December 3, 2018 RSS feed / Front Page

Crunch time nears for state to buy new voting machines

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — It’s getting down to crunch time for Pennsylvania’s counties to decide which new voting machines to buy, and how, as Gov. More...

Man killed in Cook Twp. crash

A Cook Township man was killed Friday afternoon when the pickup truck he was driving struck a tree along Bethel Church Road in Cook Township.  More...

4 days of events honoring former President George H.W. Bush

HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush will be honored during several public and private events in Houston and Washington before his burial Thursday in Texas.  More...

General News

Hawaii preschoolers served Pine-Sol instead of apple juice

HONOLULU (AP) — Apreschool in Hawaii is taking a closer look at its snack policy after three children took sips of Pine- Sol. Officials say a classroom assistant at a Honolulu preschool mistook the household cleaner for apple juice. More...

Montana power plant’s former co-owner sues current operator

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The former co-owner and operator of Montana’s Colstrip power plant has sued the plant’s current operator seeking alleged damages.  PPL Corp. More...

Utah say goodbye to $1 million for parks during ’13 shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Utah leaders are resigned to the fact that they are likely to never be repaid the nearly $1 million the state spent in 2013 to keep its popular national parks open during a government shutdown. More...

Sports

Steelers lose biggest lead ever at home in loss to Chargers

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers let another one slip away. For the second straight week, the Steelers held a second half lead and lost. More...

Pirates acquire minor leaguer Wilkin Ramos from Athletics

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired minor league right-hander Wilkin Ramos from Oakland as the player to be named from the last month’s trade of right-hander Tanner Anderson to the Athletics.  More...

Rams’ Tutino nabs first DI football offer

Aaron Tutino has the numbers. He has the wins. And now, after much waiting, the Ligonier Valley senior has the Division I football scholarship he was hoping for. More...

Lifestyles

St. Vincent College freshman from Latrobe awarded full ROTC Minuteman Scholarship

Zach Smith, a first-year physics major and native of Latrobe, has been chosen as a recipient for an Army ROTC Minuteman Scholarship, entitling him to full tuition, room and board for the duration of his undergraduate studies, the Unity Township campu More...

Five guidelines for holiday tipping

Holiday tips are a way to thank the people who make your life easier. So why is it so hard to figure out whom to tip and how much? Guides published by etiquette experts don’t always agree on what’s appropriate. More...

Events of Area Interest

St. Rose Seniors’ Christmas social Thursday   St. Rose Seniors will meet for their Christmas social 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

No injuries reported in Derry Township crash   More...

Having a Holly Jolly time

Five-year-old Kevin Sutton of Latrobe was having a man-to-man talk with Santa. More...

Dog lost on turnpike finally recovered by county group  Free Access 

It looked like there’d be a happy ending for Topaz the Norwegian elkhound who was heading for a new home, but things went bad when he got loose on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. More...

Turnpike officials postpone closure

The Pennsylvania Turnpike did not close for bridge work as expected this past weekend.  In an announcement late Saturday night, the Turnpike Commission said it postponed the closure between the New Stanton and Breezewood exits, exits 75 and 161, More...

Local & State News

Bootmaker uses detective skills to unearth shoes’ stories

LIGONIER, Pa. More...

Synagogue holds Hannukah ceremony at mass shooting site

By RAMESH SANTANAM  PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sunday’s public lighting of a Menorah outside a Pittsburgh synagogue where 11 people were killed in a mass shooting was an opportunity to honor the dead, mark Hanukkah’s theme of survival a More...

Jury to be selected for sheriff’s corruption case

Jury selection is scheduled to begin today in the corruption trial of Westmoreland County Sheriff Jonathan Held.  The two-term Republican is charged with two counts of theft and one count of conflict of interest for allegedly forcing staff membe More...

World News

Coal question looms large as climate talks begin in Poland

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) - Negotiators from around the world opened the United Nations’ annual climate change conference Sunday in a Polish city built around mining coal, widely seen as a main culprit behind global warming.  More...

Earthquake doesn’t disrupt food, fuel supply to Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The supply chain of food and other goods delivered to the Port of Anchorage from the Lower 48 has not been disrupted by the powerful earthquake that caused widespread damage to roads in the Anchorage area.  More...

Rare Dec. tornadoes reported in central US; 1 dead

TAYLORVILLE, Ill. More...

Health

Fear that uproar over gene-edited babies could block science

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists working on the frontiers of medicine fear the uproar over the reported births of gene-edited babies in China could jeopardize promising research into how to alter heredity to fend off a variety of disorders. More...

Top tot toys? Blocks and boxes backed over high-tech toys

Skip the costly electronic games and flashy digital gizmos. More...

How many kids have autism? US government measures 3 ways

How many American children have autism? The U.S. government answers that question at least three different ways and says the latest estimate — 1 in 40 kids — doesn’t necessarily mean the numbers are rising.  More...

Entertainment

‘Ralph’ repeats as No. 1, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ flops in China

NEW YORK (AP) — On a typically sleepy post-Thanksgiving weekend in movie theaters, leftovers led the box office and Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” repeated as No. More...

Saving Clark’s neck? Panic at ‘Lampoon’s Christmas’ display

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Aholiday display meant to re-create a scene from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” looked a little too real and caused a veteran to spring into action.  The Heerlein family placed a dummy repres More...

Amid MeToo, radio station nixes ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland radio station says it has stopped playing “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” after listeners said the song heard on countless holiday playlists is inappropriate. More...

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