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Yudichak will discuss decision Saturday morning on Fox News
State Sen. John Yudichak will appear on national television Saturday morning to talk about his decision to leave the Democratic Party and register as an independent. Yudichak, I-14, Plymouth Twp., is slated to appear at 10:25 a.m. on Fox News for a segment on the Cavuto Live show hosted by Neil Cavuto.



UPDATES: Dallas trails Imhoptep Charter in state quarterfinal
District 2 Class 4A champion Dallas is facing perennial state power Imhotep Charter in the state quarterfinals tonight at Lehighton. Follow along live as the Mountaineers look to keep their perfect season alive and advance to the final four.



Suspended cop faces new federal lawsuit
A day after he agreed to plead guilty to federal charges for sexually assaulting women while on duty, suspended police officer Mark Icker was hit with a new federal lawsuit.



Sandusky resentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison
BELLEFONTE — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was resentenced Friday to 30 to 60 years in prison, the same penalty as before, for sexually abusing children.


Court denies special election for Plymouth council seat
There will be no special election after all in Plymouth Borough to fill a council seat. A Luzerne County judge on Friday decided against approving a special election for the current seat of Councilwoman Alexis Eroh, who was mistakenly appointed in Sept. 2018 through 2021 when her seat should have been up for election this year.



Police searching for owner of car found in Susquehanna River
Hanover Twp. - Authorities are working to locate the owner of a car that was found submerged in the Susquehanna River early Friday. Police conducting a routine patrol in the area of the Hanover Twp.



High traffic expected for TSO shows at arena today
Trans-Siberian Orchestra will perform two shows as part of its winter tour today at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre Twp.



Luzerne County responds to claims against councilman
An outside attorney hired by Luzerne County has filed objections to a petition filed by a citizen activist who wants a judge to order county council Chairman Tim McGinley to abide by the county charter and codes.



Suspended cop accused of sexual abuse agrees to plea deal
As he awaits trial on charges alleging he pressured four detained women into sex acts, suspended police officer Mark Icker has agreed to plead guilty to federal deprivation of rights charges, according to a plea agreement filed in court this week.


Spicy food can trigger runny nose
Hello, dear readers, and welcome back to our monthly letters column. We’re happy to report that you’ve been busy correspondents, so onward to your letters. The nose knows A reader from Pennsylvania asked for the name of a condition in which eating food causes one’s nose to begin running.


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Family Forced from Home After Fire in Schuylkill County
MAHANOY CITY, Pa. — A family of three was forced from their home after a fire Friday afternoon in Schuylkill County. The fire sparked on the second floor of a rowhome along Spruce Street in Mahanoy City around 2:30 p.m. The flames spread to both of the homes next door. No one was hurt in the fire. The cause of the flames is under investigation in Schuylkill County.


Donating Thanksgiving Turkeys to First Responders
WRIGHT TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Some police and fire departments in Luzerne County opened their doors to a special delivery — Thanksgiving turkeys from Friends Can Make IT Happen, a charitable organization based in Freeland. “These officers all over the United States, they’re just, they have a thankless job some days and it’s dangerous, and we just want to thank them and bless them,” said Stacie Keen, Friends Can Make It Happen. The first stop was the Wright Township Police Department in …


Lackawanna Trail Prepares for Muncy
The Lackawanna Trail football team travels to Williamsport on Friday night to face Muncy in the PIAA Class “A” Quarterfinals.


Moments in Time in the PhotoLink Library
Mike Stevens says, if you think about it, a snapshot is a moment, and moments are what we’re going to look for this time in the PhotoLink Library.


Talkback 16: Prisons and Property Taxes
Talkback 16 callers discuss a way to come up with funding to keep a state prison open. First, a proposal to increase property taxes in Scranton.


16 To The Rescue: Effie
MILTON, Pa. -- Effie is a petite pit bull mix with 4 Paws Sake PA rescue in Milton. She is sweet, funny and enjoys the company of people and other pooches.


Scranton Times


What to know for Saturday's Santa Parade in Scranton
Paradegoers will need to navigate nearly a dozen closed roads in downtown Scranton Saturday before they watch Santa and Mrs. Claus make their way through the city for the 27th annual Santa Parade.


Jury expected to receive Christy case Monday
SCRANTON -- The federal trial for a 28-year-old McAdoo man accused in a three-month crime spree across six states will continue next week. U.S. District Judge Robert D.



Lackawanna County Adoption Day gives four sisters a new dad
SCRANTON — As their troupe waited to enter the courtroom, Andraus Marcus Jr. leaned over and whispered to his case manager. “I’m going to try to keep it together,” he said. “I’m going to try.”


Fire at Scranton towing business not suspicious
SCRANTON A fire that destroyed a Scranton auto shop Thursday is not considered suspicious, Deputy Fire Chief Al Lucas said this morning. After an investigation, inspectors determined that the fire at Brayer’s Auto Service and Towing, 1013 Ferdinand St., started in a waste oil heater in the right rear corner of the building.



Police searching for owner of car found in Susquehanna River
Hanover Twp. - Authorities are working to locate the owner of a car that was found submerged in the Susquehanna River early Friday. Police conducting a routine patrol in the area of the Hanover Twp.



With lawsuit dropped, Jim Thorpe’s popular scenic railway may ride again in the new year
Last month, the Little Engine That Could became the Little Engine That Won’t. Now, it’s the Little Engine That Might. The Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, the beloved excursion train out of Jim Thorpe, was supposed to stop running Nov. 25, a casualty of a dispute between the borough and the train operator.



Intense fire hits Scranton towing business
SCRANTON — City firefighters contained a massive fire by 12:30 a.m. today, said Fire Chief Patrick DeSarno. Scranton fire crews reported to Brayer’s Auto Service and Towing on Ferdinand Street off Keyser Avenue at 10:50 p.m.



Friday Playlist: Food Songs
Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Playlist where members of the Times-Tribune staff submit their music picks based on a theme. This week's theme is Food Songs.



Cops arrest fugitive wanted for Scranton baseball bat assault
A woman wanted by Scranton police for assaulting her ex-boyfriend with a baseball bat while robbing his apartment — all on the day they broke up — is in custody. Rio Marie Lisi, 25, 8 Law St., Pittston, was held in Lackawanna County Prison on $100,000 bail Thursday after her apprehension by the U.S.



Abingtons nursing home LPN accused of stealing painkillers
A South Abington Twp. nursing home employee stole prescription painkillers intended for patients for her personal use and failed to maintain proper medication records, investigators said.



Pike County DA asks U.S. Supreme Court to deny Frein petition
The U.S. Supreme Court should deny Eric Matthew Frein’s request to hear his appeal of his death sentence for the 2014 sniper attack that killed one state trooper and injured another, Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin says in court papers.


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With da Silva free, Brazil’s Workers’ Party seeks strategy
By MAURICIO SAVARESE and DIANE JEANTET SAO PAULO (AP) — As Brazil’s largest leftist party gathers to plan the future, a figure that has dominated its past looms ever larger. Former President Luiz Inacio Lula [...]


1st in vitro Puerto Rico crested toad gives scientists hope
By DÁNICA COTO SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A critically endangered Puerto Rican toad was for the first time born via in vitro fertilization as U.S. scientists attempt to save it from extinction, officials [...]


Ex-San Diego sheriff’s captain arrested in gun sales
By JULIE WATSON and STEFANIE DAZIO SAN DIEGO (AP) — Federal agents on Friday arrested a former San Diego County sheriff’s captain accused of running a gun trafficking business, and a lieutenant with access to [...]


Former Penn State star recruit stands in Lions’ way for Big Ten East title
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Penn State had visions of Justin Fields leading a run to the College Football Playoff. The Nittany Lions just didn’t imagine he would be the one standing in their way. The former [...]


No. 12 Michigan poses big test for Hoosiers in home finale
Quarterback Peyton Ramsey started this season as the backup. He said and did all the right things and when he got another chance the two-year starter didn’t disappoint. On Saturday, the newly-minted captain will close [...]


Trump hears opposing viewpoints in debate over youth vaping
By DARLENE SUPERVILLE WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday heard opposing viewpoints in the debate over youth vaping but offered no insight into where he would ultimately come down on the issue after [...]


California boosts pot taxes, shocking unsteady industry
By MICHAEL R. BLOOD LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is increasing business tax rates on legal marijuana, a move that stunned struggling companies that have been pleading with the state to do just the opposite. [...]


Ex-college athlete sentenced to 5 years in prison for rape
By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) — A former University of Delaware baseball player accused of sexually assaulting six women was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for his rape conviction in the first [...]


No. 15 Irish expect physical test from run-happy Eagles
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Boston College coach Steve Addazio doesn’t have any magic tricks planned for Saturday’s game at No. 15 Notre Dame. “Our rabbit coming out of the hat is to play as hard [...]


US officials: Don’t eat romaine grown in Salinas, California
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials are telling people to avoid romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, California, as they investigate a food poisoning outbreak. They also say not to eat the leafy green if [...]


Mostly Cloudy and 37 F at Wilkes-Barre - Scranton, Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport, PA
Mostly Cloudy
Winds are Northwest at 13.8 MPH (12 KT). The pressure is 1015.4 mb and the humidity is 50%. The wind chill is 28. Last Updated on Nov 22 2019, 7:54 pm EST.