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Police continue investigating thefts from vehicles

Two suspects are in custody, but state police at Kiski Valley are still investigating thefts from vehicles which occurred between June 1 and Nov. 27 throughout Westmoreland and Indiana counties.  More...

Ligonier supervisors reorganize, appoint Bell to municipal authority

The Ligonier Township Supervisors will keep the same leadership in place for 2017 after conducting its annual reorganization meeting Tuesday .  Wade Thomas was again elected chairman, with Paul Knupp tabbed as vice-chairman for 2017. More...

Rep. Joseph Petrarca takes oath of office for start of 2017-18 session

Rep. Joseph Petrarca was sworn into office again as representative of the 55th Legislative District, which includes portions of Westmoreland, Armstrong and Indiana counties. More...

General News

Murder case dismissed against ex-wrestler ‘Superfly’ Snuka

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday dismissed the murder case against former pro wrestler Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, saying he is not competent to stand trial in the 1983 death of his girlfriend.  More...

Teen faces charges over alleged racist video of another teen

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — A14-year-old white student accused of making a racist video of a black student that was shared on social media will be prosecuted on charges of ethnic intimidation and harassment, a prosecutor said Tuesday.  More...

Man gets 2 life terms for killing, dismembering parents

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A western Pennsylvania man convicted of killing and dismembering his elderly mother and stepfather before putting their body parts into plastic bags has been sentenced to two consecutive life prison terms.  An Allegheny C More...

Sports

Wildcats make it look easy against Norwin

A fourth game in seven days. And this one, although at home, was against a sound Norwin team. No problem. More...

Trojans beat Blairsville to snap losing skid against District 6 Heritage Conference teams

Derry Area’s 10-game losing streak to District 6 Heritage Conference teams in boys’ basketball ended Tuesday with a 59-47 defeat of visiting Blairsville.  The Trojans’ skid against the Indiana County-based conference had been a More...

Surging Steelers rewrite script on fly

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin doesn’t remember the exact conversation. Alejandro Villaneuva does.  More...

Lifestyles

State Ballet Theater of Russia to present ‘Cinderella’ at UPJ

This season marks the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center's 25th year presenting world-class, professional entertainment to the region. More...

Events of Area Interest

‘Wonderland’ tryouts to begin Friday More...

Grain salad might be key to healthier eating in ’17

If you’re anything like the rest of us, you might tend to needlessly over complicate your life. You plan an elaborate dinner for a Wednesday night. You schedule a meeting across town at rush hour. More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

Woman charged with theft by deception  State police at Greensburg report Patience Rose Wilson, 22, was charged with theft by deception after allegedly taking a mattress topper from a shelf at the Walmart store in Unity Township and attempting to More...

Mylant takes over as Unity Township Supervisors chair

O’Barto steps down

John Mylant was voted as the new chairman of the Unity Township Supervisors at Tuesday’s reorganization meeting. More...

Lipinski resigns from Derry council

For the first time in some time, Derry Borough has a council vacancy.  Secretary/treasurer Lori Latta said at Tuesday’s work session that the borough has been notified of Tom Lipinski’s resignation from council, effective Dec. 30. More...

DeCario re-elected as chair of Derry Township Supervisors

Vince DeCario was re-elected as chairman of the Derry Township Supervisors during Tuesday’s annual reorganization meeting.  DeCario, beginning his 14th year as a supervisor, was re-elected as chairman for the 10th straight year.  More...

Blairsville Polar Plunge

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Local & State News

Drive to kill school property tax headed back to Legislature

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Debate over school property taxes in Pennsylvania is expected to return to the Legislature in 2017.  Senate supporters say the Nov. More...

Suspect in trooper’s slaying sent text: ‘I killed the cop’

The suspect in the slaying of a Pennsylvania state trooper sent a text afterward to his son’s mother, apologizing to her and acknowledging, “I killed the cop,” according to court records released Tuesday.  More...

Football players settle hazing case over ‘No Gay Thursday’

BERWYN, Pa. (AP) — Three suburban Philadelphia high school football players have pleaded guilty to menacing a freshman player with a broom handle on what the team called “No Gay Thursday.”  More...

World News

Trump questions US intelligence as governing challenges loom

NEW YORK (AP) - His inauguration less than three weeks away, President-elect Donald Trump is raising new doubts about the nation’s intelligence community, tweeting fresh criticism at the same people who will help inform his most sensitive decis More...

Obama, Pence to Capitol as health care overhaul fight begins

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is traveling to the Capitol to give congressional Democrats advice on how to combat the Republican drive to dismantle his health care overhaul. More...

Turkey identifies club gunman; Erdogan speaks to nation

ISTANBUL (AP) - Turkey has identified the gunman in the Istanbul nightclub massacre, the foreign minister said Wednesday as the president vowed that the country won’t surrender to terrorists or become divided. More...

Health

Diet res-illusions: Tips from the pros on how to lose weight

We make ‘em, we break ‘em. New Year’s diet resolutions fall like needles on Christmas trees as January goes on. Genes can work against us. Metabolism, too. More...

Cells dripped into the brain help man fight a deadly cancer

A man with deadly brain cancer that had spread to his spine saw his tumors shrink and, for a time, completely vanish after a novel treatment to help his immune system attack his disease — another first in this promising field.  More...

Medicare launches revamp for heart attacks, hip fractures

WASHINGTON (AP) — Heart attacks and broken hips cause much suffering and worry as people grow older. More...

Entertainment

Megyn Kelly leaving Fox News, will host 2 shows on NBC

NEW YORK (AP) — Megyn Kelly, the Fox News star who’s had a contentious relationship with President-elect Donald Trump, said Tuesday that she’s leaving the network for NBC News, where she will host a daytime talk show and a weekend news magazine, as w More...

Rockettes boss: It’s ‘very appropriate’ to perform for Trump

NEW YORK (AP) — Asecret audio recording captured some of the tension between members of the Radio City Rockettes and their employer, Madison Square Garden, over a plan to have them dance at Donald Trump’s inauguration. More...

Bruce Springsteen questions Trump’s competence for office

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