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 Ron Tomalis, then Pennsylvania secretary of education, in September 2011.

Corbett calls education adviser Tomalis 'not a ghost employee'

Questions about Mr. Tomalis’ work effort in the past year arose this week following the publication of a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story.

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CMU to continue to help Pennsylvania deal with workers' claims

Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor and Industry will extend a contract with Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute.

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 Mayor Bill Peduto fist-bumps his ride-share driver, Brad Hoffman, after getting into Mr. Hoffman's Lyft car Friday.

Peduto presses ahead on ride share support

The Pittsburgh mayor takes a spin in a Lyft, and urges the state PUC to grant ride-sharing services the same conditions as taxis.

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Israelis see echo of Gilad Shalit in new seizure of a soldier in Gaza

Gilad Shalit was abducted on Israeli soil and his freedom came with release of 1,000-plus Palestinian prisoners. Second Lt. Hadar Goldin

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Militias patrolling Texas border draw scrutiny, concern

Armed members being urged online to confront and intimidate those caught entering country illegally.

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 In this image taken from video, U.S. citizen Jeffrey Edward Fowle speaks Friday at an undisclosed location in North Korea. Two Americans, Mr. Fowle and Matthew Todd Miller, charged with “anti-state” crimes in North Korea say in a video that they expect to be tried soon and possibly receive long prison terms, and appeal for help from the U.S. government. They made the comments in the video shot by a local AP Television News crew. The crew was taken to a location to meet the detained Americans after repeated requests to North Korean authorities to see them.

2 Americans detained in North Korea seek US help

They tell news crew they’re in good health and well-treated but expect much worse when they’re tried.

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Uganda anti-gay law struck down by court

The measure had created chilly relations from Western governments.

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Court allows groin searches at GITMO

PLUS: U.S. tortured detainees; Attorney general calls for execution drugs transparency; Girl not fit to stand trial; NYPD used chokehold.

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World briefs: African leaders, WHO intensify efforts to combat Ebola virus

PLUS: Obama, Putin speak; U.S. has new envoy to Russia; 26 die in gas explosions in Taiwan; Japan gives names to islands; Anti-semitism in

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In Florida, a deadline to redraw voting map

Ruling requires legislature to offer new voting map and Florida’s secretary of state to devise new election schedule while issue is being

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 Employers added 209,000 jobs in July, which was also seasonally adjusted.

Unemployment up slightly in July as more look for work

In a case of good news at first looking bad, the national unemployment rate rose slightly in July to 6.3 percent from 6.2 percent in June.

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 Ron Tomalis

Gov. Corbett says Ron Tomalis is not a 'ghost employee'

The department did not order a nameplate for his office door until Tuesday, two days after a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story raised questions.

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Section of East Busway to close this weekend

The busway will be closed between East Liberty Garage and East Liberty Station.

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Red Line weekend detours announced

Track repairs in Beechview will cause detours in both directions on the Red Line on Saturday and Sunday, the Port Authority announced.

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McKnight Road repairs to restrict traffic tonight, Saturday

The restriction will be in place from 9 tonight until 5 p.m. Saturday between Kentzel Road and Patrick Place.

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Drug ring underling files motion to reduce 30-year sentence

Omari Patton’s motion says his sentence was based on an improperly calculated amount of cocaine.

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Obituary: Nathan M. Cochran, O.S.B. / Teacher, mentor at Saint Vincent College

Brother Nathan M. Cochran was a teacher, student mentor, registrar at Saint Vincent in Latrobe, but is best-known for his love for the arts.

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Widening project to restrict Cumberland Road in McCandless

The work will occur near the McKnight Road intersection from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today through Tuesday.

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 Ron Tomalis

Pennsylvania senator calls for inquiry of education adviser

Former secretary of education Ron Tomalis was appointed special adviser in June 2013, but was permitted to keep his cabinet-level salary.

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 Sen. Joe Manchin, left, D-W.Va., and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., speak in April about background checks for gun purchases. The pair’s proposal was ultimately rejected, but their new bipartisan compromise requires more background checks for public school employees.

Senate bill would require school background checks

Congress may find it easier to require background checks for teachers than for weapons purchasers.

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Allegheny County manager suggests consolidation of departments

Allegheny County could save $250,000 annually if it “co-mingled” its real estate department with its Office of Property Assessments.

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Report argues for Pennsylvania Medicaid expansion

Families USA report says more than half of Pennsylvanians who would benefit from Medicaid expansion have jobs.

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Ramp from Forward Avenue to outbound Parkway East closed

PennDOT announced the one-month closure about 30 minutes before it was scheduled to take effect on Thursday.

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Inbound Liberty Tunnel to close long-term on Tuesday

Painting will close the tunnel from 8 p.m. Tuesday until 6 a.m. Aug. 22.

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Writing has power to create a miracle, if it all goes right

For a writer, it’s a gift to know someone reads your writing.

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 In this undated photo released by the Center for Disease Control, a Aeromedical Biological Containment System which looks like a sealed isolation tent for Ebola air transportation is shown.

U.S. warns against traveling to Ebola-hit countries

The White House said it is looking into options for bringing back two American aid workers sick with Ebola in Liberia.

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Both sides in Mideast agree to 3-day cease-fire

Israel, Hamas sending delegations to negotiations in Cairo that may pave way to end more than three weeks of carnage.

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FDA to regulate new diagnostic tests for safety, reliability

The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that it plans to begin regulating certain diagnostic tests developed by laboratories.

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Veterans Affairs revamp passes Congress, but other bills hang in balance ahead of recess

After Senate approved VA reforms, it also passed highway funding, but its Republicans scuttled a border funding bill.

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Forensic team in Ukraine finally reaches jet crash site

The Dutch-led expert team recovered DNA samples from 25 victims and personal items of 27.

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Islamist militias claim control of Benghazi

Libyan hard-liners amid violent backlash against rival militias as new parliament is about to be seated in Tripoli.

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Executive order pushes contractors to follow labor laws

President Barack Obama moved Thursday to require federal contractors to give their workers more rights in labor disputes.

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CIA admits spying on Senate intelligence panel

The report by the CIA inspector general found that its officers created a fake online identity.

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National briefs: Key rulings in Wisconsin

Plus: GM told of Cobalt crash; Obama donor probed; Executive shoots boss; Silver Star awarded; Railroad tracks blamed.

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World briefs: Stocks fall in Argentina

Plus: Death of ex-KGB officer; NATO unprepared; Kerry in India; Pakistani army; Gay activists in China

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Additional overnight restrictions planned on Route 28

Crews will install pavement reflectors from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily through Monday morning.

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Resurfacing project to restrict Route 19 traffic in McCandless

The restriction will be in effect from 7 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Monday between Longvue Avenue and Cumberland Road.

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 Members of the United Mineworkers of America wave signs and chant in support of loosening environmental regulations on coal and carbon emissions. They clashed briefly with supporters of the regulations Thursday on Liberty Avenue, Downtown.

EPA hearings on controversial carbon emissions regulations continue in Pittsburgh

More than 135 individuals spoke at Thursday’s hearing with a similar number of people scheduled to speak during today’s session Downtown.

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State GOP leaders cancel next week's House session

The House had been scheduled to return to the Capitol on Monday and continue work on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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 Carnegie Mellon University researchers have been working to remove the veil of secrecy from the Tor Project, a free software program that allows users to anonymously surf the Internet on various devices, including smartphones like above.

Carnegie Mellon engineers aim to unmask anonymous surfing software

Governments in the U.S., Russia and Britain have worked for years to reveal the users of the covert Tor Project.

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State police officials say agency does not discriminate against women

The federal government seeks a court order that would require state police to stop using certain physical fitness tests.

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Peace Corps pulls volunteers from West Africa due to Ebola

A Peace Corps spokesperson said two volunteers were isolated and under observation after being exposed to a person who later died of Ebola.

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Senate debates measure to defuse immigration crisis at border

Senate Democrats emergency measure for young migrant border crisis differs substantially from House version.

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Study finds we’re still not eating enough produce

Analysis of 16 studies finds produce eaters reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease, but no appreciable association with reduced

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 FILE - This March 1, 2014 file photo shows part of the website for HealthCare.gov, photographed in Washington.  Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer woes that paralyzed the president's new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in testimony released Wednesday. After a months-long investigation, the Government Accountability Office found that the administration lacked "effective planning or oversight practices" for the development of HealthCare.gov, the online portal to coverage for millions of uninsured Americans. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)

Probe exposes flaws behind government’s health website rollout

GAO says chaotic planning and lax oversight contributed to cost increases as well as website delays and malfunctions.

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Bonds could save Pennsylvania's pension problem, but come with a risk

Actuaries found that infusing the systems with $9 billion from pension obligation bonds could reduce employer contributions $24.5 billion.

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House approves $17 billion for VA upgrades

The $17 billion bipartisan measure would create 27 new VA medical facilities and let veterans access care at non-VA hospitals and clinics.

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Fighting political Islam, Arab states become allied with Israel

Led by Egypt, coalition including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan is aligned against Hamas during this current Mideast

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With urbanization as goal, China moves to change registration rules

Household registration system had hindered economic growth and reinforced inequities between rural and urban populations.

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 FILE - In this May 22, 2013 file photo, Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner refuses to answer questions as the House Oversight Committee holds a hearing to investigate the extra scrutiny the IRS gave Tea Party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lerner, a former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party controversial called Republicans "crazies" and more in newly released emails. Lerner used to head the IRS division that handles applications for tax-exempt status. In a series of emails with a colleague in November 2012, Lerner made two disparaging remarks about members of the GOP, including one remark that was profane. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., released the emails Wednesday as part of his committee's investigation. Camp says the emails show Lerner's disgust with conservatives. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Ex-IRS official called conservatives 'crazies'

A former IRS official at the center of the agency’s Tea Party controversy referred to some right-wing Republicans as “crazies” and more in

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