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Gas drilling decline softens boom for some businesses

WAYNESBURG, Pa. (AP) — John Bruno dresses the industry that revitalized his Waynesburg business district.  More...

General News

Obama expands media strat to long-form conversations

WASHINGTON (AP) — The novelist tossed out phrases such as “religious humanism” and “the sinister other.” The interviewer asked her about her upbringing and writing process. More...

DoubleTree hotel in Pittsburgh disrupted by duct fire

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Investigators were trying to determine what caused a fire that sent smoke through the duct work of a downtown Pittsburgh hotel, which was disrupted for about three hours as a result.  Nobody was hurt in the fire at the Do More...

6 homeless, 1 firefighter hurt after house fire in Erie

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Six people are homeless and a firefighter has been hurt after an early morning fire in northwestern Pennsylvania.  The Erie Times-News reports a house was reported on fire shortly before 1 a.m. More...

Sports

LV’s Patrick takes Southmoreland tourney title

Ligonier Valley’s Robby Patrick went undefeated to capture the championship at the recent Southmoreland Holiday Wrestling Classic.  More...

Steelers sneak into AFC playoffs with win against Browns

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger looked up in the fourth quarter and noticed Pittsburgh fans twirling their Terrible Towels with delight.  The Steelers needed help, and they got it.  They’re still in the hunt for another Supe More...

Penn State’s Hackenberg declares for NFL draft after bowl

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg had hoped to go out with a victory.  He certainly didn’t expect his college career to end in street clothes.  More...

Lifestyles

Brass will bring in the New Year Friday in Grand Halle; tix on sale

The holidays aren’t over until The Johnstown Brassworks play during the Grand Halle Performance Series. This year, their performance will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, at The Grand Halle on Broad Street (corner of Third Avenue), Johnstown. More...

KitchenWise

Ready for breaded cutlets of a different kind? Cauliflower!

EDITOR’S NOTE: KitchenWise is a weekly column that uses delicious recipes to teach basic cooking skills.   Let’s say that one of your New Year’s resolutions is to eat healthier and lose some weight. Join the crowd, right?  More...

Halula / Hall

Joseph and Kimberly Halula of Latrobe announce the engagement of their daughter Manda Jo Halula of Latrobe to Stephen Hall of Latrobe. He is the son of James and Barbara Hall of Greensburg.  More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

Gun reported stolen from New Derry home   State police at Greensburg report between 9 a.m. Dec. 15 and noon Dec. More...

10th Annual Latrobe Community Christmas Day dinner held

The 10th annual Latrobe Community Christmas Day dinner provided a home-cooked dinner to 140 Latrobe area residents and 30 of the 75 volunteers that gave their time on Christmas Day to serve the holiday meal.  More...

New federal law allows new directions for state ed

HARRISBURG — With the major overhaul of federal education requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act, it’s now up to the states to revamp their systems. More...

Locks of Love donation

Seven-year-old Kaylee Overly, of Derry, decided to have her hair cut for Locks of Love in memory of her grandmother, who died of cancer. Kaylee wanted to help kids with cancer have hair. More...

Local & State News

Philly mayor-elect, officials denounce hateful acts

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia’s incoming mayor and organizers of the city’s annual New Year’s Day parade condemned expressions of hate, a day after some Mummers Parade participants mocked Caitlyn Jenner, were accused of har More...

5 firefighters jump from 2nd-story window in house blaze

WILKINSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Fire officials say seven western Pennsylvania firefighters would have died at a house fire had they not been near a window.  More...

State Supreme Court OKs conviction, death in toddler slaying

UNIONTOWN, Pa. More...

World News

Somali extremists use Donald Trump clip to recruit followers

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) - Al-Qaida’s East African affiliate has released a recruitment video targeting American blacks and Muslims that includes a clip of presidential candidate Donald Trump calling for Muslims to be banned from entering the Un More...

Trump brushes off militant recruiting video citing his words

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump won’t be dissuaded from saying what he thinks simply because Islamic extremists use his words to recruit Muslims to their cause. More...

Health care repeal vote to open a political year in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) - It’s been like a long-delayed New Year’s resolution for Republicans. But 2016 will finally be the year when they put legislation on President Barack Obama’s desk repealing his health care law.  More...

Health

Healthy habits you can use to combat stress

Stress has an immediate and potentially long-term effect on the human body. More...

Kids’ asthma rates quiet down after earlier increase

CHICAGO (AP) — Asthma rates in U.S. children have quieted down after a decades-long increase, a government study found, and researchers are trying to pinpoint reasons that would explain the trend.  More...

Terminal cancer patient who sued gets medical marijuana

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A cancer patient in New Hampshire who took her home state to court to get a medical marijuana card recently got her medicine in Maine. More...

Entertainment

‘Star Wars’ surpasses ‘Titanic,’ ‘Jurassic World’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” marched confidently into the new year, raking in an additional $88.3 million over the New Year’s weekend and topping the box office for a third week, according to studio estima More...

National Society of Film Critics: ‘Spotlight’best picture

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Society of Film Critics has voted “Spotlight” the best picture of 2015.  Society members who gathered Sunday at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York also awarded the film the prize for More...

Motion to block subpoena of Bill Cosby’s wife denied

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has denied a motion by Bill Cosby’s wife to throw out a subpoena requiring her to give a deposition in a lawsuit brought by seven women who accuse the comedian of sexually assaulting them decades ago.  More...

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