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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State police investigating strong armed robbery in Bear Creek Township

BEAR CREEK TWP. — State police are investigating a strong armed robbery that happened at approximately 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Exxon on Bear Creek Boulevard.Police say that a male suspect entered the mini mart. The suspect kept his hand under his shirt and allegedly demanded cash from the register and change box. The suspect then allegedly demanded approximately 6 cartons of Newport cigarettes. The man then fled the store to a vehicle parked on Route 115, and fled. The acto...

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Being uncomfortable for the sake of fashion: I can’t see doing that

I’ve come to the conclusion that eyeglasses are much like girdles: They’re NOT supposed to be comfortable.They are, simply put, a necessary evil that you have to get used to.After wearing contact lenses exclusively for a long time, I finally reached the point, er, age about two years when it was time to bring back the spectacles.After much groaning, I looked at the frames available after my eye exam, and I was pleasantly surprised. When I first sta...

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Oh watt fun it is to ride around this record-breaking house

Santa won’t need Rudolph’s nose to find this house.With 601,736 lights, the Gay family of Union Vale, New York has reclaimed the record for the largest residential holiday light display in the world.With a total of 35 miles of outside wire, the ERDAJT Holiday Light Display consists of nine stars, eight leaping circles, 49 wire-framed animals, 81 fence trees and tons of other display elements that are all synchronized to music.The family previously ...

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Letter to the Editor: Wilkes-Barre benefits from top-notch fire department and emergency responders

Reporter Ron Bartizek’s article Monday about the Wilkes-Barre City Fire Department’s improved ISO rating does a good job of explaining the hard-earned honor recently bestowed, and I’m writing to congratulate Mayor Tom Leighton, Chief Jay Delaney, my former colleagues on the department, and the city at large.

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Letter to the Editor: Gov.-elect Tom Wolf’s tax on natural gas would spell trouble for state’s economy

Consumers are finally catching a break now that fuel prices have dropped to their lowest numbers in years. And, with the holidays just around the corner, the timing couldn’t be better.Nonetheless, I fear the pain-at-the-pump relief we are getting will be short-lived if Gov.-elect Tom Wolf moves forward with his plans to enact a severance tax on the natural gas many use to heat their homes.Make no mistake, Pennsylvanians will bear the brunt of any new energy taxes. ...

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AP sources: Cops’ killer angry at chokehold death

NEW YORK — A gunman who announced online that he was planning to shoot two “pigs” in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner ambushed two officers in a patrol car and shot them to death in broad daylight Saturday before running to a subway station and killing himself, authorities said.The suspect, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, wrote on an Instagram account: “I’m putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours, let’s take 2 of ...

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