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Approximately 600 buildings in England could have 'combustible' panels

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 07:35

Some 600 buildings in England could have been fitted with flammable external panels like the ones believed to have contributed to a fire that killed at least 79 people in a west London apartment building, Prime Minister Theresa May's Downing Street office said.

Government facilities testing cladding...

Scanner: Eight displaced, at least one injured in early morning fire in Bethlehem

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 06:25

Firefighters responded to a two-alarm fire in Bethlehem early Thursday, according to emergency radio reports.

Scanner reports indicated at least one person was injured in the blaze, which sparked multiple calls for people trapped in the two-story building. A county dispatcher said the first call...

Tech Q&A: How to replace or erase a hard drive

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 06:00

Q: Microsoft told me that I need a new hard drive for my Windows 7 laptop. Should I buy a new hard drive or a new computer? I don't want Windows 10.

-- Alicia Vidal, West Miami, Fla.

A: Buy a new hard drive. It will cost $40 to $60 plus the labor to install it, which is cheaper than purchasing...

The next iPhone could have a lot in common with Google Glass

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 06:00

Augmented reality is one of Apple's big new areas of focus, which it highlighted earlier this month at its Worldwide Developers Conference. But how will Apple use AR, which involves using a screen to overlay digital objects onto the real world? A new report from UBS Securities analyst Steven Milunovich...

Deadly Tropical Storm Cindy makes landfall in southwest Louisiana

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 05:36

Gulf Coast states were in for a third day of rough weather as Tropical Storm Cindy sloshed ashore early Thursday in southwestern Louisiana.

Already blamed for one death in Alabama, Cindy was expected to keep churning seas and spin off bands of severe weather from eastern Texas to northwestern Florida.


Fake quake: Report of major California temblor a false alarm

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 00:54

The only tremors from a reported major earthquake off the California coast came on the internet.

Seismologists said Wednesday's automatically generated report of a magnitude 6.8 quake in the Pacific Ocean 10 miles west of Santa Barbara was a false alarm based on a quake that happened in the same...

Juror: 2 holdouts blocked conviction in Bill Cosby trial

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 22:42

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (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...

Pit bull mauls 2 kids strapped in car seats inside minivan

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 22:37

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A pit bull burst through a backyard fence, made its way into a nearby minivan and mauled two young children as they sat helplessly strapped into their car seats, police said.

The mother of the 2-year-old girl and the 5-year-old boy managed to pry the animal off them Monday...

Whitehall Twp. robbery leaves teen injured; gunman, others flee

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 22:33

Whitehall Township police Wednesday night said they are looking for at least one car that was used in an armed robbery at the Willow Crest Apartments in the township.

A man appearing to be in his 20s was driving a gray BMW, with possibly four passengers, in the 900 block of Jordan Drive at 8:10...

GALLERY: Hamilton Crossings walking tour

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 22:33

LOWER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP -- The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce held a walking tour Wednesday of the Hamilton Crossings shopping center. The Chamber's Meghan Reed, who is Emmaus Main Street manager and assistant vice president of the East Penn and Western Lehigh Chambers, said about 80...

Trump to hold first re-election fundraiser at his D.C. hotel, raising ethical questions

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 22:30

President. Candidate. Businessman. Three of President Donald Trump's roles converge next week as he holds his first re-election fundraiser at his hotel in Washington.

Trump can see the Trump International Hotel from the White House lawn, making it a premier and convenient location for the June...

Allentown Council overrides veto on mayoral term limit referendum

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 21:36

For the second time in just over six months, Allentown City Council overrode a veto issued by Mayor Ed Pawlowski on Wednesday, clearing the way for a referendum on mayoral term limits to appear on the November ballot.

The vote to override, which required five members of council, was cast unanimously...

Bethlehem Junior Police Academy sets graduation for teen cadets

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 21:36

This year's Bethlehem Junior Police Academy for teenagers will come to an end Friday with a noon graduation ceremony and picnic at Saucon Park, police said.

During the two-week program, police, firefighters and medical personnel talked with the youths and gave them hands-on demonstrations of emergency...

Easton bystanders help save 2 men stuck in the Delaware Canal

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 19:48

Easton water rescue crews were dispatched Wednesday evening to the Delaware Canal on the city's South Side to help two young men who appeared to be stuck in the canal's water.

The rescuers were sent about 7:05 pm. to the canal between the Delaware River and Delaware Drive, near the intersection...

Pocono Mountain K-9 dies of terminal illness, 'worked until his last hour'

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 19:46

A K-9 with Pocono Mountain Regional police died Wednesday after he became ill during a narcotics search earlier in the morning, police said.

After K-9 Niko was rushed to a veterinary clinic, doctors found that he had an undiagnosed medical condition that was not related to the search, police said....

Navy sailors made tough call to seal flooding ship compartments, unclear if survivors were inside

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 19:44
With water rushing around them, sailors aboard the beleaguered USS Fitzgerald faced an agonizing decision.

They had made several rescue attempts into the flooded portions of the 505-foot destroyer, which had collided off the coast of Japan with a much heavier container ship early morning Saturday....

Pennsylvania rolls out license redesign, but it doesn't meet pending federal ID requirements

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 19:41

The new-look Pennsylvania driver license, with added security features and a larger photo, will be rolled out statewide by the end of October.

But don't grow too fond of it. You may have to get another license entirely in a couple of years.

That's because the redesign, aimed at thwarting fraud by...

Sealed cases unusual, hint at ongoing evidence gathering, experts say

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 19:39

Charges against two Allentown vendors who implicated Mayor Ed Pawlowski in a pay-to-play scheme remained sealed from public view for months after being filed and even after the defendants pleaded guilty.

Former prosecutors and a court watchdog say that's an unusual step that reduces transparency...

Pennsylvania workers comp opioid bill tanks

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 19:10

The state House has postponed a vote on a controversial bill that would limit injured workers' access to prescription drugs like opioids amid opposition from trial lawyers and police.

House Bill 18, introduced by Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-Lehigh, ran into stiff bipartisan opposition when it came up...

Senate GOP health care bill would halt Obamacare penalties, taxes: sources

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 18:36

Top Senate Republicans prepared Wednesday to release their plan for dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law, a proposal that would cut and revamp Medicaid, end penalties on people not buying coverage and eliminate tax increases that financed the statute's expansion of coverage, lobbyists...