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    Monessen Turkey Bowl turning 50
    On Thanksgiving morning, a group of long-time friends (along with a few new ones picked up over the years) will gather at Monessen City Park to continue a long-standing tradition. … -- By Jeff Oliver
    Central Catholic rowers excel at Allegheny Boat Race
    Showing improvement since the beginning of the season, the Central Catholic rowing team swept all seven men’s events at the Allegheny Boat Race regatta on the Allegheny River at Millvale … -- By Karen Kadilak
    Striking Peters Township teachers headed back to school Friday
    Peters Township students will return to school Friday after a 21-day teachers strike, but the educators could stage another walkout if a contract agreement isn’t reached soon. Nearly 300 teachers, … -- By Elizabeth Behrman
    Police find marijuana grow rooms in Castle Shannon
    Police on Tuesday found two marijuana grow rooms complete with grow lights, electric timers, humidifiers and 37 marijuana plants in a home in Castle Shannon. Police discovered the operation at … -- By Megan Guza
    Pirates sign free agent 1B-OF Goebbert, RHP Webster
    The Pirates on Wednesday trade for right-hander Allen Webster and signed first baseman/outfielder Jake Goebbert. The acquisitions filled the 40-man roster and likely are a prelude to more significant moves … -- By Rob Biertempfel
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    Cecil fire crews respond to 3 calls in 12 hours
    Fire crews in Cecil Township, Washington County, responded to three calls for fires within 12 hours Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. No injuries were reported in a fire at a … -- By Wpxi
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    McKeesport budget smaller; no tax hike planned
    McKeesport city officials on Tuesday put the final touches on an $18.9 million budget proposal for 2016. “We’re proud to say that even through the tough times, we held the … -- By Patrick Cloonan
    McKeesport Area could bring back Air Force Junior ROTC program
    McKeesport Area School District may bring back its Air Force Junior ROTC program after a 30-year hiatus. Assistant Superintendent Harry Bauman made the announcement at a school board meeting Wednesday. … -- By Michael Divittorio
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    Some 'food for thought'
    Here’s a little “food for thought” to help get you over the hump and geared up for the Thanksgiving holiday: • I am curious to see how the future of … -- By Jeff Oliver
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    Kentucky Gov. Beshear restores right to vote for thousands of nonviolent felons
    FRANKFORT, Ky. — The outgoing Democratic governor of Kentucky signed an executive order Tuesday to restore the right to vote and hold public office to thousands of nonviolent felons who’ve … -- By The Associated Press
    20,000 still in dark in Spokane from windstorm
    SPOKANE, Wash. — It’s been cold, dark and boring. Nearly 20,000 households in Spokane — Washington state’s second-largest city — were surviving Tuesday after nearly a week without heaters, lamps … -- By The Associated Press
    Newborn left in manger in N.Y. church, police say
    NEW YORK — For a short time Monday afternoon, the Christmas manger at a New York City church might’ve been able to pass for the real thing: A newborn baby, … -- By The Associated Press
    NFL notebook: Manning will miss at least 2 more weeks
    Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will miss at least the next two weeks after consulting with a foot specialist who put him in a walking boot. Manning sought a second opinion … -- By Wire Reports
    Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf: 'Theatrics' holding up budget
    HARRISBURG — A two-day whirlwind of accusations, counter-accusations and a threat to override Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of a short-term spending bill yielded no firm assurances Tuesday night that Pennsylvania’s … -- By The Associated Press
    3 arrested in shooting of Minneapolis protesters
    MINNEAPOLIS — Police arrested three men Tuesday in the shooting of five people who were protesting the killing of an unarmed black man by police officers. A 23-year-old white man … -- By Reuters
    Official: Paris attacks organizer was planning more carnage
    PARIS — The man believed to have planned the Nov. 13 Paris attacks that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds likely planned to carry out another suicide bombing days later … -- By The Associated Press
    Bucks County tells state: No budget, no tax payments
    DOYLESTOWN — Elected officials in a suburban Philadelphia county have turned the tables on state government, withholding all tax payments owed to Pennsylvania because state lawmakers and the governor have … -- By The Associated Press
    Berra, Barbra among 17 to receive nation's highest civilian award
    WASHINGTON — President Obama recognized 17 Americans with the nation’s highest civilian award Tuesday, including the first African-American woman elected to Congress, one of the greatest catchers in baseball history … -- By The Associated Press
    Trump digs in against Super PAC attack ads
    WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s presidential campaign warned the Republican Party on Tuesday about donors pooling funds for attack ads, saying Republicans must treat him fairly if they want to keep … -- By Reuters
    Journey, Josh Groban shows set for First Niagara Pavilion
    Two more concerts have been announced for next summer at First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown. • Journey and the Doobie Brothers, along with Dave Mason, will perform July 16. Journey band … -- By Tribune-Review
    Christmas comes to Westmoreland County in many ways
    Branson, Mo., has become a favorite winter entertainment destination for its variety of Christmas-themed shows and attractions. Country-music fans in the Greensburg area don’t need to plan a road trip … -- By Candy Williams
    Review: 'Trumbo' a breezy, bright tribute to civil liberties
    “Trumbo,” Jay Roach’s film about screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and the Hollywood blacklist, is a reminder that eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. It’s a history lesson told in breezy … -- By Bill Goodykoontz
    Review: 'The Good Dinosaur' lacks magic of other Pixar films
    Production was halted early in the process of making “The Good Dinosaur” because it had some dinosaur-sized problems. Peter Sohn was brought in as the new director, and he started … -- By Rick Bentley
    Review: 'Creed' is best Rocky movie since 'Rocky'
    A seventh “Rocky” movie? Yep. But darned if “Creed” isn’t easily the best Rocky movie since “Rocky.” There is, in fact, more filmmaking savvy in co-writer and director Ryan Coogler’s … -- By Michael Phillips
    KitchenWise: Oil or cheese at Hanukkah? These dumplings embrace both
    Many of the signature dishes of Hanukkah involve either cheese or frying in oil ... or both. Because I like to have it all, I created these fried sweet cheese … -- By Sara Moulton
    Need help? Turkey rescue and tips
    Turkey rescue and tips At Thanksgiving, more than any other holiday, help is just a click or phone call away. Here are hot line numbers and websites to help get … -- By Tribune-Review
    Leftovers extend holiday flavors in new directions
    When you cook a 22-pound turkey for Thanksgiving, leftovers are inevitable. The first round is devoured in a midnight dash to the fridge (straight from the Tupperware, no silverware required.) … -- By Wire Reports
    A la carte: Books make appetizing holiday gifts
    No doubt about it. Nutrition remains a hot topic, even when all we want to think about is pumpkin pie and egg nog. What better gift for this holiday season. … -- By Tribune-Review
    Thanksgiving by the numbers
    53 Colonists at the first Thanksgiving. There were 90 Wampanoag Indians. 46.3 million People who journeyed 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving weekend in 2014. 50 million … -- By Tribune-Review
    Speak up, liberals
    I wish to address, directly, the liberals among your readers. Tell all of us, now, in the bloody wake of Paris, that finding and killing every living relative of those … -- By Tribune-Review
    Lennon's limitations
    The recent letter by Sandy Berkey (“Lennon Remembered”) claims that the late John Lennon was an advocate of peace and love, but maybe she needs to see his life and … -- By Tribune-Review
    So Many Questions: 'Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce' actress says breaking up is rarely easy
    Love is grand. Until it isn’t. And just in case you were wondering about ripping off that Band-Aid, be warned — divorce is not for wimps. But it is real, … -- By Kate Benz
    The Wine Cellar: Talented French winemakers assemble tasty blends
    Assemblage, the art of blending wines made from individual grape varieties into harmoniously balanced finished wines, plays a central role in several prominent French wine regions. Bordeaux red wines famously … -- By Dave Desimone
    Free speech for me — & for thee
    Contrary to the widespread belief of tyrants among college students, professors and administrators, the true test of one’s commitment to free speech does not come when one permits people to … -- By Walter Williams
    Dinner in Minutes: Recipes and tips for a memorable Thanksgiving meal
    For Thanksgiving, here are some turkey tips: • When buying a turkey, consider about 1 pound per person; 1 1/2 pounds per person for leftovers. • To thaw a frozen … -- By Linda Gassenheimer
    Will Europe man up?
    If the purpose of terrorism is to terrify, ISIS had an extraordinary week. Brussels, capital of the EU and command post of mighty NATO, is still in panic and lockdown. … -- By Pat Buchanan
    Review: 'Victor Frankenstein' is a mashed-up mess
    Someone left a copy of Mary Shelley’s novel out in the rain, threw the wet mess into a blender, hit puree and came up with “Victor Frankenstein,” the 758th movie … -- By Rene Rodriguez
    Economics ignorance: We must do better
    Thanksgiving Eve arrives in an America befelled by economics ignorance. Two examples illustrate our point: • The New York Times, always painting “progressive” dogma as the natural order of things, … -- By Tribune-Review
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    Traffic deaths rise sharply in United States
    DETROIT — After declining for most of the past decade, traffic deaths spiked 8 percent in the first half of this year, prompting a call from the nation’s highway safety … -- By The Associated Press
    Gorman: Class A final opens doors
    Roy Hall and Wayne Wade played on WPIAL championship teams, served as assistants on state championship teams and are the head coaches at their respective alma maters. They share so … -- By Kevin Gorman
    Penguins notebook: Cole more at ease facing former team
    His ice time at a career high, Penguins defenseman Ian Cole encounters more opportunities than ever to berate himself for a dumb decision or a costly miscommunication. But he’s no … -- By Bill West
    Obama pledges support for France against ISIS, wary of role for Russia
    WASHINGTON — President Obama pledged Tuesday to step up assistance to France and other allies fighting the Islamic State but stopped short of endorsing a French proposal for a grand … -- By USA Today
    ISIS claims hotel attack in Egypt
    CAIRO — A brazen terrorist attack involving a suicide car bombing and claimed by the Islamic State targeted a  hotel Tuesday in Egypt’s restive northern Sinai region, killing seven people, … -- By The Associated Press
    Tunisia put under state of emergency
    TUNIS — Tunisia’s president declared a 30-day state of emergency across the country and imposed an overnight curfew for the capital Tuesday when an explosion struck a bus carrying members … -- By The Associated Press
    House Republicans call for refugee limits in spending bill
    WASHINGTON — Almost one-third of the Republicans in the House of Representatives signed a letter calling on party leaders to ensure that a must-pass spending bill block any use of … -- By Reuters
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    GOP readies next assault on health care law
    WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans hope a drive to obliterate President Obama’s health care law and block Planned Parenthood’s federal funds will spotlight their fierce support for top-tier conservative causes. The … -- By The Associated Press
    4 dead in Fort Hood chopper crash
    HOUSTON — Four crew members on an Army helicopter were killed when it crashed Monday evening at Fort Hood in central Texas, officials said. The UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter went … -- By The Los Angeles Times
    Scandals leave Oklahomans in dark
    TULSA — Residents of a southern Oklahoma town were without electricity Tuesday because of an embezzlement scandal that has played havoc with municipal finances and left power bills unpaid. According … -- By Wire Reports
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    Poor roads cost Connecticut motorists $5.1B annually, report finds
    HARTFORD — A national transportation research group released a report Tuesday that found Connecticut motorists are losing $5.1 billion annually thanks to congestion-related delays, higher vehicle operating costs and traffic … -- By The Associated Press
    Vatican puts 5 on trial for leaks
    VATICAN CITY — Five people, including two Italian reporters, went on trial Tuesday in the Vatican, to outrage from rights groups, on charges arising from publication of books in which … -- By Reuters
    Pitt's Dixon monitoring minutes early in season
    At the 14:59 mark in the first half against Detroit, Pitt starters Michael Young and Jamel Artis took a seat on the bench for a few minutes. Considering the Panthers … -- By John Harris
    Stocks shake off Middle East tensions, drop in consumer confidence
    NEW YORK — Stocks overcame an early stumble Tuesday and finished higher as investors shook off concerns about heightened conflict in the Middle East and a drop in consumer confidence. … -- By The Associated Press
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