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Penn State has hand in discovery of most Earth-like planet yet

By Megan Harris
Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that’s similar in size and exists in the “Goldilocks” zone where it’s not too hot and not too cold. The team includes Penn State scientists using data from NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, …

Man found fatally shot in Larimer a mile away from Homewood peace march

By Margaret Harding 4:38 p.m.
Pittsburgh police found the victim of a fatal shooting about an hour before and just a mile away from the start of a peace march through Homewood on Friday. Someone called 911 …

UPMC: As many as 27,000 employees affected in data breach

By Adam Smeltz  and Luis Fábregas
The scope of an identity theft scheme at UPMC widened on Thursday as the health care giant confirmed personal information for as many as 27,000 workers might have been compromised. New estimates released by UPMC show at least 788 workers …

Allegheny

Man found fatally shot in Larimer a mile away from Homewood peace march

By Margaret Harding 4:38 p.m.
Pittsburgh police found the victim of a fatal shooting about an hour before and just a mile away from the start of a peace march through Homewood on Friday. Someone …

Westmoreland

Graziani hired away from Latrobe as Penn Township’s manager

By Joe Napsha  and Chris Foreman
Latrobe is in the market for a city manager now that its top administrator has taken a similar post in Penn Township. Alex Graziani, 43, …

Fayette

Juveniles waive charges to Fayette court in Connellsville Township assault/robbery

By Mark Hofmann
Two teens charged with the assault and robbery of a 79-year-old Connellsville Township man in February on Thursday waived all charges to Fayette County Court. Terry Lee Nicholson III, 17, …

Armstrong

Survivors in critical condition a day after fifth Armstrong County car crash victim dies

By Tribune-Review 5:05 p.m.
An Armstrong County man died Thursday night, a day after he was involved in a two-car wreck that killed four other people. Kent Smith, 34, of Elderton died at 11:10 p.m. Thursday at UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland. Smith was a …

Beaver

Beaver County victim upset attacker gets only probation

By Bill Vidonic 2:12 p.m.
A 15-year-old boy attacked in his Beaver County school last year said on Thursday he was disappointed that his assailant only got probation. “That really upset me a lot,” said Zach Montgomery of Center. “I’m just afraid that he’s going …

Butler

Fire destroys Eau Claire market, no injuries reported

By Tribune-Review 4:51 p.m.
A state fire marshal was investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed an Eau Claire market late Thursday, emergency dispatchers said. No injuries were reported. The fire at Delisio’s Market on Washington Street began shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday. …

Indiana

Blairsville seeks applicants for new meter attendant post

By Jeff Himler
Blairsville has taken a first step toward beefing up enforcement of borough parking meters. At its Tuesday meeting, council voted to advertise for applicants for a proposed new part-time parking meter attendant position that would include additional duties as an …

Somerset

Police accuse Somerset man of choking mother

By Tribune-Review
A Somerset County man grabbed his mother around the throat and choked her after they argued about him selling his television for marijuana, state police at Somerset said. “‘How’s it feel to die?” Joel Lepley, 20, of Boswell, said several …

Washington

DEP investigating drilling wastewater leak in Washington County

By Jason Cato 3:06 p.m.
Salts from fracking water that seeped into the ground at a Range Resources facility in Washington County will land the energy company a violation notice and possibly a fine, the state Department of Environmental Protect said Friday. “We, of course, …

Education

District attorney’s office takes paperwork from Wilkinsburg Middle School

By Bobby Kerlik
Detectives from the Alle-gheny County District Attorney’s Office spent two hours at Wilkinsburg Middle School on Wednesday and left with paperwork as part of an investigation of funds for an afterschool program. Wilkinsburg police in November charged the program’s former …

Pennsylvania

Pa. unemployment rate at the lowest since 2008; more workers finding jobs

By Chris Fleisher 4:02 p.m.
More Pennsylvanians entered the job market last month and some of them are getting hired as the state’s unemployment rate dropped to the lowest level since October 2008. The March unemployment rate declined two-tenths of a percentage point to 6 …

Photo Gallery

Friday - April 18, 2014

Daily images from around the region by Trib Total Media staff photographers. …

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: Hospital trauma workers heroic, too, in treating school stabbing victims
In the minutes after victims of savage stabbings at Franklin Regional Senior High School arrived at Forbes Hospital, doctors and nurses came upon a daunting …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Supreme Court voids overall contribution limits to political candidates
Citing a right to participate in democracy, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down limits in federal law on aggregate campaign contributions that individual donors …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Democratic primary voters in South Hills get little info from campaign ads
Carefully review the resolutions. This might come as a surprise, but elected officials’ campaign commercials are not an accurate barometer of their performance in office. …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: There’s always a next time, Leetsdale
It’s not every day the president and the vice president of the United States make plans to visit your small Western Pennsylvania borough. It’s also …

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Obituaries

Barber’s big heart a plus in business, civic work

By Craig Smith
You didn’t have to need a haircut to frequent John Costanza’s barbershop in Herminie. “The guys would just go and sit on the bench … they’d joke and talk until …