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Officials found a man lying on the sidewalk that had been stabbed several times. Minutes later police say a single gunshot was heard nearby.  Read more

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The vehicle spun and hit two utility poles and several street signs, state police said. Read more

Cindy Ross lives in a log cabin on Hawk Mountain in Berks County. She also grows her own food.  Read more

Students are encouraged to travel to class with a reusable water bottle and hand sanitizer.  Read more

Here’s a round-up of local business openings and closings that made news in recent weeks. Read more

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While at the home officers say they saw a wanted man that was armed with a handgun on the porch of a residence. Read more

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Easton Police are attempting to identify a Hispanic or light skinned black male, that may have been involved in the incident. Read more

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Afternoon shower or thunderstorm possible on Saturday.  Read more

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READING, Pa. - Chalk it up to more medical fallout due to the pandemic. Read more

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The FDA stopped short of recommending the booster for everyone 16 and over. Read more

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Democrats sued two days after the Republican-controlled Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee voted Wednesday to issue a subpoena for detailed state election records. Read more

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Virus cases have risen steadily since bottoming out in late June. Read more

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Crews are at the airport around-the-clock to perform scheduled maintenance and pave over the now 20-year-old dual-runway. Read more

Dick Ehst works with many organizations, including the United Way of Berks County and the John Paul II Center. Read more

(The Center Square) – The prime sponsor of a vetoed voting reform bill said Friday he reintroduced the measure after Gov. Tom Wolf shifted his public opinion on some components of the legislation over the summer. Read more

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Anyone who has had potential close contact exposure will have communication from the school. Read more

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Isa Ali and Abdulghani Samadi are U.S. citizens with their own trucking businesses. Read more

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Back in March of 2013, about 12 to 13 acres worth of garbage slid 80 feet down a hill at the Chrin Brothers Landfill in Williams Township. Read more

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29 million square feet of warehouses have been built in the Lehigh Valley since 2016. Read more

Officials said many of the recent overdoses stemmed from a potent blend of drugs not typically circulating. Read more

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(The Center Square) – Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf initiated the regulatory process on Friday for some of his proposed charter school reforms that the Legislature has, so far, been unwilling to adopt. Read more

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It's been a goal for Sheriff Joseph Hanna essentially since he took office in 2016. Read more

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Exactly what towns they'll end up in is still being determined, but they're scheduled to begin moving from military bases in two to three weeks. Read more

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Pennsylvania law prohibits the possession of any weapon in school buildings or on the surrounding property. Read more

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Makal Faulcon, of Allentown, is charged with first-degree homicide. Read more

Sotheby's announced Friday — appropriately on Constitution Day — that in November it will put up for auction a rare copy of the U.S. Constitution. Read more

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David Post pleaded guilty to third-degree conspiracy to commit criminal coercion. Read more

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A woman's body was found in a wooded area near the Schuylkill River Trail’s Betzwood Trailhead after a man walked into the Upper Darby Police Station to report the apparent homicide. Read more

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The store's owner said he hopes his success can inspire others. Read more

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Max Scherzer pitched seven shutout innings in another dominant performance for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who kept up their push in the NL West with a 5-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. The Dodgers began the day two games behind division-leading San Francisco. It was another tough loss for the Reds, who came in one game behind St. Louis for the second NL wild-card spot. Scherzer improved to 7-0 in nine starts since being traded from Washington to the Dodgers on July 30. He allowed just two hits and struck out seven. The three-time Cy Young Award winner leads the majors with a combined 2.08 ERA. He’s been brilliant for the Dodgers with an 0.78 ERA in his starts for them. Read more

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U.S. President Joe Biden's administration is nearing a final plan to expel many of the thousands of Haitian migrants who have suddenly crossed into a Texas border city from Mexico and to fly them back to their Caribbean homeland. Some migrants said they were undeterred and planned to remain and seek asylum. The action represents a swift response to the crisis, with the local sheriff estimating Friday that the crowd of migrants gathered at the crossing in Del Rio, Texas, had swelled to 13,700 people. The number of flights will depend on operational capacity and Haiti's willingness. Read more

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The head of Russia's Communist Party, the country's second-largest political party, is alleging widespread violations in the election for a new national parliament in which his party is widely expected to gain seats. Communist Party head Gennady Zyuganov said Saturday — the second of three days of voting — that police and the national election commission must respond to reports of “a number of absolutely egregious facts” including ballot-stuffing in several regions. The Golos election-monitoring movement and independent media also reported violations including vote-buying and lax measures for guarding ballots at polling stations. The United Russia party, which is loyal to President Vladimir Putin, appears certain to retain dominance in the State Duma, the lower house of parliament. Read more

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Spencer Rattler passed for a touchdown and ran for another to help No. 3 Oklahoma beat Nebraska 23-16. It was the 50-year anniversary of the “Game of the Century,” No. 1 Nebraska’s 35-31 win over No. 2 Oklahoma in 1971. The teams rewarded their nostalgic fans with a competitive contest in the first meeting between the former conference rivals since 2010. Nebraska got the ball trailing by a touchdown with 57 seconds remaining and no timeouts, but the Cornhuskers could not manage a first down.  Read more

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When Prince Philip died nearly six months ago at 99, the tributes poured in from far and wide, praising him for his supportive role at the side of Queen Elizabeth II over her near 70-year reign. Now, it has emerged that Philip had another crucial role within the royal family. He was the family’s barbecue king — perhaps testament to his Greek heritage. In excerpts of the BBC program ‘Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers’ released late Saturday, members of the royal family spoke admiringly of the late Duke of Edinburgh’s barbecuing skills. Prince Harry also described how his grandfather would “never probe” but listen intently about his two tour of duties to Helmand province during the war in Afghanistan. Read more

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The first all-amateur spaceflight to orbit Earth is coming to a close. A SpaceX capsule carrying four people aimed for a splashdown in the Atlantic off the Florida coast Saturday evening. The billionaire who paid for the trailblazing tourist flight rocketed into orbit Wednesday night from Florida with two contest winners and a childhood cancer survivor. She works at the hospital that saved her life: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. They're using the flight to try to raise $200 million for St. Jude. They spent six months training and preparing for potential emergencies aboard the automated Dragon capsule. Read more

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The IndyCar Series is feeling rather bullish as it heads into its final two races of the season. Alex Palou and Pato O'Ward are first and second in the standings headed into Sunday's race at Laguna Seca and either could wind up as a first-time IndyCar champion. The series is celebrating new stars Romain Grosjean and Jimmie Johnson, and free agency will create numerous changes along the grid in 2022. The schedule will likely be released ahead of Sunday's race and include a record number of IndyCar races on broadcast television.  Read more

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The U.S. Border Patrol hopes to free up agents to go back into the field by hiring civilians to perform tasks like checking holding cells and collecting information for immigration court papers. It says agents spend about 40% of their time caring for people already in custody and administrative tasks that are unrelated to border security. The federal police agency graduated its first class of “processing coordinators” in January with a goal of eventually hiring 1,200. The Border Patrol's staffing problem has come into focus as thousands of Haitian migrants waited to surrender in the small Texas border city of Del Rio.  Read more

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Police in Florida searched a vast wildlife reserve near the Gulf Coast for 23-year-old Brian Laundrie, a person of interest in the disappearance of his girlfriend, Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito. Dozens of North Port police officers, FBI agents and members of other law enforcement agencies on Saturday searched the 24,000-acre Carlton Reserve in the Sarasota, Florida area. His family believes he entered the area earlier this week. Meanwhile, the FBI in Denver says its agents are conducting ground surveys at Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park, with help from the National Park Service and local law enforcement agencies. They say they are seeking clues to Petito’s disappearance. Read more

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West Virginia survived No. 15 Virginia Tech’s furious rally from a 20-point deficit to beat the Hokies 27-21. Jarret Doege threw two touchdown passes and Leddie Brown rushed for 106 yards and a score for the Mountaineers, who built a 27-7 lead midway through the third quarter. Virginia Tech’s Braxton Burmeister threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Holston with 3:10 left and the Hokies got the ball back on an interception. But Burmeister threw incomplete on fourth-and-goal from the 3. It was one of three Virginia Tech drives that stalled inside the West Virginia 10 and the Hokies came away with no points. Read more

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Payton Thorne passed for 261 yards and four touchdowns, two of those scoring throws going to Jalen Nailor, and Michigan State extended its unbeaten start by topping No. 24 Miami 38-17 on Saturday. Kenneth Walker III rushed for 172 yards and caught a touchdown pass for the Spartans. They're 3-0 and off to their best start since 2015. Jayden Reed also had a scoring catch for Michigan State, which forced four turnovers. D'Eriq King set school records with 38 completions and 59 attempts for Miami. Charleston Rambo tied a school record with 12 catches for Miami, good for 156 yards and both of the Hurricanes’ touchdowns. Read more

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The city of Paris is unveiling a monumental artwork built around an actual monument: the Arc de Triomphe completely wrapped in silver and blue fabric. The installation by late artist couple Christo and Jeanne-Claude, who conceived of the project in 1961, will open Saturday. Visits will take place for nearly three weeks. At weekends, the Arc de Triomphe’s traffic-heavy roundabout will be entirely pedestrianized. Visitors to the famous Napoleonic arch, which dominates the Champs-Elysees Avenue, will not only be able to see the gleaming fabric, but also touch it — as the artists had intended.  Those climbing the 50 meters (164 feet) to the top — will step on the fabric when they reach the roof terrace. Read more

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Blake Corum rushed for 123 yards and three touchdowns as No. 25 Michigan routed Northern Illinois 63-10 on Saturday. The Wolverines (3-0) scored touchdowns on their first nine drives, eight of them on the ground. The 10th drive also included a touchdown run but it was called back for a holding penalty and Michigan turned the ball over on downs. Northern Illinois responded with its touchdown with 8:28 remaining. Read more

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PHOENIX — Arizona reported more than 100 daily coronavirus deaths for the second time since February. Read more

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France’s foreign minister has denounced what he called the “duplicity, disdain and lies” surrounding the sudden rupture of France’s lucrative contract to make submarines for Australia in favor of a U.S. deal. He also declared that a crisis is at hand among the Western allies. A day after France recalled its ambassadors to the United States and Australia, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian pummeled what he suggested was a backroom deal that betrayed France. He says allies “don't treat each other with such brutality.” The announcement by President Joe Biden of the deal with Australia, that includes Britain, for at least eight nuclear-powered submarines has set France in a fury.  Read more

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Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador wants to leave questions of human rights and democracy to the United Nations, as part of his continuing criticisms of the Organization of American States. López Obrador spoke Saturday at the meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, or CELAC, which includes almost all countries in the region except Brazil. Unlike the OAS, the U.S. and Canada don’t belong to CELAC. The summit took up questions plaguing the region, like mass migration and the coronavirus pandemic. But some leaders angered by the OAS’ criticism of leftist regimes in the region have hoped CELAC could replace it. Read more

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Central Florida quarterback Dillon Gabriel will be out indefinitely after suffering a broken clavicle on the final play of the Knights' loss to Louisville. UCF announced Saturday that Gabriel would not need surgery but gave no timetable for his return. Gabriel is one of the top quarterbacks in the country. He led the nation in yards passing last season and completed 68.7% of his passes for 814 yards and nine touchdowns. Gabriel was injured with the Knights trailing by a touchdown in the final seconds deep in their own territory as they tried to make a desperation lateral play. Read more

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With Washington still on edge after the Jan. 6 insurrection, law enforcement bore down in large numbers on the Capitol over concerns that a rally in support of the jailed rioters would turn violent. It didn’t. The crowd Saturday was sparse, incidents few. The only clear parallels to the riots by supporters of Donald Trump were the false claims put forth by the rally organizers about the violence that January day when Congress met to certify the election of Joe Biden. The low turnout also called into question whether such rallies will have any staying power as the organizers attempt to tap into the rage of Jan. 6 without the presence of the former president. Read more

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Crews are watching the weather this weekend as they battle two California wildfires that have burned into groves of gigantic sequoia trees. The National Weather Service has issued a weather watch for dry, windy conditions in the Sequoia National Park in the Sierra Nevada, where two lightning-caused fires merged Friday and reached the western tip of the Giant Forest, a grove of 2,000 giant sequoias. Firefighters have wrapped the base of the General Sherman Tree — the world's largest tree — in fire-resistant aluminum. Another fire in the area has burned into the Giant Sequoia National Monument, but firefighters haven’t been able to determine how much damage was done. Read more

Protesters angry at the Tunisian president’s seizure of broad powers have faced off against his supporters in competing demonstrations in the North African nation's capital of Tunis. It was the first time that President Kais Saied’s critics demonstrated against his actions since he suspended parliament, fired the prime minister and assumed executive powers on July 25. Saied said the measures were necessary to save the country amid tensions over Tunisia’s economic woes and coronavirus crisis and would only last a month. But he then extended them “until further notice.” His critics at Saturday’s protest demanded that he reverse the measures.  Read more

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Yemen’s Houthi rebels say they have executed nine people for their alleged involvement in the killing of a senior Houthi official in an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition more than three years ago. The public executions by firing squad were carried out on Saturday in the rebel-held capital, Sanaa. The executions took place despite repeated calls by rights groups and lawyers to stop the killings. They said the trial held in a rebel-controlled court where the nine were convicted and sentenced to death was flawed. The nine were among more than 60 people the Houthis accused of involvement in the targeted killing of Saleh al-Samad in April 2018. Read more

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Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers have set up a ministry for the “propagation of virtue and the prevention of vice” in the building that once housed the Women’s Affairs Ministry. They escorted out World Bank staffers Saturday as part of the forced move. It’s the latest troubling sign that the Taliban are restricting women’s rights as they settle into government, just a month since they overran the capital of Kabul. During their previous rule of Afghanistan in the 1990s, the Taliban had denied girls and women the right to education and barred them from public life. Separately, three explosions targeted Taliban vehicles in the eastern provincial capital of Jalalabad, killing three. Read more

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The Rio Chama begins at the edge of the Rocky Mountains and courses through rugged basalt hillsides and the red and yellow cliffs made famous by painter Georgia O’Keeffe. Here marked the start of New Mexico’s centuries-old tradition of sharing water through irrigation systems known as acequias, and it's one of many spots in the arid West facing pressure as drought stretches into another decade and climate change piles on. Despite the acequias' resilience over the last 400 years, community leaders are looking for ways to improve the earthen canals and ensure the systems have access to water as supplies dwindle. Some say it's as much about water conservation as it is the preservation of culture. Read more

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Zdeno Chara is returning to the team where he started his career after agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with the New York Islanders. It will be the 44-year-old's 24th NHL season. Chara was a 1996 draft pick of the Islanders and made his debut with them in 1997. He will chase the Stanley Cup again just over a decade since hoisting it as Boston's captain. The big Slovak defenseman spent last season with Washington. He was unsure of his plans to continue playing hockey. Now Chara joins another championship contender and gives New York veteran depth on the blue line. Read more

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A survivor of an errant U,S. drone strike that killed 10 members of his family has demanded that those responsible be punished. Emal Ahmadi also said on Saturday that Washington’s apology wasn't enough. A U.S. general called the Aug. 29 strike a “tragic mistake,” retracting Friday initial claims that the attack targeted an Islamic State militant. The strike came in the chaotic final phase of the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO troops from Afghanistan. It was launched just days after an IS suicide bomber killed 169 Afghans and 13 U.S. troops at a crowded gate of the Kabul airport where thousands had gathered in hopes of getting on evacuation flights. Read more

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One of two men suspected in the shooting deaths of four people whose bodies were found in an abandoned SUV in Wisconsin has been arrested in Arizona. Antoine Darnique Suggs turned himself in to police in Gilbert, Arizona, on Friday. The arrest came two days after St. Paul, Minnesota, police arrested Suggs’ father, who has been charged with helping hide the victims’ bodies. Authorities say Suggs was seen at a St. Paul bar with victim Nitosha Flug-Presley and two of her friends hours before they were found dead along with a fourth victim. Read more

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Greece has opened a new migrant camp on the island of Samos that replaces an obsolete and once overcrowded facility. The new facility, which cost about 43 million euros ($50 million), will house up to 3,000 people. Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarakis said Saturday that about a third of them will stay in 240 small houses and the rest in large halls. The remaining 500 migrants in the old facility will be transferred to the new one next week. The former camp held up to 7,500 people in squalid conditions. Read more

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Just a month ago, President Joe Biden and his health advisers announced big plans to soon deliver a coronavirus vaccine booster shot to all Americans. But while Biden had campaigned for the White House on a pledge to “follow the science,” he now finds himself ahead of it with that lofty pronouncement from Aug. 18. Some of the nation’s top medical advisers have delivered a stinging rebuke of Biden's broad booster idea, in essence telling the White House “not so fast.” On Friday, a key government advisory panel overwhelmingly rejected Biden's plan to give boosters across the board. The experts instead recommended the extra vaccine dose only for those people age 65 or older or those with a high risk of severe disease. Read more

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The International Mission Board is requiring its missionaries get the COVID-19 vaccine. The board is a Southern Baptist Convention agency and deploys thousands of evangelical missionaries across the globe. It says it implemented the new policy because of health risks and the need to show proof of vaccination in more places. Other faith groups are addressing vaccines for missionaries in a variety of ways. The United Methodist Church encourages but does not require the shot due to uneven access globally. A willingness to get vaccinated varies across faith traditions. A survey shows white evangelical Protestants have a high refusal rate compared with other faith groups.  Read more

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Robert Durst’s long, bizarre and deadly run from the law ended when a Los Angeles County jury convicted him of murdering his best friend more than 20 years ago. The New York real estate heir was convicted after prosecutors tied the killing of Susan Berman in her Los Angeles home in December 2000 to the disappearance of Durst's wife in New York in 1982. Jurors were convinced that Durst silenced Berman as she prepared to tell police how she helped cover up his wife’s killing. He faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. Durst's lawyers say he will appeal. Read more