Luzerne County vehicle fee still on table

Luzerne County Council did not include $1.5 million in revenue from a proposed $5 fee on annual vehicle registrations in the 2015 budget adopted last week, but the fee may still be implemented.The fee is permitted by transportation funding Pennsylvania officials approved last fall, but council members can’t vote on enacting it until 2015. Council members who may support the fee did not want to count on uncertain revenue in the budget.If the fee is passed for 2015, ...

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Harvard survey finds Pennsylvania among most corrupt states

WILKES-BARRE — A new survey measuring corruption in the country puts Pennsylvania at the bad end of the spectrum.According to the study, which was conducted by the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, the Commonwealth is ranked among the most corrupt states.Arizona ranks as the most corrupt, followed by California, Kentucky, Alabama, Illinois and New Jersey. Pennsylvania is in the next group, ranking under Georgia and New Mexico.̶...

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Dog owners urged to buy licenses

WILKES-BARRE — Have you purchased your dog license yet? If not, time is running out.Pennsylvanians can now purchase 2015 dog licenses from their county treasurers. State law requires all dogs three months and older to be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year.JoAnn Johnson, a clerk with the Luzerne County Licensing Department, said that “thousands” of dogs in the county have been licensed. She said that was a good number, and added that the county dog warden c...

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Wilkes-Barre Township Christmas party continues longstanding tradition

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — The Wilkes-Barre Township’s annual children’s Christmas party drew a crowd to give children a few early Christmas goodies on Sunday.Bob Delescavage, coordinator for the event, said the party has been held for at least 50 years. The party was limited to township children and for children of clubs that sponsored the event.Delescavage looked at the line of children and their families, which stretched from inside the Wilkes-Barre Townshi...

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Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Boxing great Muhammad Ali was hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia that was caught early and should result in a short hospital stay, an Ali spokesman said.The three-time world heavyweight champion, who is battling Parkinson’s disease, is being treated by his team of doctors and is in stable condition, said his spokesman, Bob Gunnell.“He went into the hospital this morning,” Gunnell said in a phone interview Saturday night. ...

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Diaz helps deliver ‘Annie’ to a new generation

In her 20-year career, Cameron Diaz has met her share of crazy challenges.She held her own opposite Jim Carrey in “The Mask,” got the guy instead of Julia Roberts in “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” added a dash of sweetness to the raunchfest that was “There’s Something About Mary,” voiced an ogre princess in “Shrek,” helped re-invent “Charlie’s Angels” for a new generation, and made the title scoundrel in ...

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North Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of “serious” consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack.The proposal was seen by analysts as a typical ploy by the North to try to show that it is sincere, even though it knows the U.S. would never accept its offer for a joint investigati...

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Australian woman charged with murder of 8 children

SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian woman was charged with murder on Sunday in the deaths of seven of her children and her niece, whose bodies were found inside her home, police said.Mersane Warria, 37, was charged with eight counts of murder in a bedside hearing at a hospital in the northern city of Cairns where she is recovering from stab wounds, Queensland state police said.Police were called to the home in the Cairns suburb of Manoora on Friday morning after receiving ...

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Rain expected during Christmas week

It looks like some precipitation is on its way to the Wyoming Valley, but forecasts indicated that we probably won’t have snow on Christmas.The National Weather Service indicated that it was 29 degrees as of 8:54 a.m. at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. Mostly cloudy skies kicked off the end of the weekend.Those mostly cloudy skies will stick around today, with a high in the mid 30s. Cloudy skies will linger on into tonight, with a low in the upper ...

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The winter solstice is a time for reflection and longer days

The winter solstice is a sign of brighter days ahead; literally and figuratively. It marks the shortest day and longest night of the year. The event usually falls on December 21 or 22.“The winter solstice is a time for the seasons and a time for the body,” said Lara Alexiou, owner of Steamtown Yoga in Scranton. “It is a time of looking inward and reflection. Whether that reflection is done through yoga, meditation or a personal practice, it still is a nourishment ...

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