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Toxic Trump: CEOs are now abandoning him in droves

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 13:15

President Trump hasn’t shown himself to be a man accustomed to facing reality, but he finally did so Wednesday by disbanding his two leading councils of business CEOs and other leaders.

The move had the air of the old exchange between boss and worker:

“You’re fired!”

“You can’t fire me! I already...

New pass offers free admission to Dorney Park to kids under 5

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 13:00

Parents of preschoolers know their tykes capricious tastes, necessary nap times and epic meltdowns mean paying full price for an amusement park ticket can be quite the gamble.

But Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom is hoping to bring more of those families into the gates with a Pre-K Season Pass...

Brooklyn church removes 2 plaques honoring Robert E. Lee

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 13:00

NEW YORK — Leaders of a New York Episcopal diocese have removed two plaques honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a church property in Brooklyn.

A spokeswoman for the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island says the plaques outside St. John's Episcopal Church were removed Wednesday.

The United...

Pay attention when investing in annuities

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:00

Investing for retirement and other financial goals isn’t always as simple as it sounds. If it was, more of us probably would have a lot more money. You must choose carefully where to put your nest egg and understand the pros and cons.

That’s especially true with annuities, which have been an increasing...

Meet Christian Yingling, a Pennsylvania militiaman

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:50

He’s dressed in military garb and combat boots, brandishing an AR-15 assault-style rifle, but Christian Yingling wants you to know he comes in peace.

After all, being a commanding officer of a citizens militia comes with its stereotypes, and after he was spotted in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend...

Petition asks Lehigh University to rescind Trump's honorary degree

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:35

A petition with more than 6,000 signatures is asking Lehigh University to strip President Donald Trump of an honorary degree the college gave him, saying he does not uphold Lehigh’s values.

The petition on change.org lists 10 reasons for why Lehigh should rescind Trump’s honorary degree. The petition,...

Judge sets Jan. 16 start for Allentown pay-to-play trial

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:30

A federal judge has scheduled a Jan. 16 trial on public corruption charges against Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski and two campaign donors.

U.S. District Judge Juan R. Sanchez issued a scheduling order Tuesday, about a week after federal prosecutors asked to be relieved from a court rule requiring...

Trump accuses Amazon of hurting retailers, killing jobs

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:14

President Donald Trump is renewing his attacks on e-commerce giant Amazon, and he says the company is "doing great damage to tax paying retailers."

Trump tweets that "towns, cities and states throughout the U.S. are being hurt - many jobs being lost!"

The president has often criticized the company...

After Charlottesville, spotlight in Philadelphia falls on Frank Rizzo memorials

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:10

As many Philadelphians watched in horror as protests over the planned removal of a statue memorializing Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Va., turned to deadly violence, a number of them had the same thought.

They turned their attention to Center City’s Thomas Paine Plaza and its...

Why are factory workers quitting in droves? 'Blue-collar jobs are on the way out'

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:08

Kipp Glenn grew tired of standing for eight-hour shifts, assembling steel furnace doors. His knees ached from 25 years on the concrete factory floor. So even after President Donald Trump made his job at Carrier a symbol of American prosperity and vowed to save it, the Indiana native took a buyout.

...

Farmers' Almanac calls for snowy winter

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:55

Pity the meteorologists.

They grow up loving the weather. They teach themselves about isobars and occluded fronts, vortices and diffluence. They go to college and get a degree in the field and work hard to land jobs with the National Weather Service or AccuWeather or one of the television networks,...

Lafayette grad Beth Mowins will be first woman to call NFL play-by-play for CBS

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:30

Beth Mowins will become the first woman to call NFL play-by-play for CBS.

Mowins will team with former NFL kicker Jay Feely for her debut on Sept. 24 when Cleveland plays at Indianapolis. The network released its announcer pairings Tuesday.

Mowins will start the season calling a Monday night NFL...

See unlimited movies for $10 a month? Not so fast, says AMC Theatres

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 09:34

MoviePass, a subscription ticket reselling start-up, is trying to become the Netflix of movie theaters by offering virtually unlimited movies for less than $10 a month.

But that plan has drawn the ire of the world’s largest theater chain, marking the latest clash in a feud between the 6-year-old...

Daniel Craig announces return as James Bond

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 09:21

Daniel Craig will return for a fifth go-around as James Bond.

The actor confirmed reports he would reprise his role as the suave British spy for "Bond 25" during an appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on Tuesday night.

The announcement is a reversal for Craig, who told Time Out London...

Saucon Valley students received threatening emails; police investigating

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 08:35

Authorities in Saucon Valley School District are investigating the source of a threatening email sent to about 350 eighth and ninth grade students this week.

According to a statement issued by Dr. Susan Mowrer Benda, the acting superintendent, officials were made aware of the email Tuesday night....

UnitedHealth CEO to step down after run of more than decade

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 08:17

UnitedHealth Group will change leaders next month, promoting long-time executive David Wichmann to replace CEO Stephen Hemsley, who has led the nation's largest health insurer since 2006.

The 54-year-old Wichmann currently is currently the company president and has overseen its biggest business,...

Heather Heyer's grieving mother readies herself for 'huge public farewell to my child'

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 08:08
Heather Heyer's loved ones prepared for her memorial service on Wednesday while facing the reality that this deeply personal moment is being held on a very public and highly politicized stage.

Those looking for cues from the family have found a startling degree of generosity.

Starting on the...

China urges U.S., North Korea to 'hit the brakes' on threats

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 07:54

China has urged the United States and North Korea to "hit the brakes" on threatening words and work toward a peaceful resolution of their tense standoff created by Pyongyang's recent missile tests and threats to fire them toward Guam.

The dispute has also raised fears in South Korea, where a conservative...

Farmers' Almanac 2018 winter forecast a delight for skiers, snow enthusiasts

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 07:25

Goodbye, mosquitoes. Adios, green grass. So long, sunshine. The Farmers’ Almanac is predicting a snowier-than-normal winter for the northeast, and we can hear the ski lifts spinning already.

Marking its 200th edition in 2018, the Farmers’ Almanac provides long-range weather forecasts, full moon...

Northampton DA: charges coming in unsolved homicide

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 07:05

The Northampton County District Attorney is announcing charges in an unspecified, unsolved homicide later this morning.

John Morganelli said his office is holding a press conference at 10:30 a.m. in the district attorney’s office inside the county courthouse on Washington Street in Easton.

The...

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