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Christmas excitement turned into disappointment for many people who received PlayStation and Xbox devices Thursday. The game systems require a connection to Sony or Microsoft. Those connections were disrupted by computer hackers. As a result, people couldn't play their eagerly awaited Christmas presents. A group called The Lizard Squad claimed responsibility for the hacking. According to the British Broadcasting Company, reports suggest The Lizard Squad is based in Russia.
A Coaldale woman has been cited by Tamaqua Police after a shoplifting incident on Sunday. Officers were dispatched to the Dollar General Store, 1213 E. Broad S., Tamaqua, at 3:48 p.m., where employees had detained a 27-year-old woman, identified as Christina Kieffer of 52 Fifth St., Coaldale. The store manager told the officer that Kieffer had been observed placing items into her purse. When confronted, Kieffer returned the items to store personnel. A criminal records check determined this was...
Take Penn State out to the bowl game. The Nittany Lions' postseason freeze out is over, a triumphant bowl return ahead at Yankee Stadium. The Nittany Lions (6-6) were dismissed early for good behavior from the bowl ban the NCAA levied in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Instead of sitting home, Penn State is set to play Boston College (7-5) on Saturday in the Pinstripe Bowl. The NCAA lifted the most severe sanctions levied against the program in the wake of the Sandusky child sex abuse...
Stacey Solt/Special to the Times News Laurie Beers rings up merchandise at the Quilted Crow in Lehighton shortly before Christmas. The Better Business Bureau estimates that one-third of Christmas gifts will be returned or exchanged.
The Christmas craziness has calmed down, but Dec. 26 brings a new kind of madness: The rush to return gifts. If you received a sweater two sizes too large, duplicate toys or DVDs, or a decoration that doesn't quite "fit" your home, you're likely considering if it's appropriate to exchange or return gifts. You aren't alone. The Better Business Bureau estimates that one-third of Christmas gifts are returned each year. Retailers both large and small are bracing for this surge in returns and...
Miracle of miracles, "Exodus: Gods And Kings," is actually quite good. There are plenty of miracles in Director Ridley Scott's reimagining of the Torah story, beginning in 1300 B.C., about the Jews' travails and travels to Canaan, the "Promised Land." You want miracles? "Exodus: Gods And Kings" got miracles.