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 2021-09-22 23:00 

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Melvin Van Peebles, godfather of Black cinema, dies at 89...

By JAKE COYLE NEW YORK (AP) — Melvin Van Peebles, the groundbreaking filmmaker, playwright and musician whose work ushered in the "blaxploitation" wave of the 1970s and influenced filmmakers long after, has died. He was 89. In statement, his...

 2021-09-22 23:00 

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Kiermaier hit, apparent retribution, as Rays clinch playoffs...

By MARK DIDTLER ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Kevin Kiermaier was hit by a pitch, apparent retribution for scooping up a Toronto scouting report two days earlier, and the Tampa Bay Rays clinched a postseason berth with a 7-1 victory over the Blue Jays...

 2021-09-22 23:00 

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Facebook tech chief Mike Schroepfer to step down...

By BARBARA ORTUTAY Facebook's Chief Technology Officer is stepping down from the social media company, taking on a part-time role while longtime executive Andrew Bosworth will replace him next year. Schroepfer, known as "Schrep," has been at F...

 2021-09-22 22:34 

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SEC officials under microscope after mistakes...

Mississippi State coach Mike Leach was still being asked his thoughts Wednesday about the bizarre punt play in the fourth quarter of last week's loss to Memphis, and two apparent mistakes — one of them acknowledged — by SEC officials....

 2021-09-22 22:10 

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NHL camps open as teams take stock of unvaccinated players...

Tyler Bertuzzi is the only unvaccinated Detroit Red Wings player going into training camp and faces the potential of missing all of his team's games in Canada this season as a result, general manager Steve Yzerman said Wednesday....

 2021-09-22 21:45 

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Drug sweep nets $1 million in cocaine, fentanyl and four arrests...

WILKES-BARRE — Four locations in Wilkes-Barre were hit by drug agents early Wednesday morning as a result of an eight-month investigation into the trafficking of cocaine and fentanyl. At a press conference, Mayor George Brown called it one of the la...

 2021-09-22 21:00 

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Johnny Depp: 'Not one of you' is safe with 'cancel culture'...

By JORGE GARMA SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain (AP) — Taking center stage in a prestigious Spanish film festival to receive a top career award, actor Johnny Depp presented himself as a victim of the "cancel culture" that, he said, has spread across the...

 2021-09-22 21:00 

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SEC officials under microscope after high-profile mistakes...

By DAVE SKRETTA Mississippi State coach Mike Leach was still being asked his thoughts Wednesday about the bizarre punt play in the fourth quarter of last week's loss to Memphis, and two apparent mistakes — one of them acknowledged — by SEC...

 2021-09-22 21:00 

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Senators: Bipartisan police overhaul talks end with no deal...

By ALAN FRAM WASHINGTON (AP) — Bipartisan congressional talks on overhauling policing practices have ended without an agreement, top bargainers from both parties said Wednesday, marking the collapse of an effort that began after killings of unarmed ...

 2021-09-22 19:00 

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Mormon church to require masks in temples amid COVID surge...

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Wednesday that masks will be required inside temples to limit the spread of COVID-19. Church leaders said in a statement that masks will be required temporarily in an ef...

 2021-09-22 19:00 

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Sun forward Jones, coach Miller win major AP WNBA awards...

By DOUG FEINBERG Jonquel Jones is no stranger to winning Associated Press WNBA awards. In previous years, the Connecticut Sun forward has been honored by the media that votes on the weekly AP WNBA power poll as the Sixth Woman of the Year and Most Improve...

 2021-09-22 18:57 

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Drug sweep nets $1 million in cocaine, fentanyl seizures and four arrests...

WILKES-BARRE — Four locations in Wilkes-Barre were hit by drug agents early Wednesday morning as a result of an eight-month investigation into the trafficking of cocaine and fentanyl....

 2021-09-22 17:00 

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German official slams online 'incitement' after mask killing...

By FRANK JORDANS BERLIN (AP) — Germany's health minister on Wednesday partly blamed "incitement" against the government's pandemic rules on social media for the killing of a gas station clerk by a man who refused to wear a face mask....

 2021-09-22 17:00 

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United Airlines say 97% of US employees have been vaccinated...

By DAVID KOENIG United Airlines says more than 97% of its U.S.-based employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 now that there is less than a week before a deadline to get the shots or get fired. The airline said Wednesday that the new figure does no...

 2021-09-22 16:17 

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Luzerne County receives clearance to continue using its electronic voting system Nov. 2...

Luzerne County has received clearance to use its voting machines in the upcoming Nov. 2 general election, county Acting Manager Romilda Crocamo told county council Wednesday by email....

 2021-09-22 15:58 

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Two federal inmates charged with pandemic unemployment fraud...

SCRANTON — Two federal inmates from Luzerne County were indicted by a federal grand jury with pandemic unemployment assistance fraud, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Bruce D. Brandler....

 2021-09-22 15:31 

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Vehicle fire damages Plains Township bank...

PLAINS TWP. — A vehicle caught fire damaging the FNCB Bank branch on Route 315 early Wednesday morning....

 2021-09-22 15:00 

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UN health agency sets higher, tougher bar for air quality...

By JAMEY KEATEN and DREW COSTLEY GENEVA (AP) — The harmful health effects of air pollution kick in at lower levels than previously thought, the World Health Organization said Wednesday as it set a new standard for policymakers and the public in the ...

 2021-09-22 15:00 

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'Foundation' based on Asimov's work thinks big — galaxy big...

By MARK KENNEDY NEW YORK (AP) — Most TV dramas try to tell stories over a few years with maybe half a dozen central characters. The new series "Foundation" is a bit more ambitious — try 400 years and 25 million worlds. To say it's ...

 2021-09-22 13:00 

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German president asks country to confront its colonial past...

By KIRSTEN GRIESHABER BERLIN (AP) — Germany's president called on Germans to face the country's cruel colonial past as he opened a new museum in the capital's center that will be home to two of Berlin's state museums. The Ethnologica...

 2021-09-22 13:00 

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France's Macron expects Biden's "clarifications" on sub spat...

By SYLVIE CORBET PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron expects "clarifications and clear commitments" from President Joe Biden in a call to be held later on Wednesday to address the submarines' dispute, Macron's office said. ...

 2021-09-22 11:00 

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Chinese builder in debt jam says it will make bond payment...

By JOE McDONALD BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese real estate developer whose struggle to avoid defaulting on billions of dollars of debt has rattled global markets says it will pay interest due Thursday to bondholders in China but gave no sign of plans to p...

 2021-09-22 09:00 

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Canadian recounts her abduction by jihadis in Burkina Faso...

By SAM MEDNICK OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Nearly a year and a half after being abducted by Islamic extremists in Burkina Faso, Edith Blais risked her life to escape, fearing she'd never be free. "(What you're thinking is either) yo...

 2021-09-22 09:00 

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5.9 earthquake causes minor damage in Australia, no injuries...

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A magnitude 5.9 earthquake caused slight damage in suburban Melbourne on Wednesday in an unusually powerful temblor for Australia. The quake hit about 130 kilometers (80 miles) northeast of Australia's second-most pop...

 2021-09-22 07:00 

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Germany's diversity shows as immigrants run for parliament...

By KIRSTEN GRIESHABER BERLIN (AP) — Ana-Maria Trasnea was 13 when she emigrated from Romania because her single, working mother believed she would have a better future in Germany. Now 27, she is running for a seat in parliament. "It was hard in ...

 2021-09-22 07:00 

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AP source: Simmons won't report to 76ers' training camp...

By DAN GELSTON PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ben Simmons may have missed his last playoff free throw with the Sixers. Simmons will not report to Philadelphia 76ers' training camp next week and prefers to continue his NBA career with another team, a person...

 2021-09-22 06:00 

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Best of Greater Pittston returns to Red Mill...

PITTSTON — Businesspeople, elected officials and others crowded into the Red Mill in Pittston Tuesday evening, looking to recognize some of Pittston's best....

 2021-09-22 05:00 

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Cards win 10th in row, beat Brewers to extend wild-card lead...

By JIM HOEHN MILWAUKEE (AP) — Cardinals closer Giovanny Gallegos fanned pinch-hitter Pablo Reyes for the final out and St. Louis won its 10th straight game, increasing its playoff lead by holding off the division-leading Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 Tuesda...

 2021-09-22 05:00 

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Racism, climate and divisions top UN agenda as leaders meet...

By EDITH M. LEDERER UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Racism, the climate crisis and the world's worsening divisions will take center stage at the United Nations on Wednesday, a day after the U.N. chief issued a grim warning that "we are on the edge of ...

 2021-09-22 04:10 

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Our View: House should vote on infrastructure bill, put unrelated legislative goals aside...

The limbo surrounding the fate of the Firefighters' Memorial Bridge between Pittston and West Pittston is far from accidental and very much a cautionary tale about our local and national infrastructure....

 2021-09-22 03:39 

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Their view: Just teach the truth about America's less-than-glorious history...

I have spent 50 years teaching college students from coast to coast and points in between, and while much has changed over those years, one thing has not: an often abysmal ignorance among my students of the less-than-glorious side of American history....

 2021-09-22 03:00 

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ADB: Asia below pre-pandemic levels as variants slow rebound...

By ELAINE KURTENBACH Developing economies in Asia will likely grow at a slower pace than earlier expected due to prolonged COVID-19 outbreaks and uneven progress in vaccinations, the Asian Development Bank said in a report Wednesday. The regional lender l...

 2021-09-22 03:00 

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Magnitude 5.9 earthquake causes slight damage in Australia...

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A magnitude 5.9 earthquake caused slight damage in suburban Melbourne on Wednesday in an unusually powerful temblor for Australia. The quake hit about 130 kilometers (80 miles) northeast of Australia's second-most pop...

 2021-09-22 01:28 

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A fund for Billie Jo...

Ask Billie Jo Walker about her typical day, and she'll tell you she wakes up in the morning "and my husband, God love him, he takes me off of my machine and writes down my numbers — temperature, weight, blood pressure — and then he'...

 2021-09-22 01:00 

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Official: Pennsylvania 'well prepared' for vaccine boosters...

HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's network of vaccine providers is ready to deliver booster shots of the coronavirus vaccine as soon as federal authorities sign off, the state's top health official said Tuesday. More than 2,000 providers hav...

 2021-09-22 01:00 

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Done with delays, Academy movie museum rolls out red carpet...

By ANDREW DALTON LOS ANGELES (AP) — The projectors are rolling. The ruby slippers are on. Many an Oscar sits glistening. The shark has been hanging, and waiting, for nearly a year. Nine years after it was announced, four years after its first projec...

 2021-09-22 01:00 

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Canelo lvarez, Caleb Plant trade blows at news conference...

By GREG BEACHAM BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Canelo lvarez and Caleb Plant couldn't wait until Nov. 6 to start throwing hands. The super middleweight champions traded blows at their news conference Tuesday to promote their upcoming title unifica...

 2021-09-22 01:00 

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LEADING OFF: Rays see what's in the cards with Blue Jays...

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors on Wednesday: ___ FINDERS KEEPERS Kevin Kiermaier is playing for keeps — and the Toronto Blue Jays may not be too keen on what he's keeping. The veteran Rays outfielder sco...

 2021-09-22 00:30 

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Mohegan Sun Arena to host 'excess inventory sale' on Saturday...

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — The ASM Global staff at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza will host an "excess inventory sale" on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. inside the venue's west gate entrance....

 2021-09-21 23:00 

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Conviction erased in fire that killed 5 kids in Michigan...

By ED WHITE DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Tuesday erased the murder conviction of a man who was blamed for a fire that killed five children in 2000 after a new prosecutor said the investigation and trial were years ago in suburban Detroit. Juwan Deering...

 2021-09-21 23:00 

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Pair and a spare: Tailback depth a must-have in Big Ten play...

By DAVE CAMPBELL Michigan has begun a pivotal season for coach Jim Harbaugh with three decisive wins, fueled by that ground-oriented, weather-proof offense he and most northern teams prefer. Recruiting and developing the right running backs to carry it ou...

 2021-09-21 21:00 

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Rikers Island should close, say 4 House Democrats from NY...

By MICHELLE L. PRICE NEW YORK (AP) — Four members of Congress from New York demanded the release of inmates and closure of New York City's troubled Rikers Island jail complex after another inmate was reported dead at the facility. Democratic Rep...

 2021-09-21 21:00 

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Judge erases conviction of man in fire that killed 5 kids...

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday threw out the murder conviction of a man who was blamed for a fire that killed five children in 2000 after a new prosecutor said the investigation and trial in suburban Detroit were Juwan Deering will remain ...

 2021-09-21 20:47 

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Geisinger updates visitation policy amid climbing COVID-19 cases...

DANVILLE — Given continuing increases in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, Geisinger on Tuesday announced updates to its in-person visitation policies, effective Wednesday for all hospital and outpatient locations....

 2021-09-21 20:26 

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Times Leader P.M. Update: Tuesday, 9/21/21...

Pat Kernan is here with a look ahead to what we're working on for Wednesday's edition of the Times Leader: Orange garbage bags for Wilkes-Barre? Yes, they're a thing, and we'll explain. Also meet the grand marshal for this year's multi...

 2021-09-21 19:30 

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Diversity champion Acosta to lead WB's Multicultural Parade...

WILKES-BARRE — With an extensive list of job titles and work helping grow and celebrate diversity throughout the area, Erica Acosta was a natural choice to lead Saturday's Multicultural Parade and Festival as the Grand Marshal....

 2021-09-21 19:22 

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Earth Conservancy athletic fields damaged by vehicles...

HANOVER TWP. — An athletic field used by the Hanover Area Youth Soccer Club was vandalised by off-roaders, said Terry Ostrowski, chief executive officer and president of Earth Conservancy....

 2021-09-21 19:00 

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Wray: Afghanistan unrest could inspire extremism inside US...

By ERIC TUCKER WASHINGTON (AP) — The possibility of a 9/11-type attack has diminished over the last 20 years, but the Taliban victory in Afghanistan could embolden U.S.-based extremists at the same time that the FBI is confronting increasing threats...

 2021-09-21 19:00 

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White House blacklists Russian ransomware payment 'enabler'...

By ERIC TUCKER and FRANK BAJAK WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration sought Tuesday to choke the finances of criminal ransomware gangs, announcing sanctions against a Russia-based virtual currency brokerage that officials say helped at least ei...

 2021-09-21 19:00 

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Ex-mayor, elected at age 23, gets 6 years in corruption case...

By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER BOSTON (AP) — A former Massachusetts mayor, once a rising Democratic star after being elected at just 23 years old, was sentenced to six years in prison on Tuesday after being convicted of extorting hundreds of thousands of d...

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