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Canadians more fearful, aware after ‘very rare’ attack

By Andrew Conte and Aaron Aupperlee
The attack on Canada’s capital Wednesday will have a major, lasting impact on the psyche of a country unaccustomed to such incidents, experts and average citizens said. For too long, Canadians have believed that terror attacks might happen across the border in the United States but not on home soil, …

CDC: Pennsylvania, 5 other states set to expand Ebola monitoring

By Megha Satyanarayana
Pennsylvania is one of six states that will monitor travelers from Ebola-stricken countries under new protocols, federal health officials said Wednesday. Starting Monday, all travelers to the United States whose flights originated …

Highmark seeks double-digit increase for more benefits, heavy use

By Alex Nixon 12:10 a.m.
Highmark Inc. wants to increase 2015 premiums by double-digits on its individual health policies, which nearly 180,000 people in Pennsylvania bought under the Affordable Care Act a year ago. The state’s largest health insurer is canceling most of its old …

Allegheny

Firefighters rescue woman from burning home in Scott

By Michael Hasch
A woman was so scared as she gasped for air in the thick black smoke billowing around her Wednesday afternoon that firefighters say she couldn’t move when they tried to …

Westmoreland

Bomb threat found at Franklin Regional High School

By Tribune-Review
Murrysville police and officers from other local departments are searching Franklin Regional High School after a reported bomb threat was found in a girls’ bathroom Wednesday afternoon, according to Assistant Superintendent Mary Catherine Reljac. The threat was found after the …

Fayette

Somerset Trust Train Station Complex in Connellsville to hold grand opening

By Nancy Henry
Somerset Trust Company will hold a grand opening Saturday at its newest Connellsville area location — the Train Station Complex, 904 W. Crawford Ave. Events will be held from 10 …

Armstrong

Lenape Tech opening center for adult training Thursday in Manor

By Brad Pedersen
Lenape Technical School in Manor on Thursday will open its nearly $2 million adult education center that has been under construction for a year. The NexTier Bank Adult Education Center …

Beaver

Cyber school pioneer Trombetta cites wiretaps in seeking end to criminal charges

By Jason Cato
Attorneys for a cyber school pioneer on Monday urged a judge to drop or reduce the criminal charges against their client because they said federal investigators wiretapped conversations between attorneys …

Butler

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School principal Abbott steps down

By Megan Harris
The principal of Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School resigned just seven weeks into students’ first year at the $72 million Cranberry facility e_SEmD her third departure from an administrative …

Indiana

Inmate accused of vandalizing Indiana County Jail plumbing system

By Tribune-Review
A man in custody at the Indiana County Jail ripped a sprinkler head from the ceiling and tried to use it as a weapon Wednesday, authorities said. Desmond Michael Johnson, 26, of Pittsburgh, facing drug and firearms charges, “became angry …

Somerset

Somerset County store clerk tells bandit to bug off with spray can

By The Associated Press
A Somerset County convenience store clerk told a would-be bandit to bug off by spraying the suspect with a can of insecticide. State police say a masked woman entered the CSI Coalfield Mini Market in Berlin Sunday night. That’s when …

Washington

Wanted sex offender caught hiding in homemade fort in Washington County

By Chris Togneri
Had David Darell David, a fugitive child molester, stayed inside his elaborately-concealed hideout, police might have walked right past him. “He was standing up. That’s why we saw him,” Brooke …

Education

Pennsylvania schools’ ‘hands tied’ on cyberbullying

By Tory N. Parrish
Technology is doing more than enabling cyberbullying: It is helping it go farther, experts said. Keystone Oaks School District was presented with such an example this week, an official said. “We had an incident with a kid who was sending …

Pennsylvania

CDC: Pennsylvania, 5 other states set to expand Ebola monitoring

By Megha Satyanarayana
Pennsylvania is one of six states that will monitor travelers from Ebola-stricken countries under new protocols, federal health officials said Wednesday. Starting Monday, all travelers to the United States whose …

Photo Gallery

Wednesday - October 22, 2014

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: Seniors, beware of Highmark’s $0 health insurance pitch
The nerve. What’s unnerving about the latest Highmark-UPMC smackdown is that it involves seniors. Yes, senior citizens who use Medicare — the same people who …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Pa. Congressional candidates hear about wide range of issues, concerns
People in Western Pennsylvania are talking to congressional candidates about national security, the economy and the politics of Obamacare as the November election draws near, …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Judicial ‘wins’ race to bottom
It’s been a while since we took the old dysfunction meter out of the storage shed. Given events gripping state government lately, this seems like …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Dreams check in at site of demolished Wilkinsburg hotel 12:01 a.m.
It’s not a sports arena or stadium, so you probably never heard about the demolition of the Penn-Lincoln Hotel in Wilkinsburg. Full disclosure: I hadn’t …

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Obituaries

Former Scoutmaster found God in nature

By Mary Pickels 12:01 a.m.
Henry Hawley loved spending time outdoors. “That’s when he felt closest to God. He enjoyed his church, but there was nothing in the world like time in the woods to …