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Pennsylvania launches 24th US medical marijuana program

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania has become the 24th state to legalize a comprehensive medical marijuana program.  Democratic Gov. More...

General News

Everyone lies, but politicians do it more often

WASHINGTON (AP) — This is the season of lies.  We watch with fascination as candidates for the world’s most powerful job trade falsehoods and allegations of dishonesty.  More...

BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS

Consumer-ratings business JD Power sold for $1.1 billion NEW YORK (AP) — McGraw Hill Financial, the financial-data group behind Standard & Poor’s ratings agency, says it has its sold consumer-ratings unit J.D. Power for $1.1 billion. More...

Wright house in Phoenix to temporarily halt public tours

PHOENIX (AP) — A Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in Phoenix will close to the public starting next month. More...

Sports

Lady Rams double up Plum in exhibition, 6-3

Ligonier Valley’s softball team used some early offense and a pitching gem from Lexi Petrof to upend visiting Plum, 6-3, in exhibition play on Saturday.  More...

Pitt caps second spring under Narduzzi

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Year Two under Pat Narduzzi officially began in March. Narduzzi’s goal for his team the second time around was the same as it was when he took over in 2015: become three percent better every day. More...

First day fish!

Josh Walton of Mount Pleasant proudly holds up the 10-inch rainbow trout he just caught at Mammoth Lake on Saturday. More...

Lifestyles

SVC set to showcase student research at academic conference

Nearly 300 St. Vincent College students will be showcasing their research and other academic accomplishments for their classmates, professors and the general public at the college’s 13th annual academic conference from 2 to 7 p.m. More...

St. Vincent College Concert Series welcomes special guests April 9

Several special guests attended the St. Vincent College Concert Series solo piano recital by pianist Vivian Choi on April 9, in the Performing Arts Center of the Robert S. Carey Student Center. St. More...

Derry Area grad Kahl publishes new book

Derry Area graduate and Penn State Greater Allegheny Instructor in Engineering Alandra Kahl recently published a book, “Introduction to Environmental Engineering.”  The book, published this January by Momentum Press, “is inten More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

Man cited with public drunkenness  Latrobe police report on April 8, Victor A. More...

Forest fire in St. Clair Twp. caps off active weekend for firefighters

After an active weekend for firefighters working to extinguish two separate forest fires that broke out near the border of Westmoreland and Somerset counties, fire crews continued to battle brush fires in St. More...

Midnight tonight deadline to file taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of taxpayers face a midnight deadline Monday to file their tax returns, while millions of others will ask for more time —a six-month extension. More...

Delay in judge retirement ballot question generates lawsuit

HARRISBURG, Pa. More...

Local & State News

Highlights of Pa.’s medical marijuana legislation

Pennsylvania is becoming the 24th state to legalize a comprehensive and public medical marijuana program after Gov. Tom Wolf signs legislation Sunday. Here are major elements of the 80-page bill: PATIENTS More...

PennDOT’s county maintenance schedule updated

Westmoreland County Maintenance Manager Robb Dean recently announced the following tentative Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) work plan for the week of April 18:  • Pipe installation and drainage will take place on Route More...

Family of 5 killed in fire is mourned; cause still unknown

BELLEVUE, Pa. More...

World News

Oculus reacts to virtual reality privacy questions

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) - An executive from virtual reality company Oculus says consumers shouldn’t be concerned about an invasion of their privacy when using the Oculus Rift. More...

How Trump can lock up GOP nomination before the July convention

WASHINGTON (AP) - To all the political junkies yearning for a contested Republican convention this summer: not so fast. It’s still possible for Donald Trump to clinch the nomination by the end of the primaries on June 7. More...

Cruz promises Wyoming Republicans to roll back ‘war on coal’

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Republican candidate Ted Cruz promised to roll back what he calls President Barack Obama’s ‘war on coal’ if he’s elected president. More...

Health

American doctors make new esophagus using stents and skin

LONDON (AP) — American doctors have made a new esophagus for a young man, using donated skin tissue and metal stents, in the latest example of scientists creating body parts in the lab to help patients with few other options.  More...

More infections from dirty scopes than estimated

WASHINGTON (AP) — At least 300 patients have been sickened by life-threatening infections linked to contaminated medical scopes — more than previously estimated by federal regulators, according to figures released Friday.  More...

How to build and maintain strong bones

Osteoporosis, a disease that causes bones to become weakened and brittle over time, affects millions of people across the globe. More...

Entertainment

‘Jungle Book’ roars with $103.6 million debut

NEW YORK (AP) — The Walt Disney Co.’s “The Jungle Book” opened with $103.6 million in North America, making it one of the biggest April debuts ever at the box office and continuing the studio’s streak of unearthing live-action riches buried in its an More...

Axl Rose to join AC/DC on tour, replacing Brian Johnson

NEW YORK (AP) — Along with prepping a reunion tour with Guns N’ Roses, Axl Rose is joining AC/DC on the road.  AC/DC announced Saturday that Rose will replace Brian Johnson on its Rock or Bust World Tour beginning May 7 in Lisbon. More...

John Legend, Chrissy Teigen welcome baby girl, Luna Simone

NEW YORK (AP) — John Legend and Chrissy Teigen (TEE’- gen) have welcomed a baby girl named Luna Simone Stephens.  Legend’s real surname is Stephens. More...

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