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Big changes about small fish might be in store for fishermen

3 hours 25 min ago

The little herring is one of the most important fish on the East Coast, and federal fishing managers on Tuesday will consider a host of potentially major changes to the industry that harvests the species.

Atlantic herring is a small, schooling fish that is the target of an industry that collects...

Lunching sheriff's deputies foil halfway house escape bid

3 hours 40 min ago

Authorities say two men trying to escape from a Pittsburgh halfway house were thwarted when they were spotted by two sheriff's deputies eating lunch at a neighboring courts building.

Allegheny County Sgt. Tom Ninehouser and Deputy Jon Monaco were in the Pittsburgh Municipal Courts building when...

Prison or house arrest? Cosby's day of reckoning comes after 3-year sex assault case

3 hours 40 min ago

Bill Cosby faces a good chance of being sent to prison Tuesday, when a judge is expected to sentence the TV star who was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004.

Cosby, 81, will have the opportunity to speak in court before he is sentenced.

The once-beloved actor and comedian,...

Michael Kors ups the glamour, buys Versace for $2 billion

3 hours 40 min ago

Michael Kors is buying the Italian fashion house Gianni Versace in a deal worth more than $2 billion (1.83 billion euros), continuing its hard charge into the world of high-end fashion.

The deal announced Tuesday follows the New York handbag maker's $1.35 billion acquisition last year of the shoemaker...

Wake-Up Call: The latest on Pa.'s abuse claims bill, Brett Kavanaugh, and political ice cream

3 hours 45 min ago

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know about Pennsylvania’s political news to start your day:

Pa. House advances bill on abuse claims

One half of the Pennsylvania Legislature moved a step closer to approving a bill extending lawsuits for some childhood sexual abuse victims.

The measure, which...

China: U.S. is 'holding a knife to our neck' in trade war

3 hours 55 min ago

The United States is "holding a knife to our neck" with its attempts to force China to give into its demands to rectify trade imbalances, a top official said Tuesday, a day after the two sides imposed another round of onerous tariffs on each others' products.

With both Beijing and Washington holding...

Instagram co-founders resign in latest Facebook shake-up

4 hours 8 min ago

The co-founders of the photo-sharing app Instagram, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, said late Monday they're exiting the company they sold to Facebook six years ago, the latest chapter in an extended shakeup of the social media giant.

Systrom and Krieger submitted their resignations to Facebook...

Multiple injuries in I-78 accident

4 hours 35 min ago

Emergency dispatchers reported “multiple injuries” in an accident on westbound Interstate 78 in Salisbury Township.

The accident happened shortly after 7 a.m. near the Emaus Avenue exit. Three people were reportedly injured.

More details will be posted as they become available.

daniel.sheehan@mcall.com

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West Allentown's Ringers Roost and Wert's Cafe holding joint outdoor 50th birthday bash

4 hours 40 min ago

Help two restaurants in Allentown’s West End celebrate their 50th anniversaries Saturday.

Ringers Roost and Wert’s Café will hold a joint 50th birthday celebration, noon to 10 p.m. in the parking lot of Ringers Roost, 1801 W. Liberty St.

“It’s a unique situation to have two restaurants side-by-side...

A serpent fit for a horror flick: rare two-headed copperhead snake found in Virginia

5 hours 20 min ago

The fangs of a single copperhead are enough to scare most. But a two-headed snake? That's a serpent fit for a horror flick.

This week, the nightmare-inducing creature showed up in a yard in Woodbridge, Virginia. A photo was sent and posted to the Facebook page of a wildlife expert, and it quickly...

Pope acknowledges abuse scandals driving people from church

5 hours 35 min ago

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Pope Francis acknowledged Tuesday that the sex abuse scandals rocking the Catholic Church were driving people away and said the church must change its ways if it wants to keep future generations.

Francis referred directly to the crisis convulsing his papacy on the fourth...

Catholic League's criticism of grand jury probe is garbage

5 hours 40 min ago

I’ve kept an open mind about the mountain of allegations of sexual abuse by priests that were documented in last month’s grand jury report. While there’s no doubt what many of those priests did, I’ve stressed the importance of giving the accused a chance to defend themselves, and of not jumping...

After a day of rain, Lehigh Valley looks to severe weather threat Wednesday

6 hours 10 min ago

Know this before you take a look at the forecast for the next two days — the weekend is aiming to offer much better weather.

Until then, keep the umbrella handy.

The National Weather Service says an area of moderate rain will move into the Southern Poconos, Berks County, Lehigh Valley, and Northwest...

Plus-sized burlesque troupe coming to ArtsQuest Center to celebrate characters of Tim Burton

6 hours 40 min ago

A burlesque show that features all plus size, female performers is coming to ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks.

The Philadelphia-based Sister Bear Burlesque, which bills itself as the only female plus-size burlesque troupe on the East Coast, will present Burtonlesque!, a journey through the characters...

Real-time results give public a glimpse behind polling curtain

7 hours 40 min ago

Small white circles scroll across the screen in a neat row, occasionally interrupted by the appearance of a blue, red or gray circle.

Under the empty circles? The words, “Didn’t answer.”

The line of circles represents the latest experiment in political polling — a “live” poll from The New York...

Tractor-trailers crash at Bethlehem Twp. warehouse lot; damage minor

11 hours 25 min ago

Two tractor-trailers collided with each other Monday night outside the CH Robinson warehouse near Dutch Springs in Bethlehem Township, according to emergency radio reports.

One person may have suffered a minor injury at 11:57 p.m. when the cab of one tractor-trailer crashed into the trailer of...

Fountain Hill blaze damages house; firetruck crashes on way

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 11:10pm

A Fountain Hill house was damaged Monday night by a fire that chased out its residents and neighbors, according to emergency radio reports.

The fire was reported 10:45 p.m. at the rear 722 N. Clewell St., at Clewell Street. A second alarm dispatched extra firefighters to the scene.

There were no...

'How'd you find me?': Mark Judge has been holed up in a beach house amid media firestorm

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 10:38pm

Mark Judge has been conspicuously absent for more than a week: Named as the only witness to an alleged sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, he has not been seen and has said little beyond a statement released by a lawyer saying he recalled no such incident.

A high school friend...

Second West Nile death confirmed in N.J.

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 10:16pm

New Jersey health officials have confirmed a second death from the West Nile virus this year amid a spike in cases due to the weather.

Officials said Monday an elderly Bergen County woman passed away this month in addition to the 62-year-old man reported earlier to have died — also a resident of...

Northampton High grad publishes book on naval history

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 9:45pm

Students with a passion for writing and history in the Northampton school district can look to an alumnus as an inspiration to persevere and succeed.

Jason W. Smith, a 2001 graduate of Northampton High School, was recognized by school board members and administrators Monday for his achievement...

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