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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A Lansford man accused in a 2006 rape is back behind bars in Schuylkill County, exactly eight years after he is believed to have raped a girl.

Judge Charles Miller on Dec. 23 dissolved Clair A. Borger's bench warrant and sent him to prison on $25,000 straight cash bail.

Details of why there was a bench warrant on Borger were unavailable.

Monday, December 29, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is recalling about 67,000 model year 2006 and 2007 pickups because of a problem that could allow the trucks to be started without the clutch being depressed. Chrysler said one death is associated with the problem.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had opened an investigation into the trucks in May after receiving a report of a child starting a 2006 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup without using the clutch. The truck moved forward, striking and killing another child, the safety agency said.

Monday, December 29, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man fired a rifle at two Los Angeles officers in a patrol car, but no one was injured in the attack that comes amid tension nationwide between police and protesters rallying against their tactics.

LAPD spokeswoman Officer Nuria Venegas said Monday that one man was under arrest and a second suspect was being sought in the Sunday night shooting in South Los Angeles, an area of the city ridden with gangs and crime and heavily patrolled by police.

Monday, December 29, 2014

ALLENTOWN (AP) – A Pennsylvania amusement park is facing a fine after federal regulators say it failed to protect workers from extreme heat, including a teenager who was burned after collapsing near a deep fryer.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Monday it’s proposing a $7,000 fine for Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom’s failure to protect outdoor and concession stand workers from sunlight and other heat sources.

The agency says it’s proposing the Allentown park pay another $2,000 for a record-keeping violation.

Monday, December 29, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Being uninsured in America will cost you more in 2015.

It's the first year all taxpayers have to report to the Internal Revenue Service whether they had health insurance for the previous year, as required under President Barack Obama's law. Those who were uninsured face fines, unless they qualify for one of about 30 exemptions, most of which involve financial hardships.

Monday, December 29, 2014

LEVITTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A suburban Philadelphia toddler whose battle with a rare degenerative genetic disorder inspired the state to expand medical testing for newborns has died.

Hannah Rose Ginion's parents confirmed the 23-month-old's death Sunday on their "Hope for Hannah" Facebook page.

About 1,000 people attended a candlelight vigil Sunday night at a school in Levittown.

Hannah's Law went into effect this month.

Monday, December 29, 2014

A Walker Township man has had his bail reinstated after Judge Charles Miller lifted his bench warrant.

Brandon Hosler, 21, on Dec. 23 was ordered to live at 24 N. Greenwood St., Tamaqua. Miller set bail at $5,000 unsecured.

Hosler was charged by Tamaqua police on May 31, 2013, with conspiracy to commit theft from a motor vehicle, theft from a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property, all misdemeanors.

Police said he and James Gilson, 19, also of Tamaqua, were observed rummaging through a car in the East End of Tamaqua.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Of late, there has been a flurry of activity in the Little Gap area.

Blue Mountain Ski Resort had its earliest opening of the ski season, a pair of multimillion dollar projects were completed at both the top and bottom ski lodges, and the historic covered bridge reopened last month.

That action figures to only be accelerated when the Covered Bridge Inn in Palmerton sponsors its 12th annual New Year's Eve Gala and Ball Drop in Little Gap Square on New Year's Eve.

Monday, December 29, 2014

The Blizzard of '69 has finally ended and the massive cleanup is set to begin. Almost 1 foot of snow fell throughout the region, followed by three days of heavy winds.

Drifts were reported to be as high as 12 feet as a result of the combination of snow and high wind.

A mail truck that left Hazleton at 3:15 a.m. today didn't arrive in Lansford until five hours later.

The howling wind blew a chimney off a house in Jim Thorpe and an ambulance became stuck in the snow while transporting a person to a local hospital.

Monday, December 29, 2014

A look at how Pennsylvania public school spending is changing, overall and by district income levels, over the past four years. The figures are based on an Associated Press analysis of state Department of Education data on Pennsylvania's 500 school districts.


By all districts: $25.1 billion (2010-11); $27 billion (2014-15)

By top half of districts in income: $13.82 billion (2010-11); $15.26 billion (2014-15)

By bottom half of districts in income: $11.28 billion (2010-11); $11.72 billion (2014-15)