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Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said all of the state’s vaccination sites — about 700 total, officials have said — will cancel or put appointments for the J&J vaccine on hold. Read more

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Allentown police report that Jamal Brazell tried to rob a Center City bank Read more

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Easton police allege Abdullah Duncan was carrying a stolen handgun Read more

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Stockton residents say they do not like the idea of the Stockton Inn being turned into an amphitheater, and urged borough council to stop the investigation into redeveloping the site. Read more

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Two adults and an infant were in the vehicle when it was hit, police said. The shooting appeared to follow a disturbance. Read more

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Detectives said they were able to interview several witnesses and are trying to determine a motive for the shooting. Read more

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The 29-year-old suspect is accused of fatally stabbing George Marcincin, 38, during a road rage confrontation in Schuylkill County on Monday afternoon. Read more

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Jessica Will learned that her donor shared more than his heart — he also shared her life passion for helping children with special needs. Read more

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The Spring Township supervisors heard a plea for more police help at an intersection that concerns at least one resident. Read more

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The reconstruction of South Lehigh Avenue, as well as the purchase of a hydraulic snowblower, will be paid from the Lafarge Fund. Read more

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Authorities say a student at a Tennessee high school fired at officers and was killed by police. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director David B. Rausch said at a news conference Monday that police responded to a report of a possible gunman at Austin-East Magnet High School in Knoxville. He says the officers found him in a bathroom and ordered him to come out, but he wouldn’t comply. Rausch says that’s when the student reportedly opened fire, and police fired back. The student died at the school, and an officer was shot in the leg and taken into surgery. Read more

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The nonprofit organization Pottstown Living in Faith Together opened Al's Warming Center at the former St. Aloysius School. Read more

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"Reading was unbearable last year on the Fourth of July; it was like a war zone." Read more

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The township will waive penalties and interest on earned income tax and business privilege tax payments, as long as the money is in by May 17. Read more

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Georgia authorities say three officers were wounded when the passenger of a car shot them during a police chase that ended with one suspect killed and the other arrested. The Carroll County sheriff said it began when a Georgia Highway Patrol trooper stopped a car for speeding along Interstate 20 early Monday. Authorities said the vehicle sped away again and the passenger fired a weapon that stopped the patrol vehicle. Local police officers then joined the chase, which ended with three officers wounded. Sheriff Terry Langley said one suspect was killed and the other taken into custody “after a negotiation.” Read more

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The plan represents "a new vision for Bethlehem," Mayor Robert Donchez said. Read more

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This was the representative's second visit to the border as a member of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus. Read more

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"We're filling up our vaccine appointments and getting those vaccines into people's arms." Read more

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An immigration attorney said while lawmaker visits to the border do help bring attention to the problem, they, so far, haven't come close to solving it. Read more

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(The Center Square) – Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said changing state law to open a civil litigation window for survivors of child sexual abuse remains legal, “sound” and “preferable” to a lengthy constitutional amendment process. Read more

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BUCKS COUNTY >> On Saturday, April 24 State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) will host a contactless shredding event and food drive at Central Bucks High School East. The event will also serve as a collection site for National Drug Take Back Day. Read more

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The homicide was reported to have happened on Route 61 in West Brunswick Township, near Orwigsburg. Read more

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(The Center Square) – Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said Monday that all residents 16 and older can schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment beginning April 13. Read more

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Authorities said the suspect's messages contained vulgar, obscene, and sexually explicit language directed at the representative. Read more

"Vaccine accessibility is a crucial factor in finally defeating the pandemic." Read more

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(The Center Square) – More than a year after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the state's revenue collections are continuing to show improvement. Read more

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The airport's normal operations will not be affected, officials said. Read more

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A 14-year-old is facing charges for allegedly making false threats through the Safe2Say Something app. Read more

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Anyone who sees either the man or his son is asked to call 911. Read more

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An annual Memorial Day weekend event is back for 2021, after the pandemic forced its cancelation last year. Read more

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Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said all of the state’s vaccination sites — about 700 total, officials have said — will cancel or put appointments for the J&J vaccine on hold. Read more

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Sixteen states are backing Alabama’s challenge to a new method the Census Bureau is using in an effort to protect the privacy of people who participated in the head count. A judge on Monday allowed the 16 states to file briefs in a support of a lawsuit brought by Alabama last month. Alabama's lawsuit seeks to stop the Census Bureau from using the statistical method known as “differential privacy” in the numbers that will be used for redrawing congressional and legislative seats later this year. The states are Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and West Virginia. Read more

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The defense has begun its case at the murder trial of former Officer Derek Chauvin after 11 days of testimony and a mountain of video depicting George Floyd’s final moments. Chauvin’s lawyer has argued that the now-fired white officer did what he was trained to do and that Floyd died because of his illegal drug use and underlying heart condition, not because of Chauvin pinning him to the pavement last May.  Read more

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France’s prime minister has announced the suspension of all flights between Brazil and France amid concerns over coronavirus variants. Prime Minister Jean Castex made the announcement Tuesday in parliament. He said: “We note that the situation is getting worse and so we have decided to suspend all flights between Brazil and France until further notice.” France has had 5.1 million coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, the highest number in Europe, and has seen over 99,000 die in the pandemic. The French government had been facing mounting calls from health experts for a flight suspension to further limit potential virus spread. Read more

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BERLIN — Johnson & Johnson says it is delaying the rollout of its coronavirus vaccine in Europe amid a U.S. probe into rare blood clots. Read more

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U.S. health officials say women seeking an abortion pill will not be required to visit a doctor’s office or clinic during the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement Tuesday from the Food and Drug Administration is the latest reversal in an ongoing legal battle over the medication. The FDA announced the policy change in a letter to a medical group that had sued over the restriction put in place under the Trump administration. The FDA’s acting head says an agency review found no serious safety concerns when women take the pill without first visiting a health facility. The change clears the way for women to get a prescription via telemedicine and receive it through the mail. Read more

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An Iranian nuclear negotiator says Tehran will begin enriching uranium up to 60% purity after an attack on its Natanz nuclear facility. That's a higher level than the program has enriched to before but remains short of weapons-grade. Abbas Araghchi’s announcement Tuesday marks a significant escalation after the sabotage, suspected to have been carried out by Israel. It could result in further action by Israel, whose Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed never to allow Tehran to obtain a nuclear weapon, and further raise tensions across the Mideast. Iran’s foreign minister earlier warned that the weekend assault could hurt ongoing negotiations over its tattered atomic deal with world powers. Read more

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The Minnesota Twins have rescheduled their postponed game with the Boston Red Sox as part of a straight, seven-inning doubleheader on Wednesday. The Twins called off the series opener on Monday. The postponement followed a fatal police shooting a day earlier of a Black man in a nearby suburb, out of sensitivity to the situation and precaution for safety. The games on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons remain on schedule. The Monday game was tacked on to Wednesday’s, to begin about 30 minutes after completion of the first game. The doubleheader will consist of seven-inning games.  Read more

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The casket of slain U.S. Capitol Police Officer William “Billy” Evans has arrived at the Capitol where it will lie in honor in the Rotunda. President Joe Biden and congressional leaders will pay their respects to Evans, who was struck by a car and killed while he manned a barricade near the Senate side of the building. It's the second such memorial ceremony this year for a force that has edged close to crisis in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. Members of the National Guard lined the street and saluted the hearse carrying Evans’ flag-draped casket. His family, including his two children, watched as his casket was carried up the Capitol steps. Read more

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Leaders of volcano-wracked St. Vincent say that water is running short as heavy ash contaminates supplies and they estimated that the eastern Caribbean island will need hundreds of millions of dollars to recover from the eruption of La Soufriere. Between 16,000 to 20,000 people have been evacuated from the island’s northern region, where the exploding volcano is located. More than 3,000 of them staying at more than 80 government shelters. Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said Tuesday no casualties have been reported, but he urged holdouts to evacuate. Falling ash and pyroclastic flows have destroyed crops and contaminated water reservoirs. Read more

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Japan’s government has decided to start releasing treated radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean in two years. The decision was long speculated but delayed by safety concerns and protests. Cabinet ministers endorsed it as the best option, though it is fiercely opposed by fishermen, residents and Japan’s neighbors. The water has been used to cool the melted fuel at the nuclear plant damaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, but the tanks where it's stored will be full late next year. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said ocean release was the most realistic option and that disposing the water is unavoidable for the decommissioning of the Fukushima plant, which is expected to take decades. Read more

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The U.S. is recommending a “pause” in using the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday they were investigating clots in six women in the days after vaccination, in combination with reduced platelet counts. More than 6.8 million doses of the J&J vaccine have been given in the U.S., the vast majority with no or mild side effects. A CDC committee will meet Wednesday to discuss the cases and the FDA has also launched an investigation.  Read more

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The large, brightly colored art installations of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama are part of an expansive new show called “Kusama: Cosmic Nature” at The New York Botanical Garden. Kusama is best known for polka dots and pumpkins. Her work also reflects a lifelong engagement with nature. The botanical garden show includes floral displays and gardens, galleries and a photo exhibit. Many of the works are large and outdoors so viewers can be socially distanced. Attendance is limited by coronavirus rules but ticket sales have been brisk in a city that's hungry for more outdoor cultural events. Read more

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Johnson & Johnson says it is delaying the rollout of its coronavirus vaccine in Europe amid a U.S. probe into rare blood clots. The company announced the decision Tuesday after regulators in the United States said they were recommending a “pause” in administering the single-dose shot to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots. The company said, “We have made the decision to proactively delay the rollout of our vaccine in Europe.” Hundreds of thousands of doses of the vaccine were due to be shipped to Europe in the coming weeks. The European Medicines Agency says it had already started reviewing the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to assess reports of blood clots in some recipients.  Read more

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says he is expanding the U.S. military presence in Germany by 500 troops and has stopped planning for large-scale troop cuts ordered by the Trump administration. Austin said Tuesday in Berlin the planned increase in U.S. personnel underscores the U.S. “commitment to Germany and the entire NATO alliance.” That's a notable counterpoint to the Trump administration’s repeated complaints that Germany is a weak partner on defense and security. Austin made the announcement after talks with Germany's defense minister on his first tour of Europe since becoming Pentagon chief in January. Austin says the move will create “more space, more cyber, and more electronic warfare capabilities in Europe.” Read more

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Britain has begun offering coronavirus vaccinations to anyone over 45 after hitting its target of giving at least one dose to everyone over 50 by the middle of April. The government said all residents over 50, health care workers and people with serious medical conditions had been offered a jab, and about 95% of them received one. As a result, the government launched the second phase of its inoculation campaign on Tuesday by expanding eligibility to people ages 45 to 49. Despite the good news, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned that the U.K. would inevitably see “more hospitalization and deaths” as it emerges from lockdown. Read more

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Stocks were off to a mixed start on Tuesday as a drop in bond yields hurt bank stocks but helped big technology stocks. The S&P 500 index was up 0.1% early Tuesday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 0.5% and the Nasdaq was up 0.8%. The divergence between the Nasdaq and the Dow was largely due to the fact the Dow has more bank stocks while the Nasdaq is heavily weighted with technology companies. Dow component Johnson & Johnson fell 2.2% after U.S. regulators recommended a pause in using its single-dose COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of possibly dangerous blood clots.  Read more

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The United States and NATO are expressing strong support for Ukraine and warning Russia against pressing ahead with a major troop buildup along the former Soviet republic's eastern border. In separate meetings with Ukraine's foreign minister, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said developments along the Russia-Ukraine border are of serious concern with the largest concentration of Russian troops in the area since 2014. Blinken accused Russia of taking “very provocative” actions that have alarmed Ukraine and the West. Stoltenberg called the Russian movements “unjustified, unexplained and deeply concerning.” NATO is holding a special meeting Tuesday on Ukraine.   Read more

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Facebook’s quasi-independent Oversight Board says it will start letting users file appeals over posts, photos, and videos that they think the company shouldn’t have allowed to stay on its platforms. The board said Tuesday that it will accept content complaints from users who have already exhausted Facebook’s appeals process. Until now, users could only appeal to the Oversight Board when their own content was taken down by Facebook. Facebook set up the oversight panel last year amid furious criticism about its inability to respond to a tide of misinformation, hate speech and other harmful content. The board is empowered to make binding rulings on whether posts or ads violate the company’s rules.  Read more

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U.S. consumer prices increased a sharp 0.6% in March, the biggest increase since 2012, while inflation over the past year rose a sizable 2.6%. The big gains were expected to be a temporary blip and not a sign that long dormant inflation pressures were emerging. The Labor Department reported Tuesday that the March increase in its consumer price index followed a 0.4% increase in February and was the biggest one-month  gain since a 0.6% rise in August 2012. While the 2.6% advance was significantly higher than the Federal Reserve’s 2% target for inflation, the jump reflected in large part the fact that a year ago prices were actually falling as the pandemic shut down the country. Read more

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Spain's prime minister wants the massive windfall of European Union pandemic recovery funds to transform the nation after the devastation caused by the pandemic. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez's plan puts a strong emphasis on a greener economy and the digitalization of both businesses and local governments. Spain is set to receive 140 billion euros ($166 billion) from the 750 billion-euro ($908 billion) recovery plan adopted by EU leaders last year. Sánchez says the injection of funds from Brussels is a chance to “transform” Spain's economy into a greener one, and help restore its economy, which has been devastated by the pandemic.  Read more

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Muslims in many parts of the world are marking the start of Ramadan as coronavirus cases spike in some countries. That means restrictions on signature features of the holy month that started Tuesday, such as large evening feasts and lengthy prayers in mosques. Unlike last year, however, mosques have reopened for Ramadan prayers as vaccine rollouts continue in Muslim-majority nations like Indonesia. Clerics have issued assurances the vaccine does not break one's daytime fast. In other countries, Muslims will have to once again perform Ramadan with nighttime curfews in place.  Read more

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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny says he is suing the prison where he is serving time outside Moscow for access to the Quran. The politician who is Russian President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest critic said he hasn’t been given access to any of the books he ordered over the past month, including the Muslim holy book, because they all need to be “inspected for extremism.” Navalny said Tuesday he realized his “development as a Christian requires studying the Quran.” He was imprisoned after returning to Moscow from Germany, where he spent five months recuperating from nerve-agent poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin. The Kremlin has denied the accusation.  Read more

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently extended its eviction moratorium through the end of June. The agency has said the policy helps stop the spread of the coronavirus by limiting the number of people who lose their housing and have to live in shared housing, homeless shelters or on the streets. Opponents say the ban is a constitutional overreach. Public health law experts say the CDC’s eviction ban is unprecedented, but they say it is necessary to stop the spread of the coronavirus. And there’s a growing body of public health research showing an association between housing troubles and health problems.  Read more

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President Joe Biden has begun publicly courting Republicans to back his sweeping infrastructure plan, but his reach across the aisle is intended just as much to keep Democrats in line as it is a first step in an uphill climb to any bipartisan deal. The White House says Biden’s high-profile Oval Office meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Monday was just one piece of his effort to win over GOP lawmakers. But even if it doesn’t succeed, it could prove useful by boxing in Republicans while helping to keep the widely disparate Democrats in line. Read more

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A Swiss project to lay the diplomatic groundwork for future scientific breakthroughs is gathering momentum ahead of a planned international summit. Backers of the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator want to bridge the Swiss city’s image as a hub for conflict resolution with visionary scientific ambitions on big-picture issues. The initiative, bankrolled by Switzerland’s government, is gearing up to develop long-term projects, like a global court for scientific disputes and a Manhattan Project-style effort to rid excess carbon from the atmosphere. The “do tank” presented its first activity report Tuesday and announced plans for a summit in October bringing together hundreds of United Nations officials, Nobel laureates, academics, diplomats, advocacy groups and the public.   Read more

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Global Citizen will push for the world’s poorest countries to quickly receive COVID-19 vaccines for their medical workers with an international concert fundraiser hosted by Selena Gomez and headlined by Jennifer Lopez. “VAX Live: The Concert to Reunite the World” – which hopes to raise $22.1 billion by calling on corporations and philanthropists to fund international vaccination efforts – will air May 8 on ABC, CBS, FOX, as well as iHeartMedia radio stations and YouTube. Foo Fighters, Eddie Vedder, J Balvin and H.E.R. are also set to perform at the concert, which will be recorded at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. Read more

J.K. Rowling has a new book coming this fall, a holiday children’s story with all new characters. Scholastic announced Tuesday that “The Christmas Pig,” the story of a boy named Jack and a beloved toy (Dur Pig) which goes missing, will be released worldwide Oct. 12. Rowling is best known for her “Harry Potter” fantasy series, but also has published detective novels under the penname J.K. Galbraith and such children’s works as “The Ickabog.” Her new book will be illustrated by Jim Field.  Read more