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Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Tamaqua High School Stadium will host Tamaqua’s 24th annual Relay for Life event Friday to benefit the American Cancer Society.

At least 205 participants in 26 teams will run, walk and take part in ceremonies to raise money for cancer research for 24 hours. So far they have raised $36,314.48, more than half the $67,750 goal.

Tamaqua has been the site of Relay for Life events since 1994. Each event has a slogan and a theme. This year the event will have a Disney theme with a slogan of “Star light star bright, wish upon a cure tonight.”

Thursday, June 22, 2017
FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 file photo, a woman receives a flu vaccine shot at a community fair in Brownsville, Texas. On Wednesday, June 21, 2017, U.S. health officials released new estimates showing the previous winter’s flu vaccine was ineffective in protecting older Americans against the illness, even though the vaccine was well-matched to the flu bugs going around. (Jason Hoekema/The Brownsville Herald via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — The flu vaccine did a poor job protecting older Americans against the illness last winter, even though the vaccine was well-matched to the flu bugs going around.

U.S. health officials on Wednesday released new vaccine data showing it did a so-so job overall.

The vaccine was about 42 percent effective in preventing illness severe enough to send a patient to the doctor's office. But it was essentially ineffective protecting some age groups. That includes people 65 and older — the group that's hardest hit by flu, suffering the most deaths and hospitalizations.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

DALLAS (AP) — Americans are expected to put down the TV remote and hit the road in record numbers for the July 4th weekend.

Auto club AAA said Thursday that it expects 44.2 million people will travel at least 50 miles (80 kilometers) from home, a 2.9 percent increase over last year's record for the holiday.

The vast majority of those revelers will go by car. But airline travel over the holiday is also expected to rise for the eighth straight year.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Months of death threats by his first-born son ended Father’s Day with Barnesville lawyer Gary D. Marchalk lying dead in a pool of blood, an aluminum baseball bat at his feet.

The son, Michael D. Marchalk, 37, fled in Gary Marchalk’s car. He failed to show up Monday at a drug treatment program as planned, and was last determined to have been at a Greyhound bus terminal in Philadelphia.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

A Carbon County man admitted in the county court on Tuesday to hitting his young son with a belt, causing injuries.

Quint Leroy Dortch II, 30, of Lansford, pleaded guilty to one count of simple assault before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Lansford police charged Dortch following an incident on Nov. 28, 2016. Police received information that a then 4-year-old boy had bruises to his lower back and right hip and the injuries were consistent with being struck by a belt.

Police questioned Dortch, who admitted striking his son “on the butt.”

Thursday, June 22, 2017
FILE - In this Saturday, June 17, 2017, file photo, Bill Cosby exits the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial was declared in his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa. Judge Steven O'Neill who presided over Cosby's sexual assault trial is weighing whether to make public the identities of the jurors who deadlocked in the case. He said he would rule by Wednesday, June 21. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Copyright - Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial ended in a hung jury on Saturday because two holdouts refused to convict the 79-year-old comedian after 52 hours of tense deliberations, a juror told ABC News on Wednesday.

The juror, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the jury couldn't reach a consensus after voting 10-2 to convict on the first and third counts and 11-1 to acquit on the second count.

The two holdouts were "not moving, no matter what, the juror told the network.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A pit bull burst through a backyard fence, made its way into a nearby minivan and mauled two young children as they sat helplessly strapped into their car seats, police said.

The mother of the 2-year-old girl and the 5-year-old boy managed to pry the animal off them Monday but not before it seriously mangled her son's face, witnesses said.

Tom Grab told WPMT-TV that he was able to pull the 66-pound dog off the boy, but it wriggled free and continued the bloody assault.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A Canadian man shouted in Arabic before stabbing a police officer in the neck Wednesday at a Michigan airport, and referenced people being killed overseas during the attack that's now being investigated as an act of terrorism, federal officials said.

Amor Ftouhi, 49, of Montreal, was immediately taken into custody. A criminal complaint charging him with committing violence at an airport says Ftouhi asked an officer who subdued him why the officer didn't kill him.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Months of death threats by his first-born son ended Sunday with Barnesville lawyer Gary D. Marchalk lying dead in a pool of blood, a baseball bat at his feet.

The son, Michael D. Marchalk, 37, fled in his parents’ car. He failed to show up Monday at a drug treatment program as planned, and was last determined to have been at a Greyhound bus terminal in Philadelphia.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Three people were injured in a crash Wednesday afternoon along Route 443 in West Penn township.

The crash occurred just after 4 p.m.. West Penn police report a car was traveling west and stopped for several deer which had run out into the roadway. While stopped they were rammed from the rear by a man driving a mini-van.

All three occupants of the car were injured including a pregnant woman.

All three were treated at the scene by members of the Penn Mahoning, Mahoning Valley ambulances and Lehighton paramedics before being transported to area trauma centers.