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Ligonier man charged with shooting at hunters

A Ligonier man was charged in Somerset County Tuesday accused of shooting at a group of three hunters on Nov. More...

Climate change tops Environmental Year-in-Review

Catastrophic hurricanes, severe flooding and raging wildfires fueled by drought have been prominent features of an eventful year for the environment.  More...

Head-on crash reported on Route 30 in Unity Twp.

Emergency responders were called to the scene of a reported head-on crash involving two vehicles at the intersection of routes 30 and 981 in Unity Township late Wednesday night.  A Westmoreland County 911 dispatcher said the crash was reported a More...

Change up? Off The Wall

Did you ever think it would come — 2018? It’s just a matter of days away, isn’t it? Have you made them — you know, those New Year’s resolutions? Are you making a list and checking it twice? More...

Time to reform state tax code

Now that congressional Republicans and President Donald Trump have reduced the federal corporate income tax rate by 40 percent, state lawmakers should take it as a cue to reform the state government’s obsolete tax code.  The tax rate reduc More...

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General News

Edmunds sizes up new car-safety technology

We are in a new era of car safety: The focus has shifted from reducing death and injury in a vehicle collision to preventing a crash from happening in the first place. More...

Long lines at tax offices as homeowners try to beat hike

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Homeowners are lining up in droves at local tax collection offices, hoping for one last chance to take advantage of a major tax deduction before it is wiped out in the new year.  More...

Trump campaign associate denies violating judge’s gag order

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Trump campaign associate who was indicted earlier this year is denying that he violated a judge’s gag order. More...

Editorial

Partisan harping over CHIP program is shameful

Of all the bargaining chips called into play by congressional Republicans and Democrats over budget differences, the worst and most inexcusable is health coverage for kids.  More...

Sports

Lesson learned for ’Cats after double-digit win against North Hills

ALLISON PARK — The Greater Latrobe boys’ basketball team learned an important lesson even after a double digit win.  Whether it was the extended Christmas break, an afternoon start away from home or any additional factor, the Wildcat More...

Marinchak, Paola lead Rams past Trojans at Ligonier Valley tournament

Ligonier Valley sophomore guard Michael Marinchak didn’t take long to shake off any rust that may have accumulated over the Rams’ short holiday break from the court. Visiting Derry Area took a little longer to get going.  More...

Greater Latrobe girls hold off Gateway to stay perfect

Laura Graytok and Mackenzie Markle each scored in double figures Wednesday as Greater Latrobe’s girls’ basketball team used a big first period to help down Gateway, 59- 51, at the Betsy Invitational at Elizabeth Forward High School.  More...

Police Roundup

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Saltsburg man charged with DUI in Loyalhanna Twp. crash   More...

Unity Township Supervisors OK fire tax hike, final budget

The Unity Township Supervisors at a special meeting Wednesday approved a final 2018 budget that includes a 1-mill increase in the fire tax to help fund local volunteer fire departments.  There will be no increase in property taxes for township More...

Bundle up: Bitter cold weather takes hold of northern United States

Temperatures in the Latrobe area may reach as high as 16 today as the day started out near zero but don’t expect any relief within the next two weeks.  Yes, a “warm spell” begins Friday when the temperature is predicted to peak More...

County courts administrator warns of phone scam

Westmoreland County Special Courts Administrator Don Heagy Jr. More...

No injuries after plane leaves Palmer airport runway

No one was injured after a plane left the runway Wednesday afternoon at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity Township.  Westmoreland County Airport Authority Executive Director Gabe Monzo said the single engine Piper PA-42 aircraft went off t More...

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Net neutrality bill falls short

The Federal Communications Commission’s decision to let big internet service providers treat the internet as if they own it created a responsibility for Congress to intervene in the interest of consumers.  Unfortunately, the first effort t More...

Local & State News

Roy Moore files lawsuit to block Alabama Senate result

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Republican Roy Moore filed a lawsuit to try to stop Alabama from certifying Democrat Doug Jones as the winner of the U.S. More...

Hundreds of disorderly youth descend on mall; 5 charged

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — At least 700 juveniles created a disturbance at a New Jersey mall, frightening shoppers the day after Christmas.  Witnesses say the youth kicked doors and went the wrong way on escalators. More...

Police: $25 million in knockoff luxury accessories seized

NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Police in New York have arrested a father and his two sons who they say had $25 million worth of counterfeit designer accessories in their possession.  More...

World News

As California legalizes pot, laws collide at US checkpoints

PINE VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - California legalizes marijuana for recreational use Monday, but that won’t stop federal agents from seizing the drug - even in tiny amounts - on busy freeways and backcountry highways.  More...

Legal weed hurts prognosis for California medical pot market

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When Elias Zaldivar was an 18-yearold college freshman and decided he was in the market for marijuana, he knew just how to get it, and it didn’t involve canvassing the corridors of his campus in search of that stoned-out dude More...

Trump, GOP congressional leaders to meet at Camp David

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. More...

Lifestyles

State Museum lists upcoming schedule

The State Museum of Pennsylvania has announced its program schedule for January:  • StoryTime: Mixed-Up Truck by Stephen Savage — 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 5  More...

Make plans for CSC’s annual Snowball Day next summer

With snow on the ground and snow in the forecast, it’s time to get ready for Carnegie Science Center’s annual Snowball Day.  More...

Campus Corner

Two area students are among approximately 890 Bob Jones University students named to the dean’s list for academic achievement during the fall 2017 semester, the Greenville, South Carolina, campus reported Tuesday.  Carter Shean, a junior c More...

Entertainment

Football, funny ladies and ‘Wonderful Life’ are TV draws

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A current TV funny lady, a vintage one and a time-honored Christmas movie won over viewers in the run-up to the holiday. More...

Ex-Miss Americas to help find new leaders

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Power restored at Disneyland after guests taken off rides

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Power was fully restored at Disneyland on Wednesday after an outage at the California theme park forced some guests to be escorted from stalled rides.  More...

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