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Pennsylvania Supreme Court to take death penalty moratorium case

No one has been executed in Pennsylvania since 1999. Terrance Williams was scheduled for lethal injection today.

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For those with dementia, ‘springing’ power of attorney urged

Cognitive impairment can have a huge impact on a person’s ability to look after their own money.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf delivers his budget address for the 2015-16 fiscal year to a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate on Tuesday  in Harrisburg, Pa.

Reaction swift to Gov. Wolf's budget proposals

Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal brought passionate responses from politicians, the business sector and advocacy groups Tuesday.

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Raves: Osher classes enthuse older adults for new learning

Not even frigid temperatures and brutal wind can prevent a group of dedicated seniors from bundling up and trudging to our classes.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf delivers his budget address for the 2015-16 fiscal year to a joint session of the state House and Senate in Harrisburg on Tuesday.

Wolf delivers on his promise to boost Pennsylvania education spending

In his first budget proposal, the governor promises to increase support for school districts, community colleges and public universities.

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A Personal Journey: The 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March

Pittsburgher Jennifer Saffron returns to the heart of the civil rights movement to reconnect with Selma and recount her experiences.

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 Joe Sestak

Sestak to challenge Sen. Toomey again

Retired Admiral Joe Sestak formally announce his bid in Philadelphia today to oust U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, who won 51 to 49 percent in 2010.

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Wolf: Severance tax ‘not a partisan idea’

Wolf’s budget projects that a new tax on the volume and value of gas flowing from Pennsylvania wells will take effect on Jan. 1, 2016.

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 Ira H. Gordon

Obituary: Ira H. Gordon / Businessman invested time in community

Ira H. Gordon spent much of his life in Pittsburgh helping others in his community, through his business and his philanthropy.

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Bus driver in Delhi gang rape blames victim

Authorities in India have ordered that the documentary featuring the bus driver not be broadcast in their country.

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 A boy walks past a memorial for Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by Ferguson, Mo., police Officer Darren Wilson last summer, on Tuesday in the St. Louis suburb.

Officials say U.S. report finds racial bias in Ferguson police

The suburb’s police department commanded national attention after one of its officers shot and killed an unarmed black man last summer.

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Boko Haram’s new video shifts from speeches to beheadings

With its latest video, posted online Monday, it appears to have borrowed at least some elements from the Islamic State’s recent postings.

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World Briefs: Iraq forces try to seal off extremists

Plus: Russia sanctions hinted; paying respects to Nemtsov; Chile volcano erupts; and more.

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National Briefs: West Virginia governor vetoes abortion bill

Plus: Boston jury selected; Clinton email controversy; reversal in Alabama; and more.

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 Chicago White Sox outfielder Orestes "Minnie" Minoso poses in batting position at Al Lopez Field in Tampa, Fla.

Obituary: Minnie Minoso / Major league baseball’s 1st black Latino star

The seemingly ageless “Cuban Comet” helped clear the way for generations of minority ballplayers

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 The purse of Sienna Williams-Van Balen, 8, of Castle Shannon, includes several EpiPens, two different inhalers and methylprednisolone steroids in case of anaphylactic shock due to her peanut allergy.

Parents, doctors confounded by reversal of advice on peanut allergies

The switch on medical recommendations to ward off peanut allergies comes too late for many Pittsburgh children and their families.

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 Bobbie Jo Wendel leads her "Begin to Win" running group along Beaver Street in Sewickley as they start their Sunday morning run.

Marathon Ready: A race entered to support her mom turns novice on to her running prowess

After shedding 180 pounds, Bobbi Jo Wendel trains for her first full marathon in Pittsburgh.

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Obama says Iran must halt key nuclear work for at least a decade

His comment about the time frame for a freeze represents one of the U.S. government's strongest signals yet of its red line for a deal.

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 In higher education, Gov. Tom Wolf proposes increasing funding for the State System of Higher Education by $45 million.

Gov. Wolf's budget plan focuses on Pennsylvania's middle class, education

“Our state is never going to get stronger as long as we make our schools weaker,” Mr. Wolf said in his prepared remarks.

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 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint meeting of Congress on Tuesday in the House chamber in Washington, D.C. During his speech, Mr. Netanyahu said negotiations with Iran will not “block Iran’s path to the bomb; it paves Iran’s path to the bomb.”

Netanyahu warns that nuclear deal ‘paves Iran’s path’ to a bomb

The speech before a joint meeting of Congress gave the Israeli prime minister a rare platform for confronting President Obama.

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 Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, takes the stage Monday to address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference in Washington, D.C.

Pittsburgh area's Jewish leaders have mixed reactions to Netanyahu

They are concerned about a GOP-Obama rift on the Israeli prime minister’s speech to Congress today.

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 “I am as outraged and frustrated as you at the lawless and unconstitutional actions of this president,” House Speaker John Boehner told his caucus, according to aides.

Congress sends Homeland bill to Obama without conditions

The outcome averted a partial agency shutdown that would have begun Friday. It was a major victory for Mr. Obama and the Democrats.

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Clinton emails at State Department draw scrutiny

The ex-secretary of state may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record.

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 Richard Haynes, president and founder of the Carlow Chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, reads statements written on the Free Speech Wall at Carlow University in Oakland.

Carlow University 'wall' encourages free speech

Young Americans for Liberty at Carlow University encouraged students to write on two outdoor poster-boards, part of a national project.

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 Solicitor John Rushford said the resignation of Dormont borough manager Jeffrey Naftal was a personnel matter.

Dormont manager abruptly resigns

Jeffrey Naftal's resignation was effective Feb. 26, according to a two-paragraph letter to council members.

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Sharon Randall: Life and love lead to unexpected places, fortunately

Follow your heart, and the rest will fall into place.

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Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Police tensions serve as starting topic

Relationships between the police and African-American communities need to go beyond conversations and marches.

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Wolf says Pennsylvania severance tax ‘not a partisan idea’

The proposal would raise about $765.3 million for the state’s general fund and another $225 million to replace a Marcellus Shale impact fee

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 “This is an unfortunate, though not completely unexpected ruling.” said Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action.

Stay issued on NRA suit against Pittsburgh

Common Pleas Senior Judge Judith Friedman’s one-sentence order means the city’s law remains in force, at least for now.

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Earthquake strikes off Indonesia island; no reports of damage

The quake was felt by people on land, but there was no panic, Indonesia's disaster agency said.

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 Programs targeting employee health with various incentives and promotions have become popular as companies try to rein in health care costs

Are worker wellness plans best for business?

A new national journal’s article recommends that employers abandon these programs.

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Health happenings: March 3, 2015

Health-related events for the coming week.

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Tensions flare as picket lines crossed in U.S. refinery strike

Money is tight as strike pay from the United Steelworkers union is a fraction of normal wages.

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Obituary: Rod H. Altmeyer / Used his broadcasting background to promote his home furnishings business

Rod H. Altmeyer Sr. took over Altmeyer’s Bed, Bath & Home from his father and moved stores from small downtown area to shopping centers.

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 William Thomas McKinley in 1985.

Obituary: William Thomas McKinley / Jazz-loving composer born in New Kensington

Mr. McKinley, 76, was “one of our most important Pittsburgh artists of any kind,” said composer David Stock, a classmate at Carnegie Tech.

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 Former Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during the Freedom Summit on Jan. 24 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Likely GOP presidential candidates to speak at NRA annual meeting

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania is among the speakers slated for the April event.

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 Gen. David Petraeus.

Petraeus reaches deal to plead guilty to misdemeanor; likely won’t face prison

David Petraeus is a retired four-star general, who won renown in Iraq and Afghanistan, before going on to briefly lead the CIA.

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 Anna Duritskaya

Woman with slain Putin critic says she didn’t see his killer

Her emotional account came amid a swirl of speculation about who was responsible for the assassination, and what it means for Russia.

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War court judge orders Pentagon to replace USS Cole trial overseer

He ruled that a since-revoked requirement for judges to live at Guantanamo until a trial is over appeared to be unlawful influence.

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Termites are guardians of the soil

Their habitats are key to a multitude of ecosystems, from deserts and rain forests to your neighborhood park.

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Massive Iraqi assault begins to retake Tikrit from Islamic State

Many see it as a test of the central government’s ability to retake and hold much of the territory lost to the militant group last summer.

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State redistricting is under scrutiny at Supreme Court

The justices raised tough questions Monday in a case crucial for political operators and reformers in Arizona, California and beyond.

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World Briefs: Latest clashes in Ukraine kill hundreds

Plus: 40 Americans return from Syria; Twitter threats probed; donated Pakistan vaccines wasted; and more.

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 At the Capitol on Monday, Republicans and Democrats said they expected something big from Gov. Tom Wolf’s first budget proposal.

Wolf wants Pennsylvania income, sales tax increase

The new governor’s plan also calls for dramatically reducing school district property taxes.

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National Briefs: Report says cybersecurity lacking at FAA

Plus: 8 Amish resentenced; Nebraska same-sex ruling; Tamir Rice lawsuit; and more.

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 Nationally, gas prices were up 12 cents in the past week to hit an average of $2.42 cents per gallon.

Gas prices keep ticking upward in Pittsburgh region

Gas rose 8.8 cents per gallon in the past week in the Pittsburgh area.

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 Woodland Hills School District superintendent Alan Johnson: “I could send out a directive this afternoon: Thou shalt not suspend any more students in grades K-3. I don’t want to do that.”

Superintendent: 'We're trying to change the culture. ... we’re starting to be successful'

2011-12 study put the Woodland Hills district’s K-6 suspension rate at 23.8 percent -- top 10 nationally -- but the 2013-14 rate was 16.48

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 Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald “Better Jobs, Better Future” is chaired by Mike Mikus, who managed Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald’s successful 2011 campaign.

Fitzgerald's top political foes face stern challenge

A new political committee is working with the Allegheny County executive to replace fellow Democrats who oppose his policies.

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 Philadelphia and Pittsburgh base layoffs on certification and seniority, so seniority is critical when job cuts are being made.

Lawsuit challenging Philadelphia union officials as 'ghost teachers' mirrors Pittsburgh

The lawsuit by The Fairness Center claims teachers out of the classroom for years on union duties still get raises and public pensions.

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 A city of Pittsburgh fire truck collided with a pickup truck on Centre and 6th avenues, Downtown, this morning due to icy roads.

Flood advisory issued for Allegheny County

Slick roads caused numerous crashes and school delays in the Pittsburgh area today.

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