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A car crashed into the front doors of Deturk Hardware in Kutztown on Sunday.  Read more

Masking is optional and no longer required if you're in the Southern Lehigh School District.  Read more

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Investigators said they found a 47-year-old woman dead inside a Shillington home on Sunday morning.  Read more

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Pennsylvania State Police confirm they are investigating a homicide in the 200 block of N. Brobst Street. Read more

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A Quakertown man has died from injuries he suffered in a car crash two weeks ago. Read more

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Stacker compiled a list of the fastest growing counties in Pennsylvania using data from U.S. Census Bureau. Read more

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Police say an investigation revealed a Nissan Sentra was disabled and partially blocking the right eastbound travel lane/shoulder, when it was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer. Read more

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Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a deadly single-vehicle crash in Northampton County. Read more

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A stray flurry or snow shower is possible Sunday night.  Read more

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Sunday is expected to remain dry with the exception of a few flurries or a snow shower late in the day and at night.  Read more

A father and daughter duo from Quakertown are fundraising and collecting smoke detectors. Read more

A cracked street main sent gas seeping into the basement of a twin home Read more

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Police say they were responding to the report of shots fired, when an officer observed a red Lexus sedan fleeing the scene at an excessive rate of speed Read more

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A PSP press release reports the operator of the striking vehicle has been identified at this time.  Read more

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Authorities in New York City say an officer was shot and killed Friday night by a man from the Lehigh Valley. Read more

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Officials say a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle on SR 924 south of the Friendly Food Mart in Shenandoah. Read more

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A home was heavily damaged by fire on Saturday in Carbon County.  Read more

Cheney Auto has opened for business at 1342 Butler St., Reading, along the Warren Street Bypass.  Read more

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The non-profit is celebrating it's 20th year with the launch of new programming. Read more

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The weekend now looks quite cold, but also dry. Expect a mix of clouds and sunshine both Saturday and Sunday.  Read more

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Police are asking for the public's help after a 76-year-old Greenwich Township man and his dog survived a hit and run Read more

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John Stevens left his residence in the Sweetbriar Section of Upper Merion Township for a regular daily drive around 2 p.m. Friday and did not return. Read more

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Statewide there are about 400 fewer hospitalizations than there were two weeks ago. Read more

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The NYPD tells 69 News that Lashawn McNeil, from the Allentown area, killed one officer and gravely injured another officer in Harlem. Read more

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Jon Catarroja, 19, is charged with unlawful contact with a minor, manufacturing child pornography, and possession of child pornography. Read more

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State police are searching for a suspect in a hit-and-run in Greenwich Township, Berks County. Read more

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Mayor Todd Tersigni says talks with the developer Stateline United have continued to be stalled and at this point, he's focused on moving forward with other potential proposals. Read more

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This week's Furry Friends are Mowgli the cat and Bently at Humane Pennsylvania in Berks County. Read more

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Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney says Russia plans to holds war games off his country’s coast, in a move that is not welcome given heightened tensions and uncertainty over whether Moscow plans to invade Ukraine. Coveney told reporters that the exercises are due to take place 240 kilometers (150 miles) off Ireland’s southwest coast, in international waters but also within the country’s exclusive economic zone. EU foreign ministers are aiming to put on a fresh display of resolve and unity in support of Ukraine in their meeting Monday, amid deep uncertainty about whether President Vladimir Putin intends to attack Russia’s neighbor or send his troops across the border. Read more

Two mutinous soldiers told The Associated Press that Burkina Faso’s President Roch Marc Christian Kabore is being held by the rebellious soldiers. Gunshots rang late Sunday night near the president’s residence and in the early hours of Monday a battle took place at the presidential palace while a helicopter flew overhead. The roads of the capital were empty Sunday night except for checkpoints heavily guarded by mutinous soldiers. State news station RTB was also heavily guarded on Monday morning. Fighting began on Sunday when soldiers took control of the Lamizana Sangoule military barracks in the capital, Ouagadougou. Read more

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The United Arab Emirates has intercepted two ballistic missiles targeting Abu Dhabi. The state-run WAM news agency said missile fragments fell harmlessly over the Emirati capital. Videos posted to social media show the sky light up before dawn, with points of light looking like interceptor missiles. The missile fire disrupted traffic into the airport for about an hour after the attack. A spokesman for Yemen’s Houthi rebel militia later said they had launched attacks targeting both the Emirates and Saudi Arabia, without elaborating. Monday's attack came a week after Yemen’s Houthi rebels claimed an attack on the Emirati capital that killed three people. Read more

Pakistani authorities have launched the year's first anti-polio campaign even as coronavirus cases suddenly rise. The effort is aimed at eradicating the crippling children's disease. The anti-polio campaign began Monday with about 150,000 health workers aiming to inoculate 22.4 million children under age 5. Authorities hope the latest drive will help make Pakistan a polio-free nation. Last year, Pakistan reported only one polio case. Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only countries in the world where polio remains endemic. The disease can cause partial paralysis in children.  Read more

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Chinese authorities are testing some two million residents of Beijing after a series of virus cases prompted concerns two weeks ahead of the opening of the Winter Olympics. The new measures in Beijing came as the city of Xi'an lifted a monthlong lockdown on its 13 million residents as infections subsided there. Meanwhile, the government told people in areas of Beijing deemed at high risk for infection not to leave the city. Residents in Fengtai district lined up on snow-covered sidewalks in freezing weather for testing. The Olympics are being held in a bubble and athletes must be vaccinated or have to quarantine on arrival. Xi’an has been a cornerstone of China’s “zero tolerance” strategy toward COVID-19 that mandates lockdowns, travel restrictions and mass testing. Read more

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Alize Cornet has finally reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament in her 63rd attempt. The 32-year-old Cornet beat two-time major winner Simona Halep in three sets at the Australian Open to make it this time. It’s her 17th trip to the Australian Open and her 60th consecutive major. She’ll next play Danielle Collins, who had a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 comeback win over No. 19-seeded Elise Mertens. Both matches on Day 8 were played in temperatures up to 34 Celsisus (93 F) on Rod Laver Arena.  Read more

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South Korea will expand rapid testing and shorten quarantines as it reshapes its pandemic response to deal with a faster-than-expected surge in coronavirus infections driven by the highly contagious omicron variant. The number of new infections exceeded 7,000 for a third straight day and was near South Korea's high of 7,848 set in December. Transmissions could further accelerate over the Lunar New Year’s holiday when many people commonly travel. Starting Wednesday, the country will expand the use of rapid antigen tests to detect a larger number of infections sooner. PCR tests will be mostly saved for high-risk groups, like older people and those with existing health conditions. Read more

Britain’s High Court is set to rule on whether WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can take his fight against U.S. extradition to the U.K. Supreme Court. The decision is the latest step in Assange’s long battle to avoid being sent to the United States to face espionage charges over WikiLeaks’ publication of classified documents. Just over a year ago, a district court judge in London rejected an extradition request on the grounds that Assange was likely to kill himself if held under harsh U.S. prison conditions. The High Court overturned that ruling after the U.S. promised that Assange would not face severely restrictive conditions. Now Assange hopes to take an appeal to Britain's top court. Read more

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Shares are mixed in Asia after Wall Street logged its worst week since the pandemic began in 2020. Benchmarks declined in Hong Kong, Seoul and Sydney but rose in Tokyo. Shanghai was little changed and U.S. futures were higher. Investors have been growing increasingly worried about how aggressively the Federal Reserve might act to cool rising inflation. At the same time, outbreaks of the omicron variant of the coronavirus threaten to slow recoveries from the crisis. The benchmark S&P 500 sank 1.9% on Friday, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq composite index dipped 2.7%. It is now more than 10% below its most recent high, in what Wall Street considers a market correction.  Read more

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Jordan Poole scored 20 points to lead a balanced Golden State scoring attack, and the Warriors held off a late Utah rally to beat the Jazz 94-92. Royce O’Neale rebounded Bojan Bogdanovic’s missed 3-pointer with a hand in his face and O’Neale couldn’t convert a tip-in as the final buzzer sounded. Stephen Curry added 13 points, but struggled again from three, going 1 for 13 from deep and 5 of 20 overall. Bogdanovic scored 21 points for Utah and Rudy Gobert grabbed 18 rebounds and scored 12 points.  Read more

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The ECHL has suspended Jacob Panetta after the brother of longtime NHL defenseman P.K. Subban accused the Jacksonville defenseman of making “monkey gestures” in his direction. The ECHL said the indefinite suspension is pending a hearing under its collective bargaining agreement with its players. But Jacksonville announced it had to decided to cut Panetta. The incident with Panetta and Jordan Subban occurred 23 seconds into overtime during the Icemen’s 1-0 home victory over South Carolina on Saturday. It comes in the wake of minor league forward Krystof Hrabik’s 30-game suspension for making a racial gesture during a Jan. 12 AHL game. Read more

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A grim situation in Afghanistan is getting worse. Freezing temperatures are compounding the misery from the downward spiral that has come with the fall of the U.S.-backed government and the Taliban takeover. Aid groups and international agencies estimate about 23 million people, more than half the country, face severe hunger and nearly 9 million are on the brink of starvation. The U.S. government has already pledged $308 million in humanitarian aid to Afghanistan and is working with the U.N. and organizations such as the World Bank to provide additional help. But there is growing pressure to do more, such as unfreezing Afghan funds held in the U.S. Read more

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has lost control of his Chinese-owned social media platform WeChat account and a lawmaker has accused China’s leaders of political interference. Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported on Monday that Morrison’s 76,000 WeChat followers were notified his page had been renamed “Australian Chinese new life” earlier this month and his photograph had been removed. The changes were made without the government’s knowledge. Joint Parliamentary Committee on Intelligence and Security Chair James Paterson accused the Chinese Communist Party of censoring the prime minister ahead of elections in May. Paterson is a member of Morrison’s conservative Liberal Party.   Read more

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The nation's largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric, is poised to emerge from five years of criminal probation amid worries that it remains too dangerous to be trusted. Over the last five years, the utility became an even more destructive force. More than 100 people have died and more than 23,000 homes and businesses have been incinerated in wildfires sparked by its equipment in that time. The probation period was supposed to rehabilitate PG&E after its 2016 felony conviction for a 2010 explosion that blew up a neighborhood and killed eight people. PG&E says it has made strides in fixing outdated equipment and pledges to do more. Read more

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French fashion designer Manfred Thierry Mugler, whose dramatic designs were worn by celebrities like Madonna, Lady Gaga and Cardi B, has died. He was 73. The announcement on his official Instagram said he died Sunday and did not give a cause of death. Mugler was known for his architectural style, defined by broad shoulders and a tiny waist. The use of plastic-like futuristic fabric became a trademark. He defined haute couture over several decades, dressing up Diana Ross and Beyonce at galas, on red carpets and runways. Read more

The Michigan high school where four students were fatally shot is reopening for the first time since the Nov. 30 tragedy. Officials planned to welcome students back to Oxford High School on Monday. The students have been attending classes at other buildings since Jan. 10. Four students were killed and six students and a teacher were injured during the shooting. A fellow student, Ethan Crumbley, is charged with murder and other crimes. His parents also are facing charges. Oxford High School is in Oakland County, about 30 miles north of Detroit. Tim Throne, the school district superintendent, says the community "will get through this with love and grace." Read more

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The federal trial for three former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd’s civil rights as Derek Chauvin pinned the Black man’s neck to the street is set to begin Monday with opening statements. J. Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao are broadly charged with depriving Floyd of his civil rights while acting under government authority. All three are charged for failing to provide Floyd with medical care. Thao and Kueng face an additional count for failing to stop Chauvin, who was convicted of murder and manslaughter in state court last year. Legal experts say prosecutors must prove Kueng, Lane and Thao willfully violated Floyd’s constitutional rights. Defense attorneys are likely to blame Chauvin for the killing. Read more

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Patrick Mahomes found Travis Kelce in the corner of the end zone early in overtime, and the Kansas City Chiefs rallied to beat the Buffalo Bills 42-36 on Sunday night in a dramatic finish to a wild divisional-round weekend. The lead changed hands three times in the final two minutes of regulation before Harrison Butker, who earlier had missed a field goal and extra point, drilled a 49-yarder for Kansas City as time expired to force overtime. The Chiefs won the coin toss, marched swiftly downfield against the NFL’s top-ranked defense, and right into their fourth straight AFC title game. They’ll play the Bengals next Sunday night for a spot in the Super Bowl. Read more

Patrick Mahomes found Travis Kelce in the corner of the end zone to beat the Buffalo Bills 42-36. Read more

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A cruise ship with hundreds of passengers has diverted to the Bahamas after a U.S. judge granted an order to seize the vessel as part of a lawsuit over $4 million in unpaid fuel. Passengers were taken by ferry to Fort Lauderdale on Sunday. One said it felt like they were "abducted by luxurious pirates." The Crystal Symphony was scheduled to dock Saturday in Miami. However, a federal judge there issued an arrest warrant for the ship.  Crystal Symphony is one of the ships of the luxury cruise line Crystal Cruises. Cruise trackers show the ship currently docked in the Bahamian island of Bimini.  Read more

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Ayoka Lee poured in 61 points to set the NCAA women’s single-game scoring record for Division I and Kansas State romped to a 94-65 victory over No. 14 Oklahoma. Lee buried 23 of 30 shots from the floor — all 2-pointers — for the Wildcats (15-4, 5-2 Big 12 Conference). Lee broke the record on a layup with 2:53 remaining in the game. Cindy Brown of Long Beach State scored 60 against San Jose State on Feb. 16, 1987 and Rachel Banham had 60 for Minnesota on  Feb. 7, 2016 against Northwestern. Lee had 32 points in the first half to help Kansas State take a 51-27 lead. She surpassed her school-record 43-point effort — set in the first game this season — on a layup with 1:55 left in the third quarter.  Read more

Rams kicker Matt Gay kicked a game-winning 30-yard field goal as time expired. Read more

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Matthew Stafford threw for 366 yards and two touchdowns and Matt Gay’s 30-yard field goal as time expired lifted the Los Angeles Rams to a 30-27 divisional playoff victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tom Brady rallied the Bucs from a 27-3 second-half deficit with help from three Los Angeles turnovers, tying the game with Leonard Fournette’s 9-yard run on fourth-and-inches with 42 seconds remaining. Stafford led the Rams downfield after the ensuing kickoff, using completions of 20 and 44 yards to league receiving leader Cooper Kupp to set up Gay’s winning field goal. The Rams advance to next week's NFC championship game against the 49ers. Read more

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Authorities say four people were killed and one was wounded when multiple shooters opened fire at a house party near Los Angeles early Sunday. Police responded around 1:30 a.m. to reports of shots fired at a home in the city of Inglewood. CBS2 reports two women and two men were shot and killed. Another man hospitalized in critical condition is expected to survive. Mayor James Butts called the shooting an “ambush” involving multiple weapons including a rifle and a handgun. The mayor described the incident as the worst single shooting crime in Inglewood since the 1990s. Read more

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Hudson Swafford won The American Express for the second time in five years Sunday, breaking a late tie with an eagle in an 8-under 64 and beating Tom Hoge by two strokes at PGA West’s Stadium Course. Swafford thought about his father David, who Dec. 6 at 83 and gave Hudson his first clubs at age 2. Swafford pulled ahead with the 8-foot eagle putt on the par-5 16th. He birdied the par-3 17th and closed with a par to finish at 23-under 265 in the three-course event. The former Georgia player has three career victories, also winning in the Dominican Republic in 2020. Read more

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A city reeling from a spate of violence is preparing to lay to rest a rookie police officer killed last week. He's being hailed as an inspiration to his immigrant community, as investigators sought to make sense of a domestic dispute that left another officer “fighting for his life.” Funeral services for 22-year-old New York City Police Officer Jason Rivera were being finalized Sunday. Rivera and Officer Wilbert Mora were shot Friday night while answering a call about an argument between a woman and her adult son. Mora was wounded. The man police say shot them also was wounded. He has been identified as Lashawn McNeil. Read more

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The actor playing Harry Potter has been fired from the Broadway production of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” following a complaint by a co-star about his conduct. Producers said Sunday night that after an independent investigation of the incident they decided to terminate the contract of James Snyder. The exact nature of the conduct has not been specified. Snyder did not immediately reply to a request for comment. Producers said in a statement that they received a complaint against Snyder from a female co-star in November and immediately suspended Snyder. Read more

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The State Department is ordering the families of all American personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv to leave the country and allowing non-essential staff to leave Ukraine. The move comes amid heightened fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine despite talks between U.S. and Russian officials. The State Department stresses that the Kyiv embassy will remain open and that the departure of families and some non-essential personnel is not an evacuation. At the same time, officials are warning all Americans against travel to Ukraine as well as to Russia, pointing in part to tensions between those two countries and, in Russia, because of potential harassment of U.S. citizens. Read more

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If Tom Brady played the last game of an unprecedented career he ended with one of his toughest losses after a stunning comeback. Bloodied and battered by the Los Angeles Rams the 44-year-old seven-time Super Bowl champion rallied the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from a 27-3 deficit only to see the defense surrender a big play in the final minute to set up Matt Gay’s winning 30-yard field goal. The Rams’ 30-27 victory Sunday sent Los Angeles home to host the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship game next week, and ended Tampa's bid to become the NFL’s first repeat champions since Brady led New England to consecutive titles following the 2003-04 seasons. Have the Rams also ended Brady’s career? Brady is under contract for 2022 but his return isn’t definite. Read more

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Receiving a literary prize from the American Library Association is a kind of homecoming for the essayist-poet Hanif Abdurraqib. On Sunday, the library association awarded Abdurraqib the medal for excellence in nonfiction for “A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance” and gave the fiction prize to Tom Lin for his debut novel “The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu.” Each winner receives $5,000 and will be honored in June at the association’s annual conference. Abdurraqib is a longtime resident of Columbus, Ohio, and the library system has been a thread throughout his life. Read more