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Christian rock band performs for Adelphoi youth

Christian rock band 3 Shades of Blue last week performed two concerts for youth from Adelphoi, a non-profit providing services to at-risk youth and families. The girls saw the show on Thursday, Dec. 17, and the boys show followed the next day. More...

Petrarca: Deadline approaching for property tax/rent rebate

State Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, reminds area residents of the Dec. More...

Greensburg travel agency scammed out of $30,000

A local travel agency was scammed into sending tens of thousands of dollars on what could be a one-way trip to Africa.  According to Trib Total Media (TTM), Scholastica Travel, based in Greensburg, received numerous emails Friday, Dec. More...

General News

Support for legal abortion at highest level in 2 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — Support for legal abortion in the U.S. More...

‘Star Wars’ fan in NY legally changes name to Darth Vader

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (AP) — Darth Vader is a tattooed 43-year-old former Marine who owns a gym and is raising funds online for a bone marrow transplant. More...

FDA eases restrictions on blood donations from gay men

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s three-decade-old ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men was formally lifted Monday, but major restrictions will continue to limit who can donate.  More...

Editorial

5 things to do with an unexpected inheritance

Unexpected money from a friend or relative can be a great surprise or a potentially difficult money lesson. How you plan for unexpected money issues overall can be a key to how well you'll handle a sudden windfall.  More...

Political Cartoon

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Equations of Christmas: What does ‘X’ really mean?

I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, a White Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Season’s Greetings; but most of all, I wish you a Blessed Christmas.  More...

Lifestyles

Church news

Heritage, Ligonier The Rev. John Flower and the congregation at Heritage United Methodist Church on the Diamond, Ligonier, invite the public to worship with them during this holy Christmas season. More...

The Healthy Plate

Some days fruit is enough. Other days chocolate is needed

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Healthy Plate helps home cooks discover the healthier side of everyday ingredients. More...

Hard to beat a great date to meet all your gift-giving needs

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Healthy Plate helps home cooks discover the healthier side of everyday ingredients.   More...

Entertainment

Miss Universe show, host apologize for crowning wrong woman on live TV

NEWYORK (AP) — The Miss Universe pageant and host Steve Harvey doubled down on the apologies Monday after an excruciating live television moment — announcing incorrectly that Miss Colombia had won and then taking the crown from her head t More...

Outraged Colombians look for blame in Miss Universe mix-up

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombians celebrated for a little more than two minutes what appeared to be an unprecedented feat for this beauty pageant-obsessed South American nation: back-to-back Miss Universe titles.  More...

Fox announces date, team for Iowa Republican presidential debate

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel says it will host the seventh Republican presidential debate, taking place next month in Des Moines, Iowa ahead of that state’s caucuses.  More...

House GOP’s interim budget plan draws governor’s veto threat

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf threatened Monday to veto a short-term emergency spending package being advanced by Pennsylvania’s House GOP majority as the budget stalemate closed in on the state record. More...

Accused selfie killer to be tried in adult court

A Jeannette teenager allegedly involved in an infamous murder that gained nationwide attention will stand trial in April at an adult court of law.  More...

Pennsylvania Turnpike set for holiday traffic later this week

More than 4.2M vehicles expected

As the holiday season swings into full gear, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) wants travelers to know it is ready to handle the heavy anticipated traffic volumes. More...

Sounds of the season . . .

The Latrobe United Methodist Church Chancel Choir presented its annual Christmas Cantata at both morning services on Sunday at the Latrobe campus. Last week, they sang for the New Derry campus. More...

Local & State News

Pa. power companies unscathed by hackers

The good news is that hackers have not caused the lights to go out in Pennsylvania.  But have they even tried? More...

Gov. Tom Wolf can postpone executions, court says

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s highest court upheld Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s authority Monday to postpone executions in the state, rejecting a challenge from the prosecutor in the state’s biggest city.  More...

Former Allentown official charged with fraud in probe

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A high-ranking former official in Allentown has been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud as part of an FBI probe of government contracting in Pennsylvania’s third-largest city. More...

World News

Suspect in Vegas crash had overcome adversity

LAS VEGAS (AP) - It wasn’t long ago that the woman arrested in the deadly Las Vegas Strip sidewalk crash seemed to be doing well for herself. More...

British troops deploy to Afghan province amid Taliban battle

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Fierce battles were underway Tuesday between Afghan forces and the Taliban in southern Helmand province where the insurgents have almost completely captured a strategic district as Britain deployed military advisers to the r More...

Prosecutor says no indictment in Sandra Bland jail death

HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) - Agrand jury decided that neither sheriff’s officials nor jailers committed a crime in the treatment of a black woman who died in a Texas county jail last summer, but has not yet determined whether the state trooper who a More...

Sports

Lady ’Cats hang with No. 1-ranked Norwin early before falling by 18

When Mark Burkardt took over this season as head basketball coach at Greater Latrobe, the main thing he wanted the Lady Wildcats to do was start to compete with the big boys — in this case, girls — in WPIAL Section 1-AAAA.  You know, More...

Fueled by hot start, MP rolls past Lady Trojans

Look at the standings and it’s clear the Derry Area girls’ basketball team is off to a good start this season: Its 3-1 section mark is the program’s best in some time.  But what the Lady Trojans could use, head coach Rich Zemba More...

Mars Area ends IceCats’ six-game win streak

The Greater Latrobe hockey team saw its winning streak come to an end, but the Ice- Cats remain neck-and-neck for the top spot in the Eastern Conference thanks in part to the team that just handed them a loss.  Visiting Mars Area ended the IceCa More...

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