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In this Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, photo, fourth-generation tobacco farmer Chris Haskins pauses as he works at his curing barns facility in Chatham, Va. Starting next month, America’s remaining tobacco growers will be totally exposed to the laws of supply and demand. The very last buyout checks go out in October to about 425,000 tobacco farmers and landowners. They’re the last holdovers from a price-support and quota system that had guaranteed minimum prices for most of the 20th century, sustaining a way of life that began 400 years ago in Virginia.  (AP Photo/Johnny Clark)
US tobacco growers brace for tougher competitionEnd of tobacco quota buyout checks leave surviving growers exposed to free market economics
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Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock looking in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014.  Judge Thokozile Masipa found Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide for the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Sentencing procedures will start Oct. 13. (AP Photo/Siphiwe Sibeko, Pool)
Judge in Pistorius trial faces criticismSouth Africa: Legal groups worried about harsh criticism of judge in Oscar Pistorius trial
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Minneosta Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer speaks at a news conference at the team's training facility in Eden Prairie on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.  The Vikings announced Monday that running back Adrian Peterson will return to practice this week and play in Sunday's game at New Orleans despite having been indicted last week in Texas on a charge of reckless or negligent injury to a child.     (AP Photo/The St. Paul Pioneer Press, Scott Takushi)  MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE OUT
Vikings bring back Peterson despite abuse chargeVikings bring back RB Adrian Peterson despite child abuse charge, will play vs Saints
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FILE - This March 4, 2013 file photo shows a sign for Wall Street on the side of building near the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. World stock markets sank Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, on weak Chinese economic data as investors looked ahead to a U.S. Federal Reserve meeting and Scotland's independence referendum. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
World stocks sag ahead of Fed meetingWorld stock markets sag ahead of potentially pivotal Federal Reserve meeting, Scotland vote
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Economy at heart of confidence vote for French PMConfidence vote in French parliament hinges on stagnant economy, split within Socialists
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Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson is tackled by Philadelphia Eagles inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Eagles make right calls in 30-27 win over ColtsEagles make right calls to finish another remarkable 2nd half comeback with 30-27 win at Indy
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FILE -This is a Friday, May 16, 1987 file photo of  the then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her husband Denis as they wave to the audience after her speech at the Scottish Conservative conference  in Perth, Scotland. Thatcher has launched her general election campaign by promising more popular capitalism. With the Thursday Sept 18, 2014 referendum looming, proponents of Scottish independence are using one of the main weapons in their armory _ Scotland’s widespread mistrust of the Conservative Party. The Conservatives’ drop in support in Scotland can be largely traced back to 1979, when Margaret Thatcher won the general election and began 18 years of Tory rule. Successive Conservative governments introduced policies to turn around Britain’s economic fortunes, to reduce the role of the state and allow private enterprise to flourish.  (AP Photo/John Redman, File)
Scottish mistrust of Conservatives key in campaignScotland's widespread mistrust of Conservative Party could be swing factor in referendum
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A woman takes shelter under an umbrella from light drizzle on a foggy day as she walks across a street in Edinburgh, Scotland, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.  If Scottish voters this week say Yes to independence, not only will they tear up the map of Great Britain, they'll shake the twin pillars of Western Europe's postwar prosperity and security — the European Union and the U.S.-led NATO defense alliance. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Scotland took long road to independence voteThe high road or the low road? Scotland took a long and winding path to independence vote
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Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, left, during the Security Council meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow, Russia, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.(AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Presidential Press Service)
Russian ruble drops to historic low amid sanctionsRussia's ruble drops to all-time low amid fears over fallout from economic sanctions
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  • Prosecutors file to use domestic violence incidents in murder trial

    Homicide suspect Jessica Alinsky made a brief appearance in court Monday morning, but another pre-conference hearing must be held before her case goes to a jury next month. Her defense will get a chance to respond to several new motions prosecutors filed Monday as they seek to introduce evidence they say shows Alinsky's repeated ill-will toward her live-in boyfriend prior to his death. The Citizens' Voice, Tue, Sep 16 2014 @ 04:02 AM
  • LCCC hosts Luzerne County Homeless Coalition luncheon

    Luzerne County Community College recently hosted a luncheon meeting of the Luzerne County Homeless Coalition at its Educational Conference Center. Merissa Sims, president of the Student Government Association, spoke about the initiatives at the college designed to bring awareness to the issue of homelessness. The Citizens' Voice, Sun, Sep 14 2014 @ 04:04 AM
  • SPCA seeks help to identify dog abuser

    A humane officer with the Luzerne County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is asking the public for help identifying who broke a dog's leg on Sept. 5 in Hazleton. The Citizens' Voice, Sat, Sep 13 2014 @ 09:49 AM
  • 2 plead not guilty in Pa. slayings of father, son

    A man and woman have pleaded not guilty in the shooting deaths of a father and son in the victims' northeastern Pennsylvania home last spring. James Roche and Holly Ann Crawford are charged in Luzerne County in the April deaths of 73-year-old Ronald Evans and 43-year-old Jeffrey Evans in Hunlock Township. WFMJ-TV Youngstown, Tue, Sep 9 2014 @ 07:44 PM
  • Former Pittston resident pleads to sex trafficking

    A former Pittston resident pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring in a sex trafficking operation in Luzerne and Dauphin counties, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Randy "Holliday" Coleman Jr., 32, admitted to participating in a scheme to use underage girls to engage in prostitution. The Times-Tribune, Wed, Sep 10 2014 @ 04:39 AM
  • Elderly man dies in Luzerne County garage fire

    An elderly man died in a Lehigh County hospital Wednesday of burns from a garage fire at his Luzerne County home. Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said 80-year-old Edward Strzelecki was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital's burn unit shortly after the blaze broke out around 3 p.m. Wednesday. WFMZ, Thu, Sep 11 2014 @ 12:36 PM
  • Man accused in robbery, beating may be connected to fatal stabbing

    Police say a man charged in connection with a robbery and beating of a store owner may have been involved with the fatal stabbing of a Luzerne County man. It all started around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday when two black men entered the Tresckow Superfood market at 6 Walnut Street in Banks Township, Carbon County. WFMZ-TV Allentown, Fri, Sep 12 2014 @ 11:44 AM
  • Wapwallopen man dies from injuries sustained in garage fire

    A man lost his life following a garage fire in Wapwallopen on Wednesday, the Lehigh County Coroner's Office confirmed. Edward Strzelecki, 80, was in the garage at his home of 401 S. River St. when a farm tractor caught fire around 3:10 p.m., a 911 dispatch supervisor and Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said. The Citizens' Voice, Fri, Sep 12 2014 @ 12:29 AM
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