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Pa. trooper ambush suspect Frein in court after long manhunt

By The Associated Press
MILFORD — Onlookers shouted “Are you sorry?” and “Why did you do it?” as a gaunt and battered-looking Eric Frein — the survivalist suspected in the ambush slaying of a Pennsylvania state trooper — was led from court Friday, the morning after his capture ended a grueling seven-week manhunt. Frein, …

Evaporating cap on Pa. gasoline taxes to offset drops at pump

By Melissa Daniels  and Bobby Kerlik
If gasoline prices continue to hover where they are, Ron Stover might get rid of his Dodge Durango. These days, the dark silver sport utility vehicle with its V8 engine costs $85 …

Quarantine fears jeopardize volunteer work in Ebola-stricken West Africa

By Megha Satyanarayana
After six years of working in hospitals in rural Sierra Leone, Dr. Karen Asher says Ebola has destroyed the country’s health care system. People die at home, scared of hospitals. Nurses work …

Allegheny

Legionnaires’ case was contracted elsewhere, Pittsburgh VA hospital says

By Adam Smeltz
Tests show a veteran diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease in September at the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System did not contract the illness from the hospital network, VA spokesman Mark Ray said. VA Pittsburgh investigated whether water at its University Drive …

Westmoreland

Trial for accused Franklin Regional stabber delayed until at least March

By Rich Cholodofsky
The attempted-murder trial for Alex Hribal, the Franklin Regional High School student accused of trying to kill 20 classmates and a security guard in April, …

Fayette

Connellsville street remains closed after building collapse

By Karl Polacek
South Pittsburgh Street between Crawford and Fairview avenues remained closed on Friday because a building collapsed, dumping debris onto the sidewalk and roadway. Tom Currey, Connellsville’s health and zoning officer, …

Armstrong

Armstrong trying new program to have instruction when weather closes schools

By Brad Pedersen
Armstrong School District students may no longer get an unexpected day off because of harsh weather in the winter. The district is developing plans to join the state’s inaugural flexible instruction days program to provide lessons at home to students …

Beaver

Economy woman sentenced to 15 months for Medicare fraud

By Brian Bowling
A former medical equipment saleswoman will spend 15 months in prison for a $400,000 Medicare fraud scheme, a federal judge ruled Friday. Mary Monica Wilson-Lefler, 64, of Economy pleaded guilty in June to trolling four long-term care facilities to find …

Butler

Quiet move to Adams didn’t prevent woman’s slaying

By Megan Guza  and Margaret Harding
Homicide suspect Kenneth Harrison became worried after the mother of his young daughter didn’t show up to visit him at the Allegheny County Jail, his defense attorney said Friday. “She never missed a visit since he’s been in,” Ralph Karsh …

Indiana

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 …

Somerset

2 adults charged in ATV crash that killed 4-year-old Somerset girl

By Paul Peirce
Two adults were charged Friday with endangering the welfare of children and traffic violations for allegedly allowing a 14-year-old to drive an all-terrain vehicle that overturned at a Somerset County railroad crossing with four children aboard, killing a 4-year-old girl. …

Washington

Sham utility workers take Washington County couple for cash, jewels worth thousands

By Margaret Harding 8:29 a.m.
Two men posing as water utility workers talked their way into a Washington County home and robbed an elderly couple of a wedding ring and other jewelry worth thousands of …

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

Suspect in trooper’s slaying Frein had ‘defeated’ look when found, U.S. marshal says

By The Philadelphia Inquirer
MILFORD — “Rot in hell!” “You’re a coward!” Those were among the taunts from the crowd as Eric Frein, the accused killer of a state trooper, was led from a district court by a phalanx of police officers after he …

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Husband’s dementia tests Greensburg woman’s endurance 8:29 a.m.
Margaret Wiley’s husband is not the man she met 40-some years ago. Her husband, Ron McNaughton, can’t remember his home address and sleeps most of …

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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?
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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Obituaries

Singer Sinwell remembered for kindness, intelligence

By Kari Andren
No matter where Bernie Sinwell traveled with his wife, he always found a carousel for them to ride. “I always had a love and interest in carousel horses. I had …