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 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:07:18 +0000 800,000 Baby Monitor Batteries Recalled
Summer Infant has received 22 reports of overheated and ruptured batteries, including incidents of smoke and minor property damage. Consumers...

Summer Infant has received 22 reports of overheated and ruptured batteries, including incidents of smoke and minor property damage.

Consumers should remove the battery and contact Summer Infant for a replacement battery. The monitor can continue to be used on AC power with the power cord.

Mass merchants, including Babies “R” Us, online retailers and independent juvenile specialty stores, from about February 2010 through 2012 for between $150 to $350.

Battery numbers are:

S/N: JNN-S150A S/N:JNS150-BA S/N:JNS150A
S/N: JNN-S150B S/N:JNS150-BB
S/N: JNN-S150C S/N:JNS150-BC

Monitors are:

Monitor Name Model Number
Baby Touch® 02000, 02000Z
Baby Touch®  Plus 28520
Best View® 28030, 28030Z, 28035, 28280Z
Best View®  Choice 28460
Complete Coverage® 28040
Dual Coverage™ 28510
MultiView™ 28490
Peek®  Plus 02230
Private Label Baby Sight 3927000H11/A, 3927003H12
Safe Sight™ 28530
Secure Sight® 02040, 02040Z
Sleek & Secure® 28270
Slim & Secure® 02800, 02805
Slim & Secure®  Plus 28450
Slim & Secure®  Plus Power Pack 28590

Consumers can contact Summer Infant at (800) 426-8627 anytime or online at http://www.summerinfant.com/alerts/battery-recall for information on battery replacement.

 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:25:21 +0000 Former State Senator Ray Musto Dies
WILKES-BARRE — Sources close to the family say former state senator Ray Musto has died. In a motion filed last...

WILKES-BARRE — Sources close to the family say former state senator Ray Musto has died.

In a motion filed last month in federal court, attorneys for the former state senator said recent tests done at a federal medical facility in North Carolina reveal that Musto has non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, or lymph cell cancer.

According to doctors cited in the filing, the cancer is “stage 4″ and the prognosis so poor that chemotherapy is may not be worth it.

Musto was ordered to be evaluated at the clinic after a judge in January declared him unfit to stand trial.

The attorneys had asked that Musto be declared both physically and mentally incompetent to stand trial.

In late 2010, federal prosecutors charged Musto with a series of public corruption charges including receiving bribes and kickbacks.

On eight occasions in the four-year span, Musto’s trial was delayed, mostly because Musto’s doctors claimed he was in ill health, and that the stress of a trial would kill the former lawmaker.

Ray Musto was 85.

 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:00:06 +0000 News at Your Desk – Thursday 4/24
Thursday morning’s local news and weather.

Thursday morning’s local news and weather.

 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:51:48 +0000 Hidden Pothole Damage: What To Look For
Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey takes some of your questions to the pros when it comes to how potholes are doing...

Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey takes some of your questions to the pros when it comes to how potholes are doing damage to our cars that we might not be able to see.

 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:51:12 +0000 Potholes Still Posing Problems To Our Cars
Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey heads under a car with a pro for a closer look at the damage that can...

Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey heads under a car with a pro for a closer look at the damage that can be done to our cars from potholes besides just a few bent rims.

 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:28:33 +0000 Woman Sentenced for Harming Children
SCRANTON — A woman was sentenced Wednesday in Lackawanna County after admitting she put her children in danger. A judge...

SCRANTON — A woman was sentenced Wednesday in Lackawanna County after admitting she put her children in danger.

A judge ordered Narda Wallace to enter a drug monitoring program for 120 days. The woman from Archbald pleaded guilty to child endangerment charges earlier this year.

Wallace and her husband were arrested in September after their 3-year-old was found with bruises all over her body.  Police said her children told officers about being punched, hit with coat hangers and whipped with belts at their home in Archbald.

Michael Wallace remains locked up, awaiting sentencing in the case.

 

 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:03:14 +0000 Man Locked Up, Accused of Having Sex With Teen Girl
PLAINS — A Luzerne County man is behind bars after being arrested for allegedly having sex with a teenage girl....

PLAINS — A Luzerne County man is behind bars after being arrested for allegedly having sex with a teenage girl.

Officers say Danny Maldonado, 21, had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl.

He was arraigned on Wednesday and is in a Luzerne County prison.

Maldonado, who is from Plains, was in the news in 2012 when he was a victim in a shooting during a drug robbery.  Three people died in that shooting.

 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:48:28 +0000 Authorities Investigating Apartment Fire
TAMAQUA — Police are investigating Wednesday night flames at an apartment home in Schuylkill County. Firefighters were called out to...

TAMAQUA — Police are investigating Wednesday night flames at an apartment home in Schuylkill County.

Firefighters were called out to the place on West Broad Street in Tamaqua around 10:30 p.m.

The video is from TamaquaArea.com.

Police are investigating how the flames started.

 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:37:40 +0000 Police Chase Ends When Car Slams Into Hotel Room
PITTSTON TOWNSHIP — A driver is on the run after leading police in Luzerne County on a chase that ended...

PITTSTON TOWNSHIP — A driver is on the run after leading police in Luzerne County on a chase that ended when the car slammed a hotel room.

Officers were chasing the car early Thursday morning after the driver would not pull over for a traffic stop on Route 315 near Pittston.

The driver tried to hide in the Knights Inn parking lot.  He ended up crashing the car into one of the rooms.

Two people were inside the room when the car smashed through. One of them talked to Newswatch 16 about the scary experience.

“I was asleep, I thought an earthquake hit me.  I started screaming and realized there’s a car in my room,” said Jeanne Milton, of Oklahoma.

“I just sat there petrified trying to figure out how to move, there’s glass all over the place, in the bed and everything,” said Milton.

Workers at the hotel said the place will stay open despite the damage and no guests were asked to leave.

The driver ran away from the crash. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the driver is asked to call police in Luzerne County.

 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:27:24 +0000 Two CEOs Charged With Illegal International Trading
Two companies in two counties in our area stand accused by the federal government of illegally shipping equipment to countries...

Two companies in two counties in our area stand accused by the federal government of illegally shipping equipment to countries with ties to terrorism.

The investigations are separate, but the U.S. Attorney`s Office has charged the companies and their CEOs with similar crimes.

Two men, heads of different companies in two counties, have been indicted in two separate investigations through the U.S. Attorney`s Office, both involving illegal international trade.

In one investigation in Schuylkill County, federal prosecutors allege Helmut Oertmann, the CEO of Hetran, Incorporated sent equipment to Iran.

They said the company, located near Orwigsburg, shipped a 50,000 pound machine, known as a horizontal lathe that makes parts for cars and airplanes and was valued at $800,000.

At a ball park near Hetran, people said this news is a shock.

“The company`s always been run very well, the people that I know that have worked for them really enjoyed their jobs, and the people they work for, so it`s just odd,” said Scott Reichert of Orwigsburg.

The other investigation is in Susquehanna County. Harold Rinko and the company he heads out of his house near Hallstead, is accused of shipping chemical weapons detectors to Syria for thousands of dollars.

Federal investigators said Global Parts Supply sent several items, including “a portable gas scanner used for detection of chemical warfare agents by civil defense, military, police and border control agencies.”

Rinko’s neighbors describe him as an outdoors-man who enjoys fishing and hunting.

“Extremely surprised, it’s crazy,” said Mary Bray. “He’s such a nice man, ready to help, great neighbor, the kind of person you want to have as a neighbor, but can’t believe it.”

The U.S. Attorney`s Office said Rinko has already agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy.

Teresa Taylor, the attorney representing Hetran and Oertmann sent this statement Wednesday afternoon:

“Hetran, Inc., and Mr. Oertmann take this situation very seriously, and in response are fully cooperating with an ongoing government investigation surrounding the events. Hetran has taken strict remedial measures, including punitive measures against certain employees to ensure that such violations do not happen in the future.  While Hetran, Inc. has always taken compliance seriously, U.S. trade regulations are highly complex and there is understandably much confusion surrounding these laws. ​In the nearly 50 years that Hetran has been in existence, this is the first time the company or Mr. Oertmann have ever been the subject of a criminal investigation or potential violation or fine.”

“It`s just not something you think about of something hitting this close to home, aiding terrorism or I mean you almost hope it`s just because he`s trying to make a buck,” said Bill Yazujian of Orwigsburg.

The U.S. Attorney said Oertmann has not formally agreed to plead guilty, however federal prosecutors have filed paperwork with the courts in anticipation there will be a plea deal.

 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:24:51 +0000 Hundreds of Bags of Heroin Found in Home
SCRANTON — More than 800 bags of heroin was found in a home in Scranton. Albert McCullough, 35, was arrested...

SCRANTON — More than 800 bags of heroin was found in a home in Scranton.

Albert McCullough, 35, was arrested at his home along Alder Street Wednesday evening.

Authorities said along with the $16,000 worth of heroin, they found a gun, and hundreds of dollars in cash.

McCullogh is already on state and federal parole for drug violations. He was scheduled to be released in three days.

 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:03:38 +0000 Police Searching for Turkey Hill Robber
WILKES-BARRE — Police are searching for a robber in Wilkes-Barre. Officers said a man held up the Turkey Hill on...

WILKES-BARRE — Police are searching for a robber in Wilkes-Barre.

Officers said a man held up the Turkey Hill on South Main Street around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The clerk told police the robber handed her a note that demanded money and stated he was armed. The employee gave him money, and he took off.

The clerk described the crook as 5’9,” wearing a tan sweatshirt with a green hood, khaki shorts, fingerless pink gloves, and white sneakers with florescent green shoelaces. He also had sunglasses with a white frame.

Anyone with information is asked to call Wilkes-Barre Police at (570) 208-4200.

 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:01:41 +0000 Penguins Push for the Cup
The WBS Penguins are embarking on their 12th consecutive playoff run. This week, the Penguins will face the Binghamton Senators...

The WBS Penguins are embarking on their 12th consecutive playoff run. This week, the Penguins will face the Binghamton Senators in the first round of the AHL postseason, with Game #1 being this Friday, in New York. Despite, the Penguins twelve straight playoff appearances, they have never taken home the Calder Cup. But, Coach John Hynes is confident that his bunch of players can finally bring a championship back to Northeast Pennsylvania in 2014.

 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 01:52:30 +0000 Victims Identified in Double Homicide
HUNLOCK TOWNSHIP — A father and son are dead, and two people are in custody. Holly Crawford and James Roche...

HUNLOCK TOWNSHIP — A father and son are dead, and two people are in custody.

Holly Crawford and James Roche of Ross Township were arrested in connection with the double homicide.

State police said they were called to a home on Sunset Lake Road in the Hunlock Creek area early Wednesday afternoon.

There, they said they found Ronald Evans, 73, known as Barney, and his son, Jeff Evans, 43, shot to death.

Troopers began to search for Holly Crawford and her boyfriend, James Roche, of nearby Ross Township.

Fearing they were armed and dangerous, nearby schools were put on lockdown and people were told to stay in their homes.

“He just said that there were people on the loose that they wanted to capture, and go back up into my house and lock the doors and lock the windows and stay inside,” said Pat Wasiakowski of Ross Township.

News of the double homicide made some folks nervous.

“Back years ago, it was calm and peaceful, but now you can’t walk down the street without getting shot,” said Rich Deem of Berwick.

Investigators said, in a matter of hours, James Roche and Holly Crawford were found.

State troopers said they were hiding in a wooded area near their home on Dobson Road in Ross Township.

Crawford has been in trouble before.

In 2010, she was convicted of animal cruelty for piercing kittens and trying to sell them as goth kittens.

“I knew she had some problems, and I knew James had given some of the neighbors up that way some trouble with drinking and guns, so yeah, it’s not a complete surprise,” said Wasiakowski.

Emory Kocher said he was best friends with Jeff Evans for years.

“Total devastation. He was like my brother. The father, they were both good people. They wouldn’t hurt nobody,” said Emory Kocher of Kingston.

Kocher said Barney Evans had a personal relationship with Crawford, and when he went to her home on Easter Sunday, a man there put a gun to Evans’ head and threatened to kill him.

“The boyfriend came out with a gun and put it to his head, and said he was gonna blow his brains out next time he saw him, and Barney, he said he called the police, and the girlfriend made it look like Barney was the liar for being there, so then Barney called me up and asked me about a certain gun, and I told him I could get him a gun, and Monday came and that was the last time I talked to him in the morning,” said Kocher.

 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:39:46 +0000 2010: Goth Kittens
Holly Crawford is a suspect in a double homicide case in Luzerne County, but she has been in the news...

Holly Crawford is a suspect in a double homicide case in Luzerne County, but she has been in the news before.

It was back in 2010 when an eBay enterprise became the center of a national animal abuse conversation.

From four years ago, here’s Newswatch 16′s Ryan Coyle in a special edition of the Video Vault.

 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:47:15 +0000 RailRiders Blank The Bisons
On a cold Wednesday afternoon at PNC Field in Moosic the SWB RailRiders shut out the Buffalo Bisons 5-0 in...

On a cold Wednesday afternoon at PNC Field in Moosic the SWB RailRiders shut out the Buffalo Bisons 5-0 in an International League Baseball game. With the win manager Dave Miley passes Marc Bombard for the all-time wins lead in franchise history.

The RailRiders scored first in the bottom of the 1st inning on a throwing error by the Bisons shortstop making it 1-0.

They added another run in the bottom of the 5th on a double steal attempt. Antoan Richardson broke for home from third when the throw went to second on the attempt making it 2-0 RailRiders.

That allowed spot starter Chase Whitley to settle in going five innings giving up 0 runs while striking out 7. Relief pitcher Alfredo Aceves cruised thru the final four innings with three hits allowed and four strikeouts. Whitley earned the win while Bisons starting pitcher Kyle Drabek the tough luck loser.

SWB scored three insurance runs in the bottom of the 8th to increase the lead to 5-0. Russ Canzler reached base with a bloop single to right. He later scored on a sacrifice fly to left field making it 3-0. The RailRiders added a run on a hit and a fielder’s choice for the 5-0 final.

 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:45:57 +0000 Local Ties To #1 Virginia Cavaliers Baseball Team
The Cavaliers baseball team warms up inside Davenport Field on the campus of the University of Virginia. It’s the beginning...

The Cavaliers baseball team warms up inside Davenport Field on the campus of the University of Virginia. It’s the beginning of another tough three game series with ACC opponent north Carolina. Only the best ball players come here to play-and that includes 1st team All-American Mike Papi from Tunkhannock and freshman of the year in 2013 Joe McCarthy from Scranton.

“Why obviously there’s a reason you came here to play baseball. Games like that make it worth the while? I mean we come out, we have 5,000 fans behind us-the atmosphere is just amazing. Nothing like it, and on top of that the coaches here and my teammates I’m surrounded with this experience. Once in a lifetime and it’s great,” said Joe McCarthy.

“Talk about a kid from Tunkhannock coming down here and now being part of a team #1 in the country? I mean I’m extremely proud trying to represent Tunkhannock the best I can. I know they’re proud of me and I just work hard trying to make them happy,” said Mike Papi.

The third local player playing here for Virginia is Robert Bennie from Stroudsburg. Bennie doesn’t play as much as Mike and Joe, but at 6’2″ 210lbs- Coach O’Connor loves his bat and his glove in the outfield.

“I’ll tell you the state of Pennsylvania has always been very important to our program and we’ve had a lot of success with guys in Pennsylvania and really the Scranton area and it’s been really important to us. It seems like we just get tough kids up there that want to come here. It’s something we will continue-to continue to be an important area for us,” said Brian O’Connor.

The 2010 and ’11 Wyoming Valley Conference player of the year-Mike Papi helped lead the Tigers to the state championship game his senior season-now the WA-Hoo left-fielder leads with his stick-hitting around .300 and driving in runs from the #3 hole.

“I mean someone says you only get four at bats maybe yourself, but if you watch everyone else’s at bats you can learn just as much. I mean I haven’t played on a team with this much talent ever before. It’s a joy to come out here to work hard with these guys everyday,” again said Mike.

McCarthy a two-time district champion in baseball for the Knights was a three sport athlete in high-school. His calling though was to play on the diamond, and his play now is helping Virginia hopefully get some home games for the upcoming super-regional tournament.

“I mean last year we put ourselves in a pretty good opportunity super regional against Mississippi State. We just ran into a really hot ball-club at the time. We didn’t play up to our potential and unfortunately they beat us. This year is a new opportunity. We’re looking to out and play baseball in playoffs and hopefully make it there,” again said Joe.

The first #1 ranking and College World Series win in the programs history came in 2009. More good things are coming this season for this deep and talented team.

“All of our players are first class. When you talk about people like Mike Papi, Robert Bennie and Joe McCarthy they’re first class. They do very well in the classroom and they represent our baseball program really well off the field. Nothing would make me happier for our team those individuals to have the opportunity to play in the College World Series and play for a National Championship,” again said Brian.

 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:28:09 +0000 Jessup Police Find Foreign Coin Collection
JESSUP — Police in Lackawanna County found an unusual piece of evidence during a drug investigation, a collection of coins...

JESSUP — Police in Lackawanna County found an unusual piece of evidence during a drug investigation, a collection of coins from all over the world.

Now, officers in Jessup hope to get it out of the evidence locker and into the hands of its original owner.

Jessup Police Chief Joe Walsh said a routine traffic stop Saturday turned into a marijuana investigation that was in itself, routine, until officers found something unusual in the back seat of the suspect’s car.

“They were all foreign coins from various countries all over the world,” Chief Walsh said.

About 200 coins from places including The Philippines, Hong Kong, and Australia. The suspects didn’t claim them, and told police they didn’t know where they came from. So, police believe the coins may be stolen.

“They were in a very unique container, I don’t want to say what it is right now, but the container was something I have never seen before,” added Chief Walsh.

Turns out the coins don’t have a lot of monetary value, but it’s a collection that could take a lifetime to put together.

Newswatch 16 showed pictures of the collection to someone who knows a thing or two about foreign coins.

Carl Barbini of Mace Coin and Card Shop in Scranton said he often sees similar coin collections from veterans who served overseas. He said the collection Jessup Police found is one that probably has more sentimental value.

“They’ve seen the country, they’ve met the people, and every time they bring those coins home and years later when they look through them they will remember all this. To them it’s a valuable coin, but when they bring it into us it’s another one out of many,” Barbini said.

They may not mean a big payday, but Jessup Police think the coins must have meant something to someone and are hoping they end up back in the right hands.

 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:24:06 +0000 WILK’s Bud Brown Retires After 40 Years In Radio
PITTSTON TOWNSHIP — He’s considered a broadcasting legend here in northeastern Pennsylvania and on Wednesday he signed off the air...

PITTSTON TOWNSHIP — He’s considered a broadcasting legend here in northeastern Pennsylvania and on Wednesday he signed off the air here for the last time.

WILK’s Bud Brown is retiring after more than 40 years working in radio.

Most radio listeners probably don’t know his face, but they certainly know the voice.

“I’m really enjoying this, but I think this is the first time in a long time I had to think at work here,” laughed Brown.

Brown says he had trouble adapting to the changes in broadcasting over the years.

“For the first time in my life, I felt a disconnect not only from the business but from my coworkers.”

Now Bud and his wife are moving to Arizona.  He plans to work part time but says he’ll miss radio.

“Writing the news and then going on the air because they are the two things that I really did derive pleasure from, as far as radio,” Brown said.

“A creative writer and the voice is just inimitable. No one will be able to do what Bud does,” said WILK’s Nancy Kman.

“He really is a legend in northeast Pennsylvania in radio and in news and in writing, a force of nature really,” said WILK’s John Webster.

Bud’s coworkers also call him humble. In fact, Bud said his sendoff was overwhelming.

There was a proclamation from the governor, a cake, and on-air messages from friends, colleagues, and listeners.

“The voices and the names that are coming up are really surprising, reall,y really shocking me, and it’s very touching that something like this could be bestowed upon me.”

But all good things must come to an end and Brown was great as he signed off from his final noon newscast.

“In April of 1969, this guy gets out of the army, goes to a broadcasting school in Washington D.C., and in early October of that year, he says hello to his first radio audience, and he today he says goodbye to his last radio audience. Thanks for listening.”

 

 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:12:28 +0000 Snook Sentenced To 20 To 60 Years
MIDDLEBURG — A judge in Snyder County today sentenced a man to 20 to 60 years in prison for killing...

MIDDLEBURG — A judge in Snyder County today sentenced a man to 20 to 60 years in prison for killing his grandmother.

Joshua Snook from Sunbury pleaded guilty to homicide charges last month in the death of Bonnie Snook.

Joshua Snook along with his wife went to Bonnie Snook’s house in Beaver Township last year to get a gun, but they got into a fight and Snook ended up stabbing his grandmother to death.

Jennifer Snook has not yet been sentenced.


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 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:03:22 GMT2014-04-24T15:03:22Z New Jersey man caught at Lehigh County hotel with 1,200 bags of heroin, police say
p An undercover drug sting netted state police more than 1,200 bags of heroin at a Lehigh County hotel, police said./pp A state police narcotics unit used a confidential informant to make a drug buy as police were investigating drug activity around the Scottish Inn, 1701 Catasauqua Rd., Hanover Township, according to court documents./pp The informant contacted Delmarlo Amir Humphrey on Wednesday by text and arranged to buy a quantity of heroin, police said./pp Humphrey, 26, of Orange, N.J., told the informant to meet him at the hotel, and gave 20 bags of suspected heroin in exchange for $120, according to documents./pp At that time, police arrested Humphrey, who had the marked state police $120, as well as two cell phones and a key to a room at the Scottish Inn./pp He told police he was a resident of the hotel and agreed to let officers search the room./pp Police said the search turned up 1,209 baggies of suspected heroin, and a presumptive test on the powder was positive. The bags had a red stamp of "True Religion."/pp Humphrey was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver./pp He was taken to the Lehigh County Prison after being unable to post $150,000 bail./pp At his preliminary hearing April 23, he waived all charges./pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=6dTva20yd3U:KoAZ_X_-mug:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=6dTva20yd3U:KoAZ_X_-mug:bcOpcFrp8Mo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=bcOpcFrp8Mo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=6dTva20yd3U:KoAZ_X_-mug:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=6dTva20yd3U:KoAZ_X_-mug:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=6dTva20yd3U:KoAZ_X_-mug:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=6dTva20yd3U:KoAZ_X_-mug:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=6dTva20yd3U:KoAZ_X_-mug:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories/~4/6dTva20yd3U" height="1" width="1"/
 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:44:54 GMT2014-04-24T14:44:54Z Allentown School Board loses member
p One local school board will soon have an empty seat./pp According to her Facebook page, Joanne Egan Bauer said she plans to formally resign Thursday night from her position on the Allentown School District Board of Directors./pp She will be the education advisor for State Rep. Dan McNeill, who was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2012./pp He represents the 133rd Legislative District, which includes Lehigh and Northampton counties./pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=HcK_MjK5NDY:Z22zlHuEv0s:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=HcK_MjK5NDY:Z22zlHuEv0s:bcOpcFrp8Mo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=bcOpcFrp8Mo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=HcK_MjK5NDY:Z22zlHuEv0s:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=HcK_MjK5NDY:Z22zlHuEv0s:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=HcK_MjK5NDY:Z22zlHuEv0s:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=HcK_MjK5NDY:Z22zlHuEv0s:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=HcK_MjK5NDY:Z22zlHuEv0s:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories/~4/HcK_MjK5NDY" height="1" width="1"/
 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:08:51 GMT2014-04-24T13:08:51Z Grammy winners Weezer coming to Musikfest
p The chart-topping, Grammy award-winning rockers Weezer will electrify a href="http://www.musikfest.org" target="_blank"Musikfest/a on August 9./pp Formed in 1992 in Los Angeles, a href="http://weezer.com/" target="_blank"Weezer/a has released nine full-length albums and six EPs, and has sold more than 10 million records in the U.S. alone./pp The group#8217;s debut, the triple platinum Weezer (aka #8216;The Blue Album#8217;), featured the hits #8220;Buddy Holly,#8221; #8220;Undone (The Sweater Song)#8221; and #8220;Say It Ain#8217;t So.#8221;/pp In 2003, the record was named one of the Top 500 Albums of All Time by Rolling Stone./pp Weezer has long been known for interacting with its followers, sharing videos, photos and more via its website and social media./pp In 2012, the group added a new experience for fans, launching the Weezer Cruise, an on-the-water adventure featuring performances by Weezer and 15 other groups./pp Tickets for the 7 p.m. concert are $49-$59 and go on sale Tuesday at 10 a.m. to ArtsQuest members, and May 2 at 10 a.m. to the public./pp Tickets will be available at a href="http://www.musikfest.org" target="_blank"www.musikfest.org/a and 6100-332-3378./pp The 31st edition of Musikfest is set for August 1-10. All but one of the main stage acts have been announced:/pp Aug. 1: ZZ Topbr/Aug 3: Jason Derulobr/Aug. 4: Sheryl Crowbr/Aug. 5: The Moody Bluesbr/Aug. 6: Steely Danbr/Aug. 7: The Avett Brothersbr/Aug. 8: Alan Jacksonbr/Aug. 9 Weezerbr/Aug. 10: Keith Urban/pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=CTHqJ5HNcLw:tuXErCDPXlU:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=CTHqJ5HNcLw:tuXErCDPXlU:bcOpcFrp8Mo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=bcOpcFrp8Mo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=CTHqJ5HNcLw:tuXErCDPXlU:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=CTHqJ5HNcLw:tuXErCDPXlU:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=CTHqJ5HNcLw:tuXErCDPXlU:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=CTHqJ5HNcLw:tuXErCDPXlU:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=CTHqJ5HNcLw:tuXErCDPXlU:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories/~4/CTHqJ5HNcLw" height="1" width="1"/
 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:53:40 GMT2014-04-24T11:53:40Z Local innovation could change how concussions are diagnosed
p The concussion is one of the most common and most dangerous of sports injuries.br/br/Confirming someone has one usually means a trip to the hospital, but that could soon change.br/br/It's called the MindReader and it looks like a headset.br/br/Soon it could be on the sidelines of sporting events, in school nurses' offices and even your pharmacy.br/br/It may look like a simple headset, but what it does may boggle the mind.br/br/"This is basically a fancy volt meter. The electricity of the brain is what we are measuring on the surface of the skull," said Adam Simon with Cerora.br/br/Simon is the father of the invention MindReader, a state of the art way to detect a concussion moments after it happens by measuring brain waves.br/br/That data is transmitted via blue tooth to a cell phone app.br/br/Simon says it's so precise, it can detect a mild concussion, that might go undetected by current subjective examinations.br/br/Cerora is based at Ben Franklin TechVentures in Bethlehem.br/br/For the last two years, it has partnered with Lehigh University's athletic department doing baselines and follow up examinations on varsity athletes.br/br/"We would be able to compare what her brain looked like after a head injury to before. and by looking at that comparison we can help figure out what makes a signature for when somebody has a brain injury," said Simon.br/br/Simon says the idea for the MindReader was the result of his work in the field of Alzheimer's research.br/br/Simon says the MindReader and its research should be submitted for FDA approval late this year or early next year..br/br/Simon says he hopes it will empower physicians and one day be as commonly used as other emergency tools like the defibrillator.br/br/He says one ultimate goal is to have a similar device inside helmets of athletes and soldiers to develop real time data./pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=3IctKbSUzFQ:I6l0NoFepyE:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=3IctKbSUzFQ:I6l0NoFepyE:bcOpcFrp8Mo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=bcOpcFrp8Mo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=3IctKbSUzFQ:I6l0NoFepyE:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=3IctKbSUzFQ:I6l0NoFepyE:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=3IctKbSUzFQ:I6l0NoFepyE:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=3IctKbSUzFQ:I6l0NoFepyE:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=3IctKbSUzFQ:I6l0NoFepyE:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories/~4/3IctKbSUzFQ" height="1" width="1"/
 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:16:07 GMT2014-04-24T11:16:07Z Residents weigh in on Allentown's center city revitalization
p A revitalized center city Allentown can#8217;t exist as an island, said city planning director Michael Hefele./pp #8220;We want the benefits we#8217;re getting downtown from the new development to extend out into the neighborhoods,#8221; explained Hefele./pp The need to accomplish that huge task is documented in an evolving revitalization plan called: #8220;Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods: The Center City Initiative.#8221;/pp Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski calls it a community action plan. He said the city does not intend to forget the poorest neighborhoods surrounding the developing downtown. His goal is to benefit those neighborhoods in significant ways./pp For two hours in City Hall Wednesday night, Hefele, Pawlowski and other city officials sought input from residents about what they think should be the top priorities to help make that revitalization happen./pp Because less than 30 people attended, they were not exactly overwhelmed with suggestions./pp According to the new plan, 27,000 people live in center city./pp The 35-page plan#8217;s introduction offers a blunt assessment of the dilemma facing Allentown:/pp #8220;Fueled by the incentives offered by the Neighborhood Improvement Zone, the downtown business district is experiencing growth that it has never seen before in such a short period of time.#8221;/pp But that business district #8220;is surrounded by neighborhoods whose challenges currently outweigh their promise./pp #8220;These neighborhoods are characterized by some of the oldest and densest housing stock in the city; are home to the poorest population in the Lehigh Valley; have their share of drug-related crime and lack some of the amenities that more successful neighborhoods enjoy.#8221;/pp The plan also states #8220;household incomes are unable to adequately support even the most basic housing.#8221;/pp The plan stresses: #8220;The wealth of the community must be increased.#8221;/pp One of is recommendations is that #8220;the area requires the infusion of new income in the form of new residents with higher incomes and an increase in the incomes of current households.#8221;/pp One of the top priorities to come out of Wednesday night#8217;s gathering was the need for more job training for center-city residents./pp Other high priority items indicate more should be done to educate residents about everything from crime to proper maintenance of their properties and that more should be done to create a sense of community in those neighborhoods./pp Pawlowski stressed those neighborhoods have great assets as well as great challenges./pp According to the plan, those attributes include uniqueness of the building stock in two historic districts, a burgeoning commercial district along 7th Street, long-standing health care and educational institutions, community groups dedicated to neighborhood improvement and #8220;the energy and entrepreneurial spirit typically found in ethnically diverse communities.#8221;/pp Center-city demographics/pp The boundaries of the #8220;Center City Initiative#8221; target area are generally defined as 12th Street on the west, Tilghman Street on the north, Jordan Creek on the east and Union, Jackson and Spring Garden streets on the south./pp One exception is the North 7th Street corridor, which is included all the way to the north end of the city./pp Nearly-one quarter of the city#8217;s total population lives within the plan area./pp Sixty-one percent of the residents in that part of the city are Hispanic or Latino, according to the plan./pp Thirty-two percent to 55 percent of those residents live in poverty #8211; compared to a citywide poverty rate of 26 percent./pp The area experienced a five-year unemployment rate of more than 23 percent, compared to the city#8217;s 14 percent./pp The median annual household income of those residents ranges frombr/$13,911 to $30,913./pp Seventy-one percent of the housing is occupied by renters; only 29 percent is owner-occupied./pp #8220;We#8217;re starting in this area, but we have plans for the whole city,#8217;br/said City Council member Joe Davis, who attended the gathering. #8220;You need a starting point.#8221;/pp No overview/pp A program about the plan was scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday with an overview presented in City Council chambers./pp That didn#8217;t happen./pp At about 6:15 p.m., a half dozen people waiting for the program to begin were told there would be no presentation in the meeting room./pp Everyone was directed to six stations along the corridor outside council chambers, each focusing on a different aspect of revitalization./pp Taped on windows at each station were maps of the target area and lists of priorities for Allentown#8217;s revitalization./pp At each station, participants were encouraged to place two red dots on what they consider the greatest priorities./pp They also were able to write additional priorities on easels at each spot. A skate park and shelters for families were just two of the many added priorities./pp Some recommendations will be incorporated into the plan, which was distributed but it still labeled as a draft./pp The mayor said Wednesday night#8217;s gathering was the first release of the whole plan. #8220;It#8217;s the first time it#8217;s been shown that combines all the elements together.#8221;/pp Although only 29 people attended, Pawlowski called it a good turn-out,br/saying: #8220;It#8217;s tough to get people to come out for events like this.#8221;/pp Pawlowski to seek corporate partners/pp The mayor explained part of the solution for center city is to create opportunities for investment in more properties, including more home ownership, plus other economic development, job creation and blight remediation./pp The mayor said the city has been developing the comprehensive plan for many months and already has gotten input from neighborhood groups and other community organizations./pp In early March, Pawlowski announced the city plans to spend $2.5 million to help revitalize those neighborhoods. On Wednesday he called that #8220;a small amount#8221; compared to what will be needed./pp He explained completion of the plan will give Allentown the ability to win a designation so it can seek more money for revitalization improvements through the state#8217;s Keystone Communities Program./pp He said that designation won#8217;t guarantee the city will get grants or loans available though that program, #8220;but it puts us at the top of the list.#8221;/pp The mayor also said the city will approach corporations #8211; he mentioned PPL as one example #8211; to see if they are willing to #8220;commit some significant dollars#8221; to help revitalize center-city neighborhoods./pp #8220;If we go to PPL, I want PPL to know that we have skin in the game,#8221;br/said the mayor, referring to the $2.5 million./pp #8220;We#8217;re not just going there for a handout. We#8217;re also putting dollars on the table. We#8217;re going there to say #8216;we can make a significant impact on this neighborhood, which will benefit everybody. We would like you to be a partner with us. It will benefit you as a major employer downtown.#8217;#8221;/pp He said those corporations are going to want to see a significant plan that will clearly show the benefits of both short- and long-term improvements in the city./pp Dots show priorities/pp The six stations set up in City Hall were physical improvements/design, housing, economic development and employment, public safety, marketing/community events/communication and arts and culture./pp That last category is still under development, so it had no list of possible priorities./pp Here are the top priorities in the other five categories, as measured by the number of red dots stuck behind each of them just before 8 p.m./pp Under Employment actions, 11 dots were placed behind: #8220;Continue to encourage downtown employers to hire and develop mentoring and other programs aimed at providing training for area residents.#8221;/pp In that same category, six dots were behind: #8220;Continue to partner with educational and training institutions to develop and provide a full range of training and education options meeting the needs of Allentown#8217;s workforce that are accessible to program area residents.#8221;/pp Under Housing actions, seven dots were placed behind #8220;Support and encourage employers within and around the area to create employer-assisted housing programs that target the program area.#8221;/pp In that same category, five dots were behind: #8220;Identify blocks with a preponderance of poor housing and building conditions and prepare mini-improvement programs that apply acquisition, demolition, rehabilitation and public improvement activities in a strategic manner to upgrade the entire block.#8221;/pp Under Public Safety actions, seven dots were placed behind: #8220;Explore establishment of a youth civilian police academy. Use School Resource Officers to facilitate programs in schools.#8221;/pp In that same category, four dots were behind: #8220;Provide neighborhood profiles #8211; blight, unemployment, etc., contribute to crime. Knowing this information will help residents focus their efforts.#8221;/pp Four dots also were behind: #8220;Encourage neighborhood #8216;pay it forward#8217;br/systems wherein neighbors support neighbors in getting their needs met.#8221;/pp Under Communications, nine dots were placed behind: #8220;In order to develop neighborhood pride, celebrate diversity and camaraderie among neighbors; support neighborhood sponsored events such as clean-ups, block parties and cultural events.#8221;/pp In that same category, five dots were behind: #8220;Encourage residents and business owners to participate in neighborhood groups, steering committees and other activities associated with the implementation of this strategy.#8221;/pp Under Physical Improvements, seven dots were placed behind: #8220;Undertake neighborhood outreach activities to explain the background and significance of the Old Allentown and Old Fairgrounds Historic Districts and encourage proper care and maintenance of the structures.#8221;/pp That was followed with four dots for: #8220;Support a traffic/design study for the 7th Street corridor that examines the feasibility of providing for two-way traffic; for making it more pedestrian friendly, and for enhancing its role as a major gateway into the city.#8221;/pp Education needs not addressed?/pp Beth Tomlinson, assistant director of K-12 education at United Way of Greater Lehigh Valley, felt major educational issues are not addressed in the center-city plan./pp She said 60 percent of the children entering kindergarten in center city#8217;s three elementary schools #8211;Central, Cleveland and McKinley #8211;#8220;are significantly delayed when it comes to school readiness.#8221;/pp She said that problem can be addressed with more early learning centers and quality day care centers that parents of those children can afford./pp She also said those elementary schools experience very high rates of #8220;mobility#8221; #8211; kids coming and going throughout the school year. She explained that makes it tough to educate children. She attributes that problem #8220;to housing and financial insecurity.#8221;/pp She said children should stay in one school to build a relationship with their teachers and get the education they need./pp The mayor said the city is working with the Allentown School District to get it involved with the plan.br//pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=cA6hzqQmMSY:CND-g2EE14g:yIl2AUoC8zA"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=cA6hzqQmMSY:CND-g2EE14g:bcOpcFrp8Mo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=bcOpcFrp8Mo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=cA6hzqQmMSY:CND-g2EE14g:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=cA6hzqQmMSY:CND-g2EE14g:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=cA6hzqQmMSY:CND-g2EE14g:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=cA6hzqQmMSY:CND-g2EE14g:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=cA6hzqQmMSY:CND-g2EE14g:qj6IDK7rITs"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"/img/a /divimg src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories/~4/cA6hzqQmMSY" height="1" width="1"/

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 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:51:56 -0400 Obama in Tokyo backs Japan in China island row
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/obama-japan-says-senkaku-islands-covered-security-treaty-040106914.html"img src="http://l2.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/JVQwOvjcd7iwghpcl6zf.A--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/89f8b38a2968bc557278a777405aee0a5458d851.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="US President Barack Obama (R) speaks with Japanese Empress Michiko during the official state dinner at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on April 24, 2014" align="left" title="US President Barack Obama (R) speaks with Japanese Empress Michiko during the official state dinner at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on April 24, 2014" border="0" //aUS President Barack Obama vowed Thursday to defend Japan if China attacks over a tense territorial dispute, but also urged Beijing to step in to thwart North Korea#039;s quot;dangerousquot; nuclear march. In Tokyo on the first leg of his Asian tour, Obama stopped short however of fully endorsing Japanese sovereignty over disputed East China Sea islands, keeping one eye on Beijing where his trip is being weighed for any hint of US hostility. Hopes that Obama#039;s trip would revive the stalled Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) meanwhile looked doomed when there was little progress on one of the key sticking points -- US access to the Japanese auto market -- after his talks with Japan#039;s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe./pbr clear="all"/
 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:42:01 -0400 Facebook buys fitness app Moves
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/facebook-buys-fitness-app-moves-154201547.html"img src="http://l2.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/VC5jTtm7taZm001Dkz2jlg--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/dd7272377938286b26b565388e52c25f054908d2.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="Apps are arranged on the display of a smartphone in Berlin, Germany on February 20, 2014" align="left" title="Apps are arranged on the display of a smartphone in Berlin, Germany on February 20, 2014" border="0" //aFacebook has bought the fitness app Moves, which helps users monitor daily physical activity and their calorie counts on a smartphone. The two-year-old Finnish startup ProtoGeo, which developed the app, said Thursday it had been acquired by the US social networking giant, and that key members of its team would be moving to the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California. Both companies said Moves would continue as a standalone application, rather than be integrated into the Facebook framework. quot;The Moves team has built an incredible tool for the millions of people who want to better understand their daily fitness activity, and we#039;re looking forward to the app continuing to gain momentum,quot; Facebook said in a statement./pbr clear="all"/
 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:22:11 -0400 Bloody souvenir 'not from decapitated French King Louis XVI'
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/bloody-souvenir-not-decapitated-french-king-louis-xvi-152211786.html"img src="http://l2.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/ioU1sXznD11vH4TKHhwcrg--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/2198213a7298d2e77605635142819df9fc50475c.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="A picture taken on October 7, 2010 shows the memorial built in 1830 to King Louis XVI (left) and Queen Marie-Antoinette in the Basilica of Saint-Denis, outside Paris" align="left" title="A picture taken on October 7, 2010 shows the memorial built in 1830 to King Louis XVI (left) and Queen Marie-Antoinette in the Basilica of Saint-Denis, outside Paris" border="0" //aTwo centuries after the French people beheaded King Louis XVI and dipped their handkerchiefs in his blood, DNA analysis has thrown new doubt on the authenticity of one such rag kept as a morbid souvenir. Researchers have been trying for years to verify a claim imprinted on the calabash that: quot;On January 21, Maximilien Bourdaloue dipped his handkerchief in the blood of Louis XVI after his decapitationquot; in Paris in 1793. In 2010, a study said DNA analysis of blood traces found inside the ornate vegetable revealed a match for someone of Louis#039; description, including his blue eyes. One of the authors of that paper, Carles Lalueza-Fox of the Institute of Evolutionary Biology in Barcelona, also participated in the latest study, which contradicts the blue-eyed finding./pbr clear="all"/
 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:55:35 -0400 Ukraine rebel chief says held US journalist to be freed soon
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/ukraine-rebel-chief-says-held-us-journalist-freed-145535279.html"img src="http://l1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/n4xVLT0128i4QzUcNcy7PA--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/4b3dd77b8873623792d9a97406456c799e88ff54.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="This picture taken on April 21, 2014 shows US journalist Simon Ostrowsky (C) working in front of the City Hall of Slavyansk" align="left" title="This picture taken on April 21, 2014 shows US journalist Simon Ostrowsky (C) working in front of the City Hall of Slavyansk" border="0" //aSlavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - An American journalist being held by pro-Kremlin separatists in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slavyansk will be freed soon, the local rebel chief said Thursday./pbr clear="all"/
 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:38:04 -0400 US stocks mixed after good economic data, Apple results
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/us-stocks-mixed-good-economic-data-apple-results-143804888.html"img src="http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/DX7wwcNuF0GS8n1S8yrLtA--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/e1b95c57adc29e5de83a7fe84e611abf99df36c0.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="A trader works on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on November 7, 2013 in New York" align="left" title="A trader works on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on November 7, 2013 in New York" border="0" //aNew York (AFP) - US stocks were mixed in early trade Thursday following a good report on US durable goods and strong earnings from Apple and some other big companies./pbr clear="all"/

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 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:36:01 -0400 U.S. jobless claims rise more than expected last week
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/u-jobless-claims-rise-more-expected-last-week-123601998--business.html"img src="http://l2.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/yqyU1ZtRYfgSzTZ7NQz9mw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2014-04-24T123601Z_1_CBREA3N0Z0900_RTROPTP_2_USA-ECONOMY.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="Job seekers apply for the 300 available positions at a new Target retail store in San Francisco" align="left" title="Job seekers apply for the 300 available positions at a new Target retail store in San Francisco" border="0" //aThe number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits increased more than expected last week, but the rise probably does not suggest a shift in labor market conditions as the underlying trend continued to point to strength. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 329,000 for the week ended April 19, the Labor Department said on Thursday./pbr clear="all"/
 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:34:39 -0400 U.S. durable goods orders rise broadly, boost growth outlook
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/u-durable-goods-orders-rise-broadly-boost-growth-123439880--business.html"img src="http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/t_oY_9Wng9mN4bLYodI9DQ--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2014-04-24T123439Z_1_CBREA3N0YY600_RTROPTP_2_ECONOMYDURABLES.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="File image of shoppers looking at durable goods appliances at a Home Depot store in New York" align="left" title="File image of shoppers looking at durable goods appliances at a Home Depot store in New York" border="0" //aOrders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods rose more than expected in March and a measure of business capital spending plans surged, bolstering views of an acceleration in growth in the second quarter. The Commerce Department said on Thursday durable goods orders increased 2.6 percent as demand rose across all categories. Durable goods range from toasters to aircraft and are meant to last three years./pbr clear="all"/
 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:09:57 -0400 GM posts lower first-quarter profit after recall costs
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/gm-posts-lower-first-quarter-profit-recall-costs-113511260--sector.html"img src="http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/a9mFTt416ERzm1k4uHlJGg--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2014-04-24T113511Z_1_CBREA3N0W6V00_RTROPTP_2_USA-GENERAL-MOTORS.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="The sign to a Chevrolet automobile dealership is seen down the street from General Motors World Headquarters on Jefferson Avenue in Detroit" align="left" title="The sign to a Chevrolet automobile dealership is seen down the street from General Motors World Headquarters on Jefferson Avenue in Detroit" border="0" //aGeneral Motors Co on Thursday posted lower quarterly profit after a massive recall due to defective ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths, but results still topped Wall Street expectations on strong pricing for its vehicles, especially in North America. Excluding a charge mostly for the devaluation of the Venezuelan currency, GM earned 29 cents a share, far better than the 4 cents analysts expected, according to a poll by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Some GM ignition switches can make vehicle engines stall while operating, stop airbags from deploying, and power steering and power brakes from operating./pbr clear="all"/
 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:49:28 -0400 Time Warner Cable profit beats as demand for data services rises
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/time-warner-cable-profit-rises-19-5-percent-101810665--sector.html"img src="http://l1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/uqJx2XXNqhlFjMHY8EgmZg--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2014-04-24T101810Z_1_CBREA3N0SME00_RTROPTP_2_CBUSINESS-US-TIMEWARNERCABLE-RESULTS.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="The Time Warner Cable logo is displayed on the back of a van in New York" align="left" title="The Time Warner Cable logo is displayed on the back of a van in New York" border="0" //a(Reuters) - Time Warner Cable Inc , the second-largest U.S. cable operator, reported first-quarter profit above analysts#039; estimates as it added more residential subscribers than expected for its high-speed data services. The company, which is in the middle of a $45.2 billion acquisition by Comcast Corp , lost 34,000 residential video subscribers in the first quarter on a net basis, fewer than the 77,300 analysts had expected. Time Warner Cable#039;s quarterly profit jumped 19.5 percent to $479 million, or $1.70 per share, in the first quarter ended March 31. Time Warner Cable#039;s shares closed at $139.87 on Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange./pbr clear="all"/
 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:36:09 -0400 Nokia says India plant unlikely to be part of Microsoft deal
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/nokia-says-india-plant-unlikely-part-microsoft-deal-103609802--finance.html"img src="http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/FkosxqtdhOt7gRmIX.4Xvg--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2014-04-24T103609Z_1_CBREA3N0TGG00_RTROPTP_2_CBUSINESS-US-NOKIA-MICROSOFT.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="Nokia#039;s CEO Elop gestures during a presentation at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona" align="left" title="Nokia#039;s CEO Elop gestures during a presentation at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona" border="0" //aNokia said that due to an ongoing tax dispute its Indian mobile phone handset plant was unlikely to be included in a deal due to be concluded on Friday for the sale of its global handset business to Microsoft. Nokia will instead operate the factory as a contract manufacturing unit for Microsoft after the deal, a spokeswoman for the Finnish company#039;s Indian unit said on Thursday. quot;It#039;s highly unlikely that the plant will transfer, given that the (deal) closing with Microsoft is tomorrow,quot; the spokeswoman said. quot;If the asset doesn#039;t get transferred, we are entering into a service agreement with Microsoft.quot; Nokia has yet to agree to conditions set by an Indian court, including payment of a guarantee for potential tax dues in a dispute with Indian authorities, before it transfers the plant to Microsoft./pbr clear="all"/

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