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Senate Republicans' claim of saving individual health insurance markets could prove hollow

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 15:12

In celebrating the release of his chamber's Republican health-care plan, Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Ky., said Thursday it promises to "bring financial certainty to insurance markets." But the bill's details suggest that it helps insurers and many consumers primarily in the near term...

Coordinated Health acquires physician group near Scranton

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 14:26

Coordinated Health, a for-profit health care provider based in South Whitehall Township, announced Thursday it is acquiring a 12-physician group near Scranton that will add about 130 employees to its 1,200-employee workforce.

Coordinated Health company officials said they are still negotiating...

Yellowstone grizzly bears to be removed from endangered species list

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 14:21

Protections that have been in place for more than 40 years for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park area will be lifted this summer after U.S. government officials ruled Thursday that the population is no longer threatened.

Grizzlies in all continental U.S. states except Alaska have been...

'Let's bring it in': Otto Warmbier's family and friends celebrate his life at memorial

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 14:07

Families wearing blue and white Wyoming Cowboys T-shirts, holding homemade cardboard signs and dogs on leashes and American flags, waited by the edge of the main street for Otto Warmbier's funeral procession to drive by. As the memorial at the town's high school, attended by thousands, ended, people...

Police: Son killed father with bat at county official's home on Father's Day

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 13:43

BARNESVILLE — Police say an attorney found dead in the home of his estranged wife, the treasurer of a Pennsylvania county, was fatally beaten by his son with a bat on Father's Day.

State police said in a complaint filed Wednesday that 37-year-old Matthew Marchalk had repeatedly threatened 60-year-old...

Trump says he didn't tape his conversations with Comey

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 13:42

President Donald Trump said Thursday on Twitter that he "did not make" and doesn't have any recordings of his private conversations with ousted former FBI Director James Comey.

"With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information,"...

'Pizzagate' gunman in D.C. sentenced to 4 years in prison

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 13:37

A North Carolina man who fired an assault rifle inside a District of Columbia restaurant during his investigation of a conspiracy theory dubbed "pizzagate" was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Kentanji B. Jackson said that while no one was injured when Edgar Maddison...

Foxconn founder: U.S. expansion might top $10 billion

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 13:22

The chairman of Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn said Thursday it may spend more than $10 billion to set up manufacturing in the United States, and will announce investment plans by early August for at least three states.

Terry Gou gave no new information about where Foxconn will locate a U.S....

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

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 13:15

Penn State University is “ridiculously expensive” and may be favoring international students over in-state residents, according to a new report issued by the state auditor general’s office.

At a Capitol news conference today, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Penn State's $20,295 tuition in...

When ‘Jaws’ took a bite out of the summer of 1975

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 13:10

The film “Jaws” landed in the early days of the summer of 1975 and it was all anyone talked about.

In describing “Jaws,” The Sun’s film critic, R. H. Gardner, wrote on June 23, 1975, “For nerve-racking suspense sustained over a long period of time, even the final scenes of ‘Moby Dick’ can’t compare...

Upper Saucon man waives hearing on charges he shot nephew, hunted him in golf cart

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:30

An Upper Saucon Township charged with shooting his nephew and then hunting him down in a golf cart gave up his right to a preliminary hearing on Thursday.

William J. Roberts, 69, allegedly shot his 37-year-old nephew Andrew Roberts on May 20 several times. During his arrest that day, he told police...

Multiple brands of hummus sold at Target, Walmart recalled

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:10

Our love affair with pine nuts is taking a major hit - multiple brands of hummus were recalled due to potential contamination in the pine nuts involved.

"An ingredient supplier notified us that their ingredient has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes," House of Thaller,...

Prosecutors to seek death penalty in Palmer Township shooting

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:55

Northampton County prosecutors will be seeking a death sentence against a 24-year-old man charged with homicide in a fatal shooting outside a car parts store in Palmer Township.

On Thursday, authorities filed the death-penalty notice in Dekota Baptiste's homicide case. They charge he deserves to...

Morganelli to announce decision in probe of state police shooting of suicidal man

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 10:56

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli will announce his decision Thursday afternoon whether a grand jury should investigate the fatal shooting of a suicidal Lower Mount Bethel Township man by state police.

Morganelli authorized a county detective to begin gathering evidence on the...

Senate Republicans unveil health care bill to scuttle Obamacare

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 10:48

Senate Republicans would cut Medicaid, end penalties for people not buying insurance and erase a raft of tax increases as part of their long-awaited plan to scuttle President Barack Obama's health care law, congressional aides and lobbyists say.

After weeks of closed-door meetings that angered...

Juror: Two holdouts blocked conviction in Bill Cosby trial

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 09:50

NORRISTOWN (AP) — Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial ended in a hung jury on Saturday because two holdouts refused to convict the 79-year-old comedian after 52 hours of tense deliberations, a juror told ABC News on Wednesday.

The juror, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the jury couldn't...

Applications for U.S. jobless aid tick up to still-low 241,000

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 09:37

Slightly more people sought US unemployment benefits last week, but the number of applications remained at a historically low level that suggests the job market is healthy.

THE NUMBERS: The Labor Department says weekly applications rose 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 241,000. The less-volatile...

AAA predicts record travel over July 4th weekend

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 09:28

Americans are expected to put down the TV remote and hit the road in record numbers for the July 4th weekend.

Auto club AAA said Thursday that it expects 44.2 million people will travel at least 50 miles (80 kilometers) from home, a 2.9 percent increase over last year's record for the holiday.

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Prince Harry: No one in royal family wants to be king

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 08:41

Britain's Prince Harry has suggested that no one in the royal family really wishes to rise to the throne — and that it is duty, rather than desire, that prompts them to continue serving the British people. In an interview with Newsweek magazine, Harry said the House of Windsor is "not doing this...

Repo man tows minivan with sleeping child in back

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 07:59

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police say a man repossessing a minivan towed it with a sleeping child in the back.

It happened around 2:30 a.m. Thursday when the man used GPS to track the vehicle after the 7-year-old's mother said she had stopped to run into work.

The woman and bystanders screamed...

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