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Earlier openings make Black Friday shopping easier for bargain-hunters

By Chris Fleisher 1:08 p.m.
An early morning snow squall couldn’t keep bargain hunters from stores in search of Black Friday deals, as retailers reported strong store traffic on the traditional start to the holiday shopping season. Many retailers including Macy’s, Target and Wal-Mart started offering Black Friday deals on Thanksgiving and remained open straight …

Witnesses help identify 2nd teen charged in killing Andre Roberts

By Margaret Harding 12:58 p.m.
Witnesses who came forward during a preliminary hearing for an accused killer helped Pittsburgh police identify a second suspect in the Hill District shooting, court records show. Pittsburgh police Thursday arrested Jameel Porter, 17, at his home on Ledlie Street …

No federal funds to help enforce Pa. ban on texting by drivers

By Tom Fontaine
Pennsylvania’s law banning texting while driving is challenging for police to enforce, but not tough enough to qualify for federal money to help them, police and transportation officials say. Only Connecticut, among …

Allegheny

Witnesses help identify 2nd teen charged in killing Andre Roberts

By Margaret Harding 12:58 p.m.
Witnesses who came forward during a preliminary hearing for an accused killer helped Pittsburgh police identify a second suspect in the Hill District shooting, court records show. Pittsburgh police Thursday arrested Jameel Porter, 17, at his home on Ledlie Street …

Westmoreland

Youngwood Fire Department to dedicate memorial at station

By Bob Stiles
At the corner of South Second and Chestnut streets in Youngwood, firefighters will pause to remember, maybe shed a tear and honor one of their ...

Fayette

Fayette County history could fetch big bucks at Ohio auction

By Mary Pickels 11:45 a.m.
A slice of Fayette County’s history will sell to the highest bidder Friday. More than two dozen pieces of pottery, stoneware, paintings and other artwork painstakingly collected, researched and cataloged …

Armstrong

Photo of suspect in Greendale Tavern burglary/fire released

By Brian C. Rittmeyer 12:28 p.m.
State police have released surveillance images of a person suspected of burglarizing an Armstrong County business just hours before it was destroyed by fire Tuesday morning. The suspect is believed …

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

Toys for Tots distributor in Butler County searches for home

By Megan Guza
Members of Bantam Marine Detachment 743 in Butler County continue to collect for their Toys for Tots organization, but they’re also seeking a donation of a different kind — about 5,000 square feet of workspace. “Every year, we have to …

Indiana

Northern Cambria man accused of attempted rape

By Tribune-Review 12:18 p.m.
State police in Indiana County arrested a 38-year-old Northern Cambria man accused of breaking into a Cherry Tree home early Thanksgiving morning and assaulting, threatening and attempting to rape a woman inside. Police said Eric Cesare Lentz broke a back …

Somerset

Seven Springs, Hidden Valley ski resorts open today

By The Associated Press
Southwestern Pennsylvania’s two largest ski resorts are celebrating White Friday. Seven Springs Mountain Resort and Hidden Valley, both in Somerset County, have opened for the season. Both have taken advantage of colder than normal temperatures to make snow. Eric Mauck …

Washington

Company seeks to reopen coal mine in Nottingham, Washington County

By Jason Cato 11:47 a.m.
A plan to reopen a coal mine, long dreaded by residents of a rural northern Washington County community, is inching closer to reality. Officials with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental …

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

7 hurt in buggy, SUV crash in Pennsylvania Dutch country

By The Associated Press
KIRKWOOD — Seven people were injured when a sport-utility vehicle slammed into a horse-drawn buggy in Pennsylvania Dutch country. Police say the crash happened around 7 p.m. Thursday after the buggy went through a stop sign in Colerain Township. A …

Photo Gallery

Thursday - Nov. 27, 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: Lawmakers put credulity in jeopardy 11:47 a.m.
Hello everyone, and welcome to another edition of “Harrisburg Jeopardy!” You know the format: First come the unappealing answers, followed by questions taxpayers should feel …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Protesters won’t be thanking Wal-Mart
Elaine Kuhar has plans for the day after Thanksgiving. And you’d better believe it involves Wal-Mart. But she won’t be competing for that last “Frozen” …

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Obituaries

Businessman’s generosity spread beyond family

By Jacob Tierney
Ron Simmons was a successful entrepreneur whose shrewd business sense was matched by his kindness. Ronald Arthur Simmons of Collier died of a heart attack in Naples, Fla., on Thursday, …