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Horse racing industry banks on Wolf

By Melissa Daniels
Pennsylvania’s horse racing industry placed a $37,500 bet on Gov.-Elect Tom Wolf this election season. That’s how much three associations representing the $3 billion industry gave to Wolf during the final stretch of his campaign. They’re hoping that with this administration, ...

Savings, aesthetics of LED praised, but streetlight conversion could cost Pittsburgh $13M

By Bob Bauder
New LED streetlights are brightening Louisa Street in Oakland, a neighborhood organizer says. “It gives you more color, and it looks better,” said Elly Fisher, assistant director of the Oakland Planning & Development Corp., which has offices on Louisa. “It’s brighter. There’s ...

Islamic State recruits, exploits children for many roles in Iraq, Syria

By The Associated Press 12:14 a.m.
Teenagers carrying weapons stand at checkpoints and busy intersections in Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul. Patched onto the left arms of their black uniforms are the logos of the Islamic Police. In Raqqa, the Islamic State group’s de facto capital in Syria, ...

Boy with fake gun shot by officer dies

By The Associated Press
CLEVELAND — A 12-year-old boy shot by police after grabbing what turned out to be a replica gun died from his wounds Sunday, a day after officers responded to a 911 call about someone waving a “probably fake” gun at ...

Tension, anxiety mount in Ferguson as grand jury ruling awaited

By The Associated Press
FERGUSON, Mo. — Despite preparations for a weekend decision in the Ferguson shooting case, grand jurors apparently need more time to deliberate, and the uncertainty just seemed to feed the anxiety and speculation Sunday in a city already on edge. More ...

Reality-based networks reaching into scripted TV

By Frazier Moore
Can a zebra change its stripes? Not likely. But these days numerous reality-based networks are sporting new stripes in the form of scripted fare as ...

Iraqi forces claim 2 towns wrested from ISIS

By Reuters 12:14 a.m.
BAGHDAD — Iraqi forces said Sunday they retook two towns north of Baghdad from Islamic State fighters, driving them from strongholds they had held for months and clearing a main road from the capital to Iran. There was no independent ...

Bluegrass jam sessions bring out all types of musicians, fans

By Rex Rutkoski
Bluegrass music may still find its soul in the haunting “high, lonesome sound” said to be the essence of the genre. It is anything but lonely, ...

Boy with fake gun dies after being shot by Cleveland cop

By The Associated Press
CLEVELAND — A 12-year-old boy brandishing what turned out to be a replica gun died Sunday after he was shot by a Cleveland police officer responding to a 911 call about a person waving a gun in a park. Deputy Chief ...

Leak of grand jury information could cost Attorney General Kane

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — As an assistant Lackawanna County prosecutor, Kathleen Kane testified at the 1999 trial of Judge Francis Eagen, charged with taking bribes. He had sought information about the investigation, she said, and she told him that grand juries operate ...

Allegheny County buck could prove to be state’s largest ever taken

By Bob Frye
Jeff Lenzi admits he was shaking like he hadn’t in quite a few years. The Carroll Township man was in his tree stand when a large ...