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Pence, Biden to hit Pennsylvania campaign trail on same day

Jul. 7, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden will campaign in Pennsylvania on Thursday, the same day that his successor, Mike Pence, will make several stops in the premier presidential battleground state. The men are working the campaign trail in Pennsylvania with fewer than four months until the...

Pence's Pennsylvania plan includes fundraiser, police union

Jul. 6, 2020 9:23 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence will travel again to Pennsylvania this week, dropping in on an important presidential battleground state on Thursday. Pence will take a bus tour from Lancaster to Philadelphia, including taking part in a roundtable discussion at Rajant Corp., a suburban...

1 teen arrested, 3 sought in slaying of woman in Scranton

Jul. 4, 2020 1:00 PM EDT

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — One teenager has been arrested and three more are being sought in the slaying of a woman in Scranton last month, authorities said. Detectives charged a 15-year-old in the June 11 homicide of Rosemarie Mistler on the city's west side. Arrest warrants were issued for three other...

ATV crash kills man, woman in Pennsylvania

Jun. 30, 2020 1:50 PM EDT

ARCHBALD, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say the crash of an all-terrain vehicle over the weekend in northeastern Pennsylvania claimed the lives of a man and woman. Police in Lackawanna County said the ATV struck a tree in Scott Township at about 7 p.m. in Scott Township near Archbald. Coroner Timothy Rowland said...

Man dies in fireworks accident in Scranton

Jun. 28, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a man was killed in a fireworks accident in northeastern Pennsylvania over the weekend. The Lackawanna County coroner said 31-year-old Corey Buckley died in an explosion shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday in Scranton. Coroner Tim Rowland said Buckley was killed instantly...

FILE - In this June 30, 2019, file photo, marchers carry signs with historical LGBTQ figures during the Queer Liberation March in New York. This year's Pride events were supposed to be a blowout as LGBTQ people the world over marked the 50th anniversary of the first parade to celebrate what were then the initial small steps in their ability to live openly, and to advocate for bigger victories. Now, Pride is largely taking a backseat, having been driven to the internet by the coronavirus pandemic and now by calls for racial equality that were renewed by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hands of police. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

LGBTQ Pride at 50: Focus shifts amid pandemic, racial unrest

Jun. 25, 2020 10:46 PM EDT

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — LGBTQ Pride is turning 50 this year a little short on its signature fanfare, after the coronavirus pandemic drove it to the internet and after calls for racial equality sparked by the killing of George Floyd further overtook it. Activists and organizers are using the intersection of...

Nursing home workers cheer as Corey Cappelloni completes his seventh ultramarathon in seven days in Scranton, Pa., Friday, June 19, 2020. Cappelloni ran roughly 218 miles from Washington, D.C., to Scranton to visit his 98-year-old grandmother and raise awareness for older adults in isolation amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Jessie Wardarski)

Man runs 218 miles to virus-stricken 'Nana's' nursing home

Jun. 25, 2020 8:38 AM EDT

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Endurance athlete Corey Cappelloni once ran six days through the Sahara Desert in what’s considered the most grueling foot race on Earth. But a 218-mile run to grandma after she was sickened with COVID-19 turned out to be the longest, toughest and most rewarding of his life. ...

Pool closures could send some to dangerous swimming spots

Jun. 13, 2020 3:06 AM EDT

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Driven by pool closures and the rush of plummeting from cliffs into cool waters, thrill-seekers could increasingly turn out to dangerous, and often illegal, swimming spots throughout the region this summer, experts fear. Last month, two people died in the span of five days illegally...

Man convicted in informant murder, faces life without parole

Jun. 9, 2020 7:31 PM EDT

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A man has been convicted of first- and third-degree murder in the slaying of a confidential informant in a drug case in northeastern Pennsylvania two years ago. Cornelius Mapson, 34, was also convicted in a non-jury trial in Lackawanna County on Tuesday of conspiracy in the April 2018...

Apartment building fire claims life of woman

May. 17, 2020 10:33 AM EDT

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say an early morning fire at a northeastern Pennsylvania apartment building claimed the life of a woman. Fire crews in North Scranton were called to the building at about 6:30 a.m. Saturday and were forced to use a pull station to set off audible alarms to alert sleeping...