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Sunday, February 2, 2014

 NEW YORK (AP) — Music is taking center stage at the Super Bowl — and not just during the halftime show.

Bank of America will have rock band U2 sing a new song during a commercial break. Pop band OneRepublic jams in a Bud Light ad. And the legendary Bob Dylan's 1966 hit "I Want You" will appear in a Chobani yogurt spot.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Corbett is asking lawmakers for more money to fix and upgrade Pennsylvania's state parks and state forests.

Corbett said Saturday that he's seeking $45 million for the program called "Enhance Penn's Woods" in his budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1

Sunday, February 2, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Charlie Balasavage, a baby-faced boy of 14, landed in juvenile detention after his parents bought him a stolen scooter. Hillary Transue was sent away over a MySpace parody of her vice principal. Justin Bodnar was locked up for mouthing off to a woman at his school bus stop.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — Emerging from his lair on Super Bowl Sunday, groundhog Punxsutawney Phil couldn't predict the winner of the big game but his handlers said he was sure of his weather forecast: There will be six more weeks of winter.

Pennsylvania's famed groundhog was roused from slumber at 7:28 a.m. Sunday and, according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, directed handler Bill Deeley to a scroll that contained the prediction — along with a Super Bowl reference.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Pennsylvania’s state animal is the whitetail, but you’d never know it judging by the fervor that envelopes the state on Feb. 2, Groundhog Day, when Punxsutawney Phil is pulled from his burrow to let us know whether or not to expect six more weeks of winter.

The Germans who settled in Western PA started the tradition in 1886. Back in Germany, it had been a hedgehog pulled out of its burrow to predict the weather; finding none in PA, they substituted the groundhog.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Jan. 28PNC Bank shrunk its branch network by 160 offices last year, the most of any bank nationwide except for Bank of America, an analysis released Monday by SNL Financial found.

Collectively, banks cut their branch total by 1,487 locations in 2013, SNL said, as the industry contended with persistently low interest rates, slow loan growth and escalating costs.

Saturday, February 1, 2014
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO State Sen. John T. Yudichak, standing center, listens as Jeanne Miller, director of the SHINE afterschool program, third from right, explains what the students are learning in the SHINE program. Surrounding the pair are former fourth and fifth grade Jim Thorpe area students who participated in the SHINE program in 2010.

It started with a 2011 federal report confirming the fearful suspicions that street gangs had infiltrated Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Not long after, plans were laid out by a bipartisan pair of elected officials to create awareness of gangs in the public.

They hoped that together, they could halt the grip that gangs were tightening on area youths.

The U.S. Department of Justice report contained research that pinpointed an increase in illegal street gang activity and drug trafficking in the Interstate 80-81 corridor.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa. Air Products (NYSE: APD) today reported first quarter results with strong performance in Electronics and Performance Materials, and Equipment and Energy. For the quarter ended December 31, 2013, net income was $287 million, up four percent, and diluted earnings per share (EPS) was $1.34, an increase of three percent, compared with results for the first quarter of 2013.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

LSI Corp. has laid off workers from its Lehigh Valley facility in recent weeks, a month after the semiconductor chipmaker agreed to sell itself to a competitor.

LSI spokesman David Miller said in an email that the job cuts were "part of previously announced cost controls" and "not related to the acquisition."

In December, Avago Technologies Ltd., whose semiconductor chips are used in Apple products, announced it would buy LSI Corp. of San Jose, Calif., for $6.6 billion.

Saturday, February 1, 2014
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Sophia Samoleski, left; dressed in a polar bear blanket, huddles with her cousin, Sophia Tessitore; and Madison Moore wait to cheer on the plungers during the first annual St. Joseph's Regional Academy Polar Plunge on Saturday, Jan. 25, at Mauch Chunk Lake. Samoleski and Moore are students at St. Joseph's Regional Academy; while Tessitore goes to Panther Valley Elementary.