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2014 has been among deadliest for the world’s airline industry

By Tom Fontaine
The disappearance of an airliner in northern Africa on Thursday supports Todd Curtis’ grim theory. “Plane crashes often happen in threes,” said Curtis, a former safety engineer at Boeing who is CEO of the website This year is shaping up to be the deadliest for the world’s airline industry …

Aliquippa father is charged by Beaver County DA in girls’ dresser death

By Jason Cato
The time an Aliquippa father spent in the bathroom while a toppled dresser smothered his young daughters ended any chance of saving their lives, Beaver County’s top prosecutor said on Thursday in …

Uber, Lyft get tentative PUC permission to operate in Allegheny County

By Bobby Kerlik 9:42 a.m.
Drivers for ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft can operate in Allegheny County without fear of citations for at least two months, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission ruled on Thursday. Several commissioners scolded …


Truck crashes into Dairy Queen, 6 injured in Penn Hills

By Patrick Varine  and Aaron Aupperlee 10:06 a.m.
A pickup hauling a trailer with landscaping equipment slammed into a Penn Hills Dairy Queen on Thursday and injured six people, fire and EMS officials said. The entire truck and …


North Huntingdon woman charged with threatening to burn down officer’s house

By Bob Stiles 11:34 a.m.
A North Huntingdon woman was arraigned on Thursday on charges she threatened to burn down a police officer’s home while she was in the Westmoreland …


Longtime Fayette County Fair volunteer Herring honored as ‘ambassador’

By Cindy Ekas
The 60th annual Fayette County Fair kicked off on Thursday night when longtime volunteer Nancy Herring was recognized as “Fair Ambassador” for the many contributions she has made during the …


Manor woman trains blood-tracking dogs with hopes of helping state hunters

By Brigid Beatty 9:18 a.m.
When Susan Edwards of Manor gets a call from a hunter looking for help to find a wounded deer, her trained and leashed blood-tracking dogs are ready to go — …


Aliquippa father is charged by Beaver County DA in girls’ dresser death

By Jason Cato
The time an Aliquippa father spent in the bathroom while a toppled dresser smothered his young daughters ended any chance of saving their lives, Beaver County’s top prosecutor said on …


Truck drivers taken to hospital after Pa. Turnpike crash in Butler County

By Michael Hasch
Two truckers were injured in a fiery crash Wednesday night along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Butler County. Both drivers were taken to area hospitals following the crash that occurred at 9:15 p.m. in the westbound lanes about a mile west …


Infant suffers head injuries in Indiana County crash

By Tribune-Review
A 1-year-old boy was airlifted to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh for head injuries sustained in a two-car crash on Route 422 in Indiana County Wednesday evening. According to state police, the crash occurred at about 7:45 p.m. in Armstrong when …


Injured eagle in Somerset County returns to the wild

By Jacob Tierney 9:32 a.m.
The golden eagle scurried out of its small carrying pen, skittering across the grass and clover field in Somerset County for a few seconds before pumping its powerful wings and …


More Washington Co. residents to get on public water lines

By Tribune-Review
The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority will provide about $8.4 million in low-interest financing for water main extension projects in Washington County. It will enable Pennsylvania American Water to bring public water service to about 230 households that depend on private …


Upper St. Clair family’s efforts pay off as governor signs Down syndrome education bill

By Megan Harris
Gov. Tom Corbett signed a bill that requires genetic counselors and other types of health care practitioners to provide parents with educational information once the practitioner make a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis. The legislation became law last week thanks in …


Costa: Democrats can take state Senate if Wolf expands lead over Corbett

By Natasha Lindstrom 10:58 a.m.
If millionaire businessman Tom Wolf holds or grows his 22-point lead over Gov. Tom Corbett in polls, Pennsylvania Democrats have a strong shot at taking control of the state Senate …

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Thursday - July 24, 2014

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: Bickering ‘couple’ at it again
Told you so. Did I not say last week that it was only a matter of time before UPMC and Highmark started bickering again like …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Shot-down Malaysian airliner ‘is terrible blow,’ British envoy tells Trib
WASHINGTON — If Russia supplied missiles to separatists to shoot down a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane carrying 298 people, “the Russians have a substantial number …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Gravy train comes to an abrupt halt for Allegheny judges’ relatives
The answers can’t come quickly enough. National Transportation Safety Board investigators remained at the Allegheny County Courthouse on Thursday, attempting to determine the cause of …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Stone wall up in South Fayette
When it comes to the details of expanding school buildings, most of us are novices. But when it’s happening in your school district, you’d likely …

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Piano prodigy shared by teaching, composing

By Kari Andren
A piano prodigy, Michael Abelson could play Mozart sonatas and concertos by age 5 and devoted his life to sharing his love of music, family members said. Although he initially …