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George Marcincin's mother says she has one question for the man accused of stabbing her son to death. Read more

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Students have been working all year to perfect their projects and present them. Read more

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The county is considering opportunities to close gaps and link parks along the Two Rivers Trailway and the Northern Tier Trail. Read more

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Commissioners approved the conditional use application of the Lower Macungie Manor project, subject to 14 conditions Thursday night. Read more

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Governors, including Pennsylvania's Tom Wolf, leaned on emergency power authority during the pandemic. Read more

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(The Center Square) – The Department of Health said Thursday a 26-year-old Pennsylvania woman is among those hospitalized for a rare blood clot after receiving Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine. Read more

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Health advocates say it's also a good time to get up to date with health appointments, especially since the pandemic triggered many to put their health on hold. Read more

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Scott Eckert says the pandemic has pushed shoppers online faster than we ever expected.  Read more

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Medical experts say 25 percent of COVID-19 patients are experiencing symptoms long after they're infected with the virus. Read more

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A study by the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission shows 1 in 3 Lehigh Valley residents spend more than 30% of their gross income on housing. Read more

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16- and 17-year-olds are only eligible to receive the two-dose Pfizer shot. Read more

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Blair Academy is a private boarding school, located in Blairstown, Warren County, New Jersey. Read more

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(The Center Square) – Chesapeake Energy said this week that it has installed continuous emission monitors at select well pads in northeast Pennsylvania in response to investor demands for more responsibly sourced natural gas. Read more

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Existing businesses near Alvernia University's Reading CollegeTowne campus can apply for funding. Read more

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The next court hearing is set for June 2. Read more

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Murphy unveiled the measures Thursday during a rally-like event in a crowded community center in Newark. Read more

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BUCKS COUNTY >> State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) held a virtual press conference today (April 15), along with Bucks County Commissioners Diane Ellis-Marseglia and Bob Harvie, Bucks County Solicitor Joe Khan, and Steve Miano, counsel representing the Democratic Senators in Yaw v. DRBC, to announce that Bucks and Montgomery counties have joined the Senator and his colleagues in their effort to preserve the authority of the Delaware River Basin Commission to ban fracking in the Delaware River Basin. Read more

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Additionally, Pennsylvania voters will consider in May a measure that would limit the governor's emergency powers. Read more

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The load measured 110 feet long, 15 feet high, and 14 feet wide, officials said. Read more

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The state's department of health announced Thursday that it is extending the suspension of the vaccine an extra four days. Read more

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The county has "paused" the use of the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine until further guidance comes from the federal government. Read more

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The pursuit began in Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County, and ended on Route 100 in Hereford Township, Berks County. Read more

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"It is offensive when people continue to run out talking points that have no basis in the truth." Read more

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An investigation determined the officer's use of deadly force was warranted to ensure the safety of himself and another officer. Read more

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State police released details of what happened in the crash Monday morning in Schuylkill County. Read more

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Authorities said S. Whitehall Twp. man secretly recorded women using his bathroom Read more

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CHADDS FORD — In a 212-page opinion issued April 12, a judge at the Public Utility Commission confirmed Wednesday some of the safety problems raised by the Safety 7 lawsuit. But the judge, Elizabeth Barnes, stopped short of requiring that the pipelines be shut down until their safety could be assured, which the Safety 7 asserted is what the law requires. Read more

State police charged that Aaron Doyle assaulted a woman in a guest room at Ramada Inn, 1395 Wayne Ave., on March 22 and has eluded arrest on a criminal complaint filed at Clymer District Court. Read more

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Thursday and Friday still look cloudy, cool and wet at times, though not as wet as we originally thought, then a return to more seasonable temps for the weekend. Read more

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WEST CHESTER — A group of Chester County legislators are pushing for legislation they say would update Pennsylvania law to reflect the relatively newfound state of marriage equality and the right of same-sex couples across the nation to marry. Read more

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Tokyo Olympic organizers are again being forced to assure the world that the postponed games will open in just over three months despite surging COVID-19 cases in Japan. Organizing committee president Seiko Hashimoto was asked if there are any conditions under which the Olympics would be canceled. She says “there are a variety of concerns but as the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee we are not thinking about canceling the games.” Two officials in Japan’s ruling LDP party a day earlier said big changes could be coming. That included a possible cancelation. Tokyo has already barred fans from abroad. The Olympics are to open on July 23. Read more

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Police in Indianapolis say eight people were shot and killed at a FedEx facility. The shooter then killed himself. A police spokesperson says several other people were injured in the Thursday night shooting. At least four were hospitalized, including one person with critical injuries. Another two people were treated and released at the scene. The shooter has not been identified. Police were still at the scene conducting interviews in the early hours of Friday. It was the latest in a recent string of mass shootings across the U.S. Family members have gathered at a hotel to await word on loved ones. The facility is near the Indianapolis International Airport. Read more

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged parliament to pass a bill that would mandate a nationwide “emergency brake” when the spread of the coronavirus becomes too rapid, saying that it is needed to prevent the country’s health care system from becoming overwhelmed. Merkel told lawmakers on Friday that it was necessary to take the situation seriously. The bill seeks to end the patchwork of measures that have characterized the pandemic response across Germany’s 16 states. Passing the bill is an uphill battle for Merkel, with state governments reluctant to cede any authority over health care to the federal government.  Read more

Pakistan has blocked access to all social media, after days of anti-French protests across the country by radical Islamists opposed to cartoons they consider blasphemous. Sites temporarily blocked on orders from the country’s interior ministry on Friday included Twitter and Facebook, said Khurram Mehran, a spokesman for Pakistan’s media regulatory agency. He gave no further details. The move comes as police officials prepare to clear a large demonstration in the eastern city of Lahore, and just hours after the government said the leader of the outlawed Islamist political party at the forefront of the protests had urged his supporters to stand down. Read more

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Asian shares have advanced after China reported its economy expanded at an 18% annual pace in the first quarter of the year. Jubilance over strong U.S. economic data and a Wall Street record high was tempered by caution over coronavirus outbreaks in the region, where rollouts of vaccines have lagged. The benchmark Nikkei 225 finished moderately higher Friday, while other regional indexes also rose despite listless trading. Wall Street hit more record highs as a suite of stellar data suggested the recovery of the economy and corporate profits is accelerating. Japan, which has barely started its inoculations, is considering stricter measures against rising infections.   Read more

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MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte said it's uncertain when the Philippines can get adequate COVID-19 vaccines while warning more people will die and “the worst of times” is yet to come. Read more

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Migrant workers are piling into rail stations in India’s financial capital Mumbai to go to their home villages as virus-control measures dry up work in the hard-hit region. “What do I do now?” asked Ramzan Ali, who’s been out of work for two weeks and was taking the train to his home village. The government of Maharashtra state imposed lockdown-like curbs on Wednesday for 15 days to check the spread of the virus. It closed most industries, businesses and public places and limited the movement of people, but didn’t stop the bus, train and air services. Maharashtra has been the center of a record surge in India, which added another 217,000 cases Friday. Read more

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Justin Turner and Max Muncy each hit a three-run homer, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 7-5 as David Price earned his first regular-season save. Muncy’s two-out drive in the seventh inning off reliever Yency Almonte gave the defending World Series champions a 6-5 lead on the way to their sixth straight victory. Price pitched out of trouble in the ninth, striking out two. Primarily a starter throughout his 13-year career, the left-hander has moved into a relief role this season because of the Dodgers’ stacked rotation. His only other save came as a rookie with Tampa Bay in Game 7 of the 2008 AL Championship Series against Boston. Colorado completed an 0-6 road trip. Read more

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Prince Philip was known for occasional off-the-cuff remarks that could be embarrassing. But his faux pas at a White House dinner with President Richard Nixon in 1969 was enough for Philip to actually lose sleep. In a handwritten note to the president uncovered by archivists at the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Philip lamented that he had failed to toast to Nixon’s health and success during a dinner in his honor, as protocol dictated. He wrote to Nixon that his "contribution was very lame” and that he had woken up that night ”in a cold sweat" about it. Philip died last week at 99. Read more

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The Boston Celtics blew most of a 27-point lead in the fourth quarter before holding on for a 121-113 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. Jaylen Brown scored 40 points in the Celtics' fifth straight victory. Brown made 13 of his first 14 shots and hit three 3-pointers while falling two points shy of his career high for the Celtics, who have won eight of 11 despite an embarrassing finish at Staples Center. Boston led 113-86 with seven minutes to play, shortly after coach Brad Stevens pulled his starters. But Talen Horton-Tucker and Ben McLemore led a 24-2 run. Read more

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A South Korean steelmaker on Friday said it plans to end a joint venture with a military-controlled firm in Myanmar following criticism that its business has benefited military leaders who have violently suppressed pro-democracy protests there. POSCO Coated & Color Steel said it has decided to discontinue its partnership with Myanmar Economic Holdings Public Company Limited, which is about 40% owned by Myanmar’s Ministry of Defense. However, the company said does not intend to pull out of Myanmar. A military junta seized power from an elected civilian government in a Feb. 1 coup. Human rights groups are lobbying many companies to withdraw from Myanmar or in some way end payments to companies associated with the military. Read more

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An Australian judge has found that Google broke the law by misleading users about personal location data collected through Android mobile devices. The Federal Court decision was a partial win for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the nation’s fair trade watchdog, which has been prosecuting Google for broader alleged breaches of consumer law since October 2019. Google said it disagrees with the decision and is considering an appeal. The commission is seeking court orders and financial penalties against Google to be determined later. Read more

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Louisiana is making a full-court press to get shots in arms, with sometimes creative outreach to make it as easy as possible to get vaccinated. The effort comes as vaccine supplies are surging but demand is not. The state has enlisted colleges, community groups and church pastors to cajole the hesitant and set up vaccination events. Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards has thrown open vaccine access to anyone 16 or older. Civic and faith-based groups have started knocking on doors and making phone calls. Nearly 31% of the state’s population has received at least one dose, according to state data. But Louisiana is still near the bottom among states in vaccinating adults 18 and older. Read more

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George Marcincin's mother says she has one question for the man accused of stabbing her son to death. Read more

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Police say a podcaster's efforts helped them track down a suspect in the killing of California college student Kristin Smart nearly a quarter-century ago. Chris Lambert detoured from his musical career three years ago to create a podcast about Smart's 1996 disappearance. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson says Lambert's efforts helped bring forward witnesses that led this week to the arrest of Paul Flores and his father, who appeared in court but didn't enter pleas. Lambert says he never expected the results he achieved. Meanwhile, his podcast, “Your Own Backyard,” hit 7.5 million downloads Thursday. It was the No. 2 podcast on iTunes.  Read more

The White House says the intelligence community does not have conclusive evidence that Russian intelligence operatives encouraged the Taliban to attack American troops in Afghanistan. The assessment undermines of one the sharpest attacks Joe Biden and other Democrats leveled against former President Donald Trump during the 2020 White House race. Biden repeatedly attacked Trump on the campaign trail for not standing up to Russian President Vladimir Putin despite his administration being aware of intelligence suggesting Russian agents were offering bounties to the Taliban.   Read more

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President Joe Biden is welcoming Japan’s prime minister to the White House in his first face-to-face meeting with a foreign leader. Biden's choice of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga as his first guest Friday underlines a theme of Biden’s administration — strengthening U.S. alliances as a first step to dealing with global challenges, especially with an increasingly confident and assertive China. The Biden administration calls managing U.S. policies toward the Indo-Pacific the primary U.S. challenge of the 21st century as China under President Xi Jinping asserts growing economic and military power. The Japanese prime minister aims to showcase security commitments with the United States. Read more

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Seven of Hong Kong’s leading pro-democracy advocates face sentencing for organizing and participating in a march during massive anti-government protests in 2019 that triggered an overwhelming crackdown from Beijing. The group facing sentencing Friday includes 82-year-old veteran activist Martin Lee and pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai. They were found guilty earlier this month of organizing and participating in a massive protest in August 2019, where an estimated 1.7 million people marched in opposition to a bill that would have allowed suspects to be extradited to mainland China for trial. They could receive punishment of up to five years in prison and are expected to submit pleas for leniency.  Read more

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China’s economic growth surged to 18.3% over a year earlier in the first quarter of 2021 but an explosive rebound in factory and consumer activity following the coronavirus pandemic was leveling off. The figures were magnified by comparison with early 2020, when the world’s second-largest economy suffered its deepest contraction in decades. Growth compared with the final quarter of 2020, when a recovery was under way, was only 0.6%, among the lowest in a decade. Manufacturing and consumer activity has returned to normal since the ruling Communist Party declared victory over the coronavirus last March and allowed factories and stores to reopen. Restaurants and shopping malls are filling up, though visitors still are checked for the virus’s telltale fever. Read more

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Daunte Wright’s family joined community leaders in demanding more severe charges against the white former police officer who fatally shot the young Black man in the Minneapolis suburb, where hundreds of protesters again filled the streets in front of the police station. The protesters _ shouting obscenities, shaking the police station’s security fence and occasionally lobbing water bottles — began thinning out as the 10 p.m. curfew approached. Earlier, former officer Kim Potter, made her first court appearance. She appeared alongside her attorney at a brief initial appearance over Zoom. She posted $100,000 bond after being arrested Wednesday. She's charged with second-degree manslaughter in what her chief said appeared to be a case of confusing her Taser with her handgun.  Read more

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China’s success at controlling the coronavirus outbreak has resulted in a population that has seemed almost reluctant to get vaccinated. Now it is accelerating its inoculation campaign by offering incentives such as free eggs, store coupons and discounts on groceries and merchandise to those getting a shot. Because China used strict border controls and quick lockdowns when new outbreaks crop up, people can dine out in restaurants and the risk of infection is low, so many are not in a rush to get vaccinated. Now, a top government doctor has announced a June goal of vaccinating 560 million of the country’s 1.4 billion people.  Read more

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Disturbing bodycam video shows a 13-year-old boy appearing to drop a handgun and begin raising his hands less than a second before a Chicago police officer shoots and kills him. The jumpy nighttime footage from Officer Eric Stillman's bodycam was released Thursday. A still frame from the footage shows that Adam Toledo wasn’t holding anything and had his hands up when Stillman shot him in the chest on March 29. Police say the boy had a handgun on him before the shooting. Stillman's bodycam footage shows him shining a light on a handgun on the ground near Toledo after he shot him. Mayor Lori Lightfoot implored the public to stay peaceful. Read more

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Former Officer Derek Chauvin’s trial in George Floyd’s death will be in a jury’s hands by early next week. Chauvin's brief defense wrapped up Thursday with Chauvin passing on a chance to take the stand and tell the public for the first time what he was thinking when he pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck. The fired officer's defense took only two days of testimony compared to the prosecution’s two weeks. Chauvin informed the court Thursday that he will not testify, saying he would invoke his Fifth Amendment right not to take the stand. Closing arguments are set for Monday, after which the racially diverse jury will begin deliberating in a city on edge. Read more

Reports are emerging of Brazilian health workers forced to intubate patients without the aid of sedatives, after weeks of warnings that hospitals and state governments are running out of critical medicines. One doctor in Rio de Janeiro told the Associated Press on Thursday that since its stock sedatives ran out, nurses and doctors have been using neuromuscular blockers and tying patients to their beds. The doctor says some patients try "to resist" and are "conscious.” Lack of required medicines is the latest pandemic problem to visit Brazil, which is experiencing a brutal COVID-19 outbreak that has flooded the nation’s intensive care units. Its daily death count is averaging at about 3,000, accounting for a quarter of deaths globally and making Brazil the epicenter of the pandemic. Read more

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Stephen Curry scored  33 points — topping 30 for a career-best ninth consecutive game — as the Golden State Warriors pulled away for a 119-101 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Curry, who made an NBA-record 29 3-pointers over the previous three games, is averaging 38.2 points during his run. Andrew Wiggins scored 23 points, Juan Toscano-Anderson had 20 points and Draymond Green added five points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for Golden State, which has won four in a row. Collin Sexton scored 30 points and Jarrett Allen had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Cavaliers. Cleveland has lost 16 of its last 17 to Golden State. Read more

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Families were anxiously awaiting news of the 12 people missing from a capsized oil industry vessel while divers searching for survivors got no response when they knocked on the ship's hull Thursday. The lift boat flipped over Tuesday in hurricane-force winds and high seas off the Louisiana coast. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Lally said Thursday that rescuers don’t know whether any of the missing might be caught inside. The Coast Guard said on Twitter that divers on the scene Thursday knocked on the hull without response. Six people from the Seacor Power were rescued alive and one person’s body was recovered from the water Wednesday. Read more

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Alex White thought he was watching a huge worm writhing in plastic-wrapped lettuce he’d just brought home from the supermarket — until a snake tongue flicked. It was a venomous pale-headed snake that authorities say made a 540-mile journey to Sydney from a packing plant in the Australian city of Toowoomba wrapped in plastic with two heads of cos lettuce. White rode home from the supermarket on his bicycle with the salad and snake in his backpack. An animal rescue service captured the snake and the ALDI supermarket is investigating how the dangerous reptile landed in the lettuce.  Read more

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A white former Minnesota police officer has made her first court appearance in the traffic-stop shooting of Black motorist Daunte Wright. Kim Potter appeared alongside her attorney at a brief initial appearance Thursday over Zoom. She posted $100,000 bond after being arrested Wednesday. Potter’s next court appearance is set for May 17. She's charged with second-degree manslaughter in what her chief said appeared to be a case of confusing her Taser with her handgun. Wright's family members, Black community leaders and others are calling for more serious charges. His mother said they can never get justice, but they want accountability. Read more

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Six Russian technology companies have been slapped with sanctions by the U.S. Treasury Department for supporting Kremlin intelligence agencies for engaging in “dangerous and disruptive cyber attacks." But one stands out for its international footprint and partnerships with such IT heavyweights as Microsoft and IBM. Positive Technologies claims more than 2,000 customers in 30 countries. The Treasury Department said its clients also include the FSB, a successor to the KGB that “cultivates and co-opts criminal hackers” who carry out ransomware and phishing attacks. It said the company's hacker conferences are used as recruiting events for Russian intelligence agencies. Read more

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Asian shares are mixed as jubilance over positive U.S. economic data and a Wall Street record high were tempered by caution in the region, where the coronavirus vaccine rollout has lagged. The benchmark Nikkei 225 rose moderately in Friday morning trading, while the Australian index fell. South Korean shares were little changed. Wal Street stocks rallied to more record highs as a suite of stellar data suggested the recovery for the economy and corporate profits is accelerating. Japan has barely started its vaccine rollout and is seeing a resurgence of infections. Read more