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State asks residents close to nuclear plants to have pills

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 17:45

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is reminding Luzerne County residents to stock up on potassium iodide pills in case of an emergency at the Talen Energy nuclear power plant.

The Democratic governor's administration will be handing out free potassium iodide on Aug. 24 as part of an annual effort to replace...

Judge: NJ bombs admissible at trial of bombing defendant

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 16:50

NEW YORK — A judge says evidence related to New Jersey bombs can be admitted at the October trial of a man charged in a 2016 Manhattan bombing that injured 30 people.

Federal Judge Richard Berman Tuesday said jurors at Ahmad Khan Rahimi's trial can hear about a pipe bomb detonated near a charity...

Racial politics haunt GOP in the Trump era

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 16:44

Weeks before the statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Va., became a flashpoint in the nation's struggle over race, it was the focus of emotional debate in the state's Republican primary election.

Corey Stewart, an outsider candidate for governor sometimes compared to President Donald Trump,...

Thousands flee as Iraq steps up airstrikes on Islamic State-held town

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 16:15

Thousands of Iraqis have fled an Islamic State-held town west of Mosul as Iraqi and coalition warplanes step up strikes ahead of a ground offensive to drive out the militants.

Tal Afar and the surrounding area is one of the last pockets of IS-held territory in Iraq after victory was declared in...

Science Says: Lightning is zapping fewer Americans, not more

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 16:10

WASHINGTON — Lightning — once one of nature's biggest killers — is claiming far fewer lives in the United States, mostly because we've learned to get out of the way.

In the 1940s, when there were fewer people, lightning killed more than 300 people annually. So far this year, 13 people have died...

Southern Lehigh selling shuttered elementary school to church

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 16:05

The Southern Lehigh School District is considering selling a shuttered elementary school to a church for $1 million.

The school board will vote on selling Lower Milford Elementary to Community Baptist Church of Quakertown at its meeting later this month. The board discussed the potential sale at...

Man charged with exposing himself outside Allentown apartment building

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 16:05

A 26-year-old man allegedly exposed himself Monday afternoon in the backyard of an apartment building in Allentown, according to court records.

Steven D. Bermudez, with no current address, was caught with his pants down by Allentown police officers at 3:32 p.m., records show.

He was lying on top...

Prosecutors seek records of users from website related to Inauguration Day protest

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 15:55

An internet company is fighting what it says is a "sweeping" request for information about an anti-Trump website that prosecutors allege was behind destructive Inauguration Day protests. The company says the government is seeking information about 1.3 million visitors to the site, among other information.


Trump to reverse Obama-era order aimed at planning for climate change

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 15:34

President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order Tuesday that the White House said would streamline the approval process for building infrastructure such as roads, bridges and offices by eliminating a planning step related to climate change and flood dangers.

The White House confirmed...

CBO: Higher premiums if Trump halts Obamacare subsidies

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 15:24

People buying individual health care policies would face sharply higher premiums, and some may be left with no insurance options if President Donald Trump makes good on his threat to stop Obamacare payments to insurers, congressional experts said Tuesday.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office...

Woman's suit claims tiny rodent baked into Chick-Fil-A bun

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 14:18

A Philadelphia-area woman contends that she bit into a Chick-fil-A sandwich last year and discovered something baked into the bun that she hadn’t ordered: a dead mouse.

In a lawsuit filed in county court, Ellen Manfalouti said she found the tiny rodent baked into the chicken sandwich her co-worker...

Trump's denouncement angers white nationalists 'deserted by their president'

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 14:09

President Donald Trump's condemnation of hate groups — two days after his initially equivocal response to a deadly attack at a rally in Virginia — disappointed and even angered some of the white nationalists, white supremacists and neo-Nazis who supported and felt emboldened by his presidential...

David Crosby says Ted Nugent 'just isn't good enough' to be in Rock Hall of Fame

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 13:23

David Crosby says fellow rocker Ted Nugent has been kept out of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because he's not good enough, not because of his politics.

Crosby responded to a fan's question about whether political correctness kept Nugent out of the Hall by saying Monday night on Twitter that Nugent...

Public input sought on Lehigh Valley workforce strategic plan

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 13:05

Ask Nancy Dischinat how average people can better relate to the myriad of information and statistics her workforce agency churns out in its latest report, and she turns the question into a simple answer.

“It’s their system of workforce development,” said Dischinat, executive director of the Lehigh...

As Trump attacks CEOs who left his jobs council, another one quits

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 13:04

President Donald Trump on Tuesday ripped three top corporate chief executives who resigned from his manufacturing council in protest of his handling of the Charlottesville, Va., violence, calling them “grandstanders.”

Trump’s missive came shortly before another member of the council, Scott Paul,...

A rare and elusive white moose has finally been captured on video

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 12:56

Hans Nilsson has spent three years trying to spot an elusive white moose in the town of Eda, in western Sweden. Last week he got lucky and crossed paths with the ghost-colored herbivore two days in a row.

When Nilsson saw the moose the first time, he was amazed. On the second day, he was ready.


Pennsylvania lawmaker pleads guilty in case linked to illegal gambling

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 12:45

PITTSBURGH — A Pennsylvania lawmaker accused of using his political influence to benefit an illegal gambling ring has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts.

Democratic state Rep. Marc Gergely entered pleas Tuesday in Pittsburgh to conspiracy and an illegal campaign contribution. Felony counts...

Bethlehem police: Musikfest arrests up from last year

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 12:30

Bethlehem police say arrests at Musikfest more than doubled from last year; an increase due to a record-high number of visitors and a stretch of sunny days during the festival’s 10-day run, authorities say.

Musikfest organizers say nearly 1.2 million attended this year’s event, breaking the previous...

Trump retweets cause stir as he attempts to move past Charlottesville uproar

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 12:04

President Donald Trump appears to have mistakenly retweeted a message from one of his critics saying "he's a fascist."

Trump deleted his retweet Tuesday after about five minutes, but not before the message sent to his 35 million followers racked up a big response.

Trump seems to have been trying...

Police: Man passed out in cop's car cited for drunkenness

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 11:50

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has been cited for public drunkenness after breaking into and passing out in the front seat of an off-duty police officer's car.

Police in Shippensburg say the officer was on his way home from his shift early Sunday morning when he stopped at a Sheetz...