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Hackers’ new Dyre malware infects W.Pa. computers, vexes FBI cyber agents

By Andrew Conte 6:57 a.m.
Pittsburgh-based FBI cyber agents who brought down an international Russian hacking syndicate in May are now focusing on two new targets that have caused significant damage, the Tribune-Review has learned. Like the Gameover Zeus malware that agents shut down, another malware called Dyre allows hackers to steal online bank passwords …

Court validates Highmark Medicare plan that excludes UPMC

By Alex Nixon 6:57 a.m.
Highmark Inc. won a court ruling Thursday allowing it to exclude UPMC hospitals and doctors from some plans it sells to seniors. Commonwealth Court President Judge Dan Pellegrini denied a request by Attorney General Kathleen Kane and Gov. Tom Corbett’s …

Police: Man wanted in fatal ambush of Pennsylvania trooper finally captured

By The Associated Press 6:57 a.m.
A survivalist accused of ambushing two Pennsylvania state troopers, leaving one dead and seriously injuring the other, was captured on Thursday by U.S. marshals in an abandoned airplane hangar, ending a seven-week …


Peduto nominates experienced Pittsburgh EMS chief for top post

By Bob Bauder
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto on Thursday nominated the acting Emergency Medical Services chief for a permanent promotion to the position. Mark Bocian, 61, has served as acting chief since Robert …


Emaciated Lab-collie mix found in garbage bag in New Stanton

By Nicole Chynoweth 7:30 a.m.
Garbage truck driver Nathan Binnie was completing his usual route in New Stanton Thursday morning when he noticed a puppy’s head sticking out of a …


2 Fayette commissioners oust Ambrosini as board chairman

By Liz Zemba
Two Fayette County commissioners — one Democrat and one Republican — came together Thursday to oust the board’s chairman from his leadership role, a move labeled by some as politically motivated and connected to a controversial prison project. Democrat Vincent …


Elsa from ‘Frozen’ popular for kids in Halloween parades at Armstrong schools

By Brad Pedersen
Characters from the blockbuster movie “Frozen” walked alongside kids dressed as vampires and superheroes in annual parades Thursday at five elementary schools in the Armstrong School District. At West Hills …


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 …


Woman’s body found in Adams home

By Margaret Harding
A Butler County mother died of a gunshot in the head late Wednesday and investigators wonder if there’s a connection between the killing and the Pittsburgh homicide case against the …


Marcellus grants to help build memorial wall, treat mine drainage in Indiana County

By Jeff Himler
A planned memorial to Blairsville’s veterans and ongoing efforts to treat acid mine drainage in Indiana County got a recent boost from state grants funded through impact fees collected from operators in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale industry. The Commonwealth Financing Agency …


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, …


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

By The Associated Press
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 …


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, …


Pa. trooper ambush suspect Frein in court after long manhunt

By The Associated Press 9:52 a.m.
MILFORD — A suspect who led police on a seven-week manhunt after a fatal ambush outside a rural state police barracks appeared gaunt and battered at his arraignment. Eric Frein …

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Thursday - Oct. 30, 2014

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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: Hey, girl, lookin’ so fine: Why you mad? 9:58 a.m.
Surprisingly, she wasn’t swept off her feet. Shoshana Roberts, a New York City actress with Pittsburgh roots, wasn’t impressed with the introductory lines from male …

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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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Printer stayed loyal to high school sports, town

By Bob Stiles
Bob Montrose loved everything about Irwin, his family said. “He was an Irwinite from the day he was born,” said his wife, Kathy Montrose. “I couldn’t get him to move. …