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1 dead, dozens of hostages freed after Los Angeles supermarket standoff

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A woman was shot and killed when a gunman ran into a busy Los Angeles supermarket where he held dozens of people hostage for about three hours Saturday before handcuffing himself and surrendering to police.

About two hours before taking the hostages, police say the man shot his grandmother seven...

Administration releases highly classified application to wiretap Trump campaign adviser Page

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 9:34pm

The Justice Department on Saturday released a previously classified application to wiretap former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, who was under suspicion by the FBI of being a Russian agent.

The government had monitored Page under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and the heavily redacted...

Allentown man charged with stealing car found crashed

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 6:30pm

An Allentown man was charged with burglary and theft Saturday after a stolen car was found crashed at the Route 22 westbound ramp on MacArthur Road in Whitehall Township.

Luis Feliz was taken into custody Saturday after he fled from the vehicle, according to court documents.

Feliz, 23, of Allentown,...

A year later, families recall horror of Cosmo DiNardo's killing of four young men in Bucks County

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 4:20pm

In the sweltering heat of a summer day, Sharon Patrick walked the cornfields of the DiNardo family's Solebury Township farm, praying the rosary. She told herself that her Jimi would be found, perhaps traumatized, but alive.

Aimee Sturgis King stared up the long driveway toward the center of the...

Big brother or safety precaution? Easton Area to require students to use IDs with computer chips

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 4:00pm

This coming school year, all of Easton Area School District’s nearly 9,000 students will be issued special ID badges.

They will look similar to their old IDs, which were imprinted with the students’ photos and graduation years, but the new ones will have a special computer chip.

Students will have...

Retail Watch: Shake it up in Bethlehem Township

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 12:00pm

A new restaurant is shaking up Bethlehem Township’s dining scene.

Steak ’n Shake, known for its prime steakburgers and hand-dipped milkshakes, opened July 6 at the Madison Farms complex at 4817 Freemansburg Ave.

The eatery, near a Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection store, is the Illinois...

Schuylkill County man killed in motorcycle crash

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 11:40am

A Pine Grove man died of injuries he suffered when he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into a stone wall early Saturday morning, state police said.

Derek S. Soper, 23, died at Hershey Medical Center, where he was flown after the 2 a.m. crash on Deturksville Road in Washington Township,...

Stormy forecast forces Allentown to cancel 'Classics & Cruisers on Hamilton'

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 11:20am

The “Classics & Cruisers on Hamilton” event scheduled for Satuday in downtown Allentown has been canceled because of inclement weather.

The event was to involve about 100 cars and run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Organizers are looking to reschedule the event, the city said in a news release Saturday.

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Easton man killed when car strikes utility poles in Palmer Township

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 8:25am

An Easton man died when his car struck utility poles and rolled over several times early Saturday morning on William Penn Highway in Palmer Township, police reported.

Palmer Township police identified the driver as 23-year-old Michael Kutz, who was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash after...

Sellersville woman harassed husband’s coworker by tailing her, police say

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 12:00am

A Sellersville woman was given a harassment citation Friday after state police determined she had followed another woman in Quakertown several times a week for several weeks.

The harassed woman works with the husband of the Sellersville woman who was cited, state police at Dublin said. Police did...

With White House silent, Russia continues to shape narrative of Helsinki summit

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 10:26pm

Russia provided additional details Friday of what it said were agreements made at the presidential summit in Helsinki this week, shaping a narrative of the meeting with no confirmation or alternative account from the Trump administration.

Not surprisingly, the Russian story line tended to favor...

Judge: Ex-Luzerne County police chief not smart enough to pull off fraud

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 10:21pm

A Pennsylvania judge says a former police chief was not smart enough to pull off computer fraud.

Gary Shupp faced a felony access device charge alleging he used a woman's credit card to buy Apple watches without her permission. The Citizens' Voice reports Magisterial District Judge Martin Kane...

Duck boats linked to more than 40 deaths since 1999

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 10:13pm

Duck boats like the one that sank in Branson, Missouri, killing 17 people, have a long history of safety problems and have been linked to the deaths of more than 40 people since 1999.

The deadly sinking in Missouri brought back painful memories of a similar accident nearly two decades ago in Arkansas.

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Allentown man accused of speeding without lights in 10-mile night police chase

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 10:10pm

A 26-year-old motorist, whom state police tried to pull over last week for speeding in Allentown and South Whitehall Township, fled troopers for 10 miles before his vehicle broke down, police said.

Shamar J. Gordon of Allentown was going nearly 30 mph faster than the speed limit early July 8 when...

N.J. Supreme Court wants to forgive your old parking and driving tickets, saying they may be unfair

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 10:10pm

There are at least 787,764 open warrants in New Jersey for low-level municipal offenses more than 15 years old, including parking tickets and low-level driving tickets such as for running a stop sign.

Many of those people may not even know there are warrants out for tickets they may have long since...

With help from state, Rodale Institute looks to expand organic research

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 9:39pm

Rodale Institute officials said Friday they are eyeing new initiatives in organic agriculture thanks to $500,000 allocated to the nonprofit in Pennsylvania’s 2018-19 budget.

Those officials and representatives from state government discussed the plans during the annual field day event at the organizations’s...

MGM turns to never-tested law to sue Vegas shooting victims

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 9:29pm

The unprecedented move from MGM Resorts International to sue hundreds of victims of last year's mass shooting in Las Vegas using an obscure U.S. law never tested in court has been framed by the casino-operator as an effort to avoid years of costly litigation — but the legal maneuver may not play...

Honduran baby who turned 1 in border control custody is reunited with parents

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 7:26pm

A year-old boy who became a poster child for the U.S. policy of separating immigrants and their children was back in the arms of his parents Friday, five months after he was taken from his father at the U.S. border.

Johan Bueso Montecinos arrived in San Pedro Sula and was reunited with his parents....

‘Darn lucky’ driver survives Upper Saucon crash, breaking pole, flipping car

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 7:10pm

A young woman suffered minor injuries Friday afternoon in Upper Saucon Township when her car crashed into a utility pole and rolled over, according to witnesses and police radio reports.

“She was darn lucky,” said Doris Hallman, who saw the 4:45 p.m. crash from her picture window on Blue Church...

Judge: Ex-Luzerne County police chief not smart enough to pull off fraud

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 7:00pm

A Pennsylvania judge says a former police chief was not smart enough to pull off computer fraud.

Gary Shupp faced a felony access device charge alleging he used a woman's credit card to buy Apple watches without her permission. The Citizens' Voice reports Magisterial District Judge Martin Kane...

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