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W. Pa. immigration court clogged by case backlog

By Carl Prine
Judge Charles M. Honeyman enters a courtroom, and a half-dozen illegal immigrants more than 300 miles away stand up. That’s how it works in the Department of Justice’s Executive Office of Immigration Review, the court system that decides who stays in America and who is deported. A video feed links …

Tri-state Tea Party group aims to broaden its appeal to conservatives

By Natasha Lindstrom
A Tea Party organization targeting Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey is dropping the “Tea Party” from its name and broadening its policy agenda to attract more mainstream Republicans. “We just think after …

Perry: Guardsmen needed at Mexican border to handle criminals

By Salena Zito
National Guardsmen are needed along the border with Mexico to deter and detain criminals, Texas Gov. Rick Perry told the Tribune-Review in an interview critical of the Obama administration’s delayed response to …

Allegheny

Young Hotel residents moved to temporary shelter in Pitcairn

By Tribune-Review
A Red Cross spokesman said the agency is opening a shelter for about 30 people who were staying at the Young Hotel apartment building in Pitcairn. Kevin Brown said the …

Westmoreland

Westmoreland celebrates Americans with Disabilities Act’s anniversary

By Greg Reinbold 12:01 a.m.
The courtyard in front of the Westmoreland County Courthouse was packed on Friday with people gathered to celebrate the 24th anniversary of the passage of …

Fayette

Sisters of St. Basil to host 80th pilgrimage to Uniontown

By Emma Jene Lelik
Sisters of St. Basil the Great in Uniontown are celebrating the 80th annual Pilgrimage in honor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help on their sacred grounds. Visitors come from across …

Armstrong

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

By Brigid Beatty
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 — …

Beaver

Crash closed one lane of westbound I-376 in Beaver County

By Tribune-Review
A crash led Pennsylvania State Police to close one lane of Interstate 376 in Beaver County Friday. State police said at about 2:15 p.m. that the right lane of westbound …

Butler

Motorcycle runs off road in Butler County, kills Shaler man

By Tribune-Review
A Shaler man died in a motorcycle accident in Lancaster, Butler County, police said. Harry Stewart, 44, died when his motorcycle went off Whitestown Road around 10:30 p.m. Thursday in the area of a sharp bend. The motorcycle went into …

Indiana

Sale of WyoTech career college concerns Casey

By Debra Erdley 12:01 a.m.
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. said he wants answers about the future of WyoTech, a career college in Indiana County that went on the market this month under an agreement with the federal Department of Education. Corinthian Colleges, the for-profit …

Somerset

Injured eagle in Somerset County returns to the wild

By Jacob Tierney
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 …

Washington

Wall of Valor to honor North Strabane man’s heroism

By Jason Cato 12:37 a.m.
Pasquale “Pat” Papalia capped off his Silver Star day, in which he disarmed two enemy mines deep in a Vietnam jungle, by helping to carry out the bodies of more …

Education

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 …

Pennsylvania

Federal judge denies Spanier bid to halt criminal case

By The Associated Press
HARRISBURG — A federal judge in Pennsylvania said Friday she will not halt the criminal case against former Penn State president Graham Spanier, who is accused of a criminal cover-up of child sex abuse complaints against former assistant football coach …

Photo Gallery

Friday - July 26, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Allegheny Health Network’s first year shows promising direction 12:01 a.m.
The adorable Prince George of Cambridge isn’t the only one celebrating a first birthday this month. Far removed from the British royalty, Pittsburgh’s Allegheny Health …

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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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Obituaries

Veteran led full life with jovial, can-do attitude

By Mary Pickels 12:01 a.m.
When he was 8 years old, Francis Criner started saving 90 percent of his money, banking on his father’s advice that by 16, he would be able to buy a …