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Here's a look at Pennsylvania's new laws

2 hours 21 min ago

Pennsylvania state lawmakers wrapped up their session this week with the election of caucus leaders and farewell speeches by departing colleagues, closing the book on two years that produced nearly 250 new laws.

Their most high-profile debate , however, ended inconclusively when Senate Republicans...

Beloved toy store FAO Schwarz makes its comeback

2 hours 31 min ago

Three years after it closed its beloved toy store on Fifth Avenue, FAO Schwarz is making a return to New York.

A new FAO opens Friday in Manhattan's Rockefeller Center, about 10 blocks from its former home near Central Park.

For more than 150 years, FAO Schwarz was known in New York City for its...

Man guilty in double stabbing that left ex-girlfriend dead, Quakertown man injured

2 hours 41 min ago

A New Jersey man has pleaded guilty in a double stabbing that left his ex-girlfriend dead and a Quakertown man critically injured.

Jose Lopez pleaded guilty Thursday to murder and attempted murder as part of a plea deal with Atlantic County prosecutors. The 53-year-old Ventnor man faces a 30-year...

The snow started, the traffic halted: How the early season winter storm caused epic gridlock

2 hours 51 min ago

The snow started around noon Thursday. It was obvious, soon enough, that it was falling harder and faster than anyone expected — especially for a storm in mid-November, a week before Thanksgiving.

You know what happened next. The snow began accumulating on the roads. Tires started spinning. Traffic...

Funny girl: Jamie Lee Metzger and the bin in the basement (part 1 of 4)

3 hours 26 min ago
Part one in the true crime serial on the life and death of Jamie Lee Metzger, whose badly decomposed body was recovered in a bin in a Williams Township basement.

Paul Muschick: Who's to blame for early snow? Everyone who put out early Christmas decorations.

3 hours 41 min ago

I hope you’re happy.

Yes, you. You know who you are. Don’t try hiding behind your inflatable Rudolph or a rack of wreaths.

All of you who couldn’t wait for Christmas to come, who stocked your store shelves with candy canes and mistletoe and hung your colorful balls and twinkly lights on your porches...

Missing Lehigh Valley residents

3 hours 41 min ago
While Jamie Metzger's disappearance was not listed in the national database, there are several cases of missing or unidentified people in the Lehigh

How the Jamie Lee Metzger case unfolded

3 hours 41 min ago
Timeline in the Jamie Lee Metzger disappearance death, from the time she is reported missing until she was found dead in a storage bin in a Williams Township basemen.

What went wrong? The meteorological evolution of Thursday's 'perfect storm' in the Lehigh Valley

3 hours 46 min ago

The heaviest snows in the Lehigh Valley typically come from nor’easters, Alberta Clippers and squall lines — the types of storms that sound familiar to the general public.

What hit the area Thursday was not your typical snow storm. It evolved rapidly into the most potent November storm on record...

Judge: White House must immediately return CNN reporter Jim Acosta's press credential

4 hours 2 min ago

A federal judge ordered the Trump administration on Friday to immediately return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta, saying Acosta suffered "irreparable harm" from the decision to bar him.

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly, an appointee of President Donald Trump,...

Police: Easton man charged with attempted homicide

4 hours 16 min ago

Easton police have charged a 20-year-old man with attempted homicide and related offenses in a Sept. 1 shooting on the city’s South Side. Court records do not reveal what sparked the shooting.

Kasaan Gregory Brevard is also charged with aggravated assault and several counts of reckless endangerment,...

Easton brew pub opening second location at forthcoming Quakertown public market

4 hours 16 min ago

A craft beverage hub is brewing in downtown Quakertown.

Two Rivers Brewing Company, the restaurant and brewery that opened nearly six years ago at 542 Northampton St. in Easton, earlier this week announced plans to open a second location next year at the forthcoming Trolley Barn Public Market at...

1980s rockers Whitesnake, Grateful Dead legacy band Joe Russo's Almost Dead coming to Penn's Peak

4 hours 46 min ago

Whitesnake, the power-ballad rockers had the chart-toppers songs "Is This Love" and "Here I Go" in the late 1980s, will return to play a show at Penn’s Peak near Jim Thorpe, it was announced.

Also coming to Penn’s Peak is Joe Russo’s Nearly Dead, a Grateful Dead legacy group formed by a member...

#NationalFastFoodDay: The Valley's love for fast food by the numbers

6 hours 41 min ago

We may not want to admit it, but our area loves fast food.

It’s #NationalFastFoodDay so we’ve compiled some facts and stats for you to consider as you snack on your fries and slurp your shake:

Do you want fries with that?

As of 2016 there were 9,209 places in Pennsylvania where you might be asked...

1 dead, 3 wounded in Kenosha County shooting

7 hours 15 min ago

One person is dead and three others are wounded in an overnight shooting in Kenosha County.

Sheriff's officials say the shooting happened in a home in the Town of Wheatland about 10:30 p.m. Thursday. Deputies found two people with gunshot wounds. One person died at the scene. A short time later,...

GOP senator: It’s a 'great idea' to make it harder for 'liberal folks' to vote

7 hours 58 min ago

A Republican U.S. senator from Mississippi is shown in a new video talking about "liberal folks" and making it "just a little more difficult" for them to vote.

A campaign spokeswoman for Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith criticized the video, saying the senator was joking. The brief clip appeared on social...

Police: Pumpkin tossed from northwestern Indiana toll road overpass causes crash

8 hours 31 min ago

A Michigan motorist has suffered minor injuries after a pumpkin tossed from a northwestern Indiana Toll Road overpass crashed through her windshield.

State police say 64-year-old Susan Brown of Edwardsburg was struck by the pumpkin about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, lost control and drove into a ditch in...

Q&A INTERVIEW: Whoopi Goldberg, coming to Sands Bethlehem Event Center, wants to give her 'View' on topics other than politics

8 hours 41 min ago

Political talk seems never-ending on “The View,” the daytime talk show Whoopi Goldberg has headed since 2007, and comments about President Trump have put her in recent headlines. Goldberg says politics is on the verge of becoming the only thing people talk about.

So when Goldberg decided she wanted...

It's not over: thundersnow, lightning over Lehigh Valley; wintry conditions for morning commute

8 hours 41 min ago

Before 5 a.m. Friday, a rumble of thunder over Bethlehem could be heard. In Allentown, a flash of lightning became an incredible end-to-end burst across the sky, lighting up the night and jarring residents awake at such an early hour.

“I honestly thought something exploded,” tweeted one Lehigh...

Pen Argyl veteran who got lost military commendations back: 'It fills a big hole in my soul'

9 hours 41 min ago

When John Altemose talks about his military service, you can tell how much he cherished that time.

Those were four important years for him and for our country. Altemose enlisted in the Army just weeks after graduating from Pleasant Valley High School. Less than a year later he was in a foreign...