December 16, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Male suspect arrested in parking lot robbery case

State police at Greensburg have apprehended the male suspect in a robbery which occurred in the parking lot of Walmart in Hempfield Township Oct. 17, after a warrant was issued for his arrest in November. More...

HealthCare.gov moves sign up deadline to 8:59 p.m. EST Monday

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is giving consumers a few extra days to sign up on HealthCare.gov in time for health insurance coverage to take effect Jan. 1.  The new deadline is 8:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Monday, Dec. More...

Trump greets Rossi

President-elect Donald Trump embraces Leslie Baum Rossi, owner of the iconic Trump House, 4432 Route 982, Youngstown, at a rally Thursday in Hershey. More...

General News

Obituary extols man’s life of adventures and misadventures

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Chris Connors never played by the rules and his family was determined that his obituary wouldn’t either. More...

Circus settles fed complaint over elephant incidents

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A circus has agreed to pay a $7,000 fine to settle alleged federal animal-welfare violations involving Missouri and Pennsylvania shows where elephants were allowed to get loose or too close to circus-goers.  More...

Feds end airline price-gouging probe without finding fault

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Transportation Department has told five airlines that operate flights in the Northeast that it has ended its investigation into allegations of price gouging without finding any wrongdoing.  More...

Sports

’Cats turn battle of unbeatens against KA into rout

Getting off to a good start is one thing. Maintaining that focus and expanding on a lead can sometimes be another. More...

Lady Wildcats ease past Connellsville to stay unbeaten, 64-43

This one won’t make the highlight video, but it does go into the book as a victory, the third in three starts for the Greater Latrobe girls’ basketball team. More...

Lady Rams defeat Purchase Line

A strong first half carried the Ligonier Valley girls’ basketball team to a 57-41 victory against host Purchase Line in a District 6 Heritage Conference game played on Thursday. More...

Lifestyles

Donations accepted to support those seeking recovery, education

Westmoreland Community Action is now accepting donations from the public on the behalf of GET IN Westmoreland for scholarships to be awarded in 2017 to one or more Westmoreland County Adult Drug Court participants.  More...

Jessica S. Shirey, Shane A. Cross

Wedding Announcement

Jessica Suzanne Shirey of Latrobe (Kingston) and Shane Alan Cross of North East, Erie County, pledged vows of marriage Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, in St. Joseph Church, Erie. The newlyweds honeymooned on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Lucia. More...

WTAE to present ‘...Bakeries of the ’Burgh’ Dec. 21

Pittsburgh is rooted in hard work, reinvention and pride in traditions. And you can taste it in every bite. “Chronicle: Bakeries of the ’Burgh” will air on WTAE Channel 4 at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21. An encore presentation will air at 5 p.m. More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

Driver uninjured in Hecla Road crash   State police at Greensburg report no one was injured when a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by Gary Summy, 53, of Mount Pleasant slid on ice while traveling north on Hecla Road at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13. More...

Latrobe-GLSD commission OKs $570K budget for 2017

Thanks to some belt-tightening measures, the Latrobe-GLSD Parks and Recreation Commission was able to unanimously approve a balanced 2017 budget at its regular meeting Thursday.  More...

County commissioners postpone decision on final budget

Unable to come to a consensus on a final spending plan for next year, the Westmoreland County Commissioners have tabled a decision on the 2017 county budget and tax rate at Thursday’s regular meeting. More...

Sentencing delayed for man in DUI accident that killed Lt. Eric Eslary

The sentencing hearing has been postponed for a Ligonier man who admitted to being drunk when he drove the wrong way on Route 30 and struck and killed a Ligonier Township police officer. More...

Rostraver teenage girl killed in crash

A Rostraver Township teen was killed Thursday morning in a one-vehicle crash on her way to school, according to information released by Rostraver Township Police and Westmoreland County Coroner Kenneth A. More...

World News

Obama vows retaliation for suspected Russian hacking

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is promising that the U.S. will retaliate against Russia for its suspected meddling in America’s election process, an accusation the Kremlin has vehemently denied. More...

Life in prison or death only options for Dylann Roof

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The Confederate flag is gone from South Carolina’s Statehouse. The bullet holes have been patched in Emanuel AME’s fellowship hall. More...

Church, state seeing eye to eye in Putin’s Orthodox Russia

MOSCOW (AP) - The Russian Orthodox Church is expanding its influence in what was once an officially godless state - and President Vladimir Putin appears eager to harness that resurgent power of faith to promote his own agenda. More...

Education

DAMS Backpack Program

For more than 15 years, the Feeding America Backpack Program has been helping children get the nutritious and easy-to-prepare food they need to get enough to eat on the weekends. More...

LVMS Students of Month

Ligonier Valley Middle School recently announced its Students of the Month for December. More...

DAMS celebrates TWINS-Giving

The SHIELD Stars at Derry Area Middle School recently hosted a TWINS-Giving Breakfast in honor of the twins in the school. There are five sets of twins in grade 8 and one set in grade 7.  More...

Entertainment

Facebook gets serious about fighting fake news

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is taking new measures to curb the spread of fake news on its huge and influential social network. More...

How to spot lies, ‘fake news’ and propaganda

NEW YORK (AP) — The Pope has endorsed Donald Trump for president. AWashington, DC, pizzeria is a front for a child sex abuse ring. George Soros will “bring down” the U.S. by funding “black hate groups.” More...

Pew: Majority of US says fake news is creating confusion

NEW YORK (AP) — A new survey from the Pew Research Center has found that two-thirds of U.S. adults say fake news stories are causing “a great deal of confusion” about the basic facts of current events. More...

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