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General News

Natalie Cole, master of past and present styles, dies at 65

LOS ANGELES (AP) — She began as a 1970s soul singer hyped as the next Aretha Franklin and peaked in the 1990s as an old-fashioned stylist and time-defying duet partner to her late father, Nat “King” Cole.  Natalie Cole, who die More...

Wayne Rogers, Trapper John on ‘M.A.S.H.,’ dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wayne Rogers, whose Trapper John McIntyre alongside Alan Alda’s Hawkeye Pierce brought mischief, martinis and meatball surgery to the masses in the 1970s every week on “M.A.S.H.,” has died.  More...

Ex-Rep. Mike Oxley dies at 71; helped create law

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio congressman who helped write a landmark business regulatory law following the collapse of Enron Corp. and WorldCom Inc. has died. More...

Editorial

Wanderings with Walter Brasch

Downsizing the news staff; downsizing quality and credibility

(Part 1 of 2)   On Monday, Nov. 2, every National Geographic staffer was told to report to the magazine’s Washington, D.C., headquarters the next day to await a phone call or e-mail from Human Resources.  More...

Bulletin Board

Happy New Year!  * * *  And merry Christmas to Orthodox Christians who follow the Julian calendar and will celebrate the holiday on Thursday, Jan. 7!  More...

Political Cartoon

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Lifestyles

Engagement

Niezelski / Douglas

Andrew and Mary Niezelski of Latrobe (Derry Township) announce the engagement of their son Luke Niezelski of Wellesley, Massachusetts, to Marissa Douglas, also of Wellesley.  More...

Food Finds: Heading into 2016, some ingredients to watch for — and taste

EDITOR’S NOTE: Food Finds is an occasional series spotlighting emerging food trends and products, as well as interesting personalities and recipes.   Tiny fish, tart plums and coconut syrup. Ready for a taste of 2016?  More...

Campus Corner

Davenport University, Grand Rapids, Michigan, this week announced that Kristin Drzewiecki of Greensburg has been named to the president’s list for the fall 2015 semester.  More...

Schools, counties, human services organizations to get delayed $3.3 billion

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Treasury has received payment requests from the governor’s Office of the Budget for approximately 16,400 delayed payments totaling nearly $3.3 billion to school districts, counties and human service organizat More...

Local & State News

Circle That Date

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Joseph Massaro Jr., construction magnate, civic figure, dies at 79

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joseph Massaro Jr., a Pittsburgh construction magnate and civic leader whose wife created an Alzheimer’s charity after he developed the disease, has died. More...

Lottery Results

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — These Pennsylvania lotteries were drawn Thursday and Friday:  THURSDAY NIGHT  Pick 2 1-4 (one, four)  Pick 3 5-6-2 (five, six, two)  Pick 4 8-1-5-6 (eight, one, five, six)  More...

World News

Obama explores unilateral steps on guns

HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama is looking for ways to keep guns out of the hands of “a dangerous few” without depending on Congress to pass a law on the fraught subject of gun control.  More...

How much money you just saved on gas in 2015

NEWYORK (AP) — U.S. drivers saved a bunch of money on gasoline this past year, as Saudi Arabia and other OPEC members kept the pumps going in the face of low oil prices. More...

Some begin picking up pieces in Missouri after flooding

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The worst of the dangerous, deadly winter flood is over in the St. More...

Sports

GL’s Pletcher gets next best thing to state titles with four Powerade championships

The fact that he won’t graduate from Greater Latrobe High School as a fourtime PIAA wrestling champion still bugs senior Luke Pletcher.  He does, however, have something that — while not exactly the same — is pretty darn specia More...

Penn State, Georgia adjusting to coaching staff changes for TaxSlayer Bowl

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Penn State and Georgia don’t expect any major changes in the TaxSlayer Bowl despite some significant changes to their coaching staffs.  More...

Pitt pulls away late for 72-61 win over Syracuse in ACC opener

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sheldon Jeter’s orders are simple. Either the Pittsburgh forward plays with urgency or he doesn’t play at all.  “Anytime I come in I want to bring energy,” Jeter said. More...

Entertainment

Why death is common in kids’ films and how parents can cope

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In the latest Pixar release, “The Good Dinosaur,” little Arlo’s dad is dramatically washed away by a raging river.  And Arlo isn’t the only animated hero to lose a family member in the film’ More...

Weight Watchers stock soars as Oprah ad hits air

NEW YORK (AP) — Weight Watchers is getting another boost from Oprah Winfrey.  The weight loss company’s shares are soaring as a TV commercial starring Winfrey begins to air.  More...

Swift’s world tour tops Pollstar’s 2015 list at $250.4M

NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift’s star-studded “1989 World Tour” topped Pollstar’s list of worldwide tours of the year, grossing $250.4 million.  Swift’s tour grossed $70 million more than the No.2 tour of the ye More...

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