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Talen Energy to vacate PPL Plaza, move to Tower 6

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 06:00

ALLENTOWN — Talen Energy Corp. is moving its Allentown employees three blocks on Hamilton Street into the soon-to-be-completed Tower 6.

Talen will occupy two floors of Tower 6 beginning in the second quarter of 2018, company spokesman Todd Martin said. He said the move coincides with the end of...

Limited visibility to slow morning commute in Lehigh Valley

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 05:25

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has issued a Dense Fog Advisory in effect until 8 a.m. Wednesday for the entire region, with visibility one quarter mile or less at times.

In the Lehigh Valley the fog will make travel difficult this morning, impacting the morning rush in some locations....

Latest crisis on North Korea eases as both sides pull back — for now

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 00:05

The latest nuclear crisis with North Korea appeared to ease Tuesday as Pyongyang and Washington sought to lower tension before their increasingly heated threats could spiral into war.

The question is what happens next in the world’s most dangerous hot spot.

U.S. and South Korean military forces...

Higher premiums, increased deficit if Trump ends Obamacare subsidies, CBO says

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 23:33

The federal deficit would swell and premiums for some health plans would rise sharply if the Trump administration makes good on a threat to cut off subsidies for low- and medium-income buyers of health insurance, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday.

The report from the nonpartisan budget...

Michael Moore leads audience of Broadway play over to Trump Tower for protest

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 22:48

Michael Moore led the audience of his Broadway play to Trump Tower to protest President Donald Trump's comments about the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

On Facebook, Moore urged people to join him at Trump Tower after Tuesday night's performance of his one-man show "The Terms of...

Wolf posts criticism of Trump's 'blame on both sides' remark

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 22:31

Gov. Tom Wolf is criticizing President Donald Trump's comment at a news conference that "there's blame on both sides" for last weekend's violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Democratic governor directed a series of tweets Tuesday afternoon to Trump, saying the woman killed in a protest...

Man, two teens try to steal wheel rims from Salisbury auto dealer, are arrested

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 22:30

A man and two teens were arrested Tuesday and accused of trying to steal car rims from a Salisbury Township auto dealership, police said.

Carlos Ramos-Soto, 21, of the 600 block of North 11th Street, Allentown, was charged with theft, attempted theft, corruption of minors and other charges at the...

Berks woman, 23, injured in Route 100 crash south of Bally

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 22:05

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, Berks County — A woman was injured last week on Route 100 in eastern Berks County when the car she was a passenger in went through a guardrail and hit a utility pole and its guy wires, police said.

Alexyss L. Kennedy, 28, of Birdsboro, Berks County, was in a car driven by Jesse...

Wisconsin man shoots nail into his heart: It was 'twitching with every heartbeat'

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 21:55

A Wisconsin man who doctors say came perilously close to death after accidentally shooting a nail into his heart while working on his house calmly drove himself to the hospital and even parked his pickup truck in the lot before walking into the emergency room.

Doug Bergeson is ready to get back...

Police: Couple exploited website glitch for free merchandise

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 21:40

Authorities say a New Jersey couple exploited a computer glitch on a home improvement chain's website to get thousands of dollars' worth of items shipped to their home for free.

Ocean County prosecutors say 40-year-old Kimy Velazquez and his 24-year-old wife, Romela Velazquez, stole enough items...

Bethlehem leaders denounce hate

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 21:15

People in the Lehigh Valley might not call themselves white supremacists or take to the streets, but that doesn’t mean the area is free of racism.

Bethlehem NAACP President Esther Lee recalled a recent incident in which a black doll’s head was found on a stick outside an NAACP camp and reports of...

Self-proclaimed fascist group says suspect in Charlottesville car attack not a member

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 19:54
 James Alex Fields Jr. held up a black shield emblazoned with Vanguard America's logo, and he stood shoulder to shoulder with members of the self-proclaimed fascist group as they formed a barrier around a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee. At the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday,...

Republicans step up criticism after Trump again blames ‘both sides’ for Charlottesville violence

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 19:34

One by one, Republicans distanced themselves over the weekend from President Donald Trump’s comments that blamed both sides for the violence in Charlottesville.

On Tuesday, they had to do it all over again.

House Speaker Paul Ryan declared in a tweet that "white supremacy is repulsive."

The Wisconsin...

Trump's rhetorical ricochet on Charlottesville highlights basic truths about the president

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 19:23
When President Donald Trump's supporters rail against efforts to rein in his unpredictable, provocative behavior, they often call on White House aides, news reporters and Republicans in Congress to "let Trump be Trump."

But from Capitol Hill to the American heartland Tuesday night, the question...

High-tech McDonald’s to debut in Bethlehem Township

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 19:20

Fans of Big Macs and Chicken McNuggets will have a high-tech restaurant to be “lovin’ it” when a new McDonald’s opens Thursday in Bethlehem Township.

The 5,000-square-foot restaurant at 3925 Nazareth Pike will be the Lehigh Valley’s first McDonald’s designed in the company’s “Experience of the...

Police: Couple exploited website glitch for free merchandise

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 19:00

Authorities say a New Jersey couple exploited a computer glitch on a home improvement chain's website to get thousands of dollars' worth of items shipped to their home for free.

Ocean County prosecutors say 40-year-old Kimy Velazquez and his 24-year-old wife, Romela Velazquez, stole enough items...

Wayward alligator found in swimming pool at New Jersey motel

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 18:58

An alligator has been found in a swimming pool at a motel at the New Jersey shore.

The 3-foot-long (0.91-meter-long) alligator was discovered Tuesday morning at the Bayview Inn & Suites in Atlantic City.

Authorities say it's not clear where the alligator came from, how it got into the pool or how...

More than 300 dead, 600 missing in Sierra Leone mudslides

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 18:38

Fatmata Kamara had just stepped outside her house before dawn Monday when she saw the muddy hillside collapsing above her. The only thing she could do was run.

She was one of the survivors, those who managed to escape the surging mudslides and floodwaters in and around Sierra Leone's capital that...

Trump says 'we'll see' what happens to top strategist Steve Bannon

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 18:17

President Donald Trump won't say whether he plans to keep Steve Bannon, a top adviser and key campaign strategist, in the White House.

"We'll see what happens with Mr. Bannon," Trump said at an impromptu Tuesday news conference where he fielded questions about his confidence in his adviser.


America's far-right stole the spotlight. Now comes the backlash

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 17:53

By their nature, fringe movements usually don’t find the scalding-hot center of the national spotlight. Last weekend’s “Unite the Right” rally in Virginia was an extreme — and informative — exception.

Around the nation, TV screens and social media feeds overflowed with Confederate flags, fascist...