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 Steven D'Achille plays with his daughter, Adriana, in Friendship Park in Bloomfield. Mr. D'Achille's wife, Alexis, committed suicide after suffering from postpartum depression after the birth of their child.

Pittsburgh-area foundation seeks to prevent tragic effects of postpartum depression

After severe postpartum depression leads to his wife’s suicide, a McCandless man aims to raise money and awareness.

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Surgery likely to help women with overactive bladder, Pitt-related study finds

The only factor that seemed to make a big difference in a woman’s chance of finding relief after surgery was obesity — a BMI of 30 or above.

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 The entrance to the office of Dr. Jan C. Seski. Through a statement, Dr. Seski's attorney said reports tying the doctor to the killing of a lion in Zimbawe in April "are not accurate."

Murrysville doctor tied to lion's killing in Zimbabwe claims innocence

Dr. Jan. C. Seski saw patients in his Oakland office this morning and declined to speak with reporters.

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Environmental group plans pollution suit against ArcelorMittal coke plant in Monessen

The “notice of intent to sue” details more than 300 emissions limit violations since the plant was reopened in April 2014.

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 Rescue workers search for victims in the wreckage of the derailed Amtrak train in Philadelphia in May.

Money for Amtrak crash victims is stuck in limbo

The victims and their lawyers worry that the $200 million ceiling could limit the compensation they receive.

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 House Speaker Mike Turzai

House Speaker Turzai cancels trip over budget impasse

On June 30, Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, vetoed a Republican-crafted budget.

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 Sen. Richard Schweiker, R-Pa., a member of a Senate Health and Scientific Research subcommittee speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Schweiker, a liberal Republican who was the vice presidential candidate in Ronald Reagan's unsuccessful 1976 campaign and later served in Reagan's Cabinet, has died. He was 89.

Obituary / Richard Schultz Schweiker: U.S. senator, secretary of health and human services

Richard S. Schweiker, a Norristown native, served 20 years U.S. House and Senate before serving in Ronald Reagan’s cabinet.

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Community College of Allegheny County plans open house for military veterans

Pennsylvania has the fourth-highest total of veterans in the nation, and Allegheny County has the largest total in the state.

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 Katie McGinty will face retired Adm. Joe Sestak, who narrowly lost to Sen. Pat Toomey in 2010, in the Democratic primary.

McGinty announces run for U.S. Senate

Ms. McGinty resigned last month as Gov. Tom Wolf's chief of staff, clearing the way for her entry into the 2016 Senate race.

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Health happenings: Week of Aug. 4, 2015

Health- and fitness-related events for the week.

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 About 300 faculty, staff and administrators guided by an Identity Advisory Council worked on the change from Penn State's old mark, above at top, to the new one.

Penn State's Nittany Lion mark gets a makeover

A revamp to the flagship university's branding image centers around the head and face of the Nittany Lion, its shield.

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 In this image taken from a November 2012 video made available by Paula French, Cecil the lion strolls around Hwange National Park in Hwange, Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe's wildlife minister says extradition is being sought for Walter Palmer, the American dentist who killed Cecil.

3 major U.S. airlines end trophy hunter shipments after Zimbabwe lion outcry

American Airlines would join Delta Airlines and United Airlines in banning the transport of animals known in Africa as the “big five."

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 Students in the summer's first 412 Build session learn woodworking skills at TechShop.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: 412 Build’s business is training teen entrepreneurs

412 Build gives 24 teenagers each summer entrepreneurial training and networking with tech and community nonprofits.

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Donors help fund Franklin Regional High’s new scoreboard

The school board unanimously approved agreements with all three donor companies at its meeting Monday night.

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 Margie Winters brings petitions to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia offices on Monday.

Gay Catholic school teacher shut out at Phila. Archdiocese offices

The petition supporting Margie Winters, signed by 23,000 people, was organized by social justice group Faithful America.

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 Republican presidential candidates gather on stage before a forum  Monday in Manchester, N.H. From left: Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, Bobby Jindal, John Kasich, George Pataki, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, and Scott Walker.

As debate nears, GOP hopefuls warm up

A forum drew all but three of the 17 major Republican presidential contenders and focused on aggressive responses to illegal immigration.

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 Ane Marie Benitez, center, director of Government Relations for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, watches as Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., left, and Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, right, address reporters in defense of Planned Parenthood on Monday on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Senate derails GOP bill to stop Planned Parenthood federal funds

A Republican bid to end federal funding of Planned Parenthood health services was blocked Monday by Senate Democrats.

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On Kerry visit, Arab nations express support for Iran nuclear agreement

The Gulf Cooperation Council backed Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday in his bid to win their support for the Iran nuclear deal.

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China to U.S.: Return powerful businessman

China-U.S. ties are strained yet more because a rich and politically connected businessman has fled to the U.S. and may seek asylum.

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Sandy Hook families settle lawsuits against Lanza estate

The families of 16 victims of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting in 2012 will get about $94,000 each.

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 The entrance to the office of Dr. Jan Casimir Seski, is seen Sunday in Pittsburgh. The Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority accused Dr. Seski of being involved in an illegal bow and arrow lion hunt in April.

Murrysville doctor faces mounting scrutiny over lion hunt

Jan Seski, the Murrysville doctor tied to an illegal lion hunt in Zimbabwe, is best known for his work in so-called bloodless surgery.

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Police chiefs discuss solutions to crime surge

The Major Cities Chiefs Association, an organization of 66 police chiefs, met Monday to discuss the causes of rising homicides and violence.

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World briefs: Syria conflict taking a toll on civilians

Plus: India porn crackdown; Russia forces kill militants; Violence precedes talks; Captive pastor on video: Floods, landslides; Sea dispute

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National briefs: FDA approves 1st drug made by 3-D printing

Plus: Carter has surgery; Puerto Rico defaults; Theater shooting penalty; Man shot near court; Patz slaying retrial; Wildfire buffer built

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 Former Gov. Tom Corbett, right, said Elsie Hillman, center, was "someone who dedicated her life to helping all people, regardless of gender, race, economic standing or political affiliation."

What people are saying about the death of Elsie Hillman

Condolences and messages of sympathy are pouring in upon the death of the philanthropist and well-known Republican figure.

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  Dr. Jan Casimir Seski

Murrysville doctor attacked on social media

Jan C. Seski of Murrysville is being attacked on social media after the Zimbabwe government linked him with an illegally killed lion.

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 Fitness trackers like, from left, Fitbit Force, Jawbone Up, Fitbug Orb, and the Nike FuelBand SE, can carry security risks.

Surveillance Society: Wearable fitness devices often carry security risks

The devices log vast amounts of data, tracking number of calories burned, heart rate and sleep patterns among other information.

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 Parents often battle their children to eat healthy foods. But that shouldn't necessarily lead to an overreaction.

Could picky eating be a sign of anxiety and depression?

A Duke University study says 20 percent of children are such picky eaters that they could face impairments.

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Cheyney and Shippensburg universities notify faculty of possible layoffs

The statement did not indicate how many jobs might be at stake. Schools have until Oct. 31 to put numbers on any potential job reductions.

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 Maj. Tyree C. Blocker, 62, served in the Pennsylvania State Police from 1975 to 2005.

Wolf announces new nominee to head Pa. state police

Maj. Tyree C. Blocker served in the state police from 1975 to 2005, starting as a trooper before rising through the ranks.

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 In this May 6, photo, cars line up as an attendant pumps gas at a station in Portland, Ore.

Drop in oil prices pushes down gasoline in Pittsburgh area

Pittsburgh-area pump prices have been on a steady decline for the last month.

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Obama approves airstrikes to defend rebels in Syria

The broader U.S. rules of engagement, approved July 31, came after rebels fighting IS were attacked by the Nusrah Front.

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Toll collectors to disappear on Beaver Valley Expressway

Drivers would have two options: pay using E-ZPass or have their license plates photographed and be billed by mail.

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 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry speak at a press conference Sunday after their meeting at the foreign ministry in Cairo, Egypt.

After hiatus, U.S., Egypt resume security talks

The talks were kept on hiatus until now amid political unrest that swept the country in the wake of the Arab Spring.

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 Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting Sunday in Jerusalem.

Netanyahu vows ‘zero tolerance’ for Jewish extremists

Israel’s security cabinet approved new measures Sunday against Israelis who attack Palestinians.

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 Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks Sunday during a rally in Montreal.

Canada’s Harper calls for elections amid economic ills

Prime Minister Stephen Harper broke with Canadian political tradition by formally opening the campaign in the middle of summer.

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 The final version of Mr. Obama’s plan imposes stricter carbon dioxide limits on states than was previously expected.

Gov. Wolf praises president’s plan to slash power plant emissions

The president said the unprecedented carbon dioxide limits are the “single most important step” America has taken to fight climate change.

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Obama issuing stricter plan to curb industrial emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency will finalize measures that promise to upend a century of electrical power generation.

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As violence rises in Baltimore, 10 federal agents stepping in

The agents detailed to the city represent a “flipping of the script of sorts,” interim police Commissioner Kevin Davis said.

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Zimbabwe orders all hunters to 'withdraw' after killing of Cecil

The move comes amid global protests at the death of Cecil, who was a draw for tourists at the nation’s biggest animal sanctuary.

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 In this Dec. 5, 2014 file photo, NAACP President Cornell William Brooks, right, walks with supporters as he nears completion of a 130-mile march from Ferguson, Mo., to the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City to protest the police shooting of Michael Brown. Brooks said that measures passed by states in response to the events in Ferguson are just the beginning of what need to be done on criminal justice reform.

Ferguson spurs 40 new state measures; activists want more

National civil rights leaders praised the steps taken by states but said they aren’t enough to solve the racial tensions and economic

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 A car drives by HitchBOT, a hitchhiking robot on July 17 in Marblehead, Mass.

Traveling robot ends trip early after being damaged in Phila.

The kid-size hitchBOT set out to travel cross-country after successfully hitchhiking across Canada in 26 days last year and parts of Europe.

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Gateway assistant to the superintendent resigns

In lieu of hiring a new assistant to the superintendent, the board agreed to hire Patricia Crump as director of HR at a salary of $85,000.

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 Hungry? Don't forget to eat at Primanti's.

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: An all-purpose travel story about great, gritty Pittsburgh

Travel writers, save your fingers: Cut and paste this handy, cliche-ridden paean to Pittsburgh, which everyone likes now for some reason.

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Obituary: Arthur J. 'Art' Keenan / Stephen Zappala’s ‘go-to guy’ in DA’s office

Mr. Keenan, of Kennedy, had been the community liaison in the district attorney’s office after a long career with U.S. Steel sales.

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 To the consternation of many GOP traditionalists, the brash Donald Trump remains solidly atop the polling averages.

Previewing the GOP Cleveland debate: Who will make the cut?

The averages that 17 candidates have recorded in national polls will determine which 10 get to participate in Thursday’s debate.

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 A handmade backpack by Pittsburgh-based Jenny N. design ($248 at jennyndesign.com).

Back to class bags: A style for every student

Here’s a guide to school bags beyond the traditional backpack for academics at a range of ages. Think outside the bag and try something new!

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Amazon, Wal-Mart settle with New York over toy gun sales

There have been at least 63 shootings, eight fatal, in New York resulting from toy guns mistaken for real weapons since 1994, officials say.

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 Newspapers hang for sale at a stand  carrying headlines about the new leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor, in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday.

Leadership challenged in Afghan Taliban

The brother of the late figurehead of the Taliban on Sunday joined a growing challenge to the extremist group’s newly appointed leader.

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 The affected products have a “Best When Used By” date of between Dec. 29, 2015 and Jan. 4, 2016, followed by the manufacturing codes “S54″ or “S55.”

Kraft recalls cheese singles for possible choking hazard

The voluntary recall involves the 3-pound and 4-pound boxes of Kraft Singles American and White American Pasteurized Cheese.

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