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UPDATE: Wilkes-Barre Township council votes to withhold funding from fire department
WILKES-BARRE TWP. — With no representatives of the township fire department attending a special meeting Tuesday night with council and the mayor, council voted to cut all funding to the department until further notice.
China's September official PMI steady at 51.1

A worker places ginseng on a shelf at a ginseng processing factory in BaishanBEIJING (Reuters) - Growth in China's manufacturing sector held up in September as large state factories benefited from steady domestic demand, welcome news for investors a day after China cut mortgage rates for the first time since 2008 to lift its flagging economy. The official Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) hovered at 51.1, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Wednesday, a touch ahead of forecasts for a 51.0 reading. A PMI reading above 50 indicates growth on a monthly basis, and a reading below that points to contraction. ...



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Getting back at the scammers

I take pleasure in making the life of a scammer more difficult.

When I get calls offering me a too-good-to-be true mortgage refinancing or vacation-club membership, I listen. I then ask questions, making them think they’ve got a fish on the hook. And then I let them know that I know they’re trying to scam me.

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Android and iPhone Keyboard Apps to Turbocharge Your Typing
Personal Technology: Don't mourn for the physical keyboard—software keyboards do what was never possible with real keys, writes Joanna Stern.
The Latest Farm-to-Table Trend: Rustic Tableware
Fine-dining restaurants are helping drive a style change in tableware. Dishes with a rustic, handmade look are replacing white porcelain. Diners are looking to buy.
Wipe That Smog Off Your Face
The effects of air pollution on skin are the beauty industry's next frontier.
Video attacks Landrieu's record with black voters
Louisiana's first black Republican state senator since Reconstruction is accusing Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu of using the black community for votes and providing nothing in return. … Click to Continue »
Philadelphia judge shoots down Scranton?s commuter tax
One day before it was to go into effect, Scranton's commuter tax was struck down by Philadelphia Judge John L. Braxton.On Tuesday, Braxton filed his opinion and order in the controversial case that had commuters opposing city officials' plan to prop up the city's struggling municipal pension funds.
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