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Police: Dog that mauled 2 kids in car seats to be euthanized

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 07:00

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Police say a pit bull that mauled two young children in Pennsylvania as they sat helplessly strapped into their car seats is being euthanized next week.

Police say a 5-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl suffered puncture wounds to their faces after the dog broke through a...

Spokesman: Bill Cosby plans series of town halls to educate youth on misbehavior

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 06:56

Bill Cosby will organize a series of town hall meetings to help educate young people about problems their misbehavior could create and other issues, a spokesman for Cosby said.

Cosby is eager to get back to work following a deadlocked jury and mistrial in his sexual assault case, spokesman Andrew...

At Glastonbury, Johnny Depp asks about assassinating the president

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 06:00

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Johnny Depp has asked a crowd at the Glastonbury Festival when was the last time an actor assassinated a president. The remarks came during a segment Thursday in which Depp was speaking about President Donald Trump.

He asked the question at the annual festival that celebrates...

Car stolen at gunpoint in east Allentown; a vehicle later reported going 100 mph

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 03:00

Two men stole a car at gunpoint on an east Allentown street late Thursday. City police issued radio alerts to neighboring police agencies to be on the lookout for a gray 2014 Kia Forte.

The men took the car from a motorist about 11:55 p.m. at South Bradford and East Walnut streets, about a block...

Allentown School Board passes $306 million budget, identifies spot for new middle school

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 22:06

The Allentown School Board passed a $305.9 million budget that adds more than 40 positions.

The board voted unanimously Thursday night to approve the budget with a 3.8 percent tax hike. The budget promotes "teaching and learning," interim Superintendent Gary Cooper said. Among the positions added...

Man convicted for stabbing after alleged 'SpongeBob' dispute

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 21:03

LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has been convicted of third-degree murder after a confrontation that a witness said was sparked by a comparison to SpongeBob SquarePants.

Prosecutors say 39-year-old Robert S. Lee stabbed Jamal Britton in July 2016 at a Lewisburg apartment complex.


Prosecutors: 'Dirty old Santa' arranged tryst with kid

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 21:02

MEDIA, Pa. (AP) — A 56-year-old man who referred to himself as "dirty old Santa" is under arrest after prosecutors say he traveled to a Philadelphia suburb to have sexual tryst with a 14-year-old girl he lured online.

Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan and Ridley Township Police Capt....

Western Pa. Congressman Shuster re-introduces bill to privatize air-traffic control

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:20

WASHINGTON — After 150 meetings, six hearings and one presidential endorsement, U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster says his plan to privatize air-traffic control is ready to take flight.

The Bedford County Republican reintroduced a modified plan Wednesday. He expects the House Transportation Committee, which...

Man charged with exposing himself to girl, 14, in Catasauqua

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:19

A Catasauqua man allegedly exposed himself to a 14-year-old girl on Wednesday night and told her not to tell anyone, according to court records.

Douglas B. Rettberg, of the 200 block of Church Street, was arrested early Thursday when the girl notified authorities. He was arraigned by District Judge...

Easton woman gets jail for hitting ex-boyfriend with van

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:14

An Easton woman pleaded guilty Thursday to assault charges after her ex-boyfriend accused her of hitting him with her van and assaulting his new girlfriend.

Bonnie Starner, 61, of the 1300 block of Lehigh Street pleaded guilty in Northampton County Court to simple assault and two counts of recklessly...

76ers take Markelle Fultz, Lakers grab Lonzo Ball to start NBA draft

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:12

The Philadelphia 76ers got the player they wanted and Lonzo Ball the team he wanted.

The 76ers selected guard Markelle Fultz on Thursday night with the No. 1 pick after trading up earlier in the week to grab the high-scoring freshman guard from Washington.

The Los Angeles Lakers followed by taking...

Penn State's tuition soars and university "appears" to favor foreign students, auditor general says

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:06

Penn State University is “ridiculously expensive” and may be favoring international students over in-state residents, state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Thursday.

At a Capitol news conference, DePasquale said Penn State's $20,295 tuition in 2016-17 makes it the most expensive public university...

Rejected Lehigh Valley marijuana applicants question scoring

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 20:03

Pennsylvania got into the medical marijuana business late enough to learn from the most egregious mistakes nearly two dozen other states made rolling out their programs.

Still, the tradeoffs inherent to any tough decision were on display this week after the Department of Health issued the first...

'Meanness at the core': Obama jumps back into fray to slam Trump, GOP on health care

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 19:51

The text of the Senate's 142-page Obamacare repeal bill had been public for just a few hours Thursday when the nation's most influential private citizen weighed in - Barack Obama.

The plan is "not a health care bill," Obama declared in a 939-word message to his nearly 53 million followers on Facebook....

Warren County man convicted of repeated sexual assaults of a child

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 17:34

A Warren County man was found guilty Thursday of four counts of aggravated sexual assault in Pohatcong Township of a child between 10 and 13 years old.

Anthony Firetto, 49, of Route 627, Bloomsbury, N.J., also was convicted of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child after a bench trial...

Glazier's Furniture ends 101-year run in Allentown

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 17:30

Jeff Glazier made his last sale Tuesday at Glazier’s Furniture, the Allentown business his grandfather co-established 101 years ago.

Glazier, who has operated the business for the past 25 years, will continue to accept payments from customers whom he extended credit to in the past, but the retail...

Pa. officials react to Senate GOP health care bill

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 17:03

Senate Republicans on Thursday released a draft of the health care overhaul bill they’ve been crafting in closed-door meetings. The legislation would dismantle much of Barack Obama's health care law, proposing to cut Medicaid and erase tax boosts that helped Obama finance his expansion of coverage...

Manson follower Patricia Krenwinkel's bid for freedom denied, despite claims he abused her

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 16:40
Charles Manson follower Patricia Krenwinkel claims cult leader abused her. Will that help her finally win parole?

Suspected tornado: 1 hurt, businesses flattened in Alabama after Tropical Depression Cindy

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 15:59

A suspected tornado near Birmingham, Alabama, flattened businesses and injured one person Thursday, while the mayor of a coastal Louisiana town urged residents to evacuate ahead of a rising tide — two lingering effects of a weakening Tropical Depression Cindy that was fueling harsh weather across...

Frustrated with estranged husband not listening, woman fires gun at him, police say

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 15:43

A 43-year-old woman frustrated that her estranged husband wasn't listening to her Wednesday in their Allentown home fired a gun in his direction, striking a wall, according to court records.

Mercedes R. Rosario was charged with reckless endangerment. She was arraigned by District Judge Wayne Maura...