Latest Scranton News

New chapter opens in Pennsylvania in fight over suing church

Sep. 28, 2019 9:12 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — When post offices close Monday, the last victim compensation funds at Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses will also close, hours before lawmakers plunge back into a years-old fight over whether to let long-ago victims of child sexual abuse sue perpetrators and institutions that...

Jury acquits former prison guard of sexually abusing inmate

Sep. 26, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A former Pennsylvania prison guard has been acquitted of charges that he sexually abused two inmates. The (Scranton) Times-Tribune reported that jurors deliberated for an hour Thursday before clearing former Lackawanna County Prison guard Mark Johnson of institutional sexual assault...

Lawyer: School threat was an attempt to get girl's attention

Sep. 13, 2019 5:24 AM EDT

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — A lawyer says a Pennsylvania man's social media threat to shoot suburban Cleveland high school students was a misguided attempt to get in touch with a girl at the school. Defense attorney David Betras says 22-year-old Russell Miley, of Scranton, has a history of mental illnesses and...

Report challenges internet providers' advertised speeds

Aug. 31, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Slow internet speed in rural areas does more than stop farmers from buying Netflix subscriptions, and it could be robbing their communities of a chance at financial success. It also has sweeping implications for how people in those areas communicate with their doctors, complete...

Correction: Clergy Abuse-Pennsylvania Lawsuit story

Aug. 29, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — In a story Aug. 28 about lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton over decades-old allegations of clergy sexual abuse, The Associated Press erroneously reported Pennsylvania's statute of limitations on child sexual abuse lawsuits. The current age limit for victims of...