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Whitehall police are looking for three men in dog killing

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 09:33

WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP — Whitehall police are looking for three men involved in killing a dog Tuesday night on the 500 block of W. Union Street.

Police said about 10:30 p.m. a resident reported a dog shooting at 503 W. Union St. Police said three men came to the home looking for a dog. When a resident...

Police say Bushkill man shot dog, threatened to burn down his family's home

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 09:30

BUSHKILL TOWNSHIP — A Bushkill Township man shot and killed his dog Monday night and threatened to set his family's home on fire, according to police.

Dean Anthony Tomsic, 56, of the 300 block of Old Allentown Road, is charged with misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals, criminal mischief and...

Los Angeles day care used as cocaine trafficking hub, authorities say

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 09:06

Children played and slept surrounded by pounds of cocaine at a Los Angeles day care center that a man used as a drug trafficking hub, authorities said.

"The cocaine was allegedly found in a room next to a child's bed," LA City Attorney Mike Feuer said Tuesday, describing a scene with "kids taking...

Amazon's bid for Whole Foods sparks speculation on what it might gobble up next

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 08:48

Amazon.com's surprise announcement last week that it would buy Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion sent rival grocery stocks plummeting. It also unleashed a flurry of speculation about the retail behemoth's next move.

"Could GrubHub be Amazon's next big purchase?" asked the website Consumerist.


Kushner arrives in Middle East to try for Israeli-Palestinian breakthrough

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 08:27

President Donald Trump's son-in-law and chief Middle East adviser, Jared Kushner, arrived Wednesday for a daylong visit aimed at restarting long-dormant Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Kushner was to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Trump...

Boeing will test self-flying planes

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 08:24

Airplanes can already take off, cruise and land using onboard computers, but can they fly without the human touch? That's what the world's largest aircraft manufacturer will find out as Boeing begins testing autonomous flying technology in cockpit simulators this summer.

"When I look at the future,...

Teen dies after falling down abandoned elevator shaft

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 08:11

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a teenager has died after falling through the roof of an abandoned hospital and down an elevator shaft in New York's Westchester County.

Port Chester police say the 14-year-old boy died at a hospital after falling Tuesday night.

Police Chief Richard Conway says...

Democrats may have lost the battle in Georgia. But they haven't lost the war.

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 07:36

Democrats lost a heartbreaker of a special election Tuesday in Georgia. Republican Karen Handel will be the next member of Congress for the 6th district, not newcomer-turned-Democratic hero Jon Ossoff.

Republicans can feel better about the state of things than they could if they had lost. But,...

Britain's Prince Philip admitted to hospital with infection

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 07:25

Prince Philip has been admitted to a hospital for treatment of an infection and will not be able to attend the queen's speech, Buckingham Palace said Wednesday.

Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's husband, was admitted as a precautionary measure and is in good spirits, the palace said.

Philip, also known...

What's next for medical marijuana in Pennsylvania?

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 07:10

The dozen winners of medical marijuana grower/processor permits and the hundreds of hopeful dispensary licensees can't yet exhale.

The state Department of Health on Tuesday announced the first 12 recipients of grower and processor permits Tuesday afternoon. Regionally, two Berks County businesses...

5 things to know: Pennsylvania votes to strengthen animal cruelty laws

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 06:40

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is set to put his signature on legislation strengthening laws against animal cruelty and neglect in Pennsylvania.

Here’s what you need to know about House Bill 1238, which is known as “Libre’s Law” and updates existing statues and increases the penalties for animal abuse...

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick resigns; board says he's putting company first

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 02:55

Travis Kalanick, co-founder and chief executive of ride-hailing company Uber, resigned Tuesday, just a week into a leave of absence meant to quell concerns about his management style.

“I love Uber more than anything in the world and at this difficult moment in my personal life I have accepted the...

84-year-old logger crushed by tree he was splitting, killed

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 23:16

SUGARLOAF, Pa. (AP) — An 84-year-old Pennsylvania logger has been killed after part of a 30-inch diameter tree he was cutting fell onto him.

The Luzerne County coroner says William Burger died of trauma injuries about 2 p.m. Monday.

Sugarloaf Township Fire Chief Duane Hildebrand says Burger was...

Son now suspect in killing of Schuylkill official's husband; police hunt begins

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 22:43

State police have obtained an arrest warrant for Michael D. Marchalk and charged him with killing his father, the husband of Schuylkill County Treasurer Linda Marchalk.

Gary Marchalk, 60, was found dead Monday morning at the family home on Pear Street, Ryan Township, state police at Frackville...

Pro-life club backers attend Parkland School Board meeting

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 22:40

SOUTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP — About 20 parents, students and community members attended Tuesday's Parkland School Board meeting to show support for students' efforts to start a pro-life club at the high school.

Only one — Monica Atlas of Upper Macungie Township — addressed the board but Elizabeth...

Couple plans craft beverage facility in Catasauqua

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 22:12

CATASAUQUA — A husband and wife team have chosen a famous local name to brand their soon-to-come craft beer establishment in Catasauqua.

Fred and Annette Pompa plan to lease a vacant commercial building at 101 Lehigh Street, directly across from the George Taylor House, to create a craft beverage...

Two tornadoes spawned by Monday's storms, weather service says

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 22:12

Just before a strong front plowed through the Philadelphia region Monday, a tornado touched down in a wooded area about 15 miles northwest of Reading, the National Weather Service said Tuesday.

It wasn't a big one - an EF0 with a peak wind of 80 mph - cutting a 50-yard path for 2.1 miles in the...

Back-to-back fatal black bear maulings in Alaska seen as flukes

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 22:09

Back-to-back fatal maulings of people by black bears in Alaska appear to be flukes by rogue animals, experts said Tuesday. But they warn that people venturing into bear habitat should always carry repellent spray or guns.

In the first attack, a black bear killed a 16-year-old runner Sunday who...

Star Wars' Han Solo spinoff movie loses directors over creative differences

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 20:35

There's been a disturbance in the force and the young Han Solo film is suddenly without a director. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said Tuesday that the Star Wars spinoff is parting ways with directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller due to different creative visions on the film.


In Georgia, Republicans aim to hang on to congressional seat

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 20:00

Rain couldn't slow down Georgia voters who will settle the most expensive House race in U.S. history and potentially set a new course for the 2018 midterm elections.

Republican Karen Handel, a veteran Georgia politician, is fighting to claim the 6th Congressional District seat that's been in her...