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This is the last hot day of the forecast, as highs pop back up to near 90 degrees, but with tolerable humidity levels by mid-summer standards. Read more

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The attorney for the Berks man accused in the South Philadelphia shooting says the man who died had his client in a chokehold, squeezing his neck. Read more

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Jeffrey Knopf of  Boyertown Community Ambulance says he has been noticing a shrinking number of EMS workers across Pennsylvania. Read more

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'Matters between individuals in the neighborhood have gotten worse as more people are getting tickets.' Read more

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The money will help offset losses experienced by the Santander Arena and the Performing Arts Center as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

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Borough Manager Scott McElree noted the pool's style, slide, splash pad and baby pool "have been narrowed down." Read more

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The White House revealed Monday that Biden will visit Mack Trucks in Lower Macungie Township. Read more

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Two Spring Township residents addressed the board about flooding from water runoff from the Alcon manufacturing plant. Read more

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UPPER MOUNT BETHEL TWP., Pa. - Fire heavily damaged a home in Northampton County Monday afternoon. Read more

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57 of the nation's top medical groups say it's time to mandate COVID vaccinations for health care workers. Read more

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A cemetery deed dating to 1802 started the mystery. Read more

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Declaring the Northern Goshawk as an endangered species could protect them from human activity. Read more

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The township says the arrow was never a functioning arrow for regular traffic to have the green light to turn. Read more

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Habitat for Humanity and Neighborhood Housing Services hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to mark a project to build a duplex in Maidencreek Township. Read more

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The attorney for a man charged in a shooting death outside a well-known Philadelphia cheesesteak shop claims his client was “getting pummeled” before the shooting.  Read more

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State Police say a trio operating in the Reading area took advantage of six women. The ages of the women range from 20 to 35 years old. Read more

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Officials are now advertising for construction bids, and they will award a contract in October. Read more

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He's been a pastor for more than six decades, a chaplain counseling juvenile youth, a continuous volunteer, and a friend to all. Read more

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(The Center Square) – Scranton Mayor Paige Cognetti said this week Congress should use budget reconciliation to naturalize millions of undocumented immigrants as recognition for their sacrifices during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

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The new design, which has the letter "W" with a circle around it, will be used on future school uniform purchases. Read more

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Police say a former school district superintendent in Berks County threatened to kill a school board member.  Read more

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G&T Industries purchased land from the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance and will build a new facility at the location.  Read more

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Chris Sheppard is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, and harassment. Read more

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(The Center Square) – Pennsylvania Treasurer Stacy Garrity announced recently that fiscal 2020-21 was the best in nearly 30 years for the PA 529 College and Career Savings Program. Read more

The assistive toolbar provides text to speech functionality, fully customizable styling features, reading support aids and a translation tool with over 100 languages. Read more

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A police officer in Bucks County is facing charges after police say he attempted to lure a minor in New Jersey. Read more

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An agreement provides a direct pathway nursing students to pursue a Bachelor of Science in nursing with one application for both the St. Luke's School of Nursing and the Helen S. Breidegam School of Nursing and Public Health. Read more

Water raced over roads in Cedar City, Utah, as heavy rains fell on the area triggering flash flooding on July 25. Read more

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TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: Read more

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The Japanese capital of Tokyo has reported its highest number of new coronavirus infections days after the Olympics began. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga urged people to avoid non-essential outings, but said there is no need to consider a suspension of the Games. The Japanese capital reported 2,848 new COVID-19 cases, exceeding its earlier record of 2,520 daily cases in January. It brings Tokyo’s total to more than 200,000 since the pandemic began last year. Tokyo is under its fourth state of emergency, which is to continue through the Olympics. Experts have warned that the more contagious delta variant could cause a surge during the Olympics, which started Friday. Read more

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Democrats are launching their investigation into the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. They're beginning with a focus on the law enforcement officers who were attacked and beaten as the rioters broke into the building. It's an effort to put a human face on the violence of the day. The police officers who are testifying Tuesday endured some of the worst of the brutality. The panel’s first hearing comes as partisan tensions have only worsened since the insurrection. Many Republicans have played down or outright denied the violence that occurred and denounced the Democratic-led investigation as politically motivated. Read more

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Reigning Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles is out of the team finals after apparently suffering an injury during the vault.The 24-year-old U.S. star, considered to be the greatest gymnast of all time, huddled with a trainer after landing her vault. She then exited the competition floor with the team doctor. Read more

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An explosion at an industrial park for chemical companies has shaken the German city of Leverkusen, sending a large black cloud rising into the air. Sixteen people were injured and five remain missing. Germany’s Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance classified the explosion as “an extreme threat” and asked residents to stay inside and keep windows and doors closed, but the fire department later said tests of the air showed no abnormalities. The city said the explosion occurred in storage tanks for solvents at the waste management facility. The chemical park is very close to the banks of the Rhine river. Read more

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Retired Sen. Mike Enzi, a Wyoming Republican known as a consensus-builder in an increasingly polarized Washington, has died. He was 77. Former Enzi spokesman Max D’Onofrio says Enzi died peacefully Monday surrounded by family and friends. Enzi had been hospitalized with a broken neck and ribs after a bicycle accident near Gillette on Friday. Enzi was stabilized before being flown to a hospital in Colorado. Police say they've seen no indication anybody else was nearby or involved in the accident. Enzi retired from the Senate in January. Enzi is survived by his wife, three children and several grandchildren. Read more

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North and South Korea exchanged messages in communication channels that have been dormant for more than a year and agreed to improve ties. The positive steps Tuesday still leave any resumption of stalled negotiations to rid the North of its nuclear weapons a long way off. Seoul officials said that liaison officials from the Koreas had phone conversations via three channels including a military hotline and agreed to talk twice a day in two of the channels as they did in the past. The rivals use the channels to lay their positions on issues and even propose broader dialogue. The links are also critical to preventing any accidental clashes along their disputed sea boundary. Read more

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The United States made it through to the quarterfinals of the women’s Olympic soccer competition after a 0-0 draw with Australia. The Americans are looking to win a fifth Olympic gold medal in Tokyo. They are also vying to become the first team to win at the Olympics following a World Cup title. The draw with Australia secured the United States second place in Group G behind Sweden on goal difference. The Americans will face the winner of Group F in Yokohama on Friday. Read more

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UPS had another strong quarter with shipments to homes continuing at a blistering pace, though revenue at home was a little weaker than some had expected. Shares are down about 1% before the opening bell Tuesday. Domestic revenue still grew 10.2% to $14.40 billion in the second quarter, with per-piece revenue rising 13.4%. However, Wall Street had projected domestic revenue of $14.76 billion. Revenue from international operations spiked 30% to $4.82 billion, which was better than the $4.57 billion analysts had expected. For the three months ended June 30, UPS earned $2.68 billion, or $3.05 per share. Stripping out one-time costs, earnings were $3.06 per share, easily beating the $2.75 that Wall Street was looking for. Read more

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The first person to be tried under Hong Kong’s sweeping national security law was found guilty of secessionism and terrorism. Tuesday's ruling was closely watched for indications of how the law will be applied as China tightens its grip on the city long known for its freedoms. Tong Ying-kit was charged with inciting secession and terrorism for driving his motorcycle into a group of police officers last year while carrying a flag bearing a banned protest slogan. Rights groups condemned his conviction, and many are bracing for further such trials. The law is part of Beijing’s increasing crackdown on dissent in Hong Kong following months of anti-government protests in 2019. Tong pleaded not guilty to the charges. He now faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.  Read more

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LISBON, Portugal — Portuguese health experts say there are signs that the country’s recent surge in COVID-19 infections is running out of steam, as political leaders consider whether to start winding down pandemic restrictions. Read more

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The host country’s superstar is out of the Tokyo Olympics. Naomi Osaka lost to former French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-4 in the third round of the Olympic tennis tournament. The second-ranked Osaka struggled with her usually reliable groundstrokes. The 42nd-ranked Vondrousova produced a series of drop-shot winners and other crafty shots that drew Osaka out of her comfort zone. Conditions were different from previous days with the roof closed because it was raining outside. Read more

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Human Rights Watch has accused the Israeli military of carrying out attacks that “apparently amount to war crimes” during an 11-day war against the Hamas militant group in May. The international human rights group issued its conclusions on Tuesday after investigating three Israeli airstrikes that it said killed 62 Palestinian civilians. It said “there were no evident military targets in the vicinity” of the attacks. The report also accused Palestinian militants of apparent war crimes by launching over 4,000 unguided rockets and mortars at Israeli population centers. The report, however, focused on Israeli actions during the fighting.  Read more

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The fuel needle is moving closer to “empty” at some U.S. airports. That's according to American Airlines, which is asking pilots to take steps to save fuel. American is reporting low fuel levels at “several” small to midsize airports, mostly because of a shortage of fuel tankers and drivers. Other airlines are seeing the effects too. Delta Air Lines says it sees a shortage is Reno, Nevada. Southwest says the fuel situation isn't affecting flights, but it's adding more fuel on some planes to limit the amount needed at airports with shortages. Read more

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Alaska produced a gold medal swimmer, while host Japan won’t get to celebrate a tennis gold medal after Naomi Osaka got knocked out early. Seventeen-year-old Lydia Jacoby pulled off a stunning victory in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke on Tuesday, upsetting American teammate and defending champion Lilly King. The Japanese-born Osaka struggled with her usually reliable groundstrokes and lost 6-1, 6-4 in the third round to former French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic.  Read more

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When you’re a swimmer from Alaska, there are some misguided stereotypes that must be laughed off. Lydia Jacoby has surely heard them all before. For instance, a teammate says “she practically swims in iced-over lakes.” Uhh, no. Jacoby does her swimming at a pool, though even that has been a bit of a challenge during the coronavirus era. No matter. She’s an Olympic champion. Jacoby pulled off a stunning upset in the 100-meter breaststroke, beating defending champion Lilly King. Jacoby already was the first swimmer from Alaska to make the U.S. Olympic team. Now, she's got a gold.  Read more

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A trial opened Tuesday within the Vatican City’s imposing walls of 10 defendants, including a once-powerful cardinal, for roles in the allegedly criminal management of the Holy See’s portfolio of assets. That wealth included donations by rank-and-file Catholics from the pews. The trial is the largest in the modern history of the Vatican city-state and is being held in a hall converted into a courtroom in the Vatican Museums. The most prominent defendant is Cardinal Angelo Becciu, an Italian prelate who had headed the Holy See's saint-making office until Pope Francis fired him. Becciu denies wrongdoing. Looming large in the investigation is the Vatican's disastrous London real estate investment.  Read more

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Global stock markets have sunk as investors look ahead to a Federal Reserve report for an update on when U.S. stimulus might start winding down. London and Frankfurt opened lower, while Shanghai and Hong Kong declined. U.S. futures were lower while oil prices were little changed. On Monday, the benchmark S&P 500 index rose 0.2%, shrugging off concern about the spread of the coronavirus's more contagious delta variant. Investors are waiting for the Fed's update on the economy and interest rate plans. U.S.-traded Chinese stocks fell after Beijing announced new enforcement measures on technology, real estate and for-profit education. Read more

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The goal of Olympics imagery is to be immersive — to surround the viewer of the picture with the sense of being there. But perhaps more than most sports, diving is actually about immersion. It's the kind of immersion that inevitably happens at the moment when diver and water meet. In a photo taken by Associated Press photojournalist Morry Gash, Malaysian divers Mun Yen Leong and Pandelela Pamg compete during the women’s synchronized 10-meter platform final at the Tokyo Olympics. The effect of the photo, taken with a robotic, shows them appearing to slowly merge with the water as they make their descent.  Read more

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Authorities in Thailand have began transporting some people who tested positive for the coronavirus from Bangkok to their hometowns for isolation and treatment to alleviate the burden on the capital’s overwhelmed medical system. A train carrying more than 100 patients and medical workers in full protective gear left the city for the northeast. It will drop patients off in seven provinces, where they will be met by health officers and taken to hospitals. Bangkok has run short of ICU beds and other hospital beds for COVID-19 patients at public hospitals. Officials say they have asked army medics to help out at civilian hospitals. Read more

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Hideki Matsuyama already has the green jacket from the Masters. Now he tries to cap off his big year with an Olympic gold medal. He's not coming in with the best of form. Matsuyama is happy to be playing at the Tokyo Games after testing positive for the coronavirus three weeks ago. He didn't practice for 10 days and had to miss the British Open when test results kept coming back positive. He's all set now. And Matsuyama has some history on his side at Kasumigaseki Country Club. It's where he won the Asia-Pacific Amateur in 2010 that sent him on his way. Read more

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An incredulous Japan is saying “masaka” — or, in English, “No way.” That’s how the country is reacting to the unexpectedly early loss of Naomi Osaka at the Tokyo Olympics, erasing her chances for gold.  And people quickly turned to an outpouring of sympathy, talking of her courage and verve. The stock of Japanese tennis racket maker Yonex, one of her major corporate sponsors, plunged Tuesday, just as she lost to former French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic. The disappointment came just four days after Osaka left the nation teary-eyed by lighting the Olympic cauldron with her torch to open the Olympics. Read more

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Track coach Alberto Salazar has been permanently banned by the U.S. Center for SafeSport for sexual and emotional misconduct. Salazar has 10 days to appeal the decision. The SafeSport center does not reveal details of investigations. In 2019, a handful of runners including Mary Cain, Kara Goucher and Amy Yoder Begley revealed that they had been emotionally and physically abused while working with Salazar as part of the Nike Oregon Project team. In January 2020, SafeSport temporarily barred Salazar. Monday's decision makes it a permanent ban pending any appeal. Read more

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Sebastian Coe wants to ensure what happened this month to American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson won’t knock another athlete out of the Olympics in the future. Richardson won the 100 meters at the U.S. trials last month but didn’t travel to Japan for the Tokyo Games after being caught smoking marijuana. Coe is the president of international track body World Athletics. He says the absence of the 21-year-old Richardson is “a loss to the competition” and adds he supports a review of marijuana’s status as a doping substance in light of her case. Coe says “nothing is set in tablets of stone.” Read more

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Dylan Moore hit a grand slam in the eighth inning to lift the Seattle Mariners to an 11-8 comeback win against the Houston Astros. Houston scored six runs in the first and led 7-0 in the fourth before Seattle started to rally. The seven-run deficit is the most the Mariners have overcome this season, and the largest cushion the AL West-leading Astros have lost. In the eighth, the Mariners loaded the bases with two outs down 8-7. Moore launched reliever Brooks Raley’s 1-1 pitch into the left field second deck for his fourth homer to complete the comeback. After giving up Moore’s slam, Raley hit J.P. Crawford in the back with a 3-1 pitch and was ejected. Read more

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A’ja Wilson had 19 points and 13 rebounds in her Olympic debut to help the U.S. beat Nigeria 81-72 in the opener for both teams. The win was the Americans’ 50th consecutive victory in the Olympics dating back to a loss in the semifinals of the 1992 Barcelona Games. Diana Taurasi, who was playing in her first game in nearly a month after suffering a hip injury, has competed in the last 33 of those victories to set a record for most games in the Olympics. Ezinne Kalu scored 16 to lead Nigeria. Read more

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Shohei Ohtani pitched seven strong innings and hit an early RBI single as the Los Angeles Angels earned a 6-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies. In his 15th pitching start of the season and second since the All-Star break, Ohtani gave up one run and five hits with five strikeouts. He has allowed a combined one run in two pitching appearances since participating in the Home Run Derby and starting on the mound in the All-Star Game at Colorado this month. Jack Mayfield added a two-run homer for the Angels, his third in his last five games. Raisel Iglesias worked a scoreless ninth for his 22nd save. Dom Nunez and Brendan Rodgers went deep for Colorado. Read more

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In arenas across Tokyo, athletes accustomed to feeding off the deafening roar of the crowd are searching for new ways to feel Olympic enthusiasm. They’re rooting for each other as loudly as they can. Some are trying to envision fans in their living rooms, leaning into their television screens. They’re blasting playlists in the backstage training rooms. The lucky few allowed to compete with headphones keep their phones tuned to songs with a beat to replace the thrill of applause. But others were surprised to find the silence motivating. For them, the emptiness numbs the nerves and lets them fully focus on their sport.   Read more

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Retired Sen. Mike Enzi, a Wyoming Republican known as a consensus-builder in an increasingly polarized Washington, has died. He was 77. Former Enzi spokesman Max D’Onofrio says Enzi died peacefully Monday surrounded by family and friends. Enzi had been hospitalized with a broken neck and ribs three days after a bicycle accident near Gillette on Friday. Enzi was stabilized before being flown to a hospital in Colorado. Police say they've seen no indication anybody else was nearby or involved in the accident. Enzi retired from the Senate in January. Enzi is survived by his wife, three children and several grandchildren. Read more

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The Dodgers and Giants are back at it Tuesday night, renewing their long rivalry in San Francisco with 12-game winner Julio Urias on the mound for Los Angeles against Logan Webb in the opener of a three-game series. San Francisco took three of four at Dodger Stadium last week and leads the NL West by two games over the defending World Series champions. Meanwhile, after losing three of four in Boston last weekend, the Yankees play another AL East rival on the road when they begin a critical three-game series at Tampa Bay. New York owner Hal Steinbrenner, who lives in the area, likely will be in attendance. And newcomer Adam Frazier could make his Padres debut against Oakland. Read more