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Confederate monuments to stay at Gettysburg battlefield

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 21:00

Officials with the National Park Service said the Confederate monuments at Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania will not be removed from the battlefield.

Katie Lawhon, senior adviser for the park service's Gettysburg battlefield office, told the Reading Eagle (http://bit.ly/2uTe2rn...

Pence compares Trump to Teddy Roosevelt, praises his 'can-do spirit'

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 20:52

On a normal day, Vice President Mike Pence's praise of his boss knows few limits.

But on Thursday, it seemed to reach a new level. During a visit to the Panama Canal here, Pence spoke of President Donald Trump as the modern reincarnation of one of the vice president's personal heroes, Theodore...

Fatal lightning strike deaths in the area through the years

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 19:40

Recent Lehigh Valley area lightning deaths

Aug. 12, 2016: Jose Lopez-Hernandez, 38, of Camden, N.J., was killed by lightning and and two others injured while swimming at the lake at Beltzville State Park about 7:40 p.m.

Aug. 5, 2012: Brian Zimmerman, 41, of Moosic, Lackawanna County, was killed...

Senior officer on USS Fitzgerald to be relieved of command after fatal collision

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 19:32

The captain of a Navy warship that lost seven sailors in a collision with a commercial container ship in June will be relieved of command and nearly a dozen others face punishment, the Navy's second-ranking admiral said Thursday.

Adm. William Moran, the vice chief of naval operations, told reporters...

Tillerson, Mattis say Bannon wrong on North Korea: U.S. 'prepared militarily'

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 18:35

America's diplomatic and defense chiefs sought Thursday to reinforce the threat of possible U.S. military action against North Korea after President Donald Trump's top strategist essentially called the commander-in-chief's warnings a bluff.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stressed after security...

Route 22 crash near Bethlehem halts rush-hour traffic; 1 unconscious

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 18:15

A crash Thursday afternoon on eastbound Route 22 near Bethlehem knocked one person unconscious and backed up traffic for miles, according to police radio reports.

The crash was reported 5:04 p.m. in Hanover Township, Northampton County. Details of the accident were not available, but an ambulance,...

Dating site OkCupid kicks out white supremacist: 'There is no room for hate'

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 17:57

After a Vice documentary about last weekend's Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, featured white supremacist Chris Cantwell, he was banned from Facebook. And on Thursday, he was kicked off OkCupid as well.

The online dating site announced the decision via Twitter and followed up...

Lehigh President receives petition to rescind Trump's honorary degree

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 17:23

Lehigh University President John Simon has received a petition to strip President Donald Trump of his honorary degree and sent it to the Board of Trustees.

Lehigh spokeswoman Lori Friedman said Thursday that Simon received the petition that has almost 15,000 signatures. The Board of Trustees, which...

After criticism, DeVos condemns Charlottesville violence in letter to staff

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 16:55

Facing criticism over her muted response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday condemned those "tragic and unthinkable" events and blasted "neo-Nazis and other racist bigots" in a letter to staff.

DeVos' email to Education Department employees...

Pennsylvania lawmakers want stolen money repaid to non-human 'victims'

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 16:45

As a Bethlehem Township taxpayer, state Sen. Lisa Boscola feels victimized by two men who bilked the township out of nearly $1 million in a street light scam they perpetrated elsewhere, too.

And it outrages her that a technicality in the law may allow them to avoid paying restitution. But to fix...

South Whitehall man pleads guilty to mall, airport bomb threats

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 16:40

In an episode his lawyer described as a “prank gone awry,” a South Whitehall Township man faces federal prison time for phoning in false bomb threats against Lehigh Valley International Airport, the Lehigh Valley Mall and area restaurants that led to delayed flights and evacuations of buildings.


As internet demand increases, RCN launches 1-gigabit speed in Lehigh Valley

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 16:15

RCN is again boosting its internet speed in the Lehigh Valley, a move the provider believes further distances itself from the competition as the number of internet-connected devices in each home continues to skyrocket.

RCN on Thursday announced the immediate availability of 1-gigabit-per-second...

Anonymous publishes GOP legislators' private numbers in bid to push for Trump's impeachment

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:39

A group affiliated with the online activist group known as Anonymous on Thursday posted what it says are the private cellphone numbers and email addresses for 22 Republican members of Congress in a bid to push for President Donald Trump's impeachment, reigniting the use of hacked information in...

Trump defends 'beautiful' Confederate monuments, calls their removal 'sad'

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:15

President Donald Trump bitingly decried the rising movement to pull down monuments to Confederate icons Thursday, declaring the nation is seeing "the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart."

Trump's remarks came as the White house tried to manage his increasing isolation and...

Attacker drives van swerving into crowd in Barcelona; at least 13 dead, 1 arrest

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 14:20

A white van jumped up onto a sidewalk and sped down a pedestrian zone in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district Thursday, swerving from side to side as it plowed into tourists and residents. Calling it a terror attack, police said at least one person was killed and 32 were wounded, many seriously.


Corpses sometimes stored in New York City subway break rooms

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 14:15

NEW YORK — 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 their...

More on the anti-facist movement and its Virginia role

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 12:00

SEATTLE — The deadly white nationalist demonstration in Virginia has brought new attention to an anti-fascist movement whose black-clad, bandanna-wearing members have been a regular presence at protests around the country in the last year.

Members of the "antifa" movement were among those protesting...

After July 'miracle,' Pope Francis reportedly moves Roberto Clemente closer to sainthood

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 11:53

Hall of Fame baseball player Roberto Clemente is one step closer to becoming a saint, according to Christian Newswire, which reported late last month that Pope Francis officially declared the former Pittsburgh Pirate "blessed." With beatification, the Puerto Rican has just one step left to become...

Airport authority lands $2.7 million in FAA grants

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 11:50

The Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority agreed to accept four grants totaling more than $2.7 million from the Federal Aviation Administration Thursday morning.

The largest of the grants, worth $1.4 million, will go toward planning upgrades for Lehigh Valley International Airport’s main runway,...

Pennsylvania school delays start date over solar eclipse eye damage concerns

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 11:40

MCDONALD, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania school district just outside Pittsburgh is pushing back the start of the school year over the solar eclipse and concerns about kids damaging their eyes.

The South Fayette Township School District Board voted Tuesday night to push back the start of the school...