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Former dealer accused of selling guns from Latrobe attorney’s estate, pocketing profits

A former Mount Pleasant gun dealer who agreed to sell a collection of firearms for the heirs of a Latrobe attorney despite having surrendered his firearm retail license sold the guns, according to Westmoreland County Detectives, but allegedly kept ne More...

General News

County deputy sheriff files whistleblower lawsuit over dispute over dog

A county deputy sheriff at the center of a dispute over a drug-sniffing dog who was removed from his care earlier this year has filed a federal whistleblower lawsuit.  More...

Church pastor, wife, convicted of fraud

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Virginia pastor and his wife have been convicted of defrauding members of their congregation and investors in a Nigerian oil scheme.  More...

Local Union 1537 meetings Thursday; retirees to hold Christmas dinner

Local Union 1537 United Steelworkers and its units will hold their monthly meetings on Thursday, Dec. 21, at Huber Hall, Latrobe. Unit 1551 will hold its meeting at 4 p.m., with the union meeting set to begin at 4:30 p.m. More...

Sports

Rams getting by until they’re at full strength

Preseason favorites in Heritage South with four starters back

Yeah, it was Ligonier Valley’s very first District 6 Heritage Conference game of the season.  But that game just happened to pit the conference’s division preseason favorites — Ligonier Valley in the South, and Purchase Line in More...

Offensive outburst helps LV boys defeat Saltsburg

An offensive outburst allowed the Ligonier Valley boys’ basketball team to get back on track. More...

Trojans win at MP for first time in five seasons

There was no doubt about it.  The Derry Area boys basketball team made sure of it.  The Trojans took care of business early at a place that hasn’t been kind to them as Derry Area stayed perfectin section play with a 53-38 victory agai More...

Lifestyles

Supreme Court cookbook dishes up history, recipes

WASHINGTON (AP) — At Christmastime, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor would send her colleagues giftwrapped packages of homemade beef jerky from her family’s cattle ranch in Arizona. More...

Campus Corner

Coastal Carolina graduate   More...

Happy Birthsay

Anthony James DeLuca is 11 years old today, Dec. 20.  He was born Dec. More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

Snow plow clips truck mirror in Homer City crash   More...

GL board approves settlement of tax assessment appeal

Members of the Greater Latrobe School Board voted to approve a settlement of a tax assessment appeal at Tuesday’s regular meeting.  The property, off Route 30, below the Inn at Mountainview in an office complex, was originally purchased by More...

Backpack program provides snacks to hungry GLstudents

The need is there, and it continues to grow.  Jerry Supko, part of the Greater Latrobe-Laurel Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce, is doing his part to try and fill that need.  More...

Arnold woman arrested driving stolen SUV in Derry Township

An Arnold woman is in the Westmoreland County Prison after she was stopped by state police Friday in Derry Township while driving a sport utility vehicle reported stolen earlier this month.  Monica Louise Sweeney, 43, was charged with receiving More...

Local & State News

Amtrak didn’t wait for system that could’ve prevented wreck

Associated Press The rush to launch service on a new, faster Amtrak route near Seattle came at a deadly cost — critical speed-control technology that could have prevented a derailment was not active before the train set off on its maiden voyage. More...

Prosecutors seek to reinstate charges in 2015 Amtrak wreck

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Prosecutors are set to argue that criminal charges should be reinstated against the engineer in a deadly 2015 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia.  Pennsylvania’s attorney general on Wednesday is appealing a judge&r More...

Pastor cleared of charge in pneumonia death of grandchild

READING, Pa. (AP) — The pastor of a congregation that avoids modern medicine was cleared of a charge that he should have alerted authorities of possible child abuse when his 2-year-old granddaughter was dying of pneumonia.  More...

World News

Senate moves tax-cut legislation to brink of final passage

WASHINGTON (AP) - Jubilant Republicans pushed on early Wednesday to the verge of the most sweeping rewrite of the nation’s tax laws in more than three decades, a deeply unpopular bill they insist Americans will learn to love when they see their More...

9,000-plus died in battle with Islamic State group for Mosul

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) - The price Mosul’s residents paid in blood to see their city freed was between 9,000 and 11,000 dead, a civilian casualty rate nearly 10 times higher than what has been previously reported.  More...

12 killed as bus carrying foreign tourists crashes in Mexico

CANCUN, Mexico (AP) - A bus carrying cruise ship passengers on an excursion to Mayan ruins in southeastern Mexico flipped over on a narrow highway Tuesday, killing 11 travelers and their guide and injuring about 20 others, officials said.  More...

Health

A CDC ban on ‘fetus’ and ‘transgender?’ Experts alarmed by report

NEW YORK (AP) — Health leaders say they are alarmed about a report that officials at the nation’s top public health agency are being told not to use certain words or phrases in official budget documents, including “fetus,” &ld More...

Giving the gift of memory: 2 easy DIY projects

For elderly people struggling with memory loss, one of the toughest things can be forgetting the details of their own lives. More...

Small risk of breast cancer seen with hormone contraceptives

CHICAGO (AP) — Modern birth control pills that are lower in estrogen have fewer side effects than past oral contraceptives. More...

Entertainment

Margot Robbie plans to return to ice rink for Christmas

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Margot Robbie learned to ice skate for “I, Tonya” and loved it, but she hasn’t donned skates since, something she said she’s hoping to change over the Christmas break.  The actress says ice antics More...

PBS to air BBC show with Katty Kay in Rose time slot

NEW YORK (AP) — PBS will broadcast a BBC news program featuring Washington correspondent Katty Kay for the second half of Charlie Rose’s vacated time slot, pairing it with a Christiane Amanpour program that began airing last week.  More...

Author of online hit ‘Cat Person’has 7-figure book deal

NEW YORK (AP) — The author of the online sensation “Cat Person” has a seven-figure book deal.  More...

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