When a tax refund is a lifeline

The typical advice about what people should do with their tax refunds — save for retirement! pay off debt! — ignores how little wiggle room many families have with their finances. Tax refunds averaged $2,895 last year, and were the largest single cash infusion received all year by 40 percent of the checking account holders […]

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Sports betting’s future comes down to line on young players

NEWARK, N.J. — As the push to legalize sports gambling in the U.S. nears a crucial Supreme Court decision, states hoping to reap a financial windfall could face another hurdle: Attracting younger players used to online fantasy sports. The explosion in popularity of daily fantasy sports has created a generation of sports fans more attuned […]

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Property Transactions

The following real estate transactions have been recorded in the Luzerne County Office of the Recorder of Deeds for the week of Feb. 26: • Rosemary Stasko to See Us At Destinations LLC, 402 Rear S. Poplar St., Hazleton, $70,000. • The estate of Louis J. Brunner Jr. et al. to Michael J. Valenia, 57 […]

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Geisinger names new executive VP/CFO

DANVILLE — Geisinger has named Kevin V. Roberts its new executive vice president and chief financial officer. Roberts will oversee all financial activities and will serve on Geisinger’s executive leadership team. Roberts succeeds Kevin Brennan, who announced his retirement at the end of 2017 after more than 20 years with the health system. Brennan is […]

Comments - 11:36 am - updated: 6:56 pm.

German court lets cities ban diesel cars

BERLIN — Handing environmentalists a landmark victory, a German court ruled Tuesday that cities can ban diesel cars and trucks to combat air pollution, a decision with far-reaching and costly implications in the country where the diesel engine was invented in the 1890s. The ruling by the Federal Administrative Court stirred fears from motorists, auto […]

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Misericordia employee will serve on authority

DALLAS TWP. — A Misericordia University staffer has been appointed to the Northeastern Pennsylvania Hospital and Higher Education Authority. Joseph Donahue, of Pittston Township, is the corporate relations coordinator for the Insalaco Center for Career Development at Misericordia. In his new role, he will be one of six board members who volunteer to oversee the […]

Comments - 6:34 pm - updated: 6:58 pm.

New Samsung phone: Nicer camera, static design, higher price

NEW YORK — Samsung unveiled new smartphones with largely unchanged designs and incremental improvements such as a better camera — accompanied by a second annual price increase for many customers. The static design of the new Galaxy S9 underscores both the slowing pace of smartphone innovation and the extent to which other manufacturers, particularly Apple, […]

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How to buy a house that hasn’t been built yet

Trisha and Dennis Rawlings, a couple in their early 30s, are moving to suburban Chicago and leaving their over-60-year-old first home in the St. Louis area behind. “We were looking at potentially buying a house,” Trisha says. But in the area where they want to live, the options within their budget were limited to purchasing […]

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Property Transactions

The following real estate transactions have been recorded in the Luzerne County Office of the Recorder of Deeds for the week of Feb. 19: • Atanos Management LLC to Loreal L. Orlando and Frederick R. Willauer, 94 St. Mary’s St., Plains Township, $87,234. • David W. and Linda S. Brown to Vincent M. Riccardo Jr., […]

Comments - 12:57 am - updated: 12:57 am.

Amid a flood of plastic, big companies try to clean up image

LONDON — Once a month, accountant Michael Byrne pulls on his rubber boots and makes his way to a spot on the banks of the River Thames. He carefully marks out a one-square meter (11-square foot) patch and, with gloved hands, catalogues each bit of plastic he finds, meticulously reporting the data to the environmental […]

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