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Probe: Las Vegas shooting suspect's motive remains a mystery

2 hours 48 min ago

The Las Vegas gunman meticulously planned how to carry out the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, researching SWAT tactics, renting other hotel rooms overlooking outdoor concerts and investigating potential targets in at least four cities, authorities said Friday.

But almost four months...

Skirmishes over secret recordings likely in Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski's trial

3 hours 9 min ago

The “hearsay rule” is a bedrock principle of American jurisprudence: Anything offered as evidence that doesn’t come from a witness testifying in court is hearsay and cannot be considered by jurors.

There are, of course, exceptions — two dozen in fact.

And they’ll be tested repeatedly during the...

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski ordered to pay $26,000 in legal fees

3 hours 19 min ago

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski and his wife owe nearly $26,000 in damages to a former consultant under a court order issued last month.

The order, filed by President Judge Edward Reibman on Dec. 20, denies Pawlowski’s petition to reconsider a judgment against him for $25,760.

The judgment, originally...

Yuengling to expand distribution into its 22nd state

3 hours 24 min ago

Kentucky may be known for its whiskey. But Yuengling is coming to town to provide a chaser — should residents of the Bluegrass State need one.

Pottsville’s D.G. Yuengling & Son Inc. on Friday announced it is expanding its distribution to Kentucky, which will become the 22nd state in the brewery’s...

InTouch publishes 2011 interview with porn star who said she had affair with Trump

3 hours 26 min ago

The adult-film star who has alleged that she had an affair with Donald Trump described her relationship with him in detail in a 2011 interview that was published Friday for the first time.

In Touch Weekly, a celebrity magazine, published the interview with Stephanie Clifford, who went by the name...

Pennsylvania State Police file 5-page response to grand jury's report on trooper-involved shootings

3 hours 29 min ago

Pennsylvania State Police have responded to a Northampton County grand jury’s recommendation for an independent agency to investigate trooper-involved fatal shootings, saying the agency will review its current policies and consider how they might be revised to “best achieve the common goal of investigative...

Easton woman pleads guilty to fatal crash while high on meth

3 hours 44 min ago

An Easton woman on Friday admitted killing another motorist in a June crash while driving high on methamphetamine.

Mazell Truss, 19, of the 1000 block of Lehigh Street, pleaded guilty in Northampton County Court to vehicular homicide while driving under the influence of drugs and causing an accident...

Allentown's Tilghman Street Bridge to close next week

3 hours 54 min ago

PennDOT has set a new date for the start of the Tilghman Street Bridge project in Allentown — again.

The bridge will close to traffic Thursday, Jan. 19. Motorists can also expect lane restrictions Monday through Wednesday as road crews prepare for the closure, according to a news release from PennDOT.


Over the hill and through the woods, a threat looms for Sands Bethlehem casino

4 hours 9 min ago

Off Exit 106 of one of New York’s main east-west arteries, through more than a mile of dense forest illuminated by newly installed streetlights, a two-lane road leads to the tallest building in three counties.

There, an 18-story glass casino, hotel and entertainment complex pokes out just above...

Justice Department to retry Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez on bribery charges

4 hours 36 min ago

Sen. Bob Menendez might spend 2018 asking voters to re-elect him and jurors to acquit him.

Federal prosecutors told a federal judge in New Jersey on Friday that they will seek a retrial of the Democratic senator, whose 11-week corruption trial ended in a hung jury in November.

The filing to the...

Anti-smoking plan may kill cigarettes — and save Big Tobacco

4 hours 39 min ago

Imagine if cigarettes were no longer addictive and smoking itself became almost obsolete; only a tiny segment of Americans still lit up. That's the goal of an unprecedented anti-smoking plan being carefully fashioned by U.S. health officials.

But the proposal from the Food and Drug Administration...

Zombie retailers close stores nationally, hoping for an online afterlife

4 hours 51 min ago

“Everything dies, baby, that’s a fact.

But maybe everything that dies someday comes back.”

—“Atlantic City” by Bruce Springsteen

In retail, some brands that could no longer cut it with brick-and-mortar stores are getting a second wind in the digital world.

Take the apparel retailer the Limited,...

Prosecutors say they will retry New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez

4 hours 54 min ago

The government has told a federal judge in New Jersey it will seek a retrial of Sen. Bob Menendez, whose 11-week corruption trial ended in a hung jury in November.

The filing to the judge on Friday seeks a retrial of the Democrat "at the earliest possible date."

Menendez and his longtime friend,...

Bath man sentenced to state prison for sex with 13-year-old

4 hours 59 min ago

A Bath man who admitted having sex with a 13-year-old girl he met through an online chat app was sentenced Friday to state prison.

Northampton County Judge Anthony Beltrami sentenced 34-year-old Trevor Gehret to 15 to 30 months behind bars where he must undergo sex offender treatment. Gehret will...

Community Music School leaving Allentown Arts District

5 hours 4 min ago

Community Music School, a downtown Allentown fixture for 35 years, is leaving its home at Miller Symphony Hall.

The school will be moving more than a mile west to the Scottish Rite building at 1528-1552 Hamilton St., Director Jeff Reed said Friday.

The primary reason for the move out of the city’s...

Lower Saucon could weigh in on Adelphia pipeline project

5 hours 14 min ago

A Lower Saucon Township official is hoping the township will weigh in on a new natural gas project that involves an existing pipeline running through the township.

Councilwoman Priscilla deLeon on Wednesday night asked council to register with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as...

President Trump tells March for Life: 'We are with you all the way'

5 hours 22 min ago

President Donald Trump on Friday delivered new support to the anti-abortion movement he once opposed, telling thousands of activists demonstrating in the annual March for Life, "We are with you all the way."

In an address broadcast from the White House Rose Garden, Trump said he's committed to...

Supreme Court to rule on Trump travel ban

5 hours 27 min ago

The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide the legality of the latest version of President Donald Trump's ban on travel to the United States by residents of six majority-Muslim countries.

The issue pits an administration that considers the restrictions necessary for Americans' security against challengers...

Killing of small-town online exhibitionist shocks Alabama community

5 hours 40 min ago

Kathleen Dawn West described herself as a full-time wife and mom on Facebook but lived another life on other social media platforms, calling herself an exhibitionist and posting risque photos with a chance for subscribers to see sexier images for $15.99 a month.

West, 42, was found dead outside...

Teen challenge to eat laundry pods leads to alarming spike calls to Pennsylvania poison center

5 hours 54 min ago

This morning, the Poison Control Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia got a call.

A teen took a laundry pod to school with him and ate it.

It was a day after social media giants Youtube and Facebook agreed to track down and remove videos teens have been posting of themselves biting...