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Santorum announces presidential run ‘where my American story began’

By Salena Zito 2:31 a.m.
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum joined Republicans vying for the White House on Wednesday, telling a cheering crowd in Butler County that he would shrink government, reduce spending and “revoke every executive action and regulation that costs American jobs.” “Today is the day we are going to begin to fight …

IRS cybersecurity breach touches lives of homebuyers, others

By Chris Fleisher 2:16 a.m.
Al Radeshak hopes to close on a house in North Irwin in July. He’s lining up movers and has most of the paperwork in order. There’s one hang-up: He can’t get his …

Plum teacher, held for trial, vows to fight witness intimidation charge

By Megan Guza  and Karen Zapf
When a Plum High School teacher outed her as a sex assault victim before a class full of students, the senior testified, “I wanted to go away and hide.” At times during …

Allegheny

Judge lashes UPMC, Highmark in consent decree violation hearing

By Brad Bumsted 2:20 a.m.
HARRISBURG — A 10-hour hearing in Commonwealth Court on Wednesday ended with the judge lambasting UPMC and Highmark for worrying about their own earnings, not the “public good.” President Judge …

Armstrong

River traffic ‘cause for celebration’ on first weekend of open Armstrong locks

By Julie E. Martin
Linda Hemmes said she started crying when she stood on the Kittanning Citizens Bridge on the weekend with her young grandson watching the boats go through the locks on the …

Beaver

3 injured in Ambridge stabbing

By Michael Hasch
Three people are being treated in the hospital for stab wounds suffered in a melee Wednesday afternoon at a home in Ambridge, the police chief said. A dispute in Baden — possibly over a young woman — prompted three young …

Butler

Middlesex board upholds legality of zoning ordinance to allow gas well drilling

By Bill Vidonic
An attorney for two environmental groups and four Middlesex residents vowed to appeal a decision Wednesday by the township’s zoning board to uphold the municipality’s zoning ordinance and a drilling …

Fayette

Emergency crews search Youghiogheny River in Layton for Charleroi man

By Karl Polacek 1:11 a.m.
Catherine McKenna stood on the banks of the Youghiogheny River in Layton on Wednesday watching as emergency crews searched the river for her son, Joshua Joseph McKenna, 26, of Charleroi. …

Indiana

2nd stepbrother sentenced for White Township drilling company arson

By Tribune-Review
A Homer City man who admitted helping burn down a White Township business in July has been sentenced to 111⁄2 months to two years in the Indiana County Jail. Tyler Hill, 18, will serve the sentence in the county jail …

Somerset

Trooper fatally shoots burglary suspect inside Somerset Twp. grocery store

By Paul Peirce
State troopers who went into a Somerset County grocery store to check an alarm in the early-morning darkness Friday shot and killed a burglar when he refused to drop a …

Washington

Memorial Day service in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies still growing

By Rick Wills
For nearly each of the past 70 years, Milton Saniga has attended a Memorial Day ceremony. “It was a beautiful observance, a perfect day. There are more and more people …

Westmoreland

Tenant charged in fire that destroyed Latrobe apartment house

By Paul Peirce
Early Wednesday morning, Gary Hair asked an upstairs neighbor, Brandon S. Baradziej, to lend a hand as he connected a television in an apartment house ...

Education

Allgheny County charter school students give more than $11K to assist homeless children

By Katherine Schaeffer
Some of them are in need themselves, but on this day, a group of school students found a way to help others. Students from 15 Allegheny County charter schools Wednesday …

Pennsylvania

State Sen. Matt Smith resigning to become Chamber president

By Matthew Santoni
State Sen. Matt Smith will leave office next month to help lead the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, officials announced Wednesday. Smith, D-Mt. Lebanon, will become the president at the …

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Wednesday - May 27, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Watchful attorney general denies UPMC a chance to assist Jameson, a community in need
Allow me to tell you an unusual story about UPMC that no one is talking about. You know how UPMC seems to be everywhere and …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Santorum announces presidential run ‘where my American story began’ 2:31 a.m.
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum joined Republicans vying for the White House on Wednesday, telling a cheering crowd in Butler County that he would shrink …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Mattress salesman remains restless after almost 70 years on job
Retire completely? Seymour Farber won’t consider it. Retirement is for the old. He’s only 94. Seven years after selling his Homestead mattress business at the …

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Obituaries

Genial barber’s shop was a haven for sports fans

By Bob Stiles 12:01 a.m.
On any given Saturday, on practically any weekday, Mike’s Barber Shop was a hub of activity in Penn Borough. People gathered at the business on Carbon Street whether they needed …