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Lower gas prices entice motorists to drive long distances for Thanksgiving

By Bobby Kerlik 12:00 p.m.
David Murphy stood outside his daughter’s University of Pittsburgh dorm Tuesday, loading her bags and dirty laundry before their drive home to Ohio for the Thanksgiving break. “It’s about a 4-hour and 15-minute drive. It’s the perfect amount of time to debrief a freshman,” said Murphy, 51, of Lima, Ohio. …

Brown family blasts prosecutor; Wilson speaks

By The Associated Press
FERGUSON, Mo. — Hundreds of additional National Guard troops rolled into Ferguson on Tuesday, a day after protesters looted businesses and set fire to buildings in a night of rage against a …

U.S. Steel Tower tenants stand to benefit from company’s relocation

By Tom Fontaine
U.S. Steel’s plan to move its headquarters could give Downtown office tenants more bargaining power and drive down lease rates until U.S. Steel Tower’s owners find tenants to replace the steelmaker, real …

Allegheny

Snow expected to taper off in Pittsburgh by mid-afternoon

By Tribune-Review 1:18 p.m.
Most flights Wednesday morning appeared to be on time at Pittsburgh International Airport but some destinations to east coast cities had delays including Philadelphia. Pitt students Patrick Araya and Uriah …

Westmoreland

Murrysville athlete runs obstacle course for charity — 7 times

By Patrick Varine 11:36 a.m.
Most people would balk at the idea of making their way through the physical crucible of a Tough Mudder obstacle course. Matthew Scoletti didn’t balk — ...

Fayette

Man charged with playing doctor for free Nemacolin stay

By Liz Zemba 1:18 p.m.
A Michigan man who impersonated a doctor to con a posh mountain resort out of $16,146 in free lodging and amenities will spend Thanksgiving in the far less luxurious Fayette County Prison. Jeffrey Paul Cochran, 41, of Scottville was arraigned …

Armstrong

Elderton losing its top cop

By Julie E. Martin
Friday will be the last day of work in the borough for Elderton’s police chief. Sgt. Mike Pearson is stepping down from the part-time post to spend more time with …

Beaver

Pittsburgh man gets 2 life terms in slaying of Beaver Falls couple

By Bill Vidonic
A Beaver County judge on Tuesday sentenced a Pittsburgh man to two life sentences for the slaying of a Beaver Falls couple. A jury on Oct. 28 convicted Robert Burgess, 37, of Pittsburgh for first-degree murder, kidnapping and related offenses …

Butler

Car crashes into Cranberry store, no one injured

By Bill Vidonic 1:24 p.m.
As Yankee Candle manager Allison Vinay heard the sound of an engine, mixed with shattering glass and the thud of dozens of candles tumbling to the floor, all she could …

Indiana

IUP student dies from injuries after he was pinned beneath car

By Trib Total Media 11:53 a.m.
An Indiana University of Pennsylvania student who was a football standout at Brownsville High died Monday from injuries suffered when he was pinned beneath his car last week. Nicholas Landman, 19, of Grindstone, Fayette County, was injured when his car …

Somerset

ATV victim’s family seeks deal in fatal crash in Somerset County

By Paul Peirce
The father and great-aunt of a 4-year-old girl killed in an all-terrain vehicle crash in Somerset County last month are trying to reach a plea agreement on charges stemming from …

Washington

Crash victim identified as Washington County woman

By Michael Hasch
The woman who died when the sport utility vehicle she was driving crashed into a tree in Washington County has been identified as Myriam M. Hamby, the coroner announced late Monday. Hamby, 22, of Washington, was traveling west along the …

Education

Grant funds lessons in etiquette, job interviewing for Ford City students

By Brad Pedersen
Ford City High School students brushed up on their manners and job interviewing skills last week during a luncheon with business people funded by a $500 grant from the Armstrong …

Pennsylvania

DEP awaiting tests for ‘cat urine’ smell in New Castle

By The Associated Press 10:42 a.m.
State environmental officials don’t believe a “cat urine” smell plaguing part of New Castle is harmful, but neither do they yet know what’s causing it. Residents began noticing the smell Nov. 1, and it’s still lingering near a sewage treatment …

Photo Gallery

Tuesday - Nov. 25, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: ‘Iron Meg’ grateful for return to health after biking accident
Family and friends call her Iron Meg. When you hear her story, you’ll understand why. Megan Kruth’s tale of survival from a tragic biking accident …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Reflecting frustration, Webb eyes presidency
In late November 2005, legendary Democrat strategist Steve Jarding sat down with Jim Webb — author, filmmaker, decorated Vietnam veteran and former U.S. Navy secretary …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Politicians, perks stuff of 2014 ‘turkeys’
Time to roast turkeys. With the birds about to go in the ovens, let’s indulge in the annual tradition of good-naturedly examining things for which …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: School choice, mergers lay path to equality
A couple of years ago, I thought it’d be a good idea to spend a day in a classroom of the highest- and lowest-rated school …

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Obituaries

Cancer didn’t stop mother from living for her son

By Margaret Harding
When Jessica Williams learned she had stage-4 cancer a few months after her son’s birth, she started fighting and never stopped. “I don’t know how she did it. It would’ve …