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    Springdale trestle bridge deemed structurally sound
    A spokesman for NRG Energy said an independent engineering firm has determined the company’s bridge over Pittsburgh Street is structurally sound. On Friday, a small crane mounted on the back … -- By Tom Yerace
    New Kensington woman struck by vehicle, injured
    A 30-year-old New Kensington woman was injured when she was hit by a vehicle while walking along Route 66 just south of 16th Street in the borough about 2:20 a.m. … -- By Valley News Dispatch
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    Burrell honors sports heavyweight Butch Liput with scholarship
    It wasn’t a routine 80th birthday party for Lower Burrell resident John “Butch” Liput. Family and other well-wishers back on Jan. 6 announced that a scholar­ship fund is being set … -- By George Guido
    Saxonburg Area Artists Cooperative closes its doors
    After five years, the Saxonburg Area Artist Cooperative disbanded and closed its gallery doors in Saxonburg this month. Sam Andrew, one of the co-op’s founders and directors, said he was … -- By Jodi Weigand
    January temperatures, snowfall unremarkable in Western Pennsylvania
    Surprise, surprise: January was snowy and cold. The first month of 2015 brought about 19 inches of snow with an average high temperature of about 33 degrees, according to the … -- By R.A. Monti
    Freeport's Romanchak to sign with Robert Morris
    On Wednesday, Andrew Romanchak will sit down at Freeport High School with his family, coaches and school faculty to practice his autograph as he signs his letter of intent to … -- By William Whalen
    Pittsburgh Street in Springdale closed until Monday
    A portion of Pittsburgh Street in Springdale and Cheswick will remain closed at least until Monday morning as a result of a truck striking an overhead bridge Friday morning, a … -- By Brian C. Rittmeyer and Mary Ann Thomas
    Rural residents need medical specialist services
    Primary care may be a primary issue for rural residents, but they also need the services of medical specialists. John Lewis, chief executive officer at ACMH in Armstrong County, said … -- By Liz Hayes
    Alle-Kiski Valley deemed medically underserved
    Pittsburghers may lament having to choose sides in the Highmark-UPMC health care feud, but they have something many Pennsylvanians don’t: a choice of doctors. In the Alle-Kiski Valley, much of … -- By Liz Hayes
    Burrell wrestling wins 9th consecutive WPIAL title
    Call it a divine nine. The coaches and wrestlers continue to change, but Burrell’s place atop the WPIAL does not. Burrell claimed its ninth consecutive WPIAL Class AA championship Saturday … -- By Doug Gulasy
    Jerome Bettis to be enshrined in hall of fame
    PHOENIX — The Bus’ bust will be bronzed this summer. Jerome Bettis, the NFL’s sixth-leading rusher, was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. It was his … -- By Rob Rossi
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    Seahawks play to watch: Fullback gives RB Lynch options in running game
    The read-option is a relatively new offense in the NFL, and nobody runs it better — or more often — than the Seattle Seahawks. Heading into the Super Bowl, they … -- By Mark Kaboly
    Patriots play to watch: Gronkowski finds success in seam
    Too big, too strong and too fast. New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski — a Pro Bowler and unanimous, first-team All-Pro selection — could be the toughest player to … -- By Mark Kaboly
    Local products Donald, Gronkowski garner AP NFL awards; Fitzgerald gets 1st Rooney honor
    PHOENIX — St. Louis Rams tackle and former Pitt star Aaron Donald on Saturday was named the Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year for 2014. “Hard work pays … -- By Staff and Wire Reports
    Hempfield boys swim team claims WCCA title by winning final event
    Only three points separated Franklin Regional, Hempfield and Penn-Trafford in the boys standings of the Westmoreland County Coaches Association swimming championships heading into the final race Saturday. And in the … -- By Nathan Smith
    Upcoming speech to Congress stirs backlash in Israel
    WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner’s decision to invite Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress in March could be backfiring for the Israeli prime minister just before an election. Netanyahu is … -- By The Washington Post
    Big Bang 'waves' go poof under analysis
    An analysis has dynamited a discovery of “gravitational waves” from the dawn of time. What had seemed a major breakthrough in cosmology, one that incited talk of Nobel Prizes, appears … -- By The Washington Post
    Duquesne men put clamps on George Mason
    Duquesne’s Dominique McKoy and Darius Lewis had a strategy for handling George Mason star center Shevon Thompson. Lewis would use his body to slow the 6-foot-11, 232-pound junior, then McKoy … -- By Chris Harlan
    CMU software eases task of mining prostitution ads
    Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed software that allows police departments to mine online ads offering prostitution services. Traffic Jam gives police a rapid way to sort sex ads, spotting … -- By Megha Satyanarayana
    New CEO eager to revitalize Pittsburgh International Airport
    The new Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO keeps a cockpit picture of her father, a Pan Am and United Airlines pilot, close by in her office overlooking a runway and … -- By Bobby Kerlik
    Ukraine peace talks collapse
    Peace talks on Ukraine collapsed Saturday after just over four hours with no tangible progress toward a new ceasefire, with Ukraine’s representative and separatist envoys accusing each other of sabotaging … -- By Reuters
    How to formulate your 'value proposition'
    Whether you are interviewing for a job, vying for a promotion or just trying to get recognized for contributing in your job, have you ever been asked, “What is your … -- By Chris Posti
    Climbers, protesters & Liam
    Here are some random thoughts and observations of recent news items: • What’s the story with these guys who spent 19 days climbing a 3,000-foot granite rock in Yosemite National … -- By Tribune-Review
    8th-grader gets venture capital for inexpensive Braille-printer
    SANTA CLARA, Calif. — In Silicon Valley, it’s never too early to become an entrepreneur. Just ask 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee. The California eighth-grader has started a company to develop low-cost … -- By The Associated Press
    Sears' 'grand' employees
    In the days before the Sears Grand store at Pittsburgh Mills closed (“Sears clears out of Pittsburgh Mills mall”), we purchased numerous fixtures (shelving, tables, equipment, etc.), in addition to … -- By Tribune-Review
    The economics of the ignorami
    T he National Bureau of Economic Research has confirmed what critics of extended unemployment benefits have been saying all along: Incentivizing non-work in such a way disincentivizes work. “We find … -- By Tribune-Review
    The Box
    Dear Sean Logan: We hope you bring lots of Clorox to the turnpike job. Yours, Old Man River. … -- By Tribune-Review
    Sunday pops
    All you ever needed to know about Barack Obama’s abysmal foreign policy of appeasement can be summed up in Eric Schultz, the president’s deputy press secretary. He refused to call … -- By Tribune-Review
    'Strange ...' & entertaining
    Jamie Colby is the former co-anchor of the Fox News Channel’s “America’s News Headquarters” and host of the Fox Business Network’s new program “Strange Inheritance.” She spoke to the Trib … -- By Eric Heyl
    This week @ the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh
    Monday, noon — Christopher R. Hill, former U.S. ambassador to Iraq, South Korea, Poland and Macedonia, and dean of the School of International Studies at the University of Denver, reflects … -- By Tribune-Review
    Verbatim
    “It isn’t quite a Ponzi scheme like Social Security, but the defined-benefit system does foist massive ‘unfunded’ obligations on future generations. It privatizes gain (workers enjoy the benefits in good … -- By Tribune-Review
    Book it! Rick's back in town Feb. 12
    Consider it a homecoming of sorts. Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum , who once claimed to live in Penn Hills while actually residing in a $600,000 home in Virginia, will … -- By Tribune-Review
    Part of the 'home' crowd
    WINNER. Jerry Weiers The Glendale, Ariz., mayor isn’t touting the benefits of his city hosting the Super Bowl on Sunday. Weiers refused to spout the NFL’s longtime company line that … -- By Tribune-Review
    Argentina requires outside probe
    Argentina’s President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has only one way of overcoming the political crisis over the mysterious death of the prosecutor who had accused her of trying to cover … -- By Andres Oppenheimer
    Hot Property: Bruno Mars' Studio City home loaded with amenities
    LOS ANGELES — Grammy-winning singer Bruno Mars has purchased a tricked-out, two-acre estate in Studio City for $6.5 million. Set in a gated foothill community in the Fryman Canyon area, … -- By The Los Angeles Times
    Real men can make quiche (& cut wood)
    A set of chisels I bought at a sale on the East Coast came home to me a few months ago after they were sent “out West” someplace to be … -- By Charles M. Madigan
    Cozying up to dictators
    As President Obama stumbles in implementing his own strategy for combating terrorism, the United States is reverting, almost by default, to an earlier, failed approach: a reliance on dictators to … -- By Fred Hiatt
    Fla. lawmakers cooking up recipe for a bloodbath
    The very first bill being rammed through the Florida House of Representatives this year would allow guns to be carried on college campuses. This screwball idea comes from Rep. Greg … -- By Carl Hiaasen
    Germany may walk on rescue
    A combination of events — the Swiss breaking their Franc-euro currency peg, the European Central Bank announcing its stimulus program and the recent Greek elections — have weakened the euro … -- By John Browne
    March covered well
    On behalf of the hundreds of thousands of marchers who went to Washington, D.C., for the March for Life on Jan. 22, I would like to say “thank you” to … -- By Tribune-Review
    EXCLUSIVE TO THE TRIB: Treat Pennsylvania's pension crisis as an opportunity, not a political hot potato
    Crisis management can be broken down into three general phases: identifying the problem, developing the best plan to fix it and executing that plan while adjusting as needed. It’s a … -- By Matthew J. Brouillette & Jake Haulk
    Plus-size fashion bloggers recruited
    MINNEAPOLIS — Her Target boycott was short-lived. Chastity Garner Valentine, a prolific fashion blogger with 68,000 followers on Instagram, was so fed up when she found out the designer partnership … -- By Minneapolis Star Tribune
    Exposed to temptation
    Dear Natasha Lindstrom: Upon reading your news story “Lure of tuition aid, gifts draw college students to ‘sugar daddy’ sites”, though it was well written, I wonder how many young … -- By Tribune-Review
    Top Sports Pics - Jan. 31, 2015
    Top sports images from around the globe. … -- By Tribune-Review
    Employers prepare for demographic shift
    KANSAS CITY — Every 10th worker in America is eligible to retire this year or next. Depending on your work situation, that may not be a startling estimate. If you’re … -- By The Kansas City Star
    One-stop source
    I have been following the news more closely of late. As I try to obtain information from many sources — and as you know, the choices are innumerable — I … -- By Tribune-Review
    Saturday - Jan. 31, 2015
    Daily images from around the region by Trib Total Media staff photographers. … -- By Tribune-Review
    Tom Wolf's Rodney Dangerfield moment?
    HARRISBURG Gov. Tom Wolf might have picked the wrong fight. He says firing new Office of Open Records Director Erik Arneson was a matter of principle and he needed to … -- By Brad Bumsted
    LETTERS HOME ...
    Traveling abroad for personal, educational or professional reasons? Why not share your impressions — and those of residents of foreign countries about the United States — with Trib readers in … -- By Tribune-Review
    Not all that reliable
    The Jan. 26-27 snowstorm did not live up to the advance hype from various weather forecasters, at least for Philadelphia, New York City and the adjacent East Coast areas. These … -- By Tribune-Review
    The hunting proposal: A rule too far
    The Pennsylvania Game Commission has given preliminary approval to a modified plan for changing its mentored youth hunting program. But it remains as off-target as was the original proposal. Instead … -- By Tribune-Review
    Real estate notes: Leasing agent expects 'strong demand' for South Side office development
    • Avison Young was named the exclusive leasing agent for the 34th & Carson streets office development, Downtown. Under construction, the 31,000-square-foot, four-story office building will be FirstSite Development LLC’s … -- By Tribune-Review
    Top residential, commercial deals of the week — Feb. 1
    DEALS OF THE WEEK A quick look at recent retail, commercial and industrial projects, sales and leases of note in Western Pennsylvania: $9,665,000 Property: 910 Sheraton Drive, Mars Seller: Warrendale … -- By Tribune-Review
    Gov. Wolf picked an odd fight
    “Mister, you may conquer the air, but the birds will lose their wonder and the clouds will smell of gasoline,” said lawyer Henry Drummond in “Inherit the Wind,” the 1955 … -- By Joseph Sabino Mistick
    Cheap gas lets small business dream big
    NEW YORK — For small business owners who deliver goods and services via car, truck or SUV, lower gas prices have brought more customers within reach and put more money … -- By The Associated Press
    Government & jobs
    The federal and state governments can greatly help decrease unemployment. They can do this by listing all job openings, specifying the education needed for these jobs and showing where this … -- By Tribune-Review
    A season of wrectched excess
    WASHINGTON Beer, Benjamin Franklin supposedly said but almost certainly didn’t, is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. Without cannonballing into deep theological waters, perhaps Deflategate … -- By George F. Will
    Business Gallery, Feb. 1, 2015
    BANKING, FINANCE The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Pittsburgh branch, appointed Robert I. Glimcher, president, Glimcher Group Inc., as a director. Seth C. Dresbold was promoted to partner and chief … -- By Tribune-Review
    Influencing U.S. foreign policy, from Nixon years on
    In Bartholomew Sparrow’s estimation, there have been bigger names in post-World War II U.S. foreign policy but none more influential than the man whose story he tells in “The Strategist: … -- By Alan Wallace
    Barking better than fracking
    Regarding the article “Proposed animal shelter clears 1st hurdle in Lower Burrell” (Jan. 22): The residents complaining about the proposed shelter for fear of noise, safety, road conditions and especially … -- By Tribune-Review
    Another sordid tale in America's 'War on Terror'
    Ali Saleh al-Marri is a convicted conspirator who entered the United States before 9/11 in order to create a dreaded sleeper cell here that might someday launch an attack on … -- By Andrew P. Napolitano
    Ignorance, arrogance
    After reading the letter “Wrong conclusion, Mr. Will” by Robert R. Mitchell of Murrysville, I am embarrassed that he lives in my town. Please do not think all Murrysville residents … -- By Tribune-Review
    Decoding mutual funds jargon
    NEW YORK — Few industries slip into jargon as much as the investing world. As quickly as you can give your shoe size, mutual fund managers can rattle off their … -- By The Associated Press
    Sorry, ladies, we're just not wired for housework
    Women have long been annoyed that they do more housework than men, as demonstrated by many studies, but now they are really steamed. Last December, The New York Times reported … -- By Tom Purcell
    No more room on iPad? You'll need to trim some of that fat
    Question: I’m crying like a baby! I want to install the latest iOS update, but I don’t have enough space on my iPad. Now what? Answer: Look at your iPad … -- By Tribune-Review
    Taxpayer clinics fill IRS void
    Just hope you don’t have any questions when you try to figure out your taxes this year. If you need help and try to call the IRS, you will probably … -- By Gail Marksjarvis
    Moderate Dem Manchin has decision to make
    Joe Manchin is torn. The popular West Virginia Democrat, sitting in the U.S. Senate since 2010, said he genuinely wants to stay there — but only if real legislating can … -- By Salena Zito
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    Thousands of troops to fight Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria, African Union says
    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — African leaders agreed to send 7,500 troops to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria, an African Union official said Saturday, as the international community … -- By The Associated Press
    Butler agency hires lawyer over O'Malley leave
    Butler redevelopment authority hires lawyer over director’s leave … -- By Rick Wills
    GOP endorses 3 for Pennsylvania Supreme Court
    HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Republican State Committee on Saturday threw its support behind two state appellate judges and a county judge for an unprecedented three openings on the Pennsylvania Supreme … -- By The Associated Press
    Newsmaker: Ron Croushore
    Ron Croushore Noteworthy: The board of the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors has chosen Croushore to be association president for 2015, a year-long volunteer position. He took the reins Tuesday in … -- By Adam Smeltz
    Whitney Houston's daughter found unresponsive in bathtub
    ROSWELL, Ga. — The only child of late singer Whitney Houston was found unresponsive, face down in a bathtub Saturday and taken to a hospital in an Atlanta suburb. Houston … -- By The Associated Press
    Easy chicken dishes that won't put you in a stew
    My slogan for 2015? “A chicken in every pot.” Somebody’s already used that? Well, mine comes with recipes to get you started. Take that, Herbert Hoover, and you, too, Henry … -- By Russ Parsons
    No. 17 WVU forces 26 turnovers, topples Texas Tech
    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — One game after Texas Tech set a Big 12 record for fewest points scored, West Virginia’s full-court press gave the Red Raiders fits. Devin Williams scored 18 … -- By The Associated Press
    Warm dressing over mixed greens makes a zesty main course
    Warm green salads are such a lovely addition to cold-weather menus. Warm, flavor-enriched dressings wake up the garden greens in a zesty way. There are so many greens available today … -- By Tribune-Review
    Beer keeps roasted chicken juicy
    Here’s our spin on the roast-a-chicken-on-top-of-a-can-of-beer technique that’s popular with barbecue aficionados. To simplify things, we just pour a little beer inside the chicken as it cooks. The beer keeps … -- By Eatingwell.com
    In salads, pair meats with same-size vegetables
    Considered Italy’s version of bacon, pancetta is made from pork belly, peppered, rolled, tied and hung to cure. It’s most often used as a cooking ingredient to add flavor, as … -- By Mario Batali
    Chris Kyle Day declared in Texas to honor SEAL of 'American Sniper' movie fame
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday he would officially declare Feb. 2 as Chris Kyle Day in the state, in honor of the late SEAL sharpshooter portrayed in the film … -- By Reuters
    Cooking Class: Vanilla Shrimp and Scallops at The Wooden Nickel
    When Joe Bello was working as a chef at the Marriott City Center, Downtown, one of his culinary interns, Meghan Shaw, told him “you’re going to love” a girl she … -- By Sandra Fischione Donovan
    Accused Kennedy killer's casket must go to brother, judge rules
    FORT WORTH — A funeral home that sold Lee Harvey Oswald’s pine casket for $87,468 must return it to the presidential assassin’s brother, a judge ruled Friday. Robert Oswald bought … -- By The Associated Press
    Parody a point of racial division
    WASHINGTON — To the issues dividing Americans by race, add the publication of satirical cartoons about religion. A survey released by the Pew Research Center this week found that Americans, … -- By Tribune News Service
    Penguins notebook: Malkin could return Wednesday at Edmonton
    Center Evgeni Malkin won’t play Sunday against close friend James Neal and the Nashville Predators. His return, however, is ahead of schedule. Malkin practiced with the Penguins on Saturday at … -- By Josh Yohe
    Penn State falls at Illinois on late layup
    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — With the ball in his hands Saturday and just seconds left in a tie game, Illinois’ Malcolm Hill was looking for the best possible option. That turned … -- By The Associated Press
    Iraqi libraries ransacked
    BAGHDAD — When the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria invaded the Central Library of Mosul last month, it was on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people’s … -- By The Associated Press
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    Health the key to Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic girls' season
    The Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic girls basketball team wants to generate some momentum heading into the WPIAL Class AA playoffs. Having all of the players back on the floor at … -- By Joe Sager
    Mars girls basketball team goes on defensive
    The Mars Area girls basketball team sits atop the WPIAL Section 1-AAA standings. While the Fightin’ Planets hope to close the year with an undefeated championship, they realize upsets happen. … -- By Joe Sager
    Hillary Clinton's charter jet costs scrutinized
    WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton took more than 200 privately chartered flights at taxpayer expense during her eight years in the Senate, sometimes using the jets of corporations and major campaign … -- By Bloomberg News
    Butler County spotlight athletes: Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015
    Hunter Kepple School: Freeport Year: Senior Sport: Hockey Claim to fame: Kepple, who is second on the team in goals, scored twice in the team’s 6-2 upset of Mars. Your … -- By Joe Sager
    Cal U's Lynn succeeds on gridiron, in classroom
    Belle Vernon Area High School graduate Spencer Lynn finished his collegiate career at nearby California University of Pennsylvania at the top of his game on the field and in the … -- By Bruce Wald
    Freeport QB Romanchak to get initial look on defense at RMU
    On Wednesday, Andrew Romanchak will sit down at Freeport High School with his family, coaches and school faculty and practice his autograph as he signs his letter of intent to … -- By William Whalen
    4-car pileup reported on Bower Hill Road
    At least one person suffered injuries in a four-vehicle accident in Mt. Lebanon on Saturday afternoon. Allegheny County dispatchers said the accident occurred in the 400 block of Bower Hill … -- By The Tribune-Review
    Shaffer to retire as Butler County Prison warden
    When Rick Shaffer began at the working Butler County Prison in 1989, retirement seemed light years away, he said. “Back then, that seemed like “Star Trek” years,” Shaffer said. “I … -- By Bill Vidonic
    Butler County assistant DA to run for city district judge
    A Butler County assistant district attorney is running for a district judge seat in the city of Butler. William B.T. Fullerton, 51, of Butler, a registered Republican, intends to run … -- By Bill Vidonic
    Video: Islamic State group beheads Japanese journalist
    AMMAN, Jordan — An online video released Saturday night purported to show an Islamic State group militant beheading Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, ending days of negotiations by diplomats to save … -- By The Associated Press
    Butler council to consider parking restrictions
    Parking in the residential zone surrounding downtown Butler would be restricted to people who live on those streets under a measure waiting final approval from Butler City Council. There are … -- By Rick Wills
    Evans City teen hops to top of rabbit competition
    Shirlin Harmon of Evans City snagged a top prize at the 2015 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg last month. She won first place in the Rabbit Youth Senior Showmanship competition, … -- By Jessica Federkeil
    Seneca Valley school recognized for counseling program
    Seneca Valley’s Haine Elementary’s school counseling program has received a national honor. The American School Counselor Association has designated it as a Recognized ASCA Model Program that focuses on ensuring … -- By Megan Guza
    Butler County skiers ready for Special Olympics
    Rosalind Pitzer likes the thrill of speed and the feel of cold air rushing against her face. Even more than that, making new friends is Pitzer’s biggest attraction to the … -- By Rick Wills
    Middlesex drilling debate rolls on
    Pennsylvania, in the eyes of New York officials, is a guinea pig for the long-term public health impacts of hydraulic fracturing, a public health physician told Butler County residents. “When … -- By Rick Wills
    Canteen displays dish out pieces of Connellsville history
    When it was planned, the Connellsville Canteen was to be a replica of the original canteen that served World War II troops in the city in the 1940s. Now the … -- By Marilyn Forbes
    Patsy Cline tribute coming to Connellsville theater
    Patsy Cline’s music is timeless and beloved. Her songs will touch people’s hearts once again as Cathi Rhodes pays tribute to the country legend at 7 p.m. Saturday at the … -- By Barbara Starn
    Oldies concert to give Charleroi school programs a boost
    After a successful inaugural show, the Charleroi Area Education Foundation is hosting a second special oldies concert to benefit educational programs in the school district. “Blast from the Past Oldies … -- By Chris Buckley
    Concert, dinner set to help California minister get new liver
    A local minister known to have helped his community so much throughout the years will now be getting the help of his community for a liver transplant. The Rev. Doug … -- By Mark Hofmann
    Suicide support group at Monongahela Valley Hospital looks to fill void
    Perceiving an unmet need in the sections of Fayette, Washington and Greene counties where he works, psychologist Sam Lonich will lead a new suicide bereavement support group at the Monongahela … -- By Mary Pickels
    Brownsville hopes grant can help launch project
    Improving Dunlap Creek in Brownsville, developing a canoe-kayak launch site into the Monongahela River and exploring the idea of a creating a hiking trail along the creek are among Brownsville’s … -- By Joe Napsha
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    Man injured in North Union fire
    Authorities said a North Union Township man was hospitalized early Saturday with injuries suffered when a fire destroyed his home. A spokesman for the Fayette County Emergency Management Center said … -- By Tribune-Review
    Penguins finally break through, defeat Devils at Prudential Center
    NEWARK, N.J. — The Penguins’ patience paid off. Facing the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center, against a team and in a building that has given them fits, the Penguins … -- By Jason Mackey
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    Pirates sign 2 to minor league deals
    The Pirates on Friday signed catcher Wilkin Castillo and right-hander Josh Wall to minor league contracts with invitations to spring training. Castillo, 30, has not played in the majors since … -- By Rob Biertempfel
    Ambridge fire brought quickly under control
    Firefighters battled a fire at an Ambridge church Saturday, emergency dispatchers said. The fire, first reported around noon at the United Presbyterian Church at Ninth Street and Maplewood Avenue, was … -- By Tribune-Review
    Goodell defends league, dodges difficult questions
    PHOENIX — Football’s popularity is “extraordinary,” and the NFL has an “enormous responsibility to lead by example.” Roger Goodell offered those thoughts Friday before generally dancing around tougher topics at … -- By Rob Rossi
    Prison artists add works to Braddock Carnegie's art-lending library
    A program at Braddock Carnegie Library showcases the creativity of artists whose work would otherwise go unseen. The library’s Art Lending Program has hit the one-year mark and expanded their … -- By Rachel Weaver
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