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Northampton, Lehigh counties trying medication to fight opioid addiction

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 9:25pm

Lehigh and Northampton counties are adding a new weapon to their arsenal as they battle substance abuse and opioid addiction.

Both are participating in a state-funded pilot program that offers prison inmates a drug that can block cravings for heroin and alcohol. It’s Vivitrol, commonly called naltrexone,...

Prosecutors: Man killed wife for saying she wanted divorce

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 8:35pm

A Centre County man who police say killed his wife and attempted to burn down his house with his young daughter inside is headed to trial.

Prosecutors say 37-year-old Charles McGhee, of Bellefonte, killed his wife, Courtney, last month after becoming upset that she was considering a divorce. McGhee...

The Pennsylvania House prepares for an unusual weekend session

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 8:30pm

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania House of Representatives prepared to return to Harrisburg for an unusual weekend session amid a three-week stalemate with the Senate and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf over how to resolve a gaping hole in state government's $32 billion budget plan.

Amid wider disagreements...

Is painting the work of Michaelangelo?

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 8:25pm

Martin Kober is convinced the painting of a dying Jesus that hung above the mantel in his upstate New York childhood home is the work of Michelangelo. Getting experts to agree remains the $300 million hurdle.

That's the potential value of the 19-by-25-inch (48-by-64-centimeter) work that Kober's...

In surrealist twist, Salvador Dali exhumed in paternity lawsuit

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 7:15pm

Salvador Dali's eccentric artistic and personal history has taken yet another bizarre turn with the exhumation of his embalmed remains in order to find genetic samples that could settle whether one of the founding figures of surrealism fathered a girl decades ago.

Pilar Abel, a 61-year-old tarot...

McCain's absence complicates Obamacare repeal and wider agenda for GOP Senate

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 6:57pm

To Senate Republicans, John McCain is a real-life hero, a leader and a trusted voice who speaks his mind in the often muddled milieu of Washington politics.

He is also a crucial vote in their slim 52-seat majority.

McCain’s sudden absence from the Senate as he battles brain cancer complicates the...

Family of Australian woman fatally shot by Minneapolis police wants changes

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 6:25pm

The family of an Australian woman shot dead by a Minneapolis police officer wants changes in police protocols, including a look at how often officers are required to turn on their body cameras, a family attorney told local media.

Other police shootings around the U.S. — particularly the killings...

Letter from student leads to new playground at Lehigh Parkway Elementary

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 5:45pm

At recess, 9-year-old Darius Kohler never gets to pump his legs high on a swing or climb across monkey bars.

Unlike other schools, Lehigh Parkway Elementary doesn’t have a playground set — just a teeter-totter where students have to wait in long lines for a turn.

That’s about to change thanks...

Hatfield woman, 40, dies 3 days after Hilltown Twp. crash

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 5:45pm

A 40-year-old Hatfield woman has died of injuries she suffered in a vehicle crash Sunday morning in Hilltown Township, authorities said Thursday.

Carla Cressman was pronounced dead 12:50 p.m. Wednesday in St. Luke’s University Hospital in Fountain Hill, where she was taken after the accident, the...

Court: Retroactive sex offender registration rules unconstitutional

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 5:40pm

Ex post facto.

It’s a fancy legal term for a law that seeks to punish someone after the fact. It is a big no-no, banned by the U.S. and Pennsylvania constitutions.

For years, defense lawyers have bristled that the state’s latest sex offender registration law does just that. And this week, the state...

Toddler survives 3-story fall, missing spiked gate

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 5:23pm

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — A toddler has survived a three-story fall off a New Jersey balcony, landing on the grass and barely missing a spiked metal gate.

Authorities say the 1-year-old boy was being watched by his 13-year-old sister Wednesday night and was left alone on the balcony in Paterson when...

ISO: executive to lead ArtsQuest Foundation

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 3:10pm

Jeff Parks, the founder of Musikfest and the nonprofit that runs it, is retiring at the end of the year as the part-time executive director of the ArtsQuest Foundation.

Now, a search will commence to replace him with a full-time head of the foundation established to strengthen ArtsQuest’s long-term...

Sen. John McCain says 'I'll be back soon' as he battles brain cancer

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 2:35pm
Battling brain cancer, Sen. John McCain on Thursday promised to return to work, making a good-natured dig at his Republican and Democratic colleagues who were jolted by news of the six-term lawmaker's diagnosis."I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support - unfortunately for my sparring partners...

Budweiser maker expands nonalcoholic lineup by acquiring Hiball energy, sparkling drinks

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 2:06pm

Anheuser-Busch is acquiring Hiball Inc., a maker of energy drinks and carbonated juice beverages, as the brewer continues to expand its portfolio beyond beer.

A-B InBev, which has its U.S. headquarters in St. Louis, said the Hiball Energy and Alta Palla sparkling juice brands will benefit from...

McDonald’s adds Big Mac onesie, sweats to items it delivers

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 1:46pm

With McDonald’s now offering a delivery service, the fast food giant is looking to make customers comfortable eating at home with a new clothing line that includes an adult-size Big Mac onesie.

Oak Brook, Illinois-based McDonald’s describes the McDelivery Collection as “a selection of fun, fashion...

Wildfire burning near Yosemite destroys 45 structures

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 1:39pm

A blaze burning in foothills west of Yosemite National Park destroyed dozens of structures and forced thousands to flee Gold Rush-era towns but fire crews have been able to stop it from reaching a threatened community in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.The fire on Thursday was threatening about...

Philadelphia woman, 65, steals cab and fares

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 1:38pm

A 65-year-old woman accused of stealing a cab was arrested Thursday morning after police stopped her and found she had picked up passengers, authorities said.

“I don't think I've ever seen anything like that before,” Chief Inspector Scott Small told reporters. He called the crime “bizarre.”


Trump administration pulls health law help in 18 cities, including Chicago, Orlando

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 1:29pm

President Donald Trump's administration has ended Affordable Care Act contracts that brought assistance into libraries, businesses and urban neighborhoods in 18 cities, meaning shoppers on the insurance exchanges will have fewer places to turn for help signing up for coverage.

Community groups...

O.J.'s last defender - F. Lee Bailey - is broke, disbarred and working above a hair salon 

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 12:40pm

Johnnie Cochran is dead.

Marcia Clark writes murder mysteries.

Judge Lance Ito is retired.

Kato Kaelin tweets a lot.

And F. Lee Bailey, the famed criminal defense attorney, is flat broke.

This afternoon O.J. Simpson - the NFL icon who brought them together more than two decades ago - is in court...

Police back at DiNardo farm in Bucks County

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 12:25pm

Philadelphia police Thursday confirmed they are involved in a search on the Solebury Townshp, Bucks County, farm that was the scene of the killing of four men earlier this month.

Solebury and state police are working with police from the city on the same Lower York Road property owned by the parents...