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Five members of 'Wolfpack' gang arrested after Allentown drug raid Friday

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:15pm

An ongoing drug investigation into a local gang known as the Wolfpack led to the arrest of five members in Allentown on Friday, along with the discovery of hundreds of narcotic pills and multiple guns, at least one of which was identified as being stolen, according to police.

Angel Luis Rivera,...

Some residents unaccounted for after huge fire at West Chester senior living community

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:21pm

Authorities struggled on Friday to account for the whereabouts of all the residents of a Pennsylvania senior living community after a massive blaze tore through their complex during the middle of the night, injuring nearly 30 and leading to a chaotic evacuation.

West Chester Mayor Jordan Norley...

Abuse allegations have revived scrutiny of Bill Clinton - and divided Democrats

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 9:53pm

A torrent of sexual abuse allegations against powerful figures in politics and media has reignited the defining political fight of the 1990s.

But this time, the battle is being waged within the ranks of Democrats and their allies, including leaders of the feminist movement. A growing number now...

Trump delays policy on importing elephant parts

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 9:17pm

President Donald Trump said Friday he's delaying a new policy allowing the body parts of African elephants shot for sport to be imported until he can review "all conservation facts."The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday that it will allow the importation of body parts from African elements...

Charles Manson's condition remains a mystery, though he is still alive

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 9:05pm

Mass murderer Charles Manson remained alive Friday, authorities said, but details of the illness that brought him to a Bakersfield hospital remain unclear.

Vicky Waters, a spokeswoman with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, said only that Manson was still living and that...

Cop's SUV careens onto sidewalk, killing two boys in Los Angeles County

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 7:55pm

Dropping to a knee, Luis Hernandez lit a small white candle and placed it beside a bed of flowers near the intersection where his little brothers’ lives ended the night before.

“I got the call and I didn’t believe it,” he said, wiping away tears Friday morning. “I just didn’t believe it.”

Hernandez’s...

Hearing set on Pawlowski's motion to dismiss charges against him

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 7:05pm

A federal court hearing is scheduled for Nov. 28 on Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski’s motion to dismiss the 54-count indictment against him, lawyer Scott Allinson’s request for a separate trial and other matters in the City Hall pay-to-play case.

U.S. District Judge Juan R. Sanchez said in the one-page...

Woman shot several times played dead in Lehigh Township, state police say

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 6:35pm

A seemingly routine family chat at the Lehigh Township home of Joseph Mullner ended in bloodshed the afternoon of Oct. 4 when his cousin jumped up with a handgun and “out of the blue” shot Mullner and his wife, according to testimony Friday by a Pennsylvania State Police trooper.

A bleeding Joseph...

Trump judicial nominee hunts ghosts, fends off critics over his lack of qualifications

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 6:20pm

By day, he was a clerk to a federal judge, a Harvard Law School graduate at the start of his career. By night, he was a ghost hunter and a devotee of the macabre.

Brett Talley is now President Donald Trump's nominee for a lifetime appointment to the federal bench as a U.S. District Court judge...

Keystone leak won't affect Nebraska ruling because regulators can't consider pipeline safety

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 5:54pm

Discovery of a 210,000-gallon oil leak from the Keystone pipeline would seem to be poor timing four days before regulators in Nebraska decide whether to allow a major expansion of the system, but officials say state law does not allow pipeline safety to be a factor in their decision.

The Nebraska...

Ohio governor candidate boasts of past sex with 'approximately 50 very attractive females'

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 5:21pm

An Ohio Supreme Court justice who recently declared his intention to run for governor is defending "heterosexual males" amid mounting accusations of sexual misconduct.

Justice William O'Neill took to Facebook on Friday to make a pithy statement about what he describe as the "national feeding frenzy...

Stitch Fix, which operates Lower Nazareth distribution center, goes public

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 5:00pm

Retail start-up Stitch Fix on Friday became the latest internet darling to go public, raising $120 million to help fuel future growth.

But the initial public offering also marked another milestone: It was the first woman-led tech company to go public in more than a year.

Katrina Lake, who founded...

Rockefeller Group appeals East Allen's warehouse rezoning denial

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:50pm

A development company is appealing East Allen Township Board of Supervisors’ denial of its petition to rezone build warehouses on farmland.

The Rockefeller Group contends its plan to rezone 155 acres of agricultural land to light industrial business park — which would allow the company to build...

Donald Trump Jr.'s 2016 trip to Paris for lunch with Moscow-linked couple remains a puzzle

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:36pm

Shortly before last year’s presidential election, Donald Trump Jr. flew to France for lunch at the Hotel Ritz Paris with a Syrian peace activist, who says she meets regularly with Russian officials, and her French husband, who nominated Russian President Vladimir Putin for a Nobel Peace Prize last...

Radio anchor who accused Al Franken of sexual harassment says she accepts his apologies

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:20pm

Some former female staffers of Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., spoke out on Friday in his defense, saying that he had treated women with respect while they worked in his office.

The statement came on the same day that Leeann Tweeden, the Los Angeles radio news anchor who accused Franken of kissing and...

Danica Patrick to end racing career at next year's Indy 500

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 3:55pm

Danica Patrick broke down in tears Friday as she announced she will retire from full-time racing next year after running the Daytona 500 and then the Indianapolis 500, closing her career at the storied track that made her famous.

Patrick told the Associated Press it took her many months to come...

Millwood seeking donations for Lehigh Valley families who fled hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 3:55pm

Nelson Xavier Sosa Torres, his wife and four children were in Puerto Rico when Hurricane Maria struck in September. They survived, but none of their belongings did.

“When Hurricane Maria hit, it was a total loss for us,” Torres said in a written statement issued Friday. “Our house was flooded,...

Allentown Catholic Diocese again compliant with child protection charter

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 3:20pm

The Allentown Catholic Diocese has once again been found in compliance with the Charter for Protection of Children and Young People, which was created in response to the clergy abuse scandal.

The bishops of the United States adopted the charter in 2002 and the diocese has been found to be in compliance...

Allentown police make quick arrest in Center City jewelry store robbery

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 2:40pm

A 30-year-old Allentown man allegedly robbed a Center City jewelry store of a bracelet Thursday, but it was quickly replaced with handcuffs after police were able to track him down, Allentown police said.

Jose Reyes was charged with robbery, simple assault, retail theft and harassment. He was arraigned...

Over budget on overtime, Allentown plans no new paramedics for 2018

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 2:35pm

Allentown is poised to be $70,000 over budget on overtime for the city’s EMS crews in 2017, but additional paramedic positions will not be filled next year, city officials told Allentown City Council Thursday.

Since late 2015, Allentown City Council has been pushing for the city to increase its...

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