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Heinz merging with Kraft in mega-deal; headquarters to stay in Pittsburgh

By Alex Nixon
H.J. Heinz Co. and Kraft Foods Group Inc. are bringing together some of the most iconic food brands in American kitchens in a merger that would result in the world’s fifth-largest food and beverage company. The combination of two high-profile names highlights the pressures food companies are facing to overcome …

Manager of Pittsburgh Fringe Festival among Americans killed in Alps crash

By Megan Guza
Emily Selke spent more than a year in Pittsburgh leading up to May 2014 helping to bring the Steel City its own Fringe Festival — a local version of the alternative-theater festival …

Iran poses top threat to Mideast stability, Israeli consul general says

By Mike Wereschagin
Iran, whose nuclear ambitions have led to a rift in U.S.-Israel relations, poses a greater threat to Israel and the surrounding region than the jihadists of ISIS, Israeli Consul General Yaron Sideman …

Allegheny

Allegheny DA to seek death penalty in Crawford Village homicide

By Adam Brandolph
Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. announced Thursday he would seek the death penalty against two men charged in a fatal shooting in Crawford Village. Jonathan “BJ” Coles, …

Armstrong

Few changes on Armstrong primary ballot after withdrawal deadline

By Brad Pedersen
Wednesday’s deadline for withdrawing from the Armstrong County primary ballot saw only two Democrats take themselves out of the running: Ford City Councilman Gene Banks and Sugarcreek Township supervisors candidate James Judge. While few chose to withdraw from the May …

Beaver

Aliquippa student caught bringing gun to school

By Bill Vidonic 7:48 p.m.
A lapse in school security allowed an Aliquippa Junior-Senior High School student to bring a gun into the school Wednesday, according to a letter from the district’s superintendent. The student, who wasn’t identified, arrived late for classes Wednesday, and did …

Butler

Butler DA finds no wrongdoing with how county used voter list

By Bill Vidonic
Butler County District Attorney Richard Goldinger said he didn’t find anything wrong with the county using a list of registered voters to gather names for a survey about senior centers. “The list was used to conduct a survey for government …

Fayette

Fayette prosecutors face challenge in refiling cold-case murder charges against Mt. Pleasant man

By Paul Peirce
Fayette County prosecutors, stunned by the dismissal of charges in a 40-year-old cold case this week, will have to bring new, more compelling evidence to court if they decide to refile the charges, a legal expert said Wednesday. Joseph Leos, …

Indiana

White Township woman charged with attempted homicide for role in alleged beating of son, 6

By Joe Napsha
An Indiana area woman accused of delaying medical treatment for her severely injured 6-year-old son and lying about the beating her husband allegedly inflicted on him is charged with attempted homicide. Stephanie Ilene Green, 26, of West Pike Road, White …

Somerset

Somerset County man McLeod accused of sexually assaulting teen suffers beating

By Tribune-Review
A 24-year-old Windber man accused of sexually assaulting a young Somerset County teenager was beaten Saturday by a relative of the alleged victim, according to state police in Somerset. Adam M. McLeod, formerly of Fennville, Mich., is charged with statutory …

Washington

Washington County probation officer sues for being fired after talking to investigators

By Brian Bowling 7:48 p.m.
Washington County probation officials fired a supervisor for talking with detectives investigating a fraud, the former supervisor claims in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday. Gregory Thomas of Monongahela claims that Court Administrator Patrick Grimm and Deputy Court Administrator Thomas Jess …

Westmoreland

Seder in Greensburg looks beyond Jewish community

By Stacey Federoff
The sound of cracking pieces of matzah not long after readings from Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Martin Luther King Jr. signified a nontraditional Passover seder ...

Education

Clairton schools honor alumni in mentoring program

By Eric Slagle
Clairton City School District on Thursday honored alumni who mentor students at the high school. Key members of the district’s Reaching the Reachable and Men Paying it Forward programs were recognized for their work over the past three years. The …

Pennsylvania

Voters upbeat so far about Wolf; 59% polled supporting his tax plan

By Tom Fontaine
Pennsylvania’s registered voters are more optimistic about the state’s future than they have been in five years, a poll released Thursday shows. Pollster G. Terry Madonna of Franklin & Marshall College’s Center for Opinion Research said the change in the …

Photo Gallery

Thursday - March 26, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: All signs point to crisis for Allegheny Health Network
Not to be alarmist, but Highmark Inc.’s abrupt request to funnel $175 million to its Allegheny Health Network contains all the elements of a crisis. …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Cotton’s Iran letter turns tables on Obama
HAGERSTOWN, Md. Dodging raindrops and balancing bottled water and a bunch of power bars under one arm, a young man returned to his car at …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Famous people unlikely to help — or remember — Bill Robinson
This could be the signature moment of Allegheny County Councilman Bill Robinson’s political career, and therein lies the problem. Something is wrong in American politics …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Tablet computers no cure-all for Allegheny County Jail inmates, but they’re worth trying
Allegheny County Jail officials are embarking on a program that would offer tablet computers to inmates. The tablets wouldn’t allow inmates Internet access — they …

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Obituaries

Natural ‘Santa’ hired for looks, charm

By Jacob Tierney
George Wilhelm’s cheery, round face and bushy, white beard brought him many comparisons to the North Pole’s most famous resident. “Even during the summer time, little kids wanted to know, …