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Alibaba stock soars in debut

The mammoth IPO that offered eager investors seemingly unlimited growth potential and a way to tap into the burgeoning Chinese middle class.

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 Pro-union protestors chant and wave Union Flags during a demonstration Friday at George Square in Glasgow Friday. Scotland spurned independence in a historic referendum Thursday, saving a union dating back more than 300 years.

Challenges lie ahead for U.K., Scotland

British Prime Minister David Cameron promised that commitments made to Scotland during the campaign “will be honored in full.”

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Sierra Leone begins Ebola lockdown

Six million people are locked inside their homes for three days amid the most sweeping effort against disease since the Middle Ages.

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Annual report gives state’s roads a bumpy grade in performance

Pennsylvania’s ranking marks a steady slide toward the bottom, dragged down by decrepit bridges, narrow rural roads, deaths and traffic.

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Woolslair magnet prospect hasn’t lost STEAM

Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane is working on a three-school plan for  science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

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Green Tree conference examines African immigrant health issues

A national conference is being held in Green Tree to help organizations eliminate health disparities among African immigrants and refugees.

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 High-wire performer Nik Wallenda practices in Sarasota, Fla.

Wallenda to walk high in Windy City

Nik Wallenda is all about spectacle, a showman who crossed Niagara Falls and an Arizona gorge on a high wire.

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Penn State trustees will decide whether to revisit Freeh Report

Chairman Keith Masser said the board discussed the controversial report during its executive session Friday in University Park.

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Astronauts getting 3-D printer at space station

The printer is among more than 5,000 pounds of cargo that is stuffed into a SpaceX Dragon capsule for a pre-dawn liftoff today.

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FDA to revise food safety law at behest of farmers

The revisions are the latest change to a national food safety overhaul that was first signed into law in 2011.

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White House seeks to end campus rape

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden launched the “It’s On Us” initiative.

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Al-Qaida spokesman admits embassy plot

But U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan declined to accept Adel Abdel Bary’s plea.

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CIA halts spying in Western Europe

The move comes in response to the furor over a German caught selling secrets to the United States and revelations from Edward Snowden.

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France launches airstrikes against jihadis

It was the first airstrike by a U.S. ally since the announcement that a coalition of countries would move to confront the Islamic State.

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World Briefs: Sanctions hit Exxon’s Arctic plans

PLUS: Russia plans Web action; S. Korean warning shots; storm cripples Manila.

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National Briefs: Congress heads home to face voters

PLUS: White House intruder; war on citrus scourge; ex-governor convicted; McDonnell wants new trial; autopsy reviewed.

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 Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond, looks on at a No campaigner Thursday during a walkabout in Ellon, Scotland.

Pittsburgh-area Scots have mixed emotions about vote

For many Pittsburgh-area Scots, pride, history were involved in decision.

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Merger discussions advance with Cornell and Moon school districts

Exploration of a possible merger between school districts Cornell and Moon Area will continue as long as both sides show interest.

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Part of Pennsylvania Turnpike to close early Sunday morning

The Pennsylvania Turnpike between Butler Valley and Allegheny Valley exits will be closed in both directions for five hours.

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HOV lanes opened to relieve congestion from Parkway North crash

State police said one person was taken to Allegheny General Hospital after the four-vehicle crash, which occurred at 7:45 a.m.

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 Anna Mae Gorman Lindberg

Obituary: Anna Mae Gorman Lindberg / Made ’32 Olympics swim team as teen from Homestead

The former Olympic swimmer earned her college degree from the University of Pittsburgh at the age of 60,

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Pennsylvania State Police ask travelers to avoid manhunt area in trooper killing

Trooper Connie Devens said residents in Price and Barrett in Monroe County should stay inside.

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Sheriff: Fla. man kills 6 grandchildren, daughter

Convicted felon shoots, kills his 6 grandchildren, daughter, himself in small Florida town

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Obituary: Robert Charles Todd Jr. / Retired banker was devoted to family, church, community

Top banking executive who always kept family dinner a priority

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Ex-chief investment officer cleared

The former chief investment officer of the State Employees’ Retirement System can “move on” now that a probe into his tenure is over.

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New Islamic State video features British hostage as group spokesman

New Islamic State video depicts captive British journalist John Cantlie warning against the folly of the coming war effort.

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 A police investigator arrives with a shovel at a home at Guildford in suburban Sydney after about 800 federal and state police officers raided more than two dozen properties as part of the operation Thursday.

Islamic State plot in Australia raises questions

Police in Sydney arrest 15 suspects, then free nine of them, in alleged Islamic State-linked plot to carry out beheadings in Australia.

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Senators Paul and Grassley challenge climate group's spending on lobbying, parties

Two Republican senators challenge nonprofit climate-change advocacy group’s spending of federal grant money.

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Storytelling: People once understood how it paid to be thrifty

People no longer seem to believe thriftiness pays off.

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White House, military divided on use of troops against Islamic State

Discord is mounting between President Barack Obama and military leaders over a blanket presidential prohibition on ground combat.

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Federal judge accused of assaulting wife is urged to resign

Alabama’s two U.S. senators urged federal judge in their state to step down after he was charged with battery.

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Bill seeks fairer treatment for black lung victims

Sens. Bob Casey and Jay Rockefeller jointly offer bill to provide fair treatment to coal miners pursuing black lung benefit claims.

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 Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, receives a flu shot from Sharon Bonadies at the conclusion of a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Thursday.

CDC tells healthy adults not to forget flu vaccine

Flu vaccine season has arrived, and that means different shots for different folks.

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U.S. Lays Out Strategy to Combat Crisis of Antibiotic Resistance

The White House, by executive order, is offering a national strategy to combat the threat of antibiotic resistance because of overuse.

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Obama declines weapons to Ukraine

President Obama spurns request by Ukraine’s president for lethal military aid to counter Russia’s aggression.

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 Kamala Biswa, 19, sits in her neighbor's home in Bildangi II, one of the remaining Bhutanese refugee camps in eastern Nepal, near the Indian border. Kamala, a shy girl, is immigrating to Akron, Ohio.

Refugee camps in eastern Nepal: Lives in limbo

Post-Gazette reporter Moriah Balingit and photographer Julia Rendleman traveled to eastern Nepal to report on lives of Bhutanese refugees.

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National news briefs: 9/19/14

Agents use body-worn cameras; VA to boost salaries; New York terror alert; Man charged in wildfire; Internet boosts economy

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World news briefs: 9/19/14

Alibaba, the e-commerce company started in 1959, cemented its reputation as a symbol of China’s economic emergence by raising $21.8 billion.

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 Tiffany Dickson embraces her 7-year-old son Bryon, in front of the casket of her husband, Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson, Thursday at Dunmore Cemetery in Dunmore in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Hunt for suspect in Pennsylvania trooper's death continues

"We gather here in sorrow, disbelief and anger," the Rev. Thomas M. Muldowney told those inside the filled-to-capacity church.

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Health Dept.: District too quick with alert

It shows itself with symptoms of fever of more than 101 degrees, runny nose, coughing, sneezing and sometimes rash.

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Pittsburgh afternoon commute slowed by subway problems, I-79 crash

A train was having mechanical issues at the Gateway Center subway station and in Washington County by a jack-knifed tractor trailer on I-79.

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PennDOT line-painting truck overturned in Beaver County crash

Two people were reported to have been trapped, dispatchers said. Police said at least one person was transported by medical helicopter.

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State agrees to new settlements in Pittsburgh prison abuse cases

The new settlements total $132,500 and end lawsuits filed by five corrections officers or supervisors.

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House education committee postpones hearings on Pa. version of Common Core

The state Education Department will conduct a public review of the standards as requested by Gov. Tom Corbett.

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Allegheny County health officials: Bethel Park schools too quick to release alert on virus

The county Health Department director said the CDC has no confirmed cases of Enterovirus D68 in the region.

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 Opponents of Scotland's independence from the United Kingdom celebrate referendum results at a hotel in Glasgow, Scotland, early this morning.

Pro-union camp achieves victory in Scotland

Scotland has opted against breaking up the United Kingdom to become an independent nation. The margin was 55 percent to 45 percent.

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 Woodland Hills School District superintendent Alan Johnson announces the proposed closing of Shaffer, Dickson and Fairless elementary schools on Thursday.

Woodland Hills proposes closing three elementary schools

Dickson, Shaffer and Fairless elementaries would close, along with the district administrative building on Greensburg Pike.

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 The Clairton coke plant along the Monongahela River.

Despite $1.2B upgrade, Clairton Coke Works still lagging on air pollution, officials say

U.S. Steel Corp. to pay $300,000 penalty for exceeding emissions limit at new coke battery.

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 As of mid-August, the Pittsburgh Parking Authority had issued nearly 25,000 fewer tickets than over the first eight months of 2013.

Pittsburgh parking tickets down, revenue up as drivers use pay stations

Pittsburgh Parking Authority says drivers using the pay stations that replaced parking meters two years ago leads to less tickets issued.

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Assault charge dismissed against former Pittsburgh official

Kevin Quigley, also a Pittsburgh Democratic ward chairman, had charges dismissed when his girlfriend wouldn’t pursue charges.

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