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The order signed on Saturday says that Berks County residents have the ability to avoid eviction by applying for emergency rental assistance.  Read more

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Emergency officials responded to the fire in the 200 block of Smith Street in East Stroudsburg.  Read more

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It happened Saturday at the intersection of State Route 901 (Gordon Nagle Trail) and SPCA Road in North Manheim Township.  Read more

The fair will be held on the fairgrounds in Bern Township located at 1216 Hilltop Road.  Read more

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Stormy Sunday with a thunderstorm possible in the evening.  Read more

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House State Government Committee Chairman Seth Grove, R-196 of York, announced this week that he would set up hearings to look into the state’s Ethics Act and legislative per diem process after state Rep. Margo Davidson, D-164, of Upper Darby, was indicted on theft charges. Read more

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Wolf said he plans an Aug. 5 renewal of the disaster emergency declaration first issued in January 2018. Read more

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Officials say EF-0 tornado caused damage in Slatington. Read more

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A stormy Sunday with an evening thunderstorm possible.  Read more

Hersheypark and Pepsi are teaming up to bring you a pop star experience. Read more

Truffles the cat and her optician owner are using some national fame to spread awareness about an eye condition. Read more

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Lancaster native featured on world's first augmented reality soda bottle labels from Jones Soda. Read more

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A house fire in Reading has now claimed a third victim. The Berks County Coroner reports one of the children being treated at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia has died.  Read more

It's the 13th year for the popular festival hosted by the Downtown Allentown Business Alliance. Read more

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Officials say a vehicle was seen leaving the area after the deer was shot. Read more

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A motorcyclist, identified as Brandon Perry, 26 of Saylorsburg, is dead after fleeing from police attempting to conduct a traffic stop in Monroe County, officials say.  Read more

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Plenty of sunshine during the day on Saturday. Rain returns Sunday.  Read more

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A commission set up by Gov. Wolf to get rid of the gas tax came back with some proposals Friday. Read more

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Abra Gorby says she's never experienced anything like it. Read more

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45-year-old David Rodriguez is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 43-year-old Ricardo De Castro of Florida. Read more

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Lower Hackett Park is just a short drive off of the 13th Street exit on Route 22. Read more

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The new grants of up to $15,000 are for any businesses with fewer than 100 employees. Read more

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Shane Popiny and his dog Pepper make an amazing team. Read more

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Heavy rain and gusty winds packed a punch on parts of Bucks County. Read more

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It happened on the 700 block of South Hall Street around 3:30 p.m. Read more

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Winds knocked down trees, tore the roof off of a baseball dugout, and damaged properties throughout the area. Read more

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President Joe Biden came to Mack Trucks with a clear message on how he thinks we can strengthen our economy. Read more

(The Center Square) – Pennsylvania ranked 22nd in the latest iteration of the United States Prosperity Index, moving up from 24 in 2020 and 26 in 2011 – but the commonwealth scored low marks in governance. Read more

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The Senate is convening a rare Sunday session to finish drafting the text of a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill. Senators made little visible progress on the legislative package on Saturday. Two of the negotiators said Sunday morning on CNN that action could come soon. Republican Sen. Susan Collins says, “We really are just about finished.” Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin says there will likely be “text today and by this evening, hopefully we can start the process.” Both said the bill could be finished this week. The predictions were a familiar refrain after several days of delays.  Read more

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Wildfires in the Turkish holiday destinations of Antalya and Mugla are still raging as firefighters worked to battle the blazes for a fifth day. Authorities warned tourists and residents to keep evacuating Turunc, a town in the seaside resort of Marmaris, and navy ships waited in the sea there to see if a bigger evacuation was needed. As the death toll rose to eight on Sunday, the forestry minister tweeted that 111 fires were “under control” across Turkey.  A heat wave across southern Europe, fed by hot air from Africa, has led to wildfires across the Mediterranean, including on the Italian island of Sicily and in western Greece. Read more

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WASHINGTON -- The director of the National Institutes of Health says federal guidance urging vaccinated people to wear masks indoors in communities of high COVID-19 spread is aimed at mostly protecting the unvaccinated and immunocompromised. 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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Evan Fournier and Nicolas Batum are going for gold, though they can’t forget about the green. Basketball and business are about to mix in a way players have never experienced. The quarterfinals of the Olympic men’s tournament arrives on the same day free agency opens in the NBA. Fournier and Batum will be playing on Tuesday for France, one of the top seeds. That will be Monday in the U.S., when teams and players can begin negotiating contracts. Free agency is usually well before the Olympics, but was pushed back this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

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The threat of widespread evictions during the coronavirus pandemic has inspired reforms to a U.S. system that has in the past offered few protections for tenants. Dozen of states and cities have created programs aimed at keeping eviction cases out of the courts. Many others have passed legislation ensuring tenants have legal representation in eviction cases. Some have approved measures sealing eviction records, which makes it easier for a tenant to find a new apartment. Advocates say the push for change is driven partly over concerns about millions of tenants at risk of eviction during the pandemic, but also by the nearly $47 billion available in rental assistance. Read more

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Marcell Jacobs won the men’s Olympic 100-meter race Sunday night, crossing the line in 9.8 seconds to bring the sprint gold to Italy for the first time. Jacobs topped America’s Fred Kerley and Canada’s Andre DeGrasse to take the spot held for the past 13 years by the now-retired Usain Bolt. Jacobs’ victory came only moments after his countryman, Gianmarco Tamberi, tied Qatari high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim for gold in the high jump. Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela broke a 26-year-old world record in the triple jump with a leap of 51 feet, 5 inches (15.67 meters). Read more

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Six months after seizing power from the elected government, Myanmar’s military leader has declared himself prime minister and said he would lead the country under the extended state of emergency until elections are held in about two years. The state of emergency was declared when troops moved against the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi on Feb. 1, an action the generals said was permitted under the military-authored 2008 constitution. The military claimed her landslide victory in last year’s national elections was achieved through massive fraud but offered no evidence. The military takeover was met with massive public protests that has resulted in a lethal crackdown by security forces who routinely fire live ammunition into crowds. Nearly 1,000 have been killed. Read more

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The U.S. and Spain played for Olympic gold in 2008 and 2012, then in the semifinals in 2016. And at the Tokyo Games, the top teams in the FIBA world rankings will meet again -- just earlier than has been the norm. The three-time reigning Olympic champion Americans will face reigning World Cup champion Spain in the quarterfinals of the men’s basketball tournament at the Tokyo Games on Tuesday. It's a matchup of teams that finished second in their respective groups at the Olympics. Read more

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Caeleb Dressel and Emma McKeon earned milestone medals at the Olympic pool before Italian runner Marcell Jacobs was the surprising winner of the race to determine the fastest man in the world. Jacobs crossed the line in 9.80 seconds to bring the sprint gold to Italy for the first time. Jacobs topped Fred Kerley of the United States and Andre DeGrasse of Canada to take the spot held for the past 13 years by the now-retired Usain Bolt. Dressel won two more gold medals to give him five in the Tokyo Olympics. McKeon became the first female swimmer to claim seven medals at one Olympics. Read more

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Sunisa Lee will have her carry-on stuffed with medals when she heads back to the United States. The 18-year-old Olympic gymnastics champion from Minnesota added a bronze in the uneven bars finals. Lee earned a silver in the team competition and gold in the all-around earlier in the games. Nina Derwael of Belgium took her country's first gymnastics gold by topping the bars final. Rebeca Andrade of Brazil earned her country's first gold in gymnastics with a victory on vault. MyKayla Skinner took silver. Skinner was added to the field when defending Olympic champion Simone Biles opted out of the competition to focus on her mental health. Read more

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Italy and France are introducing Europe's toughest vaccine pass regimes for normal social activities like dining indoors at restaurants, visiting museums and attending sporting events. The tactic has boosted vaccination rates in both countries. But there are pockets of resistance by those who call it a violation of their civil liberties or who are concerned about vaccine safety. About 80,000 people protested in Italian cities last weekend, while thousands marched in Paris for the last two weekends. European nations in general have made strides in their vaccination rates in recent months, with or without incentives. No European country has made the shots mandatory, and campaigns to persuade the undecided are a patchwork. Read more

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San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane has denied allegations his wife made on social media that he bet on NHL games, including against his own team. Kane responded to allegations made the previous day from the Instagram account of his wife, Anna. Kane says he has never bet on hockey games and never thrown a game. The NHL is investigating the allegations and Kane says he will cooperate. Read more

In most ways, Jalue Dorje is a typical American teen — he grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis, loving football, Pokémon and rap music. Yet a few years from now, he’s expecting to say goodbye to his family and join a monastery in the foothills of the Himalayas. At a young age, Jalue was recognized by the Dalai Lama and other Tibetan Buddhist leaders as a reincarnated lama. Now 14, he has spent much of his life training to become a monk, memorizing sacred scriptures and learning the teachings of Buddha. He plans to join the monastery after graduating from high school, but hopes to return to America to teach.  Read more

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Mykayla Skinner won a silver medal on vault in the women's gymnastics event final to fulfil a lifelong Olympic dream. But she wasn't supposed to be there. She had the fourth-highest score during qualifications. But the rules allow each country a maximum of two athletes in the finals. Simone Biles and Jade Carey finished first and second to push Skinner from the competition. She was preparing to get on a plane to go home when Biles struggled at team finals last week. Skinner subbed in for her and now she's heading home with a silver medal. Read more

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The face and the voice of the Tokyo Olympics could very well be found in Raven Saunders. She's the 25-year-old American shot putter wearing the green and red “Incredible Hulk” mask, sporting the purple and green hair, donning the neon-blue shades and soon to be gifted with a shiny silver medal. Saunders is openly gay, has contemplated suicide, has seen poverty and depression ravage her Black community and others like it. She has often wondered if the Olympics have a spot for a person like her. She has decided to claim her place either way as athletes are feeling freer to speak their truth. Read more

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Emma McKeon won two more gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics, making the Australian the first woman to earn seven medals in swimming at a single Games. She set an Olympic record to win the 50-meter freestyle in 23.81 seconds, completing the sprint double after her victory in the 100. McKeon swam as part of Australia’s 4×100 medley relay, which rallied to dethrone the two-time defending champion United States in an Olympic-record time. Read more

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Over the past year, National Guard members have been called in to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, natural disasters and race riots. Army Col. Scott Desormeaux and his soldiers are on a dusty base near Syria’s northern border, assisting Syrian rebel forces battle Islamic State militants, and keeping an eye on Russian troops in the region. Others are distributing vaccines, spending months on office cots or in hotels far from home. While Guard leaders say America's citizen soldiers are upbeat, they worry about exhaustion setting in and wonder how much longer U.S. businesses can do without their long-absent workers. Read more

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Xander Schauffele has won the Olympic gold medal in golf in a tense finish. Schauffele was tied for the lead with Rory Sabbatini of Slovakia with two holes to play. The American made birdie from 6 feet on the 17th hole to regain the lead. Then after a bad tee shot that forced him to play short of the water, he hit wedge to 4 feet and made the par to win. Sabbatini set an Olympic record with a 61 and won the silver. Hideki Matsuyama missed a 12-foot birdie putt on the last hole that would have secured him the bronze. He was in seven-man playoff for the final medal. C.T. Pan of Taiwan won the bronze in a playoff that lasted four holes.  Read more

Two rare Sumatran tigers at the zoo in the Indonesian capital are recovering after being infected with COVID-19. Nine-year-old Tino became ill with shortness of breath, sneezing, and a runny nose on July 9. He also lost his appetite. Two days later, 12-year-old Hari was showing the same symptoms. Swabs were taken and results came back positive for COVID-19. The tigers were immediately treated with antibiotics and other medicine. They were getting better after 10-12 days, and have now recovered under close observation at Jakarta’s Ragunan Zoo. An official says Jakarta authorities are trying to find out how the tigers were infected, because the zoo has been closed as part of coronavirus restrictions. There was no infection among the caretakers and other zoo staff. Read more

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Israel’s prime minister has directly blamed Iran for a drone attack on an oil tanker off the coast of Oman that killed two people. Tehran meanwhile has denied being involved in the assault. The comments Sunday by Premier Naftali Bennett and Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh come after the strike Thursday night on the oil tanker Mercer Street. That assault marked the first-known fatal attack after years of assaults on commercial shipping in the region linked to tensions with Iran over its tattered nuclear deal. While no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, Iran and its militia allies have used so-called “suicide” drones in attacks previously.   Read more

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At their halfway point, the Tokyo Olympics are still grappling with the fact that there are no crowds. But looking at the Games without fans is an opportunity to examine what spectators add to a public entertainment event, and what their absence takes away. Olympic organizers say the essence of the Games will remain the same. But without any crowds, even the television audience, which represents so much of the money made by the Olympics, is affected. In the words of one media scholar, we like to watch things with crowds because they make it easier to pretend we're there ourselves.  Read more

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Iran’s outgoing president has acknowledged his nation at times “did not tell part of the truth” to its people during his eight-year tenure. That comes as he prepares to leave office with his signature nuclear deal with world powers in tatters and tensions high with the West. President Hassan Rouhani’s comments, aired on state television Sunday, come as officials in his government have appeared rudderless in recent months as a series of crises ranging from the coronavirus pandemic to parching droughts fuel public protests. President-elect Ebrahim Raisi, a protégé of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, will be inaugurated Thursday.  Read more

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has formally apologized for a racially charged part of the nation’s history, known as the Dawn Raids. That's when Pacific Island people were targeted for deportation in the mid-1970s during aggressive home raids by authorities to find, convict and deport overstayers. The raids often took place very early in the morning or late at night. As part of an emotional ceremony at the Auckland Town Hall, Ardern was covered in a large white mat and then embraced. The apology didn’t come with any broader financial compensation or legal changes, but many Pacific people say it represented an important first step.  Read more

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Caeleb Dressel capped one of the greatest performances in Olympic history with his fourth and fifth gold medals of the Tokyo Games. Dressel won the 50-meter freestyle for his third individual title. Then, he returned for the final race at the pool, leading the Americans to a win in the 4x100 medley relay. The 24-year-old becomes only the fifth swimmer to win as many five golds at one Olympics. Speaking of records, Australia's Emma McKeon finished off her own remarkable medal haul. She won two more golds and became only the second woman in any sport to capture seven medals.  Read more

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Sam and Alise Willoughby have been through a series of life-altering moments in a short period of time. An accident. An encounter with a man named Bootie. A walk at a wedding. An Australian BMX rider, Sam had an accident after the Rio de Janeiro Olympics that left him paralyzed. He struggled in the darkness of depression. At a NASCAR race in California, he met a paralyzed man nicknamed Bootie who built a career as a NASCAR crew chief. The talk with Bootie pushed Sam away from the darkness. Sam honored a promise he made to his girlfriend, a girl from Minnesota named Alise Post, by walking at their wedding with the assistance of a walker and braces. Once one of the most dominant BMX racers in the world, Sam now coaches Alise, currently one of the world’s best. Read more

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Bobby Finke will be the first to concede he had modest goals for the Tokyo Olympics. He was thrilled merely to make the U.S. team in a couple of grueling freestyle events. He couldn’t really envision winning a medal. Now, he’s got a couple of golds. Finke capped off his stunning emergence as the world's greatest male distance swimmer by winning the 1,500-meter freestyle on the final day of swimming at the Tokyo pool. He turned on his trademark finishing kick to become the first American man since 1984 to win the metric mile. Read more

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Awoken by gunshots in the middle of the night, Fatima Amadou was shocked by what she saw among the attackers: children. With guns slung over their small frames, they surrounded her home in Burkina Faso’s Sahel region in June. Amadou and her family survived the attack that left about 160 people dead. It was the deadliest such assault since the once-peaceful West African nation was overrun by fighters linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State about five years ago. As such violence increases, so too does the recruitment of child soldiers. Read more

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Alice Dearing is the first Black female swimmer to make Britain's Olympic team, but the ambassador for a bathing cap for natural hair won't be able to use the covering in competition. FINA banned use of the Soul Cap in the Tokyo Games in a decision many decried as yet another example of the lack of diversity in swimming. FINA has said it will take another look at the cap this fall. Black swimmers are hopeful it's a step toward inclusivity for a sport dominated by white athletes. Those familiar with the situation say the reasons for that shortage of Black swimmers run deep in history. Read more

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Star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. of the San Diego Padres has been placed on the 10-day injured list a day after partially dislocating his left shoulder for the third time this season. The Padres announced the move prior to their game Saturday night against the Colorado Rockies. Tatis was the NL’s starting shortstop in the All-Star game. He was injured Friday night while sliding awkwardly into third base in the first inning against the Rockies. He was in pain as he was led off the field by manager Jayce Tingler and a trainer. Tatis leads the NL with 31 home runs. Read more