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President Joe Biden speaks during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

At 78 and the oldest president, Biden sees a world changed

Jan. 23, 2021 1:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Joe Biden took the oath of office as the 46th president, he became not only the oldest newly inaugurated U.S. chief executive in history but also the oldest sitting president ever. Biden was born Nov. 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He was 78 years, two months and one day old...

Melissa Kutney poses for a picture in front of St. Peters Cathedral Rectory in downtown Scranton, Pa.,  Friday, Jan.  15, 2021.   Kutney was scouring cubbies built into a room of her former Scranton home when she discovered a 19th century Bible and a broken rosary tucked away in a back corner, almost buried in insulation.(Sean McKeag/The Citizens' Voice via AP)

Antique family Bible in Scranton tied to Biden’s ancestors

Jan. 23, 2021 9:19 AM EST

About 2008, Melissa Kutney was scouring cubbies built into a room of her former Scranton home when she discovered a 19th century Bible and a broken rosary tucked away in a back corner, almost buried in insulation. Kutney, now of Thompson, held onto the mammoth Catholic Bible she found at 357 N. Garfield Ave. for...

Officials: Space heater believed to be source of fatal fire

Jan. 12, 2021 5:02 PM EST

CARBONDALE, Pa. (AP) — A space heater is believed to have started a predawn fire that claimed the life of a woman in northeastern Pennsylvania, authorities said. Fire crews in Lackawanna County responded to the Carbondale home shortly after 6 a.m. Tuesday and reported heavy flames coming from the building....

Woman gets 15 to 40 years in plot to kill police informant

Jan. 4, 2021 5:29 PM EST

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A woman has been sentenced to 15 to 40 years in state prison for her role in a plot to murder a police informant in northeastern Pennsylvania almost three years ago. Melinda Palermo, 40, apologized before she was sentenced Monday by a Lackawanna County judge, The (Scranton)...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Dec. 31, 2020 1:41 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania’s newspapers: State funds long overdue health study The Citizens’ Voice Dec. 29 Across the 15 years in which the gas industry has made Pennsylvania the nation’s second-largest producer, the state Legislature has taken...

Freed, US attorney in Harrisburg for 3 years, is resigning

Dec. 28, 2020 6:11 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The head federal prosecutor based in Harrisburg announced Monday he's quitting the job later this week. U.S. Attorney Dave Freed said he's resigning after serving more than three years in the Trump Administration. The Republican is a former Cumberland County district attorney who...

FILE — In this Dec. 10, 2020 file photo, registered nurse Laura Moore, left, swabs a patient during testing for COVID-19 organized by Philadelphia FIGHT Community Health Centers at Mifflin Square Park, in south Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Pennsylvania 2020: Pandemic, protests and the presidency

Dec. 24, 2020 9:54 AM EST

Virtual school. Shuttered businesses. Mask mandates. “Stay calm, stay home and stay safe.” Like the rest of the globe, Pennsylvania struggled mightily with a new virus that arrived suddenly and upended daily life, bringing sickness, suffering and death and widening political fault lines. The...

A man walks past The Forum near the Pennsylvania state Capitol, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in Harrisburg, Pa. Pennsylvania's 20 members of the Electoral College are convening in the auditorium today to vote in the 2020 presidential contest. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Pennsylvania casts 20 electoral votes for Joe Biden

Dec. 14, 2020 4:12 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania on Monday cast its 20 electoral votes for Democrat Joe Biden, the native son whose win in the state last month cemented his victory over President Donald Trump. The electors, primarily Democratic elected officials, also chose Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris,...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Dec. 2, 2020 2:17 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania’s newspapers: Ongoing GOP vote claims do real damage The York Dispatch Nov. 29 When the definitive story of the 2020 presidential election is written, it will honor the commitment to democracy demonstrated by state-level Republican...