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We’ve all heard that eating right, exercising, and getting enough sleep are important for good health, but other lifestyle behaviors can affect your well-being too!

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Chef Shawn Doyle from the Savory Grille in Macungie was on 69 News at Sunrise to make some signature dishes.

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'It works balance, strength and flexibility and these are all things that you can lose with neurological conditions.'

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He is one of thousands of adult and child learners who benefit from a first-of-its-kind literacy collaboration called Chicago Literacy Alliance.

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With so many restaurants having to close , events cancelled, and millions out of work during COVID-19, of course there’s been an impact on the economy, but is there also be another type of recession brewing?

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Tick season is upon us, and experts warn this year is going to be an especially bad one! All it takes is a bite from a tick and that could do a lot of damage.

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The state's department of health announced Thursday that it is extending the suspension of the vaccine an extra four days. Read more

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is urging the public to remain peaceful and reserve judgement until an independent board can complete its investigation into the police shooting of a 13-year-old boy last month. During a news conference before the promised release of investigation materials, including body camera footage of an officer fatally shooting Adam Toledo on March 29, Lightfoot called on people to keep calm. Choking up at times, Lightfoot decried the city’s long history of police violence and misconduct, especially in black and brown communities, and said too many young people are left vulnerable to “systemic failures that we simply must fix.” The Civilian Office of Police Accountability said it would release footage of Toledo's March 29 shooting and other materials Thursday. Read more

The White House says President Joe Biden will host South Korean President Moon Jae-in for meetings in the second half of May. It will be Biden's second opportunity to sit in person with a foreign counterpart since he took office during the pandemic. Biden is scheduled to meet with Japan's prime minister at the White House on Friday. The visit by South Korea's president will follow visits to Seoul by the secretary of state and defense secretary. It also follows a recent meeting in Maryland among the national security advisers from the U.S., Japan and South Korea.  Read more

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More than a dozen consumer groups and three federal employee unions are asking the U.S. government to stop using vehicles in its fleet with unrepaired safety recalls. The group also says the General Services Administration is selling vehicles to the public without the repairs being made, including those with potentially dangerous Takata air bags and faulty General Motors ignition switches. The groups urged President Joe Biden in a letter to make all federal agencies get the vehicles fixed and to stop selling cars and trucks without repairs. The White House deferred comment to the GSA, the lead agency on the government vehicle fleet. Messages were left Thursday seeking comment from the GSA. Read more

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Young South Africans enthusiastically performed Zulu dancing and traditional African music as part of the lessons provided by the Jabulile Arts and Culture Society in the poor Orange Farm township, 28 miles outside Johannesburg. Amid the classes in dancing and marimba music, a leader of the culture group praised Britain’s Prince Philip, who died last week and whose Duke of Edinburgh Awards helped to fund the culture group’s activities. The South African youth group has been operating for the past 11 years as part of The President’s Award an initiative empowering youths aged between 14 and 24. It has been operating in the country for the past 35 years. Read more

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Ukraine’s top diplomat is asking for stronger Western backing amid escalating tensions in the country’s east and a Russian troop buildup across the border. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said after talks with his counterparts from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania that “words of support aren’t enough.” He asked the Baltic nations to reach out to other European Union and NATO members about offering “practical assistance” to Kyiv. More than 14,000 people have died in eastern Ukraine amid seven years of fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed separatists since 2014. Efforts to reach a political settlement have stalled, and violations of a shaky truce have become increasingly frequent in recent weeks.   Read more

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The Latest on the efffects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: Read more

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Under a steady rain, the flag-draped casket of U.S. Capitol Police Officer William Evans was carried into a Massachusetts church as dozens of state police troopers stood in the street and saluted. Mourners followed the casket into St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Adams on Thursday for a private funeral Mass, which was to be followed by burial at Bellevue Cemetery. Evans will be laid to rest beside his father, Howard. The 41-year-old was killed this month when a driver struck him and another officer at a barricade outside the Senate. He was raised in North Adams and Clarksburg. He had served with the U.S. Capitol Police since 2003. Read more

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U.S. stocks are rallying toward records after a suite of stellar data suggested the recovery for the economy and corporate profits is accelerating. The S&P 500 was 1% higher in Thursday afternoon trading and on track to surpass its all-time high set on Tuesday. Expectations are very high on Wall Street that the economy is in the midst of exploding out of the cavern created by the pandemic. Reports on Thursday only bolstered those expectations, including ones showing how hungry Americans are to spend again, how fewer workers are losing their jobs and how much fatter corporate profits are getting.  Read more

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Twenty-year-old Daunte Wright was fatally shot by a police officer in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center  after being pulled over for a minor traffic violation, setting off days of protests. Friends and family say Wright was a skinny, smiling young man who loved making people laugh and who, after becoming a father in his teens, relished the role of doting young dad. He also had talked to a mentor about being careful if he was pulled over by police, given the long history of Black men shot by police during traffic stops.                              Read more

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Mercedes-Benz has a new luxury car and it's electric powered. The EQS unveiled on Thursday is only the latest offering from Germany's carmakers as they try to challenge electric newcomer Tesla. The EQS appeals to wealthy, tech-minded buyers with its giant touchscreen panel that stretches across the entire front of the car in place of the usual dashboard. It's the battery-powered counterpart to the Mercedes brand's luxury flagship, the S-Class which costs more than $100,000. For now Mercedes isn't saying how much the EQS will cost.  Read more

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Poland’s top court has ruled it is unconstitutional for the country’s human rights commissioner to remain in the job indefinitely after the end of his term. Thursday's ruling paves the way for the removal of the current acting commissioner or ombudsman, Adam Bodnar. It is also another step in the ruling party's campaign to take control of state institutions and remove anyone that could block its decisions. Bodnar's term ended in September, and lawmakers were due to try again later Thursday to choose his replacement. Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party has been critical of Bodnar, but it has been locked in a stalemate with the opposition over the choice of his successor.  Read more

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A white former Minnesota police officer faces her first court appearance in the traffic-stop shooting of Black motorist Daunte Wright that has engulfed a small Minneapolis suburb in four straight days of conflict between protesters and police. Kim Potter is expected to appear via Zoom on Thursday afternoon. She was charged Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter in what her chief said appeared to be a case of confusing her Taser with her handgun. Wright's family members, Black community leaders and others are calling for more serious charges. They say there's no excuse for the shooting. Read more

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The NCAA has hit Southern California’s men's basketball program with two years’ probation and a $5,000 fine because of a former assistant who violated NCAA ethical conduct rules when he accepted a bribe to steer players to a business management company. The Division I Committee on Infractions announced the penalties, which include a 1% loss of the school’s basketball budget. Tony Bland, the former associate head coach under coach Andy Enfield, was fired in January 2018. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery and received two years' probation. Read more

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Delta Air Lines says it lost $1.2 billion in the first quarter, but the airline thinks it can be profitable by late summer unless there's a resurgence of COVID-19. Delta reported the results on Thursday. CEO Ed Bastian says ticket sales have been stronger in the last two weeks than at any time since the pandemic hit the U.S. last year. Right now it’s mostly vacationers booking trips to mountains, beaches and resorts. Delta and other airlines are adding flights for summer in the expectation that passengers will show up. Delta will also stop blocking off middle seats on May 1.  Read more

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A former California college student charged with murder in the 1996 disappearance of classmate Kristin Smart and the defendant's father, who is accused of helping hide her body, made their first court appearance but did not enter pleas. Paul Flores was charged with first-degree murder in the killing that allegedly happened as he tried to rape Smart in his dorm room at California Polytechnic State University campus in San Luis Obispo after a party. His father Ruben Flores is charged as an accessory after murder. Their arraignments and bail hearings were postponed until Monday. Read more

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The great-grandchildren of the founder of the luxury fashion house Gucci are appealing to filmmaker Ridley Scott to respect their family’s legacy in a new film that focuses on a sensational murder. “The House of Gucci” starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver is based on a book about the 1995 murder-for-hire of Maurizio Gucci, one of Gucci founder Guccio Gucci’s grandchildren, and the subsequent trial and conviction of his ex-wife, Patrizia Reggiani. Gaga plays Reggiani. One of the murder victim's second cousins, Patrizia Gucci, says the family is worried that the film goes beyond the headline-grabbing true crime story and pries into the private lives of the Guccio Gucci heirs.  Read more

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Divers await a break in stormy weather that will allow them to reach a capsized oil industry vessel and search for survivors. Twelve people were still missing from the lift boat that flipped over Tuesday in hurricane-force winds and high seas off the Louisiana coast. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Lally said Thursday that rescuers don’t know whether any of the missing might be caught inside. The Coast Guard expects the divers to make it to the vessel Thursday, but their safety is also a factor. Six people from the Seacor Power were rescued alive and one person’s body was recovered from the water Wednesday. Read more

Mortgage rates fell for a second straight week amid signs of economic improvement. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reports that the benchmark 30-year home-loan rate declined to 3.04% this week from 3.13% last week. At this time last year, the long-term rate was 3.31%. The rate for a 15-year loan dipped to 2.35% from to 2.42% last week. Last week’s decline was the first in more than two months. Mortgage rates have been at historically low levels, but strong demand and low supply of available homes have pushed prices higher in recent years. Read more

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Disabled performers and filmmakers have a moment in the Oscar spotlight that they hope becomes a movement. Jim LeBrecht, co-director of the nominated documentary “Crip Camp,” who has spina bifida and uses a wheelchair, says a golden age for films about people with disabilities could come if Hollywood lets filmmakers with disabilities tell their own stories. Robert Tarango, the deaf-blind star of the nominated short “Feeling Through," says his film can help alleviate the fear of hiring actors like him. Paul Raci, nominated for best supporting actor for “Sound of Metal,” says that movie's innovative and authentic treatment of deaf people should become the norm. Read more

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A new wave of public health advocacy that is multilingual, culturally sensitive, entertaining and personal is rapidly replacing mundane public service announcements in the battle to stamp out the disinformation around COVID-19 vaccines in communities of color. Barbers are busting vaccine myths as they cut hair, while a company that made comics to combat Islamic extremism is creating Spanish-language animated stories to smash conspiracy theories hindering Latinos from getting shots. The innovative messaging has grown out of urgency. Black and Latino people have been hit disproportionately hard by the coronavirus, yet their vaccination rates are less than half that of white people.  Read more

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France has become the third country in Europe after the U.K. and Italy to reach the unwanted milestone of 100,000 COVID-19-related deaths as new infections and deaths surged due to virus variants. The country of 67 million is the eighth nation in the world to reach the mark after a year of hospital tensions, on-and-off lockdowns and personal losses that have left families nationwide grieving the pandemic’s impact. France added 300 new deaths Thursday to the previous day’s tally of 99,777, bringing the total to 100,077 deaths. Lionel Petitpas, president of the association “Victims of COVID-19,” told the Associated Press that the number of 100,000 deaths is “an important threshold.”  Read more

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ROME — Pope Francis is offering Brazilians a message of hope and consolation amid soaring coronavirus deaths and infections in the country suffering “one of the most difficult tests in its history.” Read more

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The pursuit began in Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh County, and ended on Route 100 in Hereford Township, Berks County. Read more

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The defense at the murder trial of former Officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd has rested its case without putting Chauvin on the stand, wrapping up after two days of testimony to the prosecution’s two weeks. Chauvin informed the court Thursday that he will not testify, saying he would invoke his Fifth Amendment right not to take the stand. The prosecution briefly recalled a lung and critical care expert who’d testified during the state’s case to rebut a defense expert’s testimony that carbon monoxide poisoning might have contributed to Floyd’s death. Closing arguments are set for Monday, after which the racially diverse jury will begin deliberating. Read more

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LaMarcus Aldridge has retired from the NBA after saying he experienced an irregular heartbeat during his final game with the Brooklyn Nets. The 35-year-old Aldridge posted a statement on social media saying the heart concerns he had during and after Brooklyn’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday was one of the “scariest things” he’s experienced. He says he feels better now after getting it checked out but decided to end his 15-year career. Aldridge says: “For 15 years I’ve put basketball first, and now, it is time to put my health and my family first." The seven-time All-Star signed with the Nets on March 28 and became their starting center. He previously played for San Antonio and Portland. Read more

A Tennessee mayor has asked for the release of video footage of a shooting at a high school that left a student dead and a police officer wounded, but the local district attorney denied the request. Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon said on Twitter that she requested release of redacted video footage of Monday’s shooting at Austin-East Magnet High School. She said her request was denied by the district attorney, who told her the integrity of the investigation needed to be protected. Police said a 17-year-old student had a gun inside a school and was fatally shot in a confrontation with officers in a bathroom. An officer was wounded. Read more

It's time for big companies to show that their huge stock-price moves over the last year were warranted. Not only are expectations high for this upcoming earnings season, which got going Wednesday with reports from some Wall Street titans like JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs, they’re rising even more by the day. Analysts predict earnings grew close to 25% in the first quarter. But even that may not juice stock prices further, because the S&P 500 has already soared more than 80% since hitting a bottom in March 2020.  Read more

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The former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder in George Floyd’s death won’t testify in his own defense. Derek Chauvin on Thursday invoked his right to remain silent and leave the burden of proof on the state. It's a high-stakes decision. Taking the stand could have helped humanize Chauvin to jurors who haven’t heard from him directly at trial. But it also could have opened him up to a devastating cross-examination. In court, without the jury present, defense attorney Eric Nelson and Chauvin agreed it would be an understatement to say they had gone back and forth on the decision.  Read more

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A top associate of Russia’s imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been convicted of trespassing and handed a suspended sentence of one year community service after she tried to doorstep an alleged security operative believed to be involved in Navalny’s poisoning with a Soviet-era nerve agent. A court in Moscow found Lyubov Sobol, a key figure in Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation, guilty of forcing her way into the apartment of a relative of the alleged operative whom Navalny had previously duped into revealing details of his supposed poisoning. Sobol condemned the verdict as “shame and disgrace” and vowed to appeal. She tweeted that “in the meantime, a (criminal) case into the attempt at Navalny’s life hasn’t been even opened.”   Read more