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Thursday, January 29, 2015
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Workers were seen packing boxes to be loaded into a U-Haul rental truck Wednesday at Radio Shack, Hometown. The store closed its doors early in the afternoon after 37 years in the community.

Tamaqua Radio Shack closed its doors suddenly Wednesday, apparently the most recent victim of corporate restructuring within the Texas-based retail chain.

The store began turning away customers early in the afternoon.

"We're closed," announced a female worker at 3:15 p.m., speaking through locked glass doors at the store's location at the southeast corner of HT Commons Shopping Center, Hometown.

A U-Haul rental truck was parked at the front doors. Several workers could be seen inside the store packing inventory, presumably to be shipped to other Radio Shack locations.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

More is on the way to the region Thursday night and Super Bowl Sunday night. Here's the latest:
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 7. Northwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Thursday: A chance of snow, mainly after 4pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 28. Calm wind becoming southeast 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Crews were on the scene of a water main break at 6th and Iron streets in Lehighton Wednesday morning. We will update this story as more information becomes available.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A look at some snowfall totals across the Northeast by late Tuesday afternoon after a massive winter storm and the National Weather Service's forecast snow totals as Monday night:

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CONNECTICUT

Thompson — Actual: 33.5 inches; Forecast: 18-24 inches.

Putnam — Actual: 30 inches; Forecast: 18-24 inches.

Lisbon — Actual: 26 inches; Forecast: 18-24 inches.

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MAINE

Lewiston — Actual: 27 inches; Forecast: 18-24 inches.

South Windham — Actual: 18 inches; Forecast: 18-24 inches.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California health officials Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as "vaping" grows in popularity.

The California Department of Public Health released a report saying e-cigarettes emit cancer-causing chemicals and get users hooked on nicotine but acknowledging that more research needs to be done to determine the immediate and long-term health effects.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's largest prepaid mobile provider, TracFone Wireless, will pay $40 million to settle government claims that it misled millions of smartphone customers with promises of unlimited data service.

The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that TracFone's advertising promised unlimited data, but the company then drastically slowed down consumers' data speeds — a practice known as throttling — when they had used a certain amount of data within a 30-day period. In some cases, the FTC said, the company cut off customers' data service when they ran over the limit.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The owner of a Pennsylvania amusement park is challenging a federal regulator's findings that it failed to protect summertime workers from extreme heat, including a teenager who was burned after collapsing near a deep fryer.

The Easton Express-Times (http://bit.ly/1zbSCTB) reports Cedar Fair Entertainment wants an independent federal commission to review citations issued last month on Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom in Allentown.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Got snow? Take a photo and submit it for our online snow gallery. Just upload your photos at http://www.tnonline.com/contact/photos.

Anyone who submits a photo before noon Thursday will be entered in our contest for tickets to the Dead On Live show Saturday at the Mauch Chuck Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

Dead On Live pays tribute to this milestone by presenting the music of the Grateful Dead.

We have two pairs of tickets to give away in a drawing.

We'll also give away a few Times News tote bags.

So, get your camera and get out there.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The Pennsylvania Lottery launched a new lineup of daily drawings Tuesday that includes new names for some longstanding games.

Lottery officials say four games will be grouped together as “PICK” games, in which players can bet on two to five numbers in drawings held twice a day.

PICK 2 is a new game that allows players to choose any two-digit number.

PICK 3, which has been known as The Daily Number for 38 years, will allow players to choose any three-digit number.

PICK 4 will be the new name of BIG 4 and PICK 5 will replace Quinto.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — If cats have nine lives, Bart the black and white feline from Tampa, Florida, has certainly used up one.

The Tampa Bay Times (http://bit.ly/1y4JxZZ ) reports that when 1 ½-year-old Bart was hit by a car earlier this month, owner Ellis Hutson was so distraught he couldn't stand the thought of burying the cat. So he asked neighbor Dusty Albritton to dig a shallow grave.

But five days later, on Jan. 21, a matted and injured Bart emerged, meowing for food.