Friday, January 30, 2015

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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 ( 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

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 ( ) 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.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Bob Ford/Times News An SUV passes through the intersection at Fifth and Coal streets Tuesday afternoon.

Lehighton hopes the placement of stop signs will help curtail speeding and improve safety along a busy stretch of road.

Borough council on a 6-0 vote Monday agreed to adopt an ordinance to place stop signs at Fifth and Coal streets. Councilman Darryl Arner was absent.

Councilman Joe Flickinger said the stop signs are warranted at the intersection, where he said many people have complained about speeding.

Specifically, Flickinger said motorists have been driving at a high rate of speed from Fourth Street to Sixth Street, an area where many children live.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

St. Jerome's Regional School in Tamaqua has released its honor roll for the second quarter of the 2014-2015 school year.

To earn distinguished honors, students must maintain a 95 or above in all subjects, with a G in conduct and effort. For first honors, students must earn a 93 average or above with no mark lower than 90, and a G in conduct and effort. Second honors are awarded to students earning a 90 average or above with no mark lower than 86, and a G in conduct and effort.


Eighth grade: Zachary Boyer, Courtney Rodick;

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

MILFORD (AP) A Pennsylvania prosecutor formally notified a court on Tuesday he is seeking the death penalty for the survivalist accused of killing one state trooper and wounding another in a barracks ambush in September.

Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin filed a document that listed aggravating circumstances that could send Eric Frein to the state's death row.

Frein is scheduled to be formally arraigned on Thursday at the courthouse in Milford, but Tonkin said he expects Frein to participate by video from the Pike County Correctional Facility.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Canine Companions for Independence is a nonprofit organization founded in 1975 that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.

People with physical or developmental disabilities who can demonstrate that an assistance dog will enhance their independence or quality of life are qualified to apply. Also eligible are professionals working for organizations that provide physical or mental health care to clients who will benefit from interaction with a facility dog.