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US Catholic bishops to pray over clergy sexual abuse scandal

DETROIT (AP) — U.S.-based Roman Catholic bishops will gather Wednesday for a weeklong retreat near Chicago on the church sexual abuse scandal that organizers say will focus on prayer and spiritual reflection and not formulating policy.  More...

New year means higher tolls again on Pennsylvania Turnpike

PITTSBURGH (AP) — If a new year is beckoning, Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls must be about to go up.  For the 11th year in a row, motorists will pay more to drive the 359-mile roadway that stretches from the Delaware River to Ohio.  More...

Persico seen as game changer with clergy abuse stance

PITTSBURGH (AP) — When it snowed, Betty Nemchik always knew the sidewalks outside St. James Roman Catholic Church would be shoveled in time for morning Mass. More...

General News

Federalist writer, Fox News guest Bre Payton dies at 26

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Bre Payton, a writer for the conservative news site The Federalist and a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel and other media outlets, died suddenly Friday at the age of 26.  The Federalist and a friend, Morgan Murtaugh, More...

5.0 magnitude earthquake rattles Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 5.0 magnitude earthquake has rattled Alaska residents on New Year’s Eve but no damage or injuries are reported.  The Alaska Earthquake Center says the quake occurred Monday around 6 p.m. More...

Lottery Results

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — These Pennsylvania lotteries were drawn Monday and Tuesday: MONDAY NIGHT Pick 2 4-5, Wild: 4 (four, five; Wild: four) Pick 3 6-4-8, Wild: 4 (six, four, eight; Wild: four) More...

Editorial

Time for a little Trumpish positive non-believing

I’d like to introduce you to the power of not believing. There is, as President Donald Trump has pointed out, too much believing going on and it is time for a national re-evaluation. More...

Letters to the Editor

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About the treatment of asylum seekers

GUEST EDITORIAL

In testimony to Congress on Thursday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen spoke at length, and repeatedly, about the threats to which Central American migrants are subjected when they traverse Mexico on their way to seeking asylum in the Uni More...

Lifestyles

‘Jurassic Park’ January theme at WNL; bag sale underway

Area residents are invited to stop in the West Newton Library, located at 124 N. Water St., West Newton, and see its dinosaurs on display for January in the showcase. More...

Area Church News

St. Paul Lutheran, Trauger   St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 108 Dutch Hill Road, Latrobe (Trauger, Mount Pleasant Township) will resume its normal schedule on Sunday, Jan. 6:  9:15 a.m. Sunday School  10:30 a.m. More...

Get The Led Out returning for Jan. 18-19 concerts

Get The Led Out is scheduled to return to bring the studio recordings of “the mighty Zep” to life on the concert stage. Presented by Westmoreland Cultural Trust, the band will perform 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, and Saturday, Jan. More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

New Alexandria man jailed after Hempfield Twp. attack   More...

Pennsylvania General Assembly opens new legislative session

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s General Assembly opened its 203rd legislative session Tuesday amid pomp, ceremony and pledges of bipartisan cooperation.  Republicans have a 29-21 state Senate majority and a 110-93 state House of Represen More...

Lawmakers sworn in at start of 2-year General Assembly term

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania lawmakers took the oath of office Tuesday, convening in the state Capitol on New Year’s Day under a state constitutional mandate they meet on the first Tuesday of the year. More...

Wanting to get things done, Wolf prepares for a second term

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. More...

Man accused of taking BB gun, liquor into Westmoreland courthouse

A Greensburg man is accused of bringing a backpack containing a BB gun, whiskey and drug paraphernalia into the Westmoreland County Courthouse in Greensburg on the day after Christmas. More...

Local & State News

Collector’s Lincoln-signed document could solve mystery

DALLAS, Pa. (AP) — There isn’t much that can top a signed letter from Teddy Roosevelt, or an 1806 land grant containing the signatures of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.  More...

Prosecutor: Rite Aid to pay fine, change its drug dispensing

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Street fight leaves 1 man dead, another stabbed and injured

ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a New Year’s Day street fight between two men in a western Pennsylvania city ended with one combatant dead and the other stabbed and injured.  More...

World News

US stocks end dismal, volatile year on a bright note

(AP) — Wall Street closed out a dismal, turbulent year for stocks on a bright note Monday, but still finished 2018 with the worst showing in a decade. After setting a series of records through the late summer and early fall, major U.S. More...

Tops on House Democrats’ to-do list: Try to end shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Democrats are sweeping into power this week on a campaign promise of improving government for ordinary Americans. But first, they’ll have to get government reopened from the partial shutdown.  More...

Hill leaders to attend White House briefing on border

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic and Republican congressional leaders are expected to attend a briefing on border security at the White House as the government remains partially shut down and President Donald Trump asks in a tweet, “Let’s mak More...

Sports

St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (Va.) too much for Wildcats in tourney championship

Virginia-based St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes was just too much for the Greater Latrobe boys’ basketball team. More...

Kraft Hockeyville again seeks most spirited national hockey communities

Nominations are officially open for the fifth year of Kraft Hockeyville USA. More...

Crosby, Kessel lead Penguins to eighth victory in 10 games by defeating Wild, 3-2

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel are doing their part, continuing to pile up points for the Pittsburgh Penguins, but the team’s goaltenders might have been the headlining act in a big December. More...

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