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KUTZTOWN, Pa. | Another COVID vaccine clinic is opening its doors, as Kutztown University prepares to offer the Pfizer vaccine. Read more

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A group of five tried to rob someone in a Monroe County home, but the victim fought back, and one of the assailants was killed while another was seriously hurt, police say. Read more

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 A man is recovering after a shooting in Reading on Monday afternoon. according to police. Read more

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(The Center Square) – The Pennsylvania State Troopers Association said Monday that Gov. Tom Wolf owes the organization an apology after he released a Juneteenth statement linking ongoing racial inequality to law enforcement. Read more

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Police said the alleged attack took place inside a West Turner Street apartment Read more

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A garbage truck mishap left hundreds without power in Berks County Tuesday morning. Read more

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Ready or not, here it comes. Get ready for an extended stretch of warmth that will see highs climb well into the 80s later this week, as it will certainly feel like summer as the week progresses.  Read more

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Each municipality has its own races, but some of the big ones include Allentown and Bethlehem mayor. Read more

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If approved as a final budget on June 21, tax payers would see the property tax rate increase to 27.66 mills, from the current 26.26 mills. Read more

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HARRISBURG >> Pennsylvania voters in the May 18 primary election will be asked to make decisions on four ballot questions. Read more

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After a heartbreaking decision to shut down for safety during the pandemic, Veterans Making A Difference will finally resume its mission. Read more

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The Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs says veterans are 1.5 times more likely to to die of suicide than non-veterans. Read more

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A man is dead after a reported shooting Monday night. Read more

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The new dispensary, if approved, could open at the site of a former Fulton Bank located at 3301 Easton Avenue.  Read more

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'I believe in civil disobedience when things are not correct.' Read more

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Emmaus Borough Council Monday OK'd new hires and the opening of its summer pool season on May 29.  Read more

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During reconstruction of the bridge, which crosses Bernhardt Creek on Spring Valley Road, a 2-mile stretch of Route 12 will serve as a detour. Read more

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Latest guidelines from the state allow for 50% capacity inside and 75% outside. Read more

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Members of New Hanover Evangelical Lutheran Church are growing their own produce to support about 140 people every day. Read more

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A Reading fire department ambulance that was stolen while first responders handled a call Monday later crashed into a tractor-trailer in Lancaster County. Read more

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A local surgeon says nationwide doctors are seeing a spike in cancer diagnoses due to pandemic delays. Read more

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Diverging diamond interchange open at the intersection of Route 322 and 222 in Ephrata Township.  Read more

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The woman is expected to recover. Police have little information about why the shooting happened.  Read more

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What looked catastrophic overnight was curtailed early afternoon Monday. Read more

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The agency says it's been under-funded and understaffed for years. Read more

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(The Center Square) – Pennsylvania health officials said businesses can still require fully vaccinated adults to wear face masks, even though federal guidance suggests it's not necessary. Read more

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The Pennsylvania State Education Association president calls an in-person return to school a “top priority” now that many teachers have been vaccinated and older children have become eligible for the COVID-19 shot. Read more

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(The Center Square) – Lou Barletta, a former congressman from Pennsylvania and Hazleton mayor, said Monday he will seek the Republican nomination for governor in 2022. Read more

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NEW DELHI — The Serum of Institute of India says it hopes to start delivering coronavirus vaccine doses to the U.N. backed effort known as COVAX and to other countries by the end of the year, which will significantly set back global efforts to immunize people against COVID-19. Read more

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The United Arab Emirates says it will offer booster shots to those who received the Chinese state-backed Sinopharm vaccine six months after vaccination. The announcement Tuesday comes after some in the UAE received a third shot amid concerns of a low antibody response from the vaccine. Last month, China’s top disease control official, in a rare acknowledgement, said current vaccines offer low protection against the coronavirus. Read more

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Three-time Olympian Kacey Bellamy is retiring. Bellamy turned 34 in April. Bellamy says she knows this is the right decision but it is difficult to leave the game of hockey. The Massachusetts native says she's ready to start the next chapter in her life. Bellamy helped the United States win its first Olympic gold medal in 20 years at the 2018 Winter Olympics. She also won silver in 2010 and 2014. The defender also played in nine International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championships, winning eight golds. Read more

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Stocks were mixed, moving between small gains and losses on Tuesday, as investors remain focused on the possibility for more inflation later this year as well as the economic recovery as the coronavirus pandemic shows signs of easing. Walmart rose 2% after the giant retailer's earnings beat estimates as online shopping grew sharply. AT&T continued a two-day slide after the company announced it would spin off its recently acquired Warner media assets into a new company with Discovery Communications. Gains by technology and a mix of retail stocks were offset by drops in bank and industrial companies. Read more

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Spain has sent its military to the Moroccan border as thousands of Moroccans walked or swam into Europe for the second day in a row after Rabat loosened border controls in a diplomatic spat. The sudden influx of migrants has created a humanitarian crisis for Ceuta, the Spanish city of 85,000 in North Africa that is separated from Morocco by a double-wide, 32-foot fence. Overwhelmed soldiers separated the adults from the young and carried children in their arms on Tuesday while Red Cross workers helped an endless trickle of migrants who were emerging from the Mediterranean Sea water shivering and exhausted. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez canceled a trip to Paris and flew to Ceuta. Read more

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Naomi Campbell says she has become the mother of a a baby girl. The 50-year-old supermodel announced the news Tuesday on Instagram. Campbell posted a picture of her hand holding a baby’s feet. She wrote: “A beautiful little blessing has chosen me to be her mother, so honoured to have this gentle soul in my life there are no words to describe the lifelong bond that I now share with you my angel." Campbell’s spokesperson declined to provide more information. In 2017, Campbell spoke about her desire to be a mother, and said “with the way science is I think I can do it when I want.”   Read more

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House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy says he will oppose a proposal to form an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. His rejection of the measure almost certainly erodes GOP support ahead of a vote. McCarthy wanted the new panel to look beyond the violent uprising by supporters loyal to Donald Trump, who were trying to stop the certification of President Joe Biden’s election. He pushed to have also investigate other groups, namely Black Lives Matter. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the top Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee who drafted the proposal rejected that approach. The Biden administration supports the legislation. Read more

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Palestinian militants have been dealt “unexpected blows” in more than a week of Israeli bombardments in the Gaza Strip. Netanyahu’s office released a video of the prime minister speaking in front of an F-16 fighter jet at an air force base in southern Israel on Tuesday. In it, the leader says: “I have no doubt that we set them back many years." The latest war between Israel and Hamas shows no signs of abating in its second week. Palestinians across the region also went on a general strike in a rare collective action against Israel’s policies. Violence erupted at protests in the occupied West Bank, including at one in the city of Ramallah.  Read more

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Police say a rocket launched from Gaza has killed two Thai workers in southern Israel. That attack Tuesday came hours after Israeli airstrikes toppled a six-story building in the Palestinian territory that housed bookstores and educational centers. With the war between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers showing no sign of abating, Palestinians across Israel and the occupied territories went on a general strike in a rare collective action against Israel’s policies. Violence erupted at protests in the occupied West Bank. Since the fighting began last week, the Israeli military has launched hundreds of airstrikes it says are targeting Hamas’ militant infrastructure, while Palestinian militants have fired more than 3,400 rockets from civilian areas in Gaza at civilian targets in Israel. Read more

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More than 20 heads of state and government from Africa are in Paris for talks with the heads of international organizations on how to revive the continent’s economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some European leaders and high-level representatives from the U.K., Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates also attended the summit hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron. Other officials, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng and U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, planned to take part via videoconference. The discussion is focused on finding ways to inject billions of dollars into African economies with the support of international organizations, including the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.   Read more

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A top White House aide is making his pitch for young people to get vaccinated personal by sharing the struggles his own son has dealt with since contracting COVID-19 last fall. Andy Slavitt, President Joe Biden’s senior adviser for the coronavirus, revealed during a White House briefing Tuesday that one of his sons came down with the virus late last year and continues to suffer lingering side effects. He used it to appeal to younger Americans to roll up their sleeves, even if they feel they’re at relatively lower risk than older Americans to serious consequences from the virus. Slavitt of his son is unfortunately "one of the many Americans battling long term symptoms."  Read more

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A North Carolina prosecutor says he won’t release bodycam video in the fatal shooting of a Black man by sheriff’s deputies. District Attorney Andrew Womble made the announcement at a news conference Tuesday. Body camera video played on a projector by Womble was broadcast by multiple news outlets, however. Womble also said at the news conference that no charges would be filed against any of the deputies and that their actions were justified because Brown ignored their commands and drove his car directly at one of them before they fired any shots. Read more

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ABC will air a limited series, ‘Women of the Movement,’ about Mamie Till-Mobley, whose son Emmett Till became an icon of the civil rights movement after he was lynched in Mississippi in 1955. Actor Will Smith and rapper Jay-Z are among the production team behind the new series, which will air in the middle of the next television season. ABC became the latest broadcast network to introduce a new lineup to advertisers on Tuesday. The network is also reviving ‘The Wonder Years,’ this time with a Black family from Montgomery, Alabama. Original series star Fred Savage directed the pilot episode. Read more

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KUTZTOWN, Pa. | Another COVID vaccine clinic is opening its doors, as Kutztown University prepares to offer the Pfizer vaccine. Read more

A new study says climate change added $8 billion to the massive costs of 2012's Superstorm Sandy. Tuesday's study says sea level rise was four inches higher than it would have been without human-caused warming. Scientists say four inches may not sound like much but in New York it meant a lot more damage, including 36,000 homes flooded. This is one of the first studies to put a dollar amount to climate change's contribution to extreme weather events. Past studies only said individual disasters were more likely and stronger because of climate change. This study used computer simulations to show how much worse it was. Read more

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Rep. Val Demings is planning to challenge Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, giving Democrats a boost in a competitive 2022 race that could decide control of the Senate. That's according to two people with knowledge of the plans. Demings gained national recognition as a House prosecutor in President Donald Trump’s first impeachment trial and had been considering a run for governor in Florida. In considering a Senate campaign instead, she avoids what could be a divisive primary and gives Democrats a well-known name to compete in a state where elections are often decided by a narrow margin. Demings' plans were first reported by Politico. Read more

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A report by the International Energy Agency says immediate action is needed to reshape the world’s energy sector in order to meet ambitious climate goals by 2050. This includes ending investments in new coal mines, oil and gas wells. The Paris-based agency said in a report Tuesday that there is a narrow but viable pathway for building a global energy sector with net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Several countries, including the United States and the European Union, have pledged to stop releasing more planet-warming gas into the atmosphere than can be absorbed by mid-century. The IEA report sets out 400 steps needed to transform how energy is produced, transported and used. Read more

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New York Mets outfielder Kevin Pillar suffered multiple nasal fractures when he was hit in the face by a fastball. The Mets say Pillar will meet with a facial specialist in Atlanta to determine the next steps. He was drilled in the nose by a 95 mph pitch from Braves reliever Jacob Webb with the bases loaded in the seventh inning Monday night. Pillar was knocked to the ground, and blood poured from his nose when he lifted his head. After the game, Mets manager Luis Rojas said the veteran outfielder was taken to the hospital for a CT scan. Pillar later provided an encouraging update on Twitter, saying it was a scary moment but he was doing fine. Read more

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An animated series of shorts presenting the concepts of race and social justice to young viewers is coming to Disney Junior. The channel said that “Rise Up, Sing Out" is designed for children ages 2 to 7 and their families. The series will include music by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter of The Roots, who are also executive producers for the project. Thompson and Trotter say their hope is to “empower and uplift" youngsters in they way they know best, through music. “Rise Up, Sing Out” will debut later this year, with the date yet to be announced. Read more

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Americans should start getting screened for colon cancer earlier, at age 45 instead of waiting until they're 50. That's according to new guidelines Tuesday from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. While colorectal cancer is more common in older adults, cases in younger people are on the rise. The new guidelines now say adults at average risk of the disease should get screened from ages 45 to 75. How often depends on what type of testing they choose. The guidelines match advice from the American Cancer Society. The decision means most insurance plans would have to cover the checks with no copay.  Read more

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Macy’s emerged from an unprecedented year with a surprising swing back into the profit column, and it boosted its guidance for all of 2021. Sales were fueled by government stimulus checks and and the massive rollout of vaccines that have emboldened Americans to head outdoors again, the company said. CEO Jeff Gennette says that sales of merchandise that was strong during the pandemic, such as home goods, continue to move well. Sales are starting to pick up in other categories as well including dressy sandals, tailored suiting, special occasion items like prom dresses and even luggage.  Read more

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Tunisian authorities say more than 50 migrants have drowned  or disappeared off the coast of the North African country, while 33 others were rescued by workers from an oil platform. A defense ministry spokesperson said Tuesday that a boat carrying the migrants sank off Sfax, on Tunisia’s southeast coast. He said navy units were sent to search the water for missing passengers. A spokesperson for the International Organization for Migration said on Twitter that the 33 survivors were all from Bangladesh. The nationalities of the people dead or missing weren't immediately clear. Monday’s incident was at least the fifth deadly boat sinking in the last couple of months off Tunisia involving Europe-bound migrants.   Read more

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Walmart raised its annual earnings forecast on Tuesday after delivering better-than-expected results in the first quarter that showed shoppers, flush with U.S. stimulus payments, splurged on clothing, as well as lawn and garden items. Sales at stores opened at least a year rose 6%, slowing from the 8.6% increase during the fiscal fourth quarter. But it topped last year’s 10% spike when Walmart turned into a pandemic lifeline for millions of people. Online sales rose 37%, down from 69% during the fourth quarter. Read more

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Energy experts are working to restore full operations at Poland’s biggest power plant after a network failure switched off 10 of the coal-fueled plant’s 11 units. Poland needed emergency energy imports from Germany, Sweden, the Czech Republic and Slovakia to fill in for the suddenly missing power supply. It was a second major outage since 2015 at the lignite-fired Belchatow plant, which provides up to 20% of the energy in Poland. The outage was felt across Europe’s continent-wide network of power grids. Officials said the outage occurred due to the failure of a power station where 10 of Belchatow’s units are connected. Poland’s chief energy distributor said Tuesday that restarting them is a big challenge.  Read more

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Fidelity is launching a new type of account for teenagers to save, spend and invest their money. The account is for 13- to 17-year-olds, and it will allow them to deposit cash, have a debit card and trade stocks and funds. The teens can make their own trades through a simplified experience on Fidelity’s mobile app, with zero account fees or minimum balances, though the youth account requires a parent or guardian to have their own Fidelity account as well. It’s the latest step in a broad push by the industry to draw more first-time investors into the market.  Read more

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Once a desolate home mostly to polar bears, Russia’s northernmost military outpost is bristling with missiles and radar. The base at Nagurskoye, in the Franz Josef Land Archipelago east of Norway, projects Moscow’s power and influence across the Arctic amid an intensifying international competition for the region’s vast resources. The shamrock-shaped facility of three large pods extending from a central atrium is painted in the white-red-and-blue of Russia's national flag. It sits on an otherwise stark vantage point on the 5,600-kilometer (3,470-mile) Northern Sea Route on Russia’s Arctic coast. Russia has sought to assert its influence in competition with the United States, Canada, Denmark and Norway as shrinking polar ice offers new opportunities for resources and shipping. Read more

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A group of five tried to rob someone in a Monroe County home, but the victim fought back, and one of the assailants was killed while another was seriously hurt, police say. Read more

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President Joe Biden is turning the spotlight on the electric vehicle future he envisions for the United States, both as a way to tackle climate change and to create what he says will be good-paying, green jobs. Biden on Tuesday will tour Ford's Electric Vehicle Center, the company's new factory in Dearborn, Michigan. He's visiting a day before Ford is expected to release details of an all-electric version of its F-150 pickup truck called the Lightning. Biden's $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan includes $174 billion for electric vehicles. That includes money for rebates and incentives for consumer purchases, and to build 500,000 charging stations by 2030. Read more

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 A man is recovering after a shooting in Reading on Monday afternoon. according to police. Read more