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Monday, September 15, 2014

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett says investigators won't rest until they capture the gunman who ambushed two state police troopers outside their barracks, killing one.

Corbett spoke briefly at Blooming Grove Baptist Church on Monday afternoon. He was joined by State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan.

Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II was killed and another trooper was critically wounded in the Friday night attack at the Blooming Grove barracks in rural northeastern Pennsylvania.

Dickson was stationed at Fern Ridge and conducted patrols in both Carbon and Monroe counties.

Monday, September 15, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Do you leave a tip in your hotel room for the maid? Marriott is launching a program with Maria Shriver to put envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage tipping.

The campaign, called "The Envelope Please," begins this week. Envelopes will be placed in 160,000 rooms in the U.S. and Canada. Some 750 to 1,000 hotels will participate from Marriott brands like Courtyard, Residence Inn, J.W. Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and Renaissance hotels.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Mahoning Township Police are looking for a motorcylist who was speeding Sunday night on Route 209.

Police were conducting an aggressive driving enforcement on Route 209 between Lehighton and Jim Thorpe just before 6:30 p.m. when they spotted a motorcycle passing within an intersection at a speed of 90 mph in a posted 35 mph zone.

The motorcycle passed multiple cars, and failed to stop for officers.

The motorcycle turned onto Route 903 where officers lost contact as it left Jim Thorpe.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fog continues to blanket the area this morning, but it will burn off, according to the National Weather Service. We have a nice day with temperatures reaching 71.

The forecast:

Today: Sunny, with a high near 71. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: A chance of showers after 3am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 53. Light south wind. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Monday, September 15, 2014

The gunman who ambushed two Pennsylvania State Police troopers outside their barracks, killing one, used a rifle and might have had formal firearms training through the military or law enforcement, authorities said Monday.

Releasing a profile of the killer, Lt. Col. George Bivens said investigators are focusing on the possibility that he had an "ongoing issue with law enforcement or the government" and was targeting the Blooming Grove barracks specifically.

Monday, September 15, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Some iPhone users are not happy that U2's new album, "Songs of Innocence," was automatically added to their iTunes music library, free of charge. In response, Apple is releasing a special tool that lets people remove the album from their collections.

U2 played at an Apple event last week that included the unveiling of the iPhone maker's new smartwatch and updated iPhone models. In a surprise move, the Irish rock band performed at the event and put out its 11-song release.

Monday, September 15, 2014
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Horse-drawn carriages from the 1800s and a horse-drawn sleigh hit the auction blockSunday in Mahoning Valley when barns of the Kresge Farm, once home of Wos-Wit Foods, were cleaned out. The covered carriage in the foreground sold for $350; an open carriage with vintage lanterns fetched $440.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Tamaqua is the latest in a growing number of school districts in the state and nationwide which are rewriting tobacco use policies to include electronic cigarettes.

Existing Tamaqua School District policy prohibits tobacco use in school buildings and property, as well as on any property, buses, vans and vehicles owned, leased or controlled by the school district.

"We are adapting our tobacco-use policies to include smokeless cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vapor cigarettes as well as look-alike items on school property and at our events," district Superintendent Carol Makuta said.

Monday, September 15, 2014
@$:Mahoning Township police are looking for information about this driver who was traveling at 90 mph in a 35-mph zone.

Mahoning Township Police are looking for a motorcyclist who was speeding Sunday night on Route 209.

Police were conducting an aggressive driving enforcement on Route 209 between Lehighton and Jim Thorpe just before 6:30 p.m. when they spotted a motorcycle passing within an intersection at a speed of 90 mph in a posted 35 mph zone.

The motorcycle passed multiple cars, and failed to stop for officers.

The motorcycle turned onto Route 903 where officers lost contact as it left Jim Thorpe.

Monday, September 15, 2014
Jarrad Hedes/Times News A 1983 Mazda driven by Henry Pascucci pulls up to the starting line at the Weatherly Hill Climb on Sunday. Pascucci posted a 66.481-second run in the Improved Touring A class.

The Pennsylvania Hill Climb Association wrapped up its 2014 season this weekend with the second of two annual events in Weatherly.

Around 86 drivers made runs on the one-mile, six-turn course, which has been hosting hill climbs since 1960.

"It was a great weekend," said Joe Cybert, Weatherly Hill Climb Association president. "We had spectators out at every turn. I think it was a very nice turnout."

It was a tale of two days for event organizers.