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Costco made $3.7 million selling 'Tiffany' rings. Now it must pay $19 million to the real Tiffany.

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 11:30

Costco must pay the storied jewelry company Tiffany & Co. more than $19 million for selling about 2,500 diamond rings falsely identified on store signs as "Tiffany" rings, a federal judge ruled Monday.

Costco's management "displayed at best a cavalier attitude toward Costco's use of the Tiffany...

Lane restrictions on Emmaus Avenue for UGI work

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 11:30

PennDOT said parts of Emmaus Avenue between Cypress Avenue and South Albert Street in Salisbury and Allentown will have lane restriction today and Wednesday for utility work.

According to officials, UGI gas line work will be done from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., but could be delayed at times due to rain....

The Bottom Line: Sales grow, earnings decline for Fuling Global

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 10:40

Fuling Global Inc., a Chinese plasticware manufacturer with a plant in the Lehigh Valley, has released earnings for its second quarter and first half of 2017. Here is a summary:

What happened? Fuling posted quarterly net income of $1.5 million, or 10 cents per share, compared with $4.7 million...

The question isn't why Merck's boss quit Trump's CEO council; it's why any other CEOs are staying

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 10:31

Ken Frazier, the CEO of Merck & Co., may not have meant it this way, but he managed to put 27 of his fellow corporate CEOs and other business leaders on the hottest of hot seats Monday.

That’s when Frazier resigned from President Trump’s manufacturing jobs council. His aim plainly was to protest...

Both Korean leaders, U.S. signal turn to diplomacy amid crisis

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 09:59

North Korea's military on Tuesday presented leader Kim Jong Un with plans to launch missiles into waters near Guam and "wring the windpipes of the Yankees," even as both Koreas and the United States signaled their willingness to avert a deepening crisis, with each suggesting a path toward negotiations.

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Trump retweets alt-right conspiracy theorist on Chicago homicides in wake of Charlottesville criticism

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 09:58

Late Monday, after thousands of protesters flocked to Trump Tower for the president's first trip back to the Manhattan penthouse in seven months, the president took to Twitter.

First, he wrote that it felt "good to be home." Next, he retweeted a post from an eyebrow-raising Twitter account: that...

Couple admits to crashing wedding; bride finds stunt funny

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 09:30

SPARTA, N.J. (AP) — A couple who gained notoriety for crashing a New Jersey wedding reception and leaving the newlyweds a card apologizing for their actions said they did it as a lark while on their first date.

Carly Wolfson told WCBS-TV in New York (http://cbsloc.al/2i08E43) that she sent the...

PennDOT: stopping on road to view solar eclipse is illegal

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 08:40

PennDOT is warning motorists that stopping on the roadway to view the solar eclipse is illegal, unsafe and can lead to a traffic citation.

The eclipse, when the moon moves between the Sun and the Earth, is expected to blot out about 75 percent of the sun in the Lehigh Valley starting at 1:20 p.m....

Woman's lawsuit claims tiny rodent baked into Chick-Fil-A bun in Bucks County

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 08:25

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A suburban Philadelphia woman claims she got an extra topping in her Chick-Fil-A sandwich last year: a dead rodent.

Ellen Manfalouti filed a lawsuit in Bucks County Court over the tiny rodent she claims was baked into the bottom bun of her chicken sandwich.

The 46-year-old tells...

China says U.S. trade probe would violate international rules

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 07:52

China criticized President Donald Trump's order for a possible U.S. trade investigation of Beijing's technology policies as a violation of global rules and said Tuesday it will "resolutely safeguard" Chinese interests.

Trade groups for technology companies welcomed Trump's order Monday but the...

Police: Woman, 84, escapes after bound with leash, belts during robbery

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 07:50

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police say an 84-year-old woman who was bound with belts and a dog leash by a home invader was able to slip free and escape safely.

Police say a man broke into the woman's house Monday and demanded money. When she refused, police say, the man tied her up in the...

Deadly rally accelerates ongoing removal of Confederate statues across U.S.

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 07:35

In Gainesville, Florida, workers hired by the Daughters of the Confederacy chipped away at a Confederate soldier's statue, loaded it quietly on a truck and drove away with little fanfare.

In Baltimore, Mayor Catherine Pugh said she's ready to tear down all of her city's Confederate statues, and...

Warning to avocado lovers: a California shortfall may send prices soaring

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 07:00

Avocados could soon be fetching a lot more green.

A shortfall in production in California, the leading U.S. avocado grower, has kicked up wholesale prices in recent weeks — which means you may soon be paying more for fresh guacamole and avocado toast.

A wholesale box of 60 avocados currently costs...

Firefighter apologizes for ‘dumb joke' about Charlottesville

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 07:00

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia firefighter says he was drunk and making a “dumb joke” about the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, when he posted a picture of himself holding a torch and wearing a Confederate flag hat on Facebook.

John Deluisi tells WTXF-TV (http://bit.ly/2vWNOrO...

Sellers in inventory-hungry Lehigh Valley market received 98.3% of list price in July

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 06:00

Buyer demand continues to outpace the supply of available homes in the Lehigh Valley, a situation that is often leading to multiple offers on well-priced properties.

In July, for example, sellers received 98.3 percent of their list price, the highest mark recorded in a decade, according to figures...

Trouble saving for retirement? So do 96 percent of working Americans

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 06:00

People at all income levels are guilty of not saving enough for retirement, but it may not be entirely their fault.

Income shocks defined as an annual earnings drop of more than 10 percent are so common that 96 percent of working Americans experience four or more of them by the time they reach age...

Rain, thunderstorms, fog expected to roll through Lehigh Valley

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 05:35

The Lehigh Valley is looking at a mixed bag of precipitation on Tuesday, including a chance of thunderstorms that may threaten to erupt this afternoon. Patchy dense fog is also expected overnight into Wednesday, says the National Weather Service.

A few bands of showers moved through the region...

Trump retweets alt-right media figure who pushed 'Pizzagate' and Seth Rich conspiracy theories

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 00:59

Amid criticism for his response to violence that ensued between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, President Trump retweeted Jack Posobiec — an alt-right media figure who pushed the PizzaGate and Seth Rich conspiracy theories.

After blaming "many sides" for...

Allentown man charged in robberies of Gulf, Speedway, KFC and CVS

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 00:45

An Allentown man was charged Monday with taking part in the armed robberies of four businesses and the attempted burglary of a gun shop over a three-week period this summer.

Montrel Mansell, 25, of the 400 block of North 15th Street, was named by two witnesses as a robber of two gas stations, a...

Top CEOs from Intel, Merck and Under Armour quit Trump advisory panel over Charlottesville response

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 23:10

The chief executive of pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. publicly resigned from a White House manufacturing council on Monday, declaring he felt “a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism.”

The move by Kenneth Frazier, one of corporate America’s leading African American...

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