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    Ferrante cyanide trial resumes with ER doctor testifying
    Prosecutors claim Robert Ferrante schemed to kill his wife, searching online for information about cyanide, a cheating spouse and what a coroner might find in blood. Ferrante’s attorneys say he … -- By Adam Brandolph and Bobby Kerlik
    Queen sends first tweet, signed 'Elizabeth R'
    LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II has sent her first tweet — and she’s signed it “Elizabeth R.” The 88-year-old monarch tried her hand at Twitter as she opened a new … -- By The Associated Press
    American baby killed, 8 hurt as car plows into crowd at Jerusalem train station
    JERUSALEM — A Palestinian motorist with a history of anti-Israel violence slammed his car into a crowded train station in Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing a 3-month-old girl and wounding eight … -- By The Associated Press
    Fight against Islamic State at impasse, military commanders say
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Thursday offered a very mixed assessment of progress in the U.S.-led campaign to degrade and defeat the Islamic State, with no serious ground offensive … -- By Tribune-Review
    Deadly crash into train station prompts crackdown in Jerusalem
    JERUSALEM — Jerusalem’s mayor Thursday called for a crackdown against a wave of Palestinian unrest as police beefed up security because a Palestinian motorist with a history of anti-Israel violence … -- By The Associated Press
    U.S.-led airstrikes hit 4 Syrian provinces
    BEIRUT — U.S.-led coalition air raids targeted towns and villages in northern and eastern Syria controlled by the Islamic State group, including one strike that hit a grain silo and … -- By The Associated Press
    Obama administration blasts Israeli housing project
    WASHINGTON — In a striking public rebuke, the Obama administration warned Israel on Wednesday that plans for a controversial new housing project in east Jerusalem would distance Israel from “even … -- By The Associated Press
    'Isis' name association a plague for businesses
    Aeran Brent is tired of visitors asking about her store’s name or snapping pictures of the sign outside. Unfortunately, that’s life for a small-business owner whose shop — Isis Bridal … -- By The Associated Press
    Britain smashes ISIS ring of terror threats
    The first alleged ISIS-linked terrorist plot on British soil was foiled Tuesday by London police and the security service, while the FBI issued a call to help identify a man … -- By From Wire and Online Reports
    Sweden to recognize Palestine statehood
    Sweden will become the first major European nation to recognize Palestinian statehood, newly sworn-in Prime Minister Stefan Lofven announced Friday. In unveiling his cabinet appointments and governing priorities to Parliament, … -- By The Los Angeles Times
    Despite Turkey's demands, Syria no-fly zone a no-go
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s promise to limit military engagement against Islamic State terrorists makes it difficult to accept Turkey’s terms for joining the fight in neighboring Syria. Turkey and … -- By The Associated Press
    ISIS terrorists push closer to Baghdad, overrun military training base left by Iraqi forces
    WASHINGTON — Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is expanding its reach in a strategic province in western Iraq, inching closer to Baghdad and raising concerns about the ability of … -- By USA Today
    Iran considers compromise offer on nuclear program
    VIENNA — Iran is considering a U.S. proposal at nuclear talks that would allow it to keep more of its nuclear infrastructure intact while still reducing its ability to make … -- By From Wire Reports
    Iraq gives key posts to Sunni, Shiite men
    BAGHDAD — After a month of political wrangling, Iraqi’s parliament on Saturday approved Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s choices for two crucial national security ministries at a time when the country … -- By The Los Angeles Times
    Tourism in Iran increases 35%
    TEHRAN, Iran — The number of foreigners visiting Iran increased dramatically during the 12-month period ending in March, with 35 percent more tourists compared to the same period a year … -- By The Associated Press
    Iran acts to comply with interim nuclear deal with world powers, IAEA says
    VIENNA — Iran is taking further action to comply with an interim nuclear agreement with six world powers, a monthly United Nations atomic agency report showed — a finding the … -- By Reuters
    Rule to close coal royalty loophole
    WASHINGTON — The government is drafting rules designed to close an accounting loophole that in recent years has helped coal companies boost export profits and likely cost taxpayers tens of … -- By Reuters
    55th House candidates relying on relationships with voters, not media advertising
    The Republican challenger for Pennsylvania’s 55th Legislative District is looking to run his campaign like his business. The owner of Ligonier-based BP Insurance Inc., Brian Panichelle, 40, of Latrobe said … -- By Braden Ashe
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    White Oak church keeps alive Scots community celebration
    Nine years ago, the Rev. Dr. J. Bruce Byers initiated the Scottish Sunday Service and Observances at Sampson’s Mills Presbyterian Church in White Oak. That tradition will continue Sunday at … -- By Carol Waterloo Frazier
    Elizabeth Forward team honored for playoff berth
    Elizabeth Forward School District Superintendent Bart Rocco honored the girls high school soccer team at Wednesday’s school board meeting. The Warriors were eliminated by Yough, 3-0, in the first round … -- By Patrick Cloonan
    West Mifflin school board vote turns in favor of union workers
    West Mifflin Area School District will not seek proposals for cafeteria management and labor services. A motion to authorize requests for proposals was defeated by a 4-5 vote. In favor … -- By Michael Divittorio
    Harvest of Hope fundraiser to support cancer patients
    Since the Jodi Matta-Dillinger Resource Center was dedicated at UPMC McKeesport in 2012, cancer patients have had a place to obtain the resources necessary to help them on their journey … -- By Carol Waterloo Frazier
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    Perryopolis going greener
    Volunteers will be helping to plant trees in Perryopolis on Saturday. The tree-planting project was made possible through a grant from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ TreeVitalize Program. … -- By Marilyn Forbes
    Springdale Council opts for pellet filtration system
    Springdale will pay an engineering firm about a half million dollars to oversee the projected $6 million replacement of the filtration system at the borough’s water treatment plant. Council has … -- By Brian C. Rittmeyer
    New Kensington police search for gunman in GetGo robbery
    New Kensington police on Thursday released surveillance photos in hopes the public can help identify the man who robbed the GetGo convenience store on Tuesday. Detective Sgt. Robert  Deringer said … -- By Liz Hayes
    New Kensington-Arnold schools to implement visitor-screening system
    New Kensington-Arnold School District soon will fully implement a visitor-screening system at Valley Junior-Senior High School. Superintendent John Pallone said staff have been “beta testing” the Raptor Technologies visitor-management system … -- By Liz Hayes
    A-K Valley football notebook: Christy has best of both worlds as coach, father
    Jeff Christy is a volunteer assistant football coach at Apollo-Ridge, but he hasn’t seen the Vikings play once all season — sans a scrimmage against Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic. The … -- By Bill Beckner Jr.
    'Trunk or Treat' events designed to keep everyone safe
    For many years, several churches and organizations have been hosting “Trunk or Treat” events as an alternative to the traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating. “Trunk or Treat” events ask people to park … -- By Marilyn Forbes
    Connellsville preps for nighttime treating
    After a long stretch of hosting trick-or-treat during daylight hours, Connellsville council voted to bring the annual event back to nighttime in the city, and on the actual holiday. Youngsters … -- By Marilyn Forbes
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    Steelers notebook: Young players provide big challenge for special teams coach
    Special teams coach Danny Smith is working with a rookie kick returner in Dri Archer and a first-year punter in Brad Wing, and he acknowledges it can be aggravating coaching … -- By Alan Robinson
    Central Catholic boys seal spot in WPIAL semifinals
    Central Catholic coach Claudio Morini has said his 2014 Vikings are one of the best teams he has coached. They lived up to the hype on Thursday night. The No. … -- By Ray Judy
    Brashear upsets defending champ USO in City semifinals
    The Brashear defense prevented USO from making its title defense Thursday night at Cupples Stadium. The No. 3 Bulls (5-3) intercepted four passes and blocked two punts en route to … -- By Staff Report
    Defacements in national parks lead to outrage, probe
    SALT LAKE CITY — A series of colorful, eerie faces painted on rocks in some of the West’s most famously picturesque landscapes has sparked an investigation by the National Park … -- By The Associated Press
    Pa. town can keep Jim Thorpe's body
    Jim Thorpe’s body will stay in the Pennsylvania town where he was laid to rest six decades ago because a federal appeals court threw out a ruling that could have … -- By The Associated Press
    Driver accused of pretending to be Ohio cop
    CLEVELAND — Authorities have seized guns, thousands of rounds of ammunition and police equipment including badges, silencers and vehicles from the home of a man who tried to pull over … -- By The Associated Press
    Huge gold nugget goes on sale for $400K
    SAN FRANCISCO — A 6-pound gold nugget dug up in Northern California this past summer and believed to be the largest privately held piece of its kind from the state … -- By From Wire Reports
    Detainee to be transferred from Afghanistan to U.S. for trial
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is preparing to transfer a military detainee in Afghanistan for criminal trial in Virginia, American officials said. It would mark the first time a military … -- By The Associated Press
    Eric Frein lookalike: I keep getting stopped
    CANADENSIS — A northeastern Pennsylvania resident said he’s been stopped and questioned more than 20 times by authorities who have mistaken him for a man sought in the killing of … -- By The Associated Press
    Suburban Detroit girl plotted to kill family, run off with boyfriend, police say
    PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A 15-year-old suburban Detroit girl accused of stabbing her younger brother as part of a plot to kill her family so she could run off with … -- By The Associated Press
    3 killed in Md. mid-air collision
    FREDERICK, Md. — Three people were killed Thursday when a helicopter conducting a training exercise and a private plane collided in midair near Frederick Municipal Airport about 3:40 p.m. Two … -- By The Washington Post
    West Virginia University expels 3 students for postgame misconduct
    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia University said it expelled three students for what police called riots after the Mountaineers’ win over Baylor. The university said Thursday that the students, who … -- By The Associated Press
    Review: 'John Wick' burns bright with bloody action
    A single, uniformed cop shows up in the hitman-out-for-revenge thriller “John Wick.” He sees blood on the title character’s face and hands. “Evening, John,” he says, all-friendly even though there … -- By Roger Moore
    Review: 'Dear White People' dishes satire to black, white alike
    “Satire is the weapon of reason” is the punchline to writer-director Justin Simien’s flip and hip satire, “Dear White People.” Here’s a race-based/race-baiting comedy that tackles issues of identity and … -- By Roger Moore
    Review: 'St. Vincent' serves up Bill Murray at his warmest, fuzziest
    Bill Murray has his most adorable film role ever in “St. Vincent,” playing a cranky and embittered old drunk who becomes a father figure to the little kid who moves … -- By Roger Moore
    New movie studio coming to McKees Rocks
    A movie studio expansion announced Thursday in McKees Rocks renewed focus on the region’s burgeoning film industry and calls to increase state incentives used to attract production companies. “This would … -- By Jason Cato
    NYC officials: Doctor has Ebola, 1st in city
    NEW YORK — A law enforcement official and a New York City official say a doctor who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has … -- By The Associated Press
    Hempfield church marks anniversary of unique building
    Harrold Zion Lutheran Church will be marking its 50th anniversary at its present site in Hempfield on Saturday and Sunday. “It’s an exciting time,” senior pastor John Smaligo said. “We … -- By Marilyn Forbes
    Greensburg Salem student takes national platform
    A Greensburg Salem senior was one of three students to speak at a national conference for teachers and education professionals in Washington, D.C., on Sunday. Austin Shaw, 17, asked the … -- By Jacob Tierney
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    Gorman: A WPIAL playoff drought about to end
    One of the longest WPIAL playoff droughts will end Friday night, but at the expense of another. That adds intrigue to the Interstate Conference chase for the fourth and final … -- By Kevin Gorman
    WPIAL, coaches are still looking to schedule Week 9 rivalry games
    When asked about the WPIAL’s efforts to schedule football rivals against each other in Week 9, executive director Tim O’Malley went right into an explanation of why some traditional pairings … -- By Bill West
    Statewide HSFB notebook: Scranton RB to miss rest of season with injury
    His final carry covered 1 yard. Trying to help lead his team on a momentum shifting drive, Scranton’s Jake McCarthy limped back to the huddle after absorbing one of many … -- By Staff Reports
    Hax: Moms are pals and their kids are dating — is that a problem?
    Adapted from a recent online discussion: Dear Carolyn: My friend Kate and I have known each other for years. After essentially growing up together, Kate’s 17-year-old son and my 15-year-old … -- By Carolyn Hax
    Greensburg Laurels & Lances
    On the “Watch List”: The Rev. Joseph Maurizio’s “investments.” The Somerset County priest, accused of traveling to Honduras to have sex with a boy, reportedly has assets of at least … -- By Tribune-Review
    Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances
    Laurel: To the Springdale Council. Members voted 4-3 to keep Police Chief Julio Medeiros on the job. Now if the micromanagers and wannabe police chiefs on council will leave Medeiros … -- By Tribune-Review
    For U.S. House, Pa.: Re-elect Rothfus, Shuster, Kelly & Barletta
    On Nov. 4, vote to keep Pennsylvania Republicans Keith Rothfus (12th District), Bill Shuster (9th), Mike Kelly (3rd) and Lou Barletta (11th) in the U.S. House. Representing his constituents admirably, … -- By Tribune-Review
    Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances
    Laurel: To Chevron. For putting its money where future jobs are through a $20 million tri-state education initiative to help train a new generation of workers for the energy sector. … -- By Tribune-Review
    Youngwood playground blossoms
    Youngwood’s new community playground will get some beautification touches, thanks to volunteers. Boy Scout Jason Stack, 16, aided by Jason Wilkinson Nursery and other Scouts from Troop 457 in New … -- By Bob Stiles
    Not man for job
    In response to the letter “Why Corbett’s losing GOP voter”: I am 67 and fairly recently moved to the Pittsburgh area. Over the last 30 years, however, I have lived … -- By Tribune-Review
    Working hard in fast food
    Regarding the letter “Workers must earn higher pay” (Sept. 25): I was totally offended. People in the fast-food industry work hard and put up with a lot. As someone with … -- By Tribune-Review
    Led by new coach, Hempfield boys advanced to playoffs for 1st time since 2011
    The hiring of Tom Sochacki as Hempfield’s boys soccer coach had the players hanging their heads. Not in disappointment, but rather to look down at their smartphones to do some … -- By Ed Phillipps
    After preliminary-round win, Hempfield girls fall to Seneca Valley in 1st round
    The predominant theme for Jeff Palm in his first year coaching the Hempfield girls soccer team has been about finding ways to finish. Whether that means capping a possession with … -- By Kevin Ritchart
    Top Sports Pics - Oct. 23, 2014
    Top sports images from around the globe. … -- By Tribune-Review
    Justices behaving badly
    About the Pennsylvania Supreme Court email scandal as reported in the news story “Supreme Court justices taunt each other over pornographic emails”: Appointing jurists instead of electing them will not … -- By Tribune-Review
    Predatory posturing
    The New York Times is again on the warpath against what it calls “predatory lending.” Just what is predatory lending? It is lending that charges a higher interest rate than … -- By Thomas Sowell
    A&E notebook: Cathedral concerts set at East Liberty church
    The Cathedral Concerts at East Liberty Presbyterian Church will present an array of instrumental and vocal music at the seven events of its 2014-15 season. The first concert features organist … -- By Tribune-Review
    Springfield Halloween parades set for Saturday
    The 49th annual Springfield Township Halloween Parade will be held Saturday. Parade will begin at 7 p.m. in Mill Run and 8 p.m. in Normalville. Children will receive a treat … -- By Pam Porterfield
    Houston's censorship challenge
    Houston recently passed an ordinance through its city council that has sparked quite a bit of controversy among conservative evangelicals. The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), a broad-sweeping, left-leaning law … -- By Cal Thomas
    Dogs rule at WCCC's Canine Week
    Canine officers from area law enforcement agencies and their dogs will participate in Canine Week at Westmoreland County Community College. The public is invited to attend the free presentations to … -- By Tribune-Review
    Corbett, not Wolf
    Tom Corbett is not my favorite candidate. Like many, I have some problems with some of his stances and methods. That said, I feel it is very important that we … -- By Tribune-Review
    'Last Days' offers hope amid despair
    There are many differences between America’s troubled exit from Iraq and its ramshackle retreat from Vietnam. But the U.S. flight from Saigon as seen in Rory Kennedy’s documentary “Last Days … -- By Jake Coyle
    Fashion FYI: Station Square's Hard Rock Cafe lends support to 'Bras for the Cause'
    Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh in Station Square on the South Side will host “Bras for the Cause” at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30. The event will feature a silent auction with … -- By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
    Review: 'Ouija' puts the bored into board game movies
    “Ouija” is a dead teenager movie aimed squarely at a teen audience. This is a duller-than-dull 89 minutes of your life you’ll never get back. Frankly, the board game is … -- By Roger Moore
    Parolee check leads to 3 arrests in Washington County home
    A routine compliance check of a state parolee at a home in Donora led to the arrest of three men who the district attorney says were packaging a large amount … -- By Michael Hasch
    Man shot from behind, Wecht's autopsy finds
    ST. LOUIS — An 18-year-old killed this month by a St. Louis police officer was shot several times from behind, the pathologist who performed a private autopsy said Thursday. Dr. … -- By The Associated Press
    Missouri officials faulted by feds for 'selective' probe in police shooting death
    ST. LOUIS — Justice Department officials Thursday criticized local authorities’ investigation of the shooting death of an unarmed black man in Ferguson, Mo., saying the case had been handled in … -- By From Wire Reports
    Court: IRS not targeting conservative tax-exempt groups
    WASHINGTON — A federal court dismissed two lawsuits against the Internal Revenue Service on Thursday, ruling that the tax agency no longer is targeting conservative tax-exempt groups for greater scrutiny. … -- By USA Today
    Sen. Casey seeks to cut off benefits to ex-Nazis
    WASHINGTON — Legislation to stop suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving Social Security benefits will be introduced soon, members of Congress announced Thursday, the latest response to an Associated Press … -- By The Associated Press
    Penguins notebook: Malkin returns to center
    DETROIT — Coach Mike Johnston has seen enough of Evgeni Malkin — at wing. After Malkin missed the preseason with an undisclosed injury, Johnston wanted to ease him back into … -- By Tribune-Review
    White House may enhance security
    WASHINGTON — The latest person to climb over the White House fence had the paranoid belief he was being watched by cameras and had been arrested at the executive mansion … -- By From Wire Reports
    Stocks jump on strong earnings, led by 3M, Caterpillar
    NEW YORK — A combination of strong company earnings and encouraging economic reports, in America and Europe, gave the stock market another day of solid gains Thursday. Caterpillar jumped when … -- By The Associated Press
    Teen girls found no roadblock to flights
    PARIS — The teenage sisters told their father they were staying home sick from their suburban Denver school. Instead, they took $2,000 and their passports and headed off for Syria … -- By From Wire Reports
    Feds fault security of tax info gathered for health care law benefits
    WASHINGTON — The federal government and the states should improve how they protect the security of confidential tax information of people getting benefits under the 2010 health care law, federal … -- By The Associated Press
    Internet providers asked not to take 'fast lanes'
    WASHINGTON — Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy on Thursday pressed large Internet providers to pledge that they will not strike deals that may help some websites load faster than … -- By Reuters
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    China's Communist Party angles to improve judiciary
    BEIJING — China’s Communist Party on Thursday announced new legal policies that, among other things, would punish local officials found to be interfering with judicial cases. On the surface, that … -- By McClatchy Newspapers
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    Education Management removes itself from Nasdaq listing
    Education Management Corp. is going private as the financially struggling operator of for-profit colleges undergoes an enormous restructuring and hands control to its creditors. Downtown-based EDMC said Thursday that it … -- By Chris Fleisher
    Route 22 lane in Derry Township blocked after crash
    An eastbound lane of Route 22 in Derry Township was blocked for several hours Thursday after a two-vehicle accident that left oil and newspapers on the highway. A car carrying … -- By Tribune-Review
    Central Valley girls win 3rd straight PIAA golf title
    YORK — Central Valley’s girls golf team sat inside a pavilion at Heritage Hills Golf Resort on Wednesday, nervously watching the scores being posted on the scoreboard. “We knew it … -- By Paul Schofield
    Shaler's Schwartz earns WPIAL cross country 3-peat
    By not competing in several major cross country meets this fall, Shaler senior Brianna Schwartz nudged the rest of the WPIAL community to speculate about whether she’d attain a three-peat … -- By Bill West
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    Bell Acres police investigate attempted child luring
    Bell Acres police are investigating a report of an attempted child luring at a school bus stop Thursday morning. A 10-year-old Quaker Valley School District student told police a man … -- By Kristina Serafini
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    No average jack-o-lantern will do for skilled pumpkin carvers
    Like a skilled surgeon, Chad Maybray scrupulously cuts into the skin of a 30-pound pumpkin, careful not to pierce its delicate flesh. Using an X-Acto knife and woodcarving tools, he … -- By Kristina Serafini
    Study: Renewables as green as you'd expect
    A lot of metals go into making solar cells and wind turbines, raw materials such as copper, iron, rare earth metals such as indium and others and that involve a … -- By The Associated Press
    One Direction bring 2015 stadium tour to Heinz Field
    English boy band One Direction has graduated to stadium shows, and the boys will be bringing their “On the Road Again” tour to Heinz Field on Aug. 2, 2015. The … -- By Tribune-Review
    Judge orders W.Va. agency to release pollution data
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A judge says the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection violated the state’s Freedom of Information Act when it denied a law firm’s request for water pollution … -- By The Associated Press