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    Sandusky won't get his pension back
    HARRISBURG — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has lost a legal battle to restore his $4,900-a-month pension, a benefit that was canceled two years ago after he … -- By The Associated Press
    Control borders
    There is so much conflicting political discourse about comprehensive immigration that I must plead ignorance on the subject. All I know is that this type politics is bad for America. … -- By Tribune-Review
    The regulatory state: EPA picks a fight
    As expected, new federal rules to clamp down on power plant emissions have received plenty of public feedback — more than 1.6 million comments — along with a warning for … -- By Tribune-Review
    A manger's light
    Saturday essay: A manger’s light … -- By Tribune-Review
    Fighting for Ford City I
    I have been honored to serve the citizens of Ford City as mayor for approximately nine years. In January of last year, I had high expectations of serving with a … -- By Tribune-Review
    Liberals & illegals
    After reading letters by Harry Douglass Jr. (“Dems & ‘big money,’” Dec. 6) and Marlene Haslett (“Metcalfe’s immigrants insult,” Dec. 7) I have to ask: Don’t people read what they … -- By Tribune-Review
    Fighting for Ford City II
    The ideology of “by the people, for the people” — put forth by President Abraham Lincoln in the Gettysburg Address — is not alive and well in Ford City government. … -- By Tribune-Review
    Top Sports Pics - Dec. 19, 2014
    Top sports images from around the globe. … -- By Tribune-Review
    Moving on
    After some 15 years of newspaper syndication, this column is the end of the line. I am not ceasing to write, of course. All of my columns, essays and posts … -- By Diana West
    Obama's dangerous legacy
    Now that the 2014 elections are over and national politics is all about 2016, Democrats have good reason to worry that, for all his success at the polls, President Obama … -- By Byron York
    Educators ace collaboration
    From hydroponics in South Fayette to urban gardens at Pittsburgh Arsenal, teachers pushing environmental literacy are skirting traditional alliances in favor of what works: networking. Scarce resources make for unique … -- By Megan Harris
    'Asset forfeiture' & outright greed
    Actor and director Mel Brooks once famously observed, “It’s good to be the king,” but it’s also very profitable to be the lawman. In 1984, Congress passed the Comprehensive Crime … -- By Jesse Hathaway
    Ford City's solution: Good side to cop cuts
    Ford City — which for several months has tossed around the idea of eliminating its police force — looks like it will instead cut the department’s budget and look to … -- By Tribune-Review
    Warming's evidence clear
    The editorial “A ‘warming’ wake-up call: Models aren’t foolproof” says that a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, lacking any peer review, concluded that the California drought was not caused by … -- By Tribune-Review
    Depths of road rage perplexing
    All I did was honk my horn. The woman in front of me, driving a slick SUV, didn’t want to hear it. Before I go on with this amusing — … -- By Luis Fábregas
    Challenging cops stupid
    Jim Baker’s letter “When not to obey cops” cannot go unchallenged. Mr. Baker uses two pathological examples (an officer orders a person to jump off a bridge, an unwarranted entry … -- By Tribune-Review
    Holiday Gift Club: The spirit of the season
    In these tough economic times, it’s nice to see good people step up and help others in need. The Daily Courier Holiday Gift Club recently concluded another Christmas season. And … -- By Tribune-Review
    Obama throws a rope to Fidel
    The celebrations in Havana and the sullen silence in Miami tell you all you need to know about who won this round with Castro’s Cuba. In JFK’s metaphor, President Obama … -- By Pat Buchanan
    Replacement part beamed up to space station
    Now that the International Space Station has a 3-D printer, engineers can design new tools on the ground and then beam them up to space. In September, Made In Space, … -- By The Washington Post
    N.Y. Fashion Week out of Lincoln Center
    C’est la vie, fashionistas. The city of New York and Lincoln Center are evicting the invitation-only, twice-yearly Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in a court spat over destroyed trees and displaced park … -- By The Associated Press
    'Friends' are hidden backbone of many libraries in Pittsburgh, elsewhere
    In early December, Valerie Bailey and assorted relatives gathered in Bailey’s Jefferson Hills’ home for their annual marathon cookie-baking session. Using her mother’s recipe for mini nut-rolls, they made about … -- By Deborah Weisberg
    Traffic deaths down 3 percent
    DETROIT — Driving is getting safer. The number of traffic deaths nationwide dropped about 3 percent last year, and the rate of deaths per 100 million miles traveled tied a … -- By The Associated Press
    Clashes delay rescue of Yazidis off Mt. Sinjar
    BAGHDAD — Sporadic clashes between Iraqi Kurdish fighters and Islamic State jihadists, as well as other logistics problems, are delaying the evacuation of the last Yazidis who remain trapped on … -- By The Associated Press
    In Mideast, refugee babies left stateless
    BEIRUT — Nearly 30,000 Syrian children born as refugees in Lebanon are in a legal limbo, not registered with any government, exposing them to the risk of a life of … -- By The Associated Press
    Pirates sign Corey Hart to 1-year deal
    The Pirates on Friday signed free-agent first baseman/outfielder Corey Hart to a one-year, $2.5 million contract. Hart can make up to another $2.5 million in performance bonuses. To clear a … -- By Rob Biertempfel
    Undersized Beachum quietly excels at 1 of game's pivotal positions
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    Stock market closes 2nd best week of 2014
    NEW YORK — Oil and gas companies led the stock market up Friday, helping the Standard & Poor’s 500 index notch its second-best week this year. With little news to … -- By The Associated Press
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    Arbitration decides Westmoreland court workers' pact
    Westmoreland County commissioners this week ratified a new four-year labor deal with the union that represents about 140 court-related workers at the courthouse. John Felice, whose private consulting company has … -- By Tribune-Review
    Port Authority fires two bus drivers involved in rollover crash
    Port Authority of Allegheny County fired two bus drivers Friday accused of horseplay while driving and causing a near-fatal crash along Interstate 279 in September, officials said. Drivers Thomas Frauens, … -- By Bobby Kerlik
    Second African penguin chick hatches at National Aviary
    National Aviary staffers confirmed the second of two African penguin chicks was born Thursday, right on schedule. A newly installed high-resolution camera, hosted live at, caught the baby’s first … -- By Megan Harris
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    Proposed housing plan in Ross tabled following concerns
    A plan to build 30 Ryan Homes on a wooded hill behind North Hills Village will wait at least another month because of residents’ worries about the risks of flooding, … -- By Bill Zlatos
    Donations aid community development in North Side
    Highmark Inc., Northwest Savings Bank and the Pittsburgh Steelers are donating $300,000 apiece over six years to support community development in the North Side, the Northside Leadership Conference said Friday. … -- By Tribune-Review
    First Niagara to cut 200 jobs; Pittsburgh impact unclear
    First Niagara Financial Group is laying off up to 200 employees as part of a organization-wide restructuring. Management positions are being cut and other employees are being asked to take … -- By Chris Fleisher
    FBI blames North Korea for Sony hack
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Friday that Sony Pictures Entertainment “made a mistake” in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea’s leader, and he vowed … -- By The Associated Press
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    Icy roads, cold causing school delays, wrecks in Western Pa.
    Freezing rain and wind chills in the teens have prompted school delays in western Pennsylvania, and scattered vehicle accidents, including an overturned tractor-trailer on Interstate 79 north of the city. … -- By The Associated Press
    8 children killed, mother stabbed, in Australia
    SYDNEY — Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said. Police believe the 34-year-old … -- By The Associated Press
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    Cezanne likely to attract bidders
    LONDON — A “shimmering” Paul Cezanne painting of the Mediterranean with a castle in the background is expected to attract the big-money buyers at a February auction that includes works … -- By Reuters
    No tax increase for Everson next year
    Everson property owners will not see a local tax increase in 2015. Council this week passed the 2015 $194,919 balanced budget. The millage rate will remain at 5.2895, where it … -- By Rachel Basinger
    Hospital finances still crying 'ouch'
    The financial pressure nonprofit hospitals are feeling isn’t expected to ease next year despite a boost in the insured population because of the Affordable Care Act. Lower revenue and higher … -- By Alex Nixon
    Power outage planned in Elizabeth, Forward
    Residents in Elizabeth and some in Elizabeth and Forward townships should prepare to be without electricity Saturday morning. West Penn Power spokesman Todd Meyers said power will be shut off … -- By Daily News
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