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Authorities recover rifle used to kill Westmoreland police officer

By Paul Peirce 6:40 p.m.
Authorities have recovered a rifle that a New Florence man is accused of using to kill a St. Clair Township police officer on Saturday, state police said. The suspect, Ray Shetler Jr., 31, told police he lost the rifle while running from police after he allegedly shot officer Lloyd Reed …

Downtown barbershop target of racial-slur graffiti

By Megan Guza 5:23 p.m.
Police are investigating racial slurs someone wrote across the front of a Downtown barbershop Monday, according to Pittsburgh police. An employee at VIP Styles discovered the graffiti written on the front door …

‘Ambitious goal’ set for reducing HIV infections in Allegheny County

By Aaron Aupperlee 4:17 p.m.
Allegheny County health officials say they will increase screenings, make medical care more accessible and rely on medical advancements to try to reduce the number of new HIV infections to zero in less than five years. AIDS Free Pittsburgh is …


Power outage closes Pittsburgh zoo for the day

By Tribune-Review
A power outage shut down the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium on Tuesday. Zoo spokeswoman Tracy Gray said the Highland Park facility would remain closed all day. It will reopen at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Duquesne Light reported about 50 customers …


Babies welcomed to the world in holiday style

By Brad Pedersen
More than a dozen students from Lenape Technical School’s Life Skills program are making sure babies born in Armstrong County this month are in the Christmas spirit. This marks the …


Photos: Ohio Valley Lines opens for holiday season in Ambridge

By Tribune-Review 4:45 p.m.
The Ohio Valley Lines Model Railroad Club and Museum is open to the public every Saturday and Sunday through Jan. 3. Visitors can view the HO-scale railroad on the first …


Appeals court upholds sentence of man convicted of fatal shooting outside ‘The O’

By Tribune-Review
The Pennsylvania Superior Court upheld a five- to 15-year manslaughter sentence for the Lincoln-Lemington man who shot and killed a former Slippery Rock football player outside the Original Hot Dog Shop in Oakland in the summer of 2013. Isiah Joshua …


Former Connellsville police officer wants sex-trade case dismissed

By Liz Zemba 6:37 p.m.
The attorney for a former Connellsville police officer accused of trading sex with a 16-year-old girl in Connellsville for his promise not to prosecute her and her boyfriend on drug and weapons charges is seeking to have the case dismissed. …


Indiana County school employee allegedly showed 2 students an inappropriate photo

By Tribune-Review
State police are investigating a staff member at Marion Center High School who apparently allowed two students to view an inappropriate photo, according to a news release. Police said the student victims are a 12-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy. …


Alpine touring skiing movement faces uphill climb in Western Pa.

By Aaron Aupperlee
Skiing uphill might not make sense to the uninitiated at first. People opt to fight gravity and slipping to trudge uphill when chairlifts whisk other skiers and snowboarders to the …


Absenteeism high on first day back after Peters Township teacher strike

By Tom Fontaine
More than 1,700 students in  Peters Township School District — 42 percent of the enrollment — missed school Friday, the first day of classes since a 21-day strike by teachers, counselors and nurses, a spokeswoman said. “We anticipated attendance would …


Authorities recover rifle used to kill Westmoreland police officer

By Paul Peirce 6:40 p.m.
Authorities have recovered a rifle that a New Florence man is accused of using to kill a St. Clair Township police officer on Saturday, state …


North Allegheny 7th best school in national ranking, moves up 2 spots

By Tony LaRussa
North Allegheny School District made the top 10 list for the best schools in the country for the second consecutive year in the Niche K-12 National Rankings, which was originally known as College Prowler. The distinction of best district belongs …


Kane turns to former Maryland attorney general to lead porn email probe

By Brad Bumsted 6:26 p.m.
HARRISBURG — Maryland’s former attorney general will lead a team of special prosecutors to look for pornographic, racist and other offensive emails exchanged on government servers in Pennsylvania. Attorney General …

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Tuesday - Dec. 1, 2015

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: To pay or not to pay: Hospital’s bill for procedure or insurer’s rate?
Every five years, George Pallis gets a battery for the defibrillator that helps his heart beat. Time to change the batteries, his doctor told him …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
The gender card is a loser for Democrats
Last week Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat and an eager Hillary Clinton surrogate, opened a new front against men — it’s difficult to categorize …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Group on the WATCH for killer toys finds danger in every playtime
Beware the life-threatening fake excrement. You’d think the only threat a gag gift designed to provoke gags of revulsion would pose would be to good …

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Nature lover spread joy of home ownership

By Rick Wills
Marge Doak knew the importance of home — specifically, the importance of finding the right home. “She really enjoyed seeing people get into a place that they could call home. …