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A statement from the jail said a 32-year-old inmate was found unresponsive in his cell around 7 a.m. Saturday. Read more

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The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients per day is about 3,900 lower than it was at the peak on December 25, 2020, officials say.  Read more

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Acting Education Secretary Noe Ortega announced Saturday that the department has submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) confirming that Pennsylvania will allow public schools the option to postpone federally-required standardized tests until the fall. Read more

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According to prepared testimony given last week by state Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McConnell to the state House Appropriations Committee, a carbon emissions fee to be authorized in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative would generate some $300 million in proceeds — or double what DEP now receives in the state’s annual general fund budget. Read more

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The collision occurred on Barnesville Drive in Ryan Township at around 12:22 a.m. Friday.  Read more

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We start out next week with some showers.  Get the details. Read more

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Homeowners in Union Township reacted to word of 50 gallons of orange heating oil, leaking onto white snow on a tract of low marshy ground near their property. Read more

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The Pennsylvania Health Department says it has given out more than 2.2 million vaccine shots so far. Read more

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HELLERTOWN, Pa. - Hellerton Borough Council President Thomas Rieger said Friday he is running for a fourth term. Read more

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The Lehigh County Coroner's Office ruled the death of the victim, whose identity has only been released as Jane Doe, a homicide. Read more

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Decades after going to prison, some of the men responsible for the World Trade Center bombing that killed six people 28 years ago Friday are still trying to whittle down their onetime life sentences. And they're succeeding, though they'd be nearly 100 if they ever were freed. In the last year, four men arrested soon after the 1993 attack have won reductions to their once 240-year sentences. Friends and relatives of the six bombing victims were participating Friday in a pair of events to mark the anniversary of the terrorist attack. Read more

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Although the House package will include the minimum wage hike, the Senate parliamentarian has ruled the move would violate budget reconciliation rules. Read more

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A national movement aimed at protecting residents' gun rights has made its way to our area. Read more

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The mayor said his new proposal, which is still in the development stages, would grandfather in the several hundred people who currently have permits. Read more

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Doctors say there's a lot of misinformation going around about COVID-19. Read more

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The Lehigh Valley chapter of the organization broke ground on a two-home construction project in the 600 block of William Street. Read more

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(The Center Square) – Pennsylvania acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam stood behind her department’s guidance issued to nursing homes last spring to accept COVID-19 patients back into their facilities after hospitalization. Read more

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Interest in cyber charter schools skyrocketed during the pandemic. Read more

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New statistics show a disparity in homeownership between whites and minority communities. Read more

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The attack was aimed at two Iranian-backed militia groups who had bombed U.S. forces. Read more

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(The Center Square) – Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said Friday that cutting funding and increasing accountability for underperforming charter schools makes better use of taxpayer dollars than the current system. Read more

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Authorities said the 5-year-old was unsecured in the backseat Read more

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The training is designed to enhance community relations and provide citizens with insight into the criminal justice system. Read more

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On Sunday the borough told residents not to drink the water after a storage tower was vandalized. Read more

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Dave Mustaine's uncle, Edward Woltemate Jr., is a deaf artist who channeled his personal experiences into creating his own alternate world. Read more

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(The Center Square) – Representatives of Pennsylvania’s four state-related universities met with the state House Appropriations Committee this week for a budget hearing that was first and foremost focused on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

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The health system said its urgent care center in Gilbertsville will be open longer. Read more

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About 700 clients in Center City Allentown, Northampton County and Bethlehem City are being asked if they want the vaccine. Read more

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Peeps is coming out with something that's perfect for an Easter basket for the makeup lover in your life. Read more

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The 20-year-old is believed to be one of two men who entered the bowling alley with the alleged shooter, authorities said. Read more

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LONDON — Britain’s government says families with children in school will be provided with free coronavirus home test kits as part of plans for schools to reopen beginning on March 8. Read more

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An Israeli-owned cargo ship that suffered a mysterious explosion in the Gulf of Oman has come to Dubai’s port for repairs. It arrived Sunday after the blast that revived security concerns in Mideast waterways amid heightened tensions with Iran. While the crew was unharmed in the blast, the vessel sustained two holes on its port side and two on its starboard side just above the waterline, according to American defense officials. It remains unclear what caused the blast, but the incident comes amid sharply rising tension between the U.S. and Iran over its unraveling 2015 nuclear deal. Iran increasingly has sought to pressure President Joe Biden’s administration to lift sanctions.  Read more

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Security forces in Myanmar have made mass arrests and appeared to use lethal force as they intensify their efforts to break up protests a month after the military staged a coup. There were reports of gunfire as police in Yangon, the biggest city, fired tear gas and water cannons while trying to clear the streets of demonstrators who are seeking to have the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi restored to power. A violent crackdown also occurred in Dawei, a much smaller city in southeastern Myanmar, where local media reported at least three people were killed during a protest march. The Yangon protesters later regrouped. Read more

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Infectious disease experts are expressing concern about Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to Iraq. They are citing a sharp rise in coronavirus infections there, a fragile health care system and the unavoidable likelihood that Iraqis will crowd to see him. No one wants to tell Francis not to make the March 5-8 visit, and the Iraqi government has every interest in welcoming a pope to the country for the first time and showing off its relative stability. The pope and the media traveling with him have been vaccinated against the virus, but many Iraqis have not.  Public health experts say a papal trip to Iraq in the middle of a global pandemic is just not advisable.  Read more

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Corey Kispert made six 3-pointers and finished with 24 points, and No. 1 Gonzaga remained the only unbeaten in the country with a 86-69 win over Loyola Marymount. The Bulldogs won their 51st straight home game to set a school record and finished off a perfect regular season. Gonzaga has won 28 straight games dating to last season and is the first team to finish the regular season unbeaten since Kentucky in 2014-15. The Bulldogs are the only remaining unbeaten in Division I after No. 2 Baylor lost at Kansas. Gonzaga now gets a lengthy break before the West Coast Conference tournament begins.   Read more

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When drained of glamour, what’s left of the Golden Globes? That’s one of the biggest questions heading into 78th annual awards on Sunday night. The show will have little of what makes the Globes one of the frothiest and glitziest events of the year. Due to the pandemic, there will be no parade of stars down the red carpet outside the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. Its hosts, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, will be on different sides of the country. The circumstances will test the Globes telecast like never before. The ceremony on NBC begins at 8 p.m. EST.  Read more

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Virginia lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that will legalize marijuana for adult recreational use. But legalization will not occur until 2024, when retail sales of the drug would also begin. A compromise bill cleared the state House and Senate on Saturday evening. That makes Virginia the first Southern state to vote to legalize marijuana. It joins 15 other states and the District of Columbia. The legislation now goes to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, who supports legalization. Several Democrats said they hoped Northam would send the legislation back to them with amendments, including speeding up the date for legalization. Read more

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Luka Doncic scored 27 points, Kristaps Porzingis added 18 in his return from injury and the Dallas Mavericks snapped the Brooklyn Nets’ eight-game winning streak with a 115-98 victory. James Harden had 29 points for the Nets, but only four after halftime while playing as Brooklyn’s solo superstar. Kevin Durant missed his seventh straight game with a left hamstring strain and Kyrie Irving rested his surgically repaired right shoulder. That took more than 56 points per game away from the NBA’s highest-scoring team and Brooklyn couldn’t keep up with a Dallas club that shot 52% from the field.  Read more

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Authorities are investigating a vandalism and fire at a Buddhist temple in the Little Tokyo section of downtown Los Angeles. Surveillance video caught a man jumping the security fences at the Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple on Thursday night, smashing a 12-foot-high glass window with a rock, yanking a pair of metallic lanterns off their concrete bases and lighting two wooden lantern stands on fire. The incident comes amid a rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans. However, police say it was too early to label Thursday's incident a hate crime because the investigation is in the early stages. Read more

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A second former aide has come forward with sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The Democratic governor responded Saturday with a statement saying he never made advances toward her and never intended to be inappropriate. Charlotte Bennett was a health policy adviser in the Democratic governor’s administration until November. She told The New York Times that Cuomo asked her inappropriate questions about her sex life, including whether she had ever had sex with older men. Another former aide, Lindsey Boylan, recently accused Cuomo of subjecting her to unwanted kissing and inappropriate comments. Cuomo denied the allegations. Read more

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Jaden Shackleford scored 10 of his 15 points in the second half, and No. 6 Alabama beat Mississippi State 64-59 to clinch its first Southeastern Conference regular-season championship since 2002. The Crimson Tide led by double digits for much of the game before the Bulldogs closed to 56-53 on Iverson Molinar’s layup with 4:17 left. Mississippi State had a chance to draw even closer over the next three minutes, but Alabama came up with a couple big stops and James Rojas drained a 3 from the right corner to make it 59-53 with 43 seconds left. Read more

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An Amnesty International report says soldiers from Eritrea systematically killed “many hundreds” of people, the large majority men, in a massacre in late November in the Ethiopian city of Axum. The report echoes the findings of an Associated Press story last week and cites more than 40 witnesses. The new report on what might be the deadliest massacre of Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict describes soldiers gunning down civilians as they fled, lining up men and shooting them in the back, and refusing to allow people to collect and bury the dead. Ethiopia said the report was based on scanty information. Eritrea called the AP story “lies.” Read more

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The U.S. now has a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two. Health experts have anxiously awaited a one-and-done option to help speed vaccinations. The virus has already killed more than 510,000 people in the U.S. and is mutating in increasingly worrisome ways. The FDA said J&J’s vaccine offers strong protection against what matters most: serious illness, hospitalizations and death. One dose was 85% protective against the most severe COVID-19 illness, in a massive study that spanned three continents. Read more

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A statement from the jail said a 32-year-old inmate was found unresponsive in his cell around 7 a.m. Saturday. Read more

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Freshman Paige Bueckers set a school record with 14 assists and also scored 20 points while Aaliyah Edwards added 24 points and 14 rebounds as No. 1 Connecticut routed Butler 97-68. Bueckers, who led UConn in scoring, assists, steals and 3-point percentage entering the game, helped the Huskies break away from a 29-all tie in the second quarter. She set a school mark for assists in a season by a freshman. Genesis Parker scored 18 points for Butler, which lost to UConn by 68 points on Jan. 19. Read more

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Collin Morikawa has a two-shot lead at the Workday Championship. He realizes it could have been a lot more. The PGA champion ran off seven birdies in an eight-hole stretch through the 12th hole and was on the verge of running away from the field. He led by five shots at that point. Brooks Koepka was seven shots back. And then Morikawa three-putted from 25 feet on the par5 13th. He made another bogey on the par-5 17th by twice finding a bunker. He had to settle for 67 and a two-shot lead over Koepka and Billy Horschel. Read more

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The Medical Board of California says it will investigate a plastic surgeon who appeared in a videoconference for his traffic violation trial while operating. The Sacramento Bee reports Dr. Scott Green appeared Thursday for his Sacramento Superior Court trial, held virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic, from an operating room. He was dressed in surgical scrubs with a patient undergoing the procedure just out of view; the beeps of medical machinery can be heard in the background. A startled judge refused to conduct the trial, saying he was concerned for the patient's welfare, and rescheduled it for another time.  Read more

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Freshman star Cade Cunningham scored 10 of his season-high 40 points in overtime and Oklahoma State defeated No. 7 Oklahoma 94-90. Bryce Williams and Avery Anderson III each scored 15 points for Oklahoma State. The Cowboys have won four straight. De’Vion Harmon matched a career high with 23 points and Austin Reaves had 22 points, eight assists and six rebounds for Oklahoma. The Sooners were coming off an upset loss at Kansas State. The teams will meet again on Monday at Oklahoma State. Read more

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. now has a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19. Read more

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Kofi Cockburn scored 19 points and No. 5 Illinois topped No. 23 Wisconsin 74-69, completing its first sweep of the regular-season series since 2005. Wisconsin's D'Mitrik Trice scored 19 points in the final 2:12. Wisconsin trailed by 13 with less than three minutes left but got within one on Trice's 3-pointer with 6.7 seconds remaining. Trice finished with 29 points. Illinois played without All-American candidate Ayo Dosunmu, who missed a second straight game after breaking his nose during a loss at Michigan State.  Read more

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Students, teachers and relatives abducted two weeks ago from a school in northern Nigeria have been freed. The students, teachers and family members were abducted Feb. 17 by gunmen from the Government Science College Kagara. Niger State Gov. Abubakar Sani Bello said he received 24 students, six staff and eight relatives on Saturday after they were released early in the morning.   Their release was announced a day after police said gunmen had abducted 317 girls from a boarding school elsewhere in northern Nigeria. Nigeria has seen several such attacks and kidnappings over the years. The country's president says that “we will not succumb to blackmail by bandits and criminals who target innocent school students in the expectation of huge ransom payments.” Read more

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Garnet Hathaway and Daniel Sprong scored in the opening 5:06 and the streaking Washington Capitals built a big lead and held off the slumping New Jersey Devils 5-2. Lars Eller added the third goal in the big first period and Jabub Vrana gave the Capitals breathing room with a third-period breakaway tally. Rookie Vitek Vanecek had 22 saves in his ninth win. Nico Hischier and Pavel Zacha each scored for the second consecutive game for New Jersey, which has lost four of five. Mackenzie Blackwood had 19 saves. Read more

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Two-time Olympic medalist Laurie Hernandez is back on the competition floor. The 20-year-old gymnast, who won gold and silver at the 2016 Games, finished fifth on the balance beam and 11th on the floor exercise at the Winter Cup in Indianapolis. The meet was Hernandez's first event in more than 4 1/2 years. Hernandez says her return was a reward in itself and added she's got work to do if she wants to make a second trip to the Olympics. Jordan Chiles finished with the top all-around score, putting her in the mix to make the Olympic team. Read more

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Church bells rang out and a World War II-era plane flew over the funeral service of Captain Tom Moore, in honor of the veteran who single-handedly raised millions of pounds for Britain’s health workers by walking laps in his backyard. Captain Tom, as he became known, died Feb. 2 at age 100 after testing positive for COVID-19. Just eight members of the veteran’s immediate family attended Saturday’s private funeral service, but soldiers carried his coffin to a crematorium and formed a ceremonial guard. Singer Michael Bublé recorded a version of the song “Smile" for the funeral, which also featured Frank Sinatra's “My Way” in accordance with Moore's wishes.  Read more

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Brian Elliott stopped 23 shots to shut out the Buffalo Sabres for a second time this season in leading the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-0 win. Read more

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Nelly Korda is one shot ahead going into the final round of the Gainbridge LPGA. Annika Sorenstam had a tough day and sank to the bottom of the pack. Korda is trying to join older sister Jessica Korda as winners this year. She shot a 68 and leads by one over Patty Tavatanakit. The former UCLA star birdied her last three holes for a 66. Also in the mix are world No. 1 Jin Young Ko and Lydia Ko. Sorenstam is making a one-time appearance on her home course of Lake Nona. She shot 79 and was in last pce. Read more

Protests have again turned violent in Barcelona as supporters of an imprisoned Spanish rap artist returned to the streets after a brief respite. Several thousand people marched peacefully in the city on Saturday before small packs spun off and smashed the windows of at least two bank offices and did other property damage. Police made at least 10 arrests, including of two people suspected of trying to set fire to a police van. There were also protests in other towns in Spain’s Catalonia region, where rapper Pablo Hasél was arrested on Feb. 16 and taken into custody to serve a nine-month prison sentence for glorifying domestic terrorist groups and insulting Spain’s monarch..  Read more

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Billionaire Warren Buffett is encouraging investors to maintain their faith in America’s economy and the businesses his Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate owns. In a letter to his shareholders Saturday, Buffett hardly mentioned the coronavirus that ravaged many businesses last year, saying American business will thrive over time despite the pandemic. Instead, he kept his focus on the long-term prospects for the railroad, utility and insurance businesses and stocks that Berkshire Hathaway owns. The 90-year-old Buffett also assured investors that he has no plans to quit by joking about one of Berkshire’s longest-serving managers retiring at the “ridiculously premature” age of 103. Read more

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Mexico is considering reducing the protection area for the vaquita marina in the upper Gulf of California. That would cut the area where gill nets have been banned to protect the world's most endangered marine mammal and smallest porpoise. As few as 10 vaquita may remain in the Gulf, also known as the Sea of Cortez, the only place in the world that the elusive porpoise lives. Mexico's Environment Department said Saturday that the drop in the number of vaquitas and the area where they have been seen in recent years justifies reducing the protection zone, which currently covers most of the upper Gulf. Read more

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No. 7 Baylor has extended the nation's longest current streak of consecutive regular-season women's conference titles to 11 with an 85-49 victory over Kansas State. Queen Egbo scored 19 points and NaLyssa Smith added 16 as Baylor clinched at least a share of its 12th overall Big 12 regular-season title. Moon Ursin scored all 15 of her points in the first half. The Lady Bears have beaten the Wildcats 36 consecutive times. Rachel Ranke scored nine points for Kansas State.  Read more