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'A Haunted House 2' is too much of a bad thing

Apr 17

Imagine a Venn diagram charting three qualities: silly, gross and dumb. At the point where they overlap you will find the fright-film spoof “A Haunted House 2,” a scattershot, anything-goes affair that's unapologetically stupid. Proudly stupid.

'Transcendence' can't transcend sci-fi cliches

Apr 17

For years, the rumor about Johnny Depp was that he wouldn't take a role that required him to get a haircut. “Chocolat,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Once Upon a Time in Mexico,” “Sleepy Hollow” — mop-topped...

Ramos request to toss conviction denied

Apr 17

WILKES-BARRE — Child molester Jose A. Ramos' motion to overturn his conviction for failing to register an address under Megan's Law has been denied under a Thursday ruling by Luzerne County Judge David W. Lupas.

Store to close after latest robbery

Apr 17

WILKES-BARRE — With Thursday night's robbery the last straw, the Hazle Mart bandit and the inability of police to catch him has apparently put a convenience store out of business.

Lottery numbers for Thursday, April 17

Apr 17

MIDDAY DRAWINGDaily Number - 7-0-2Big Four - 1-5-7-1Quinto - 5-7-9-8-8Treasure Hunt05-07-11-12-22EVENING DRAWINGDaily Number - 2-9-8Big Four - 9-0-3-9

Nanticoke man waives hearing in fatal DUI

Apr 17

HANOVER TWP. — An attorney believes his client, John Benjamin Ward, will plead guilty to causing a crash that claimed the life of a 68-year-old Nanticoke man last April.

Let's fly, let's fly away

Apr 17

Kelly Edwards and his son, Kelly Edwards Jr., fly a kite in Kirby Park on Thursday. Kelly Edwards is from Grenada and has been making kites out of coconut leaf since he was a boy. He said kite flying is a tradition for him at Easter. Weather for the upcoming holiday...

An act of faith

Apr 17

Pam Challenger washes the feet of Bill Challenger in the Maundy Thursday service at the Firwood United Methodist Church in Wilkes-Barre. The washing of the feet is a ritual observed in many Christian churches on Holy Thursday, which marks the observance of the Last...

W-B Twp. annual egg hunt to be Saturday

Apr 17

Wilkes-Barre Township's annual children's Easter Egg Hunt is to be held Saturday, April 19, at Al Karaska Park starting at 10:30 a.m.

Fight occurred before gunfire

Apr 17

Wilkes-Barre police said Thursday a confrontation took place between two men before gunfire in the 400 block of North Washington Street on Wednesday afternoon.

Court proceeding continued for niece

Apr 17

A preliminary hearing for Isis Ann Brown, 34, on charges she assaulted her aunt, who later died, was continued on Thursday.

Stuart tank ceremony set

Apr 17

The Berwick Stuart Tank Committee will hold a commemoration and groundbreaking ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at the corner of 3rd and Oak streets in Berwick.

Police seek man in Kingston bank robbery

Apr 17

Kingston — Police are searching for a man they say robbed a local bank Thursday afternoon.

Helen Galli's appeal of conviction is denied

Apr 17

WILKES-BARRE — A Luzerne County judge has rejected poisoner Helen Galli's arguments that her conviction and sentence were flawed.Judge Fred A. Pierantoni issued his ruling Thursday.

Mericle letters state case that jobs are at stake

Apr 17

Judge weighing sentencing for area developer
Putting Robert Mericle in prison would threaten the livelihood of his 235 employees and those who work for his more than 200 regular local subcontractors, his chief financial officer said in a letter to the court.

Exeter cop accused of viewing porn at work

Apr 17

Injunction issued against borough hearing in Leonard Galli case
WILKES-BARRE — Thousands of pornographic photos and videos containing “the most extreme, graphic hardcore imagery” were discovered on an Exeter computer used by now-suspended police Sgt. Leonard Galli, according to civil documents filed Thursday by...

Dem gov. candidate Wolf reports $2.2M in income

Apr 17

HARRISBURG — Tom Wolf, a Democratic candidate for governor who took out a multimillion-dollar loan to help finance his campaign, reported nearly $2.2 million in adjusted income in 2012, according to the two pages of his 2012 tax return he released...

3 to run in Boston to help school stabbing victims

Apr 17

PITTSBURGH — Three people from the western Pennsylvania town where 21 students and a security guard were wounded in a high school stabbing rampage hope to raise money for the victims by running the Boston Marathon.

Boy, 8, brings syringes to school

Apr 17

HANOVER TWP. — An 8-year-old student in Hanover Area School District brought a pack of 10 syringes to school Wednesday and gave one to a fellow student on the school bus, Superintendent Andrew Kuhl said.

Another lawyer appointed for Selenski

Apr 17

WILKES-BARRE — The conga line of attorneys for double-homicide suspect Hugo Selenski continues.

Luzerne Foundation surprises more with grants

Apr 17

Tracking down Charles Barber between now and May 9 might require some legwork.

Wal-Mart jumps into money transfer biz

Apr 17

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart is delving deeper into financial services at its stores and shaking up the money transfer business.

China's factories face new challenges

Apr 17

HONG KONG — As China's growth inexorably slows, manufacturers such as Linan Meite Cable are discovering that being an efficient low-cost producer is no longer enough to prosper.

Valley gas prices soaring

Apr 17

Ann Marie Finnegan, of Courtdale, was not pleased Thursday with the rising costs at the fuel pump.“It takes a definite impact on our budget,” she said, and data verify her assertion.

In brief

Apr 17

Cops: Target hackersmay be tough to findSecret Service investigators say they are close to gaining a full understanding of the methods hackers used to breach Target's computer systems last December.

Airport will display banner supporting depot

Apr 17

PITTSTON TWP. —A banner supporting the Tobyhanna Army Depot in its campaign to withstand another governmental review will hang in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport free of charge.

Airport Director Centini to retire at year's end

Apr 17

PITTSTON TWP. —After a 43-year career, in which he rose from business manager to director of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, Barry Centini on Thursday publicly announced that he will retire at the end of the year.

RFK Jr. endorses McGinty for governor

Apr 17

Dem icon's son says Corbett presents false choice
SCRANTON — Standing on a chair so as to be heard over the crowd, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. told his audience at a downtown bar that he believes gubernatorial candidate Katie McGinty, if elected, will help eliminate what he called corporate aristocracy in...

Ex-LCTA bus driver seeks $9k in back wages, benefits

Apr 17

WILKES-BARRE — A former bus driver is suing the Luzerne County Transportation Authority, alleging the agency owes him more than $9,000 for wages, vacation time and personal days benefits that the agency improperly denied to him.

W-B man charged in power saw assault

Apr 17

WILKES-BARRE — A city man with a history of abusing women was arraigned Thursday on charges he assaulted his girlfriend with a power saw last month.

US: Forfeiture deal over Iran assets sets record

Apr 17

(AP) A federal judge has approved plans to sell a 36-story Manhattan office building and other properties owned by Iran nationwide in what will be the largest...

Royal couple enjoy sheep-shearing demo Down Under

Apr 17

(AP) Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate, have enjoyed a sheep-shearing demonstration and greeted crowds of flower-bearing fans at an agricultural fair in...

Hazle Mart robbed again

Apr 17

Thursday's robbery makes it the second in as many days, fifth in three months.
WILKES-BARRE — A clerk at Hazle Mart has reported another robbery there, Luzerne County 911 has confirmed, making it the second in two days and the fifth in three months at the beleaguered convenient store.

Sub scours ocean for missing Malaysian jet

Apr 17

(AP) A robotic submarine headed back down into the depths of the Indian Ocean on Friday to scour the seafloor for any trace of the missing Malaysian jet, as data from the...

China: One-fifth of country's farmland polluted

Apr 17

(AP) China's government says in a report that nearly one-fifth of the country's farmland is polluted, mostly from yearslong accumulations of toxins from factories, mining and...

California cross-border airport clears key hurdle

Apr 17

(AP) U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Thursday that it has reached agreement with an investor group to clear the way for construction of the nation's first...
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