IS captures Iraqi town, purges opponents in Syria’s Palmyra

BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic State militants have seized another town in Iraq’s western Anbar province less than a week after capturing the provincial capital, a tribal leader said Friday, while in neighboring Syria the group’s fighters killed dozens of pro-government forces in the ancient town of Palmyra.Islamic State fighters combed Palmyra, detaining and killing dozens of people two days after seizing the town, which is home to one of the Middle East’s most fam...

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South Korean court frees Korean Air ‘nut rage’ executive

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court on Friday suspended the prison term of a former Korean Air executive whose onboard “nut rage” tantrum delayed a flight last year, immediately ending her incarceration.The Seoul High Court said Cho Hyun-ah, who is the daughter of the airline’s chairman, did not violate the aviation security law when she ordered the chief flight attendant off a Dec. 5 flight, forcing it to return to the gate at John F. Kennedy Air...

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Average gas prices for May 22

The local and state average gas prices held steady overnight, while the national average rose by a penny.AAA Mid-Atlantic provided the following data for today’s average gas prices:• Wilkes-Barre area gas average at $2.81 today, unchanged overnight and up 2 cents in the last week. Diesel at $3.23 today, unchanged overnight.• Pennsylvania gas average at $2.84 today, unchanged overnight and up 2 cents in the last week. Diesel at $3.25 today, un...

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Now playing on the big screen

In theaters:TOMORROWLAND — Bound by a shared destiny, a gifted teenager (Britt Robertson) with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius (George Clooney) embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of “Tomorrowland.” A location caught between time and space and that exists in their collective memory. PG; 2:15...

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Bazaar season begins in Northeastern Pennsylvania

How long has it been since you pitched a horse shoe? Sipped a root beer float? Or sang along at a Polka Mass?Those are just a few of the summertime pleasures you can expect if you visit the bazaars, carnivals and festivals that hard-working volunteers organize around the region to raise money for their churches, fire halls and other worthy causes.Read on to find out where you might find many nifty treats, among them “the best white pizza in the Valley” (St. B...

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Memorial Day to bring chance of showers, thunderstorms

Forecasts are now indicating that some rain is possible on Memorial Day.The good news, however, is that it does not look to be a complete wash out.The National Weather Service indicated that it was 49 degrees as of 6:54 a.m. at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, with mostly clear skies kicking off the last day of the work week.Mostly sunny skies will stick around today, but today’s high will drop to 42 degrees by 5 p.m.Clear skie...

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Traffic report for May 22

Heading into work or school? Getting a head start on that holiday trek?Wherever your destination, traffic should not be an issue this morning, but downtown Wilkes-Barre is reporting some areas of heavy traffic congestion.Free-flowing traffic is reported on Interstates 81 and 476 this morning. No traffic congestion is reported on Routes 315 or 115 — the North Cross Valley Expressway is also free of congestion, but some could be encountered on the off-ramps....

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Concert planned

The Cultural Centre of St. Faustina, 38 W. Church St., Nanticoke, is hosting a concert by Liam Nyte at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 24. There will be a special guest appearance by Billy Lee Michaels. Admission is free, but free-will donations will be accepted to help defray the cost of the new Yamaha digital grand piano for the Cultural Centre. Nyte will perform his original songs plus some of Elton John’s greatest hits. Participants, from left, first row, are Liam Nyte (Bill Borysewicz). Seco...

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Fairchild supports summer camp

Fairchild Semiconductor recently presented a check to the Jewish Community Alliance of Northeast Pennsylvania in support of its summer day camp for children with autism and special needs. At the check presentation, from left: Cheryl Nudo, Fairchild; Rick Evans, camp director, Jewish Community Center; and MaryJo Bozinko, Fairchild.

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Catholic students honored

Bishop Joseph C. Bambera recently presented students from throughout the diocese with the Bishop’s Youth Award at a special liturgy and awards ceremony at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Scranton. This award was developed by the Office for Parish Life and the Office for Catholic Schools. It is the highest recognition offered to Catholic youth in the diocese. Thirteen eighth-grade students from St. Jude School, Mountain Top, qualified to receive the award. The students were recognized for...

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