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Friends and family hold a makeshift memorial for a 16-year-old boy who died days after being shot in the 1000 block of Spring Street. Read more

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Tatamy Borough is looking to create an intermunicipal agreement with Forks Township which would allow Tatamy police to fine violators at Braden Airpark. Read more

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The board held a special meeting in the high school's auditorium just to give people a chance to sound off about the issue. Read more

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Northampton County Council approved $1.87 million in grants to small businesses Thursday night in a bid to keep the local economy moving along. Read more

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Wyomissing Borough and its public library hosted Berks County's first "Commissioners on the Road" meeting. Read more

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Northampton County is preparing to purchase 112 acres in East Allen Township, saving enough land to prevent the construction of four or five warehouses. Read more

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A stretch of Route 22 westbound reopened Thursday night after a crash closed all lanes for about an hour and a half. Read more

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Guardian Self Storage plans to build a 40,000-square foot, three-story self-storage building on South Cedarbrook Road. Read more

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The Mexican Gray Wolf exhibit at the zoo is back to featuring a pack with the addition of three male wolves from Endangered Wolf Center in St. Louis, Mo. Read more

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Magnum Morrison was taken into custody Thursday, and is currently awaiting arraignment. Read more

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The pool at Walters Park was deemed beyond repair. Read more

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It's the most sacred and solemn day on the Jewish calendar. Read more

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Bethlehem Area School District tells 69 News it's seen instances of damage in its schools in recent weeks. Read more

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Jennifer Yuengling is one of nearly 5,000 runners carrying the flag from Ground Zero in NYC to Atlanta, Georgia. Read more

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Nursing shortages were a harsh reality before COVID changed the world; now the issue has worsened at both hospitals and long-term care facilities. Read more

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The recycled rocket blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida Wednesday night. Read more

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A damaged culvert left a hole in the road between Browns Drive and Route 212. Read more

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"We could probably have five guys like me and still be deficient, but at least, right now, we have one." Read more

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The PLCB says “sustained supply chain disruptions and product shortages” are prompting the restrictions on certain types of alcohol. Read more

(The Center Square) – The Pennsylvania Senate Transportation Committee will consider a proposal next week that shields medical cannabis users from the state’s “zero tolerance” impaired driving penalties.  Read more

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Easton City Council will seek public input Tuesday on the preferred developers for two city-owned sites. Read more

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Michael Muse, 43, of Brooklyn, New York, is charged with fleeing and eluding, robbery, and theft. Read more

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The funds will be applied to Operation HELP, a fuel fund that assists income-eligible PPL Electric Utilities customers struggling to pay their energy bills. Read more

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HARRISBURG — Two Republican lawmakers introduced a resolution Wednesday that renews the statewide disaster declaration in Pennsylvania after touring neighborhoods hard hit by the remnants of Hurricane Ida earlier this month. Read more

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"After cultivating virtually in 2021, it's only natural that we Harvest More in 2022 as we join together in Harrisburg once again." Read more

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Two residents suffered minor injuries, officials said. Read more

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LVIA has two scheduled airfield closures for Runway 6-24 reconstruction in September, which prohibits all fixed-wing aircraft arrivals and departures. Read more

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It opened up along Main Street in Palmer Township, just west of the Amazon warehouse entrance. Read more

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Asian shares are mixed after a hodge-podge of economic data led Wall Street to close mostly lower. Benchmarks rose in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul but fell in Shanghai and Sydney. On Thursday, the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average each lost about 0.2%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq managed to eke out a gain of 0.1%. More stocks fell than rose in the S&P 500, and most of the index's sectors took slight losses. Industrial and health care companies did the worst, while some retailers rose after the government reported a surprise gain in retail sales last month. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 1.33% from 1.30% a day earlier. Read more

Three young children who had just moved to New Zealand from South Africa have died in what police are investigating as homicides. Police said they were not looking for suspects beyond those involved in the incident late Thursday in the South Island town of Timaru. They said a woman has been hospitalized in a stable condition, and the children were siblings, 3-year-old twins and a 7-year-old. Local media said neighbors called police after hearing a man screaming and crying. The family was living in accommodation for hospital staff, and both the man and woman were medical professionals. Read more

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A trio of Chinese astronauts have returned to earth after a 90-day stay aboard their nation’s first space station in China’s longest mission yet. Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo landed in the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft Friday a day after they undocked from the space station. State broadcaster CCTV showed footage of the spacecraft parachuting to land in the Gobi Desert where it was met by helicopters and off-road vehicles. Minutes later, a crew of technicians began opening the hatch of the capsule, which appeared undamaged. The astronauts went on spacewalks and deployed a mechanical arm during their stay on the station. China hasn't said when the next crew will be sent. Read more

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has rejected Chinese criticism of Australia’s new nuclear submarine alliance with the United States and says he doesn’t mind that President Joe Biden might have forgotten his name. China reacted angrily when Biden, Morrison and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson used a virtual news conference this week to announce a defense alliance that will provide Australia with nuclear-powered submarines. During the news conference televised from three countries to announce the deal, Biden referred to the Australian leader as “pal" and “that fellow Down Under" without using Morrison's name. Meanwhile, he referred to Johnson as “Boris.” Read more

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With flames advancing toward the signature grove of ancient massive trees in Sequoia National Park, firefighters Thursday fought fire with fire. Using firing operations to burn out flammable vegetation and other matter before the wildfire was expected to arrive in the Giant Forest is one of several ways firefighters can use their nemesis as a tool to stop, slow or redirect fires. The tactic comes with considerable risks if conditions change. But it is routinely used to protect communities, homes or valuable resources like the grove of about 2,000 massive sequoias, including the world's largest tree, the General Sherman. Read more

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Dustin Hopkins made a 43-yard field goal on an untimed down, and Washington defeated the New York Giants 30-29. Hopkins missed his first attempt to win the game, but he was given a reprieve when Dexter Lawrence was flagged for being offside. His next attempt was good, giving Washington a wild victory and quarterback Taylor Heinicke another moment in the sun. Heinicke threw for 336 yards and two touchdowns. Read more

Official election campaigning started Friday for the next head of Japan’s governing Liberal Democratic Party. The winner will almost certainly become leader of the world’s No. 3 economy, shaping key political, military and security roles in the region. Two men and, unusually for Japan, two women are competing in the Sept. 29 vote to replace outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. Their policies focus on anti-coronavirus measures, an economy hobbled by the pandemic and how to deal with, from Tokyo’s perspective, China’s increasingly menacing role in regional affairs.  Read more

Japan has kicked off official election campaigning for the new head of the governing Liberal Democratic Party, whose winner is almost assured to become the next prime minister. Four candidates are competing in the Sept. 29 vote to replace outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who bowed out of the race after serving only one year to fill in the job left by his predecessor Shinzo Abe. Their policies focus on anti-coronavirus measures, an economy hobbled by the pandemic and how to deal with China’s role in regional affairs. Unusually for Japan, two women are competing in the race. The only other female challenger was in 2008, when Yuriko Koike, who is currently serving as Tokyo governor, made a run. Read more

Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin clashed over abortion and vaccination policies in Virginia’s first gubernatorial debate of the general election season. Each sought to cast the other as extreme on major issues Thursday. The race is being closely watched as a possible indicator of national voter sentiment. Asked his position on President Joe Biden’s sweeping new vaccine mandates, Youngkin called himself a strong advocate for the COVID-19 vaccines but said he thought the president lacked the authority to “dictate” that workers receive one. McAuliffe criticized Youngkin as failing to show leadership, saying the Republican has undermined vaccine efforts and would unleash the virus by not mandating inoculations. Read more

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One of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump for his role in inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol announced Thursday night he will not seek reelection next year. U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez cited his two young children for his decision and noted “the chaotic political environment that currently infects our country.” The 36-year-old former NFL player would have faced Max Miller, a former Trump White House aide with the former president's endorsement, in next year's primary. The Ohio GOP censured Gonzalez in May for his impeachment vote. Read more

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The architect of an upcoming Washington protest that aims to rewrite history about the violent January assault on the U.S. Capitol is hardly a household name. Matt Braynard toiled in obscurity in Republican politics for decades. But his fortunes changed with Donald Trump’s 2020 election defeat. He joined a group of Trump allies trying to stop Joe Biden from becoming president, reaping recognition, lucrative fees and a fundraising windfall. Now Braynard wants to expand his influence. He's holding a rally on Saturday aimed at recasting those charged with the Jan. 6 attack as “political prisoners.” It's put law enforcement on edge and prompted stepped-up security measures at the Capitol. Read more

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Two-way star Shohei Ohtani has been scratched from his scheduled start for the Angels against Oakland because of a sore right arm that could sideline him as a pitcher for the rest of the season. Angels manager Joe Maddon says that if there’s any kind of lingering soreness, he might not pitch again this year. Ohtani is 9-2 with a 3.36 ERA in 21 starts. The right-hander felt soreness while playing catch Wednesday. Maddon said there are currently no plans for Ohtani to be examined by a doctor, nor has it been determined when he would try to resume playing catch. The arm discomfort won’t prevent Ohtani from continuing to hit. Ohtani entered Thursday’s game against the White Sox ranked second in the major leagues with 44 home runs. Read more

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President Joe Biden’s decision to form a strategic Indo-Pacific alliance with Australia and Britain has angered France and the European Union with a go-it-alone move they see as a return to the Trump era. The new security initiative — to counter China — appears to have brought Biden's summer of love with Europe to an abrupt end. After promising European leaders that “America is back” and that multilateral diplomacy would guide U.S. foreign policy, Biden has alienated allies on key issues. The latest is AUKUS, a project that notably excludes France and the European Union. The French foreign minister expressed “total incomprehension” at the new action and said "it looks a lot like what Trump did.” Read more

Crews are struggling to save California's iconic giant sequoias from a lightning-caused wildfire that's heading toward old-growth forests in the Sierra Nevada. Firefighters have wrapped the base of the world’s largest tree — the General Sherman Tree — in fire-resistant aluminum wrapping along with other trees and buildings in Sequoia National Forest. That's to protect them from a wildfire that's expected to reach a grove of 2,000 sequoias within days.  Although, fire officials say the fire didn't grow much on Thursday. A wildfire in the region last year killed thousands of sequoias, some as tall as high-rises and thousands of years old. Read more

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North Korea’s recent sword-rattling after months of relative quiet makes clear that leader Kim Jong Un is working on expanding his weapons arsenal. Nuclear-capable missiles hidden in trains that can be launched anywhere along a railway. A new cruise missile that can be potentially topped with atomic warheads. The apparent resumption of making fuel for potential nuclear bombs. Likely they are an attempt to wrest concessions from Washington if, and when, long-stalled diplomatic talks on Kim’s nuclear program resume. Part of the message is aimed domestically, however, to reinforce internal unity as North Koreans cope with deeper hardship in a never-healthy economy that’s been battered by the coronavirus pandemic.   Read more

Opposition from some leading moderate Democrats over a $3.5 trillion budget proposal championed by the party's most liberal, progressive wing has left the party grappling with deeper ideological questions. Fully embracing an unprecedented expansion of the federal social safety net could jeopardize the bill’s passage and ultimately alienate independent and moderate Democrats ahead of next year’s midterm elections. But scaling back ambitions might disillusion progressives the party will need to turnout in 2022, when Republicans believe they are poised to take back control of Congress.  Read more

As borders open around the world after months of pandemic related lockdowns some illegal migration routes are also seeing an uptick in crossings. Muddy paths across the Darien jungle, where people can be swept away by rivers, have long been used by smugglers to take migrants from South America to Central America, as they make their way to the U.S.  Panamanian immigration officials say the number of people crossing the Darien Gap has reached record levels, with 70,000 migrants making the dangerous trek so far this year, and registering at shelters in Panama.  Most of those currently crossing the Darien are Haitians who were living in Brazil and Chile and were left with little work due to the pandemic.    Read more

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Opposition from some leading moderate Democrats over a $3.5 trillion budget proposal championed by the party's most liberal, progressive wing has left the party grappling with deeper ideological questions. Fully embracing an unprecedented expansion of the federal social safety net could jeopardize the bill’s passage and ultimately alienate independent and moderate Democrats ahead of next year’s midterm elections. But scaling back ambitions might disillusion progressives who the party will need to turnout in 2022, when Republicans believe they are poised to take back control of Congress.  Read more

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The “Hard Knocks” franchise will have an in-season version for the first time when “Hard Knocks In Season: The Indianapolis Colts” debuts on Nov. 17 on HBO. NFL Films made the announcement during halftime of the game between the New York Giants and Washington Football Team. It will be the Colts' first appearance on “Hard Knocks,” which debuted in 2001 by following the Baltimore Ravens through training camp as they began defense of their Super Bowl title. The Dallas Cowboys recently wrapped up the 16th edition of the documentary series, becoming the first team to make three appearances. Read more

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Asian shares are mixed after a hodge-podge of economic data led Wall Street to close mostly lower.  Benchmarks rose in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul but fell in Shanghai and Sydney. The S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average each lost about 0.2% Thursday, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq managed to eke out a gain of 0.1%. More stocks fell than rose in the S&P 500, and most of the index's sectors took slight losses. Industrial and health care companies did the worst, while some retailers rose after the government reported a surprise gain in retail sales last month. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 1.33% from 1.30% a day earlier. Read more

A judge is set to decide on several motions ahead of the trial for a man accused of killing two men and wounding a third during a protest over police brutality in Wisconsin last summer. Kyle Rittenhouse's case became a rallying cry for conservatives frustrated at protests against police killings. The judge's decisions from Friday's hearing will set at least some of the ground rules for the November trial. The 18-year-old from Illinois wants to exclude evidence that he went to a bar with members of the extremist group Proud Boys months after the shooting. And prosecutors are seeking permission to show video of Rittenhouse talking about wanting to shoot people. Read more

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Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin clashed over abortion and vaccination policies in Virginia’s first gubernatorial debate of the general election season. Each sought to cast the other as extreme on major issues Thursday. The race is being closely watched as a possible indicator of national voter sentiment. Asked his position on President Joe Biden’s sweeping new vaccine mandates, Youngkin called himself a strong advocate for the COVID-19 vaccines but said he thought the president lacked the authority to “dictate” that workers receive one. McAuliffe criticized Youngkin as failing to show leadership, saying the Republican has undermined vaccine efforts and would unleash the virus by not mandating inoculations. Read more

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Carlota Ciganda overcame an early double bogey in chilly morning conditions Thursday for a 4-under 68 and a share of the first-round lead in the Cambia Portland Classic. The only member of the winning European Solheim Cup team in the field, the Spaniard teed off with the temperature in the mid-40s at hilly and tricky Oregon Golf Club. Gemma Dryburgh of Scotland also shot a 68 in the morning, and Pajaree Anannarukarn of Thailand grabbed a share of the lead in the afternoon. Anannarukarn won the ISPS Handa World Invitational in Northern Ireland last month for her first LPGA Tour title. Read more

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Firefighters have wrapped the base of the world’s largest tree in a fire-resistant blanket as they try to save a famous grove of gigantic old-growth sequoias from wildfires burning in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. Fire officials say the fire was expected to reach the grove of 2,000 trees within days. The base of the colossal General Sherman Tree, some other giant sequoias and buildings in the Giant Forest were wrapped Thursday as protection against the possibility of intense flames. Another fire to the south has burned into a grove in Giant Sequoia National Monument, but officials haven't been able to assess the damage yet. Read more

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Bryce Harper had three hits, drove a three-run homer and had four RBIs to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 17-8 win over the Chicago Cubs. Harper doubled to start a seven-run, game-tying rally in the fourth inning, brought in the go-ahead run in the sixth and sealed the win with a homer in the seventh. Each team scored seven runs in an inning. The Cubs took a 7-0 lead in the third inning against a pair of relievers in a bullpen game. Patrick Wisdom had a two-run double and Matt Duffy hit a three-run homer for the Cubs. Read more

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The Biden administration has been enlisting one emissary after another to convince Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell to help raise the federal debt limit. It’s not working. McConnell is digging in and playing political hardball, saying it’s up to Democrats who have narrow control of Congress to take the unpopular vote. He said as much Thursday in a call to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. The standoff leaves Democrats scrambling to ensure the nation does not default on its debt, which now stands at $28.4 trillion. The White House says. “Any suggestion by Republicans that they will shirk their responsibility is indefensible.” Read more

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SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea has reported more than 2,000 new cases of the coronavirus, nearing a one-day record set last month, continuing an alarming surge as the nation enters its biggest holiday of the year. Read more

Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin have met in southwest Virginia for the commonwealth’s first gubernatorial debate of the general election season. Much of the exchange between McAuliffe, a longtime Democratic Party fundraiser who is seeking a rare second term as governor, and Youngkin, a former business executive and political newcomer, dealt with vaccine mandates and abortion policy. They also touched on election integrity, state agency controversies, renewable energy and the removal of a historic statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond.  Read more