$8M for 88 victims of abuse by Franciscan friar

10/21/2014 05:18 PM EDT
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Eighty-eight former students who were sexually molested by a Franciscan friar who worked as an athletic trainer at a Catholic high school have settled their legal claims for $8 million, according to two attorneys who represent more than half the victims. 
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Store clerk tells bandit to bug off with spray can
10/21/2014 09:53 AM EDT - BERLIN, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania convenience store clerk told a would-be bandit to bug off by spraying the suspect with a can of insecticide. Full Story

Schools scoured in search for ambush suspect
10/21/2014 05:18 PM EDT - SWIFTWATER, Pa. (AP) — With two possible sightings in four days, a man charged in the deadly ambush of a state police barracks appears to have moved out of the deep woods and into a more heavily trafficked area of the Pocono Mountains. Full Story

Police say they might have spotted ambush suspect
10/20/2014 11:38 PM EDT - Police shifted their search and a northeastern Pennsylvania school district tightened security amid another reported sighting Monday of the suspect in a deadly state police ambush. Full Story

Pittsburgh wins Gawker.com ugliest accent tourney
10/20/2014 09:28 AM EDT - PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburghers talk funny. The city has "won" Gawker.com's ugliest accent tournament, besting the other finalist — Scranton — in a reader's poll with more than 54 percent of the vote. Full Story

Cyanide homicide trial likely battle of experts
10/19/2014 12:06 PM EDT - PITTSBURGH (AP) — Nobody had any reason to question why a University of Pittsburgh medical researcher bought more than a half-pound of cyanide with his school-issued credit card, until his neurologist wife suddenly fell ill and died a few days later. Full Story

Penguins hand Islanders 1st loss of season, 3-1
10/18/2014 11:23 PM EDT - PITTSBURGH (AP) — The much-maligned Pittsburgh Penguins' penalty killers provided the lift needed to back up an already-sizzling power play. Full Story

Police: Another ambush suspect sighting reported
10/18/2014 04:17 PM EDT - CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) — A rifle-toting man with a mud-covered face who was spotted in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains is believed to be the suspect who has spent more than five weeks on the run after a deadly ambush at a state police barracks, officials said Saturday. Full Story

Family identify 4 kids, 2 adults killed in blaze
10/18/2014 05:31 PM EDT - MCKEESPORT, Pa. (AP) — The sole survivor of a deadly house fire in western Pennsylvania lost his new wife, her four young children and his disabled father in the Saturday morning blaze after the recently married couple tried to save their loved ones, family members said. Full Story

Baseball lifer Banister home as Rangers manager
10/17/2014 03:46 PM EDT - ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Jeff Banister is a baseball lifer who calls Texas home. He grew up there and played his entire amateur career there before getting drafted. Full Story

New Mexico man's typo costs him thousands on bill

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man says he made an error while paying his electric bill that led him to overpay by thousands of dollars. Full Story
Victoria Clark joins the cast of musical 'Gigi'

NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Award-winner Victoria Clark has joined the Broadway-bound musical "Gigi" playing a role she lately has been really enjoying — a mentor. Full Story
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Renee Zellweger barely recognizable Monday on red carpet

The actress, who hasn’t been in a film since 2010, shows up for Elle’s Annual Women in Hollywood Awards in Los Angeles looking like she’s has some plastic surgery.