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Roberto Cuca will be chief financial officer and chief operating officer for Tela, which is based in Malvern, Chester County. Read more

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Temperatures will get a little warmer as we kick off the new week, and we will even see a brief return to a little humidity Tuesday, with a few showers and maybe a thunderstorm. Read more

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Bullets were flying in a Northampton County neighborhood Sunday night. Read more

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The fire broke out around 9 p.m. Sunday at Walnut Manor. Read more

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Sunday was a display of diversity and cultural diffusion that reflects a community's heritage, pride and contribution.  Read more

The annual event held Sunday featured local musicians playing on porches. Read more

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An SUV and a motorcycle were spotted with damage at the scene. Read more

There is no word on the extent of the injuries or if there have been any arrests. Read more

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More than 100 people filed into Quakertown's Univest Performance Center Sunday afternoon to learn about The Convention of States. Read more

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Temperatures will get a little warmer as we kick off the new week. Read more

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The Berks County tradition was held at Kutztown Middle School on Saturday night. Read more

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Another crisp, cool start with some patchy fog Sunday morning. More sunshine and fall-like temperatures in the afternoon.  Read more

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Mostly sunny skies allow highs to bounce back to the low 70s each afternoon Read more

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On the grounds of the former Bethlehem Steel plant, more than 100 years of history is coming to life. Read more

In Pennsylvania there are more than 280,000 people living with the disease and 500,000 caregivers. Read more

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250,000 people come to the Celtic Classic in Bethlehem each year. Read more

Crews were joined by marching bands as they took to the streets of the Montgomery County Township Saturday afternoon.  Read more

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(The Center Square) – State Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-Philadelphia, was arrested late Friday by city law enforcement on charges accusing him of harassment and violating a protection from abuse order. Read more

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A tractor-trailer crashed in Kidder Township early Saturday morning.  Read more

The event will include art lessons, craft sales and educational opportunities.  Read more

Kids returning to school and in-person classes are likely to experience separation anxiety.  Read more

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Children will have the chance to see and touch 35-40 vehicles, including first responder vehicles.  Read more

Primo Hoagies is adding four locations in the region. Read more

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Mostly sunny skies allow highs to bounce back to the low 70s each afternoon Read more

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The Outstanding Young Woman scholarship program is back after taking a year off at the height of the pandemic. Read more

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The Berks County coroner's office has now confirmed 1,000 COVID-19 deaths. Read more

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention weighed in on Friday to expand Pfizer booster approval to additional groups of individuals. Read more

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'It's bigger than football. It's bigger than school. It's just truly community support.' Read more

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Joe and Maureen Topper wanted to give back after a first-hand experience with cancer seven years ago. Read more

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Instagram is putting a hold on the development of Instagram kids, geared towards children under 13, so it can address concerns about the vulnerability of younger users. Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, wrote in a blog post Monday that a delay will give the company time to “work with parents, experts, policymakers and regulators, to listen to their concerns, and to demonstrate the value and importance of this project for younger teens online today.” Read more

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China's Foreign Ministry says two Canadians detained in late 2019 who were allowed to return to Canada were released on bail for health reasons. A ministry spokesperson made the comment as Beijing sought to downplay the connection between their release and the return to China of a long-detained executive of Huawei Technologies. Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig were detained in December 2019, days after Huawei's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested in Canada at the request of U.S. authorities. Meng fought the U.S. demand for extradition from Canada. She landed in China on Saturday after reaching a deal with the U.S. Justice Department. Read more

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A strong earthquake has struck the Greek island of Crete. One person has been killed and 20 others have been injured. Homes and churches were damaged and rock slides occurred near the country’s fourth-largest city. The quake on Monday had a preliminary magnitude of at least 5.8 and sent people fleeing into the streets in the city of Heraklion. Schools were evacuated. Repeated aftershocks rattled the area and added to damage in villages near the epicenter. Read more

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will on Tuesday finally meet with members of the COVID-19 Bereaved Families for Justice campaigning group. They have for more than a year sharply criticized his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Johnson’s Downing Street office confirmed Monday that the prime minister will hold a “private meeting” with members of the group. The group said family members will tell the stories of how their loved ones caught the virus and reiterate their calls for a statutory inquiry into the pandemic to start soon. The group has asked for it to take place outside and that social distancing is observed even though all restrictions on social contact have been lifted. Read more

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With a donation of $1.5 million from author James Patterson, Scholastic Book Clubs has launched “The United States of Readers." It's a classroom program designed to address literacy inequity. Scholastic announced Monday that United States of Readers will help bring books to 32,000 kids nationwide, grades K-8, from low-income families. Patterson is one of the world’s bestselling novelists. He has already donated more than $10 million to teachers and students through Scholastic. Patterson says he's been working his whole career to get kids reading because he believes illiteracy is one of the biggest challenges the country faces. Read more

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Many of the 38 members recognized by the United Nations as small island developing states are known for their stunning coral reefs, pristine beaches and dire imperilment by climate change. These islands are dependent on tourism, which itself is a significant driver of climate change. With their economies devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, these countries are looking to a return of tourism to salvage their livelihoods. At the same time, they are issuing increasingly stark clarion calls for action on climate change at the United Nations General Assembly as rising sea levels threaten to drown them before the end of the century.  Read more

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Gen. Mark Milley has been the target of more political intrigue in two years as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff than any of his recent predecessors were in four. One after another, political firestorms have ignited around him. Milley will face congressional questioning Tuesday when he appears at a hearing about the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Also a likely topic is a new book that portrays Milley as having taken steps to guard against Donald Trump potentially starting a war with China or Iran or ordering an unprovoked nuclear attack in the final months of his presidency. Read more

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President Joe Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan is traveling to Saudi Arabia. Sullivan is to meet with Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman as the U.S. presses for a cease-fire in the yearslong war between the kingdom and Houthi rebels in Yemen. That's according to two senior administration officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Sullivan travels Monday and will be the highest-ranking Biden administration official to visit Saudi Arabia. The White House has largely steered clear of the crown prince since making public a CIA report that showed he likely approved the killing of Washington Post columnist and Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi. Read more

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The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor has sought urgent clearance from the court’s judges to resume investigations of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan. Prosecutor Karim Khan said Monday that under the country’s new Taliban rulers “there is no longer the prospect of genuine and effective domestic investigations” in the country. Judges at the global court authorized an investigation in March last year. The investigation was deferred after Afghan authorities asked to take over the case. Khan said he plans to focus on crimes committed by the Taliban and the Afghan affiliate of the Islamic State group. Read more

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Seasonal monsoon rains may worsen flooding that has already badly affected about a third of Thailand. A tropical storm swept through the upper part of the country over the weekend, causing flash floods that affected thousands. Disaster-prevention officials say 12 provinces along the Chao Phraya river, including Bangkok and the old capital Ayutthaya, should be prepared for new flooding as water levels increase in the Chao Phraya dam by 1 to 3 feet over the next few days. Soldiers helped fill sandbags in Ayutthaya. Flood gates and pumping stations were being operated carefully in Bangkok to try to mitigate any potential damage. Read more

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Lines of cars formed at British gas stations for a fourth day on Monday, as the government mulled bringing in the army to help ease supply disruption triggered by a shortage of truck drivers. Brian Madderson, chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association, said training has been taking place “in the background” for military personnel to drive tankers. The government says it has “no plans at the moment” to deploy troops. The haulage industry says the U.K. is short as many as 100,000 truckers, due to a perfect storm of factors including the coronavirus pandemic and an exodus of foreign workers following Brexit. The driver drought is contributing to empty supermarket shelves and shuttered gas pumps.   Read more

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Global shoppers face possible shortages of smartphones and other goods ahead of Christmas after power cuts to meet government targets forced Chinese factories to shut down and left some households in the dark. In the northeastern city of Liaoyang, 23 people were hospitalized with gas poisoning after ventilation in a metal casting factory was shut off following a power outage, according to state broadcaster CCTV. No deaths were reported. The disruption to China’s vast manufacturing industries during one of their busiest seasons reflects the ruling Communist Party’s struggle to balance economic growth with efforts to rein in pollution and emissions of climate-changing gases. Read more

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A Spanish island volcano that has buried more than 500 buildings and displaced over 6,000 people since last week lessened its activity on Monday, although scientists warned that it was too early to declare the eruption phase finished. The plume of ash emerging from the main vent stopped in the early hours of Monday. But the column of ash and volcanic material returned after a two-hour hiatus. The La Palma island's authorities advised residents in four neighborhoods to remain indoors to avoid toxic gases that could be released as a result of hot lava meeting cooler Atlantic Ocean water. No fatalities or serious injuries have been reported since the volcano’s eruption on Sept. 19. Read more

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A federal judge is considering whether the man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan should be be unconditionally released from the restrictions he's been living under. John Hinckley Jr. was 25 when he attacked the president. Jurors found him not guilty by reason of insanity. Now he's 66, and he's been living in Williamsburg, Virginia, since leaving a Washington hospital five years ago. Doctors oversee his medication and therapy. He can’t have a gun. And he can't travel far without informing his doctors. Hinckley's lawyer says he no longer poses a threat. Prosecutors have opposed ending restrictions. A hearing was scheduled for Monday. Read more

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Germany’s voters have delivered their verdict. Now it’s up to party leaders to thrash out who will succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel after 16 years in office and with what political priorities. The shape of Germany’s new Bundestag, or lower house of parliament, is now clear. But there are majorities for three more or less plausible new coalition governments, and it could take weeks or months to put a new administration in place. Merkel and her outgoing government will remain in office in a caretaker capacity until the Bundestag elects her successor.  Read more

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“Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” a jukebox adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s hyperactive 2001 movie, won the best new musical crown at the Tony Awards. Broadway looked back Sunday night to honor shows shuttered by COVID-19, mourn its fallen and also look forward to welcoming audiences again. “The Inheritance” by Matthew Lopez was named the best new play, and Charles Fuller’s “A Soldier’s Play” won best play revival. The pandemic-delayed telecast kicked off with an energetic performance of “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from original Broadway cast members of “Hairspray!” Read more

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Democrats are promising historic investments across all levels of education as they push ahead with President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion rebuilding plan. The proposal includes universal prekindergarten, two years of free community college and expanded child care subsidies. Biden's “Build Back Better” plan touches nearly every aspect of American life, but education serves as a bedrock. Advocates call it a landmark bill that makes improvements along the entire arc of an academic career. Republicans decry it as a step toward socialism that will strain the economy. Democrats are trying to pass it on their own, but cuts may be needed to win support within the party.  Read more

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Stocks are off to a mixed start on Wall Street Monday as gains for banks and energy companies are checked by drops in the technology sector. The S&P 500 was off 0.4% in the early going, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq lost 1.1%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.4%, however, and a measure of small-company stocks was also higher. Treasury yields continued to climb. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 1.49%, the highest since late June. That helped send bank stocks higher, and energy companies were also benefiting from a 2% rise in the price of crude oil.  Read more

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Thousands of Indian farmers are blocking major roads and railway tracks outside the capital of New Delhi, marking one year of protests against agricultural laws that they say will shatter their livelihoods. The mood on Monday was charged with determination to keep the anti-government demonstrations going — some even brought mattresses with them, camping out as the day went on. The farmers called for a nation-wide strike to mark one year since the legislation was passed. The drawn-out demonstrations have posed one of the biggest political challenges to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The farmers say the new legislation will devastate their earnings by ending guaranteed pricing and force them to sell their crops to corporations at cheaper prices. Read more

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A young and hungry U.S. squad didn't just take back the Ryder Cup. They put the biggest beating on a European squad in the modern era and in the bargain, laying down the template for what captain Steve Stricker called a “new era.” Dustin Johnson served as the team's elder statesman at 37 and won all five of his matches. But the future looks brighter still. With six rookies and eight players under 30, there was talk of revenge, and predictions they'd win big again at the next Ryder Cup meeting in Rome in 2023.  Read more

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Justin Tucker set an NFL record with a 66-yard field goal, bouncing it through off the crossbar as time expired to lift the Baltimore Ravens to a 19-17 win over the Detroit Lions. The kick topped the 64-yard field goal Matt Prater made for Denver against Tennessee on Dec. 8, 2013. Lamar Jackson threw a 36-yard pass to Sammy Watkins to get the Ravens across midfield with 7 seconds left. Baltimore went into the fourth with a 16-7 lead. Ryan Santoso made a go-ahead, 35-yard field goal with 1:04 left, giving coach Dan Campbell an opportunity to win his first game with the Lions. Read more

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand's prime minister says the government will start a pilot program of home-isolation for overseas travelers, ahead of what she expects to be increasing vaccination levels. Read more

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand's prime minister says the government will start a pilot program of home-isolation for overseas travelers, ahead of what she expects to be increasing vaccination levels. Read more

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Palestinian health officials say at least five Palestinians have been killed in shootouts with Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank. The Israeli military says it conducted a series of arrest raids against the Hamas militant group across the West Bank early Sunday. Gun battles erupted in two areas. Hamas says four of the dead were members of its military wing. It was not known if the fifth person killed, identified as a 16-year-old boy, was also a militant. The Israeli military says two soldiers were seriously injured by gunfire. The West Bank has experienced a jump in violence in recent months. Read more

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Investigators are seeking the cause for the weekend derailment of an Amtrak train in far northern Montana that killed three people. Seven people remained hospitalized Sunday but were in stable condition. The Empire Builder train was westbound when the derailment occurred about 4 p.m. Saturday just outside the tiny community of Joplin. Nearby residents rushed to the scene to help first responders attend to the roughly 160 passengers and crew. National Transportation Safety Board investigators are looking into the cause of the accident, which occurred near a switch on the tracks. The Empire Builder runs between Chicago and Seattle. Read more

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Aaron Rodgers completed two deep passes to Davante Adams on a last-minute drive, setting up Mason Crosby’s 51-yard field goal on the final play of the game that gave the Green Bay Packers a 30-28 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Rodgers delivered for the Packers after Jimmy Garoppolo gave San Francisco the lead on a 12-yard TD pass to Kyle Juszczyk with 37 seconds to play.  The comeback spoiled the first game for the 49ers with fans since beating Green Bay in the 2019 NFC title game.  Read more

It’s a consequential week for President Joe Biden’s agenda as Democratic leaders work to delicately trim back his $3.5 trillion “Build Back Better” package and pass legislation to avoid a federal shutdown. The Senate has a test vote set Monday to keep the government running and avert a federal debt default. But that package stands to run into a blockade by Republican senators. Funding runs out after Thursday’s fiscal year-end deadline. Behind the scenes, Biden and Democratic leaders are working to round up votes for his bigger package. An expected House vote Monday on a $1 trillion infrastructure bill was postponed to Thursday. Read more

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Aaron Judge doubled in the go-ahead runs to lead the New York Yankees to a 6-3 victory and a wild-card flipping three-game sweep. Giancarlo Stanton followed with a two-run homer over the Green Monster and out of the ballpark to give the Yankees their sixth straight victory. Stanton, who won Saturday’s game with an eighth-inning grand slam, homered in all three games of the series. The Yankees arrived in Boston trailing the Red Sox by two games. They leave it with a one-game lead. Boston remains in playoff position, one game ahead of Toronto for the second wild-card spot.  Read more

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The center-left Social Democrats have won the biggest share of the vote in Germany's national election. They narrowly beat outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right Union bloc in a closely fought race that will determine who succeeds the long-time leader at the helm of Europe’s biggest economy. The Social Democrats’ candidate Olaf Scholz, the outgoing vice chancellor and finance minister who pulled his party out of a long slump, said the outcome was a clear mandate to ensure they assembled a good, pragmatic government. The Union bloc said it too would reach out to smaller parties to discuss forming a government, while Merkel stays as caretaker until a successor is chosen. Read more

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Justin Herbert’s touchdown toss to Mike Williams with 32 seconds to go lifted the Los Angeles Chargers to a 30-24 victory over the Chiefs. The Chargers capitalized on four Kansas City turnovers, including Patrick Mahomes’ second interception in the closing minutes.  Herbert finished with 281 yards passing and four touchdowns without an interception, outdueling Mahomes in a matchup of two of the game's best young quarterbacks. Mahomes finished with 260 yards and three touchdown passes along with his two interceptions. Kansas City also lost two fumbles. Read more