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Sunday, November 30, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania hunters will tramp into the woods this week for the first day of the state's major deer hunting season.

The two-week tradition will begin Monday with temperatures reaching into the 40s and a chance of rain.

Pennsylvania Game Commission biologists say hunters will have to compete with plentiful food sources around much of the state, including acorns, apples, berries and grapes.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

A woman was injured Sunday afternoon when involved in a motor vehicle accident along Maury Road in Penn Forest Township.

The crash occurred at 1:30 p.m. as the female was traveling south near the entrance to Penn’s Peak. She apparently failed to negotiate a left curve in the roadway entering the right berm where her car impacted with and snapped off a utility.

Her car continued on coming to rest back on the roadway. The victim was treated at the scene and transported to an area hospital. Maury Road was closed for a period of time then opened for alternating traffic.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — Folks who live near Idaho's western border may complain about Oregon drivers, but a pair charged with shoplifting in Nampa on Thanksgiving made police officers' jobs a lot easier this week.

After reports of ongoing shoplifting, Nampa officers responded to a busy parking lot full of holiday shoppers. When they tried to arrest Gregory Redner and Camilla Hunt, both of Oregon, the pair fled.

Police say Hunt ran to a car and drove away. Given the potential threat to public safety, the police declined to pursue her in the busy parking lot.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Nine Penn State trustees elected by alumni have demanded access to documents used to create the Freeh Report on the school's handling of child sex abuse complaints against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

The group said the board has a responsibility to review the materials and verify the sources of criticisms in the 2012 report by former FBI director Louis Freeh.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Former Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson's lawyer says Wilson resigned because he was concerned about the potential for violence against other officers if he didn't.

Neil Bruntrager told The Associated Press on Sunday that Wilson decided to step aside after police Chief Tom Jackson told him that the department had received threats. Bruntrager would not elaborate on the nature of the alleged threats. Messages seeking comment from Jackson were not returned.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The Ferguson police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown has resigned, his attorney said Saturday, nearly four months after the confrontation between the white officer and unarmed black 18-year-old that ignited protests in the St. Louis suburb and across the nation.

Darren Wilson, who has been on administrative leave since the Aug. 9 shooting, resigned effective immediately, said his attorney, Neil Bruntrager. He declined further immediate comment.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — The crowds of bargain hunters that rush through store doors the day after Thanksgiving have thinned out.

U.S. shoppers spent $9.1 billion at stores on Black Friday, according to data out Saturday from research firm ShopperTrak. That's a drop of 7 percent compared with the same day last year.

Saturday, November 29, 2014
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Carbon County Special Olympics athlete Shane Ahner, Lehighton, hefts 55 pounds of weight.

It's 11:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, and Christmas carols ring through the crisp air as eight athletes run in place on the second floor of Dedicated Fitness on Delaware Avenue in Palmerton.

They're warming up for a powerlifting competition, and Ryan Lee, giving a punching bag the beating of its life, has his game face on.

Lee, 25, of Jim Thorpe, in September was named Pennsylvania Special Olympics Male Athlete of the Year.

A son of Nora and Robert Lee, Ryan is an all-around athlete.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

"Littlest Kettler" Abraham Greenly kicked off the Tamaqua Salvation Army's annual Christmas Kettle Campaign recently at Depot Square Park in Tamaqua. Abraham was joined by dozens of adults at the start of the traditional campaign. Funds raised through the campaign are used for year-round projects at the Salvation Army, not justduring the holidays. Additional volunteers are needed to spendtwo or more hours ringing the traditional bells at designated kettle locations. For more information or to volunteer, call the Tamaqua Salvation Army at 570-668-0410.

Saturday, November 29, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Jason Bauer solved 15 Rubik's Cubes in 4:41 at Pleasant Valley High School's National Honor Society's first Got Talent competition.

As Jason Bauer, 16, set up 15 Rubik's Cubes on a desk, he had everyone's attention at Pleasant Valley High School's National Honor Society's Got Talent competition.

Then he set his phone to a timer at 0:00.

His fingers flew as he solved one Rubik's Cube puzzle after another. When he completed the 15th one, the timer said, "4:41."

While Jason didn't win, he does have more lofty goals with his ability.

"I want to be the fastest in the state," he says.