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General News

Problems keep piling up for Veterans Affairs Department

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs faces a serious numbers problem — multiple, in fact.  More...

Authorities: Man in standoff committed suicide

MORGAN, Pa. More...

They’ll take Manhattan: Obama, daughters explore NY

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s inevitable: At some point, teenage kids just aren’t that into their parents anymore.  President Barack Obama, parent to two teenage daughters, set out to combat that trend by hanging out with his girls in N More...

Sports

Latrobe Legion falls to Mifflin County, 9-2

Latrobe’s American Legion baseball team couldn’t keep the momentum going.  Barely 24 hours after the team’s stirring comeback win to open the Region 7 Tournament, the Jethawks came back down to earth as play continued Sunday, f More...

Latrobe’s late heroics leads to upset of Claysburg in Region 7

During Tuesday’s American Legion District 31 championship game, rain storms forced a delay, seemingly halting Latrobe’s momentum. More...

New Derry tops Blairsville in ICL baseball

New Derry scored two runs in the top of the eighth to defeat Blairsville, 5-3, in Indiana County League baseball action on Friday. Blairsville rebounded with a 4-3 victory against Apollo and followed it up with a 4-1 win versus West Lebanon.  More...

Lifestyles

Second annual car show raises $2,200 to benefit veterans

The second annual Car Show was held Sunday, June 28, in memory of Charley Myers Jr. More...

SVC McCarl Gallery plans special exhibition of art during Steelers camp

In addition to its regular exhibition, St. Vincent College’s Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery will present selections from “An Exhibition of Art” from Sunday, July 26, to Saturday, Aug. 22.  More...

On The American Table

EDITOR’S NOTE: The American Table celebrates the delicious diversity of simple home cooking.   I have a confession to make. I never order steaks in restaurants. That’s because it is so easy to make an outstanding steak at home.  More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

Two-vehicle collision in West Wheatfield Township   More...

Heartfelt connections at K-9 cancer event

Proceeds support National Canine Cancer Foundation

There were a lot of heartwarming stories at the Chase Away K-9 Cancer picnic Sunday, July 19, at Twin Lakes Park in Hempfield Township.  More...

Studies continue into state’s 70 mph speed limit possibility

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania motorists who gravitate toward the left lane may have to wait a bit longer to learn whether state policymakers consider it safe to increase interstate speed limits to 70 mph.  More...

Local & State News

Kids, pets and hot cars left alone equals deadly combination

As summer temperatures heat up, AAA East Central warns drivers about the dangers of leaving children and pets in vehicles.  Temperatures inside a car, even on a mild, sunny day, can reach deadly levels in just 10 minutes.  More...

Criminal court decisions

This is a list of criminal cases handled by judges in the most recent hearings of Westmoreland County criminal court. Some of these cases involve first-time offenders enrolled in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program. More...

Man acquitted of felony in crash that killed elderly man

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Kentucky man has been acquitted of the most serious charge against him in an accident last fall that killed an elderly man.  Authorities said 23-year-old Eric Gonzalez-Huerta of Louisville, Kentucky was hauling construc More...

World News

Interstate closed ‘completely and indefinitely’ after bridge collapse

LOS ANGELES (AP) — All traffic along a major freeway connecting California and Arizona was blocked indefinitely when a bridge over a desert wash collapsed during heavy rain, and the roadway in the opposite direction suffered severe damage, auth More...

Medicaid enrollment surges under expanded program

ATLANTA (AP) — More than a dozen states that opted to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act have seen enrollments surge way beyond projections, raising concerns that the added costs will strain their budgets when federal aid is scaled b More...

U.S, Cuba restore full diplomatic relations after more than 5 chilly decades

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Cuba restored full diplomatic relations Monday after more than five decades of frosty relations rooted in the Cold War.  More...

Health

Medicaid enrollment surges, stirs worry on budgets

ATLANTA (AP) — More than a dozen states that opted to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act have seen enrollments surge way beyond projections, raising concerns that the added costs will strain their budgets when federal aid is scaled b More...

An explanation of Medicaid, its expansion in some states

Some answers to common questions about Medicaid and the program’s expansion under the federal health care reform law:  WHAT IS MEDICAID AND HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN AROUND?  More...

Study: Early clue to why some children may have reading woes

WASHINGTON (AP) — New research suggests it may be possible to predict which preschoolers will struggle to read — and it has to do with how the brain deciphers speech when it’s noisy.  More...

Entertainment

‘Ant-Man’ debuts with $58M; ‘Trainwreck’ opens with $30.2-million haul

NEW YORK (AP) — Marvel’s “Ant-Man” punched above its weight at the weekend box office, debuting with an estimated $58 million, while Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck” also opened strongly with $30.2 million. More...

Demi Moore ‘in shock’ after man drowns in her backyard pool

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Demi Moore said she is stunned and saddened by the death of a 21-year-old man Sunday in the backyard pool of a Los Angeles home she owns.  More...

Cosby detailed his womanizing, secrecy efforts a decade ago

(AP) — Under oath in a hotel — away from the TV cameras and the soapbox where he did his public moralizing — Bill Cosby sketched a very different image of America’s Dad: a philanderer who plied young women with quaaludes, clai More...

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