Sunday, December 4, 2016

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

CHANHASSESN, Minn. (AP) — Prince's Paisley Park will host a four-day celebration of the "Purple Rain" megastar's life next year.

The event, "Celebration 2017," will be held April 20-23 during the anniversary of his death. Bands scheduled to perform include The Revolution, Morris Day and The Time, and members of the New Power Generation and 3RDEYEGIRL.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) — Workers at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport are expected to walk off the job over union rights and an hourly wage of $15.

About 500 workers have committed to the strike on Tuesday. They include cabin cleaners, janitors, wheelchair attendants and baggage handlers.

The workers are employed by private contractors. Strike organizers say many work for minimum wage. They're trying to unionize with the help of Service Employees International Union Local 1.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The group that represents Pennsylvania prosecutors issued guidelines Tuesday for investigating shootings by police officers, recommending that departments do not investigate their own and that the shooters' names should not be released unless they are charged.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Police are trying to find two machete-wielding robbers who held up an eastern Pennsylvania convenience store.

Colonial Regional Police say the incident happened about 5:10 a.m. Sunday in Hanover Township, Lehigh County.

The masked men, one holding the machete, entered Taylor Family Fuel and Mini Mart and stole $455 worth of cash and cigarettes after threatening employees.

Police say the men, who were also wearing black clothes and gloves, then ran away.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2016, file photo, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. The lame-duck Congress is gaveling in for its final work session of 2016, and its last under President Barack Obama, as lawmakers face a Dec. 9 deadline for spending legislation to keep the government running. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, file) Copyright - Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The lame-duck Congress is gaveling in for its final work session of 2016, and its last under President Barack Obama, as lawmakers face a Dec. 9 deadline for spending legislation to keep the government running.

Republican leaders want to pass a short-term spending bill to extend existing funding levels into next spring, allowing a new President Donald Trump the opportunity to play a bigger role in crafting agency budgets.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


A brief period of poor drainage street flooding may result from heavy rainfall this afternoon or early evening, especially near any leaf clogged storm drains.

Here’s the forecast from the National Weather Service:

Tuesday: Periods of rain, mainly before 5pm. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 54. Southeast wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A pair of puppies stolen from Country Junction in Towamensing have been returned to the store, though an investigation is ongoing.

The two eight-week-old reddish-brown dachshunds were stolen by three people on Nov. 15, between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Services have been announced for a Palmerton coach who died suddenly last Wednesday.

Eugene F. “Geno” Roberts Jr., 63, of Palmerton, died suddenly Wednesday, Nov. 23 in Palmerton Hospital. He was the husband of Cynthia L. (Green) Roberts. They were married 46 years.

His love for kids and sports was widely known in the Palmerton area, where he coached basketball, baseball and football from booster club and knee-hi levels all the way to high school varsity over a 38-year career. He also created and ran a summertime basketball skills camp for area youths.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Tamaqua restaurateur Alfonso “Alfie” Picone will serve 18 to 60 months in state prison for bilking an elderly Lake Hauto couple out of about $319,501.60. He also was ordered to repay the money.

Picone did not visibly react as Schuylkill County President Judge William E. Baldwin pronounced the sentence Monday.

Picone’s extended family and friends, many of whom accompanied him during his trial in September, embraced him as he was handcuffed and taken away by sheriff's deputies.

His mother sobbed, and the crowd shouted "We love you, Alfie!" And broke into applause.

Monday, November 28, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Seven people were sent to the hospital Monday morning after an active shooter was reported on campus, the Columbus Fire Department said shortly after the school sent a series of tweets telling students to shelter in place and to "Run Hide Fight."

Two of those people are in stable condition, the department said. It had no information on the other five people.