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A group of golfers isn't letting triple-digit temperatures, a global pandemic or a 6 p.m. tee time stop them from hitting the green at the Berkshire Country Club in Bern Township, Berks County.

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Pottsville, Pa. -- Saturday, Congressman Dan Meuser released the following statement in response to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announcing his recommendation that no interscholastic sports occur before January 1st: Read more

The death of George Floyd and widespread protests over racial injustice have prompted several states to move at a lightning pace to pass significant policing reform proposals that in some cases have languished for years, with other states on the verge of taking similar action. The urgency is bipartisan, as both Democratic and Republican majorities in various states have moved quickly to pass changes such as banning chokeholds or making it easier to hold officers legally accountable for their actions. Law enforcement’s reaction to the state-level push has been mixed, with police groups supporting some measures and opposing others.  Read more

Reopening schools will be easy. Keeping them open will be the hard part. That's the assessment from many educators as districts around the country prepare to reopen. The ability of schools to quickly identify and contain coronavirus outbreaks is about to be put to the test. School officials say it’s inevitable that a student or staffer will show up with the virus. They hope to keep a lid on COVID-19 through masking, isolating infected students and quarantining exposed students and staff. Some administrators warn parents to expect periodic closures of classrooms or entire schools. Read more

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County officials will advise when the roadway has been re-opened. Read more

A nonprofit organization wants to gain ownership of four Michigan dams, including two that failed in storms on May 19. The Four Lakes Task Force representing Wixom Lake property owners in the Midland area wants to restore the infrastructure and shoreline of Wixom and Sanford lakes, while saving local residents’ houses from being lost to the eroding edges of what were once the lakes. Meanwhile, nature is returning to craters left from the lakes drained by two dams that failed in May. But not always in a good way. Initially, they were dry, but wet weather has caused plants and trees to start growing. Read more

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The institute is focused on improving the level of understanding of personal finance issues that impact Americans of all ages.  Read more

Democrats are pinning their unusually high hopes for winning a Senate seat in Kansas on a retired doctor and former lifelong moderate Republican who's vexed conservatives during a decade in the Legislature. State Sen. Barbara Bollier represents a Kansas City-area legislative district along the Missouri state line, having grown up in the same cozy suburbs. She’s pitching herself as a “voice of reason” who works with state lawmakers from both parties. Before switching to the Democratic Party late in 2018, Bollier bucked GOP leaders on health care, tax cuts and education funding. She entered the fall campaign against Republican western Kansas Rep. Roger Marshall with $4.5 million in cash.  Read more

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Hong Kong’s leader and China’s top representative in the city took pot shots at the United States on Saturday after the Trump administration sanctioned them and nine other officials for allegedly cracking down on freedom and undermining the local autonomy of the former British colony. Chief Executive Carrie Lam took to Facebook to say that the U.S. got her address wrong. Luo Huining, who heads the central government’s liaison office in Hong Kong, said he doesn't have any assets abroad but could send $100 to President Donald Trump to freeze. The Hong Kong government called the sanctions “blatant and barbaric interference” in China's internal affairs. Read more

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The Census Bureau has another challenge as widespread door-knocking for the 2020 survey begins next week. Previously-committed census takers are dropping out because of pandemic fears. The loss of these so-called door-knockers - formally known as enumerators - is happening just when the agency faces newly tightened deadlines to reach the hardest to count communities, including minorities and immigrants. Door-knockers started going out last month in a test run. Next week, the full army of 500,000 census-takers will be out in the field for the first time, knocking on the doors of households that haven’t yet responded to the census. Read more

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Juventus has fired coach Maurizio Sarri after his first season in charge ended with the team’s Champions League exit. Despite winning the Italian title Sarri paid the price for the round-of-16 loss to Lyon on Friday. Juventus says it “would like to thank the coach for having written a new page in Juventus’ history with the victory of the ninth consecutive championship, the culmination of a personal journey that led him to climb all the divisions of Italian football.” Sarri also left Chelsea last year after only one season in charge despite winning the Europa League with the London club. Read more

Britain’s military says it has been asked by the government to help prevent people from trying to reach the U.K. from France in small boats. That follows a surge in the number of vessels making the dangerous journey. Britain’s Conservative government has talked tough after dozens of crossings by migrants in recent weeks. On Thursday, 235 people landed or were brought ashore from boats in the English Channel, a record number for a single day. Home Secretary Priti Patel has said the Royal Navy could be called in to prevent boats reaching U.K. waters. Other officials and politicians say that could be dangerous. Read more

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The gigantic explosion in Beirut this week tore through homes, blowing off doors and windows, toppling cupboards, and sent flying books, shelves, lamps and everything else. Dozens were trapped under the wreckage and those who survived still cannot believe that they did. Within a few tragic seconds, more than a quarter of a million people of the Lebanese capital’s residents were left with homes unfit to live in. Around 6,200 buildings are estimated to be damaged.   Read more

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Valtteri Bottas has qualified in pole position ahead of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton for Formula One’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. Hamilton holds a 30-point championship lead over Bottas in his quest for a record-equaling seventh world title after winning the British GP at the same Silverstone circuit last weekend. The track is still closed to spectators due to the coronavirus pandemic. Bottas clocked a fastest lap at the central England circuit of 1 minute, 25.154 seconds, 0.063 seconds ahead of Hamilton. Nico Hulkenberg qualified in third in the Racing Point. Read more

On a recent July morning, with sunshine dappling the fluttering green trees and a summer breeze taking the edge off the already rising humidity, a small group of people walked down Bethlehem’s High Street toward the historic Nisky Hill cemetery. Read more

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An executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei says it is running out of processor chips to make smartphones due to U.S. sanctions. The executive says production of Huawei's own chips will stop next month because its contractors are barred from using U.S. manufacturing technology. Huawei is at the center of growing U.S.-Chinese tension over technology and security. The company, one of the biggest makers of smartphones and nextwork equipment, denies accusations it is a security risk and might facilitate Chinese spying. Washington cut off Huawei's access to U.S. components and other technology last year. The White House tightened those controls in May by barring vendors worldwide from using U.S. technology to make chips or other components for Huawei. Read more

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Thousands of Lebanese have poured into Beirut’s main square, setting up symbolic nooses they say officials should be hanged with over this week’s deadly blast. The protesters and riot police clashed Saturday afternoon near the parliament building. The gathering at Martyrs Square and outside parliament and government headquarters come amid popular anger against Lebanon’s political leadership. The country’s ruling class, made up mostly of former civil war-era leaders, is blamed for widespread corruption, incompetence and mismanagement that contributed to Tuesday’s explosion, the biggest in Lebanon’s history. The riots came as Middle Eastern and European officials visited Lebanon in a show of solidarity. Read more

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Temperatures reach the mid 80s Saturday afternoon with a possible shower.  Read more

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Wild horses, bison and other big-hoofed animals once roamed freely in much of Europe. Now they are transforming a former military base outside the Czech capital in an ambitious project to improve biodiversity. Where occupying Soviet troops once held exercises, massive bovines called aurochs and other beasts now munch on the invasive plants that took over the base years ago. The animals are turning the former base into a miniature version of the steppe that once rolled across the continent. Wiped out in the wild, the animals have the chance to live together again in relative freedom.  Read more

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When France's president visited explosion-ravaged Beirut this week, he promised to rebuild and claimed that the blast pierced France’s own heart. But Lebanon is no longer a French protectorate. Macron's critics denounce the overtures as a neocolonialist foray by a European leader seeking to restore sway over a troubled Middle Eastern land. Yet some desperate Beirut residents call him “our only hope” and praise Macron for visiting gutted neighborhoods where Lebanese leaders fear to tread. France faces a challenge as it prepares to host an international donors conference for Lebanon: how to help the country without interfering in its internal affairs. Read more

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Mathew Barzal rediscovered his offensive touch in helping the New York Islanders clinch their preliminary round playoff series over the Florida Panthers. New York's top-line center had a goal and assist in a 5-1 win in Game 4 of the best-of-five series. The Islanders are the Eastern Conference's seventh-seeded team and now await their next opponent in moving on to the best-of-seven first round, which opens next week. The Islanders also proved stingy in limiting the Panthers to seven goals, and only three scored in even-strength situations. Read more

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Li Haotong was surprised to find himself in front after two rounds of the PGA Championship, golf's first major of the COVID-19 era. The fun-loving 25-year-old is the first Chinese golfer to lead any round at a major championship, thanks to a bogey-free 65 at TPC Harding Park. Going low in a big event is nothing new — he shot a final-round 63 at the 2017 British Open to finish third at a similarly cool, windy Royal Birkdale layout. The question is whether he can hold off Brooks Koepka, Jason Day and a pack of seasoned pursuers.   Read more

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After 26 years in office, the autocratic leader of Belarus is contending with circumstances beyond his control as he tries to win a sixth term. Discontent over a worsening economy and his government’s dismissive response to the coronavirus pandemic has helped fuel the country’s largest opposition rallies since the collapse of the Soviet Union, when Alexander Lukashenko became independent Belarus’s first elected president. Rumblings among the ruling elite and a rift with Russia compound the challenge in Sunday's vote. Once called “Europe’s last dictator” for his crackdowns, Lukashenko has made clear he won’t hesitate to use force to quash any protests of election results. Read more

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Russians are believed to be working against Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden ahead of the November election. And U.S. officials assess that China prefers that President Donald Trump not win a second term and that Beijing has accelerated its criticism of the president. That’s according to a rare public statement Friday from the country’s counterintelligence chief, William Evanina. The statement is believed to be the most pointed declaration by the U.S. intelligence community linking the Kremlin to efforts to get Trump reelected — a sensitive subject for the president.                                          Read more

It’s looking more likely that Washington gridlock will mean more hardship for millions of people who are losing enhanced jobless benefits and further damage for an economy pummeled by the still-raging coronavirus. That’s after a last-ditch effort by Democrats to revive collapsing Capitol Hill talks on vital COVID-19 rescue money ended in disappointment. Deadlocks on aid to states and local governments and renewing supplemental unemployment benefits are blocking the way to agreement. President Donald Trump said he may soon issue executive orders on home evictions as many jobless Americans have difficulty making rent or mortgage payments Read more

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The plane swayed violently as it approached a hilltop runway drenched in monsoon rain, and moments later the special return flight for Indians stranded abroad by the pandemic skidded off, nosedived and cracked in two, leaving 18 dead and more than 120 injured. Among the injured on Friday night, at least 15 were in critical condition. The dead included both pilots of the Air India Express flight while the four cabin crew are safe. The 2-year-old Boeing 737-800 flew from Dubai to Kozhikode, also called Calicut, in Kerala, India’s southernmost state. A passenger says after the plane hit the runway, it nosedived followed by a big noise and people screaming. The runway is on a flat hilltop with deep gorges on either side. Read more

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A Venezuelan court has sentenced two former U.S. special forces soldiers to 20 years in prison for their part in a failed beach attack aimed at overthrowing President Nicolás Maduro. Venezuela's chief prosecutor late Friday announced the outcome, saying both men confessed to their alleged crimes. They were arrested for the May 4 failed attack that left eight dead and dozens more jailed. A third former U.S. Green Beret Jordan Goudreau admitted to leading the operation using his private security firm Silvercorps USA. Venezuela accuses the U.S. and Colombia of spearheading the failed attempt at overthrowing Maduro's socialist government.  Read more

Joe Biden’s controversial remarks about race this week risk alienating young Black voters who despise President Donald Trump but are not inspired by his Democratic rival. During two separate interviews with a Black and a Latina reporter this week, Biden made racially-charged comments that some young Black activists and elected officials say turned off their peers. Most Black voters view Trump as someone who exacerbates racial tensions and are unlikely to support his campaign in large numbers. But those who sit out the presidential election could sway the outcome in closely contested states.  Read more

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The military has recovered the bodies of nine people killed when a Marine landing craft sank in hundreds of feet of water off the Southern California coast. A Marine Corps statement says special equipment was used Friday to recover the seven Marines and one Navy sailor. One other person, a Marine, died after being rescued. The recovered bodies will be flown to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to be prepared for burial and then will be released to their families. The amphibious assault vehicle sank on July 30 after routine training. The Marines were based at nearby Camp Pendleton. The accident remains under investigation. Read more

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Mike Trout hit another homer on his birthday for the Los Angels Angels, but they didn't win as he turned 29. Robinson Chirinos drove in two runs without a hit for the Texas Rangers in a 4-3 win to snap a three-game losing streak. Chirinos had a sacrifice fly in the second inning. He then walked with the bases loaded in the fourth, when the Rangers scored three unearned runs. Trout has homered five times in seven big league games played on his birthday. Jordan Lyles got his first win for Texas, while losing pitcher Griffin Channing walked six batters in 3 2-3 innings.  Read more

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BERLIN — Germany’s Foreign Ministry has issued a travel warning for parts of Bulgaria and Romania because of regional spikes in coronavirus cases. Read more