UPS Is Training Drivers With Virtual Reality

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NEW YORK — New UPS drivers will have to prove themselves in virtual reality before they can get behind the wheel of one of the company’s 10,000-pound trucks. The delivery company announced Tuesday that it will add virtual reality tests to its driver training program starting next month. UPS expects virtual reality will make its drivers safer and smarter. “It’s a game-changer for training.” Laura Collings, UPS training and development manager, told CNN Tech. “Nothing can really replace real-world training, […]

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That Annoying Robocall About a ‘Free Cruise’ Could Get You $900

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Have you received one of those annoying robocalls saying you won a free cruise? That phone call could now get you up to $900 thanks to a class action lawsuit. The lawsuit claims Resort Marketing Group (RMG), a third-party travel agency, made pre-recorded robocalls from July 2009 to March 2014 offering free cruises with Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise Line. The lawsuit claims the cruise lines authorized the company to make calls on their behalf. The agency, referred to as “Travel […]

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Texas A&M Cancels White Nationalist Rally Set for 9/11

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Texas A&M has canceled a white nationalist protest planned in September, citing safety concerns. White nationalists, neo-Nazis and other extremist groups had planned to hold a “white lives matter” rally at Texas A&M on September 11. The school canceled the rally Monday evening “because of concerns about the safety of its students, faculty, staff, and the public.” Richard Spencer, the white supremacist who helped found the so-called alt-right movement, was set to speak at the event, according to the Battalion, […]

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Holocaust Memorial in Boston Vandalized

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BOSTON — A 17-year-old has been charged with willful and malicious destruction of property for allegedly vandalizing the Holocaust Memorial in Boston Monday, according to the Boston Police Department. Photos from the memorial showed shattered glass lying on the ground at the site, which is made up of six glass towers. When police arrived, they found the teen being detained by two bystanders. Witnesses told police they saw him throwing “what appeared to be a rock at the Memorial which […]

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Burn Survivor Stunned by Orangutan’s Reaction to Her Scars at Indianapolis Zoo

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INDIANAPOLIS – A woman who was badly burned in an accident is receiving international attention after an interaction she had with a curious orangutan at the Indianapolis Zoo, according to WXIN. Darci Miller was working in her backyard on May 5, 2015 when she tried to clear out some garbage by burning it, accidentally igniting some gas fumes in the process. She was hospitalized for three weeks and underwent multiple surgeries. “I was in a coma for nine days,” Miller […]

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Burn Survivor Stunned by Orangutan’s Reaction to Her Scars at Indianapolis Zoo

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INDIANAPOLIS – A woman who was badly burned in an accident is receiving international attention after an interaction she had with a curious orangutan at the Indianapolis Zoo, according to WXIN. Darci Miller was working in her backyard on May 5, 2015 when she tried to clear out some garbage by burning it, accidentally igniting some gas fumes in the process. She was hospitalized for three weeks and underwent multiple surgeries. “I was in a coma for nine days,” Miller […]

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Tiger Woods Had Pain, Anxiety, Sleep Drugs in System During Arrest

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Golfer Tiger Woods had pain, anxiety and sleep medications, as well as THC, in his system when he was arrested on Memorial Day on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to a toxicology report released Monday by the Palm Beach County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office. A urine test revealed hydrocodone and hydromorphone, two opioid pain medications; alprazolam, prescribed for anxiety and panic disorders; zolpidem, a sedative prescribed for insomnia; and metabolites of alprazolam and of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Metabolites are what remains […]

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Penn Stater honored For her 37 years at Penn State Worthington Scranton campus, raising funds to support the institution and create many scholarships, Maria Russoniello received the 2017 K. Bruce Sherbine Penn State Proud Award. Russoniello, the director

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Uniting Communities: Pride On The Mountain

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With so much attention on what’s been happening in Virginia this past weekend after a white supremacy rally, an event in Scranton this week is hoping to bring all types of people together. It all surrounds the NEPA Rainbow Alliance’s “Pride On The Mountain.” Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey highlighted the event Tuesday which will take place this weekend at Montage Mountain Waterpark in Scranton. The pride event supports the NEPA Rainbow Alliance in our area and creates awareness […]

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In all honestly, I don’t remember much about the 1963 World Series. But those 1964 baseball cards from Topps, some of those are etched in my mind forever. Especially the World Series cards, and one of those that I found in an early pack of cards after an

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In all honestly, I don’t remember much about the 1963 World Series. But those 1964 baseball cards from Topps, some of those are etched in my mind forever. Especially the World Series cards, and one of those that I found in an early pack of cards after an

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INDYCAR: Marco Andretti hopes Pocono can right rough season

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Marco Andretti is enduring a rough Verizon IndyCar Series season. Through the first 13 races, he has just four top-10 finishes in the No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda and is mired in 13th place in the standings. It’s a case of whatever can go wrong for the

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INDYCAR: Marco Andretti hopes Pocono can right rough season

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Marco Andretti is enduring a rough Verizon IndyCar Series season. Through the first 13 races, he has just four top-10 finishes in the No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda and is mired in 13th place in the standings. It’s a case of whatever can go wrong for the

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AROUND THE CAMPS: Abington Heights, Scranton Prep and Riverside visits

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TAYLOR — During his junior season at Riverside, Kyle Besecker established himself as a force on a senior-dominated team that reached the District 2 Class 2A playoffs. A year later, Besecker is a bigger, stronger, more mature lineman who stands 6-foot-3 an

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In all honestly, I don’t remember much about the 1963 World Series. But those 1964 baseball cards from Topps, some of those are etched in my mind forever. Especially the World Series cards, and one of those that I found in an early pack of cards after an

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Man Accused of Trying to Sell Pills to Boy in Girardville

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GIRARDVILLE — A man is locked up in Schuylkill County, accused of trying to sell prescription drugs to a minor. Police say Michael Grady, 65, of Girardville tried to sell prescription pills to a boy on West Ogden Street on Sunday. A neighbor saw the exchange and told Grady to leave. That’s when police say Grady saw the neighbor’s young children and asked to buy one of them. Investigators said Grady was drunk and high on narcotics at the time. […]

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Stabbing in Scranton Under Investigation

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SCRANTON — Two people were rushed to the hospital after reports of a stabbing in Scranton. Police were called to Hamm Court just before 9 p.m. Monday. The two victims were taken to a hospital and at least one person was taken into custody. Newswatch 16 spoke with a neighbor who heard the commotion happening right outside her home. “I grew up here. It’s not the neighborhood that it was when I was 10 years old, but it’s very nice. […]

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Stabbing in Scranton Under Investigation

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SCRANTON — Two people were rushed to the hospital after reports of a stabbing in Scranton. Police were called to Hamm Court just before 9 p.m. Monday. The two victims were taken to a hospital and at least one person was taken into custody. Newswatch 16 spoke with a neighbor who heard the commotion happening right outside her home. “I grew up here. It’s not the neighborhood that it was when I was 10 years old, but it’s very nice. […]

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Vandal Vanquished by Music Man

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PALMERTON — A music store owner in Carbon County has a message for would-be vandals: smile for the camera! Security video shows the vandal struggle to flip the heavy concrete bench in front of Prodigy Studios in Palmerton. The bench is toppled and cracked. “It’s not just a park bench to me,” owner Tony Oriolo said. He says vandals went on an early morning tear along Delaware Avenue, knocking over signs and seating at places including Halls of Horror. “It gets […]

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Judges dismisses Scranton neighborhood group’s lawsuit seeking end to leachate line

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A judge dismissed a Scranton neighborhood group’s lawsuit aimed at shutting down a specific landfill leachate line.

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