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1st New Year baby

At 3:18 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1, Isabella Rose Blaszkowski was born at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, making her the first baby of the new year at the Excela Health Family Additions Maternity Center. More...

Pennsylvania could lose 1 or 2 House seats

HARRISBURG, Pa. More...

General News

IS suicide bomber kills 36 in bustling Baghdad market

BAGHDAD (AP) - Asuicide bomber driving a pickup loaded with explosives struck a bustling market in Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 36 people in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group hours after French President Francois Hollande arrived in More...

Muscle Shoals Sound Studio named top Alabama attraction

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A fabled music studio where acts including the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan recorded hits hasn’t even reopened following an extensive renovation, yet it’s already being named Alabama’s No. More...

Oscar Mayer plant in Madison prepares to close

MADISON, Wis. More...

Editorial

Teachers have become all-too-easy targets

Guest Editorial

They’ve become easy targets. Every year, when the property tax bills come out, they get blamed for the latest increase. Every year, when the latest test scores are revealed, they get blasted for the most recent decrease. More...

The irony of Pa.’s open records law

GUEST EDITORIAL

Among the many ironies contained in Pennsylvania’s open records law, or at least how the law is interpreted by local officials and their lawyers, is that government entities believe that the amount of money they spend on legal fees in resisting More...

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:  The letter to the editor from Mr. More...

Lifestyles

‘Richard the Lionheart’ Pa. premiere Jan. 21-29

Pittsburgh Opera continues its 78th season with the Pennsylvania premiere of Handel’s “Richard the Lionheart” at Pittsburgh CAPA Theater Jan. 21-29. More...

WCT: Get The Led Out returns for two shows

Get The Led Out makes their way back to The Palace Theatre for two nights of everything Led Zeppelin.  Presented by Westmoreland Cultural Trust, the band will perform 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, and Saturday, Jan. 21, in The Palace Theatre, 21 W. More...

Like weddings, popping the question means a destination

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s courtin’ time and that still means going down on one knee for many proposers of marriage. Only now, more are choosing a special destination to do the asking. More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

Police investigating tire burglary   State police at Greensburg report between 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, and 7 a.m. Monday, Jan. 2, someone forced entry into Beaver Tire Service on Route 22 in Derry Township and stole about 180 tires. More...

In Pennsylvania, 2017 brings higher gas taxes, other changes

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Along with New Year’s resolutions, 2017 will ring in some new laws for Pennsylvanians. Gas will cost more, and it will cost you more to drive on the turnpike. More...

Federal prosecutor tackles heroin scourge that claimed son

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The phone at Bruce Brandler’s home rang at 3:37 a.m. It was the local hospital. His 16-year-old son was there, and he was in really bad shape. A suspected heroin overdose, the nurse said. Brandler didn’t believe it. More...

Slain Pennsylvania trooper is recalled as a model officer

MARTINSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A state police trooper who was shot to death while responding to a domestic incident three days ago in rural central Pennsylvania was remembered Monday as a model officer.  More...

State lawmakers ready for new term with Capitol swearing-in

HARRISBURG, Pa. More...

Suspect’s Facebook page plugs ‘dead cop’

JUNIATA TOWNSHIP, Pa. More...

Local & State News

Female officer sues town, claims firing over gender

RIVERSIDE, Pa. (AP) — Apolice officer has filed suit against a central Pennsylvania town, claiming she was fired because of her gender.  Jennifer Alexander sued Riverside borough in federal court. She seeks unspecified damages.  More...

About 500 brave chilly waters in Pittsburgh charity plunge

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh’s acting police chief was among about 500 people who dove into the chilly waters of the Monogahela River in Pittsburgh on Sunday.  The annual Polar Bear Plunge raises money for charity. More...

After busy political year, Pennsylvania looks ahead to 2017

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania found itself in the eye of the political storm this year, from contested primaries, through the Democratic convention in Philadelphia and into the fall, when it was anointed with battleground status. More...

World News

WORLD NEWS IN BRIEF

Republicans primed for push to dismantle Obama’s policies WASHINGTON (AP) - Members of the 115th Congress will be sworn in at noon Tuesday, setting off an aggressive campaign by Republicans who control the House and Senate to dismantle eight years o More...

Sports

Browns’ Terrelle Pryor makes history against hometown team

PITTSBURGH — Former Jeannette High School standout Terrelle Pryor, now a star wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns, made history during a 27-24 defeat against his hometown Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. More...

Norwin hands Greater Latrobe girls sixth straight defeat, 75-22

The struggles continued for the Greater Latrobe girls’ basketball team. This time, the Lady Wildcats suffered a 75-22 defeat against visiting Norwin, the two-time defending WPIAL Quad-A champion, in a WPIAL Class 6A Section 2 game Monday. More...

USC hits field goal on final play, beats PSU in Rose Bowl

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Matt Boermeester kicked a 46- yard field goal as time expired, and No. 9 Southern California rallied from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter for a spectacular 52-49 victory over No. More...

Entertainment

‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ tops box office for third straight weekend

NEW YORK (AP) — The new year at the box office is starting where 2016 left off: with Disney on top. More...

Dick Clark Productions rejects Mariah Carey’s sabotage claim

NEW YORK (AP) — Dick Clark Productions is hitting back against Mariah Carey’s claim it sabotaged her live performance on its “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” special.  More...

Vandalized Hollywood sign briefly reads ‘HOLLYWeeD’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — No, Los Angeles residents, it wasn’t your hangovers playing tricks on you. The Hollywood sign really did read “HOLLYWeeD” for a few hours on New Year’s Day. More...

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