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General News

Flu season off to slower start this year; might be milder

NEWYORK (AP) — This year’s flu season seems like old times.  There’s not much flu going around so far — unlike the last three seasons when doctors’ offices were filled with patients before Christmas and illnesses pe More...

Lip balm containing pot ingredient thrown out at air base

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Officials say they had to discard hundreds of tubes of lip balm that were distributed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richards after they were found to contain trace amounts of THC, an active ingredient in marijuana.  More...

Jury sides against Cox in music piracy case

NEW YORK (AP) — A Virginia jury has issued a $25 million verdict against Cox Communications in an online piracy case that could mean more trouble for downloaders of illegal content.  More...

Editorial

Wanderings with Walter Brasch

Today’s media: Often pandering to bias and ignorance

The Texas board of education didn’t find anything wrong with a world geography textbook that said slaves from Africa were workers, but that immigrants from northern Europe were indentured servants.  More...

Bulletin Board

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Paul Lizza Post 3414 Ladies’ Auxiliary would like to give “a great big thank-you to our sponsors and participants for the Wounded Warriors band events and Chinese Auction that we held in September and October More...

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Lifestyles

Mountain Playhouse announces 2016 season

The Mountain Playhouse, a nonprofit organization, Thursday announced its the 2016 season, noting tickets, subscriptions, mini-subs and Flex- Passes are available now for the following:  • “The Bikinis” — June 14 - 26  More...

ANTHONY JAMES DELUCA

Anthony James DeLuca will be 9 years old on Sunday, Dec. 20.  He was born Dec. More...

Campus Corner

SVC/Pitt named Outstanding Global Confucius Institute for fourth time

The Confucius Institute of the University of Pittsburgh (CIPitt), of which St. More...

Celebrating a canine Christmas: Gifts for the furry family

Hekter was not always a good boy this year, but Santa is still going to bring him a nice gift for Christmas — a furry toy dog with 16 squeakers sewn into individual pockets all along its head and tail. More...

Local & State News

Car driver in custody after crash with transit bus hurts 4

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh transit bus driver and three passengers have been hurt after the bus was hit by a car whose driver is accused of being under the influence of alcohol.  Port Authority of Allegheny County spokesman Adam Brando More...

Vet gets 2 1/2 to 5 years for crash that killed woman, 58

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — An Iraq war veteran who claims she turned to alcohol to relieve post-traumatic stress disorder has been sentenced to 2 1/2 to 5 years in prison crashing and killing another Pennsylvania woman.  More...

18-year-old jailed for homicide in street fight slaying

ARNOLD, Pa. (AP) — Police say an 18-year-old suspect has surrendered on a charge of criminal homicide in the fatal shooting of a 51- year-old western Pennsylvania man after a street fight earlier this week.  More...

World News

Education, transportation highlight 2015 in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a chaotic year, when Republicans in the House unseated a speaker, Congress produced a significant amount of bipartisan legislation that affects every American.  More...

Feds: Gun buyer in California faces charge in old plot

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When the FBI went to speak with a man accused of buying the assault rifles used by his friend in the San Bernardino terror attack, they learned about a sinister plot the two men had crafted years earlier.  More...

Hezbollah recruiting push comes amid deeper role in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) - At tightly guarded facilities in south Lebanon, men as young as 17 undergo training by the Shiite guerrilla group Hezbollah on weapons and anti-insurgent tactics before being sent to Syria to fight alongside President Bashar Assad&rsquo More...

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:  You ask for a Christmas story ... More...

Sports

’Cats put 61-point, mercy-rule hurting on Albert Gallatin

With all of its starters out less than three minutes into the second half, Greater Latrobe could’ve named the score of Friday night’s WPIAL Section 1-AAAA basketball game at Albert Gallatin.  Even with their subs in, the Wildcats sti More...

Lady Wildcats top Lady Trojans in wide open exhibition matchup, 89-68

Friday’s exhibition was about as wide open as it gets for the Greater Latrobe and Derry Area girls’ basketball team.  Greater Latrobe and Derry Area both set season-high point totals and Lady Wildcats’ senior Madison Kollar rec More...

Petrof leads Lady Rams to first conference win

Lexie Petrof led a group of four Ligonier Valley players who finished in double figures as the Lady Rams defeated host Saltsburg, 68-57, for their first District 6 Heritage Conference win of the season on Friday.  More...

Entertainment

Movie Review: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ is fun fan service

J.J. Abrams may not elevate the language of "Star Wars," but he sure is fluent in it. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is no more and no less than the movie that made us love it in the first place. In fact, it's basically the same thing. More...

Meek Mill faces potential prison time over violations

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ajudge appears likely to send rapper Meek Mill back behind bars early next year for a steady stream of probation violations, most involving his failure to keep the court aware of his erratic travels.  More...

Federal tax code change will help live theater nationwide

NEW YORK (AP) — Live commercial theater from Broadway to Los Angeles is about to get a huge financial boost under a federal tax code change that’s been championed by U.S. Sen. More...

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