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Regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers

By The Associated Press 4:47 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Internet activists declared victory over the nation’s big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking web traffic. The 3-2 vote …

Pennsylvania House passes liquor system privatization bill

By Brad Bumsted 5:43 p.m.
HARRISBURG — The state House on Thursday approved sweeping legislation to privatize the state liquor system by selling the wholesale operation and phasing out most of the 600 state liquor stores. The …

Pittsburgh councilwoman Rudiak announces bid for city controller

By Megan Guza 5:07 p.m.
Hours after she announced her candidacy for city controller, councilwoman Natalia Rudiak gained the support of Mayor Bill Peduto. “Natalia Rudiak is well-qualified to serve as our city controller,” Peduto said in …

Allegheny

Pittsburgh councilwoman Rudiak announces bid for city controller

By Megan Guza 5:07 p.m.
Hours after she announced her candidacy for city controller, councilwoman Natalia Rudiak gained the support of Mayor Bill Peduto. “Natalia Rudiak is well-qualified to serve as our city controller,” Peduto …

Westmoreland

Woman charged for holding teen drinking party after video found at Penn-Trafford

By Paul Peirce 5:36 p.m.
A video confiscated at Penn-Trafford High School by a resource officer resulted in the arrest of a 50-year-old woman Thursday for holding an underage drinking party at her home earlier this month. Linda Swope was charged with corruption of minors, …

Fayette

Police: Suspect in Uniontown woman’s shooting death considered armed, dangerous

By Renatta Signorini
State police are searching for a Uniontown man they consider to be “armed and dangerous” for allegedly shooting his longtime girlfriend twice in the head along a highway. Terry Walker, …

Armstrong

Snow sculptures brighten family’s West Kittanning yard

By Julie E. Martin
A West Kittanning man has been making the cold and dreary winter a bit brighter for passersby with his larger-than-life snow sculptures. Since January, Ben Valasek’s sculptures of Disney characters, …

Beaver

Woman charged with killing Cleveland police chief’s brother declared brain dead

By Bill Vidonic 5:13 p.m.
The Cleveland woman who shot herself on a Beaver County highway Tuesday after being accused of killing the Cleveland police chief’s brother died Thursday, the Allegheny County medical examiner said. Dana Johnson, 36, who had been on life support at …

Butler

Crews clean up ore spilled from train derailment in Butler County

By Rick Wills 5:51 p.m.
Cleanup continued Thursday at the site of a train derailment in Center, Butler County. Twenty-seven cars of a 71-car train came off the track in a remote area of the township about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, said Steve Bicehouse, Butler County’s …

Indiana

Suspect sought in Homer City bank robbery

By Tribune-Review
Police Wednesday were continuing to search for a man who robbed the Homer City branch of S&T Bank Tuesday morning. Police said the incident took place about 11:15 a.m. when …

Somerset

Driver whose van hit school bus in Somerset County charged

By Mary Pickels
A Mt. Pleasant man whose van struck a school bus in Somerset County on Monday, injuring the driver and several students, was charged with four motor vehicle violations. Gregory N. Freed, 21, remained in Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown …

Washington

Washington County woman with history of arrests charged with DUI, child endangerment

By Jason Cato
Police accused a Washington County woman with a long arrest record with being drunk this week when she drove with her son to an expected late-night tryst. Washington police on …

Education

Court in the Classroom program provides insight for Norwin High School students

By Rich Cholodofsky
Attorney Robert Marino strode to the podium Wednesday morning and argued to Westmoreland County Judge David Regoli why his client, a road resurfacing company, should be dismissed from a wrongful …

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania House passes liquor system privatization bill

By Brad Bumsted 5:43 p.m.
HARRISBURG — The state House on Thursday approved sweeping legislation to privatize the state liquor system by selling the wholesale operation and phasing out most of the 600 state liquor …

Photo Gallery

Wednesday - Feb. 25, 2015

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

Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: Many contributions but few tough solutions for obesity in America
Russian journalist Ilmira Alimguzina arrived in Pittsburgh last week, eager to learn about all things American: history, government and — wouldn’t you know it — …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Vice President Biden’s unusual behavior ingratiates, repels
WASHINGTON — When Vice President Joe Biden stroked 8-year-old Kayla Kosmalski’s face during the celebratory signing of a law benefiting disabled children, no one in …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: $161M reserve a lot of ‘bread’ that residents might prefer toasted
Most of you probably don’t need a new toaster anyway. But before getting to that, let’s consider the unnecessary apoplexy over state lawmakers having stashed …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Perceptions of movies are strictly in the eye of the beholder
Even the host of the Oscars joked about the lack of nominations for the movie “Selma.” “Tonight, we honor Hollywood’s best and whitest — sorry, …

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Obituaries

Helicopter mechanic was family man who loved his toys

By Craig Smith 2:01 p.m.
When Harrison Ford’s helicopter needed service or Greg Norman wanted a shark painted on his, they called Fred Wagner’s helicopter service at Mt. Pleasant-Scottdale Airport. “A big, old movie star …