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Police: Brutal slaying near mosque stemmed from road rage

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 11:34

A morning of prayer and reflection in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan ended in tragedy when 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen left her mosque with friends for a pre-dawn meal and was attacked with a baseball bat.

Authorities said Hassanen died of blunt force trauma to her upper body after 22-year-old...

With one call, PPL customers can opt to hook up to multiple utilities

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:36

ALLENTOWN — Everybody knows setting up utility services can be a hassle when it comes time to move.

PPL Electric Utilities says it wants to make things a little easier. The company is offering a free, optional service giving those customers an opportunity to take care of most other utility hookups...

In secret Obamacare repeal bill, Senate Republicans plan even harsher cuts to Medicaid than House GOP

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:24

In the all-out quest for ways to strip health coverage from millions of people in order to deliver a huge tax cut to the richest Americans, Senate Republicans have been regarded as more moderate than their House colleagues. But a proposal leaked from the Senate GOP’s closed-door drafting sessions...

UPS to charge more during Black Friday, Christmas delivery surges

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:03

United Parcel Service will place its first holiday-season surcharges on U.S. packages, as the world's largest package-delivery company seeks to defray a surge in year-end costs.

A fee of 27 cents a package will be levied on deliveries by the residential ground network on certain weeks in November...

More than $26k raised for daughters of Whitehall couple killed in murder-suicide

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 09:44

WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP — The family and friends of a Whitehall woman who was shot and killed by her husband in a murder-suicide earlier this month have raised more than $26,000 in scholarship money for the couple's two daughters.

Kelsy Pierson Thomson, 35, was killed June 7 by her husband Brian E....

Speculation grows that Amazon will face a rival bidder for Whole Foods

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 08:48

Amazon.com’s plan to buy Whole Foods Market sparked an avalanche of discussion about how the online retail giant could transform the U.S. grocery industry in the years ahead.

But Amazon’s $13.7-billion deal might not be the last word on the merger itself.

Wall Street signaled Monday that it expects...

Ryan promises to overhaul tax code this year despite hurdles

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 08:40

House Speaker Paul Ryan is promising to overhaul the tax code by the end of the year despite political divisions among Republicans and a crowded legislative agenda for Congress.

Ryan is due to give a speech on tax reform Tuesday afternoon to the National Association of Manufacturers. In excerpts...

Whitehall sisters found dead Monday; one accidentally, one of natural causes, coroner says

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 08:03

WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP — Two sisters were found dead Monday night inside their home on South Front Street in Whitehall, authorities said.

Evelyn Kocis, 86, was pronounced dead about 8:11 p.m. and her sister Elizabeth Kocis, 79, was pronounced dead three minutes later, according to the Lehigh County...

Pennsylvania radio host resigns after Trump comments

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 07:56

PALMYRA, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania radio host has resigned after being asked by radio management not to criticize President Donald Trump on air.

Bruce Bond tells Pennlive.com (http://bit.ly/2rycgKH ) he is "very sad" his position with WTPA-FM could not continue.

Bond posted a letter from the station's...

Death of Otto Warmbier, American detained in North Korea, baffles experts

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 07:06

North Korea's missile and nuclear tests, its carefully scripted propaganda bluster, even its military threats: Far from the scattershot workings of a madman, most of this fits the playbook of a small, proud country well used to stoking tensions to get concessions it would otherwise not receive...

Woman wearing Trump shirt says Starbucks workers wrote "Build a Wall" on her cup

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 06:59

Some Trump supporters are calling for yet another boycott of Starbucks after one woman said she was bullied at a Charlotte, N.C., store for wearing a Trump T-shirt. Kayla Hart said that when she walked into a store there last week, the baristas laughed at her. When she received her iced tea, instead...

Will Amazon get rid of cashiers at Whole Foods?

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 06:58

When Amazon.com completes its acquisition of Whole Foods Market, Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos will try to keep the grocer's reputation for premium fresh foods while cutting prices to shed its "Whole Paycheck" image, a source said.

Amazon expects to reduce headcount and change inventory to...

Tropical storm watches, warnings issued along Gulf Coast

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 06:31

MIAMI (AP) — A tropical storm warning has been issued for a section of Louisiana's coast as a weather system approaches from the Gulf of Mexico.

The warning is in effect from Cameron, Louisiana, to Intracoastal City.

The system's maximum sustained winds early Tuesday are near 40 mph (64 kph). The...

Body of teen swimmer swept away by current found; 2nd sought

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 06:06

MARGATE, N.J. (AP) — The body of one of two teenage swimmers swept away by a strong current and missing from Atlantic City, New Jersey, since last week has been found.

And a girl who had been on life support following a similar accident in Belmar has died.

Authorities discovered the body of 16-year-old...

Pregnant driver hurt as she hits deer in west Lehigh County

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 03:00

A pregnant woman was in and out of consciousness late Monday in western Lehigh County after she crashed her car into a deer on Kings Highway, according to emergency radio reports.

The accident was reported 11:49 p.m. in the 9100 block of Kings Highway, at the intersection with Levans Road and Slateville...

FTC challenges FanDuel-DraftKings merger

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 00:04

Federal regulators are challenging the planned merger of FanDuel and DraftKings, saying the combination of the two largest daily fantasy sports sites would create a company controlling more than 90 percent of the market.

The Federal Trade Commission announced Monday it will file a complaint — along...

Saucon Valley Manor kitchen smoke raises alarm in Hellertown; all safe

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 23:51

The Saucon Valley Manor assisted living home in Hellertown was partially evacuated late Monday because of an oil fire on a kitchen fryer that set off a smoke alarm.

The fire was reported 11:28 p.m. at the home on 1050 Main St. Several fire companies were dispatched, but within 15 minutes they were...

Croc Rock to be demolished to make way for City Center development

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 22:34

ALLENTOWN — Crocodile Rock, the home sweet home of '80s hair metal, pop, punk and local acts on Allentown's Hamilton Street, is about to embark on a farewell tour.

Allentown's Zoning Hearing Board approved City Center Investment Corp.'s application Monday to demolish the former concert venue in...

Republican voter data firm likely exposed your personal information online for days

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 21:58

To any nefarious hackers looking for data that could be used to sway elections or steal Americans’ identities, the file compiled by a GOP digital firm called Deep Root Analytics offered all manner of possibilities.

There in one place was detailed personal information about almost every voter in...

Emmaus Alzheimer's patient wanders from her home, found near high school

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 21:36

Emmaus emergency workers were dispatched Monday night to look for an 81-year-old woman with advanced Alzheimer's disease who left her home unattended.

The woman left her home in the 200 block of Harrison Street just before 9 p.m., emergency dispatchers radioed. About a half-hour later, she was...