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$325K Cash 5 jackpot won in Westmoreland

One jackpot-winning Pennsylvania Lottery Cash 5 ticket worth $325,000 from the Thursday, Jan. More...

Alleged abused horses seized from Derry Twp. farm

Four horses were seized from a Derry Township farm by Humane Society of Westmoreland County agents and volunteers on Friday after allegations of long-term neglect.  Of the horses, four were taken from the farm and transported to Second Chance Eq More...

General News

Staten Island player wins $165M Mega Millions jackpot

NEW YORK (AP) — While scores of Americans have shelled out cash for a chance at winning the Powerball lottery with a jackpot that’s grown to $900 million, a lucky player on Staten Island became a multimillionaire after buying a Mega Millions ticket. More...

Senate Democrats rammed through judges, now GOP calls shots

WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than 400 days, Luis Felipe Restropo is finally getting a confirmation vote in the Senate that would make him the first Hispanic federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit. More...

Gas prices fall a penny over 3 weeks

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of gasoline has dropped a penny over the past three weeks, to $2.05 a gallon. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that with the slight decline the price remains the lowest since 2009. More...

Sports

DA’s Phillippi defeats GL’s Pletcher in eighth, final meeting

In championship match of WCCA Wrestling Tournament

MURRYSVILLE — It was great drama. It was great competition. The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat and much more. Great friend against great friend. More...

Graytok’s big quarter helps Wildcats get past Kiski Area

VANDERGRIFT — As onen of the point guards of the Greater Latrobe’s boys’ basketball team, Sean Graytok is expected to lead. More...

’Cats stay unbeaten, defeat IA in Shootout

The Greater Latrobe boys’ basketball team continued to roll with a 68-57 victory against Indiana Area in Saturday’s Coaches Vs. Cancer Shootout at Seton Hill University in Greensburg.  The WPIAL Quad-A No. More...

Lifestyles

WSO’s Academy of Music announces spring offerings

The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra announced its course offerings for the spring term through its Academy of Music, located at 951 Old Salem Road in the Greensburg Garden and Civic Center. Course offerings include:  More...

Pitt-Greensburg to host fifth annual SOPA Hoops Saturday on Jan. 16

The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg will host its fifth annual SOPA Hoops Saturday on Jan. 16. More...

Murder Mystery Dinner deadline approaching

Did you hear about this year’s theme for the accessAbilities Foundation’s annual Murder Mystery Dinner?  More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

Car hits mailboxes, driver flees scene   More...

Didn’t win last week? Powerball jackpot world’s largest at $1.3 billion

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Disappointed you didn’t win the Powerball jackpot this weekend? Don’t be. Lottery officials say the prize has now swelled to an estimated $1.3 billion — the world’s largest. Ever. “Biggest jackpot in the history of the world. More...

Hostetter man sentenced for role in 2012 fatal crash

A Westmoreland County judge on Friday sentenced a Hostetter man to up to 42 months in person for his role in a fatal accident in Salem Township in 2012.  Brandon William Thiem, 28, was sentenced by Judge Meagan Bilik-DeFazio to no less than 21 m More...

High winds return with little aftermath

High winds returned to the area on Sunday, but luckily for residents and emergency workers, failed to produce the kind of widespread damage seen Dec. 28-29.  More...

DEP releases drilling rules documents

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) last week released almost 3,000 pages of documents to support new regulations for oil and gas drillers — rules that haven't been updated since 2001.  More...

Local & State News

Facing charges, top Pa. prosecutor eyes re-election

HARRISBURG, Pa. More...

Kane plans to skip hearing at which her job is at stake

HARRISBURG, Pa. More...

Trial ordered for man in 5-week-old girl’s death

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A western Pennsylvania man accused of killing his 5-week-old daughter by fracturing her skull during bath time has been ordered to stand trial. More...

World News

Mexico: Sean Penn interview helped locate drug lord

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican officials say Sean Penn’s contacts with drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman helped them track the fugitive down - even if he slipped away from an initial raid on the hideout where the Hollywood actor apparently met him. More...

Rolling Stone faces criticism over ‘El Chapo’ interview

NEWYORK (AP) - It was a big scoop, and one Rolling Stone may well regret. More...

Mexico begins extradition proceedings against drug lord

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico began the process of extraditing drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to the United States, two days after the famed fugitive was recaptured following a dramatic, months-long hunt featuring movies stars, sewer esc More...

Health

Q&A on UK’s new drinking guidelines, alcohol link to cancer

LONDON (AP) — British health officials say drinking alcohol regularly increases the risk of cancer. And they’ve issued tough new guidelines that could prove hard to swallow in a nation where having a pint is a hallowed tradition.  More...

Attorney General’s office offers tips for Pa. residents considering health club memberships

HARRISBURG — The beginning of a new year is customarily a time when many Pennsylvanians look to achieve their fitness resolutions by joining gyms or health clubs. More...

Tips for helping youngsters link written words to language

Reading to very young children is crucial to help them eventually learn to read. More...

Entertainment

‘The Revenant,’ ‘The Martian’ top Golden Globes

(AP) — Two frontier survival tales — “The Revenant” and “The Martian” — led a bleep-filled Golden Globes where the star power of Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jennifer Lawrence was challenged only by the relentless mocking of the show’s beer-wiel More...

‘StarWars’tops DiCaprio in ‘Revenant’to stay No. 1

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” stayed on top of the North American box office for the fourth straight weekend, beating out Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Revenant,” and becoming the third-largest grossing m More...

Iconic singer David Bowie dies at 69

NEW YORK (AP) — David Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-spanning persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday. More...

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