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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

MEDIA (AP) Police in a southeastern Pennsylvania county will become the first in the state to carry a drug that treats heroin overdoses.

Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan says every police department and all 400 patrol cars in the county will be equipped with the antidote come Saturday, the day a new state law takes effect that makes the drug more available to the police and public.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

We asked people on Facebook if they thought stores should be open on Thanksgiving. Here's what they said:

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) It'll never rank up there with turkey and pumpkin pie, but for millions of Americans the Thanksgiving experience just wouldn't be the same without ... helium.

For 364 days of the year, the colorless and odorless gas works quietly behind the scenes, doing jobs like chilling magnets in MRI imaging machines and helping welders protect their work from impurities.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. A man is facing a felony menacing charge after two western Colorado sheriff's deputies say he pointed a banana at them and they thought it was a gun.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports 27-year-old Nathan Rolf Channing, of Fruitvale, was arrested Sunday.

According to an arrest affidavit, Mesa County deputies Joshua Bunch and Donald Love said they feared for their lives even though they saw that the object was yellow. Bunch wrote in the affidavit that he has seen handguns in many shapes and colors.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving parades offer a joyous celebration of the annual holiday and are a mark of the dawn of the holiday season.

Here are forecasts for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City and the 95th annual 6ABC Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day parade.

Macy's

The 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off at 9 a.m. Thursday, and those crowded along streets hoping to glance at some of the year's unique floats will want to bundle up.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Two 14-year-olds are in critical condition after being shot by a hunter in the woods near Tamaqua.

According to rescuers at the scene, a male and female, were shot shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday at a location on South Mountain, also known as Sharp Mountain, above the South Ward section of the community.

Paramedics indicated the male was shot in the stomach area and the female sustained a serious leg wound.
The male was airlifted to St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem, and the female to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The National Weather Service has issued a storm warning now in effect from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.Wednesday.
Snow accumulations are expected of 6 to 12 inches.

Snow will begin around daybreak Wednesday and be heavy at times during the day.

Anyone with holiday travel plans wednesday should complete travel by 7 a.m. at the latest to avoid any significant weather related delays...or travel after roads are cleared on Thursday.
Snow could obscure road signs.

Winds will be 5 to 10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia lawyer was charged Tuesday with patronizing a sex-trafficking ring that held a missing 14-year-old girl captive and sent her to his downtown office to have sex with him.

The girl was held captive just blocks from her Philadelphia home in March 2012 and sometimes hired out 20 times a week, District Attorney Seth Williams said at a press conference. She was "sold" a month later to another pimp in Camden, New Jersey, before she turned up in Georgia that summer as a potential sex trafficking victim, a grand jury report said.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Verizon Wireless is giving away free data and other promotional products in its first Connection Day Wednesday.

Current Verizon Wireless customers on a More Everything plan who enroll are eligible to receive an additional 1GB of Bonus Data for their current and next bill cycle. In addition, Verizon Wireless has partnered with outside vendors such as Amazon, Pandora, iTunes and many more to provide free promotional offers on Wednesday.

The offers are designed to give customers even more ways to stay connected and entertained on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  Lehighton Borough Council recognized incumbent Fire Chief Gary Frable, center, for his years of service to the borough fire department on Monday. Pictured with Frable are council President Grant Hunsicker, left, and councilman Scott Rehrig.

A veteran firefighter has been tabbed as the new fire chief of the Lehighton Fire Department.

By a unanimous measure, borough council on Monday agreed to appoint Patrick Mriss as the borough's new chief, effective Dec. 31.

Councilman Scott Rehrig said the borough received two resumes for the post.

The other resume was submitted by James Smith of Summit Hill.

Mriss, who is currently assistant fire chief, has been with the Lehighton Fire Department since June 1997.

Council then agreed to advertise for an assistant fire chief internally.