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Evening showers or thunderstorms expected Sunday evening ahead of a sunny Monday.  Read more

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Police have responded in massive numbers to a pair of crime scenes in East Stroudsburg, Monroe County. Read more

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Rescue crews say they knew the boaters were somewhere between Pottstown and Douglass Township in Berks County. Read more

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For months the tenants of the Travel Inn Lodge say they've paid rent and had no idea the were going to be told to leave.  Read more

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The U.S. House advanced an amendment that would defund a proposed rock wall project. The proposal now heads to the Senate. Read more

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Tornado reported July 29 in Weisenberg and Lynn townships. Read more

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The order signed on Saturday says that Berks County residents have the ability to avoid eviction by applying for emergency rental assistance.  Read more

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Emergency officials responded to the fire in the 200 block of Smith Street in East Stroudsburg.  Read more

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It happened Saturday at the intersection of State Route 901 (Gordon Nagle Trail) and SPCA Road in North Manheim Township.  Read more

The fair will be held on the fairgrounds in Bern Township located at 1216 Hilltop Road.  Read more

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Stormy Sunday with a thunderstorm possible in the evening.  Read more

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House State Government Committee Chairman Seth Grove, R-196 of York, announced this week that he would set up hearings to look into the state’s Ethics Act and legislative per diem process after state Rep. Margo Davidson, D-164, of Upper Darby, was indicted on theft charges. Read more

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Wolf said he plans an Aug. 5 renewal of the disaster emergency declaration first issued in January 2018. Read more

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Officials say EF-0 tornado caused damage in Slatington. Read more

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A stormy Sunday with an evening thunderstorm possible.  Read more

Hersheypark and Pepsi are teaming up to bring you a pop star experience. Read more

Truffles the cat and her optician owner are using some national fame to spread awareness about an eye condition. Read more

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Lancaster native featured on world's first augmented reality soda bottle labels from Jones Soda. Read more

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A house fire in Reading has now claimed a third victim. The Berks County Coroner reports one of the children being treated at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia has died.  Read more

It's the 13th year for the popular festival hosted by the Downtown Allentown Business Alliance. Read more

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Officials say a vehicle was seen leaving the area after the deer was shot. Read more

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A motorcyclist, identified as Brandon Perry, 26 of Saylorsburg, is dead after fleeing from police attempting to conduct a traffic stop in Monroe County, officials say.  Read more

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Plenty of sunshine during the day on Saturday. Rain returns Sunday.  Read more

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A commission set up by Gov. Wolf to get rid of the gas tax came back with some proposals Friday. Read more

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Abra Gorby says she's never experienced anything like it. Read more

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45-year-old David Rodriguez is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 43-year-old Ricardo De Castro of Florida. Read more

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Lower Hackett Park is just a short drive off of the 13th Street exit on Route 22. Read more

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The new grants of up to $15,000 are for any businesses with fewer than 100 employees. Read more

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TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: Read more

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For as long as boxing has been in the modern Olympics, fighters and fans have complained about it. Every good-faith attempt to improve the judging and officiating has been undone by more missteps. The sport now is essentially defined by images of outraged boxers protesting their perceived injustices. But how much of Olympic boxing’s dismal reputation is the result of genuine scandal, and how much is simply about human inconsistency leading to individual questionable decisions then magnified by aggrieved fighters and fan outrage? The answers aren't nearly as complex as boxing conspiracy theorists and furious pugilists usually believe. Read more

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BRISBANE, Australia — A lockdown of Australia’s third-largest city Brisbane was extended until Sunday because of a growing COVID-19 outbreak. Read more

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Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico powered ahead of American Keni Harrison in the women’s 100-meter hurdles. Camacho-Quinn's upset of Harrison, the world-record holder, kept the United States out of the win column at the Olympic track meet for yet another session. Camacho-Quinn finished in 12.37 seconds for a .15 second win — a blowout in such a short race. Megan Tapper of Jamaica finished third. Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory that competes under its own flag at the Olympics, has one more track gold medal than the deepest team at the Games as the meet approaches its halfway point. Read more

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Housing courts around the country are expected to get busy starting Monday after the federal eviction moratorium lifted over the weekend. Housing advocates fear the end of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moratorium could result in millions of people being evicted in the coming weeks. But most expect an uptick in filings in the coming days rather than a wave of evictions. The Biden administration announced Thursday it will allow a nationwide ban to expire. It argued that its hands are tied after the Supreme Court signaled the moratorium would only be extended until the end of the month. Read more

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Two surveys show China’s manufacturing growth in July slowed to its lowest level in 15 months as demand weakened and factories coped with disruptions in supplies of raw materials and components. A monthly purchasing managers’ index released by business magazine Caixin declined to 50.3 from June’s 51.3 on a 100-point scale on which numbers above 50 show activity increasing. A separate PMI issued by an industry group and the Chinese statistics agency fell to 50.4 from 50.9. China rebounded relatively quickly from the coronavirus pandemic but manufacturers have struggled as they wait for supply chains to return to pre-pandemic activity and foreign markets are hindered by renewed disease outbreaks. Read more

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No one ever doubted that Xander Schauffele had the game to be a great golfer. He just never had enough trophies. Certainly not the right ones. An Olympic gold medal should be enough to elevate him to the elite in golf. Schauffele had gone 18 months without a win. He had close calls in the majors. He had never won with a 54-hole lead. He took care of all that at Kasumigaseki Country Club with a one-shot victory. That moves him to No. 4 in the world. Schauffele hopes it can lead to even bigger trophies. Read more

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After much delay, senators have unveiled their $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act clocks in at more than 2,700 pages. It includes new expenditures on roads, bridges, water pipes broadband and other projects, plus cyber security. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer kept the senators in a rare weekend session to wrap up the work Sunday. He said the bill could be passed “in a matter of days.” Senators will start offering amendments as soon as Monday. The bill is a key part of President Joe Biden's agenda. Read more

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Asian stocks have started the week higher, even as China reported a slowdown in manufacturing activity and countries in the region continue to be hammered by the delta variant. Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 jumped 1.7% to 27,742.28, while the Kospi in Seoul rose 0.1% to 3,205.43. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong advanced 0.9% to 26,189.44 after being in the red for much of the morning. The Shanghai Composite index added 0.7% to 3,422.64, while Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 was up 1.5% at 7,501.20. The benchmark in Malaysia rose while those in Singapore and Indonesia fell. The gains in China follow data released Saturday by the National Bureau of Statistics showing the country’s official purchasing managers’ index fell.  Read more

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democratic leaders are calling on the Biden administration to immediately extend the nation’s eviction moratorium. The Democrats are calling it a “moral imperative” to prevent Americans from being put out of their homes during a COVID-19 surge. An estimated 3.6 million Americans are at risk of eviction, some as soon as Monday. Congress was unable to pass legislation swiftly to extend the ban, which expired at midnight Saturday. The White House had no direct response to the Democrats’ call for action, but administration officials have urged localities and states to tap aid already approved by Congress. Read more

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Miles Robinson scored on a header in the 117th minute, and a United States junior varsity lineup upset a mostly front-line Mexico team 1-0 to win the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Kellyn Acosta, the only player in the U.S. lineup who gets playing time when the first-choice roster is together, took a free kick, and Robinson outjumped Edson Álvarez and headed the ball in on one hop to the right of goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera. Robinson, a 24-year-old defender, got his third international goal in nine international appearances. The U.S. won its seventh Gold Cup title, its first since 2017. Read more

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Millions of refugees living in crowded camps are waiting for their COVID-19 vaccines. For months, the World Health Organization urged countries to prioritize immunizing refugees, placing them in the second priority group for at-risk people, alongside those with serious health conditions. But those plans have been upended by vaccine shortages. Around 85% of vaccines administered have been in rich countries, while 85% of the 26 million refugees live in poor countries struggling to vaccinate their own populations, and refugees have been pushed to the back of the line. Other obstacles, like documentation requirements, are exacerbating the situation. Experts warn that outbreaks in refugee camps could spell disaster. Read more

South Korea says it’ll keep pushing to improve ties and resume talks with rival North Korea, despite the North’s threat to rekindle animosities if Seoul continues with its upcoming military drills with the United States. South Korea’s Defense Ministry said the exact timing, size and other details of the drills this month haven’t been fixed and must be determined by South Korean and U.S. authorities. Unification Ministry spokeswoman Lee Jong-joo said Seoul will steadily seek to resume talks with North Korea, but without haste.   Read more

The word gymnastics is derived from the ancient Greek “gymnazein," meaning “to exercise naked.” The sport, now among the Olympics’ most beloved events, was born millennia ago, as young men trained for war in the buff. Throughout human history, people have flipped and twisted to explore the limits of the human body. Egyptian hieroglyphs depict backbends, according to Britannica, stone engravings from ancient China illustrate acrobats. In arenas today, gymnasts compete on a series of what are called apparatuses. It wasn’t always that way _ early gymnastics included activities like rope climbing.  Read more

The Tokyo Olympics were supposed to help showcase northeastern Japan's recovery from a devastating earthquake and tsunami a decade ago. They were even billed as the “Recovery and Reconstruction Games,” and the Olympic torch relay started from Fukushima prefecture, the heart of the disaster area. But the coronavirus pandemic has limited spectators at Olympic events, including soccer and baseball, being held in the northeastern region. People who experienced the disaster and are now volunteering at the Olympics are finding their own ways to tell their stories to the few visitors they see. One points to a nearby location that was the largest morgue for tsunami victims. Another is busy at a storytelling center. Read more

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After much delay, senators have unveiled their $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act clocks in at more than 2,700 pages. It includes new expenditures on roads, bridges, water pipes broadband and other projects, plus cyber security. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer kept the senators in a rare weekend session to wrap up the work Sunday. He said the bill could be passed “in a matter of days.” Senators will start offering amendments as soon as Monday. The bill is a key part of President Joe Biden's agenda. Read more

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democratic leaders are calling on the Biden administration to immediately extend the nation’s eviction moratorium. The Democrats are calling it a “moral imperative” to prevent Americans from being put out of their homes during a COVID-19 surge. An estimated 3.6 million Americans are at risk of eviction, some as soon as Monday. Congress was unable to pass legislation swiftly to extend the ban, which expired at midnight Saturday. The White House had no direct response to the Democrats’ call for action, but administration officials have urged localities and states to tap aid already approved by Congress. Read more

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World champion Sifan Hassan has made an incredible recovery from a fall at the final bell to win her 1,500-meter heat at the Olympics. Hassan picked herself up after getting in a tangle with Kenyan runner Edinah Jebitok at the start of the last lap. She sped around the outside of the pack on the back straight and through the final turn and ended up crossing the line first in 4 minutes, 5.17 seconds to qualify for the semifinals. It kept alive the Dutch runner’s bid for a rare distance-running treble at the Tokyo Games. She is due to run in the 5,000-meter final later Monday and says she will also compete in the 10,000 meters. Read more

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A referendum in Mexico has cost the country about $25 million, but only a fraction of the necessary voters to make it binding have participated. Few people liked the poorly written question on Sunday's ballot, and the vote was held in a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic. The National Electoral Institute says over 90% of those who participated voted “yes,” but only about 7% of Mexico's eligible voters turned out, well below the 40% threshold needed. The referendum asked whether ex-officials should be tried for any illegal acts. But Mexico has no formal amnesty for former leaders, and there is nothing in current law saying they can’t be brought to justice. As opponents said in a slogan, “The law must be applied, not put up for a vote.” Read more

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Digital payments company Square Inc. says it has agreed to acquire Afterpay, which provides a “buy now, pay later’’ option for merchants, in an all-stock deal valued at about $29 billion. The San Francisco-based company said Sunday it plans to integrate Afterpay into its services, enabling merchants to offer customers the option to pay for goods later without relying on a credit card. Square said it agreed to buy all of the Australian company’s shares. Afterpay shareholders will get 0.375 shares of Square Class A common stock for each share of Afterpay, a 31% premium above its closing price Friday. Read more

The first hints that this was Italy’s year came when Italian band Maneskin won the popular Eurovision Song Contest in May. Then came the European Championship soccer title run in June and July. To top it all off on the first day of August was Marcell Jacobs winning the 100 meters at the Tokyo Olympics to succeed Usain Bolt as The World’s Fastest Man. Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malagò called it “the greatest day in Italian sports history.” The successes have been a welcome respite for a country that spent much of the past 16 months in various stages of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

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Albert Pujols doubled home three runs to cap a five-run second inning, Mookie Betts homered in his return from the injured list and the Los Angeles Dodgers hammered the Arizona Diamondbacks 13-0 on Sunday. Betts, playing second base, returned to the Dodgers lineup and had two hits, including his 15th homer of the season in the ninth. Julio Urias pitched five scoreless innings for his 13th win of the season. Betts started at second base, his original position when he was drafted by Boston. He played one game there earlier this season and started one for the Dodgers last year. Read more

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At their halfway point, the Tokyo Olympics are still grappling with the fact that there are no crowds. But looking at the Games without fans is an opportunity to examine what spectators add to a public entertainment event, and what their absence takes away. Olympic organizers say the essence of the Games will remain the same. But without any crowds, even the television audience, which represents so much of the money made by the Olympics, is affected. In the words of one media scholar, we like to watch things with crowds because they make it easier to pretend we're there ourselves.  Read more

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Kris Bryant homered in his Giants debut, a two-out solo shot in the third inning, and San Francisco beat the Houston Astros 5-3 on Sunday. Darin Ruf had three hits including a home run and two RBIs. Brandon Crawford and Donovan Solano both added two hits. The Giants won two of three in the interleague matchup of division leaders and are a majors-best 66-39. Yuli Gurriel hit a two-run home run for Houston. Read more

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Firefighters in Oregon reported good progress in the battle against the nation’s largest wildfire, while authorities canceled evacuation orders near a major blaze in Northern California. Containment of the Bootleg Fire in remote southern Oregon is up to 74% on Sunday. It was 56% contained a day earlier. The blaze has scorched 646 square miles. California’s Dixie Fire covered nearly 383 square miles in mountains where 42 homes and other buildings have been destroyed. On Hawaii's Big Island, a fire nearly 63 square miles in size has forced evacuations, and at least one home has been destroyed.  Read more

PHOENIX — Health officials in Arizona on Sunday reported more than 2,000 new COVID-19 cases for the second consecutive day. Read more

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Jonah Heim hit his second walk-off homer in as many games right after a tying, two-run shot from Andy Ibánez in the ninth inning, and the Texas Rangers rallied again to beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3. Heim and Ibánez both connected against reliever Erik Swanson. The right-hander hadn't allowed a run since now-former Texas slugger Joey Gallo went deep against him in the same ballpark on May 8. Read more

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The New York Mets have failed to sign their top pick from last month’s amateur draft, Vanderbilt pitcher Kumar Rocker, over concern about his medical scans. New York selected Rocker with the 10th overall pick and will receive an extra selection in next year’s amateur draft, the pick after the 10th choice, because of their failure to sign the 21-year-old right-hander. The Mets lost the $4,739,900 slot value available for draft signings that was assigned to Rocker’s pick. Read more

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Colorado officials say mudslides caused “extreme damage” to a major interstate, leaving it clogged with boulders and rocks and no word on when it might reopen. Forecasters Sunday warned of the potential for more flash floods across the Rocky Mountain and Great Basin regions. Wildfires across the West have left many hillsides more susceptible to erosion. Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon, Colorado, was hit by flash flooding that left lanes in both directions snarled by logs, boulders and other debris from a burn scar left by a 2020 wildfire. Flood watches were in effect for portions of Colorado, Utah Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington state.  Read more

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Rookie Max Schrock went 5 for 5 with a home run while giving All-Star Joey Votto a break, leading fellow newcomer Vladimir Gutierrez and the Cincinnati Reds over the New York Mets 7-1. Making his first major league start at first base, the 26-year-old Schrock filled in admirably for the Reds star. Schrock scored three runs and drove in two. Votto got a rest from manager David Bell a day after his seven-game home run streak came to an end. Tyler Stephenson and Kyle Farmer each drove in runs for the Reds, who matched a season high by moving six games over .500. Gutierrez allowed three hits in seven innings. Jeff McNeil homered for the NL East leaders. Read more