Sunday, December 21, 2014
Entertainment
Good news from Tom Brokaw: His cancer is in remission

Tom Brokaw says his cancer is in remission.

The veteran NBC newsman announced Sunday that, after months of chemotherapy, he soon will begin a drug maintenance program.

German-language pop superstar Udo Juergens dies

Udo Juergens, an Austrian-born star who dominated pop music in the German-speaking world and sold more than 100 million records in a career spanning five decades, died on Sunday. He was 80 years old.

Juergens collapsed unconscious during a walk in Gottlieben, a town on Lake Constance north of Zurich, Switzerland, and was taken to a hospital where he died of heart failure 4:25 p.m., according to a statement on his website posted by his management company Freddy Burger Management.

How do you joke about the Sony hacking? A little carefully

How do you joke about the Sony hacking story? After all, it was an attempt at comedy that launched this whole sobering mess.

If you're Chris Rock, you joke about it cleverly but carefully. Promoting his new movie "Top Five" this week, he noted an added bonus: "My movie's very Korean-friendly. There are no jokes about North Korea in 'Top Five.' If you're Korean, go out and see 'Top Five.' You will enjoy it."

Liverpool scores late for 2-2 draw vs Arsenal

Martin Skrtel powered home a header deep into stoppage time to earn 10-man Liverpool a 2-2 draw against Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday.

In the seventh of nine minutes of injury time, Skrtel leaped high to head a right-wing corner from Adam Lallana into the bottom corner.

New poetry by area poets to be featured on buses

Next time you ride a local bus in Luzerne County, look up toward the ceiling. You might find inspiration.

New works of poetry and accompanying photography, displayed on placards normally used for advertising, are once again being placed inside Luzerne County Transportation Authority buses for the 2014-2015 edition of the Poetry in Transit initiative.

'Hobbit' goes out on top with $90.6 million 5-day debut

While Hollywood continued to wrestle with the fallout of the Sony hacking scandal, the weekend box office offered the solace of a moviegoing truism: Hobbits sell.

Peter Jackson's final installment of his six J.R.R. Tolkien adventures, "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," debuted with $56.2 million over the weekend and $90.6 million since opening Wednesday, according to studio estimates Sunday. For an industry reeling from the cancellation of "The Interview" and terrorist threats against moviegoers, Middle-earth provided reliable refuge.

Real-life 'Sopranos' strip club robbed of $30K

Authorities say the northern New Jersey strip club that was used for filming of "The Sopranos" has been robbed of $30,000.

Lodi police say that two men with shotguns robbed Satin Dolls early Sunday morning. The men fled after the robbery.

WWII veteran wants to 'show people the war'

Thoughts and words come fitfully to the old sailor. But Herman Schnipper, 91, is adamant about his wishes for the pictures he took while stationed on the USS Astoria. The 1,500 prints — sheathed in plastic, captioned and stored in his Hackensack apartment — depict in black-and-white splendor the drama and drudgery of military service.

"I don't want them to be put in a box and forgotten," he said slowly, quietly. "I want to show people the war."

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