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Unity Township man appeals conviction for rape of teen

A Unity Township man sentenced last month to serve four to eight years in prison for the repeated rape of a teen girl over a period of three years has appealed his conviction, saying his trial defense was inadequate and his accuser’s emotional More...

Female fugitive arrested after hiding in suitcase in Rostraver Township

A Smithton woman’s attempt to elude a Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Department warrant team on Christmas Eve by hiding inside a suitcase inside a Rostraver Township home was creative, but unsuccessful. More...

General News

After deportation from Utah, woman bids goodbye to children

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Guatemalan woman who left Utah on deportation orders last Christmas has since made the heart-wrenching decision to send two of her children back to the United States without her. More...

More than 3,000 patients possibly exposed to HIV, hepatitis

SADDLE BROOK, N.J. More...

Police rescue hawk trapped in Penn Station

NEW YORK (AP) — Police in New York City have captured an “early bird” at Penn Station. More...

Editorial

Opinion: Working together for cleaner transportation

The United States just reached a major milestone with more than 1 million electric vehicles now on our nation’s roads. More...

On withdrawing all 2,000 U.S. troops out of Syria

President Trump’s sudden move to yank U.S. troops out of Syria undermined at a stroke several foreign policy goals he has championed. More...

On banning bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire like machine guns

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Tuesday that it had finalized a rule reclassifying so-called bump stocks — the devices that can make a semiautomatic rifle fire nearly as quickly a fully automatic weapon — as m More...

Lifestyles

Westmoreland Cultural Trust announces its interim CEO

The board of directors of Westmoreland Cultural Trust announced the appointment of Nancy P. More...

Wedding registries expand to adventures, charities, more

When Lila Chess and Aron Kandel were planning their January 2018 wedding, the New York City couple was wary of acquiring too much stuff. They lived in a small apartment with limited storage. More...

Elliott Retirees to convene Jan. 2

The Elliott Retirees Club will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 2, at Jeannette American Legion Post 344, South Fifth Street, Jeannette.  The business meeting will open at 11:30 a.m. with lunch to follow.   More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

Police investigating Blairsville man suspected of DUI   State police at Greensburg report Thomas Lewis Kunkle, 53, of Blairsville was suspected of DUI on Hagens Road in Buffington Township, Indiana County, at 8:22 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24. More...

GL wins first place in Chain Reaction Contraption Contest

Greater Latrobe Senior High School took first place earlier this month in the annual Chain Reaction Contraption competition sponsored by Westinghouse Electric Co.  More...

WCTA authorizes new mobile app for fare payment

The Westmoreland County Transit Authority (WCTA) board last week approved a move that will allow bus riders to use their smartphones to pay fares. More...

Derry man accused of assaulting woman at Derry Manor Apartments

A Derry man was charged with assaulting a woman inside her Derry Borough apartment Saturday after an alleged argument over his arrest earlier that day in Greensburg for public drunkenness.  More...

Local & State News

That ‘live check’ promises cash, but there’s a catch

Have you received a preapproved offer in the mail this holiday season that looks like a check, made out to you and ready to cash? Before you rush to the bank, visions of presents dancing in your head, know that it’s not free cash. More...

You got a bad review online? Some tips on how to handle it

NEW YORK (AP) — Negative online reviews may be hard for small businesses to avoid — even companies with many happy customers can get panned. More...

Police: Woman shot in face expected to survive

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Authorities say a woman is expected to survive after being shot in the face in western Pennsylvania.  Allegheny County police said Monday that officers and emergency personnel responded shortly before 9:30 p.m. More...

World News

Koreas break ground on railways, but sanctions block project

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North and South Korea broke ground Wednesday on an ambitious project to modernize North Korean railways and roads and connect them with the South, but without progress in nuclear negotiations, regular trains won’t be c More...

Japan to resume commercial whaling, but not in Antarctic

TOKYO (AP) - Japan announced Wednesday that it is leaving the International Whaling Commission to resume commercial hunts for the animals for the first time in 30 years, but said it would no longer go to the Antarctic for its much-criticized annual k More...

Indonesia says avoid coast near volcano, fearing new tsunami

CARITA BEACH, Indonesia (AP) - Indonesian authorities asked people to avoid the coast in areas where a tsunami killed more than 420 people last weekend in a fresh warning issued on the anniversary of the catastrophic 2004 Asian earthquake and tsunami More...

Sports

Generational thing

Three generations of Harberts are involved in wrestling in the state, including this area in particular. Tom Harbert (back center), the former head coach at St. More...

GL, DA, LV basketball, wrestling teams in holiday tourney action

It will be a busy holiday season for area basketball and wrestling teams. The Greater Latrobe, Derry Area and Ligonier Valley boys’ and girls’ basketball and wrestling teams will all be in action Thursday, Friday and — for some — Saturday. More...

Tomlin trying to keep reeling Steelers focused despite odds

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin isn’t going to complain about the officiating. Or lament the turnovers and missed opportunities over the last month that have the Pittsburgh Steelers on the outside of the playoffs looking in heading into Week 17. More...

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