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Lane restrictions in place all weekend on I-78, US-22

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:50

A lane restriction impacting Interstate 78 westbound will cause traffic delays beginning tonight and continuing nonstop through Monday morning, August 21.

Concrete patching work will begin 7 p.m. tonight between Route 100 and the Berks County line, as part of the ongoing Interstate 78 Improvement...

Missed chance to save Grace Packer? 2008 abuse complaint surfaces

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:50

In May 2008, a formal child abuse complaint was lodged with the state alleging that David Packer was hurting his then-6-year-old adopted daughter, Grace.

The child had been living with David Packer and his wife, Sara, in Allentown for four years when the state informed him that the case would be...

Several wounded in Finland stabbing; suspect shot in the leg

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:36

Police in Finland say they have shot a man in the leg after he was suspected of stabbing several people in the western city of Turku.

Finnish broadcaster YLE says several people were seen lying on the ground in the central part of the city.

On Twitter, police urged people to avoid that part of...

Tina Fey urges Americans: Stay home from neo-Nazi rallies. Eat a sheet cake instead.

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:11

Tina Fey is fuming about last weekend's violence in Charlottesville, home to her alma mater, the University of Virginia.

In response, the former "Saturday Night Live" comedian and writer is spearheading a movement: "sheet caking."


In a surprise appearance...

Pennsylvania jobless rate unchanged as payrolls hit record

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:00

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate remained unchanged for a second straight month in July, even as payrolls hit a record high.

The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that Pennsylvania's unemployment rate was 5 percent last month, the same as in May and June. The national rate was 4.3...

Diocese announces schedule for Bishop-elect Schlert's ordination, installation

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 09:55

Bishop-elect Alfred A. Schlert will be ordained and installed as bishop of Allentown at 2 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Cathedral of Saint Catharine of Siena in Allentown.

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput will be the principal ordaining bishop as Schlert becomes the fifth leader of the five-county...

A grim subway reality: Corpses sometimes kept in break rooms, bathrooms

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 09:35

NEW YORK (AP) — It's a largely overlooked but gory reality of the New York City subway system: When someone takes their life by jumping in front of a train, police need to find a place to put the mutilated body until a medical examiner truck arrives.

Sometimes, transit workers say, that place is...

Schuylkill County man accused of attempted homicide

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 09:25

A 51-year-old Schuylkill County man is accused of shooting a 22-year-old man Aug. 11 at their house in Port Carbon.

Kenneth Alan Boyer, of 125 Spruce St., is charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and possessing instruments of...

Courageous or craven? Ranking the CEOs by how long it took them to bail on Trump

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 09:20

President Trump’s announcement Wednesday that he was dissolving his two major councils of business leaders undoubtedly brought a sense of relief to many of the member CEOs — they wouldn’t have to stick their necks out to resign publicly, thereby risking an angry response from the Tweeter-in-Chief.


EpiPen maker settles: It'll pay less than what it got by allegedly overcharging

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 09:17

EpiPen maker Mylan has finalized a $465-million government agreement settling allegations it overbilled Medicaid for its emergency allergy injectors for a decade — charges brought after rival Sanofi filed a whistleblower lawsuit and tipped off the government.

It's the second settlement with the...

Arby's will now serve Coke products after PepsiCo loses contract

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 09:05

Coca-Cola has won the contract to sell soft drinks at fast-food chain Arby's, edging out PepsiCo Inc. in the latest battle over restaurant beverage service.

The deal will add more than 3,200 Arby's locations to Coca-Cola's base of restaurant clients. Atlanta-based Arby's Restaurant Group Inc. is...

Couple recounts terrifying moments being stuck on rising drawbridge

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 08:00

LOWER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say operator error is to blame for forcing a driver to accelerate in order to jump across an opening drawbridge in New Jersey.

Police say Terence Naphys of West Deptford Township had paid the toll to cross the Middle Thorofare Bridge with three family members...

Latest enrollment numbers inspire confidence in charter school leaders

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 06:00

After a rocky first year, leaders at the Innovative Arts Academy Charter School expressed confidence with the start of the second school year on the horizon and more than 400 students enrolled to attend.

Principal Douglas Taylor announced during Wednesday’s trustee meeting that 402 students are...

See hipsters lined up outside a new restaurant? This app pays them to be there.

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 06:00

Pretend for a moment that you're walking through your neighborhood and notice a line of people wrapped around the block outside a newly opened restaurant.

Local food bloggers haven't written about the venue, so you assume the trendy-looking crowd must be the result of contagious, word-of-mouth buzz.


Where do families get nearly $24,000 for one year of college?

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 06:00

Want another scary stat about all those college bills? Nearly 9 in 10 families always knew their child would go to college. But fewer than four in 10 families ever created a plan for how to pay the bills, according to the How America Pays for College 2017 report.

No plan? No surprise that borrowing...

Torrential rain moves through the Lehigh Valley; flood advisories, flash flood watches issued

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 05:00

A flood advisory, flash flood watch, and hazardous weather outlook have been posted by the National Weather Service in Mount Holly as severe weather moves through the area.

At 4:11 a.m., the weather service said Doppler radar indicated an area of showers and thunderstorms along a line extending...

Sex reported in Wal-Mart parking lot leads officers to drugs, fake ID, police say

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 01:50

A report of a couple having sex in a car Thursday afternoon brought police to the Wal-Mart parking lot in Lower Nazareth Township, where two people were arrested, police said.

The arrest was on identity theft and drug charges, Colonial Regional police said. No charges related to the sex report...

Berks driver suspected of DUI after report of hit-and-run, police say

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 23:40

An eastern Berks County man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving Tuesday after a state trooper stopped him in a vehicle that may have been in a hit-and-run crash, police said.

The driver, at 58-year-old Boyertown man whose name has not been released, was stopped in the vehicle on Manatawny...

Man is shot 2 days in a row and survives; gunman sought

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 22:56

Police say a Pennsylvania man who shot another man in the chest and was upset he didn't die returned the next day and shot him in the head. The victim survived both attacks.

Robert Sheets, of Quarryville, is charged with two counts of attempted homicide. A warrant is out for his arrest.


Second man charged in string of Lehigh County robberies; bail set at $1 million

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 21:45

A second man was charged Thursday with playing a role in armed robberies of three Lehigh County businesses and the attempted burglary of a Schuylkill County gun shop.

Alan J. Landis, 31, of Allentown, was arraigned by District Judge Patricia Engler on charges of robbery, attempted burglary and...