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Nationwide drug ring was centered in Homewood, prosecutor says

By Aaron Aupperlee 9:28 p.m.
U.S. Attorney David Hickton on Friday announced he has charged 40 people in a nationwide drug trafficking ring that centered in Homewood. Suspects throughout Western Pennsylvania conspired with people in West Virginia, Cleveland and Southern California to bring cocaine and heroin to Pittsburgh, Hickton said. Drugs arrived on planes, buses …

Ferrante trial: Cyanide order form in plain sight

By Adam Brandolph  and Bobby Kerlik 9:28 p.m.
Prosecutors claim Robert Ferrante schemed to kill his wife, searching online for information about cyanide, a cheating spouse and what a coroner might find in blood. Ferrante’s attorneys say he had nothing …

2 dead, including student gunman, after Wash. school shooting

By The Associated Press 7:06 p.m.
MARYSVILLE, Wash. — A student walked into his Seattle-area high school cafeteria on Friday and without saying a word opened fire, killing one person and shooting several others in the head before …


Ferrante trial: Cyanide order form in plain sight

By Adam Brandolph  and Bobby Kerlik 9:28 p.m.
Prosecutors claim Robert Ferrante schemed to kill his wife, searching online for information about cyanide, a cheating spouse and what a coroner might find in blood. Ferrante’s attorneys say he …


Fire at Dollar General in Rostraver under control, dispatchers say

By Chuck Brittain and Michael Hasch 9:17 p.m.
There were no reports of injuries in a fire that erupted Friday evening at a store in a shopping plaza near Sweeneys Crossroads along Route 51 in Rostraver, Westmoreland County emergency dispatchers said. Firefighters from a number of departments were …


Fayette County woman pleads guilty to trying to kill romantic rival with SUV

By Rich Cholodofsky 9:11 p.m.
A Fayette County woman pleaded guilty Friday to charges that she tried to kill her romantic rival last year with her sport utility vehicle. Danielle Falcon, 30, of Everson could get up to 20 years in prison when she is …


Both candidates for governor visiting Armstrong County on Saturday

By Valley News Dispatch
Both gubernatorial candidates will be holding public events in Armstrong County on Saturday. Democratic challenger Tom Wolf will be making a campaign stop in Leechburg in the afternoon, while incumbent …


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 …


Zappala impersonator rips off Butler County business, state police say

By Michael Hasch
A man pretending to be Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. has ripped off at least one store in Butler County by telling employees he had been shorted on merchandise he purchased, state police said. The employees apologized …


Candidates for 62nd District House seat air clashing views on state tax revenues

By Greg Reinbold
Two weeks before the Nov. 4 general election, the League of Women Voters of Indiana County provided citizens an opportunity to question candidates vying to represent the 62nd and 66th …


Park service reports ‘significant losses’ of Flight 93 memorial collection in Oct. 3 fire

By Debra Erdley  and Mary Pickels 9:26 p.m.
National Park Service officials report “significant losses” after completing a detailed inventory of the museum collection items lost in the Oct. 3 fire that destroyed the two office buildings used as Flight 93 National Memorial headquarters. The inventory was conducted …


California University police officer alleges discrimination

By Tribune-Review 9:11 p.m.
A female police officer at California University of Pennsylvania who is on restricted sick leave has sued the university, alleging she has been passed over for promotions offered to male colleagues and subjected to discrimination because of sick-leave use and …


Bill that would end district-level review of homeschooling in Pennsylvania goes to Corbett

By Megan Harris
State legislators approved a homeschooling bill that eliminates the need for school superintendents to weigh in on whether students are receiving an appropriate education. Under current law, parents hire an evaluator every year to interview the child, review a portfolio …


Ex-judge in Philadelphia charged with bribery, conspiracy in sting case

By Brad Bumsted  and Natasha Lindstrom
PHILADELPHIA — District Attorney Seth Williams on Thursday brought corruption charges against a former Philadelphia Traffic Court judge for allegedly accepting a $2,000 Tiffany & Co. bracelet from a lobbyist …

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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: ‘Mr. Peduto Head’ products could earn city much-needed revenue
Embrace the affront, Mr. Peduto Head. Your city might reap significant rewards if you do. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s administration recently took the unusual step …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Dreams check in at site of demolished Wilkinsburg hotel
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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Physicist found joy in family, friends, work, wine

By Greg Reinbold
An officer in the Army Air Corps 801st/492nd Bomb Group known as “The Carpetbaggers,” Robert Wolf was a navigator on covert B-24 bomber missions to drop Office of Strategic Services …