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It will be the 10th consecutive decade that the Keystone State has lost clout in Congress and presidential contests as its population growth continues to lag behind the nation's. Read more

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A new Da Vinci Science Center is planned for downtown Allentown. Read more

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The global pharmaceutical packaging company plans to expand operations at its existing facility in Allentown, as well as its recently-acquired facility in Macungie, the governor said. Read more

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Bernie Madoff, the financier who pleaded guilty to orchestrating a massive Ponzi scheme, has died in prison. Madoff’s death at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina, was confirmed by his lawyer and the Bureau of Prisons.  A person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press that his death was due to natural causes. The person was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity. Last year, Madoff’s lawyers filed court papers to try to get the 82-year-old released from prison in the COVID-19 pandemic, saying he had suffered from end-stage renal disease and other chronic medical conditions. The request was denied.  Read more

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The suspect has been extradited from New York City to Carbon County to face charges in the teen's death. Read more

Boyertown and Hamburg's organizations will each receive $50,000; West Reading's will be given $32,500. Read more

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Da Vinci released the latest renderings of exhibit plans, and announced PPL Corporation would be the title sponsor to the new building. Read more

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Goodwill Keystone Area's retail stores will be going "bagless" on April 22. Read more

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

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The building has multiple businesses, but it wasn't immediately clear exactly where the fire started or how much damage it caused. Read more

Bethlehem Township police arrested yet another theft suspect at the UPS facility Read more

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Investigators say assaults occurred for roughly two years Read more

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We're cloudy but mostly dry Wednesday, though a shower or two could pop up, then it gets cooler and wetter for Thursday and Friday. Read more

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State police say they've collected information from at least half a dozen eye witnesses and want to hear from anyone else who saw what happened. Read more

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Salisbury officials are looking at making several zoning changes involving tree plantings, sidewalks, age-restricted housing, and conversion apartments. Read more

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The faces of brave men and women who watched over our country through wars and history will soon watch over the streets of Allentown. Read more

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The mixed-use development, called Woodmont Valley Phase II, is proposed over roughly 14 acres at the intersection of Route 100 and Woodmont Circle. Read more

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The city is teaming up with some established designers to install a skate park at Jordan Park. Read more

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The infantry was the only all-Hispanic military division, made up of Puerto Ricans and later Mexican-Americans. Read more

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Bally's Corp. said it will acquire the iconic Strip property from Berks County-based Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc. for about $308 million. Read more

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Gregg Shore, who had been first assistant district attorney, had been demoted to deputy district attorney after the DA's office found out about Shore's moonlighting. Read more

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Tom Glenn, owner of Archery at the Glenn in Allentown, has noticed a sharp increase in the sport. Read more

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In 2003, Murlan Farm was almost purchased by a real estate developer, until Frelinghuysen’s mayor convinced local landowner Rick Murphy to buy it instead.  Read more

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We asked the five candidates running for Allentown mayor what would be their first priority in spending that money. Read more

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St. Luke's says it's moving things around to make sure those scheduled for J & J clinics get another vaccine. Read more

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Officials said those seeking help for a drug addiction can walk into any police station in the county to begin to enroll in a treatment program without the fear of being arrested. Read more

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(The Center Square) – The state of Pennsylvania has a low share of rainy day funds – just 1% of expenditures – and ranks 27th among the states in terms of economic coronavirus exposure, according to WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez. Read more

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Ronald Nicholas's dog, Cole, was seen walking across the dam at Brady's Lake around 3 p.m. Tuesday. Read more

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About 55,000 vehicles a day travel on the nearly 100-year-old bridge. Read more

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The U.S. Justice Department announced the proposed settlement Tuesday of litigation that was launched seven years ago. Read more

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A Minnesota prosecutor says he will charge a white former suburban Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot 20-year-old Black motorist Daunte Wright with second-degree manslaughter. Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said Wednesday that Kim Potter will be charged Wednesday. The announcement comes a day after Potter resigned from the Brooklyn Center Police Department, where she had served for 26 years. It carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison. The shooting ignited days of unrest. The former Brooklyn Center police chief has said that Potter had intended to use her Taser on Wright but fired her handgun instead.  Read more

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Somalia’s president has defiantly signed into law an extension of his mandate and that of his government as the United States and others threaten sanctions and warn of further instability in one of the world’s most fragile countries. The standoff prolongs a months-long election crisis after the February national vote was delayed. Critics say President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed’s time in office is over. The international community had objected to a mandate extension and warned that the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group could take advantage of the country’s heated political divisions. Read more

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A retired forensic pathologist says George Floyd died from a sudden heart rhythm problem due to his heart disease while being restrained by police officers, not because former Officer Derek Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd's neck. Dr. David Fowler is former chief medical examiner for the state of Maryland. He testified Wednesday that the fentanyl and methamphetamine in Floyd’s system, and potential carbon monoxide poisoning from exposure to vehicle exhaust, also were contributing factors. Earlier, the judge in Chauvin's murder trial denied a defense motion to acquit the former police officer. Read more

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U.S. stock indexes are tacking a bit more onto their record highs Wednesday. The S&P 500 was 0.1% higher, a day after returning to an all-time high. Several big banks kicked off a highly anticipated earnings reporting season with profits that thundered past expectations. But their stocks were mixed following the reports, continuing a trend where companies have failed to get as big a bounce as they usually do after better-than-expected reports. Expectations are very high for this earnings season, and growth for S&P 500 companies could be the strongest in more than a decade. Read more

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Free agent defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has signed a one-year, $10 million contact with the Cleveland Browns. They'll pair him with All-Pro Myles Garrett to chase quarterbacks and maybe get them deeper in the playoffs. The No. 1 overall pick in 2014, Clowney hasn’t always played up to his reputation. He’s also dealt with numerous injuries. But Browns general manager Andrew Berry has been intrigued by him for two years and Clowney visited the team Wednesday for the second time in recent weeks. The sides agreed to a deal after he completed a medical exam. The Browns think adding Clowney can help them get closer to the Super Bowl after they made the postseason's second round in 2020. Read more

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The Senate has approved President Joe Biden’s choice to lead a key agency overseeing Wall Street. Gary Gensler was confirmed Wednesday to head the Securities and Exchange Commission. His arrival at the agency signals a new emphasis on investor protection after a move toward deregulation during the Trump administration. The vote Wednesday in the Senate to confirm Gensler was 53-45, mostly along party lines. Gensler was a markets regulator before, during the 2008-09 financial crisis. As chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, he tightened oversight of the complex financial transactions that helped cause the Great Recession.    Read more

Ireland’s privacy regulator says it opened an investigation into Facebook after reports data on more than 500 million of its users was found dumped online. The Data Protection Commission said Wednesday that it decided to start investigating following “multiple international media reports” about the data dump. The regulator said it suspects the case involves a breach of stringent European Union privacy rules. News reports about the data set said it was found on a website for hackers and contained information on 533 million users from more than 100 countries, including names, phone numbers and birthdates. Facebook has downplayed the problem. The company didn’t reply immediately to a request for comment.  Read more

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South Africa’s decision to suspend the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to preliminary reports of rare blood clots has left the country without any shots as it struggles to combat an aggressive coronavirus variant. South Africa's more than 1.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases represent more than 30% of all the confirmed cases in Africa. It has only inoculated 290,00 health care workers so far, all with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. South Africa’s plans to begin large-scale vaccinations next month are dependent upon deliveries of the Johnson & Johnson and the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines. Some health experts criticized South Africa’s move to pause the Johnson & Johnson's product at such a critical juncture.  Read more

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Mike Elliott is among many who celebrated his election as mayor of Brooklyn Center as the beginning of a new era. The inner-ring Minneapolis suburb is one of the most racially diverse places in the state and would for the first time be led by a person of color. A little more than two years later, Elliott is finding out just how difficult it is to turn the page on the nation’s racial history. The shooting of Daunte Wright, a Black man, by a white police officer has set off protests, political upheaval and painful reckoning about racism and representation in his small city. Read more

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MILAN — Italy is set to receive an additional 7 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine by the end of June. Read more

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Amazon has accused the Parler social network known as a conservative alternative to Twitter of trying to conceal its ownership amid a legal dispute between Amazon and Parler stemming from the U.S. Capitol riots. The Seattle Times reported Tuesday that Parler lawyer Angelo Calfo disputed the claim. He argued that the burden was on Amazon to prove who owns Parler. Calfo said the ownership documents were sealed to protect the identities of the parties due to threats of violence. The dispute began in January after Amazon Web Services stopped working with Parler following the insurrection in Washington. Read more

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Facebook says it’s going to test out — again — an option for users to hide those “like”  counts to see if it can reduce the pressure of being on social media. Instagram, which Facebook owns, will soon allow a small group of random users to decide whether or not they want to see the number of likes their posts and those of others receive. While at first this option will only be on Instagram, the social media giant says it's also exploring the feature for Facebook.  Read more

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Leaders from Britain’s aviation industry have joined forces to urge the British government to ensure that popular European destinations face the least onerous coronavirus travel restrictions when holidays are permitted again. Under the government’s new traffic light system, travel to countries in the lowest green category could be opened up to quarantine-free travel from May 17. The government said Wednesday it will categorize destinations — green, amber or red — after analyzing vaccination rates, coronavirus cases and the prevalence of variants of concern. There are concerns that many popular European destinations, such as the beach resorts of the Costa del Sol in Spain or the Greek islands may be off limits for British holidaymakers. Read more

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A lobbying scandal swirling around former British Prime Minister David Cameron has deepened with claims that a senior civil servant held down a part-time job with a now-bankrupt financial firm that was awarded lucrative government contracts. It is the latest in a  tide of revelations about links between government ministers, civil servants and Greensill Capital. Cameron lobbied senior government officials on behalf of the firm, and insists he didn’t break any rules. The leader of the opposition Labour Party said the revelations showed “sleaze and cronyism" within the government. But lawmakers in the House of Commons, where Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives have a majority, on Wednesday rejected the idea of an inquiry.  Read more

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The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a dozen people in waters off the coast of Louisiana after six crew members were pulled from rough seas when their commercial platform vessel capsized. Coast Guard Capt. Will Watson said Wednesday that  one dead crew member had been pulled from the water. The missing crew were on board the Seacor Power, an oil industry vessel that drops massive legs to the sea floor and becomes an offshore platform. The ship flipped over Tuesday in dangerous wind and high seas. The search includes at least four Coast Guard vessels, four private ones, two Coast Guard airplanes and a helicopter.  Read more

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It will be the 10th consecutive decade that the Keystone State has lost clout in Congress and presidential contests as its population growth continues to lag behind the nation's. Read more

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Iran’s supreme leader says the offers being made at the Vienna talks over his country’s tattered nuclear deal “are not worth looking at.” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made the comment Wednesday in a speech on the first day of Ramadan in Iran. As supreme leader, he has final say on all matters of state. That makes his comments on the talk critical. Khamenei’s comments come as Iran says it will enrich uranium at a level higher than ever before after a weekend attack on its Natanz nuclear facility. Iran has blamed Israel for the attack. Israel has not claimed the assault but is widely suspected of having carried it out. Read more

President Joe Biden's first address to a joint session of Congress will look like no other in recent memory. The Capitol is under heightened security after the deadly Jan. 6 riot, and there are ongoing coronavirus social distancing protocols. The speech is set for April 28, just before Biden's 100th day in office. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi extended the invitation to Biden on Tuesday, asking him to share his “vision.” Traditionally held in the House chamber, there will be limits to the number of lawmakers allowed to gather. Some will be seated in the upstairs galleries. There will be no guests of lawmakers. The speech will be designated a National Special Security Event. Read more

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Susan Zirinsky told colleagues that she will be leaving as CBS News president after two years on the job. That makes CBS the second of the three broadcast news divisions to lose its leader in recent months. The other is ABC. A longtime CBS News producer, the 69-year-old Zirinsky is expected to stay at the network in some capacity. She made sweeping changes in leadership at most of the division's top broadcasts, and installed Norah O'Donnell as anchor of the `CBS Evening News.' She was brought in as a stabilizing force after a rough period at the network and, like at most companies, had to lead a staff dispersed due to the coronavirus over the past year. Read more

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European countries are diverging on whether to push ahead with giving residents Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine after reports of very rare blood clots in a handful of recipients in the United States. Some leaders opted for caution Wednesday after U.S. officials paused the vaccine's use while they study the clots in a handful of people. Experts agree COVID-19 poses a much larger risk of death and hospitalization than the potential threat of atypical clots. Italy, the Netherlands, Croatia and Denmark put their Johnson & Johnson lots in storage while waiting for guidance from European health officials. But Poland and France said they would administer the doses they received.   Read more

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A new Da Vinci Science Center is planned for downtown Allentown. Read more

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Black children have long suffered from racial disparities in the U.S. foster care system. They are removed from their homes at a high rate and then languish in the system rather than being reunited with their families or adopted. Children’s advocates say the problems have worsened during the coronavirus pandemic, which has hit Black families particularly hard. One of the largest child welfare agencies in the U.S. is releasing a report that details racial disparities in its programs for the first time. Bethany Christian Services also is joining in broader calls to combat those disparities, including better support for at-risk families so fewer children are removed from their homes on the grounds of neglect. Read more

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Hospital officials say a fire at an elementary school in Niger's capital has killed 20 children. It was not immediately known what started the fire on Tuesday afternoon but authorities said that high winds in the area allowed the blaze to spread rapidly. The pupils — between the ages of 7 and 13 — were attending class at the time of the fire. Witnesses said the classrooms had burned completely by the time firefighters arrived at the scene. Read more

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U.S. health officials are weighing next steps as they investigate a handful of unusual blood clots in people who received Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine. The reports are exceedingly rare — so far, six cases out of more than 7 million inoculations. And it's not clear if they are really linked to the J&J vaccine. European regulators have declared such clots a rare but possible risk with another vaccine that's made in a similar way, from AstraZeneca. The next phase comes Wednesday, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will debate in a public meeting how to handle the J&J vaccine while authorities investigate. Read more

A Swiss-Italian television host has apologized for mimicking Asians on a satirical TV program. Michelle Hunziker and co-host Gerry Scotti made slanted-eye gestures and mimicked an Asian accent on the show “The News Crawls,” aired by the private Italian network Mediaset. The gestures drew protests on social media. Hunziker said in an Instagram video Wednesday. “I realize we are in a time when people are sensitive about their rights, and I have been so naïve not to take that into consideration.” She added: “I am the furthest thing from racist.” A previous round of protests targeted Hunziker and Scotti for laughing at a skit on their show that used racist language to describe African children.  Read more

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President Joe Biden says the Sept. 11 attacks “cannot explain” why U.S. forces should remain in Afghanistan 20 years later and that “it is time for American troops to come home” from the country’s longest war. Biden plans a speech to the nation later Wednesday and the White House has released excerpts of the address. Biden says the U.S. cannot continue to pour resources into an intractable war and expect different results. Biden says, "I am now the fourth American president to preside over an American troop presence in Afghanistan. Two Republicans. Two Democrats. I will not pass this responsibility to a fifth.”  Read more

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Coinbase made a rousing debut on Wall Street, with the digital currency exchange's first trade of $381 giving it a market value near $100 billion. The company's listing on a public stock exchange is seen by some as an inflection point for digital currencies, as Coinbase's fortunes are closely tied to Bitcoin, the most popular cryptocurrency. Bitcoin has topped $63,000, up from $29,000 at the start of the year, and Coinbase said recently that first-quarter revenue should total around $1.8 billion, exceeding its revenue for all of 2020. Shares of Coinbase are trading on the Nasdaq under the ticker “COIN,"  Read more

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The global pharmaceutical packaging company plans to expand operations at its existing facility in Allentown, as well as its recently-acquired facility in Macungie, the governor said. Read more

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Olympic outfitter Ralph Lauren has unveiled a bright graphic look in Team USA uniforms for the closing ceremony of the Tokyo Games. The uniforms to be worn by more than 600 American athletes and those competing in the Paralympics include a lightweight jacket made in part of recycled plastic bottles. The white drawstring jacket includes a navy collar and hood, along with striped red, white and blue cuffs. It will be worn with a slim stretch white denim pant made of U.S.-grown cotton. All had been ready to go when the Games were postponed last summer due to the pandemic.  Read more

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Bernie Madoff, the financier who pleaded guilty to orchestrating a massive Ponzi scheme, has died in prison. Madoff’s death at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina, was confirmed by his lawyer and the Bureau of Prisons.  A person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press that his death was due to natural causes. The person was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity. Last year, Madoff’s lawyers filed court papers to try to get the 82-year-old released from prison in the COVID-19 pandemic, saying he had suffered from end-stage renal disease and other chronic medical conditions. The request was denied.  Read more