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Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto works to smooth path for business ties with Cuba

By Bob Bauder
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto met with government ministers, leaders and organization presidents on his trip to Cuba this week, but said the best sign showed up during a moment of relaxation when a bird unloaded on him. Peduto said he’s been told it’s supposed to bring good luck when that …

15 Chinese nationals indicted in Pittsburgh for fraudulently taking college board exams

By Adam Brandolph
A federal grand jury indicted 15 Chinese citizens in what authorities say was a long-running conspiracy to take college entrance exams on behalf of others so they could get into American colleges …

Chevron settles fatal shale gas well fire lawsuit for $5M

By David Conti
Energy giant Chevron Corp. agreed to pay $5 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a contract worker killed last year when fire engulfed a Greene County …

Allegheny

Dormont man missing since Wednesday found dead at Station Square

By Tribune-Review
The death of a missing Dormont man whose body was found Thursday afternoon near the Monongahela Incline that connects Station Square and Mt. Washington appears to be accidental, city Public Safety Department spokeswoman Sonya Toler said. The body of Ronald …

Armstrong

ACMH Hospital unveils emergency room renovations

By Brad Pedersen
ACMH Hospital in East Franklin underwent a yearlong, $5.7 million, 16,000-square-foot expansion and modernization of its emergency department that was unveiled at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday morning. Since opening the …

Beaver

3 injured in Ambridge stabbing

By Michael Hasch
Three people are being treated in the hospital for stab wounds suffered in a melee Wednesday afternoon at a home in Ambridge, the police chief said. A dispute in Baden — possibly over a young woman — prompted three young …

Butler

I-79 work to cause lane restrictions through June 30

By Melissa Daniels
Drivers on Interstate 79 through Allegheny and Butler Counties can expect restricted lanes overnight through the next month for pavement marking and delineation improvements. Overnight lane restrictions will be in effect starting Monday, weather permitting, between the Route 910 Wexford …

Fayette

Charleroi man’s body found hours after disappearance on Youghiogheny River

By Tribune-Review
Funeral arrangements haven’t been finalized for a Charleroi man who disappeared in the Youghiogheny River in Fayette County while retrieving a football. The body of Josh McKenna, 26, was recovered from the river by rescue crews in Perry Township late …

Indiana

Animals perish in devastating fire at exotic pet store in Indiana County

By Greg Reinbold
Mike Pearce gently lifted a 4-foot alligator, swaddled it in a pink towel, and raced it out of his fire-damaged exotic pet store in Indiana County Thursday afternoon. The alligator, …

Somerset

Trooper fatally shoots burglary suspect inside Somerset Twp. grocery store

By Paul Peirce
State troopers who went into a Somerset County grocery store to check an alarm in the early-morning darkness Friday shot and killed a burglar when he refused to drop a …

Washington

Memorial Day service in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies still growing

By Rick Wills
For nearly each of the past 70 years, Milton Saniga has attended a Memorial Day ceremony. “It was a beautiful observance, a perfect day. There are more and more people …

Westmoreland

Tenant charged in fire that destroyed Latrobe apartment house

By Paul Peirce
Early Wednesday morning, Gary Hair asked an upstairs neighbor, Brandon S. Baradziej, to lend a hand as he connected a television in an apartment house ...

Education

For some W.Pa. high schoolers, summer a time to hit books at universities

By Katherine Schaeffer
Summer break is traditionally a time for family vacations, afternoon baseball games and lazy days at the pool, but some Pittsburgh-area high school students enroll in a summer enrichment program at one of the city’s universities, using the time to …

Pennsylvania

State lawmaker proposes changes to Penn State’s board of trustees

By Debra Erdley
Claiming Penn State is acting more and more like a private university, a state lawmaker is pitching a bipartisan bill to overhaul the university’s board of trustees with more state oversight. State Sen. John Yudichak points to the board’s decision …

Photo Gallery

Thursday - May 28, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Watchful attorney general denies UPMC a chance to assist Jameson, a community in need
Allow me to tell you an unusual story about UPMC that no one is talking about. You know how UPMC seems to be everywhere and …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Santorum announces presidential run ‘where my American story began’
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum joined Republicans vying for the White House on Wednesday, telling a cheering crowd in Butler County that he would shrink …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Santorum right to sidestep ghosts of presidential campaigns past
When you’re running for president, you don’t want poltergeists interrupting your pronouncements. In announcing his latest White House bid on Wednesday, Rick Santorum returned to …

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Obituaries

Patriotic veteran enriched lives with music, magic

By Mary Pickels 12:01 a.m.
Ladd Jasper and his twin brother, Lee Jasper, so closely resembled each other that one could easily pass for the other — and sometimes did. “He and my dad enlisted …