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Smoking materials likely cause of Flight 93 memorial fire

SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Discarded smoking material is strongly suspected as the cause of a 2014 fire that struck the Flight 93 National Memorial, according to a report released Saturday. More...

General News

Pope, Russian Orthodox patriarch set for historic meeting

VATICAN CITY (AP) — In an historic step to heal the 1,000- year schism that split Christianity, Pope Francis and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba next week in an attempt to begin bridging the church’s East-West divide, both More...

Police officials quarrel over effort to raise bar on force

WASHINGTON (AP) — A police group’s proposal that law enforcement officers be required to do more than what’s minimally required by law in violent encounters has spurred anger and pushback from leading national groups representing chiefs and rank-and- More...

U of Cincinnati hires police consultant after fatal shooting

CINCINNATI (AP) — The University of Cincinnati has hired an outside consultant for nearly $400,000 to review its police department for reforms in the aftermath of an officer’s fatal shooting of a motorist during a traffic stop over a miss More...

Sports

Missed opportunities doom Trojans in WPIAL wrestling playoffs

HOUSTON — When the final whistle blew, you could not blame Derry Area sixth-year head coach Mike Weinell for being aggravated.  More...

Johns carries surging IceCats past Penn-Trafford, 7-2

Brendan Johns’ big night kept the Greater Latrobe hockey team in the thick of the race for the PIHL Class AA Eastern Conference crown. More...

Short-handed Trojans fall to IA, Albert Gallatin

The short-handed Derry Area boys’basketball team suffered a 76- 30 defeat against WPIAL Quad-A Albert Gallatin during an home exhibition game Saturday. More...

Lifestyles

St. Vincent Gallery: ‘Southwestern Light’ reception Thursday

The St. Vincent Gallery will present an exhibit titled “Southwestern Light: Works in Oil by John G. Constantine,” from Friday, Feb. 12, to Sunday, March 13.  An opening reception will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11. More...

‘National Parks Adventure’ opens Friday at Science Center

“National Parks Adventure,” a new giant-screen film experience from MacGillivray Freeman Films, will open at Carnegie Science Center’s Rangos Omnimax Theater on Friday, Feb. 12. The film, shown on Pittsburgh’s biggest screen, commemorates the U.S. More...

PBT planning ‘Peter Pan’ class series, performances

Building on the success of its sensory-friendly performances, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s adaptive dance classes provide a platform for students with special needs to move from ballet patron to active participant. More...

Latrobe K-9 team special guests at AFA fundraiser

Officer Robert Derk always had a passion for dogs, he said, so he felt lucky that Latrobe City Council in April 2011 voted to initiate a K-9 program in the city, and that he was the one who would go into training.  A month or so later, he sat on More...

Somerset Historical Center to offer maple history weekend March 12-13

The Somerset Historical Center, in association with the Somerset County Maple Producers, will offer a weekend of maple history from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 12-13, as part of the Maple Producer’s Taste and Tour Promotion. More...

Special Olympics Winter Games at Seven Springs

A fireworks display was part of the opening ceremonies for Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s 2016 Winter Games held on Sunday, Feb. 7, at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. More...

Local & State News

Pennsylvania Special Olympics held at Seven Springs resort

CHAMPION, Pa. More...

Video shows student with cerebral palsy pushed down, kicked

PENN HILLS, Pa. More...

Altoona-Johnstown bishop puts 2 on leave over abuse claims

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Acentral Pennsylvania bishop has placed two priests on leave over child-sex abuse allegations more than 20 years old.  More...

World News

UN condemns N Korea launch, pledges significant new sanctions

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - The U.N. More...

States taking action to keep guns out of abusers’ hands

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - More than a dozen states have strengthened laws over the past two years to keep firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers, a rare area of consensus in the nation’s highly polarized debate over guns.  More...

Chicago officer sues estate of teen he shot, claiming trauma

CHICAGO (AP) - A white Chicago police officer who fatally shot a black 19-year-old college student and accidentally killed a neighbor has filed a lawsuit against the teenager’s estate, arguing the shooting left him traumatized.  More...

Health

Zika spotlights rare birth defect with variety of causes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Zika virus is putting a spotlight on a potentially devastating birth defect that until now has gotten little public attention.  More...

Simple test allows for rapid diagnosis of preeclampsia

Researchers have found that a simple test can rapidly detect one of the world’s most deadly pregnancy related conditions, which could have a major impact on global health. More...

Rookie docs can work longer flex hours safely, study finds

CHICAGO (AP) — Surgery patients fared just as well when junior doctors worked longer than mandated hours in the first major rigorous test of regulations many physicians say hurt medical education.  More...

Entertainment

Review: Coldplay lets Beyoncé, Bruno Mars overshadow band

Give Chris Martin and Coldplay credit: It takes a certain lack of ego for musicians to essentially let themselves be upstaged at their own Super Bowl show.  More...

Super Bowl 50 advertising winners and losers

NEWYORK (AP) — The Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers during Super Bowl 50 — and there were clear winners and losers off the field, too. More...

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