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Monday, June 30, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.

The justices' 5-4 decision is the first time that the high court has ruled that profit-seeking businesses can hold religious views under federal law. And it means the Obama administration must search for a different way of providing free contraception to women who are covered under objecting companies' health insurance plans.

Monday, June 30, 2014

LEBANON, Pa. (AP) — A former Pennsylvania pastor serving a life sentence in the fatal bludgeoning of his second wife entered a surprise no-contest plea Monday to charges that he killed his first wife in 1999.

Arthur "A.B." Schirmer pleaded no contest to third-degree murder during a pretrial hearing in Lebanon County Court.

Monday, June 30, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors' safety crisis deepened dramatically Monday when the automaker added 8.2 million vehicles to its ballooning list of cars recalled over faulty ignition switches.

The latest recalls involve mainly older midsize cars and bring GM's total recalls in North America to 29 million this year, surpassing the 22 million recalled by all automakers last year. They also raise questions about the safety of ignition switches in cars made by all manufacturers.

Monday, June 30, 2014

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a victim of an Eldred Township shooting incident.

Albert Jonathan Guzman, 22, of 156 Shenandoah Trail, Effort, is being charged with kidnapping, terroristic threats, unlawful restraint, simple assault, unauthorized use of automobiles, and harassment.

Guzman was shot in his torso by Dylan Michael Frantz, 20, of 104 Silver Spring Blvd., Kunkletown, at about 3 p.m. on June 5 at a residence at 200 Sycamore Drive, Eldred Township.

Monday, June 30, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has dismissed actress Amanda Bynes' New York City bong-tossing case.

Bynes' lawyer appeared in court Monday. The actress was not present. The case was sealed after the dismissal.

The judge had previously said the charges would be dismissed if Bynes stayed out of trouble for six months and went to counseling twice a week. Attorney Gerald Shargel (shahr-GEHL') submitted an affidavit saying Bynes had complied with the court's requirements.

Monday, June 30, 2014

If a co-generation plant in Nesquehoning is allowed to burn tires, it could impact recess for children at Nesquehoning Elementary School.

The firm plans a four-month test burn and if that proves sufficient to meet state and federal regulations, might burn tire waste regularly.

On the recommendation of board member Irene Genther, a letter will be sent to Panther Creek Power Operating requesting the firm notifies the shcool district when burning occurs.

"We want to know when they're burning so we can keep the kids inside," said Genther.

Monday, June 30, 2014

In the hunt for a low-mileage truck?

If so, prospective buyers have until noon on July 11 to place their bids with Lehighton.

Up for grabs is a 1995 Freightliner Altec Digger/ Derrick Truck, which has about 3,700 miles on it.

The vehicle is being sold as is, with all faults, and without any warranty whatsoever.

Successful bidders are responsible for all transfer costs involved.

Monday, June 30, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Lehighton firefighter Wayne Nothstein tries to control the ball while Lehighton police officer Matt Bender gives tough defense in the benefit basketball game held in Lehighton.

Even being lured by their reputed favorite treat, doughnuts, wasn't enough to distract Lehighton area police officers.

They seemed "hypnotized" by the sweets, but maintained their composure and defeated the Lehighton Fire Department, 46-33, in a benefit and fun-filled basketball game Sunday.

Several hundred people attended the game held in the Lehighton Area Middle School gym.

Proceeds from the game and accompanying basket raffle were the kick-off fundraiser for Lehighton borough's 150th anniversary celebration, which will occur in 2016.

Monday, June 30, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Civil War re-enactor Ted Dombroski, left, of West Hazleton, and Summit Hill Historical Society president Dr. Louis Vermillion stand before the Civil War statue in Ludlow Park in Summit Hill during a rededication of the park and monument Saturday.

Summit Hill residents had a history lesson Saturday as the town rededicated Ludlow Park, along with the Civil War monument located in the park.

During the program, the history of the park, the statue and the borough's contributions to the Civil War were described.

About 150 people attended the program held in front of the tall monument located in the park.

Monday, June 30, 2014

The Camelback Festival of the Arts, a new joint artistic cultural venture, will debut Saturday at The Château at Camelback. The show hours are from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., rain or shine, with ample free parking for all show visitors. The event is co-sponsored by the Pocono Mountain Arts Council and the Pocono Mountains Art Group,

Admission is free and will feature approximately 35 fine artists, potters and photographers of the region.