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The NHL has canceled the 2021 Winter Classic and All-Star Weekend but still hopes to start the season on or around Jan. 1. The Winter Classic was scheduled to be played New Year's Day outdoors at Target Field in Minneapolis between the Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues. The Florida Panthers were set to host All-Star festivities in Sunrise in late January. The league hopes to reschedule those events in those cities in future years. There was hope at one point the Winter Classic could mark opening night for the 2021 NHL season. Commissioner Gary Bettman has said the league is planning for each team to play a full 82-game schedule. Read more

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A painting by American artist Jacob Lawrence that has not been seen in public for 60 years has been found and will soon take its designated place in a 30-piece exhibit of Lawrence’s work. The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts said Thursday the series “Struggle: From the History of the American People” is currently showing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City with the missing piece represented by an empty frame. A visitor to the Met noticed the gap in the collection and remembered that neighbors had a Lawrence work in their private collection. It turned out to be the missing work. The painting depicts Shays’ Rebellion, the 1786–87 tax revolt in Massachusetts. Read more

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EASTON, Pa. | Prosecutors in Northampton County have withdrawn robbery and conspiracy charges against a Nazareth man after the victim contradicted his original statement to police. Read more

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The NFL has shifted the Las Vegas game against Tampa Bay out of prime time after several Raiders players have been unable to practice this week because of contact tracing from the coronavirus. The game in Las Vegas was originally scheduled to be played at 5:20 p.m. PDT Sunday in the national television window on NBC but now has been moved to 1:05 p.m. PDT in a regional window on Fox. The game between the Seahawks and Cardinals in Arizona has been moved into the prime-time window. Read more

The United Nations chief is appealing for cease-fires in the world’s major conflicts from Yemen and Libya to Afghanistan and Nagorno-Karabakh, warning that if fighting continues “the only winner is the pandemic.” Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in an interview with The Associated Press that he was renewing his March 23 call for an immediate halt to all conflicts to tackle the coronavirus crisis and to spotlight the most serious global hotspots, He made the appeal ahead of Saturday’s 75th anniversary of the entry into force of the U.N. Charter, which officially established the United Nations. He called for “massive" international support. Read more

Duncan Socrates Lemp became a martyr for an anti-government movement after a police officer shot and killed the 21-year-old man during a pre-dawn raid on his family’s Maryland home in March. The shooting has galvanized a loose network of gun-toting extremists promoting the “boogaloo,” a slang term for a second civil war or collapse of civilization. A social media hashtag campaign invoking Lemp's name has been a mixed blessing for his parents. While they are grateful for the support, Lemp's parents told The Associated Press that their son wasn’t an extremist and couldn’t have posed a threat to the tactical unit officers who stormed their home. Read more

Russian President Vladimir Putin has rejected accusations of the Kremlin’s involvement in the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, saying that he personally allowed his foe to be flown to Germany for treatment. Putin's most visible and determined opponent fell ill on Aug. 20 during a domestic flight in Russia and was flown to Germany two days later. Tests conducted at labs designated by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons confirmed that Navalny was poisoned with a Soviet-era nerve agent. Making his first public comments on the poisoning, Putin said he had asked Russian prosecutors to allow Navalny to be flown to Germany from Siberia, where he first was hospitalized.  Read more

Millions of people will be watching on television, but only around 200 will be inside the massive college arena in Nashville, Tennessee, where President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden meet for the final presidential debate of the 2020 election. One of them will control a mute button. A representative of the Commission on Presidential Debates will use the button backstage to ensure each candidate has two minutes uninterrupted to deliver opening answers to six major topics. The mute button is among a handful of changes made after the first raucous debate. Trump and Biden will also be separated on stage by a plexiglass barrier. Read more

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Police in Easton are looking for a man they say was involved in a robbery and assault. Read more

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The university will offer in-person instruction for a limited number of select courses that are necessary for a student’s academic progression. Read more

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The two most powerful drug cartels in the hemisphere are battling over Guanajuato, the industrial and farming hub of central Mexico. It's a state that has attracted gangs for the same reason it has lured auto manufacturers: road and rail networks that lead straight to the U.S. border. The state is now also wracked by violence. Guanajuato saw over 3,400 homicides in the first nine months of this year, putting the state on track for a murder rate of about 75 per 100,000 inhabitants. Much of the bloodshed is due to a clash between the rising Jalisco New Generation Cartel and a local gang. Read more

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The county's 2020 household hazardous waste collection program will coincide with early voters dropping off their mail-in ballots on Saturday. Read more

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U.S. long-term mortgage rates slipped this week as the key 30-year loan marked a new all-time low for the 11th time this year. Home loan rates have notched a year-long decline amid economic anxiety in the recession set off by the coronavirus pandemic. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reports that the average rate on the 30-year benchmark loan edged down to 2.80% from 2.81% last week. The average rate on the 15-year fixed-rate mortgage declined to 2.33% from 2.35%. The low borrowing rates have bolstered demand from prospective homebuyers. Read more

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Governor Tom Wolf announced plans aimed at helping restaurants and bars that have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

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New York appellate judges have upheld a decision to dismiss state mortgage fraud charges against Paul Manafort on double jeopardy grounds. The four-judge panel ruled Thursday that Manhattan prosecutors failed to show that the state charges they brought last year against President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman warranted an exception to the state’s double jeopardy protections. The ruling is another blow to what is widely seen as an attempt by Democratic Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. to hedge against the possibility Trump would pardon Manafort for federal crimes. Vance’s office says it is considering its options. Manafort's lawyer praises the ruling. Read more

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France's prime minister has announced a vast extension of the nightly curfew that is intended to curb the spiraling spread of the coronavirus. Prime Minister Jean Castex said the 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew imposed in eight regions of France last week, including Paris, is being extended to 38 more regions and Polynesia starting at midnight Friday. The extension means that 46 million of the 67 million people living in France will be under curfews. Public health authorities reported Thursday that France had recorded more than 41,600 new virus cases, a daily high since the country began widespread testing. Figures showed France nearing 1 million confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic. Read more

Tensions continue to mount in Guinea as the West African country awaits results from last weekend’s presidential elections. Preliminary results show Guinea’s President Alpha Conde, 82, ahead in the polls and the electoral commission said final results should be announced on Saturday. Gunshots were heard Thursday morning in the capital, Conakry, while a strong security presence remained near opposition areas. This follows days of unrest after the opposition candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo, 68, claimed that he won the election and his party issued a statement calling him president. Diallo’s claim of victory before the official results had been announced set off celebrations by his supporters that were suppressed by security forces in which three youths were killed on Monday.  Read more

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The district said in a message to district families that it is delaying a phased return to full-in-person instruction until at least Tuesday, Nov. 10. Read more

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The regression was almost inevitable after Patrick Mahomes put up record-setting numbers during his first season as the Kansas City Chiefs’ starting quarterback, highlighted by nearly 5,100 yards passing and 50 touchdown throws. At least, a regression in raw statistics. Much to the chagrin of fantasy football fans, though, games are not won and lost purely on numbers. And there are plenty of reasons to believe that Mahomes has actually progressed since his second year in the league, and taken an especially big jump since last season, when he merely led the Chiefs to their first Super Bowl championship in five decades. Read more

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NARBERTH – Although wearing facemasks has been recommended in public and required in many businesses, one Main Line town has made them mandatory in certain public settings. Read more

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Russian President Vladimir Putin says there is no need for a Russia-China military alliance now but the idea of a future one can’t be ruled out. Putin was asked during a video conference with international foreign policy experts Thursday if a military union between Moscow and Beijing was possible. He replied that “theoretically, it’s quite possible to imagine it.” Russia and China have hailed their “strategic partnership,” but so far rejected any talk about forming a military alliance. Putin says Russia has shared highly sensitive military technologies that helped significantly bolster China’s defense capability. Of a formal alliance, he said, “The time will show how it will develop, but we won’t exclude it.”  Read more

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Adam Zaborowksi faces attempted homicide charges in connection with Aug. 1 shootout in Slatington Read more

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The regular cash fare will increase 10 cents to $1.80; transfers will be offered at no charge. Read more

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For the second time in two months, a panel of federal judges has blocked President Donald Trump’s effort to exclude people in the U.S. illegally from being counted during the process of divvying up congressional seats by state. The latest decision came Thursday from a panel of three district judges in California. The California judges went further than last month’s ruling by a panel of three federal judges in New York by saying that Trump’s order violated the constitution. The New York judges ignored the question of its constitutionality. The Trump administration has appealed the New York decision to the Supreme Court. Read more

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Sudanese officials have confirmed that a senior U.S.-Israeli delegation flew to Sudan on a private jet this week to wrap up a deal that would make Sudan the third Arab country to normalize ties with Israel this year. Such a deal would deepen Sudan’s engagement with the West after President Donald Trump’s conditional agreement this week to remove the North African country from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. It also would deliver a foreign policy achievement for Trump as he seeks re-election on Nov. 3, and give a boost to his embattled ally, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Read more

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President Donald Trump has posted full, unedited interviews that he and the vice president did with “60 Minutes” on Facebook before the show’s scheduled broadcast this weekend. The footage shows Trump growing increasingly prickly as Lesley Stahl presses him on a host of topics, including his response to the coronavirus pandemic, his slipping support among suburban women, the lack of masks at his rallies, and the “Obamacare” replacement plan he has long promised but failed to unveil. Trump eventually cut the interview short and declined to appear with Vice President Mike Pence. CBS News in a statement called the White House’s decision “unprecedented” but said the interview would air Sunday, as planned. Read more

Hit hard by the impact of COVID-19, CarTech focused its efforts in the first quarter of fiscal 2021 on managing costs and reducing inventory to further strengthen liquidity. Read more

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Commissioner Kevin S. Barnhardt, chair of the elections board, said the elections services office is ready to go for Nov. 3. Read more

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Michael Jordan has selected 23 as the car number for his new NASCAR team in 2021. Jordan and three-time Daytona 500 champion Denny Hamlin had already announced they are forming a NASCAR team with Bubba Wallace as the driver. The name of the team is 23XI Racing. That stands for 23 and 11 in honor of Jordan’s retired uniform number with the Chicago Bulls and Hamlin's car number for Joe Gibbs Racing. Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver at NASCAR’s top level, will drive the No. 23 car. Read more

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Republican officials have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to return North Carolina to a shorter deadline for accepting absentee ballots that are postmarked by Election Day. State Republican legislative leaders and President Donald Trump's campaign filed appeals on Thursday. The North Carolina State Board of Elections had announced in late September that absentee ballots could be accepted by counties until Nov. 12, as long as they were mailed by Election Day. That rule change lengthened the period for accepting ballots from three days to nine. The state board made the change as part of a legal settlement with voting rights advocates. Read more