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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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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

The fair will be held on the fairgrounds in Bern Township located at 1216 Hilltop Road.  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 Center Square) – As the COVID-19 delta variant spikes cases nationwide, one Pennsylvania hospitality trade group signed onto the immunization effort as the state trails its 70% statewide goal. 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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Next week, city planners will consider a proposal from Two Farms Incorporated to build a Royal Farms convenience store at the former site of the Brass Rail restaurant on Lehigh Street. Read more

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North Catasauqua Police Department said officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for failure to stop at a stop sign around 4:30 a.m. July 18.  Read more

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The Berks Cares Vaccine Center opened in the North Reading Plaza -- near Walmart -- in Muhlenberg Township on May 3. Read more

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Tunisian authorities jailed an opposition lawmaker and charged four members of the powerful Islamist movement Ennahdha, according to local media. The moves came after the president decided to suspend parliament and seize exceptional powers. The Ennahdha members were accused of trying to incite violence outside the parliament building after President Kais Saied’s announcement Sunday. The president says he's trying to save the country amid public anger at the government over joblessness, rising prices and one of Africa’s worst coronavirus outbreaks. Critics — most notably Ennahdha — accused him of a coup.  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

The age-range of competitors in skateboarding's Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games is remarkably broad and testifies to the sport’s inclusivity. In the men's park event this week, 46-year-olds Dallas Oberholzer and Rune Glifberg are flying the flag for Generation X against Gens Y and Z. They will go wheel-to-wheel with skaters less than half their age. And the youngest competitor in the women's park event will be just 12. Back in his native South Africa, Oberholzer uses skateboarding to reach out to kids in tough neighborhoods. But nothing he's done during his nomadic existence on four polyurethane wheels has impressed his mum, Linda, like qualifying for the Olympics.  Read more

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The NHL said it will investigate an allegation made by Evander Kane’s wife that the San Jose Sharks forward bet on his own games and has intentionally tried to lose for gambling profit. The league said Saturday night on Twitter that it was made aware of the social media posts by Anna Kane and plans to conduct a full investigation. Anna Kane wrote: “How does the NHL let a compulsive gambling addict still play when he’s obviously throwing games to win money? Hmm maybe someone needs to address this.” She added: “Can someone ask (Commissioner) Gary Bettman how they let a player gamble on his own games? Bet and win with bookies on his own games?” Read more

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Federal health officials say Florida has reported more than 21,600 new cases of COVID-19, the state’s highest one-day total since the start of the pandemic. The state has become the new national epicenter for the virus, accounting for around a fifth of all new cases in the U.S. Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has resisted mandatory mask mandates and vaccine requirements, and along with the state Legislature, has limited local officials’ ability to impose measures meant to stop the spread of COVID-19. The CDC figures released Saturday showed how quickly the number of cases is rising in the Sunshine State. Only a day earlier, Florida reported about 17,000 new cases. Read more

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation on Saturday reported 25 additional COVID-19 cases as officials said some tribal members are foregoing needed precautions to ward off spread of the coronavirus. Read more

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Anger and frustration are mounting as President Joe Biden shows no signs of reversing plans to allow a nationwide eviction moratorium to expire at midnight. Millions of Americans are about to be forced from their homes. Furious lawmakers say they were blindsided when Biden called on Congress to provide a last-minute solution to protect renters. The president set off the scramble last Thursday when he said he would allow the eviction ban to expire instead of challenging a Supreme Court ruling that signaled this would be the last deadline. Lawmakers have come up short in efforts to extend the moratorium. Read more

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Milwaukee Brewers pitchers Jake Cousins and Hunter Strickland have tested positive for COVID-19 and will be placed in quarantine. A third reliever, Jandel Gustave, will miss Saturday night’s game for the NL Central leaders in Atlanta due to contact tracing. Earlier this week, star outfielder Christian Yelich tested positive for the coronavirus and was showing mild symptoms. Utilityman Jace Peterson was sidelined at the time due to contact tracing. Brewers manager Craig Counsell says there's no way to know whether the new positives were connected to Yelich’s case. The positive tests came after Cousins and Strickland reported symptoms. Consell said Cousins and Strickland had vaccinations. Read more

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Senators have been meeting in a rare weekend session in the U.S. Capitol as the authors of a bipartisan infrastructure plan try to complete a nearly $1 trillion bill so that amendments can be offered. Several senators had predicted that the text of the bill would be ready for review late Friday or early Saturday, but the bill still wasn't finished Saturday when the chamber recessed after four hours of minimal activity on the floor. When votes will begin taking place remains unclear. As negotiators worked into early evening, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he's willing to give them the additional time they've asked for. Read more

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A Zydeco musician has been shot in the back while performing at an event in central Louisiana. Chris Ardoin's wife posted on Facebook that her husband Chris Ardoin was performing as the Friday headliner at Zydeco Bike Fest when he was shot. The Advocate reports the shooting happened in Colfax at Louisiana Mudfest, an ATV and mudding park. The Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office says they received reports of multiple people shooting into a crowd. They said two people were struck and suffered moderate injuries, including a 14-year-old. Two people armed with guns were arrested but police didn't say whether they are accused in the shootings that injured Ardoin and the teenager. Read more

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Jameis Winston says making better decisions with the football doesn't mean adopting a mentality that favors short throws. Winston asserts that there is “no check-down mentality” in his approach to competing for the starting quarterback job with the New Orleans Saints. Winston and Taysom Hill are vying to succeed retired great Drew Brees. Hill has more experience with the Saints, but mostly as a change-of-pace option runner. Hill says he's adapted his training to help him as a passer. But he says he won't abandon his dual-threat game. Saints coach Sean Payton has yet to hint at a front-runner. Read more

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Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence had an impressive opening week of training camp. His performance came with an asterisk. Coach Urban Meyer says “everybody’s got to remember the defense is not allowed to make a play on the ball right now." Meyer says a better assessment of the overall No. 1 pick will come next week when the coach unleashes his defenders and starts the “winners and losers” phase of camp. Meyer gave Lawrence “plus, plus” grades for retention and skillset and adds that "the real stuff starts next week.” Read more

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Panicked tourists in Turkey hurried to the seashore to wait for rescue boats after being told to evacuate some hotels in the Aegean resort town of Bodrum due to the dangers posed by nearby wildfires. The death toll from wildfires raging in Turkey’s Mediterranean towns has risen to six after two forest workers were killed, according to the country’s health minister. Fires across Turkey since Wednesday have burned down forests and some settlements, encroaching on villages and tourist destinations and forcing people to evacuate. Wildfires are common in Turkey’s Mediterranean and Aegean regions during the arid summer months. A heat wave across southern Europe, fed by hot air from Africa has led to wildfires across the Mediterranean. Read more

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China and India have missed a U.N. deadline to submit fresh targets for cutting their greenhouse gas emissions. Officials say the world’s two most populous countries are among dozens that failed to provide an update on their plans to the U.N. climate change agency by July 31. China is the country with the world’s highest emissions, while India is third. The United States, which submitted its new target in April, is the second-biggest global emitter. Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Syria and 82 other nations also failed to declare new goals that would be included in a report the U.N. is preparing for an international climate change summit in November in Scotland. Read more

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Matt Ryan feels like the last man standing with the Atlanta Falcons, not that it’s a bad thing. Ryan has nobody left from his rookie year of 2008 still with the team and he’s one of just four starters left from the Super Bowl team of 2016. But as much as he misses departed teammates like star receiver Julio Jones, the 36-year-old quarterback takes pride in working with younger players. He says they push him to get better. Jones’ offseason trade to Tennessee was tough on Ryan because of how much the two accomplished together. But Ryan also understands that NFL rosters turn over. He says: “That’s the nature of this league.” Read more

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Thousands of people in France have turned out to protest a special virus pass by marching through Paris and other French cities. Police in riot gear pushed back some people in Paris and dispersed some rowdy crowds with tear gas but most marches were peaceful. Some 3,000 security forces deployed around the French capital for a third weekend of protests against the pass that will be needed to enter restaurants and other places. Legislators have passed a virus bill requiring the pass in most places as of Aug. 9 as virus infections are spiking and COVID-19 hospitalizations are rising. The pass requires vaccinations, a quick negative test or proof of a recent recovery from COVID-19 to enter restaurants and mandates vaccinations for health care workers by mid-September.   Read more

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Germany's center-right candidate to replace Angela Merkel as chancellor in the country's September election says he feels “deep shame and humility” over Nazi Germany's “crimes” against the Poles during World War II. Armin Laschet made the comments in an interview for Poland's daily Rzeczpospolita, excerpts of which were published Saturday. Laschet said he had a personal urge to attend the weekend anniversary observances in Warsaw of the city's 1944 revolt against Nazi German occupation. Laschet visited the monument to the children who fought in the Warsaw Rising and attended a Mass and a ceremony where Poland's President Andrzej Duda gave a speech. Sunday marks exactly 77 years since the start of Warsaw's two-month devastating struggle against the Nazis. Read more

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An Illinois tax agency has ruled that former President Donald Trump is due a $1 million refund on the 2011 tax bill on his downtown Chicago skyscraper, but local officials are trying to block the refund. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that at issue is the Cook County Board of Review’s estimation of the value of the the Trump International Hotel & Tower’s rooms and retail space.  Last month, the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board voted 5-0 to reduce the assessment on the building’s commercial property. The vote means Trump is owed $1.03 million, but the Cook County State's Attorney's office has filed a lawsuit with the Illinois Appellate Court in the hopes of blocking it.  Read more

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Tenants who are months behind on rent now face the end to a federal eviction moratorium Saturday. Housing advocates fear the end of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moratorium could result in millions of people being evicted in the coming weeks, forcing some to become homeless just as the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus is rapidly spreading. The Biden administration announced Thursday it will allow a nationwide ban to expire. It argued that its hands are tied after the Supreme Court signaled the moratorium could only be extended until the end of the month.  Read more

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Usain Bolt has retired so there will be a new fastest man at the Olympics for the first time since 2008 when the men’s 100-meter dash is held on Day 9 of the Tokyo Games. The favorite is American sprinter Trayvon Bromell, who doesn’t have the same swagger as Bolt but he does have speed. Olympic Stadium will be the centerpiece of Sunday coverage, with medals also set to be handed out in the women’s 100-meter hurdles and the men’s long jump. NBC’s primetime coverage will also feature the women’s springboard final and an elimination match in women’s beach volleyball. Read more

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California spent nearly $200 million to set up, operate and staff alternate care sites that ultimately provided little help when the state's worst coronavirus surge spiraled out of control last winter. It was a costly way to learn that California's hospital system is far more elastic than was thought at the start of the pandemic. The system was able to expand enough to accommodate most patients during the dire surge that saw hospitalizations top 20,000 and nearly 700 people die weekly. Officials say they have since learned to be more flexible and work more closely with the existing medical system. Read more

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Beijing police say Chinese-Canadian pop star Kris Wu has been detained on suspicion of rape. The announcement follows an accusation the former member of Korean boy band EXO lured young women into sexual relationships. The 30-year-old Wu earlier was accused by a teenager of having sex with her while she was drunk. He denied that accusation. The teenager said seven other women told her Wu seduced them with promises of jobs and other opportunities. The police statement says Wu was detained on suspicion of rape in response to relevant information on the internet including that he lured young women to have sexual relations.   Read more

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Elaine Thompson-Herah broke Florence Griffith Joyner’s 33-year-old Olympic record in the women’s 100 meters. She crossed the line in 10.61 seconds to defend her title and lead a Jamaican sweep of the medals. The old record of 10.62 belonged to Florence Griffith Joyner. She set that mark at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Thompson-Herah beat rival Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce by .13 seconds. Shericka Jackson won bronze. This had been shaping up as a fast race for some time. Fraser-Pryce ran the fourth-fastest time in history at 10.63 seconds in June. Read more

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The U.S. women’s basketball team isn’t clicking at the Tokyo Games the way the Americans would like. One reason is the different styles of play they have encountered in group play. The Nigerians, who got within single digits of the Americans, were an athletic team; Japan spaced the floor with 3-point shooters and France will try to use their size against the U.S. when group play wraps up Monday. The Americans have six newcomers on their roster but are used to blowing teams out in the Olympics during their current run of six consecutive gold medals. The 13-point average margin of victory in the first two games in Japan is far below that of the previous six Olympics when they would run through teams. Read more

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Parents and policy makers across the nation have been plunged anew into a debate over whether face coverings should be optional or a mandate when schools reopen. U.S. health officials recommended this week that children mask up in school this fall. They blamed the delta variant of the coronavirus. Some states are likely to heed the federal government’s guidance and require masks. Others are leaving the decision up to parents. The controversy is unfolding at a time when many Americans are at their wits’ end with pandemic restrictions. Others fear their children will be put at risk by those who don’t take the virus seriously enough. Read more

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A memorial grove to COVID-19 victims has been planted in Ohio, and governors and lawmakers elsewhere are pursuing similar permanent remembrances. One widow says, whether large or small, such memorials to victims of the coronavirus could help heal wounds for survivors robbed of funerals and other comforting death rituals. Such memorials would outlast the equally heartfelt yet ephemeral tributes of flags, candles and artwork springing up across the country. The organization Marked by COVID plans to push Congress later this year to back a national memorial. The group's co-founder says the idea is unifying at a time of deep division. Read more

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Busy at the trading deadline, the Cleveland Indians sent outfielder Eddie Rosario to the Atlanta Braves for infielder Pablo Sandoval. Rosario signed as a free agent this winter with the Indians, who essentially signaled surrender in the AL Central on Thursday by dealing second baseman Cesar Hernandez to the first-place Chicago White Sox for a minor league pitcher. Cleveland trails Chicago by eight games entering a weekend series between the teams. The Braves wanted to add another hitter after losing All-Star outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. to a season-ending knee injury earlier this month. The Indians released Sandoval soon after getting him. Read more

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s wife, Carrie, has announced she is expecting the couple’s second child. In a post on Instagram, Carrie Johnson said she feels “incredibly blessed to be pregnant again” after revealing she suffered a miscarriage at the start of the year. Her baby is expected to be born around Christmas. The Johnsons’ first child, Wilfred, was born in April 2020. The couple married in a private ceremony in May of this year at Westminster Cathedral in London. The 33-year-old environmental campaigner and former Conservative Party communications director said she wanted to share the news about her miscarriage to help others.  Read more

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The New York Mets have acquired flashy shortstop Javier Báez and pitcher Trevor Williams from the Chicago Cubs for outfield prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong. Báez, a two-time All-Star and 2020 Gold Glove winner, gives the NL East leaders an immediate fill-in for injured buddy Francisco Lindor at shortstop. Lindor is sidelined with a strained oblique and isn’t expected back until at least mid-to-late August. Báez, who can become a free agent after the season, is batting .248 with 22 home runs and 65 RBIs. He also leads the National League with 131 strikeouts and has made 18 errors in 88 games. When Lindor returns, Báez could move to second base or even third. Read more

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An accident. An encounter with a man named Bootie. A walk at a wedding. Every life has its trajectory-altering events, sometimes in a split second. They are rare, maybe just once across the span of a lifetime. Sam Willoughby had three in 15 months. The accident left him paralyzed. The talk with Bootie pushed him away from the darkness. The walk across the altar carried him closer to the light. His wife, American BMX racer Alise Willoughby, has been with him every step of the way. Read more