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A man led police on a chase from Lehigh to Berks County in a laundry truck stolen from St. Luke's Hospital in Allentown, authorities said. Read more

Pennsylvania officials discuss the various work the Wolf Administration has conducted to assist long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

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An investigation determined the officer's use of deadly force was warranted to ensure the safety of himself and another officer. Read more

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State police released details of what happened in the crash Monday morning in Schuylkill County. Read more

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Authorities said S. Whitehall Twp. man secretly recorded women using his bathroom Read more

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CHADDS FORD — In a 212-page opinion issued April 12, a judge at the Public Utility Commission (PUC) confirmed Wednesday some of the safety problems raised by the Safety 7 lawsuit. But the judge, Elizabeth Barnes, stopped short of requiring that the pipelines be shut down until their safety could be assured, which the Safety 7 asserted is what the law requires. Read more

State police charged that Aaron Doyle assaulted a woman in a guest room at Ramada Inn, 1395 Wayne Ave., on March 22 and has eluded arrest on a criminal complaint filed at Clymer District Court. Read more

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Thursday and Friday still look cloudy, cool and wet at times, though not as wet as we originally thought, then a return to more seasonable temps for the weekend. Read more

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WEST CHESTER — A group of Chester County legislators are pushing for legislation they say would update Pennsylvania law to reflect the relatively newfound state of marriage equality and the right of same-sex couples across the nation to marry. Read more

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The team "Physics Works" won first place in Division 1 in the national Rube Goldberg Machine Building Contest. Read more

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The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners approved a sixth extension to the state of emergency declaration in response to COVID-19. Read more

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Bernie Madoff, the financier who pleaded guilty to orchestrating a massive Ponzi scheme, has died in prison. Madoff’s death at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina, was confirmed by his lawyer and the Bureau of Prisons. The lawyer, Brandon Sample, said it was believed he died from natural causes related to his failing health. Last year, Sample filed court papers to try to get the 82-year-old released from prison in the COVID-19 pandemic, saying he had suffered from end-stage renal disease and other chronic medical conditions. The request was denied.  Read more

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"Our job right now is to develop relationships with our children who have not been in this environment for a year." Read more

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A movie theater and retail stores could soon be located at the corners of South Third Street and Larry Holmes Drive in Easton. Read more

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Commissioners proclaimed April as "Sexual Assault Awareness Month" and this week as "National Public Safety Telecommunications Week." Read more

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(The Center Square) – A White House report rates Pennsylvania’s infrastructure at a C- after decades of “systemic” underfunding. Read more

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During the pandemic, three college students collaborated to create a resource for people interested in getting vaccinated. Read more

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"They will be taking calls from people throughout the community, if they need any help finding vaccines in over three dozen locations in Berks County." Read more

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"I've been in love with the Exeter community for the last 15 years. They've been good to me." Read more

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EMMAUS, Pa. - A local nonprofit that helps families deal with cancer is getting a big financial boost for its mission. Read more

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 the city raised property taxes 27% at the end of 2018, the first increase in more than a decade. Read more

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(The Center Square) – Gov. Tom Wolf’s year-old proposal calling for the transfer of $204 million from a fund set aside for the horse racing industry into a college scholarship program is once again facing resistance from Pennsylvania lawmakers. Read more

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$1.3 million of grant money is available to help clean-up the brown field site that's now owned by the city. Read more

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The inspector general says there were about 600 million pieces of delayed mail between October 2020 and January 2021. Read more

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Vergil M. Lucifier, 58, was pronounced dead Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. Read more

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The SPCA said it responded to a complaint of the animals 'living in filth' Read more

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The R-Phils will begin their 2021 season at home on May 4. Read more

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The U.S. attorney's office announced the arrest of 55-year-old Joseph Whitbeck of Tamaqua. Read more

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The winners will be announced during a program that will air April 26 on 69-WFMZ-TV and on WFMZ.com. Read more

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Twenty-year-old Daunte Wright was fatally shot by a police officer in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center  after being pulled over for a minor traffic violation, setting off days of protests. Friends and family say Wright was a skinny, smiling young man who loved making people laugh and who, after becoming a father in his teens, relished the role of doting young dad. He also had talked to a mentor about being careful if he was pulled over by police, given the long history of Black men shot by police during traffic stops.                              Read more

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Mercedes-Benz has a new luxury car and it's electric powered. The EQS unveiled on Thursday is only the latest offering from Germany's carmakers as they try to challenge electric newcomer Tesla. The EQS appeals to wealthy, tech-minded buyers with its giant touchscreen panel that stretches across the entire front of the car in place of the usual dashboard. It's the battery-powered counterpart to the Mercedes brand's luxury flagship, the S-Class which costs more than $100,000. For now Mercedes isn't saying how much the EQS will cost.  Read more

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Poland’s top court has ruled it is unconstitutional for the country’s human rights commissioner to remain in the job indefinitely after the end of his term. Thursday's ruling paves the way for the removal of the current acting commissioner or ombudsman, Adam Bodnar. It is also another step in the ruling party's campaign to take control of state institutions and remove anyone that could block its decisions. Bodnar's term ended in September, and lawmakers were due to try again later Thursday to choose his replacement. Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party has been critical of Bodnar, but it has been locked in a stalemate with the opposition over the choice of his successor.  Read more

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A white former Minnesota police officer faces her first court appearance in the traffic-stop shooting of Black motorist Daunte Wright that has engulfed a small Minneapolis suburb in four straight days of conflict between protesters and police. Kim Potter is expected to appear via Zoom on Thursday afternoon. She was charged Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter in what her chief said appeared to be a case of confusing her Taser with her handgun. Wright's family members, Black community leaders and others are calling for more serious charges. They say there's no excuse for the shooting. Read more

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The NCAA has hit Southern California’s men's basketball program with two years’ probation and a $5,000 fine because of a former assistant who violated NCAA ethical conduct rules when he accepted a bribe to steer players to a business management company. The Division I Committee on Infractions announced the penalties, which include a 1% loss of the school’s basketball budget. Tony Bland, the former associate head coach under coach Andy Enfield, was fired in January 2018. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery and received two years' probation. Read more

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The great-grandchildren of the founder of the luxury fashion house Gucci are appealing to filmmaker Ridley Scott to respect their family’s legacy in a new film that focuses on a sensational murder. “The House of Gucci” starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver is based on a book about the 1995 murder-for-hire of Maurizio Gucci, one of Gucci founder Guccio Gucci’s grandchildren, and the subsequent trial and conviction of his ex-wife, Patrizia Reggiani. Gaga plays Reggiani. One of the murder victim's second cousins, Patrizia Gucci, says the family is worried that the film goes beyond the headline-grabbing true crime story and pries into the private lives of the Guccio Gucci heirs.  Read more

A former California college student charged with murder in the 1996 disappearance of classmate Kristin Smart and the defendant's father, who is accused of helping hide her body, made their first court appearance but did not enter pleas. Paul Flores was charged with first-degree murder in the killing that allegedly happened as he tried to rape Smart in his dorm room at California Polytechnic State University campus in San Luis Obispo after a party. His father Ruben Flores is charged as an accessory after murder. Their arraignments and bail hearings were postponed until Monday. Read more

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Delta Air Lines says it lost $1.2 billion in the first quarter, but the airline thinks it can be profitable by late summer unless there's a resurgence of COVID-19. Delta reported the results on Thursday. CEO Ed Bastian says ticket sales have been stronger in the last two weeks than at any time since the pandemic hit the U.S. last year. Right now it’s mostly vacationers booking trips to mountains, beaches and resorts. Delta and other airlines are adding flights for summer in the expectation that passengers will show up. Delta will also stop blocking off middle seats on May 1.  Read more

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Divers await a break in stormy weather that will allow them to reach a capsized oil industry vessel and search for survivors. Twelve people were still missing from the lift boat that flipped over Tuesday in hurricane-force winds and high seas off the Louisiana coast. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Lally said Thursday that rescuers don’t know whether any of the missing might be caught inside. The Coast Guard expects the divers to make it to the vessel Thursday, but their safety is also a factor. Six people from the Seacor Power were rescued alive and one person’s body was recovered from the water Wednesday. Read more

Mortgage rates fell for a second straight week amid signs of economic improvement. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reports that the benchmark 30-year home-loan rate declined to 3.04% this week from 3.13% last week. At this time last year, the long-term rate was 3.31%. The rate for a 15-year loan dipped to 2.35% from to 2.42% last week. Last week’s decline was the first in more than two months. Mortgage rates have been at historically low levels, but strong demand and low supply of available homes have pushed prices higher in recent years. Read more

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A new wave of public health advocacy that is multilingual, culturally sensitive, entertaining and personal is rapidly replacing mundane public service announcements in the battle to stamp out the disinformation around COVID-19 vaccines in communities of color. Barbers are busting vaccine myths as they cut hair, while a company that made comics to combat Islamic extremism is creating Spanish-language animated stories to smash conspiracy theories hindering Latinos from getting shots. The innovative messaging has grown out of urgency. Black and Latino people have been hit disproportionately hard by the coronavirus, yet their vaccination rates are less than half that of white people.  Read more

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Disabled performers and filmmakers have a moment in the Oscar spotlight that they hope becomes a movement. Jim LeBrecht, co-director of the nominated documentary “Crip Camp,” who has spina bifida and uses a wheelchair, says a golden age for films about people with disabilities could come if Hollywood lets filmmakers with disabilities tell their own stories. Robert Tarango, the deaf-blind star of the nominated short “Feeling Through," says his film can help alleviate the fear of hiring actors like him. Paul Raci, nominated for best supporting actor for “Sound of Metal,” says that movie's innovative and authentic treatment of deaf people should become the norm. Read more

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France has become the third country in Europe after the U.K. and Italy to reach the unwanted milestone of 100,000 COVID-19-related deaths as new infections and deaths surged due to virus variants. The country of 67 million is the eighth nation in the world to reach the mark after a year of hospital tensions, on-and-off lockdowns and personal losses that have left families nationwide grieving the pandemic’s impact. France added 300 new deaths Thursday to the previous day’s tally of 99,777, bringing the total to 100,077 deaths. Lionel Petitpas, president of the association “Victims of COVID-19,” told the Associated Press that the number of 100,000 deaths is “an important threshold.”  Read more

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ROME — Pope Francis is offering Brazilians a message of hope and consolation amid soaring coronavirus deaths and infections in the country suffering “one of the most difficult tests in its history.” Read more

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Wallace Wilson, top, cuts the hair of James McRae, Friday, April 9, 2021, in Hyattsville, Md. Wilson is a member of the Health Advocates In Reach & Research (HAIR) program, which helps barbers and hair stylists to get certified to talk to community members about health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, a team of certified barbers have been providing factual information to customers about vaccines, a topic that historically has not been trusted by members of black communities because of the health abuse the race has endured over the years. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) Read more

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Health literature and a certificate are displayed on the wall as a patron gets a hair cut, Friday, April 9, 2021, in Hyattsville, Md. Barbers at The Shop are members of the Health Advocates In Reach & Research (HAIR) program, which helps barbers and hair stylists to get certified to talk to community members about health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, a team of certified barbers have been providing factual information to customers about vaccines, a topic that historically has not been trusted by members of black communities because of the health abuse the race has endured over the years. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) Read more

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Health literature is posted on a door as Kevin Fitzhugh, center left, cuts the hair of Ikemba Orusakwe, Friday, April 9, 2021, in Hyattsville, Md. Barbers such as Fitzhugh are members of the Health Advocates In Reach & Research (HAIR) program, which helps barbers and hair stylists to get certified to talk to community members about health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, a team of certified barbers have been providing factual information to customers about vaccines, a topic that historically has not been trusted by members of black communities because of the health abuse the race has endured over the years. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) Read more

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Mike Brown, right, a barber and health advocate, lines up the facial hair of Vyron Cox Jr., Friday, April 9, 2021, in Hyattsville, Md. Brown is a member of the Health Advocates In Reach & Research (HAIR) program, which helps barbers and hair stylists to get certified to talk to community members about health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Brown and a team of certified barbers have been providing factual information to customers about vaccines, a topic that historically has not been trusted by members of black communities because of the health abuse the race has endured over the years. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) Read more

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A box encouraging barber shop patrons to submit health questions is displayed at The Shop, Friday, April 9, 2021, in Hyattsville, Md. Barbers are member of the Health Advocates In Reach & Research (HAIR) program, which helps barbers and hair stylists to get certified to talk to community members about health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, a team of certified barbers have been providing factual information to customers about vaccines, a topic that historically has not been trusted by members of black communities because of the health abuse the race has endured over the years. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) Read more

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Mike Brown, a barber and health advocate, reacts while talking with colleagues and customers, Friday, April 9, 2021, in Hyattsville, Md. Brown is a member of the Health Advocates In Reach & Research (HAIR) program, which helps barbers and hair stylists to get certified to talk to community members about health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Brown and a team of certified barbers have been providing factual information to customers about vaccines, a topic that historically has not been trusted by members of black communities because of the health abuse the race has endured over the years. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) Read more

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A pin is seen on the cutting coat of Mike Brown, a barber and health advocate, as he talks with colleagues and customers, Friday, April 9, 2021, in Hyattsville, Md. Brown is a member of the Health Advocates In Reach & Research (HAIR) program, which helps barbers and hair stylists to get certified to talk to community members about health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Brown and a team of certified barbers have been providing factual information to customers about vaccines, a topic that historically has not been trusted by members of black communities because of the health abuse the race has endured over the years. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) Read more

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Mike Brown, right, a barber and health advocate, lines up the facial hair of Vyron Cox Jr., Friday, April 9, 2021, in Hyattsville, Md. Brown is a member of the Health Advocates In Reach & Research (HAIR) program, which helps barbers and hair stylists to get certified to talk to community members about health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Brown and a team of certified barbers have been providing factual information to customers about vaccines, a topic that historically has not been trusted by members of black communities because of the health abuse the race has endured over the years. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) Read more

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Ukraine’s top diplomat is asking for stronger Western backing amid escalating tensions in the country’s east and a Russian troop buildup across the border. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said after talks with his counterparts from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania that “words of support aren’t enough.” He asked the Baltic nations to reach out to other European Union and NATO members about offering “practical assistance” to Kyiv. More than 14,000 people have died in eastern Ukraine amid seven years of fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed separatists since 2014. Efforts to reach a political settlement have stalled, and violations of a shaky truce have become increasingly frequent in recent weeks.   Read more

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A man led police on a chase from Lehigh to Berks County in a laundry truck stolen from St. Luke's Hospital in Allentown, authorities said. Read more

Pennsylvania officials discuss the various work the Wolf Administration has conducted to assist long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

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U.S. stocks are rallying toward records after a suite of stellar data suggested the recovery for the economy and corporate profits is accelerating. The S&P 500 was 1% higher in Thursday afternoon trading and on track to surpass its all-time high set on Tuesday. Expectations are very high on Wall Street that the economy is in the midst of exploding out of the cavern created by the pandemic. Reports on Thursday only bolstered those expectations, including ones showing how hungry Americans are to spend again, how fewer workers are losing their jobs and how much fatter corporate profits are getting.  Read more

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The defense at the murder trial of former Officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd has rested its case without putting Chauvin on the stand, wrapping up after two days of testimony to the prosecution’s two weeks. Chauvin informed the court Thursday that he will not testify, saying he would invoke his Fifth Amendment right not to take the stand. The prosecution briefly recalled a lung and critical care expert who’d testified during the state’s case to rebut a defense expert’s testimony that carbon monoxide poisoning might have contributed to Floyd’s death. Closing arguments are set for Monday, after which the racially diverse jury will begin deliberating. Read more

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LaMarcus Aldridge has retired from the NBA after saying he experienced an irregular heartbeat during his final game with the Brooklyn Nets. The 35-year-old Aldridge posted a statement on social media saying the heart concerns he had during and after Brooklyn’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday was one of the “scariest things” he’s experienced. Aldridge says he feels better now after getting it checked out but decided to end his 15-year career. Aldridge says: “For 15 years I’ve put basketball first, and now, it is time to put my health and my family first." The seven-time All-Star signed with the Nets on March 28 and became their starting center. He previously played for San Antonio and Portland. Read more

A Tennessee mayor has asked for the release of video footage of a shooting at a high school that left a student dead and a police officer wounded, but the local district attorney denied the request. Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon said on Twitter that she requested release of redacted video footage of Monday’s shooting at Austin-East Magnet High School. She said her request was denied by the district attorney, who told her the integrity of the investigation needed to be protected. Police said a 17-year-old student had a gun inside a school and was fatally shot in a confrontation with officers in a bathroom. An officer was wounded. Read more

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Under a steady rain, the flag-draped casket of U.S. Capitol Police Officer William Evans was carried into a Massachusetts church as dozens of state police troopers stood in the street and saluted. Mourners followed the casket into St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Adams on Thursday for a private funeral Mass, which was to be followed by burial at Bellevue Cemetery. Evans will be laid to rest beside his father, Howard. The 41-year-old was killed this month when a driver struck him and another officer at a barricade outside the Senate. He was raised in North Adams and Clarksburg. He had served with the U.S. Capitol Police since 2003. Read more