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Justice blames feud for his ouster; chief of court admits he did seek to remove him

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Suspended Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery blames “malicious intent” by Chief Justice Ronald Castille as the driving force behind a decision to oust him with pay for transmitting pornographic emails, a McCaffery spokesman said Tuesday. The action a day earlier against McCaffery, a former Philadelphia police officer and …

2 dead in shooting attack at Canada’s Parliament

By The Associated Press 7:07 p.m.
OTTAWA, Ontario — A gunman with a scarf over his face shot to death a Canadian soldier standing guard at the nation’s war memorial Wednesday, then stormed Parliament in a hail of …

Prosecutors say cyanide-death defendant Ferrante tested toxin on mice to gauge effect on human

By Adam Brandolph 10:08 p.m.
Prosecutors want to present evidence that a University of Pittsburgh researcher accused of fatally poisoning his wife once tested a brain-damaging toxin on a lab mouse so he could gauge its effect on a human, a document filed by his …

Allegheny

Prosecutors say cyanide-death defendant Ferrante tested toxin on mice to gauge effect on human

By Adam Brandolph 10:08 p.m.
Prosecutors want to present evidence that a University of Pittsburgh researcher accused of fatally poisoning his wife once tested a brain-damaging toxin on a lab mouse so he could gauge its effect on a human, a document filed by his …

Westmoreland

Bomb threat found at Franklin Regional High School

By Tribune-Review 9:07 p.m.
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 10:07 p.m.
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. The Pittsburgh man, facing drug and firearms charges, “became angry and destroyed a …

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 10:08 p.m.
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 9:00 p.m.
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 to expand Ebola monitoring

By Megha Satyanarayana 10:18 p.m.
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 U.S. whose flights …

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: Toy stores’ limited options steer girls into tiaras
Have you ever noticed that people sometimes crane their necks to find something to criticize, yet ignore altogether things right in front of them? For …

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Obituaries

Ben Bradlee remembered for invigorating journalism

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — In a charmed life of newspapering, Ben Bradlee seemed always to be in just the right place. The raspy-voiced, hard-charging editor who invigorated The Washington Post got an …