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 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:52:53 +0000 St. Joseph’s Center Festival Telethon 2014
St. Joseph’s Center Festival Telethon LIVE! Friday & Saturday July 25th & 26th 7:00pm – 10:00pm WNEP-TV WNEP-TV is proud to present the St. Joseph’s Festival Telethon 2014. Hosted by Don Jacobs, Mindi Ramsey, Jon Meyer and Marisa Burke from the St. Joseph’s Center Festival on the campus of Marywood University. The telethon will feature […]

St. Joseph’s Center Festival Telethon
LIVE!
Friday & Saturday
July 25th & 26th
7:00pm – 10:00pm
WNEP-TV

WNEP-TV is proud to present the St. Joseph’s Festival Telethon 2014. Hosted by Don Jacobs, Mindi Ramsey, Jon Meyer and Marisa Burke from the St. Joseph’s Center Festival on the campus of Marywood University.

The telethon will feature some of the great kids and young adults who are served by the Center and its many programs: from center residents to adult programs.

See how your support has helped those who cannot help themselves. Learn what still needs to be done, and be a part of the community of caring.

See the brand-new Trinity Child Care Center.

Joe Snedeker also ends his Go Joe XVII Bike Ride at the Festival Telethon on Friday. Be there in person or live on WNEP for his arrival!

There are many ways you can support the fine work at St. Joe’s:

Join us live Friday and Saturday night (7/25 – 7/26) from 7:00pm to 10:00pm on WNEP-TV.

Click here to make an online donation to the St. Joseph’s Center Telethon

Click here to make an online donation to Go Joe 17

 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:37:45 +0000 Three Tractor Trailers Collide, One Dead
SCOTT TOWNSHIP — Three tractor trailers crashed in Columbia County on Thursday, leaving one person dead. State police said it happened on Interstate 80 Westbound near the Lightstreet exit around noon. One of the drivers died, and another was taken to the hospital. The victim’s names have not been released yet. Traffic is down to […]

SCOTT TOWNSHIP — Three tractor trailers crashed in Columbia County on Thursday, leaving one person dead.

State police said it happened on Interstate 80 Westbound near the Lightstreet exit around noon.

One of the drivers died, and another was taken to the hospital.

The victim’s names have not been released yet.

Traffic is down to one lane in the area of the wreck, and the Lightstreet exit is closed. The next nearest exit is about four miles away.
Get the latest traffic information here.

Troopers are investigating how the crash happened.

 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:07:21 +0000 Go Joe XVII: Day 3
Day three of Go Joe 17 “Big City Blitz” began in a corn field in Chambersburg. “A lot of farm lands here in Chambersburg,” said Joe. “I’m headed east, east, my friend towards Harrisburg.” Joe cleaned the chain on his bike and headed north on Route 11. For most of the ride the roads were […]

Day three of Go Joe 17 “Big City Blitz” began in a corn field in Chambersburg. “A lot of farm lands here in Chambersburg,” said Joe. “I’m headed east, east, my friend towards Harrisburg.”

Joe cleaned the chain on his bike and headed north on Route 11.

For most of the ride the roads were flat. He passed plenty of farms, but by mid-day Joe made his way into Harrisburg where he was greeted with cheers. “It makes me feel loved and we all need to be loved.”

Folks from Pittston gave Joe a donation for St. Joseph’s Center. Joe did a celebratory dance on the steps of the Capitol. “I’m going to keep moving on. Reporter: You’ve seen it and now you’re done now? Granite, suits, politicians are not my style.”

So it was back on the road. Joe headed toward Elizabethtown. He was more interested in getting a cool drink, “Turkey Hill Lancaster County coming up. I’m a Turkey Hill ice tea guy. I’ll be pumping those like manna from heaven.”

By the time he rode into Elizabethtown, temps reached 94 degrees. His first stop, getting an iced tea. “Would you like to wipe the sweat off my brow? ‘No I wouldn’t.’ I’m a sweaty mess ready to end this day. I’ll do it myself.”

On day four, Joe will ride from Elizabethtown to Philadelphia before making his way to Marywood University for the St. Joseph’s Festival in Scranton on Friday.

If you would like to donate to Go Joe 17, click here.

 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:03:33 +0000 WEB EXCLUSIVE: MANH(A)TTAN in Santa Fe: Ryan Leckey’s Video Postcard
Newswatch 16′s Ryan Leckey gives you an all access pass to his recent trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Check out this web only exclusive for unseen snippets of the “MANH(A)TTAN” set as well as a tour of the city of Santa Fe. Click here for more details. Although “MANH(A)TTAN” will air on our sister […]

Newswatch 16′s Ryan Leckey gives you an all access pass to his recent trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Check out this web only exclusive for unseen snippets of the “MANH(A)TTAN” set as well as a tour of the city of Santa Fe.

Click here for more details.

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Although “MANH(A)TTAN” will air on our sister station WGN America, this Sunday only on July 27th, you can see the first episode without commercials right after Newswatch 16 at 11:00.

 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:09:51 +0000 MANH(A)TTAN: Ties to Our Area
Intrigue, action, and the creation of the first atomic bomb is the premise of MANH(A)TTAN, a new series airing Sunday on our sister station WGN America. Newswatch 16′s Ryan Leckey recently visited the set in New Mexico.  While he was there, he spoke with a photographer from our area who is working on the show. […]

Intrigue, action, and the creation of the first atomic bomb is the premise of MANH(A)TTAN, a new series airing Sunday on our sister station WGN America.

Newswatch 16′s Ryan Leckey recently visited the set in New Mexico.  While he was there, he spoke with a photographer from our area who is working on the show.

Click here for more information!

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Although “MANH(A)TTAN” will air on our sister station WGN America, this Sunday on July 27th, you can see the first episode without commercials right after Newswatch 16 at 11:00.

 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:37:04 +0000 MANH(A)TTAN: Inside Look at New Cable TV Series
A new cable television series that’s all about secrets will premiere on Sunday on WNEP’s sister station WGN America. Newswatch 16′s Ryan Leckey recently visited the set of MANH(A)TTAN in New Mexico.  He has a sneak peek of the new show that follows the race to build the atomic bomb in the 1940s. Click here […]

A new cable television series that’s all about secrets will premiere on Sunday on WNEP’s sister station WGN America.

Newswatch 16′s Ryan Leckey recently visited the set of MANH(A)TTAN in New Mexico.  He has a sneak peek of the new show that follows the race to build the atomic bomb in the 1940s.

Click here for more details!

manhattan pic

Although “MANH(A)TTAN” will air on our sister station WGN America, this Sunday on July 27th, you can see the first episode without commercials right after Newswatch 16 at 11:00.

 

 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:00:37 +0000 New Cable TV Series: “Manhattan”
A new cable TV series called “Manhattan” will debut on WNEP’s sister station,  WGN America on July 27.  Click here to learn more about the show & where to watch it. Before the premiere later this month on WGN, a half hour special will air this Sunday, July 20, at noon on WNEP-TV on the making of […]

A new cable TV series called “Manhattan” will debut on WNEP’s sister station,  WGN America on July 27.  Click here to learn more about the show & where to watch it.

Before the premiere later this month on WGN, a half hour special will air this Sunday, July 20, at noon on WNEP-TV on the making of the show.

Here is a quick look at a few cable providers that carry WGN in our area:

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 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 03:27:14 +0000 Go Joe XVII: Day 3
It is day three of Go Joe XVII, “Big City Blitz.” Joe began the day in Chambersburg and made it to Elizabethtown. Despite grueling temperatures, Joe pedaled through the heat. Day three of Go Joe XVII began in a corn field in Chambersburg. “A lot of farm lands here in Chambersburg. I’m headed east, east, […]

It is day three of Go Joe XVII, “Big City Blitz.” Joe began the day in Chambersburg and made it to Elizabethtown. Despite grueling temperatures, Joe pedaled through the heat.

Day three of Go Joe XVII began in a corn field in Chambersburg.

“A lot of farm lands here in Chambersburg. I’m headed east, east, my friend towards Harrisburg.” said Joe Snedeker.

Joe cleaned the chain on his bike and headed north on Route 11. For most of the ride the roads were flat. He passed plenty of farms. By midday Joe made his way into Harrisburg where he was greeted with cheers.

“It makes me feel loved and we all need to be loved.” said Snedeker.

Folks from Pittston gave Joe a donation for St Joseph’s Center. Joe danced at the
steps of the capitol to celebrate.

“I’m going to keep moving on. Granite, suits, politicians are not my style.” said Snedeker.

Joe rode towards Elizabethtown. He was more interested in finding a cool drink.

“Turkey Hill, Lancaster County [is] coming up. I’m a Turkey Hill iced tea guy. I’ll be pumping those like manna from heaven.” said Snedeker.

By the time he rode into Elizabethtown, the temperature had reached 94 degrees. His first stop in town was to the convenient store for an iced tea.

“Would you like to wipe the sweat off my brow? I’m a sweaty mess, ready to end this day. I’ll do it myself” said Snedeker.

On day four, Joe will ride from Elizabethtown to Philadelphia. Friday he plans to bike from Philadelphia to Scranton for the St. Joseph’s Festival at Marywood University.

If you would like to make a donation, visit St. Joseph’s Center’s Go Joe XVII online donation page.

 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 03:20:59 +0000 Woman In Schuylkill County Says She Is Victim Of Home Repair Fraud
NUREMBURG — A woman in Schuylkill County said she was a victim of a contractor charged in Lackawanna County for home repair fraud. Joseph Senese was arrested yesterday by county detectives on felony charges he bilked eight people out of money they paid for him to work on their homes, work that he never did. […]

NUREMBURG — A woman in Schuylkill County said she was a victim of a contractor charged in Lackawanna County for home repair fraud.

Joseph Senese was arrested yesterday by county detectives on felony charges he bilked eight people out of money they paid for him to work on their homes, work that he never did.

A day after his arrest, Gloria Demansky of Nuremburg told Newswatch 16 he did the same thing to her three years ago.

Demansky said she needed repair work done on the porch of her home near McAdoo roughly three years ago.

She said she hired Joseph Senese in April of 2011, giving him a down payment of $825 to start the work. She said he took the money and never came back.

“He went up on the porch and said how much it would be, I thought about it and we came downstairs and I said it sounds like a good deal,” said Demansky. “I said, ‘When can you start?’ He said, ‘Oh, next week.’ Next week never happened.”

Senese is now locked up in Lackawanna County, charged with doing the same thing to eight people there.

County detectives arrested Senese at his home in Taylor accusing him of taking money for home repairs he never planned to do.

Among his alleged victims, a woman in her 80s who took out a loan so she could pay Senese nearly $5,000 to fix her garage near Clarks Summit.

“I was so upset to see that elderly lady took out a loan to pay him,” said Demansky. “It`s not easy to go out and get a loan today at our age and to have to pay it back and then get ripped off.”

The people who said Senese ripped them off had complained he was still listed as a certified contractor on the state attorney general`s website.

Now the attorney general`s office says his name has been removed as part of an already on-going process.

As for Demansky, she said police in Schuylkill County were able to get Senese to return $100 months after she hired him.

Senese then signed an agreement in 2011 while he was locked up at the Lackawanna County Prison, promising to pay the rest of the $725.

Demansky said she hasn’t seen one dime of that money.

“He`s just a con. He`s a con man is what he is. It`s a shame.”

Detectives with the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office believe there are more people out there who were scammed by Joseph Senese and ask them to contact their office.

 

 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 03:16:48 +0000 Lightning Strike Causes House Fire
SCHUYLKILL HAVEN — Lightning hit a house, sparking a fire in Schuylkill County Wednesday afternoon. Fire crews said around 4:30 p.m. lightning struck the back of the roof, starting a fire on the third floor of a home on St. Peter Street in Schuylkill Haven. A couple home at the time got out safely. Officials […]

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN — Lightning hit a house, sparking a fire in Schuylkill County Wednesday afternoon.

Fire crews said around 4:30 p.m. lightning struck the back of the roof, starting a fire on the third floor of a home on St. Peter Street in Schuylkill Haven.

A couple home at the time got out safely. Officials said one firefighter had to be treated for heat exhaustion.

Firefighters said the home has smoke and water damage after the fire.

 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:55:55 +0000 Reported Child Sex Abuse in Wilkes-Barre
WILKES-BARRE — Police are investigating after a mother reported that her nine-year-old daughter was sexually assaulted. The alleged incident happened at a home on Prospect Street. Police have not released any other information and no arrests have been made.

WILKES-BARRE — Police are investigating after a mother reported that her nine-year-old daughter was sexually assaulted.

The alleged incident happened at a home on Prospect Street.

Police have not released any other information and no arrests have been made.

 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:58:14 +0000 17 Years of Go Joe
This is Go Joe week with Joe Snedeker out there riding a bike to raise money for St. Joseph’s Center in Scranton. Mike Stevens calls it an annual tradition for him and us, but how the time does pass.

This is Go Joe week with Joe Snedeker out there riding a bike to raise money for St. Joseph’s Center in Scranton.

Mike Stevens calls it an annual tradition for him and us, but how the time does pass.

 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:29:25 +0000 Home Struck by Lightning
LANSFORD — One person was sent to the hospital Wednesday afternoon after a home was struck by lightning according to the 911 center. It happened at a house on East Patterson Street in Lansford. There is some damage to the chimney on the house. Dispatchers said the person who was hurt was not directly hit […]

LANSFORD — One person was sent to the hospital Wednesday afternoon after a home was struck by lightning according to the 911 center.

It happened at a house on East Patterson Street in Lansford. There is some damage to the chimney on the house.

Dispatchers said the person who was hurt was not directly hit by the lightning strike.

There is no word on the condition of the person.

 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:14:38 +0000 Talkback 16: Baby in Hot Car, Speed Limit Increase
In this edition of Talkback 16, people react to a young child being left in a car and the speed limit increase on area interstates.

In this edition of Talkback 16, people react to a young child being left in a car and the speed limit increase on area interstates.

 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:07:22 +0000 Parent Cleans Up Playground Covered in Sand
HAZLETON — Imagine this: a preschool director goes in to work to find the preschool playground covered in sand. It happened in Hazleton, but after the school announced it would have to close the playground, one preschool parent spent the day cleaning up the mess. A preschool playground should be a happy place, but not […]

HAZLETON — Imagine this: a preschool director goes in to work to find the preschool playground covered in sand. It happened in Hazleton, but after the school announced it would have to close the playground, one preschool parent spent the day cleaning up the mess.

A preschool playground should be a happy place, but not this week at the playground for the Helping Hands Society in Hazleton.

“The teachers brought children out on the playground yesterday and they came right back in with a bunch of sad faces,” said Helping Hands Society executive director Mary Beth Koch.

That’s because the playground was covered in sand. Executive director Mary Beth Koch believes someone took sand from the sandbox and covered the playground with it. Parts of the playground were also broken and covered with graffiti. The kids weren’t able to use the playground for safety reasons.

“Why would someone do this?”

“I mean it was vandalism. It was just, I don’t even know what the intentions were. Was it a prank? I don’t know, but it had to take hours and hours,” said Koch.

The people who work at the preschool said it’s clear that they took the sand from the sandbox because quite frankly, there’s not very much left in it. A water bottle filled with sand was also found.

But preschool parent and Hazleton Fire Chief Donald Leshko came to the rescue.

“Sand’s very slippery. It’s course. It’s very slippery, so I understand why they had to close the playground,” said Leshko.

But after Leshko dropped his son off at school, he went home and came back with a leaf blower to clean the sandy mess.

“It’s just horrible to see this happen and the children didn’t do nothing to these people, and to come out and destroy stuff like this, there’s just no answer for it,” said Leshko.

Thanks to Leshko, the playground was able to reopen.

“For a bad that happens, a better good happens, and that’s the way we choose to feel around helping hands,” said Koch.

 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:57:06 +0000 Woman in Hospital After Cemetery Fence Rescue
HAZLETON — A woman who was impaled yesterday on a wrought-iron fence in Hazleton remains in the hospital tonight, but is expected to be okay. Fire officials said the woman was trying to hop the fence surrounding the Diamond Avenue Cemetery in Hazleton Tuesday. A spoke stabbed six inches deep into her thigh. Police have […]

HAZLETON — A woman who was impaled yesterday on a wrought-iron fence in Hazleton remains in the hospital tonight, but is expected to be okay.

Fire officials said the woman was trying to hop the fence surrounding the Diamond Avenue Cemetery in Hazleton Tuesday. A spoke stabbed six inches deep into her thigh. Police have not released the woman’s name.

Deputy Fire Chief Brian Mandak was one of the people who helped save the woman.

“It looked to me like she was stepping on the stump trying to crawl over the fence and lost her balance,” Mandak said.

Ultimately, fire officials cut the fence around her instead of taking her off the spoke. They didn’t want her to lose a lot of blood. Cemetery officals have since boarded that space with wood.

“They were afraid if they did take her off the fence, it would cause a serious issue. It was more important keeping the fence in place at that point,” said Hazleton Fire Chief Donald Leshko. “We just advise anyone, if this does happen again, just come to the fence. Don’t try to climb over those fences. It’s definitely a very dangerous fence.”

Officials don’t seem to know why this woman tried to hop the fence, or what she was doing in the cemetery. Police aren’t saying much at this time.

Neighbors in Hazleton can’t believe what happened.

“I don’t know. I think people are just stupid, doing stuff they shouldn’t be doing, even though they can get in trouble for it,” said John Simonson of Hazleton.

 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:11:18 +0000 Turkey Day Tradition Changing
STROUDSBURG – Two schools in the Poconos are throwing in the towel on a turkey day tradition. After almost 70 years, the battle between Stroudsburg Area and East Stroudsburg South football teams for the Little Brown Jug is ending. Turkey and football are normally a perfect pairing on Thanksgiving Day, and since the 1940s that […]

STROUDSBURG – Two schools in the Poconos are throwing in the towel on a turkey day tradition.

After almost 70 years, the battle between Stroudsburg Area and East Stroudsburg South football teams for the Little Brown Jug is ending.

Turkey and football are normally a perfect pairing on Thanksgiving Day, and since the 1940s that has been the case for East Stroudsburg South and Stroudsburg High Schools.

But now the two districts said it’s time to move on and start a new tradition.

It’s been a time-honored tradition in the Poconos: Thanksgiving Day football between East Stroudsburg South and Stroudsburg Area High Schools. But now the clock has run out on the rivalry game for the Little Brown Jug.

“You know we`re to the point now where things have changed so drastically that I think our school has made the correct decision to do what`s best for our kids,” said East Stroudsburg South Football Coach Ed Christian.

When the tradition began in the 1940s, the battle for the Little Brown Jug used to always be the last game of the season. Now these teams play each other at least once before Thanksgiving Day.

Stroudsburg Area’s superintendent said the old format just didn’t work and some serious injuries had them re-evaluating the game.

“It means nothing. It`s important for the tradition, don`t get me wrong.  But as far as the kids are concerned, do we really want to put the kids in harm’s way to potentially have kids injured based on exhibition?” asked Stroudsburg Area School District Superintendent Dr. John Toleno.

But the game isn’t going away for good.  It will now be played as part of the regular season.

One part of this tradition won`t change.  If the visiting team wins the Little Brown Jug, they`ll walk right across this bridge from Stroudsburg to East Stroudsburg to bring their victory home.

But still some community members disagreed, saying tradition is tradition.

“I think they should keep it as it has been since 1946. Everything Thanksgiving Day, that`s the tradition, that`s the way it should be.  That`s my opinion,” said Nick Aandris of East Stroudsburg.

Former players at East Stroudsburg South said the number of people in the stands has decreased in recent years for the game. Only 1,500 showed up this past Thanksgiving Day.

Matt Walters said he hopes the changes could make the Little Brown Jug game even more important to players and fans.

“The district points, winning the conference championship, you have to beat Stroudsburg in the regular season, and now it`s for the Little Brown Jug. That`s something that this community is really excited for,” said Matt Walters, an East Stroudsburg South 2011 graduate.

This isn’t the first time the Little Brown Jug rivalry has ended.

The game was stopped in 1996, but returned in 1999. This time both the Mounties and Cavaliers think the change could be for good.

 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:07:37 +0000 Harness Racing Youth Foundation Camp
For over a dozen years Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs has hosted a Harness Racing youth camp.  Boys and girls submit essay’s on why they would like to participate in the week-long camp.  A handful learn everything from grooming, to driving the horses.  No horsing around, as Sharla McBride explains.

For over a dozen years Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs has hosted a Harness Racing youth camp.  Boys and girls submit essay’s on why they would like to participate in the week-long camp.  A handful learn everything from grooming, to driving the horses.  No horsing around, as Sharla McBride explains.

 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:48:26 +0000 Three Accused of Stealing From Man in Their Care
MOOSIC — An 86-year-old man spoke out today about the three people accused of stealing about $30,000 from him. They were given control of his finances after his health started to decline. The 86-year-old man didn’t want to share his name, but he told Newswatch 16 quite a bit about the roller coaster of a […]

MOOSIC — An 86-year-old man spoke out today about the three people accused of stealing about $30,000 from him. They were given control of his finances after his health started to decline.

The 86-year-old man didn’t want to share his name, but he told Newswatch 16 quite a bit about the roller coaster of a year he’s had. He started losing his vision and assigned a power of attorney to take care of his finances.

He found out months later that the three people closest to him may have been stealing from him.

James and Christine Gerrity of Avoca were long-time family friends of the 86 year old. And since he had no more family of his own, the man said he picked James Gerrity as his power attorney when his health started to decline. The couple started looking over the man’s finances.

Then, they started running out of money to pay the bills at his home in Moosic and the victim knew something wasn’t right.

Lackawanna County detectives used surveillance video at the local bank as evidence that James and Christine Gerrity were drawing money out of the man’s account and using it for themselves. They are accused of stealing more than $22,000.

“It’s a moral thing, it’s not just money. Probably all the guy had, probably leaving it to his kids or something. It`s not right,” said one of the victim’s neighbors, Melissa Christian.

Lackawanna County detectives also charged a third person with theft. John Converse, a friend of Gerrity’s who started living with the man last year.

The victim’s new roommate, John Converse, took him to see an attorney so he could bring charges against James and Christine Gerrity. But it wasn’t too much longer after that he realized that all three may have been stealing from him.

According to court papers, Converse was using the same methods, writing out checks and swiping the man’s debit card at the ATM. Police said Converse stole another $8,000 from the man.

The victim told Newswatch 16 he has been wiped out financially.

“I feel for him, I feel for the guy, thinking that he`s not going to have any trust for anybody. But there are people out there worth trusting,” added neighbor Emily Votano.

James and Christine Gerrity, along with John Converse are all charged with theft. The Gerritys gave up their right to a preliminary hearing on those charges this week. Converse is due in court later this month.

 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:45:21 +0000 New Clothing Store Open Near Wilkes-Barre
WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP — A new clothing store opened Wednesday morning bringing more jobs to the area. Gabe’s has moved into the former Price Chopper building at the East End Centre off Kidder Street near Wilkes-Barre. Store managers said 176 people have already been hired and more positions will be filled. Gabe’s has an official grand […]

WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP — A new clothing store opened Wednesday morning bringing more jobs to the area.

Gabe’s has moved into the former Price Chopper building at the East End Centre off Kidder Street near Wilkes-Barre.

Store managers said 176 people have already been hired and more positions will be filled.

Gabe’s has an official grand opening on Saturday.


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 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:10:56 GMT2014-07-24T18:10:56Z Dogs, cats, rabbit pulled from burning home in Allentown
p Twenty animals were rescued from a home that caught fire in Allentown on Thursday, officials said./pp The flames broke out around 10:30 a.m. in the 800 block of Kiowa Street./pp The fire started in a first floor living room, officials said. It was under control in about 10 minutes. The flames were contained to that room, but there was smoke damage throughout the home./pp Firefighters rescued eight adult dogs, nine puppies, two cats and a rabbit from the home./pp All of the animals weretaken to the Valley Central Animal Emergency Veterinary Hospital to be treated./pp Investigators have not determined what sparked the fire./pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=vw8laeZHV90:1kdpWuQM9Pw: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=vw8laeZHV90:1kdpWuQM9Pw: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=vw8laeZHV90:1kdpWuQM9Pw:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=vw8laeZHV90:1kdpWuQM9Pw:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=vw8laeZHV90:1kdpWuQM9Pw:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=vw8laeZHV90:1kdpWuQM9Pw:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=vw8laeZHV90:1kdpWuQM9Pw: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/vw8laeZHV90" height="1" width="1"/
 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:09:25 GMT2014-07-24T18:09:25Z Lightning hits chimney, injures 11-year-old boy
p Severe storms moved through the region Wednesday evening, causing some problems./pp In Lansford, Carbon County, an 11-year-old boy was taken to the hospital after lightning struck a chimney in the 500 block on East Patterson Street./pp Bricks from the chimney fell on the sidewalk./pp The child was near the house at the time, but it's unclear whether the falling debris is what hurt him./pp He was taken to the hospital. His condition is unknown./pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=Km12m-b8-cU:pybMSPQN3so: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=Km12m-b8-cU:pybMSPQN3so: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=Km12m-b8-cU:pybMSPQN3so:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=Km12m-b8-cU:pybMSPQN3so:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=Km12m-b8-cU:pybMSPQN3so:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=Km12m-b8-cU:pybMSPQN3so:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=Km12m-b8-cU:pybMSPQN3so: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/Km12m-b8-cU" height="1" width="1"/
 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:06:34 GMT2014-07-24T18:06:34Z Homicide suspect charged in plot to kill witnesses
p An Allentown man, who's already charged with criminal homicide stemming from a shootout in Bethlehem, has been slapped with additional charges./pp Rene Figueroa, 32, is charged with shooting and killing Yolanda Morales./pp Morales, police said, was caught in the crossfire when a gunfight broke out on Dec. 2, 2012, outside the Puerto Rican Beneficial Society Club on Bethlehem's southside./pp Five other people were hurt./pp Another man, Javier Rivera Alvardo, 38, is also charged in the shooting, but police said Figueroa fired the fatal shot./pp While Figueroa was in Northampton County Prison awaiting trial, police said he made plans with another inmate to get that inmate released on bail, so he could carry out a plan to kill the witnesses in the homicide case./pp According to the FBI, during the investigation, Figueroa's common law wife, Sonia Pannell, approached a confidential informant, and provided names and photos of the witnesses who were to be killed./pp Officials said Pannell and the informant discussed money, and Pannell also allegedly told the informant that Figueroa had a cell phone in prison, which is how they were able to discuss the plan to kill the witnesses without being recorded. Pannell and Figueroa also reportedly discussed the plans by speaking in code./pp On February 19, 2014, Pannell was arrested by the FBI and charged with solicitation to commit a crime of violence - criminal homicide./pp On Thursday, Figueroa was arraigned on charges of criminal solicitation and two counts of criminal conspiracy to commit criminal homicide./pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=diPgU0BbxS4:isnbbID39So: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=diPgU0BbxS4:isnbbID39So: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=diPgU0BbxS4:isnbbID39So:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=diPgU0BbxS4:isnbbID39So:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=diPgU0BbxS4:isnbbID39So:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=diPgU0BbxS4:isnbbID39So:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=diPgU0BbxS4:isnbbID39So: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/diPgU0BbxS4" height="1" width="1"/
 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:51:04 GMT2014-07-24T17:51:04Z Driver arrested in connection with fatal crash
p A Berks County man was arrested early Thursday in connection with the death of East Penn Manufacturing CEO Sally Miksiewicz./pp State police took Mark Miller into custody at his home on South View Road in Maidencreek Township around 5 a.m./pp Miller, 56, was driving his truck approximately 54 mph in a 25 mph zone on Boyer Road in Pike Township around 7:30 a.m. on June 20 when he lost control around a curve, crossed the road and struck Miksiewicz as she was jogging near her home, police said./pp Miksiewicz, 52, died at the scene; Miller was not hurt./pp Miller did not have alcohol in his system, however, he did have prescription medications, including oxycodone, methamphetamine, and clonazepam, police said./pp Following an investigation by state police and the Berks County district attorney's office, Miller was charged Wednesday with homicide by vehicle while DUI, driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance, involuntary manslaughter and related charges. He was committed Thursday to the Berks County Jail on $500,000 bail./pp At the time of her death, Miksiewicz was the CEO of her family-owned company, a href="http://www.dekabatteries.com/" target="_blank"East Penn Manufacturing/a, one of the Berks County's largest employers./pp The company, headquartered near Lyons, was founded by Miksiewicz's father, DeLight Breidegam Jr., in 1946.#160;/pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=H3hVrstMEW4:0iscRZjqdNM: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=H3hVrstMEW4:0iscRZjqdNM: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=H3hVrstMEW4:0iscRZjqdNM:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=H3hVrstMEW4:0iscRZjqdNM:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=H3hVrstMEW4:0iscRZjqdNM:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=H3hVrstMEW4:0iscRZjqdNM:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=H3hVrstMEW4:0iscRZjqdNM: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/H3hVrstMEW4" height="1" width="1"/
 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:44:32 GMT2014-07-24T17:44:32Z Waterfront project underway in Allentown
p A major development project is finally getting under way in Allentown along the Lehigh River waterfront./pp Demolition took place Thursday on 13 acres just south of the Tilghman Street bridge, at the Lehigh Structural Steel site to make room for several new buildings./pp Phase One includes three mixed use office, retail and residential buildings, a parking deck and the beginning of a half mile river walk./pp The first phase also includes the construction of Waterfront Drive, a brand new road that will be the main thoroughfare to the area./pp The area's potential has been celebrated before./pp In 2007 a href="http://dunntwiggar.com/index.php" target="_blank"Dunn and Twigger Company/a showed similar plans to develop the site but those plans were eventually scrapped because money never came together as the real estate market tanked./pp However in 2012 a href="http://jaindlproperties.com/" target="_blank"Jaindl Properties/a came aboard to partner with Dunn and Twigger to revitalize the project./pp Jaindl officials have said the a href="http://www.allentownpa.gov/Government/Departments-Bureaus/Community-and-Economic-Development/Neighborhood-Improvement-Zone" target="_blank"Neighborhood Improvement Zone/a--.the tax friendly area responsible for the Allentown's new hockey arena -- is what got them involved./pp Plans are to break ground on the first new building in the first quarter of 2015.br//pdiv class="feedflare" a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=6Um2bh-tM2Y:aRpVx_TKMxI: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=6Um2bh-tM2Y:aRpVx_TKMxI: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=6Um2bh-tM2Y:aRpVx_TKMxI:V_sGLiPBpWU"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=6Um2bh-tM2Y:aRpVx_TKMxI:V_sGLiPBpWU" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=6Um2bh-tM2Y:aRpVx_TKMxI:F7zBnMyn0Lo"img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?i=6Um2bh-tM2Y:aRpVx_TKMxI:F7zBnMyn0Lo" border="0"/img/a a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/WFMZ-TV/69News/TopStories?a=6Um2bh-tM2Y:aRpVx_TKMxI: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/~4/6Um2bh-tM2Y" height="1" width="1"/

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 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:52:59 -0400 Court: Poland violated human rights in CIA case
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/court-poland-violated-human-rights-cia-case-092343171.html"img src="http://l1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/vkYrizMq9.AGR6JlzvyVMQ--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/25b99961e0d6cd1c5a0f6a7067001897.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 16, 2005 file photo, a watch tower overlooks the area near the Polish intelligence school just outside of Stare Kiejkuty, Poland. The installation had become the focal point of allegations of secret CIA prisons in Poland. Europe#039;s top human rights court ruled Thursday, July 24, 2014, that Poland violated the rights of two terror suspects by allowing the CIA to secretly imprison them on Polish soil from 2002-2003 and facilitating the conditions under which they were subject to torture. ( AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, File)" align="left" title="FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 16, 2005 file photo, a watch tower overlooks the area near the Polish intelligence school just outside of Stare Kiejkuty, Poland. The installation had become the focal point of allegations of secret CIA prisons in Poland. Europe#039;s top human rights court ruled Thursday, July 24, 2014, that Poland violated the rights of two terror suspects by allowing the CIA to secretly imprison them on Polish soil from 2002-2003 and facilitating the conditions under which they were subject to torture. ( AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, File)" border="0" //aWARSAW, Poland (AP) — Europe#039;s top human rights court ruled Thursday that Poland violated the rights of two terror suspects by allowing the CIA to secretly imprison them on Polish soil from 2002-2003 and facilitating the conditions under which they were subjected to torture./pbr clear="all"/
 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:52:17 -0400 Mont. gov: Sen. in plagiarism row deserves respect
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/mont-gov-sen-plagiarism-row-deserves-respect-171528552--politics.html"img src="http://l2.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/CnXc2Z964ERDoAeLM79l7Q--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/ac28095ebe8bbd1c5a0f6a706700d91c.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2014, file photo, Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., right, and his son Michael leave the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, after a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony with Vice President Joe Biden. Walsh#039;s thesis written for the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages that appear to be taken word-for-word from previously published papers. The Democrat is running to keep the seat he was appointed to in February. Walsh faces Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines on Nov. 4. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)" align="left" title="FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2014, file photo, Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., right, and his son Michael leave the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, after a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony with Vice President Joe Biden. Walsh#039;s thesis written for the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages that appear to be taken word-for-word from previously published papers. The Democrat is running to keep the seat he was appointed to in February. Walsh faces Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines on Nov. 4. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)" border="0" //aHELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said Thursday he had no knowledge that Sen. John Walsh had plagiarized his master#039;s thesis when he appointed the former lieutenant governor to the Senate in February, and that he continues to support the Democrat#039;s candidacy in 2014./pbr clear="all"/
 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:52:10 -0400 Storm slams Virginia campground; 2 dead
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/storm-slams-virginia-campground-2-dead-185210053.html"img src="http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/UKYYc8HnLg5Ye115uuwk3g--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/775031bbe19fd01c5a0f6a706700b0c6.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="Marvin Brewer hugs his mother, Marva Stratton, as they look at a large tree that fell on the roof of her home in Cheriton, Va. when a severe storm passed through the area on Thursday, July 24, 2014. Stratton was at home at the time but was not injured. At least two deaths and numerous injuries were reported at a nearby campground as a result of the storm. (AP Photo/Eastern Shore News, Jay Diem)" align="left" title="Marvin Brewer hugs his mother, Marva Stratton, as they look at a large tree that fell on the roof of her home in Cheriton, Va. when a severe storm passed through the area on Thursday, July 24, 2014. Stratton was at home at the time but was not injured. At least two deaths and numerous injuries were reported at a nearby campground as a result of the storm. (AP Photo/Eastern Shore News, Jay Diem)" border="0" //aCAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) — The sky turned black and cellphones pinged with emergency messages. Moments later, a fierce storm tore through a sprawling, carnival-like campground Thursday, snapping dozens of trees and flipping over RVs./pbr clear="all"/
 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:51:29 -0400 Despair grips east Ukraine residents as siege tightens
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/despair-grips-east-ukraine-residents-siege-tightens-185129708.html"img src="http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/M7Mz33jmt9Wq6bImqPf0HA--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/Part-PAR-Par7938047-1-1-0.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="Residents examine a bombshelter in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on July 24, 2014" align="left" title="Residents examine a bombshelter in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on July 24, 2014" border="0" //aFrightened residents of the east Ukraine city of Donetsk filed into a humanitarian aid centre on Thursday to collect clothes, food and medicine as others fled the city amid fierce fighting on the outskirts. Pasta, buckwheat and a few bottles of sunflower oil could be seen stored in an office space next door with idyllic pictures of Ukraine#039;s countryside. It#039;s terrifying!quot; said Tatyana Zakharenko, a 74-year-old pensioner who lives near the airport -- retaken by Ukrainian forces in recent days but still the scene of fighting with rebels./pbr clear="all"/
 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:49:39 -0400 EU targets state-owned Russia banks in sanctions plan
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/eu-targets-state-owned-russia-banks-sanctions-draft-112019035--sector.html"img src="http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/d7.a.lJEsjiEGAK_Oug_mg--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2014-07-22T163150Z_659029030_GM1EA7N01BT01_RTRMADP_3_UKRAINE-CRISIS-PUTIN.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives for a meeting of the Security Council in Moscow#039;s Kremlin" align="left" title="Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives for a meeting of the Security Council in Moscow#039;s Kremlin" border="0" //aBy Justyna Pawlak and Adrian Croft BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union would target state-owned Russian banks vital to financing Moscow#039;s faltering economy in the most serious sanctions so far over the Ukraine crisis under proposals considered by EU governments on Thursday. Ambassadors of the 28-nation bloc discussed options to curb Russian access to capital markets, arms and energy technology in response to the downing of a Malaysian airliner in an area of eastern Ukraine held by Russian-backed separatists on July 17. Talks on the options for stepped-up action drafted by the European Commission will continue on Friday morning, an EU official said, and diplomats said decisions on wider sanctions were likely at the earliest next week. Ambassadors also agreed to further expand the scope of sanctions to include companies and people who support Russian decision-makers responsible for the annexation of Ukraine#039;s Crimea region or for destabilising eastern Ukraine./pbr clear="all"/

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 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:55:25 -0400 U.S. auto sales seen rising 9 percent in July: JD Power-LMC
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/u-auto-sales-seen-rising-9-percent-july-185525608--finance.html"img src="http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/JJ9PNcWDGFkTChgimvUyyw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2014-07-24T185525Z_1_LYNXMPEA6N0WI_RTROPTP_2_TRAVEL-SANDIEGOBEACHES.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="Traffic flows along Coast Highway 101 through San Diego#039;s North County beach town of Encinitas" align="left" title="Traffic flows along Coast Highway 101 through San Diego#039;s North County beach town of Encinitas" border="0" //aU.S. auto sales in July will be the strongest for the month since 2006, and rise 9 percent from last year, automotive industry consultants J.D. Power and LMC Automotive predicted on Thursday. For the fifth consecutive month, the seasonally adjusted annualized sales rate will top 16 million new vehicles, at 16.6 million, the consultancies said. LMC raised its full-year 2014 forecast for new auto sales to 16.3 million, from 16.2 million. U.S. auto sales were 15.6 million vehicles last year./pbr clear="all"/
 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:21:39 -0400 GM's profit falls on recall costs, victims' compensation fund
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/gms-profit-falls-recall-costs-victims-compensation-fund-113340378--finance.html"img src="http://l2.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/vax5GVfopkeORibdW63WMQ--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2014-07-24T113340Z_1_LYNXMPEA6N0IH_RTROPTP_2_USA-AUTOSALES.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="The Chevrolet logo and the U.S. flag are seen in Gaithersburg, Maryland" align="left" title="The Chevrolet logo and the U.S. flag are seen in Gaithersburg, Maryland" border="0" //aBy Ben Klayman DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Co reported a much lower second-quarter profit on Thursday due to numerous recalls and the expected cost of at least $400 million for a compensation fund for those killed or injured by a defective ignition switch linked to at least 13 deaths. GM also reiterated that it expected a moderately improved operating profit this year and that its future recall costs would be slightly higher than historic rates. quot;We#039;re on or ahead of the plan we shared in January,quot; Chief Financial Officer Chuck Stevens told reporters. quot;Our expectation is that the second half of the year will be better than the first half.quot; Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas said strong vehicle pricing in North America quot;saves the quarter.quot; GM earlier this year recalled 2.6 million cars for the faulty ignition switches, which can cause engine stalls and stop power steering and power brakes from operating and air bags from deploying./pbr clear="all"/
 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:55:34 -0400 U.S. jobless claims hit more than eight-year low, but home sales tumble
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/jobless-claims-fall-lowest-level-since-early-2006-123256359--business.html"img src="http://l2.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/3EiGpQdXauIqtDDXY7sPjA--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2014-07-24T123256Z_1_LYNXMPEA6N0KN_RTROPTP_2_USA.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="People attend a job fair in Detroit" align="left" title="People attend a job fair in Detroit" border="0" //aBy Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level in nearly 8-1/2 years last week, suggesting the labor market recovery was gaining traction. I don#039;t think it suggests that housing is heading south.quot; Initial claims for state unemployment benefits declined 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 284,000 for the week ended July 19, the lowest level since February 2006, the Labor Department said. Though claims are volatile around this time of the month because of summer auto plant shutdowns for retooling, the data provided further evidence that the labor market was tightening./pbr clear="all"/
 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:52:51 -0400 Wall St. flat as Caterpillar offsets Facebook
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/earnings-overseas-data-lift-stock-futures-121241435--finance.html"img src="http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/HkpPrKiQU32hrO75v7IVWg--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2014-07-24T133458Z_2_LYNXMPEA6N0JX_RTROPTP_2_MARKETS-STOCKS.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="A trader watches his screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange" align="left" title="A trader watches his screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange" border="0" //aOn the downside, Caterpillar Inc raised its full-year outlook but posted a decline in sales and its stock slid 3.1 percent to $104.92. Caterpillar, a Dow component, is the world#039;s largest maker of earth-moving equipment. Caterpillar was disappointing, but stocks remain reasonably valued and the earnings season supports continued gains,quot; said Kate Warne, investment strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis./pbr clear="all"/
 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:26:09 -0400 Exclusive: Allegations of GSK corruption spread to Syria
pa href="http://news.yahoo.com/exclusive-allegations-gsk-corruption-spread-syria-172459940--finance.html"img src="http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/L0Jk4FoqpQLaIrPGpsy0rA--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2014-07-24T172609Z_1006950002_LYNXMPEA6N0UF_RTROPTP_2_CBUSINESS-US-GSK-CORRUPTION-SYRIA.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="A no entry sign is pictured outside the GlaxoSmithKline building in Hounslow, west London" align="left" title="A no entry sign is pictured outside the GlaxoSmithKline building in Hounslow, west London" border="0" //aBy Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline faces new allegations of corruption, this time in Syria, where the drugmaker and its distributor have been accused of paying bribes to secure business, according to a whistleblower#039;s email reviewed by Reuters. The allegations relate to its former consumer healthcare operations in Syria, which were closed down in 2012 due to the worsening civil war in the country. GSK has been rocked by corruption allegations since last July, when Chinese authorities accused it of funneling up to 3 billion yuan ($480 million) to doctors and officials to encourage them to use its medicines. Syria is the sixth country to be added to the list./pbr clear="all"/

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