Without Toys R Us, 30,000 jobs, a black hole for toy makers

NEW YORK — The demise of Toys R Us will have a ripple effect on everything from toy makers to consumers to landlords. The 70-year-old retailer sought court approval Thursday to liquidate its remaining 735 stores, eliminating the jobs of some 30,000 employees while spelling the end for a chain known to generations of children […]

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Their view: How to find ‘advice-only’ financial advisers

If you want money advice you can trust, your best bet is to hire a fee-only financial planner . The trick is finding a planner who’s willing to be hired for a reasonable fee. Fee-only planners don’t accept commissions or kickbacks and are paid solely by client fees. Most use an “assets under management” model […]

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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 March 12: • The estate of Marie Degnon to Michael Anthony Campenni, 12 Salem Dr., Laflin Borough, $117,000. • JLSMS Holdings LLC to SM Rental Properties LLC, State Route 502, Pittston Township, $125,000. […]

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End of an era: Toys R Us is going the way of stickball

NEW YORK — For decades, children ran down the sprawling aisles of Toys R Us in awe of the Barbies, the bikes and other toys laid out in front of them. Parents lined up for the latest Christmas fad, even if it meant standing in the rain. And, of course, there was that jingle that […]

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A media giant in the balance: AT&T antitrust trial kicks off

NEW YORK — AT&T is squaring off against the federal government in a trial that could shape how you get — and how much you pay for — streaming TV and movies. AT&T says it needs to gobble up Time Warner to have a chance against the likes of Amazon, Netflix and Google in the […]

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Pro-manufacturing group touts 2017 accomplishments in Pa.

WILKES-BARRE — The Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center reports that during 2017, NEPIRC client engagements led to the creation and retention of more than 1,800 full-time manufacturing jobs within northeastern Pennsylvania and the northern tier of Pennsylvania. The NEPIRC report also states regional manufacturer investments in expansion, new technologies and new products totaled more than […]

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AI has a dirty little secret: It’s powered by people

SAN FRANCISCO — There’s a dirty little secret about artificial intelligence: It’s powered by hundreds of thousands of real people. From makeup artists in Venezuela to women in conservative parts of India, people around the world are doing the digital equivalent of needlework —drawing boxes around cars in street photos, tagging images, and transcribing snatches […]

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Pa.’s January unemployment rate holds steady, higher than national rate

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry has released its unemployment report for the month of January, showing the state’s rate is slightly higher than what’s happening nationally. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was 4.8 percent for the month of January — unchanged from the month of December, the department reported. Meanwhile, the national rate […]

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Renown economist to speak at Economic Outlook Lunch in Scranton

SCRANTON — The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce, will host the 2018 Economic Outlook Lunch at the Hilton Scranton, 100 Adams Ave., on March 21. The event will begin at 11:45 p.m. Jay Bryson, Ph.D., a global economist with Wells Fargo, is this year’s featured speaker. […]

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US oil expected to meet most of world’s growth in demand

HOUSTON — A global energy group says booming production in the United States will meet most of the world’s growth in demand for oil in the next few years. The International Energy Agency believes U.S. oilfields will offset slow growth from the OPEC cartel. The group, based in Paris, issued its annual oil market report […]

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