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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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"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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A damaged culvert left a hole in the road between Browns Drive and Route 212. 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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The market will run for five weeks through Sun., Dec. 19, 2021. Read more

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Murphy has increased state funding for pre-K since he took office in 2018 by 35%, but the pledge Thursday will expand the availability of early childhood education. Read more

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A second teenager suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, the police said. Read more

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A man was injured when he was struck by a vehicle in Schuylkill County. Read more

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(The Center Square) – 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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The children's parents are being held pending their extradition to Pennsylvania. Read more

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Authorities say the man was driving more than 70 mph in a 25 mph zone when his car went airborne and hit an SUV head on. Read more

The athletic association's president thanked state Rep. Mark Rozzi for his help in securing the funding. Read more

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Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin clashed over abortion and vaccination policies Thursday 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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British presenter Piers Morgan will join News Corp and Fox News Media and host a TV show that will air in the U.S., Britain and Australia. News Corp executive chair Rupert Murdoch said Thursday that Morgan is “the broadcaster every channel wants but is too afraid to hire.” The show is billed as the primetime draw on the new channel talkTV, expected to launch in the U.K. in early 2022. It will also air on the video streaming service FOX Nation in the U.S. and on Sky News Australia. Morgan left Britain’s ITV in March after sparking a record 50,000 viewer complaints with controversial comments about Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex. Read more

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JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska’s state epidemiologist says Alaska is experiencing “one of the sharpest surges” in COVID-19 in the country. Read more

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A top U.S. general's calls to China are coming under new scrutiny in Congress. The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection is seeking records related to calls from Gen. Mark Milley to his Chinese counterpart in the turbulent final months of Donald Trump’s presidency. Milley is the the top U.S. military officer. Reps. Bennie Thompson and Liz Cheney said in a statement Thursday that they have asked for records related to the call. Milley’s spokesman has said the calls were intended to convey “reassurance” to the Chinese military and were in line with his responsibilities as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 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

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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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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With a wildfire no longer threatening Lake Tahoe, residents, tourists and scientists drawn to its clean alpine air, clear blue waters and fragrant pine trees now wonder about the long-term effects that remain. Scientists say it’s too soon to draw conclusions, but they're not wasting time. Researchers and state officials on the Tahoe Science Advisory Council discussed future study at a meeting Thursday. They’re studying how particles enter the lake, how they move around it and the effect on algae production. As wildfires have grown in size and intensity amid climate change, scientists have become increasingly concerned about how smoke hundreds of miles away could harm the lake's clarity. Read more

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s reluctance to get a vaccine is a rarity in his country — and may complicate his plans to attend the U.N.’s General Assembly next week. The assembly’s leader announced Wednesday that all attendees must be vaccinated to speak at the gathering, citing a New York City policy. That could bar Bolsonaro, a beleaguered right-wing leader seeking to rehabilitate his image abroad. Bolsonaro plans to travel to New York City for the assembly, but the president’s representatives did not respond to questions about his vaccination status. It was not immediately clear how the rule would be enforced. Read more

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The Minnesota Supreme Court has cleared the way for Minneapolis to vote on the future of policing in the city where George Floyd was killed. The state’s highest court overturned a lower court ruling that rejected ballot language approved by the City Council. The lower court said the wording failed to adequately describe the effects of a proposed charter amendment that would replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a new Department of Public Safety that “could include” police officers “if necessary.” The Supreme Court was under pressure to rule quickly because early voting opens Friday.   Read more

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In another ominous sign about the spread of the delta variant, Idaho public health leaders expanded health care rationing statewide and individual hospital systems in Alaska and Montana have enacted similar crisis standards. The moves come amid a spike in the number of unvaccinated COVID-19 patients requiring hospitalization. The decisions marked an escalation of the pandemic in several Western states struggling to convince skeptical people to get vaccinated. Crisis standards of care mean that scarce resources such as ICU beds are allotted to patients most likely to survive. Other patients are treated with less effective methods and in dire cases given pain relief and other care.  Read more

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Jane Powell, who starred in Hollywood golden age musicals, has died. A longtime friend said that Powell died Thursday in Wilton, Connecticut, of natural causes. Powell sang with Howard Keel in “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” and danced with Fred Astaire in “Royal Wedding,” among other 20th-century films. Powell performed virtually her whole life, starting at age 5 as a singing prodigy on radio in Portland, Oregon. She made her first movie at 16 and graduated from teenage roles to costarring in lavish musical productions through the mid-1950s. Jane Powell was 92 years old when she died at her longtime home in Connecticut.   Read more

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A prominent South Carolina lawyer has surrendered to face insurance fraud and other charges in what's described as a failed plot to arrange his own death. Alex Murdaugh was issued a $20,000 bond and released Thursday on his own recognizance to return to drug rehab after the court hearing. State police say Murdaugh tried to arrange his death Sept. 4 so his surviving son could collect a $10 million life insurance policy. The State Law Enforcement Division has now been asked to open six investigations involving the Murdaugh family, including the unsolved killings of Murdaugh’s wife and son — and the previous death of their housekeeper. Read more

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Authorities say one of two men suspected in the shooting deaths of four people found in an abandoned SUV in Wisconsin was spotted meeting with one of the victims the night before at a Minnesota bar. Darren Lee McWright, from St. Paul, Minnesota was arrested Thursday on a warrant from Dunn County, Wisconsin. A warrant is out for the other suspect, Antoine Darnique Suggs. A complaint filed against McWright, who's charged in Dunn County with four counts of hiding a corpse, says witnesses told police they saw Suggs late Saturday evening in the White Squirrel Bar in St. Paul with Nitosha Lee Flug-Presley, one of four victims. The complaint said that Flug-Presley’s aunt stated that her niece had a “thing” with Suggs and he would fly in from Arizona to see her. Read more

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Salvador Perez tied Johnny Bench’s record for homers in a season by a catcher with his 45th, but Chad Pinder’s two-run single spurred a third-inning rally and the Oakland Athletics held off the Kansas City Royals 7-2. Perez hit a two-run homer in the first inning, matching Bench’s total from 1970 for the most by a player who played at least 75% of his team’s games at catcher. Perez is tied with Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for the major league lead in homers and also leads the bigs with 112 RBIs. Pinder delivered a two-out hit during a four-run third inning in which Oakland had seven runners reach base — with just two hits. Read more

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The criticism by many Fox News personalities of efforts to push COVID vaccines on the public has drawn attention to their company's own stringent rules on the topic — even from President Joe Biden himself. Biden, in touting a new policy requiring companies with more than 100 employees be fully vaccinated or tested, noted that several already do so, “even Fox News.” In a memo issued this week, Fox's parent company said unvaccinated employees will be subject to daily COVID testing to work in Fox facilities. Fox's most popular personality, Tucker Carlson, has spoken out forcefully against Biden's COVID policies. Read more

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Jon Rahm is motivated, even if he’s not feeling well. The top-ranked Spanish star had two birdies and two bogeys Thursday in an even-par 72 in the first round of the Fortinet Championship, leaving him well back of the leaders at Silverado Resort and Spa. Rahm began feeling ill earlier this week and pulled out of the pro-am Wednesday to rest. He said he felt worse than when he tested positive for COVID-19 in June and was forced to withdraw from the Memorial after leading by six strokes through three rounds. Chez Reavie had the lead at 65 after the morning wave, with Cameron Tringale and Adam Hadwin a stroke back. Phil Mickelson shot 70. Read more

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The big highlight of Mexico's Independence Day has been the visit by Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador welcomed the Cuban leader on the reviewing platform Thursday for Mexico's annual Sept. 16 military parade. López Obrador also called on the United States to end the economic blockade of Cuba. The Mexican leader also called on Cuban-Americans to “leave aside partisan or electoral interests” and seek reconciliation with Cuba's current leadership. Mexico is set to host a summit of leaders Friday of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States. Some analysts say Mexico may seek to use the opportunity to weaken or leave the Organization of American States. Read more

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A Florida police chief says they haven't begun a physical search for Gabby Petito out West because they don't know where to begin. Police video from Moab, Utah, shows the 22-year-old argued with her boyfriend Brian Laundrie on Aug. 12 near Arches National Park. Officers tried to help them work it out after an emotional fight. The couple was living in a converted camper van during their cross-country journey. Laundrie returned alone to Florida with the van and has not cooperated with investigators. Police say Laundrie is a “person of interest” in her case and has not been charged. Read more

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Alex Cobb pitched five scoreless innings, Luis Rengifo and Jose Rojas hit home runs, and the Los Angeles Angels coasted to a 9-3 win over the Chicago White Sox. Cobb was activated from the 10-day injured list after suffering right wrist inflammation and allowed two hits in his first start since July 23. The Angels won their second consecutive game. The AL Central-leading White Sox lost for the fifth time in eight games. The White Sox have dropped six consecutive series against the Angels dating to 2016, and they’re 4-15 in their last 19 games against them. 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. A fire spokeswoman says the fire is expected to reach the grove of 2,000 trees sometime Thursday. The base of the colossal General Sherman Tree, some of the other giant sequoias and buildings in the Giant Forest have been wrapped 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

Another Texas inmate has had his execution delayed over claims the state is violating his religious freedom by not letting his spiritual adviser lay hands on him at the time of his lethal injection. Ruben Gutierrez had been set to be executed on Oct. 27 for fatally stabbing an 85-year-old Brownsville woman in 1998. But a judge on Wednesday granted a request by the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office to vacate the execution date. Prosecutors say the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming review of similar religious freedom issues made by inmate John Henry Ramirez will impact Gutierrez's case. The high court last week delayed Ramirez's execution. The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on Nov. 1.   Read more

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Facebook has removed nearly 150 accounts and pages linked to anti-lockdown demonstrators in Germany Thursday under a new policy focused on addressing groups that work together to spread harmful content. The accounts were linked to the so-called Querdenken movement, which includes vaccine and mask opponents, conspiracy theorists and some far-right extremists. One post from the network wished death upon police officers who broke up violent anti-lockdown protests. The removals are the first under Facebook’s new policy focused on preventing “coordinated social harm." Facebook said the accounts it removed Thursday worked together to spread content that violated Facebook’s rules on misinformation and threats of violence. 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

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A U.S. judge says Prince Andrew can request the unsealing of a 2009 settlement agreement that a lawyer claims protects him from a lawsuit alleging he sexually assaulted a girl two decades ago. The judge in Manhattan federal court said in a written order Thursday that Andrew can seek the information for “valid reasons." The judge was speaking of the sealing of settlement papers between Virginia Giuffre and Jeffrey Epstein from over a decade ago. Giuffre sued Andrew last month in New York. She says he abused her multiple times in 2001 when she was under 18. Andrew says it never occurred. Read more

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New York City’s Rikers Island jail complex has been troubled by years of neglect and now has spiraled into turmoil during the coronavirus pandemic. One jail watchdog calls it “a complete breakdown in the operation of the jails.” The growing crisis was brought to light in recent weeks by advocates, news reports and a federal monitor. It has sent officials scrambling for remedies amid long-held plans to close Rikers by 2026. Mayor Bill de Blasio this week unveiled reforms that includes suspending for 30 days jail guards who refuse to come to work. Advocates, lawmakers and the guards union say more is needed. Read more

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Stocks couldn't hold on to a brief afternoon gain and wound up ending mostly lower. 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

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Massachusetts is fining MassMutual $4 million after accusing the company of failing to supervise an employee whose online cheerleading of GameStop’s stock helped launch the frenzy that shook Wall Street earlier this year. The settlement announced Thursday by Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin centers on the actions of Keith Gill, an employee at a MassMutual subsidiary from April 2019 until January 2021. Under the nickname Roaring Kitty, Gill sent numerous tweets and created hours of YouTube videos championing GameStop and backed up his support with big personal trades. Regulators say MassMutual failed to follow policies meant to flag such actions. MassMutual neither admitted nor denied the regulators' findings.  Read more

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Lamon says the United States should not accept Afghan refugees, including translators and others who helped the American military during the 20-year war. Lamon says the U.S. should instead help Afghans flee the Taliban and resettle in the Middle East. He told The Associated Press on Wednesday that “we cannot continue to be the world's refugee camp.” Lamon's hardline stance puts him to the right of much of the Republican Party. Many GOP candidates have questioned the vetting of Afghans but few have said all should be excluded. Lamon is a businessman running in a crowded GOP primary to take on Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly.  Read more

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Russia has begun three days of voting for a new parliament that is unlikely to change the country’s political complexion. There’s no expectation that United Russia, the party devoted to President Vladimir Putin, will lose its dominance in the State Duma. The main question is whether it will retain its two-thirds majority that allows it to amend the constitution. Another question is whether the Smart Voting strategy devised by imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny will prove viable against United Russia. The election is crucial because the Duma being chosen will still be in place in 2024, when Putin’s term expires and he must decide on seeking reelection or choosing another way to stay in power.   Read more