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Home video surveillance shows the couple arguing in their kitchen before the man beats up his wife, fatally shoots her, then commits suicide, authorities say. Read more

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South Whitehall Township's environmental committee will discuss Wednesday a potential ordinance to move away from single-use plastic bags. Read more

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The man who shot and killed his wife then turned the gun on himself in a Leesport home has died from his injuries, said the Berks County district attorney. Read more

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Stretches of Bethlehem's Center and Linden streets were converted into one-way routes long ago to help workers get to and from Bethlehem Steel. The "last cast" of steel was poured in 1995, but the one-way streets remain. Read more

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Changing intersections so signals could be added would would cost $230,000 to $250,000 each, or as much as $1 million total. Read more

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Lane Johnson said he plans to return to the Eagles, after being noticeably missing from Philadelphia's roster for a couple weeks due to what the team called "personal reasons." Read more

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Laser MD Medspa has acquired Young Medical Spa, adding four Pennsylvania locations, including Young's Upper Saucon Township office. Read more

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Five veterans were honored in Schuylkill County in a special way. Read more

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The car community is rallying behind a Northampton County man with terminal illness. Read more

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Monday will likely start off rather sunny, but then turn cloudy during the afternoon, and a brisk breeze will add an extra chill to the air. Read more

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Police say there was a verbal argument before a 35-year-old man shot and injured his father's fiancée, then fatally shot himself. Read more

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The mall was evacuated after shots were fired, but no major injuries were immediately reported. Read more

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Fall-themed floats, fire trucks, classic cars, and folks who were dressed up in their favorite costumes took over Main Street. Read more

The event raises money to help families with children who have severe disabilities and rare genetic disorders. Read more

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The bikers put down their kickstands and let the kids check out their Harleys. Read more

Monday is the deadline to submit your registration application if you plan to vote in the November 2nd election. Read more

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Court records identify the man as 44-year-old Brian Kunsman. Read more

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Brisk winds and cool temperatures will remain for start of the work week.  Read more

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Officials say the driver of a vehicle was traveling south on Gravel Pike and attempted to curve right in the roadway, entered the northbound lane and hit a second vehicle.  Read more

The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall is on display at Califon Island Park on Bank Street in Califon. Read more

The 2021 Red Corner Benefit was dedicated to 2-year-old Ellie Makarevitz.  Read more

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Officials say they found the19-year-old deceased, with gunshot wounds, in a wooded area next to the roadway.  Read more

Officials say the driver of the vehicle was traveling east on Deturksville Road when he hit a man crossing the roadway.  Read more

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Noticeably cooler on Sunday. A spotty shower is possible in the afternoon. Read more

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Authorities have yet to release the names of the woman killed or the man suspected of shooting her. Read more

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Troopers say the female operator lied about her identity and gave police numerous alias names.  Read more

The parades on Saturday included local school bands, fire trucks and people of all ages dressed in creative costumes.  Read more

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The Walt Disney Co. is pushing back the release dates of many of its upcoming titles, including the untitled Indiana Jones movie and the Black Panther sequel “Wakanda Forever.” The company says Monday that the fifth Indiana Jones will be delayed almost a year and open in theaters in June 2023. “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” has also been pushed several months, from July 2022 to November 2022.  Marvel titles like “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” “Thor: Love and Thunder,” “The Marvels” and “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” were also all delayed several months.   Read more

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Slovenia’s populist prime minister has blamed a rise in COVID-19 infections on protests in early October that erupted in clashes between police and thousands of opponents of vaccines and coronavirus restrictions. Prime Minister Janez Jansa on Monday was responding in parliament to opposition criticism over the use of force by police against the protesters, including tear gas and water cannons. Jansa defended the police, accusing the demonstrators of attacking the. He said “irresponsible behavior” could force Slovenia to reintroduce lockdown measures. Slovenia on Monday reported 364 new confirmed virus cases, almost double compared to a week ago. Read more

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Stocks wobbled in afternoon trading on Wall Street Monday as the market’s momentum slows following its best week since July. Technology stocks and companies that rely on direct consumer spending rose broadly, but those gains were tempered by losses in health care and other companies. The S&P 500 index rose 0.2% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.1%. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 1.60%. Investors are in for another busy week of earnings reports from companies including Johnson & Johnson, Netflix and United Airlines. Read more

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Facebook says it plans to hire 10,000 workers in the European Union over the next five years to work on a new computing platform. The company said in a blog post Sunday that those high-skilled workers will help build “the metaverse,” a futuristic notion for connecting people online that uses augmented and virtual reality. Facebook executives have been touting the metaverse as the next big thing, though their track record is spotty on predicting future trends and it could raise questions about privacy and the social platform gaining more control in people’s lives. Facebook also is contending with antitrust crackdowns, the testimony of a whistleblowing ex-employee and concerns about how it handles misinformation.  Read more

A businessman who prosecutors say was the main conduit for massive corruption by Nicolas Maduro’s inner circle is to make an initial court appearance in Miami federal court after an extradition that has further strained relations between the U.S. and Venezuela’s socialist government. Only hours after Saab was placed on a Department of Justice aircraft on Saturday, Maduro’s government suspended negotiations with Venezuela’s U.S.-backed opposition. It also threw back into jail six American oil executives it accuses of corruption. They had been under house arrest in another politically charged case marked by allegations of wrongful detention. Read more

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Sinclair Broadcast Group said Monday that it’s suffered a data breach and is still working to determine what information the data contained. The company said it started investigating the potential security incident on Saturday and on Sunday it identified certain servers and workstations that were encrypted with ransomware. It also found that certain office and operational networks were disrupted. Data was also taken from the company’s network. Read more

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The Biden administration is asking the Supreme Court to block the Texas law banning most abortions, while the fight over the measure’s constitutionality plays out in the courts. The law has been in effect since September, aside from a district court-ordered pause that lasted just 48 hours. It bans abortions once cardiac activity is detected, usually around six weeks and before some women know they are pregnant. The Justice Department asked the high court Monday to lift an order imposed by a conservative federal appeals court that has allowed Texas to continue enforcing the nation’s strictest curbs on abortion through a novel law that was written to make it hard to challenge in the federal court system.  Read more

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For many Iraqis, the name Colin Powell conjures up one image: the man who as U.S. secretary of State went before the U.N. Security Council in 2003 to make the case for war against their country. Word of his death Monday at age 84 dredged up feelings of anger in Iraq toward the former general and diplomat, one of those Bush administration officials whom they hold responsible for a disastrous U.S.-led invasion that led to decades of death, chaos and violence in Iraq. His U.N. testimony was a key part of events that they say had a heavy cost for Iraqis and others in the Middle East. A woman in northern Iraq said Powell "lied, lied and lied.” Read more

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Global automakers are stepping up the pace when it comes to building factories to prepare for what many believe will be a fast-moving transition from internal combustion engines to electric vehicles. On Monday, Toyota, Stellantis, Foxconn, Ford and Volvo all made announcements about electric vehicle component or assembly plants, or plans to raise capital to fund the transition. The moves are ahead of demand at the moment, but forecasters predict that the share of electric vehicles will rise dramatically as more battery-electric models are rolled out as governments increase requirements for zero-emissions vehicles to fight climate change. At present, only about 4.8% of the roughly 80 million new vehicles sold globally run solely on electricity, according to LMC Automotive.  Read more

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The Chinese-controlled Swedish car maker Volvo Cars will make a return as a listed company after a hiatus of more than two decades following an initial public offering and share listing in Sweden later this month. The Goteborg, Sweden-headquartered Volvo Cars said in a statement Monday that the company, owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., would offer shares at 53 Swedish kronor to 68 kronor each in a move that is expected to raise $2.9 billion, valuing the automaker at up to $23 billion. The Chinese company bought Volvo’s business for $1.8 billion in 2010 from Ford Motor Co. Geely, and says it will continue as the Swedish company’s main owner after the listing. Read more

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U.S. House lawmakers are threatening to seek a criminal investigation of Amazon, saying the tech giant has one “final chance” to correct previous testimony by executives on its competition practices. They sent a letter to Amazon President and CEO Andy Jassy, marking an escalation in a bipartisan battle against Amazon by the House Judiciary Committee panel that has investigated the market dominance of Big Tech. The letter said the panel was considering referring the case to the Justice Department for criminal investigation, as it accused Amazon of at least misleading Congress and possibly outright lying.  Read more

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Colin Powell, former Joint Chiefs chairman and secretary of state, has died from COVID-19 complications. In an announcement on social media Monday, the family said Powell had been fully vaccinated. He had also been treated over the past few years for multiple myeloma, a blood cancer. He was 84. Powell was the first African American to serve as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and secretary of state. But his reputation was forever stained when, in 2003, Powell went before the U.N. Security Council and made the case for U.S. war against Iraq. He cited faulty information claiming Saddam Hussein had secretly stashed away weapons of mass destruction. Read more

The Biden administration says it will allow a Guantanamo Bay detainee to provide information to Polish officials about his torture in CIA custody following the 9/11 attacks. The decision from the Biden administration was included in a letter government lawyers filed Friday with the Supreme Court. The administration said it will allow the detainee, Abu Zubaydah, to write a declaration that could be sent to Polish officials investigating his treatment in a secret CIA facility there. The government says that detainees’ communications normally are limited to family. But the government noted that a court case in the United States involving Zubaydah already includes a public but redacted declaration from him describing his treatment in CIA custody. Read more

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European Union foreign ministers have looked at ways to stop illegal migration into the 27-nation bloc from neighboring Belarus including stopping companies from leasing jets to Belarusian airline Belavia. Several EU leaders have accused the government of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko of facilitating migration into the EU in retaliation for EU sanctions. Thousands of migrants have been lured to Belarus on tourist visas and encouraged to cross into Poland, Lithuania and to a lesser extent Latvia. All three of them are EU nations that border Belarus. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said after a meeting of foreign affairs ministers that the bloc could decide to implement sanctions against Belarus’ state airline. Read more

Washington’s regional Metro system abruptly pulled more than half its fleet of trains from service early Monday morning over a lingering problem with the wheels and axles that caused a dramatic derailing last week. The ruling promises to complicate daily travel and commutes for thousands of riders for an unspecified length of time while the National Transportation and Safety Board investigates the issue.  Read more

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Some college towns plan to challenge the results of the 2020 census. They claim they were shortchanged because the pandemic forced students to leave campuses. They also complain that the undercount could cost them federal money and prestige. The affected communities include Bloomington, Indiana; Tuscaloosa, Alabama; and State College, Pennsylvania. Dudley Poston is a sociology professor at Texas A&M University. He says off-campus students ran the greatest risk of being missed. An Associated Press review of 75 metro areas with the largest share of residents between 20 and 24 showed that the census results fell well below population estimates in some cases but also exceeded them significantly in others. Read more

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson led a somber British Parliament in honoring the Conservative lawmaker stabbed to death as he met constituents at a church hall. The attack shocked Britain, and it has raised questions about how the country protects it politicians and grapples with extremism at home. It came five years after Labour Party lawmaker Jo Cox was killed by a far-right extremist. Johnson said Amess “was taken from us in a contemptible act of violence, striking at the core of what it is to be a Member of this House.” A 25-year-old British man with Somali heritage, Ali Harbi Ali, is being held under the Terrorism Act on suspicion of murder. Read more

An international police operation has seized 5.2 metric tons (5.73 short tons) of cocaine with a street value of around 200 million euros ($232 million) on a yacht in the Atlantic Ocean. Portuguese police said Monday the shipment was one of the largest in Europe in recent years and the biggest in Portugal for 15 years. A statement said police backed by Portuguese navy and air force units located and intercepted a 24-meter (79-foot) yacht at sea. They boarded it and found 183 bales of cocaine on board. Three men were arrested and taken to Portugal. The operation involved police from Portugal, Spain, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency. Read more

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A Czech official says health problems are preventing Czech President Milos Zeman from carrying out his duties. The speaker of the Czech Senate said Monday that a letter he received from Prague’s military hospital where Zeman is being treated says the 77-year-old president is unable to work and the long-term prognosis is “very uncertain.” Zeman was rushed to the Czech capital’s military hospital on Oct 10. That was a day after the election for the lower house of parliament. The hospital previously said Zeman was in an intensive care unit in stable condition. But further details about his health were unknown. Read more

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The Biden administration is launching a wide-ranging strategy to regulate toxic industrial compounds used in products including cookware, carpets and firefighting foams. Environmental Protection Agency head Michael Regan says it's taking a series of actions to limit pollution from a cluster of long-lasting chemicals known as PFAS that are increasingly turning up in public drinking water systems, private wells and even food. The chemicals are associated with serious health conditions, including cancer. The plan being discussed Monday in North Carolina is intended to restrict PFAS from being released into the environment, accelerate cleanup of PFAS-contaminated sites such as military bases and increase investments in research. Read more

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U.S. officials are working with Haitian authorities to try to secure the release of 12 adults and five children with a U.S.-based missionary group who were abducted by a gang notorious for killings, kidnappings and extortion. Police say the group was snatched by the 400 Mawozo gang on Saturday. As authorities seek the release of the group, local unions and other organizations expect to launch a strike Monday to protest Haiti’s worsening lack of security. The Western Hemisphere's poorest nation is again struggling with a spike in gang-related kidnappings and other crimes. The kidnapping of the missionaries came just days after high-level U.S. officials visited Haiti and promised more resources for Haiti’s National Police to help reduce gang violences. Read more

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The Ford Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the United States, announced Monday that it will divest millions from fossil fuels, following similar investment decisions made by other sizable foundations in recent years. Ford Foundation President Darren Walker said in a statement 0.3% of the foundation's endowment was directly invested in fossil fuels. He says the foundation “may forsake some amount of return for future generations” by choosing to divest. For years, climate activists have put pressure on endowed institutions to end their investments in fossil fuel companies. MacArthur Foundation and Harvard University both announced last month that their institutions would end investments in fossil fuel companies. Read more

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“Soul Train” and New York City's Apollo Theater are icons of Black culture, and this year they'll be joining up. BET announced that the annual Soul Train Awards, which honors the best in soul, hip-hop and R&B music, will be taped at the Apollo for the first time and premiere. The 2021 show will premiere on BET and BET Her on Sunday, Nov. 28. The show has been taped in Las Vegas in recent years. The Apollo Theater in Harlem is known for its demanding audiences that expect the best out of performers. A long list of Black artists — both famous and unknown — have performed at the venue.  Read more

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Germany’s pro-business Free Democrats on Monday became the last of three parties to back the start of formal coalition talks on forming a new government. The Free Democrats leader, Christian Lindner, said the party’s national executive unanimously agreed to take the step following weeks of informal talks with the center-left Social Democrats and the environmentalist Greens. Lindner said the three parties hadn’t sought each other out ahead of the Sept. 26 election, “to put it diplomatically.” Lindner added that there remain “big differences on matters of substance” between the three parties but that this was a ”chance, though, to do good things for our country.” Outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel will remain as a caretaker leader until the coalition government is in place. Read more

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The British Museum says it will display what it says is the world’s oldest surviving map of the stars in a major upcoming exhibition on the Stonehenge stone circle. The 3,600-year-old “Nebra Sky Disc,” first discovered in Germany in 1999, is one of the oldest surviving representations of the cosmos in the world. The London museum said it has never before been displayed in the U.K. The 30 centimeter (12 inch) bronze disc features a blue-green patina and is decorated with inlaid gold symbols thought to represent the sun, the moon and constellations. The “World of Stonehenge” exhibition planned for next year will be the first time the disc has been loaned out from Germany for 15 years.  Read more

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It started in 1946 with 11 teams and 160 players. The shot clock was nearly a decade away, the 3-point line was a couple generations away. Buildings were smaller. So were the players. And it wasn’t even called the National Basketball Association. The NBA, 75 years ago, was different in almost every imaginable way. Over the coming months, The Associated Press will look back at what the league was on and off the court, how it became what it is and where it’ll be going over the next 25 years as it moves toward the century mark. The series will show how what was happening in the country seemed to mirror what was happening in the league, from the league’s path toward integration to its stance on social issues and race relations today. Read more

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Gonzaga is the preseason No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 men's college basketball poll. The Bulldogs held the No. 1 ranking all last season and reached the national championship game. They earned 55 of 63 first-place votes. UCLA is No. 2 and received the other eight first-place votes after reaching last year's Final Four. Kansas, Villanova and Texas round out the top five. Reigning national champion Baylor is ranked No. 8. The Big Ten and Southeastern conferences have the most teams in the Top 25, with five each. Read more

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Journalists at one of Germany’s largest newspaper groups have protested their publisher’s decision to nix a lengthy investigation into alleged abuse of power by the chief editor of the country’s top-selling tabloid newspaper. A letter circulated on social media late Sunday accused the Ippen media group and its publisher of “breach of trust” for deciding to halt the investigation. The report had been months in the making and it was supposed to be published on Sunday. The investigation focused on Bild chief editor Julian Reichelt. He has faced scrutiny over his management style that allegedly included bullying and abusing his position of power toward female staff. The Ippen media group didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Read more

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has signed an agreement to continue American support for Georgia's military for six years. The current agreement for such support is to expire at the end of the year, but Austin and Georgian Defense Minister Junasher Burchuladze signed the replacement agreement Monday during Austin's visit to the Black Sea country.  U.S. support has included participating in military exercises with Georgian forces. Austin said the U.S. support will help the former Soviet republic build “effective deterrence and defense.” Georgia and Russia fought a short war in 2008 that ended with Russia gaining control of two separatist republics that account for about 20% of Georgia's territory.  Read more

Frans Timmerman, the European commissioner for climate action, is urging that all nations “leave no one behind” and that changes are as fair as possible as the world moves toward a greener economy to address the climate crisis. Timmermans spoke to The Associated Press ahead of the U.N. climate conference in Scotland that starts on Oct. 31. Many environmentalists say the summit, known as COP26, represents the world’s final chance to avert a climate catastrophe. Timmermans says current global economic models — such as the historic reliance on fossil fuels — will need to change to ensure a more equitable shift toward greener economies. But he says those changes shouldn’t come at the cost of poorer nations’ development. Read more