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McCord to plead guilty to federal charges from campaign fundraising

By Brad Bumsted Brian Bowling  and Mike Wereschagin 11:00 p.m.
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord on Friday acknowledged that he “stepped over the line” when raising campaign money for his failed gubernatorial bid, and his lawyers said he intends to plead guilty to federal charges for strong-arming two unnamed state contractors. “I owe an apology to the people of …

Pittsburgh mayor denies ethics investigation into his ‘Undercover Boss’ performance

By Adam Brandolph 10:36 p.m.
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto claims “there is no state ethics investigation” into his “Undercover Boss” appearance. The mayor’s statement was in response to a KDKA-TV report Friday that Alle­gheny County District Attorney …

Sale of Deflategate chocolate football nets $20K for charity

By The Associated Press
A dented chocolate football created by a Canonsburg candy maker to poke fun at the New England Patriots’ “Deflategate” scandal has ended up raising $20,000 for charity. The ball created by Sarris …

Allegheny

Military academy members hone hacking skills at competition

By Megha Satyanarayana 10:52 p.m.
Some of the cadets huddled around computers, with running scripts blurring their monitors. Others sat at door locks, trying to figure out how to pick them. Teams of students from …

Westmoreland

Monessen woman dies in truck-car crash on Route 51 in Fayette County

By Tribune-Review
A 26-year-old Monessen woman died at the scene of a two-vehicle crash Friday on Route 51 in Franklin Township. State police in Belle Vernon reported Sasha ...

Fayette

Designs by Frank Lloyd Wright nominated for World Heritage inclusion

By Bob Karlovits
Fallingwater in Fayette County is one of 10 sites designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright nominated for inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The list assembled by the United …

Armstrong

EPA urges further review of nuclear waste dump in Parks Township

By Jodi Weigand
There’s enough anecdotal information about additional radioactive contamination at the Parks Township nuclear waste dump to “warrant further investigation,” a recent federal Environmental Protection Agency report concluded. The report summarized a review of documents related to questionable former disposal practices …

Beaver

Beaver County man arrested in 24-year-old Clinton County cold case

By Megan Guza
The last time anyone saw Kathy Dolan Heckel, she went on a lunch break in July 1991. She is presumed dead, but her body is missing — a problem that …

Butler

Charges expunged against Butler County man in ’61 lunch-counter protest

By Natasha Lindstrom
Thomas Gaither recalls feeling a mix of nervousness and purpose as he led a peaceful march along Rock Hill, S.C.’s Main Street that clear-skied morning of Jan. 31, 1961. Onlookers …

Indiana

Homer-Center eyes school budget with $500K deficit

By Jeff Himler
Officials at Homer-Center School District may dip into the district’s fund balance in the 2015-16 school year to help cover a projected funding shortfall for estimated expenditures of about $16 million. Meanwhile, the district is hedging its bets on a …

Somerset

Somerset County man dies in mine accident

By Jacob Tierney
A Somerset County man died in a coal mining accident at Brubaker Mine in Hooversville, the first such death in the country this year. Rick Kline, 43, of Central City was trapped between the continuous mining machine he was operating …

Washington

Sale of Deflategate chocolate football nets $20K for charity

By The Associated Press
A dented chocolate football created by a Canonsburg candy maker to poke fun at the New England Patriots’ “Deflategate” scandal has ended up raising $20,000 for charity. The ball created …

Education

Twin Rivers Intermediate students get hands-on science lessons

By Michael DiVittorio
McKeesport Area School District’s Twin Rivers Intermediate students learned about animals, snow and space travel Thursday. It was the fifth installment of the school’s monthly Science Day. This school year, …

Pennsylvania

McCord to plead guilty to federal charges from campaign fundraising

By Brad Bumsted Brian Bowling  and Mike Wereschagin 11:00 p.m.
HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord on Friday acknowledged that he “stepped over the line” when raising campaign money for his failed gubernatorial bid, and his lawyers said he intends …

Photo Gallery

Friday - Jan. 30, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: Wolf should leap into Highmark-UPMC fiasco, but probably won’t
If you’re wondering what Gov. Wolf’s priorities will be over the next four years, don’t put your money on the UPMC-Highmark fiasco. As important as …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Iowa Dems waiting for Hillary
A brisk 18-minute walk down Locust Street to Woodland Avenue in Des Moines separated Tom Henderson this weekend from close to every size, shape, color …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Ice-covered anomaly floating in the Allegheny River presents mystery
Someone appears to have abandoned ship. If this were July, no one would bat an eye. If this were July, the pontoon boat moored to …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Staying safe on dicey winter roads requires dose of common sense
It’s late January, so it’s time for area residents to act like we’ve been completely blindsided by winter weather conditions. Pittsburgh won an award just …

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Obituaries

Busy farmer set example of civic, political service

By Mary Pickels 10:23 p.m.
Bill Buttermore was a hardworking, successful farmer with a lifelong interest in politics. And he got a second chance at love. After his wife of 61 years died, he met …