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The man charged with killing seven people at an Independence Day parade confessed to police that he unleashed a hail of bullets from a rooftop in suburban Chicago and then fled to the Madison, Wisconsin, area, where he contemplated shooting up an event there. That's according to authorities who spoke Wednesday. Robert Crimo III turned back to Illinois, where he was later arrested after deciding he was not prepared to pull off a shooting in Wisconsin. An Illinois judge ordered Crimo to be held without bail. A prosecutor said police found the shells of 83 bullets and three ammunition magazines on the rooftop that he fired from. Read more

New Jersey's breweries have to abide by new rules from the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Read more

When his 35th wedding anniversary approached, Scott Redfield hatched a plan to add a little romance to the water at a local pool. Read more

The population of Pottsville, Schuylkill County is expected to more than double this weekend during the return of Yuengling's Summer Concert featuring Lee Brice. Read more

Now in Grasso's fourth year at the festival, the dolls keep bringing the smiles out in the borough she now calls home. Read more

The owners say the new place on Race Street offers events and classes. Read more

The group's meetings will all be open to the public and typically held virtually on the 4th Monday of each month. Read more

Police will have more security measures on the ground to keep people safe. Read more

A group of residents, including former Council President Greg Zebrowski, pitched the idea last month. Read more

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine series is a three-shot regimen, with each dose being one-tenth the dose of the vaccine given to adults.  Read more

The start of July typically marks the peak of mosquito season. Read more

Those who find spotted lanternflies on their property can reduce the population and its impact by trapping and squishing them. Read more

Chief Gerald Smith said the investigation began after a call from a "hero citizen." Read more

According to court documents, 31-year-old Lancelot Fortune says he stabbed his aunt and her husband to death. Read more

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(The Center Square) – A pilot program in Pittsburgh would use federal funds to convert downtown office space into residential units for affordable housing. Read more

The board will hold a public hearing on August 2nd at 7:30 p.m.  Read more

These are photos of six of the seven people who were fatally shot during an Independence Day parade in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, Illinois, on July 4, 2022. Read more

Police say the cases have been associated with a social media trend on TikTok known as the “Orbeez Challenge.”  Read more

Police say people stole a woman's purse from her vehicle at the Maxx Fitness on the 1800 block of South Fourth Street. Read more

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(The Center Square) – Thomas Staszak, a former worker in the city water department, will repay Philadelphia more than $150,000 and serve better than a year in jail. Read more

The boy, 2, asked his grandfather, "Are mommy and daddy coming soon?" Read more

Homeless to Independence and Helping Hands One Heart Upper Bucks Resource Connections each got a $2,000 check. Read more

Samantha Henry, 28, of the Phoenixville area, died by drowning. Read more

TAMAQUA, Pa. - Two people were taken to area hospitals after an SUV crashed into a parked car and overturned on a borough street, authorities said. Read more

Former Lehigh County congressman Charles Dent and former Bucks County congressman Jim Greenwood, both Republicans, have endorsed Democratic state Attorney General Josh Shapiro in his campaign for governor over Republican nominee Doug Mastriano. Read more

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. – Work on gas pipelines will close some lanes on roads in Bucks and Montgomery counties starting later this month, the state Transportation Department announced Wednesday. Read more

Stacker compiled a list of the highest-earning counties in Pennsylvania using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Read more

Sunny skies and lots of humidity today, anf increasing chance of showers and thunderstorms before the end of the work week.  Here are the details. Read more

'When you give your life to what you love, with all of your heart, we figured out a way to make it OK.' Read more

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Favorable weather has helped the fight against a wildfire in California’s Gold Country that has forced evacuations in two counties. The Electra Fire had burned 6.4 square miles of rural land as of Wednesday but it was 40% contained. Cal Fire says humidity recovery in the early morning hours moderated fire activity. The fire erupted Monday afternoon in Amador County, forcing evacuations there and in neighboring Calaveras County. However, some Amador County evacuations were downgraded to warnings Wednesday. The number of threatened structures remains at about 1,200 but there are no reports of structures destroyed or damaged. One firefighter has been injured since the fire erupted on July Fourth. Read more

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Mississippi’s only abortion clinic has been buzzing with activity in the chaotic days since the U.S. Supreme Court upended abortion rights nationwide. The case originated in Mississippi with the bright pink medical facility called Jackson Women's Health Organization. Physicians there have been trying to see as many patients as possible before the facility, best known as the Pink House, permanently closes its doors at the end of business Wednesday. Clashes have intensified between anti-abortion protesters and volunteers who escort patients into the clinic. Unless there’s an intervention by the state’s conservative Supreme Court, Mississippi will enact a law Thursday to ban most abortions. Read more

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Jurors have found a 32-year-old man guilty of first-degree murder for the 2019 fatal shooting of rapper Nipsey Hussle. The Los Angeles County jury reached its verdict in the trial of Eric R. Holder Jr. on Wednesday. The verdict brings an end to a legal saga that has lasted more than three years and a trial that was often delayed because of the pandemic. Holder and Hussle had known each other for years when a chance meeting outside the Grammy-winning rapper’s Los Angeles clothing store led to the shooting, and Hussle's death. Holder could get life in prison when he’s sentenced on Sept. 15. Read more

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The U.S. Supreme Court's landmark abortion ruling overturning Roe v. Wade is prompting efforts in liberal states to protect providers and patients who have traveled for a legal procedure. Governors in at least a dozen states have taken action this year by refusing to cooperate with other states' law enforcement actions regarding abortion. They're also looking for ways to protect their residents from lawsuits that could arise from providing abortions to people from states where they're banned or severely restricted. Some progressive cities in conservative states are also considering telling law enforcement to make abortion-related crimes their lowest priority. Read more

The man charged with killing seven people at an Independence Day parade confessed to police that he unleashed a hail of bullets from a rooftop in suburban Chicago and then fled to the Madison, Wisconsin, area, where he contemplated shooting up an event there. That's according to authorities who spoke Wednesday. Robert Crimo III turned back to Illinois, where he was later arrested after deciding he was not prepared to pull off a shooting in Wisconsin. An Illinois judge ordered Crimo to be held without bail. A prosecutor said police found the shells of 83 bullets and three ammunition magazines on the rooftop that he fired from. Read more

Days after a rooftop gunman killed seven people at a parade, attention has turned to how the assailant obtained multiple guns and whether the laws on Illinois books could have prevented the Independence Day massacre. Illinois gun laws are generally praised by gun-control advocates as tougher than in most states. But they did not stop Robert E. Crimo III from carrying out the attack in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park. One focus is on the state’s so-called red-flag law, which is intended to temporarily take away guns away from people with potentially violent behavior. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have such laws. Read more

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The Food and Drug Administration and Juul have agreed to put their court fight on hold while the government  reopens its review of the company’s electronic cigarettes. The agreement Wednesday comes one day after the FDA placed a hold on its initial order banning Juul’s products. The regulator said the company's application warranted additional review. Juul can continue selling its e-cigarettes in the meantime. The FDA first ordered Juul's e-cigarettes off the market two weeks ago. It was part of a sweeping effort to bring scientific scrutiny to the multibillion-dollar vaping industry after years of delays. Read more

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Zion Williamson is celebrating his a $193 million, five-year extension with New Orleans by saying he hopes the deal puts negative narratives behind him and allows him to focus on helping the Pelicans win. Williamson says the past season was a “roller-coaster of emotions” as he sat out with a broken foot and constantly heard people questioning his commitment to New Orleans. Pelicans basketball operations chief David Griffin says the Williamson signing on Wednesday is a “momentous occasion” and an opportunity “to really put to bed a lot of things that were said.” Williamson says he thanks the Pelicans for sticking with him giving him a great gift on what was also his 22nd birthday. Read more

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The White House says President Joe Biden has called the wife of WNBA player Brittney Griner, who is detained in Russia, and has pledged he's working to win her release as soon as possible. Biden's conversation with Griner's wife, Cherelle Griner, comes after Brittney Griner wrote Biden a letter on Monday. In the letter, Brittney Griner told the president she feared she would spend forever in a Russian jail. The WNBA star is currently on trial in Russia, accused of possessing vape cartridges containing cannabis oil. Cherelle Griner says she is “grateful” for the outreach but will keep up the public pressure. Read more

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Russia has redoubled its push for Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region, with the Ukrainian military claiming to have repelled some advances. Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskyy says the fighting in Donbas is the most intense in the entire country. The Associated Press on Wednesday saw the bloody aftermath of an attack in a rebel-held Donetsk town. Eyewitnesses say a Soviet-era missile struck a playground outside a residential home, in an attack that local separatists blame on Ukrainian forces. Blood stained the seat of a swing and pooled on the ground below. Russian media cited the separatists as saying two children were killed and three children and two adults were wounded. Read more

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A rural Georgia monument that some people have dubbed “America's Stonehenge” has been demolished after a bomb destroyed one of its four granite panels. The bombing comes weeks after a Republican candidate for governor claimed the Georgia Guidestones were satanic and called for their demolition. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says the monument near Elberton was damaged by an explosive device and that authorities demolished the remaining structure for safety reasons. The roadside attraction was built from local granite in 1980. It was 19 feet high and bore messages in eight languages for living in an “age of reason.” Read more

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P.J. Higgins hit a tiebreaking two-out double off Josh Hader in the ninth inning, and the Chicago Cubs rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. After Brewers starter Corbin Burnes threw seven shutout innings, the Cubs broke through against Milwaukee’s bullpen by scoring in each of the last two frames. The Cubs took two of three at Milwaukee and have followed a 10-game losing streak by winning four straight series. Patrick Wisdom led off the ninth with a walk for Chicago and stole second one out later. Higgins brought home Wisdom by sending Hader’s 1-1 slider just inside the right-field line. Read more

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Rafael Nadal extended his Grand Slam winning streak to 19 matches with a 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (10-4) victory over 11th-seeded Taylor Fritz in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. Nadal is seeking a third Wimbledon championship and 23rd major title overall. He is perfect at the four most important tournaments in 2022. He won the Australian Open in January and the French Open in June. He will face Nick Kyrgios in the semifinals at the All England Club on Friday. Kyrgios reached the final four at a major for the first time by beating Cristian Garin in straight sets. Simona Halep and Elena Rybakina advanced to the women’s semifinals. Read more

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Baker Mayfield’s rocky run with the Cleveland Browns has officially ended. The Browns have traded the divisive quarterback and former No. 1 overall draft pick to the Carolina Panthers for a future draft pick. Mayfield was pushed out of his starting job by the Browns’ pursuit of Deshaun Watson and is going to Carolina for a conditional draft pick in 2024 or 2025. The Browns are also paying $10 million of Mayfield’s $18.8 million contract for next season, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The trade was announced by the Panthers, who will host the Browns in next season’s opener. Read more

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A defiant British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is battling to remain in office, shrugging off calls for his resignation after three Cabinet ministers and a slew of junior officials said they could no longer serve under his scandal-plagued leadership. British media is reporting that Johnson is refusing to step down, citing “hugely important issues facing the country.″ Members of the opposition Labour Party showered Johnson with shouts of “Go! Go!’’ during the weekly ritual of Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons. And members of his own Conservative Party also challenged him. Critics argue the leader’s days are numbered following his poor handling of sexual misconduct allegations against a senior official. Read more

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A new report on the Uvalde elementary school massacre in Texas says a police officer had a chance to open fire on the gunman but missed it while waiting for permission to shoot. The report also says some of the 21 victims at Robb Elementary School likely “could have been saved” on May 24 had they received medical attention sooner. The report is yet another damning assessment of how police failed to act on opportunities that might have saved lives in what became the deadliest school shooting in the U.S. since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in 2012. Read more

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Former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony before the Jan. 6 committee was a big hit with TV viewers. The Nielsen company said an estimated 13.2 million people watched the hearing, called by the congressional committee on short notice. That's a 28% increase over the 10.25 million who watched the committee's previous daytime session. It's 23% more than the average live audience for the other three daytime hearings. Hutchinson is the 25-year-old former aide to ex-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. She testified about former President Donald Trump's displays of temper as plans to overturn the 2020 election results began falling apart. Read more

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In Las Vegas, there’s always a big show happening. Welcome to the stage, Paolo Banchero. He’s about to have his opening night. NBA Summer League starts Thursday in Las Vegas, with Banchero — the now-former Duke star forward who was the No. 1 pick in last month’s draft -- set to play in the opening game when the Orlando Magic take on No. 3 pick Jabari Smith Jr. and the Houston Rockets in the first contest of the 11-day showcase. Read more

A small, rural county just west of Florida’s capital is stunned by an unheard-of spike in deadly drug overdoses believed to be caused by fentanyl mixed with other illegal drugs. It's a sign that the national problem is becoming even more far-reaching. Over the holiday weekend, nine people died and another nine treated for suspected fentanyl overdoes. Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young on Wednesday said in all of 2021, the county had 10 overdoses. He couldn’t recall any being fatal. The state even previously rejected a grant application to treat fentanyl overdoes because the county couldn’t identify cases involving the powerful synthetic opioid. Read more

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An enfant terrible has appeared in a new guise as designer Olivier Rousteing of Balmain took a one-off shot at a couture collection for the house of Jean Paul Gaultier. Taking the codes of Gaultier — structured tailoring, Breton striped tops and the conical bra — Rousteing let his hair down on Wednesday for a tongue-in-cheek homage to Jean Paul Gaultier, who retired in 2020. There was something shamanic in the air at Elie Saab, who fused his usual show-stopping fare with the supernatural in rare co-ed show. And French couturier and lover of art and theater Franck Sorbier took his audience back in time to a Renaissance universe of court jesters, fairytale maidens and cantering horses. Read more

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The FBI director and the leader of Britain’s domestic intelligence agency are raising alarms about the Chinese government, warning business leaders that Beijing is determined to steal their technology for competitive gain. FBI Director Christopher Wray reaffirmed previous concerns in denouncing economic espionage and hacking operations by China as well as the Chinese government’s efforts to stifle dissent abroad. His speech Wednesday was notable because it took place at MI5’s London headquarters and alongside the agency’s director general in an intended show of Western solidarity. The FBI director also said there are signs the Chinese have looked for ways to “insulate their economy” against potential sanctions. Read more

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President Joe Biden has used an Ohio visit to showcase federal action aimed at shoring up pensions for millions of workers. It's part of a broader effort to reinvigorate his political standing with blue-collar voters. Ohio has been trending strongly Republican in recent years, with Donald Trump easily carrying it twice. But Democrats have hopes of winning a Senate seat that is coming open. Biden on Wednesday announced a federal rule change that will allow major new financial support for troubled pensions that cover some 2 million to 3 million workers. Read more

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Britain’s beleaguered Prime Minister Boris Johnson is determined to cling to power despite an open revolt within his Conservative Party. More than 30 government ministers quit in a mass walkout Wednesday, following in the footsteps of two of Johnson’s top Cabinet ministers who said Johnson’s government is no longer competent or trustworthy. If Johnson refuses to resign, the spotlight will turn to a small but influential Conservative group known as the 1922 Committee which has the power to rewrite party rules on leadership challenges and oust him before the next general election. Read more

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Iranian state TV says the country’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard has accused the deputy ambassador of the United Kingdom and other foreigners of “espionage” and taking soil samples from prohibited military zones. The country’s state-run IRNA news agency reported Wednesday that the foreigners had been arrested, but did not say when. The U.K. Foreign Office swiftly denies its diplomat was arrested, calling the report “completely false.” The accusations follow escalating tensions over a pickup in Tehran’s arrests of foreigners and a rapid advancement of its nuclear work, while talks to revive the landmark 2015 atomic accord remain at a standstill. Read more

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Immigrant advocates are hoping a federal appeals court will uphold an Obama-era program that prevents the deportation of thousands of immigrants brought into the United States as children. A federal judge in Texas last year declared the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program illegal — although he agreed to leave the program intact for those already benefiting from it while his order is appealed. An attorney for the state of Texas who is leading an effort to end the Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals program argued Wednesday that DACA recipients have cost the state hundreds of millions in health care and other costs. Read more

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It’s been a year since college athletes have been able to capitalize on their status with name, image and licensing deals, and some are making thousands of dollars. One NIL platform projects that more than $900 million was spent in the first year and that NIL is only going to get bigger — $1.1 billion in 2022-23. While comprehensive data is hard to come by, some of the NIL platforms and a handful of schools have provided information about the average deal, the median deal and what athletes do for that money. Read more

Uncertainty surrounding Russian players could lead to teams being more hesitant in NHL draft. Read more

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To a large degree, modern blockbuster moviemaking has depended on the appeasement of fans to keep franchise juggernauts smoothly humming. But in making “Thor: Love and Thunder,” Taika Waititi had no interest in that. He approached the film from the opposite direction. What would actually make fans angry? Love was Waititi's answer, and it's not the only thing way he disrupts the Marvel cinematic universe in the “Thor” sequel. In “Love and Thunder” there are things that usually never enter the MCU, like kids and cancer. It’s scruffy, unruly and surprisingly human-scaled. Manly valor is mostly a joke. And it's undeniably the work of Waititi. Read more

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Thousands of demonstrators have marched through the capital of North Macedonia for a fifth consecutive night protesting a proposal aiming to break a deadlock in the country’s efforts to join the European Union. Limited violence broke out Wednesday night when a group of people threw stones, chairs and bottles at the protesters, while local media reported that a man had fired a gun. No injuries have been reported. The head of the opposition party who participated in the march posted a photo on his Facebook account of a man pointing a gun and claimed the man had intended to kill him. Thousands of people have protested nightly over a French proposal for a compromise aimed at lifting objections by neighboring Bulgaria to North Macedonia joining the European Union. Read more

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U.S. dog lovers, say “benvenuto” to the bracco Italiano. The ancient Italian bird dog is the 200th member of the American Kennel Club’s roster of recognized breeds. The organization announced the development Wednesday. Now, the handsome, powerful but amiable hunters can now go for best in show at many U.S. dog shows, including the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club event next year. The AKC says the bracco (pronounced BRAH’-koh) goes back more than two millennia in Europe but wasn’t brought to the U.S. until the mid-1990s. It's a medium-to-large dog that's supposed to be adapted to all types of hunting, reliable, docile and intelligent. Read more