Saturday, April 19, 2014

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months on the defensive over his health law, a more combative President Barack Obama has emerged to fight about gender politics, leading to an election-year competition with Republicans for support from women.

No single group will be more important to Democrats' fortunes, say White House advisers, than unmarried women, who are likely to go Democratic — if they vote, and that's far from certain when trust in Washington is low.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — As millions of Americans race to meet Tuesday's tax deadline, their chances of getting audited are lower than they have been in years.

Budget cuts and new responsibilities are straining the Internal Revenue Service's ability to police tax returns. This year, the IRS will have fewer agents auditing returns than at any time since at least the 1980s.

Taxpayer services are suffering, too, with millions of phone calls to the IRS going unanswered.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A man in his 70s opened fire Sunday outside of a Jewish community center and nearby retirement community, killing three people, authorities said.

Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass said at a news conference Sunday evening that a person who had been reported to be in critical condition earlier was among three killed in the attacks, which apparently occurred minutes apart.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Bubba Watson's second Masters title was nothing like the green jacket he won two years ago.

The only daring shot Watson hit was one he really didn't need. The wild swing in momentum came on the front nine, not the back nine of Augusta National. And the sweetest difference of all Sunday was seeing his 2-year-old son walk toward him on the edge of the 18th green after his three-shot victory over Jordan Spieth.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — The legal fate of the 16-year-old boy accused of stabbing or slashing 21 fellow students and a security guard at his high school will probably pivot more on his mental state than his tender age, attorneys say.

The sheer number of victims won't preclude him from being treated as a juvenile, something that would assure his freedom by age 21, lawyers say.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The stepbrother of Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Rob McCord accuses the Democrat of telling "half-truths" by portraying himself as the disadvantaged child of a single mother.

Daniel Silver of State College wrote in a letter to that McCord, who is state treasurer, fails to mention on his campaign website and in his TV ads that his mother remarried when McCord was still a boy. Silver said McCord's stepfather loved McCord and raised him as a son.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Lehighton Fire Companies responded to a fire Friday night at 208 N. Third St., Lehighton.

According to resident Paris Cooks, he was preparing dinner for his family when a grease fire started in the kitchen.

Cooks said that the fire spread quickly and he got his wife and two children out of the residence and called 9-1-1.

Firefighters had doused the fire and were ventilating smoke from the residence at about 10 p.m. Friday.

The other side of the duplex, 210 N. Third St., received smoke and water damage.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Rush Township: William H. Mackenzie and Patricia A. Mackenzie to Jacob and Hayley Daubert: Parcel at 9 Acorn Lane, Nesquehoning, for $118,000.

Chloe A. Gayda to Nichole G. Hydro: Parcel at 0 Ardmore St., Tamaqua, for $1.

Tamaqua Borough: Richard T. Clemson and Sandra E. Clemson to David J. Scott: Parcel at 519 Willing St., Tamaqua, for $73,000.

Anne M. Cope to George H. Cope Sr.: Parcel at 510 Elm St., Tamaqua, for $1.

Dale J. Martin and Darlene K. Martin to Jason Green: Parcel at 35 Swatara St., for $1.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Is wood smoke the bad guy? When particulate matter is being measured, size does matter.

Our respiratory systems have defenses that prevent airborne particles from getting into our lungs. The particles have to get by the nasal passages, trachea and conducting airways.

Particles 100 micrometers and bigger are typically not drawn into the body because of their size. Particles in the range of 10 to 100 micrometers have trouble making the turns in the passages and airways.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Attention high school seniors: Send us your 2014 prom pictures and you'll be entered in our drawing for great prizes.

Every picture submitted will be eligible to be entered in a drawing to win great prizes from local businesses. The deadline to enter is May 30. Submit your photo by going to the photo gallery section at Click on the link on the home page to submit a photo.

We will feature all the photos in a prom gallery online. For more information, email editor Marta Gouger at

Winners will be notified on June 3.