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USDA files complaint over treatment of circus elephants during shows in Missouri and Pennsylvania.

ST. LOUIS — A company hired by Moolah Shriners to stage a circus in suburban St. Louis is accused in a federal complaint of mishandling elephants during two shows in Missouri and Pennsylvania.The U.S. Department of Agriculture alleges in the April 28 complaint that during a March 2014 show in St. Charles near St. Louis, Florida-based Royal Hanneford Circus ginned up crowd noise that spooked three elephants. Those animals briefly got loose on the arena’s parking lot, tho...

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Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate holds at 5.3 percent for second month

HARRISBURG — The latest report from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry shows the state’s April unemployment rate holds steady for the second month.The Commonwealth’s unemployment rate of 5.3 percent is a tenth of a percentage point below the national rate of 5.4 percent.The report stated state nonfarm jobs have reached record levels with the addition of 27,000 new jobs in April, creating a total of 5,845,800.The civilian workforc...

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9 youths charged in fight marring Kennywood amusement park’s opening

WEST MIFFLIN — Police say nine juveniles have been charged stemming from a fight that forced a Pittsburgh-area amusement park to close early on opening day.Police say they identified the youths from Kennywood Park surveillance video. They face summary and misdemeanor charges.Summary offenses are the most minor type of offense in Pennsylvania.Police were called to the park May 2 for reports of dozens of young people pushing, shoving, fighting running arou...

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Our question of the week is: “What are you doing for Memorial Day weekend?”

Question and photos by Samantha Stanich***The holiday is right around the corner, so we went to downtown Wilkes-Barre and asked:“What are you doing for Memorial Day?”***“Planting my flowers in my garden. I do it every Memorial Day.”Patty Leighton, owner of Bee Hive Gift Shop in Wilkes-Barre***“I am going to my friend’s barbecue. It is also my sisterR...

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Woman gets at least 18 months for setting fire near grandchildren

MIDDLEBURG — A grandmother has been sentenced to 18 months to 7 years in a state facility for setting a wildfire prosecutors say endangered her grandchildren sleeping in a nearby mobile home.Pennlive.com reports corrections officials will determine if Linda Ann Regester should serve her term in prison or a mental health facility.The 58-year-old Regester pleaded guilty but mentally ill last month in Snyder County C...

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Pennsylvania shows biggest 1-month jobs gain since 1990s

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania's unemployment rate broke a string of three monthly increases in April as employers recorded the biggest one-month jobs gain in nearly two decades. The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that an April survey of employers showed that payrolls grew by 27,000 jobs, the biggest one-month jump since February 1996. ...

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Our Opinion: Luzerne County makes right financial moves

Diamonds to the Luzerne County leaders who led an effort to restructure government debt. This week, investors scooped up the county’s bond offerings, putting the government – and taxpayers – in better shape for the long run. The county will save an immediate $4 million this year, according to County Manager Robert Lawton. Plus, he said, yearly debt repayments between 2016 and 2021 will be reduced by about $3 million. The deal was done without raising Luzerne...

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Tunkhannock teachers strike, promise unfair labor practice complaint

TUNKHANNOCK — Tunkhannock Area School District teachers abruptly hit the picket lines Friday and their lead negotiator promised an unfair labor practice complaint will be filed following the school board’s rejection of a new contract Thursday.Walking the picket line outside the district administration building this morning, lead negotiator John Holland put the blame for the strike on the shoulders of School Board Member Kimberly Teeters, saying she had helped negotiate ...

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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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