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 2021-07-23 15:00 

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Confederate bust moved from Tennessee Capitol building...

By KIMBERLEE KRUESI NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The bust of a Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader that had been displayed prominently inside of the Tennessee Capitol for decades was removed from its pedestal on Friday. The image of Nathan ...

 2021-07-23 15:00 

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Tokyo Olympic flame is the first powered by hydrogen...

TOKYO (AP) — Inspired by the sun, the Tokyo Olympic cauldron is designed to be better for the planet. The flame at Tokyo's National Stadium and another cauldron burning along the waterfront near Tokyo Bay throughout the games will be sustained i...

 2021-07-23 14:56 

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Olyphant churches bid farewell to Monsignor Michael Delaney...

Monsignor Michael Delaney recently bid farewell to Olyphant after serving nine years at Holy Cross Church/St. Patrick's Church. The Olyphant Borough Council and the mayor extended their gratitude with a plaque in his honor, which read in part, "yo...

 2021-07-23 14:50 

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Cleveland's baseball team goes from Indians to Guardians...

CLEVELAND (AP) — Known as the Indians since 1915, Cleveland's Major League Baseball team will be called Guardians....

 2021-07-23 14:24 

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Ashley tax collector charged with DUI...

ASHLEY — Borough police filed drunken driving charges against Robert W. Shoemaker, 67, following a crash at the Ashley Little League Field on Conyngham Street last month....

 2021-07-23 13:43 

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With muted ceremony and empty stadium, Tokyo Olympics begin...

TOKYO (AP) — Belated and beleaguered, the virus-delayed Tokyo Summer Olympics finally opened Friday night with cascading fireworks and made-for-TV choreography that unfolded in a near-empty stadium, a colorful but strangely subdued ceremony that set...

 2021-07-23 13:00 

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Portuguese surfer Frederico Morais tests positive for COVID...

By SALLY HO TOKYO (AP) — Portuguese surfer Frederico Morais has announced that he tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the sport's Olympic debut in Japan. Morais, 29, issued a statement on social media Friday evening. "This is likely t...

 2021-07-23 13:00 

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Free money for all? Mayors hope local tests bring big change...

By SARA BURNETT By triggering $1,400 stimulus checks for millions of people and expanding the child tax credit for many families, the pandemic offered a clear takeaway for some officials: That putting tax dollars in people's pockets is achievable and ...

 2021-07-23 13:00 

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France starts supply bridge to help Tunisia cope with virus...

PARIS (AP) — France has established a "maritime bridge" to provide COVID-19 vaccines and medical oxygen to Tunisia, which is in the midst of one of Africa's worst coronavirus outbreaks. In the past five days, France has flown 1.1 million...

 2021-07-23 13:00 

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Portuguese surfer Frederico Morais tests positive for COVID...

By SALLY HO TOKYO (AP) — Portuguese surfer Frederico Morais has announced that he tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the sport's Olympic debut in Japan. Morais, 29, issued a statement on social media Friday evening. "This is likely t...

 2021-07-23 11:00 

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England quarantine rules being relaxed to avoid shortages...

By DANICA KIRKA and PAN PYLAS LONDON (AP) — The British government has sought to ease food supply pressures in England by exempting more than 10,000 workers from quarantine rules that had led to staff shortages and empty shelves and fears of panic-b...

 2021-07-23 09:00 

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Live at Budokan: Famed arena gets another Olympic spotlight...

By GREG BEACHAM TOKYO (AP) — The Nippon Budokan sits serenely nestled in a verdant park at the heart of Tokyo. Visitors admire the elegant lines of its Buddhist temple-based design before they step into the graceful reverence of the arena, where cou...

 2021-07-23 09:00 

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US diplomat worried about pandemic, food supply in N Korea...

By HYUNG-JIN KIM SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — America's No. 2 diplomat on Friday expressed sympathy for North Koreans facing hardships and food shortages linked to the pandemic, and renewed calls for the North to return to talks over its nuclear pr...

 2021-07-23 07:00 

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Dozens of pro boxers to take their swings at Olympic gold...

By GREG BEACHAM TOKYO (AP) — When professional boxers were first welcomed into the Olympics a half-decade ago, many people around the sport hated the idea — and many still do. "I think it messes things up," said Freddie Roach, the fame...

 2021-07-23 07:00 

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Giants rally in 9th for 2nd straight night to beat Dodgers...

By JOE REEDY LOS ANGELES (AP) — The San Francisco Giants have built the best record in the majors with a sound defense and one of the top bullpens in the National League. On this night, though, it was smart baserunning and a couple of calls that all...

 2021-07-23 06:00 

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Wilkes-Barre official seeks passenger rail study...

WILKES-BARRE — Buoyed by a proposed Amtrak route between Reading and Philadelphia, City Controller Darren Snyder again lobbied for a study on a Wilkes-Barre high-speed rail connection....

 2021-07-23 05:01 

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Downtown Discoveries Kids' Fest debuts Saturday at Midtown Village...

WILKES-BARRE — Susan Magnotta, Director of Marketing and Development at the Diamond City partnership, Thursday said the Downtown Discoveries Scavenger Hunt and Kids' Fest is part of DCP's larger initiative to reanimate the Downtown....

 2021-07-23 05:00 

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Yanks reliever throws 4 wild pitches in 10th, Red Sox rally...

By KYLE HIGHTOWER BOSTON (AP) — Kik Hernndez hit a two-run double that tied the game with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Boston Red Sox took advantage of a record four wild pitches by Brooks Kriske in the 10th to rally past the rival New York...

 2021-07-23 05:00 

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AP source: Big 12 leaders discuss how to keep Texas and OU...

By RALPH D. RUSSO INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Big 12 leaders held a call without Texas and Oklahoma on Thursday to discuss how to keep the league's flagship schools from bolting to the Southeastern Conference — and contingency plans to survive wit...

 2021-07-23 05:00 

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Police: Man defrauded Chinese pop singer in sex scandal...

By JOE McDONALD and FU TING BEIJING (AP) — A man has confessed to defrauding Chinese-Canadian pop singer Kris Wu over a teenager's accusation he had sex with her when she was drunk, according to Beijing police. The announcement added a bizarre t...

 2021-07-23 05:00 

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Wolf says his position on voter ID hasn't changed...

LOGANVILLE — With talks on wider election-related legislation at a standstill, Gov. Tom Wolf said Thursday that his position on expanding Pennsylvania's voter identification requirements has not changed, and that he is against anything that woul...

 2021-07-23 04:59 

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Detour to be set up for construction on state Route 118...

LEHMAN TWP. — A detour will be set up for the replacement of a box culvert on state Route 118, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said....

 2021-07-23 04:30 

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Celebrating art in nature...

NUANGOLA — Have easel, will travel?...

 2021-07-23 03:40 

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Robin Abcarian: The Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene traveling circus...

Let's say you are a Republican congressman who is under federal investigation for sex trafficking because you are suspected of taking a minor across state lines for sex, and also for possible influence trading because you once wrote legislation paving...

 2021-07-23 03:00 

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Fowler, Vegas, Merritt tied for 3M Open lead in Minnesota...

By BRIAN HALL BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Rickie Fowler's improved driving helped him shoot a 5-under 65 on Sunday in the final round of the British Open. Looking for a late push in the FedEx Cup standings, Fowler carried over the strong play Thursday ...

 2021-07-23 03:00 

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Jets' Knapp dies after being struck by car while biking...

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. NEW YORK (AP) — New York Jets assistant coach Greg Knapp died Thursday of injuries suffered in an accident when he was struck by a car while riding a bicycle Saturday near his home in California. He was 58. Knapp's family re...

 2021-07-23 03:00 

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Olympic cycling road races are studies in contrast...

By DAVE SKRETTA TOKYO (AP) — The men's and women's Olympic road races that begin the cycling program at the Tokyo Games this weekend are similar only in their start amid the forests of Musashinonomori Park and their finish line at Fuji Inter...

 2021-07-23 02:33 

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Olympic opening ceremony director fired for Holocaust joke...

TOKYO — The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee fired the director of the opening ceremony on Thursday because of a Holocaust joke he made during a comedy show in 1998....

 2021-07-23 01:00 

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California makes change to pay unemployment benefits faster...

By ADAM BEAM SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration on Thursday announced a major change in how the state pays unemployment benefits, potentially unlocking payments for up to 100,000 people who have gone weeks or...

 2021-07-23 01:00 

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US churches reckon with traumatic legacy of Native schools...

By PETER SMITH The discoveries of hundreds of unmarked graves at former residential schools for Indigenous children in Canada have prompted renewed calls for a reckoning over the traumatic legacy of similar schools in the United States — and in part...

 2021-07-23 01:00 

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Aqua Pennsylvania Cuts Ribbon on State-of-the-Art Environmental Laboratory...

BRYN MAWR, Pa.(BUSINESS WIRE)Jul 22, 2021 Aqua Pennsylvania, an Essential Utilities company, today celebrated the official opening of its high-tech environmental laboratory with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The 14,700-square-foot laboratory is more than dou...

 2021-07-23 00:23 

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Police investigating Wilkes-Barre shooting...

WILKES-BARRE — Police on Thursday evening responded to the area of Huber and Stanton streets for a reported shooting....

 2021-07-22 23:00 

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GOP's vaccine push comes with strong words, few actions...

By JILL COLVIN and BRIAN SLODYSKO WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican politicians are under increasing pressure to speak out to persuade COVID-19 vaccine skeptics to roll up their sleeves and take the shots as . But after months of ignoring — and, ab...

 2021-07-22 23:00 

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California's recall ballot is set, but GOP strategy isn't...

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's recall ballot is finally set, but the Republican party is still determining its best strategy for winning the governor's office in one of the nation's most Democratic states. Wit...

 2021-07-22 23:00 

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Review: Crystal waters, soft sands, clunky dialogue in 'Old'...

By JOCELYN NOVECK "Can you believe I found this online?" a delighted Prisca asks husband Guy at the beginning of as their family arrives at a glistening beach resort. Not to be a Debbie Downer quite so soon, but this isn't a good sign — ...

 2021-07-22 21:00 

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FirstEnergy to pay $230M in agreement in Ohio bribery case...

By MARK GILLISPIE, JULIE CARR SMYTH and FARNOUSH AMIRI CINCINNATI (AP) — The energy giant at the center of a $60 million bribery scheme in Ohio admitted Thursday to new details of its role in the conspiracy as part of a deal with federal prosecutors...

 2021-07-22 21:00 

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Mississippi brief: Supreme Court should overturn Roe v. Wade...

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court should overturn its landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide and should let states decide whether to regulate abortion before a fetus can survive outside the womb, t...

 2021-07-22 21:00 

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NFL teams face potential forfeits for COVID-19 outbreaks...

By ROB MAADDI and BARRY WILNER NFL teams that experience a COVID-19 outbreak among nonvaccinated players could forfeit regular-season games, with players on both teams not getting paid. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell warned the 32 teams Thursday in a memo...

 2021-07-22 20:46 

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Times Leader P.M. Update: 7/22/21...

Pat Kernan is here with your P.M. Update: There has been a lot of talk about restoring railroad service between Scranton and New York, but now one local official would like to see passenger trains come back to Luzerne County, too. Jerry Lynott will explai...

 2021-07-22 19:00 

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US imposes new Cuba sanctions over human rights abuses...

By AAMER MADHANI and MATTHEW LEE WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration announced new sanctions Thursday against a Cuban official and a government special brigade that it says was involved in human rights abuses during a government crackdown on ...

 2021-07-22 19:00 

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Mercedes sketches out all-electric scenario by decade's end...

By DAVID McHUGH FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Daimler AG's luxury car brand Mercedes-Benz says it is stepping up its transition to electric cars, doubling the share of sales planned by 2025 and sketching out a market scenario in which new car sales ...

 2021-07-22 19:00 

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Big Ten media days: Penn State, Franklin embracing challenge of Wisconsin opener...

Penn State's countdown clock has been back up and running for awhile now, ticking away toward the Sept. 4 season opener. Nothing new there....

 2021-07-22 18:25 

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Firearm charges filed against alleged Wilkes-Barre shooter...

PITTSTON — An alleged gunman who shot out the windows on a Toyota minivan last week on Sambourne Street, Wilkes-Barre, urged police to "look him up," according to court records....

 2021-07-22 17:46 

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Lehman Township man arraigned on more child rape offenses...

LEHMAN TWP. — A Lehman Township man was arraigned Thursday on additional rape charges alleging he sexually assaulted two girls....

 2021-07-22 17:00 

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Pelosi says Jan. 6 committee will move forward without GOP...

By MARY CLARE JALONICK WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says a committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection "will do the job it set out to do" despite Republicans' vow to boycott the probe. House GOP Leader Kevin M...

 2021-07-22 17:00 

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Iowa Democrat Finkenauer seeking GOP Sen. Grassley's seat...

By THOMAS BEAUMONT DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democrat Abby Finkenauer, , is running for Republican Chuck Grassley's U.S. Senate seat, hoping her blue-collar credentials will propel her forward in a state that has grown more conservative over the y...

 2021-07-22 16:16 

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Plymouth man sentenced 12-24 years in prison on child pornography charges...

WILKES-BARRE — Admitting to downloading, sharing and trading images of children engaged in sex acts - an estimated 700 lewd images, Christopher Robert Williams said he wanted to help law enforcement catch other child pornographers....

 2021-07-22 15:00 

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Bus plunges off road on Capri, lands near beach; driver dies...

ROME (AP) — A public bus on the Italian vacation island of Capri crashed through a guardrail and landed on a beach resort area Thursday, fatally injuring the driver, firefighters and Capri's mayor said. The fire department tweeted that the bus h...

 2021-07-22 15:00 

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Fighting among prison gangs in Ecuador kills 18, dozens hurt...

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Rival gangs of inmates fought in two prisons in Ecuador, killing at least 18 people and injuring dozens, authorities said Thursday. Violence broke out on Wednesday in the main prison in the city of Guayaquil as well as the Lata...

 2021-07-22 15:00 

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Smith, Carlos, Berry demand change in Olympic protest rule...

By EDDIE PELLS TOKYO (AP) — Tommie Smith, John Carlos and Gwen Berry are among the more than 150 athletes, educators and activists who signed a letter Thursday urging the IOC not to punish participants who demonstrate at the Tokyo Games. The five-pa...

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