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The board held a special meeting in the high school's auditorium just to give people a chance to sound off about the issue. Read more

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Northampton County is preparing to purchase 112 acres in East Allen Township, saving enough land to prevent the construction of four or five warehouses. Read more

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A stretch of Route 22 westbound reopened Thursday night after a crash closed all lanes for about an hour and a half. Read more

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The Mexican Gray Wolf exhibit at the zoo is back to featuring a pack with the addition of three male wolves from Endangered Wolf Center in St. Louis, Mo. Read more

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Magnum Morrison was taken into custody Thursday, and is currently awaiting arraignment. Read more

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The pool at Walters Park was deemed beyond repair. Read more

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It's the most sacred and solemn day on the Jewish calendar. Read more

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Bethlehem Area School District tells 69 News it's seen instances of damage in its schools in recent weeks. Read more

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Jennifer Yuengling is one of nearly 5,000 runners carrying the flag from Ground Zero in NYC to Atlanta, Georgia. Read more

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Nursing shortages were a harsh reality before COVID changed the world; now the issue has worsened at both hospitals and long-term care facilities. Read more

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The recycled rocket blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida Wednesday night. Read more

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"We could probably have five guys like me and still be deficient, but at least, right now, we have one." Read more

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A damaged culvert left a hole in the road between Browns Drive and Route 212. Read more

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The PLCB says “sustained supply chain disruptions and product shortages” are prompting the restrictions on certain types of alcohol. Read more

(The Center Square) – The Pennsylvania Senate Transportation Committee will consider a proposal next week that shields medical cannabis users from the state’s “zero tolerance” impaired driving penalties.  Read more

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Easton City Council will seek public input Tuesday on the preferred developers for two city-owned sites. Read more

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Michael Muse, 43, of Brooklyn, New York, is charged with fleeing and eluding, robbery, and theft. Read more

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The funds will be applied to Operation HELP, a fuel fund that assists income-eligible PPL Electric Utilities customers struggling to pay their energy bills. Read more

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HARRISBURG — Two Republican lawmakers introduced a resolution Wednesday that renews the statewide disaster declaration in Pennsylvania after touring neighborhoods hard hit by the remnants of Hurricane Ida earlier this month. Read more

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"After cultivating virtually in 2021, it's only natural that we Harvest More in 2022 as we join together in Harrisburg once again." Read more

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Two residents suffered minor injuries, officials said. Read more

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LVIA has two scheduled airfield closures for Runway 6-24 reconstruction in September, which prohibits all fixed-wing aircraft arrivals and departures. Read more

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It opened up along Main Street in Palmer Township, just west of the Amazon warehouse entrance. Read more

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The market will run for five weeks through Sun., Dec. 19, 2021. Read more

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Murphy has increased state funding for pre-K since he took office in 2018 by 35%, but the pledge Thursday will expand the availability of early childhood education. Read more

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A second teenager suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, the police said. Read more

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A man was injured when he was struck by a vehicle in Schuylkill County. Read more

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(The Center Square) – Two Republican lawmakers introduced a resolution Wednesday that renews the statewide disaster declaration in Pennsylvania after touring neighborhoods hard hit by the remnants of Hurricane Ida earlier this month. Read more

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As borders open around the world after months of pandemic related lockdowns some illegal migration routes are also seeing an uptick in crossings. Muddy paths across the Darien jungle, where people can be swept away by rivers, have long been used by smugglers to take migrants from South America to Central America, as they make their way to the U.S.  Panamanian immigration officials say the number of people crossing the Darien Gap has reached record levels, with 70,000 migrants making the dangerous trek so far this year, and registering at shelters in Panama.  Most of those currently crossing the Darien are Haitians who were living in Brazil and Chile and were left with little work due to the pandemic.    Read more

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The “Hard Knocks” franchise will have an in-season version for the first time when “Hard Knocks In Season: The Indianapolis Colts” debuts on Nov. 17 on HBO. NFL Films made the announcement during halftime of the game between the New York Giants and Washington Football Team. It will be the Colts' first appearance on “Hard Knocks,” which debuted in 2001 by following the Baltimore Ravens through training camp as they began defense of their Super Bowl title. The Dallas Cowboys recently wrapped up the 16th edition of the documentary series, becoming the first team to make three appearances. Read more

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Asian shares are mixed after a hodge-podge of economic data led Wall Street to close mostly lower.  Benchmarks rose in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul but fell in Shanghai and Sydney. The S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average each lost about 0.2% Thursday, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq managed to eke out a gain of 0.1%. More stocks fell than rose in the S&P 500, and most of the index's sectors took slight losses. Industrial and health care companies did the worst, while some retailers rose after the government reported a surprise gain in retail sales last month. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 1.33% from 1.30% a day earlier. Read more

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Dustin Hopkins made a 43-yard field goal on an untimed down, and Washington defeated the New York Giants 30-29. Hopkins missed his first attempt to win the game, but he was given a reprieve when Dexter Lawrence was flagged for being offside. His next attempt was good, giving Washington a wild victory and quarterback Taylor Heinicke another moment in the sun. Heinicke threw for 336 yards and two touchdowns. Read more

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Opposition from some leading moderate Democrats over a $3.5 trillion budget proposal championed by the party's most liberal, progressive wing has left the party grappling with deeper ideological questions. Fully embracing an unprecedented expansion of the federal social safety net could jeopardize the bill’s passage and ultimately alienate independent and moderate Democrats ahead of next year’s midterm elections. But scaling back ambitions might disillusion progressives who the party will need to turnout in 2022, when Republicans believe they are poised to take back control of Congress.  Read more

A judge is set to decide on several motions ahead of the trial for a man accused of killing two men and wounding a third during a protest over police brutality in Wisconsin last summer. Kyle Rittenhouse's case became a rallying cry for conservatives frustrated at protests against police killings. The judge's decisions from Friday's hearing will set at least some of the ground rules for the November trial. The 18-year-old from Illinois wants to exclude evidence that he went to a bar with members of the extremist group Proud Boys months after the shooting. And prosecutors are seeking permission to show video of Rittenhouse talking about wanting to shoot people. Read more

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Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin clashed over abortion and vaccination policies in Virginia’s first gubernatorial debate of the general election season. Each sought to cast the other as extreme on major issues Thursday. The race is being closely watched as a possible indicator of national voter sentiment. Asked his position on President Joe Biden’s sweeping new vaccine mandates, Youngkin called himself a strong advocate for the COVID-19 vaccines but said he thought the president lacked the authority to “dictate” that workers receive one. McAuliffe criticized Youngkin as failing to show leadership, saying the Republican has undermined vaccine efforts and would unleash the virus by not mandating inoculations. Read more

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Carlota Ciganda overcame an early double bogey in chilly morning conditions Thursday for a 4-under 68 and a share of the first-round lead in the Cambia Portland Classic. The only member of the winning European Solheim Cup team in the field, the Spaniard teed off with the temperature in the mid-40s at hilly and tricky Oregon Golf Club. Gemma Dryburgh of Scotland also shot a 68 in the morning, and Pajaree Anannarukarn of Thailand grabbed a share of the lead in the afternoon. Anannarukarn won the ISPS Handa World Invitational in Northern Ireland last month for her first LPGA Tour title. Read more

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Firefighters have wrapped the base of the world’s largest tree in a fire-resistant blanket as they try to save a famous grove of gigantic old-growth sequoias from wildfires burning in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. Fire officials say the fire was expected to reach the grove of 2,000 trees within days. The base of the colossal General Sherman Tree, some other giant sequoias and buildings in the Giant Forest were wrapped Thursday as protection against the possibility of intense flames. Another fire to the south has burned into a grove in Giant Sequoia National Monument, but officials haven't been able to assess the damage yet. Read more

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Bryce Harper had three hits, drove a three-run homer and had four RBIs to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 17-8 win over the Chicago Cubs. Harper doubled to start a seven-run, game-tying rally in the fourth inning, brought in the go-ahead run in the sixth and sealed the win with a homer in the seventh. Each team scored seven runs in an inning. The Cubs took a 7-0 lead in the third inning against a pair of relievers in a bullpen game. Patrick Wisdom had a two-run double and Matt Duffy hit a three-run homer for the Cubs. Read more

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The Biden administration has been enlisting one emissary after another to convince Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell to help raise the federal debt limit. It’s not working. McConnell is digging in and playing political hardball, saying it’s up to Democrats who have narrow control of Congress to take the unpopular vote. He said as much Thursday in a call to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. The standoff leaves Democrats scrambling to ensure the nation does not default on its debt, which now stands at $28.4 trillion. The White House says. “Any suggestion by Republicans that they will shirk their responsibility is indefensible.” Read more

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SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea has reported more than 2,000 new cases of the coronavirus, nearing a one-day record set last month, continuing an alarming surge as the nation enters its biggest holiday of the year. Read more

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has rejected Chinese criticism of Australia’s new nuclear submarine alliance with the United States and says he doesn’t mind that President Joe Biden might have forgotten his name. China reacted angrily when Biden, Morrison and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson used a virtual news conference this week to announce a defense alliance that will provide Australia with nuclear-powered submarines. During the news conference televised from three countries to announce the deal, Biden referred to the Australian leader as “pal" and “that fellow Down Under" without using Morrison's name. Meanwhile, he referred to Johnson as “Boris.” Read more

Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin have met in southwest Virginia for the commonwealth’s first gubernatorial debate of the general election season. Much of the exchange between McAuliffe, a longtime Democratic Party fundraiser who is seeking a rare second term as governor, and Youngkin, a former business executive and political newcomer, dealt with vaccine mandates and abortion policy. They also touched on election integrity, state agency controversies, renewable energy and the removal of a historic statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond.  Read more

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Carli Lloyd scored a career-high five goals and the United States routed Paraguay 9-0 on Thursday in the national team’s first game since the Olympics. The Americans won the bronze medal in Tokyo, a somewhat disappointing finish for the defending World Cup champions. Lloyd scored a pair of goals in the opening five minutes, and added her third and fourth before halftime as the United States built a 6-0 lead. She added her final goal in the 61st.  Read more

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Jon Rahm is motivated, even if he’s not feeling well. The top-ranked Spanish star had two birdies and two bogeys Thursday in an even-par 72 in the first round of the Fortinet Championship, leaving him well back of the leaders at Silverado Resort and Spa. Chez Reavie had the lead at 65, with Cameron Tringale and Adam Hadwin a stroke back. Six others were two off the pace. Rahm began feeling ill earlier this week and pulled out of the pro-am Wednesday to rest. He said he felt worse than when he tested positive for COVID-19 in June and was forced to withdraw from the Memorial after leading by six strokes through three rounds. Phil Mickelson shot 70.  Read more

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One of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump for his role in inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol announced Thursday night he will not seek reelection next year. U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez cited his two young children for his decision and noted “the chaotic political environment that currently infects our country.” The 36-year-old former NFL player would have faced Max Miller, a former Trump White House aide with the former president's endorsement, in next year's primary. The Ohio GOP censured Gonzalez in May for his impeachment vote. Read more

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A Florida police chief says they haven't begun a physical search for Gabby Petito out West because they don't know where to begin. Police video from Moab, Utah, shows the 22-year-old argued with her boyfriend Brian Laundrie on Aug. 12 near Arches National Park. Officers tried to help them work it out after an emotional fight. The couple was living in a converted camper van during their cross-country journey. Laundrie returned alone to Florida with the van and has not cooperated with investigators. Police say Laundrie is a “person of interest” in her case and has not been charged. Read more

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Yankees reliever Clay Holmes threw a wild pitch with two outs in the ninth inning that let the tying run score, then Austin Hays chopped an RBI single in the 10th that lifted the Baltimore Orioles to a 3-2 win and dropped New York back in the AL wild-card race. The Yankees fell a half-game behind idle Toronto and Boston atop the AL wild-card standings. Holmes was one strike away from his first career save when his high and outside fastball got past catcher Gary Sanchez, allowing pinch-runner Kelvin Gutierrez to streak home from  third base. Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman had pitched the previous three days. Ryan Mountcastle homered for Baltimore, which snapped a five-game skid and avoided its 100th loss of the season. Read more

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The AP's Hau Dinh set off from Hanoi for the seaside resort of Vung Tau in southern Vietnam for a long weekend in mid-July. The trip came just as the delta variant of the coronavirus began sweeping through Vietnam in the pandemic's worst wave yet, sparking harsh lockdown measures that left him trapped away from home. Nine weeks later, he's still there. Working, exercising, learning French and trying to cope with the monotony of the daily routine with no immediate end in sight.   Read more

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Track coach Alberto Salazar received no relief from the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The court upheld Salazar's four-year ban for a series of doping-related violations that had long been pursued by American regulators. CAS confirmed the ruling in Switzerland on Thursday. Salazar is a former marathon champion who trained a long list of championship distance runners including Mo Farah, Galen Rupp and, for a time, Kara Goucher. None of his former runners have been charged with doping violations. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency investigated Salazar and the running team for about six years before handing down sanctions. Read more

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Aaron Donald’s first game in his 30s looked like most of his performances from his 20s for the Los Angeles Rams. The most dominant defensive lineman of the previous seven NFL seasons harassed the Bears’ entire offense, constantly drawing double teams and altering Chicago’s game plan in the Rams’ season-opening 34-14 victory. Donald essentially ended the Rams’ blowout win by sacking Andy Dalton on fourth down with 2:18 to play. But that moment faded from his mind in comparison to a play earlier in the fourth quarter in which Dalton escaped his grasp, only to run into a sack by linebacker Justin Hollins. Read more

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Taxi fleets in Thailand are giving new meaning to the term “rooftop garden,” as they utilize the roofs of cabs idled by the coronavirus crisis to serve as small vegetable plots. Workers from two taxi cooperatives assembled the miniature gardens this week using black plastic garbage bags stretched across bamboo frames, on top of which they added soil in which a variety of crops, including tomatoes, cucumbers and string beans, were planted. The result looks more like an eye-grabbing art installation than a car park. That’s partly the point — to draw attention to the plight of taxi drivers and operators who have been badly hit by coronavirus lockdown measures. Read more

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The office of Haiti Prime Minister Ariel Henry has issued its first public statement about evidence authorities say they have of phone calls between him and a key suspect in the presidential assassination, saying he received countless calls from people concerned for his safety. The office said Thursday that it is unable to identify all those who called him or determine the nature of the conversations. Former Port-au-Prince chief prosecutor Bed-Ford Claude, whom Henry fired this week, invited the prime minister to meet with him to talk about two calls between him and a suspect that took place just hours after President Jovenel Moïse was killed. Read more

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British presenter Piers Morgan will join News Corp and Fox News Media and host a TV show that will air in the U.S., Britain and Australia. News Corp executive chair Rupert Murdoch said Thursday that Morgan is “the broadcaster every channel wants but is too afraid to hire.” The show is billed as the primetime draw on the new channel talkTV, expected to launch in the U.K. in early 2022. It will also air on the video streaming service FOX Nation in the U.S. and on Sky News Australia. Morgan left Britain’s ITV in March after sparking a record 50,000 viewer complaints with controversial comments about Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex. Read more

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A top U.S. general's calls to China are coming under new scrutiny in Congress. The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection is seeking records related to calls from Gen. Mark Milley to his Chinese counterpart in the turbulent final months of Donald Trump’s presidency. Milley is the the top U.S. military officer. Reps. Bennie Thompson and Liz Cheney said in a statement Thursday that they have asked for records related to the call. Milley’s spokesman has said the calls were intended to convey “reassurance” to the Chinese military and were in line with his responsibilities as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Read more

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With a wildfire no longer threatening Lake Tahoe, residents, tourists and scientists drawn to its clean alpine air, clear blue waters and fragrant pine trees now wonder about the long-term effects that remain. Scientists say it’s too soon to draw conclusions, but they're not wasting time. Researchers and state officials on the Tahoe Science Advisory Council discussed future study at a meeting Thursday. They’re studying how particles enter the lake, how they move around it and the effect on algae production. As wildfires have grown in size and intensity amid climate change, scientists have become increasingly concerned about how smoke hundreds of miles away could harm the lake's clarity. Read more

With flames advancing toward the signature grove of ancient massive trees in Sequoia National Park, firefighters Thursday fought fire with fire. Using firing operations to burn out flammable vegetation and other matter before the wildfire was expected to arrive in the Giant Forest is one of several ways firefighters can use their nemesis as a tool to stop, slow or redirect fires. The tactic comes with considerable risks if conditions change. But it is routinely used to protect communities, homes or valuable resources like the grove of about 2,000 massive sequoias, including the world's largest tree, the General Sherman. Read more

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s reluctance to get a vaccine is a rarity in his country — and may complicate his plans to attend the U.N.’s General Assembly next week. The assembly’s leader announced Wednesday that all attendees must be vaccinated to speak at the gathering, citing a New York City policy. That could bar Bolsonaro, a beleaguered right-wing leader seeking to rehabilitate his image abroad. Bolsonaro plans to travel to New York City for the assembly, but the president’s representatives did not respond to questions about his vaccination status. It was not immediately clear how the rule would be enforced. Read more