproar in Parliament, Indian lawmakers have approved a pair of controversial agriculture bills that the government says will boost growth in the farming sector through private investments. The two bills were approved Sunday even though most opposition parties and some allies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi called them anti-farmer. The legislation is aimed at reforming India’s deeply stressed farming sector and will give farmers freedom to market their produce, according to Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar. Read more

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These are the best stargazing conditions we've seen in months, and it's partly due to the record-setting cold weather. Read more

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Record cold in the Lehigh Valley for Sept. 20.   Read more

Iran dismissed U.S. efforts to restore all U.N. sanctions on the country as mounting economic pressure from Washington pushed the local currency down to its lowest level ever on Sunday. Iran’s currency dropped to 272,500 to the U.S. dollar at money exchange shops across Tehran. The rial has lost more than 30% of its value to the dollar since June as sweeping U.S. sanctions on Iran continue to crush its ability to sell oil globally. The U.S. move to try and restore U.N. sanctions has been rejected as illegal by most of the rest of the world, including other Security Council nations. Read more

A glitch at the virtual creative arts Emmy telecast was minor, but it may have provoked flashbacks for Jimmy Kimmel. He presided over the 2017 Oscars when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway mistakenly announced “La La Land” as the best picture instead of winner “Moonlight.” Kimmel is hosting Sunday's prime-time Emmy Awards on ABC, which will include ambitious live video feeds from 130 socially distanced nominees. Limited series “Watchmen” is the leading nominee, with its star and three-time Emmy winner Regina King up for honors. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is among the comedy series contenders, with “Succession,” “Ozark” and “The Mandalorian” among those vying for the drama series crown.  Read more

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Forecasters say Tropical Storm Beta is making a slow crawl to the shores of Texas and Louisiana, casting worries about heavy rain, flooding and storm surge across the Gulf Coast. The system is moving north at just 3 mph and is expected to make landfall sometime Monday. Coastal communities have begun preparing for the storm, with the city of Galveston, Galveston County and nearby Seabrook issuing voluntary evacuation orders. Two other systems are also whirling in the Atlantic basin during this exceptionally busy hurricane season. If Beta makes landfall, it will be the ninth named storm to hit the continental U.S. in 2020, tying a record set in 1916. Read more

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Strong winds stoked a wildfire in mountains northeast of Los Angeles, prompting authorities to issue evacuation orders Saturday for desert communities that lost some homes a day earlier. The weather pattern was similar on Friday when winds pushed the Bobcat Fire onto the desert floor, causing it to explode in size and destroy homes. The extent of the destruction is not immediately clear. Meanwhile, officials are investigating the death of a firefighter on the lines of another Southern California wildfire sparked by a pyrotechnic device used by a couple to reveal their baby’s gender. The death occurred Thursday as crews battled the fire in San Bernardino National Forest.  Read more

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If Arizona Democrat Mark Kelly wins a seat in the U.S. Senate, he could take office as early as Nov. 30. A Kelly victory would shrink the GOP’s Senate majority at a crucial moment and complicate the path to confirmation for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. Kelly has maintained a consistent polling lead over Republican Sen. Martha McSally, who was appointed to the seat held by the late John McCain. Because the contest is a special election to finish McCain’s term, the winner could be sworn in as soon as the results are officially certified. Other winners in the November election won’t take office until January.  Read more

Supporters of President Donald Trump chanted “Fill that seat!” during his first rally since the nation learned of the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Appearing Saturday night in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Trump promised to fill that seat with a woman and to nominate her in the coming week. Democrats are bitterly criticizing the effort to replace Ginsburg just weeks before the election when Republican senators refused to consider President Barack Obama's nominee after the death of Antonin Scalia in early 2016. At least one Republican senator, Maine's Susan Collins, says she believe the winner of the upcoming election should choose Ginsburg's replacement. Read more

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In recent years Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was surprised to find herself so popular that she once observed that “everyone wants to take a picture with me.” The justice, who died Friday at 87, had become a feminist icon, with books, movies, clothing and even coloring books devoted to her. People wanted to give her awards. They wanted to hear her talk. Ginsburg was invited to speak so often that inevitably she was asked the same questions and delivered the same punch lines, always, it seemed, to a delighted new audience. Read more

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Eddie Rosario, Miguel Sanó and Josh Donaldson homered as the Minnesota Twins clinched a second straight postseason berth with an 8-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs. The Twins are guaranteed at least an AL wild-card berth. They trail the Chicago White Sox by three games in the AL Central with six games to play. Minnesota rebounded after dropping four of five on the current road trip against both Chicago teams. David Bote had an RBI double for the Cubs, who had their five-game winning streak snapped. Coming off a no-hitter on Sunday, Chicago starter Alec Mills wasn’t nearly as sharp in this one. Read more

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In a virtual Emmys version of the wrong-winner Oscars gaffe, Ron Cephas Jones’ guest actor award for “This Is Us” was announced for another nominee. The error occurred during Saturday’s online creative arts Emmys, precursor to Sunday’s main ceremony. It culminated a week of events honoring technical and other achievements. Saturday’s show, however, was the only one of the creative arts presentations to be televised, making the error more glaring. In a voice-over announcement, Jason Bateman was declared the winner for his guest appearance on HBO’s “The Outsider,” while the screen displayed Jones’ name for his work on NBC's “This Is Us.” Read more