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Police: Man wanted in fatal state trooper ambush captured

By The Associated Press 7:13 p.m.
DUNMORE, Pa. — A survivalist accused of ambushing two state troopers, leaving one dead and seriously injuring the other, was captured on Thursday, ending a seven-week manhunt for him, authorities said. State police confirmed Eric Frein was taken into custody but released no details. Frein is charged with opening fire …

Defense witness testifies on video, absent jurors, of cyanide alternatives

By Adam Brandolph  and Bobby Kerlik 7:35 p.m.
Prosecutors claim Robert Ferrante schemed to kill his wife, searching online for information about cyanide, a cheating spouse, and what a coroner might find in blood. Ferrante’s attorneys say he had nothing …

Pittsburgh asks judge to let abortion buffer zone remain during legal challenge

By Brian Bowling 7:16 p.m.
Pittsburgh should be allowed to continue enforcing an abortion clinic buffer zone ordinance while five activists challenge its constitutionality, the city argued in court documents filed Wednesday. The city contends its 15-foot buffer zone ordinance doesn’t have the First Amendment …

Allegheny

Pittsburgh asks judge to let abortion buffer zone remain during legal challenge

By Brian Bowling 7:16 p.m.
Pittsburgh should be allowed to continue enforcing an abortion clinic buffer zone ordinance while five activists challenge its constitutionality, the city argued in court documents filed Wednesday. The city contends its 15-foot buffer zone ordinance doesn’t have the First Amendment …

Westmoreland

State trooper struck by SUV in Westmoreland faces more surgery, long recovery

By Stacey Federoff 7:31 p.m.
A state trooper struck by a sport utility vehicle Wednesday night as he picked up debris on Route 119 in East Huntingdon has undergone two surgeries and will spend weeks in the hospital recovering, police said. “He’s got some serious …

Fayette

Building collapses in Connellsville; mounds of debris land in street

By Mark Hofmann 6:39 p.m.
A building collapsed in Connellsville Thursday afternoon, covering the roadway with a mound of debris. “It was like a kinetic rumble,” said Peter Jandura, owner of the building attached to …

Armstrong

Armstrong County keeps commissioner raises tied to non-union employees’ pay

By Brad Pedersen
Armstrong County’s next round of elected officials won’t be guaranteed an annual raise. During a public hearing on Wednesday, the commissioners agreed to tie raises for the county’s 11 elected officials to annual increases of its non-union employees, such as …

Beaver

2 people trapped under cars in New Brighton in separate incidents

By Megan Guza
New Brighton emergency services rescued two people trapped under cars in separate incidents Wednesday morning. The first happened about 8:45 a.m. when a woman was struck by a vehicle driven by her boyfriend, who said he did not see her …

Butler

Woman’s body found in Adams home

By Margaret Harding 7:29 p.m.
A friend who became worried about a 42-year-old woman who didn’t return phone calls discovered her dead in her Adams, Butler County, home late Wednesday with an apparent gunshot wound …

Indiana

Candidates for 62nd District House seat air clashing views on state tax revenues

By Greg Reinbold
Two weeks before the Nov. 4 general election, the League of Women Voters of Indiana County provided citizens an opportunity to question candidates vying to represent the 62nd and 66th …

Somerset

Fund set up for 4-year-old Meyersdale girl’s final expenses

By Tribune-Review
As state police in Somerset investigate an all-terrain vehicle accident Monday that killed a 4-year-old Meyersdale girl, a fund has been set up to help pay her funeral expenses. In lieu of flowers, the family of Tailynn Marie Felker, 4, …

Washington

Police: 2 anti-violence organizers beat ex-roomie in Washington

By The Associated Press 7:35 p.m.
Two “Stop the Violence” organizers in Washington County allegedly beat one of their colleagues so severely that he vomited blood and was left unconscious in critical condition. Nikole Ardeno and …

Education

Unaccompanied immigrants put heavy strain on schools, charities

By Debra Erdley
Cash-strapped public schools and other nonprofit agencies across the country are struggling to take care of thousands of unaccompanied Central American children and teens who flooded the United States’ border, …

Pennsylvania

Police: Man wanted in fatal state trooper ambush captured

By The Associated Press 7:13 p.m.
DUNMORE, Pa. — A survivalist accused of ambushing two state troopers, leaving one dead and seriously injuring the other, was captured on Thursday, ending a seven-week manhunt for him, authorities …

Photo Gallery

Thursday - Oct. 30, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: Cancer-stricken California woman chooses to plan her death
A week from today, Brittany Maynard plans to take her life. You may have heard her story. She’s the 29-year-old newlywed from California who made …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Republican National Committee Chair Priebus praises GOP progress
The Nov. 4 election could test the work the Republican Party has done to change party culture and the mechanics of reaching out to voters …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: A welcome change for Squirrel Hill
Call them the blight-busters. A group of Carnegie Mellon University students is examining Squirrel Hill’s entrance corridor in an effort to strengthen its barely detectable …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Let’s face it: Scalpel cuts deep for many
It’s the day before Halloween, so there’s really no better time than now to talk about masks, actress Renee Zellweger and the “Twilight Zone.” The …

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Obituaries

Menino, Boston’s longest-serving mayor, dies at 71

By The Associated Press
BOSTON — Thomas Menino, whose folksy manner and verbal gaffes belied his shrewd political tactics to govern as Boston’s longest-serving mayor and one of its most beloved, died Thursday. He …