Saturday, January 31, 2015

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – Professional wrestling star Mick Foley was ejected from the Wing Bowl eating contest Friday after stuffing uneaten chicken wings into a fanny pack.

People following the event on social media dubbed Foley's attempt at boosting his wing total "inflate gate," a play on the Super Bowl-bound New England Patriots' deflated football controversy.

Chicago's Patrick Bertoletti won with a Wing Bowl record 444 wings in 26 minutes. He edged out 2014 champion Molly Schuyler, of Bellevue, Nebraska, who eclipsed her record 363-wing mark with 440 wings.

Saturday, January 31, 2015
This image provided by Anheuser-Busch shows a portion of the company's Budweiser television ad scheduled to run during Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Anheuser-Busch)

NEW YORK (AP) – It's almost show time.

When the Super Bowl kicks off on Sunday, 40-plus advertisers will be hoping to win over the more than 110 million viewers tuning in. After paying $4.5 million for a 30-second spot, advertisers are hoping to have the ad everyone will be talking about Monday morning.

Here are 10 Super Bowl ads to watch out for:


Friday, January 30, 2015
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History was made when a Palmerton native was sworn in Friday as the 15th Sergeant Major of the Army.

Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey was sworn in to the position by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno at a ceremony held in the Pentagon Auditorium.

As he addressed the crowd of military officers and friends and family from home, he said, "So how does a middle of the road guy make it to this rank? To represent the finest fighting force the world has known?"

Friday, January 30, 2015

A Coaldale man, who held his girlfriend captive and was involved in a standoff with police, entered a guilty plea in Carbon County Court on Friday.

Jefferey Allan Gangaware, 51, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful restraint. In exchange for the plea charges of terroristic threats and false imprisonment were dropped. Gangaware was scheduled to go on trial on the charges on Monday.

Friday, January 30, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania state Treasurer Rob McCord said Friday that he will plead guilty to federal charges that involve him telling two potential campaign contributors during last year's gubernatorial primary race that he could make it difficult for them to continue to do business with the state.

McCord, 55, also said he is resigning immediately in a video released Friday by his lawyer. In it, the Democrat apologized and said he accepts responsibility for his actions.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Fire companies from two counties responded Friday morning to a dwelling fire on Carney Road in Polk Township. 

The fire was first reported shortly after 10 a.m. when the residents reported flames in their home.

Polk Lt. Marybeth Serfass said no one was injured in the fire, but the ceiling had to be taken down. Most of the residents belongings were saved.

In addition to Polk, Kunkletown, West End and Towamensing departments were on scene.

Friday, January 30, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania state senator is proposing to name an exit on Interstate 84 in the Pocono Mountain region for a state trooper slain nearby while on duty.

Sen. Lisa Baker said Friday she has introduced a bill to name Exit 30 for Cpl. Bryon Dickson, who was shot to death in September at a state police barracks about a mile away.

Eric Frein is accused of killing Dickson and wounding Trooper Alex Douglass. He's pleaded not guilty and awaits trial in Pike County.

Friday, January 30, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is the latest agency to ban the acceptance of gifts by its employees.

The board unanimously voted Friday to change its employee code of conduct to conform to the gift ban that Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has imposed on other executive-branch employees.

On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission adopted an employee gift ban.

Gov. Tom Wolf applauded the actions, noting that both agencies have had their share of ethics issues, and said he hopes they will help restore public trust in state government.

Friday, January 30, 2015
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A fresh layer of snow coats the giant icicles along Route 209 in Jim Thorpenear the bridge project.

Friday, January 30, 2015
Commissioner Wayne Nothstein

Carbon County officials want the residents affected by the proposed pipeline project to know that they will try to help.

On Thursday, county commissioners adopted a resolution authorizing the county to act as an intervener for the proposed PennEast natural gas pipeline and take additional action to protect the interests of the county and its residents.

Commissioner William O'Gurek said the board wants to be supportive of the residents' concerns.