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From chocolate-covered pretzels with green and white flair, to football-shaped bologna, local stores have got you covered for your Super Bowl gatherings. Read moreSweet v. savory: Berks shops offer festive treats for Super Bowl celebrations

The developer for a proposed complex that includes a Wawa at Harvey's Corner argued that Bethlehem Township's zoning map is 'defective.' Read moreBethlehem Twp. zoners hear appeal for proposed Wawa complex

The Daniel Boone basketball team is donating proceeds from their game, which the Amity Athletic Club is matching, to help students who were in a car accident. Read moreDaniel Boone basketball game proceeds to help students in Union Twp. crash

A local state lawmaker says she's helping seniors in Berks County apply for property tax and rent rebates. Read moreState Rep. Cepeda-Freytiz helps seniors find tax savings

Last month, school administrators said a quote from a book by a Holocaust survivor violated the district's new policy related to partisan, political or social policy agendas. Read moreCentral Bucks school board hears allegations of antisemitism

Residents packed the Upper Saucon Township meeting room to talk about the Route 309 Commerce Center, a proposed three-warehouse complex. Read moreUpper Saucon residents voice concerns about Route 309 warehouse complex

Officials say firefighters were dispatched to the 800 block of Berwick Street in Easton a little before 8:30 p.m. Read moreCrews battle fire in Easton

Christopher Gillie, 62, of Dunmore, was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the death of Julius Drelick. Read moreMan sentenced to life in prison for setting fire that killed 81-year-old man

Lehigh Valley Congresswoman Susan Wild invited Nick Gruber and his wife Natalie to honor the sacrifice of their family and raise awareness of the needs of firefighters. Read more69 News speaks with State of the Union guest whose father died after fighting fire in Schuylkill

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The Philadelphia Eagles are heading to the Super Bowl, and their fans couldn't be more excited. Some are also cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs. Check out these fan photos and upload your own at WFMZ.com/upload. Read morePHOTOS, VIDEO: 69 News viewers cheer on Eagles (and Chiefs)

Andre Williams, who played with the New York Giants and San Diego Chargers, is planning to open a retail store for his business, All Weather Selvedge Denim Co., on the mall's upper level. Read moreParkland graduate, former NFL running back to open fashion store at Lehigh Valley Mall

Local salons are offering to turn fans' hair and nails "Eagles green" ahead of Sunday's big game. Read moreLocal hair, nail salons help fans show their Eagles pride

US and World News

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The International Energy Agency says Asia will for the first time use half of the world’s electricity by 2025. In a forecast released Wednesday, the agency said China's share of global electricity consumption will rise from a quarter in 2015 to a third by the middle of this decade. By contrast, the Paris-based agency said that Africa, which is home to almost a fifth of world’s 8 billion inhabitants, will account for just 3% of the global electricity consumption in 2025. The IEA’s annual report predicts nuclear power and renewables will account for much of the growth in global electricity supply over the coming three years. It also warned that electricity demand and supply are becoming increasingly weather dependent. Read moreIEA: Asia set to use half of world's electricity by 2025

President Joe Biden has exhorted Republicans in his State of the Union address to work with him to “finish the job” of rebuilding the economy and uniting the nation. He used his address Tuesday night to reassure a country beset by pessimism and fraught political divisions. He offered a positive assessment of the nation's condition rather than rolling out flashy policy proposals. He declared that America is “unbowed, unbroken” in the face of the pandemic and economic threats. It was Biden's first speech to Congress since Republicans took control of the House in the midterm elections. Read moreBiden in State of Union exhorts Congress: 'Finish the job'

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Thinly-stretched rescue teams worked through the night into Wednesday, pulling more bodies from the rubble of thousands of buildings downed in Turkey and Syria by a catastrophic earthquake that killed more than 7,700, their grim task occasionally punctuated by the joy of finding someone still alive. Nearly two days after the magnitude 7.8 quake struck southeastern Turkey and northern Syria, rescuers pulled a three-year-old boy, Arif Kaan, from beneath the rubble of a collapsed apartment building in Kahramanmaras, a city not far from the epicenter. But such stories were few more than two days after the earthquake, with frigid temperatures and ongoing aftershocks complicating rescue efforts. Read moreCrews find survivors, many dead after Turkey, Syria quake

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A big fireball and billowing smoke rose into the sky when officials released and burned toxic chemicals from the wreckage of a derailed train in an Ohio village where residents had been ordered to evacuate because of health risks from the fumes. AP explains the risks behind the substance that was burned, the resulting air quality concerns and how it’s being monitored. Read moreEXPLAINER: Toxic gases connected to Ohio train derailment

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has brought his daughter to visit troops to mark the 75th founding anniversary of the country’s army as he lauded the “irresistible might” of his nuclear-armed military. That's according to a state media account Wednesday of his visit and its description of a speech Kim gave to encourage his troops. There have been signs North Korea is preparing to hold a massive military parade, which could take place later Wednesday. Kim's daughter, believed to be 9 or 10, was dressed like her father and they held hands as they walked down a red carpet. State media’s lofty description of Kim Ju Ae has inspired debate on whether she’s being primed as her father’s successor. Read moreNorth Korean leader Kim brings daughter to visit troops

LeBron James is the NBA’s new career scoring leader. With a stepback jumper with 10.9 seconds left in the third quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers' game Tuesday night against Oklahoma City, James pushed his career total to 38,388 points and broke the record that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar held for nearly four decades. Abdul-Jabbar became the league’s all-time leading scorer on April 5, 1984 and wound up retiring in 1989 with 38,387 points. The game stopped for a ceremony after James broke the record and he had tears in his eyes as he thanked the crowd, Abdul-Jabbar, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and others. James finished with 38 points in the Lakers' 133-130 loss and stands at 38,390. Read moreScoring King: James passes Abdul-Jabbar for NBA points mark

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Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders painted a dystopian portrait of the country in the Republican rebuttal to President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address. The former spokeswoman for President Donald Trump leaned heavily into Republican culture war issues and accused Biden of pursuing what she called “woke fantasies.” Sanders warned of a nation whose ideals are under attack and whose citizens are fighting for their freedoms. She didn’t mention Trump by name during Tuesday night’s speech, which embraced conservatives’ fights against the way race is taught in public school. She called Biden’s administration “completely hijacked by the radical left.” Read moreArkansas Gov. Sanders slams Biden for 'woke fantasies'

Republican congressman George Santos positioned himself in a prime location for President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address. The embattled new lawmaker has acknowledged embellishing and even lying about his education, work experience and life story. His presence at the center aisle for Tuesday night's speech was met with a stern rebuke from a fellow Republican, Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah. The GOP's presidential nominee in 2012 told Santos, “You don’t belong here." Other words were exchanged, and Santos later retorted with a tweet that Romney "will NEVER be PRESIDENT!” Read moreGOP on GOP: Romney scolds Santos, 'You don't belong here'

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LeBron James broke Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s NBA career scoring record in an arena filled with stars and rocked by eager fans anticipating a crowning moment in his 20-year career. James chased the 36 points necessary to surpass Abdul-Jabbar with determination, scoring 20 in the first half. The fans roared with every point while he inched toward the mark held since April 1984 by Abdul-Jabbar, who watched the game from a baseline seat near the Lakers’ bench. James’ mother, wife and three children also watched from courtside amid the thousands who rose in waves of anticipation nearly every time James touched the ball. Read moreLeBron James makes NBA history on a star-filled night in LA

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Reaction from social media and elsewhere, regarding LeBron James passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to become the NBA's leading scorer. Read moreReaction to LeBron becoming the NBA's career scoring leader

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U.N. experts say in a new report that North Korean hackers working for the government stole record-breaking virtual assets last year estimated to be worth between $630 million and more than $1 billion. The panel of experts said in the wide-ranging report seen Tuesday by AP that the hackers used increasingly sophisticated cyber techniques to gain access to digital networks involved in cyberfinance,and to steal information that could be useful in North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs from governments, individuals and companies. With growing tensions on the Korean Peninsula, the report said North Korea continued to violate U.N. sanctions, producing weapons-grade nuclear material, and improving its ballistic missile program, which “continued to accelerate dramatically.” Read moreUN experts: North Korean hackers stole record virtual assets

New Zealand’s new Prime Minister Chris Hipkins says he is axing or delaying many of his government’s more contentious policy plans as he looks to refocus on priorities like the rising cost of living. Hipkins, who was sworn-in two weeks ago after the shock resignation of Jacinda Ardern, said his government had been trying to do too much, too fast. Among the plans he has dropped or delayed is legislation that would have outlawed hate speech against religious groups, a plan to merge the nation’s public television and radio broadcasters, a new insurance scheme to help laid-off workers, and a mandate for fuel suppliers to increase their use of biofuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Read moreNew Zealand's new leader Hipkins cuts many contentious plans

The Biden administration plans changes in federal regulations to encourage voluntary conservation projects on private land, partly by shielding owners from punishment if their actions kill or harm small numbers of imperiled species. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal to be released Wednesday outlines steps to issue permits for damage that otherwise would be illegal under the Endangered Species Act. The Associated Press obtained details on the proposal prior to its public release. The idea is to make landowners allies rather than adversaries as climate change, urban sprawl and other pressures jeopardize more animals and plants. Read moreLandowner help sought to protect endangered animals, plants

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Documents released Tuesday provide a scathing account of what authorities are calling the “blatantly unprofessional” conduct of five officers involved in the fatal beating of Tyre Nichols during a traffic stop last month — including new revelations about how one officer took and shared pictures of the bloodied victim. The officer, Demetrius Haley, stood over Nichols as he lay critically injured from a police beating and took photographs, which he sent to other officers and a female acquaintance, according to documents released by the Tennessee Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission. Haley’s lawyer declined to comment, and lawyers for the other four officers either declined to comment or could not be reached. Read moreMemphis officer took, shared photos of bloodied Tyre Nichols

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Officials say 13 Memphis officers could end up being disciplined in connection with the violent arrest of Tyre Nichols. As of Tuesday, six officers have already been fired and one more has been relieved of duty. Chief Legal Officer Jennifer Sink tells the Memphis City Council that the number of officers disciplined could rise to 13. Memphis police spokeswoman Karen Rudolph says six officers whose involvement in the Nichols arrest has not been publicly disclosed could face administrative charges. Nichols, a Black man whose death has led to calls for police reform in Memphis and around the country, died Jan. 10. Read more13 Memphis officers could be disciplined in Nichols case