John McCain, R-Ariz., had proposed an amendment to the Senate’s version of the Keystone XL authorization bill.
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John McCain, R-Ariz., had proposed an amendment to the Senate’s version of the Keystone XL authorization bill.

McCain's quest to change maritime law could impact Pennsylvania shipping industry

U.S. Sen. John McCain is advocating for changes to the 95-year-old Merchant Marine Act, calling it “an archaic law.”


 Former Steeler and current New England Patriot LeGarrette Blount leaves a court appearance Dec. 10.

Ex-Steeler Blount completes community service; drug charge withdrawn

Both Blount and Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell could still be subject to NFL discipline as a result of the McKnight Road incident.



 Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord.

Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord resigns amid possible federal inquiry

Federal investigators have been asking questions about Mr. McCord’s campaign fundraising.

  • READ Rob McCord's resignation letter



  •  Schoolchildren stream past "Dippy," the replica of a fossilized Diplodocus carnegii, Thursday in the Natural History Museum in London. The replica, sent to England from Pittsburgh more than 100 years ago, is scheduled to be replaced with the bones of a blue whale.

    London museum's Dippy, a gift from Pittsburgh, goes the way of all dinosaurs

    London’s Natural History Museum sparks outcry with plans to remove Dippy the dinosaur, donated by Andrew Carnegie, from a prominent spot.



     Mentors and students link arms as they recite their Manhood Statement at the beginning of the We Promise Scholars gathering Wednesday at Duquesne University.

    Effort aims to help black male students qualify for Pittsburgh Promise

    The We Promise program encourages students to improve their grades so they can qualify for Pittsburgh Promise scholarships.



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    Officials release IDs in apparent murder-suicide in Oakland

    Chalalai Chaihirunkarn, 26, and Bryan Springer, 29, were found dead of gunshot wounds in their Oakland apartment.



    School districts announce closings, two-hour delays in Pittsburgh area

    Current temperatures in the 20s are expected to fall to around 15 degrees through the day, according to the National Weather Service.


     

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    Varsity Xtra: Cornell's Jackson among elite company for area athletes

    Dane Jackson belongs in the same class of athletes as Western Pennsylvania legends such as Darrelle Revis, Terrelle Pryor and Major Harris.



    Varsity Notebook: Rowan drawing national attention

    Maverick Rowan is one of the most heavily recruited basketball players from Western Pennsylvania in the past few decades. Well, he is "sort


     



    Pennsylvania farmers regrouping ahead of growing season

    Pa. farmers devoted 3.8 million acres to crops in 2014, an increase over 2013. Nationally the amount of acres grew from 2013 to 2014.



    FDIC emphasizes research whether banks are insured

    The BankFind tool can help, but sometimes consumers will have to dig a little deeper.


     



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    Fresh citrus brightens winter meals

    From oranges and tangerines to grapefruit, lemons and limes — they’re all available in spades now through late spring.



    Voodoo opening pub in Homestead

    The Meadville brewery is opening a pub to sell its brews closer to Pittsburgh.


     



    Movie review: ‘A Most Violent Year' a tale of risky dealings in 1981 New York

    “A Most Violent Year,” starring Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain and David Oyelowo, is set in gritty, crime-ridden 1981 New York.



    Movie review: Tug of war over biracial child loses steam

    “Black or White” is just that, a drama about whether a girl should stay with her white granddad or live with her African-American grandma.


     

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