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Federal judge denies Spanier bid to halt criminal case

By The Associated Press 6:48 p.m.
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 …

Man allegedly cross-dressed to rob Md. bank

By The Associated Press
RISING SUN, Md. — Maryland State Police say a Delaware man held up a bank in Rising Sun while dressed as a woman. Police charged 34-year-old Kent Buckson of Bear on Thursday with armed robbery of a National Penn Bank …

TV host and comedian Maher takes time from funny-serious to be funny-funny

By Michael Machosky
Whether you agree with him on the issues of the day or not, you have one major thing in common with pot-stirring pundit/comedian Bill Maher. …

Brookline Boulevard paving project finally finished

By Bob Bauder
Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak said her office received “countless” complaints about potholes, noise, traffic and other headaches during the $5.35 million rehabilitation of Brookline …

Amazon.com distribution center planned for Pittsburgh’s West End

By Sam Spatter
Amazon.com is coming to Pittsburgh. The Seattle-based Internet giant has leased 250,000 square feet — equivalent to 4.3 football fields — in the former Roomful Express warehouse at 2250 Roswell Drive in the Fairywood section of the West End where …

Heyl: Gravy train comes to an abrupt halt for Allegheny judges’ relatives

By Eric Heyl
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 this week’s gravy train derailment. Investigators confirmed the train jumped the tracks when Common Pleas …

Obama wants to end U.S. companies skirting tax laws by merging with overseas entities

By The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Staking out a populist stance before midterm elections, President Obama on Thursday demanded “economic patriotism” from U.S. corporations that use legal means to avoid U.S. taxes through overseas mergers. “I don’t care if it’s legal,” Obama declared. …

‘Spamalot,’ a musical passionate about silliness

By Alice T. Carter
Marc Robin has been a fan of Monty Python films since he was a youngster growing up in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He watched “Monty Python …

Residents, search panel refine profile of Pittsburgh police chief

By Margaret Harding
Instead of trying to remember the hundreds of comments and questions from dozens of residents about Pittsburgh’s monthlong search for a police chief, officials took a more meticulous approach. They passed out surveys, recorded comments and encouraged competing voices to …

‘Most Wanted Man’ dwells on gray areas, spy games

By Roger Moore
You can sense a John le Carre spy novel adaptation, often before his name turns up in the credits. The hero’s cynicism at war with his skepticism, the professionalism at war with personal demons. That’s especially true in “A Most …

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 …