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A church community is looking for answers after discovering their place of worship was vandalized over the weekend. Read more'It's beyond comprehension': Vandals wreak havoc on Reading church

Some of the changes will require conditional-use hearings and approval for newly proposed truck terminals, distribution centers and warehouses. Read morePocono Twp. amends zoning ordinance to set rules for warehouses

Council voted 5-1 to declare the District 5 council seat vacant, which means an appointment could be made through the Berks County Court of Common Pleas. Read moreReading City Council fails to appoint councilperson to vacant seat

Donna Reed and Marcia Goodman-Hinnershitz said there needs to be a strategic plan and more accountability to revive downtown Reading. Read moreReading councilmembers criticize stagnant downtown development

The rules are changing for warfare reenactments conducted at state-owned historical sites in Pennsylvania. Read morePa. agency places 'no force-on-force rule' on war reenactments at historical sites

City Center Investment Corp. is proposing plans to transform a corner of Hamilton Street to offer a 140-room hotel and a two-story entertainment venue. Read moreHotel, entertainment venue proposed for Hamilton Street in Allentown

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Stacker compiled a list of the best performing stocks in Pennsylvania last week using data from IEX Cloud. Read moreBest-performing Pennsylvania stocks last week

The kids are rooting for the Birds with hopes that the team scores a Super Bowl victory next Sunday. Read moreLiberty High School music dept. cheers on Eagles

Firefighters in the Poconos are pleading with Tobyhanna Township supervisors. They say firefighter injuries from over the weekend could have been prevented if the township would let its own volunteer department return to service. Read moreFirefighters set to plea to Tobyhanna Twp. supervisors to allow company to answer calls

Police said a Kia went into the westbound lane and was hit on the passenger side by an Audi. Read moreUnion Twp. crash sends car into house

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A frantic race is underway to find more survivors and help the injured as the death toll from the devastating earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria reached 4,600. Rescuers are digging through the rubble of thousands of buildings brought down by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake and multiple aftershocks that lasted through Monday and overnight. A large fire that broke out at Iskenderun Port on the Mediterranean Sea in Turkey was raging on Tuesday for a second day. Television images showed thick black smoke rising from burning containers. The fire was caused by containers that toppled over during the quake. Read moreLive Updates | Turkey port fire rages after deadly quake

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Former “Dances With Wolves” actor Nathan Chasing Horse has been formally charged in Nevada with eight felonies and two misdemeanors. The charges include sex trafficking, sexual assault and child abuse. Las Vegas police say the 46-year-old sexually abused Indigenous girls and women, and ran a cult for two decades. A judge at his arraignment Monday ordered Chasing Horse to return to court Wednesday for a bail hearing. The judge could hear from investigators, victims and Chasing Horse's relatives before deciding whether to grant him bail. Chasing Horse played a young Sioux tribe member Smiles a Lot in Kevin Costner’s 1990 Oscar-winning film. He was arrested Jan. 31 near the North Las Vegas home he shares with five wives after a monthslong investigation by Las Vegas police. Read more'Dances With Wolves' actor charged in Nevada sex abuse case

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Someone in Washington state overcame steep odds Monday night to win an estimated $747 million Powerball jackpot. The winning numbers were 05, 11, 22, 23, 69 and the Powerball 07. Lottery officials say a single ticket matched all six numbers and was worth $754.6 million. The full jackpot is for a winner opting for an annuity distributed in one immediate but partial payout followed by additional payments over 29 years that increase by 5% annually. The winner also can opt for a one-time cash payment of $407.2 million. Powerball says both prizes are the amounts before taxes. The jackpot was the ninth-largest in U.S. history. Read moreLucky player in Washington wins $747 million Powerball prize

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Rescuers are racing to rescue survivors from the rubble of thousands of buildings brought down by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake and multiple aftershocks that struck eastern Turkey and neighboring Syria, with the discovery of more bodies raising the death toll to 4,600. Countries around the world dispatched teams to assist in the rescue efforts, but on Tuesday, the day after the earthquake struck, the number of emergency crews on the ground remained few. Their efforts were impeded by frigid temperatures and close to 200 aftershocks, which made the search through unstable structures perilous. Read moreFrantic searching in Turkey, Syria after quake kills 4,600

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Klay Thompson scored 42 points with a season-high 12 3-pointers, Jordan Poole added 21 points and 12 assists starting in Stephen Curry’s place, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 141-114. Thompson sat down for the night to a roaring ovation with 4:41 left to finish 15 for 22 from the floor and 12 of 16 on 3s. Thompson now has eight games with 10 or more 3-pointers, second in NBA history behind Curry’s 22. Andrew Wiggins scored 18 points in Golden State’s first game since reigning NBA Finals MVP Curry injured his left leg during Saturday’s win against Dallas. Read moreThompson scores 42 points with 12 3s, Warriors beat Thunder

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Boeing says it plans to cut about 2,000 jobs from the aerospace company’s finance and human resources departments in 2023. A statement by the Virginia company says the jobs will be reduced “through a combination of attrition and layoffs” this year. The Seattle Times reports the company, which has been one of Washington state's largest private employers, plans to outsource about a third of the eliminated positions to India. A Boeing official tells the Times the other positions will be eliminated as the company makes reductions in finance and human resources support services. Read moreBoeing plans to cut about 2,000 finance and HR jobs in 2023

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Asian stock markets are mixed after Wall Street sank under pressure from worries about higher interest rates and Japan reported stronger wage gains than expected. Shanghai, Hong Kong and Seoul rose. Tokyo edged lower after the government reported wages rose in December at close to their fastest pace in three decades. Sydney fell after Australia's central bank raised its key lending rate and said more increases are planned. Oil prices climbed. Wall Street sank for a second day after unexpectedly strong U.S. jobs data dampened hopes the Federal Reserve might decide it has can ease off plans for more rate hikes. Traders looked ahead to a speech by Fed Chair Jerome Powell. Read moreAsian stocks mixed after Wall St sinks on rate fears

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Officials say a polar bear that killed a young mother and her baby Jan. 17 in western Alaska was likely an older animal in poor physical condition. However tests have come back negative for pathogens that affect the brain and cause aggressive behavior. A state wildlife veterinarian collected and examined samples from the bear’s head a day after it was killed. The results of analysis indicate it was an adult male and in poor health. Standard tests conducted on tissues are negative for rabies, toxoplasmosis, distemper and avian influenza. State and federal wildlife officials say there is no definitive explanation as to why the bear was in poor condition. Read morePolar bear in fatal Alaska attack was in poor health

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Donna Kelce brought cookies to Super Bowl opening night. The mother of Travis and Jason Kelce surprised her sons during an interview with NFL Network’s Michael Irvin with two batches of cookies. The Kelces are the first brothers to face each other in the Super Bowl, Travis as a tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs, Jason as a center for the Philadelphia Eagles. Donna and her husband, Ed, have mostly kept private over the years, but she’s become a minor celebrity as she crisscrosses the country to watch her boys, often in a jersey with Travis’ front stitched to Jason’s back. More than 150,000 fans signed a petition for the NFL to have her do the Super Bowl coin toss, but she said in a social media post that the NFL already had someone in place. Read moreDonna Kelce brings cookies for sons at Super Bowl opener

Kyle Palmieri and Mathew Barzal scored for the Islanders in their first game since they acquired Horvat in a trade, leading them to a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night. Read morePalmieri, Barzal score in win for Isles in Horvat’s 1st game

President Joe Biden is ready to offer a reassuring assessment of the nation's condition rather than roll out flashy policy proposals as he delivers his second State of the Union address Tuesday night. He'll also be trying to overcome pessimism in the country and concerns about his own leadership. His speech before a politically divided Congress comes as the nation struggles with economic uncertainty, a wearying war in Ukraine and growing tensions with China. It's Biden's first speech to Congress since Republicans took control of the House in the midterm elections. Read moreBiden aims to deliver reassurance in State of Union address

A former White House press secretary for President Donald Trump, Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, is set to return to the national stage. Sanders is delivering the GOP response to President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. She was sworn in last month as Arkansas' first female governor and, at 40, is the youngest governor in the country. With her speech, GOP leaders are giving a platform to a figure linked closely to Trump. The former president remains influential within the party even as Republicans question how much of a hindrance his quest to return to the White House has become. Read moreArkansas Gov. Sanders to offer State of the Union rebuttal

When lawmakers gather for President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address, the Republican side of the aisle will look slightly different than in years past. The House Republican majority has Black, Latino and female elected officials in their ranks. GOP diversity is helping to make the new Congress the most racially and ethnically diverse ever. But a stark gap remains. On the Republican side, the new majority is still made up mostly of white, male lawmakers, which does not fully capture the demographics of the country. The Center for Women in American Politics says 33 Republican women are now in the House, up from 13 in 2019. Read moreState of the Union? Congress doesn't fully reflect diversity

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Nick Sirianni answered questions about Rocky, Santa Claus and even which of his players on the Philadelphia Eagles he’d want to date his 5-year-old daughter when she grows up. Welcome to Super Bowl opening night where football talk gives way to the wacky. The circus atmosphere that kicks off the NFL’s biggest week has returned for the first time since 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic forced teams to meet the media on video conferences the past two seasons. Sirianni and the Eagles took the stage first at the home of the Phoenix Suns. “Fly, Eagles, Fly” chants greeted players and coaches before they spent an hour answering wide-ranging questions from more than 2,000 media members. Read moreSuper Bowl opening night returns with energetic atmosphere

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Philadelphia Eagles coach Nick Sirianni is thrilled young aspiring football players all over the world will get to watch two Black quarterbacks face each other for the first time in the Super Bowl. He’s also pleased they get to watch two really, really good quarterbacks. There are many storylines for this Super Bowl but the duel between Philadelphia’s Jalen Hurts and Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes is right at the top of the list. Mahomes said he's appreciative of the Black quarterbacks who came before him and who helped create the opportunities he has now. Read moreMahomes, Hurts aware of significance of this Super Bowl duel