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Bad year for Lyme Disease, with threat remaining well past summer

4 hours 40 min ago

This summer has been one of the Lehigh Valley’s worst for Lyme disease, an increasingly prevalent problem for Pennsylvanians.

The steep rise in Lyme disease cases may be due to the growth of animal populations that carry the infected ticks as well as the changing climate and the proximity of homes...

80 workers to lose jobs as longtime Easton-area pigments manufacturer will close

5 hours 5 min ago

A longtime Easton-area pigments manufacturer is closing by the end of the year, costing about 80 workers their jobs.

Venator Materials, a corporate spinoff of Texas-based giant Huntsman Corp., said Monday it is closing the Easton site and another plant in St. Louis as part of a $90 million “business...

Pennsylvania's budget gridlock leads to credit downgrade and higher taxpayer costs

5 hours 15 min ago

Pennsylvania’s ongoing budget and political gridlock has hurt taxpayers in the eyes of Wall Street money managers.

This morning, bond rating company S&P Global Ratings, made good on its months-old threat to lower Pennsylvania’s bond rating and also warn investors of the state’s failure to meet...

From West Philly to North Korea, priest tries to help as tensions rise

5 hours 25 min ago

It was a long way from a West Philadelphia rowhouse to the crucible of North Korea, but that's where the Rev. Gerard Hammond found need and meaning.

His mission suddenly became more perilous on Tuesday, when President Trump stood before the United Nations General Assembly and threatened to “totally...

Trump pressing GOP senators to act on new health proposal

5 hours 55 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — With time growing short, President Donald Trump and Republican Senate leaders are engaged in a frantic search for votes in a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace the Obama health law. The outcome is uncertain in a Capitol newly engulfed in drama over health care.

Senate Majority...

Frat at Cornell to close amid black student beating probe

6 hours 15 min ago

A national fraternity says it will close its Cornell University chapter in the wake of an investigation into an attack against a black student by a white student that police say may have been racially motivated.

Psi Upsilon's alumni board of governors told the Ivy League school on Tuesday that...

Cops: Man attacks father, 83, for not having dinner ready

7 hours 25 min ago

TAYLOR, Pa. (AP) — A 49-year-old Pennsylvania man has been jailed on charges he beat his frail 83-year-old father because the older man didn't have dinner ready on time.

Taylor Borough police say Frank Steinetz III beat Frank Steinetz Jr. after an argument Monday evening.

Police say they responded...

Sentencing set for Pennsylvania man convicted in sex assault of 6 girls

8 hours 5 min ago

A man convicted of sexually assaulting six girls from the same family, fathering two children with one of them, is scheduled to be sentenced in a Pennsylvania court.

Fifty-two-year-old Lee Donald Kaplan will be sentenced in Bucks County court Wednesday on multiple counts of child rape, statutory...

Lehigh Valley weather: Jose continues northeast track, leaving high temps and coastal flooding

9 hours 5 min ago

Tropical Storm Jose is continuing its slow jaunt further offshore toward the northeast, its outer edges leaving eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey with unseasonably warm temperatures, cloud cover and some coastal flooding this week.

Early this morning, the center of the storm was located about...

Talking Business with Tony Iannelli: Saying goodbye to Danny McNeill

9 hours 15 min ago

Let's face it, we're all running at full speed in today's world. We find less and less time to stop and savor the moment or consider where we're running to — or maybe from what it is that we are running. It's a fast-paced world and with the advent of the internet and handheld devices, it feels...

Pennsylvania fine wine restaurants alarmed by new PLCB rules

9 hours 15 min ago

Pennsylvania restaurateurs are alarmed by changes the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is making to the way they buy wines and spirits that are not carried by state stores.

Starting Oct. 1, restaurant owners and other licensees ordering through the state's special liquor order (SLO) system will...

Craft brewery owners clear final hurdles in Catasauqua

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 10:45pm

CATASAUQUA — Owners of a planned craft brewery in Catasauqua have cleared their final hurdle and hope to soon be producing and selling their libations to thirsty patrons.

After receiving a second use variance Tuesday from the Zoning Hearing Board, Fred and Annette Pompa may now operate a tavern/craft...

Whitehall zoners postpone hearing on apartment building proposal

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 10:40pm

WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP — A scheduled zoning hearing on Abe Atiyeh’s plan to develop an eight-unit apartment building on Quarry Street in Whitehall Township was postponed until October.

Whitehall Township Zoning Hearing Board Chairman Lee Christman announced the continuance at the start of Tuesday night’s...

Alburtis driver has ‘coughing attack,’ slams car into pole, police say

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 10:40pm

A Lehigh County driver developed a severe “coughing attack” Tuesday afternoon and crashed into a utility pole near Topton, injuring her and her passenger, police said.

Kathleen M. Anders, 42, of Alburtis, was going northeast on Five Points Road in Rockland Township at 2:20 p.m. when she started...

Sessions: 'Sanctuary cities' undermine law's moral authority

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 10:18pm

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday criticized sanctuary cities that try to protect immigrants in the country illegally as places that "undermine the moral authority of the law."

He made the comments a day after the Trump administration appealed a judge's ruling blocking its efforts...

Disturbing images show Navy hospital staffers mishandling infant, calling babies 'mini Satans'

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 9:55pm

Two medical staffers at a military hospital in Florida were barred from caring for patients after they were seen in disturbing images mishandling a newborn, making obscene gestures and calling babies "mini Satans."

One video shows a female staffer in gloves and medical scrubs holding the infant...

Bethlehem man is injured as car crashes into 2 trees near Kutztown

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 9:55pm

A Bethlehem man was injured Friday afternoon when he lost control of his car in eastern Berks County and crashed into two trees, police said.

Sebastian E. Cuba, 25, was going northeast on Eagle Point Road and entering a curve to the left at 1:05 p.m. when his car went off the right side of the...

Ranks grow in race to replace Barletta in US House seat

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 9:51pm

The ranks of people who are trying to succeed U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta are growing.

On Tuesday, Berwick borough councilman Andrew Shecktor said he's dropping his candidacy for U.S. Senate and instead will run for the Republican nomination in Pennsylvania's 11th District seat.

Also announcing this...

Allentown looks to crack down on nuisance Muhlenberg College students

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 9:50pm

ALLENTOWN — Muhlenberg College students who recently returned to campus may face a crackdown on their living arrangements thanks to a proposed expansion of the zoning district around the school.

Neighbors met with Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski and other community leaders Tuesday to discuss the proposed...

Predators target NFL concussion victims, lawyers say

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 9:50pm

Lawyers for former NFL players now eligible for payments under the league's $1 billion concussion settlement said Tuesday they've found evidence that unscrupulous third-party providers are trying to take advantage of players with significant brain damage.

Christopher Seeger, a lawyer who represented...