A protestor marches during a demonstration for 17-year-old Laquan McDonald early Wednesday in Chicago.

Outcry over Chicago teen’s death persists

More than 100 protesters took to the streets Wednesday, marching and chanting through the Loop and blocking traffic.

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State orders Mt. Lebanon to provide deer hunt details

The request involves Mt. Lebanon’s contract to pay a nonprofit wildlife management organization to organize a controlled archery hunt.

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Shots fired at Minneapolis police protest second night in a row

Black Lives Matter protesters have been camping out in front of Minneapolis’s 4th Precinct since Nov. 15.

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Maker won’t cut list price of drug after 5,000% hike

Turing caused a furor in September when it acquired the drug and immediately raised the price from $13.50 a tablet to $750 a tablet.

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Local Dispatch: Why we still send Christmas cards

One can see how this quaint custom might fade. But when you send someone a real Christmas card, you are also sending a piece of yourself.

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 An Indian man rests in front of an air cooler in May to cool himself on a hot summer day in Hyderabad, in the southern Indian state of Telangana.

U.N. agency: 2015 is hottest year on record

The agency’s chief, Michel Jarraud, said it is likely that the world has now warmed by 1 degree Celsius over pre-industrial times.

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Russia, Kiev trade war worsens as services cut

Following a blackout in Crimea prompted by an explosion, the two countries have traded punitive measures with little restraint.

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 Gen. John Campbell, the top American commander in Afghanistan, speaks Wednesday at a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Soldiers suspended over hospital attack

Gen. John F. Campbell said a probe concluded that “human error” was to blame, compounded by technical, mechanical and procedural failures.

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Pope Francis starts Africa trip despite security concerns

Pop brings peace message to Africa amid security fears.

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Tensions rise after plane’s downing

Russia said Turkey may have planned the downing of one of its warplanes near the Syrian border.

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Obituary: George Franklin McGinnis Jr. / Sailor survived typhoon, kamikaze attack in WWII

Mr. McGinnis, 91, formerly of Dravosburg, died Sunday at Sunrise of Upper St. Clair, apparently of a heart problem.

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World briefs: IS claims it bombed bus in Tunisia

PLUS: Taliban leader killed; Hurricane nears Mexico; Myanmar search ends; S. Korea nuclear pact.

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National briefs: Hate crimes show decline since 2004

PLUS: feds warn Georgia; Weed killer withdrawal; Flu vaccine booster; New catfish rules; Trooper leaves hospital.

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 A motorist maneuvers around a Port Authority bus during rush hour along Fifth Avenue in Oakland.

Viewing Oakland through the windshield of a Port Authority bus driver

If the perils of the traffic in Oakland make professional Port Authority bus drivers nervous, imagine what they do to regular motorists.

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 Motorists will get a reprieve from Parkway West lane restrictions this holiday weekend.

TRAFFIC: Motorists get weekend reprieve from Parkway West work

The Parkway East will close for one more weekend -- Dec. 4 through 6 -- to prepare for the Greenfield Bridge implosion.

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 Kyree Beachem, 8, had been waiting for a multi-organ transplant for more than 5 years, after her body rejected a small intestine transplant after 10 days in 2010.

Ellwood City girl, 8, receives quadruple organ transplant

Kyree Beachem, an 8-year-old girl from Ellwood City with Kyree’s Dream Team Facebook page, received a quadruple organ transplant today.

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 President Barack Obama speaks from the White House today to brief the American public on the nation's homeland security situation heading into the holiday season.

Obama may ignore ban by Congress on Gitmo transfers

The president spoke from the White House today shortly after meeting with his national security team.

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 Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks at a news conference earlier this year in Philadelphia.

Senate urged to examine removal of AG

The state Constitution provides for the removal of officeholders through a vote of two-thirds of the Senate and action by the governor.

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 Former 'Two and a Half Men' star Charlie Sheen said last week that he is HIV-positive.

Activists raise awareness of HIV pill that lowers risk

A daily pill that can slash the risk of HIV remains an unknown to thousands of primary care doctors and nurses, a federal agency cautioned.

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 Peters teachers union members picket Oct. 28 after contract talks broke off late the evening before.

Peters students, teachers to return to class day after Thanksgiving

Friday is the final day of a month-long strike by the district’s 285 teachers.

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 Investigators and firefighters work the scene of a fire and shooting Tuesday in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia traffic stop ends in bloodshed, burning bus

Trooper Patrick R. Casey suffered a “flesh wound” to his shoulder, state police Capt. James Raykovitz said.

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Judicial board to decide whether to charge justice in email scandal

Justice Eakin is under investigation for his role in an explicit email ring that also involved other judge.

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 A woman, who was seen on video, arrived at the Holy Jesus Child Church in Richmond Hill, Queens, on Monday with a newborn, who was left behind in an empty manger scene.

Healthy newborn found abandoned in Nativity scene at NYC church

The parish priest, the Rev. Christopher Ryan Heanue, 28, said he could think of no better place to leave a baby

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 Cliff Foster

Former Pine-Richland coach accused of sexual relationship with girl to stand trial

Cliff Foster is charged with have a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old player.

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Las Vegas going green in deal to run city with only clean power

The agreement doesn’t cover the famously bright casinos on the Las Vegas Strip.

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 Alexander Pedersen of Denmark, left, and Toro Tommola of Finland traveled to Greensburg through AFS-USA, a foreign exchange program that brings together host families and students.

Serving up America: Host families share nation's bounty with foreign students

The AFS Intercultural Program, an international youth exchange organization, each year sends about 13,000 students abroad.

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Prosecutors appeal order on Sandusky accuser's complaint

The judge’s order requires prosecutors to re-evaluate the case to see whether the allegations meet a minimum standard for filing charges.

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 Demonstrators march in Minneapolis on Tuesday, a day after five people were shot during a Black Lives Matter protest outside a police station.

Activists vow not to cower after shooting of 5

The police took three people into custody Tuesday in connection with the shooting of five people during a Black Lives Matter protest.

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 Newlonsburg Church sewer Diane Guthrie pins fabric for a backpack to be sent to the La Croix New Testament Mission in Haiti.

Murrysville church group makes backpacks for Haitian children

The Blessed Piecemakers of Newlonsburg Presbyterian Church created 103 backpacks for children sponsored by church members.

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North Allegheny enrollment falls slightly

The annual enrollment report for 2015-16 showed 8,155 students in kindergarten through 12th grade on Oct. 1, down from 8,229 last year.

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 An Amtrak officer watches passengers Tuesday as they board a train at Penn Station in New York. After a string of terror attacks in several countries, the U.S. government issued a worldwide travel alert.

U.S. traffic deaths rise sharply after small decline in 2014

The findings prompted a call from the nation’s highway safety chief to find ways to reduce the human errors that cause most fatalities.

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New Ross commissioner chosen by casting lots

Allegheny County Election officials oversee an exercise in chance when voters serve up a tie in municipal elections.

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Obituary: Monique J. Lemaitre Leon / Professor of Latin American literature and language

Monique J. Lemaitre Leon, 81, of Squirrel Hill, a scholar, died Nov. 5 in Shadyside Hospital after a lengthy illness, her family said.

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 An estimated 46.9 million Americans are expected to take a plane, bus, car or train at least 50 miles from home over the long Thanksgiving weekend, according to AAA.

Travelers flock to airport, highways for long holiday weekend

An estimated 46.9 million Americans are expected to travel away from home over the holiday, the most travelers since 2007, AAA says.

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Senate panel to take on inversions in review of global taxation

The merger strategy is under renewed scrutiny by policymakers after Pfizer announced plans Monday to move its tax address to Ireland.

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Multiple errors cited in U.S. airstrike on Doctors Without Borders hospital

The military is expected to give details on the findings of the investigation at a news conference today.

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 Investigators and firefighters work the scene of a fire and shooting Tuesday in Philadelphia in which a state trooper was shot in the shoulder.

Teen charged as adult in Philadelphia trooper shooting

Giovanny Cotto was charged as an adult with criminal attempt to murder and other charges.

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Brussels prepares to ease security lockdown, but attack fears stay high

Meanwhile, prosecutors in Paris revealed that the alleged Nov. 13 ringleader planned to blow himself up in the capital’s largest district.

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Wilkinsburg council applies for grants, studies

One study would involve the borough’s former railroad station, which is on the national Register of Historic Places.

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Haiti officially declares presidential contenders; announcement spurs protest

Government-backed candidate Jovenel Moise will face Jude Celestin, the former head of the state construction company, in a Dec. 27 runoff.

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Two Penn Hills football players to attend U.S. Army National Combine

Rick Squires and Julian Major will travel to San Antonio in January.

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North Allegheny adopts 2016-17 calendar

Next school year will begin Sept. 1, 2016, and end June 9, 2017. Winter break will be from Dec. 26-30.

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Saint Vincent College launches green initiatives

Water bottle refilling stations, elimination of styrofoam containers are among the measures.

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Ukraine starts Crimea power repairs as Russia weighs retaliation

The dispute lays bare the conflict between the former Soviet states amid a separatist war that’s hammered Ukraine’s economy.

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 Maxine Bruhns has spent 50 years with the Nationality Rooms at Pitt.

Five decades of bringing diverse cultures under one roof at Pitt

As director of Pitt’s Nationality Rooms, Maxine Bruhns has seen museum of ethnic Pittsburgh grown from 19 to 30 rooms.

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Advisory committee outlines potential traffic improvements in Murrysville

Study recommends increase in traffic impact fees and long range plans to relieve congestion caused by growth.

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 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday before their meeting in Jerusalem.

New settlement spat emerges as Kerry visits Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for the recognition of some settlement blocs in exchange for steps to ease tensions.

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 The Port Authority is expanding the number of parking spaces at the Washington Junction park-and-ride lot in Bethel Park.

More parking coming to Washington Junction park-n-ride lot

Plavchak Construction of Clairton has been in the process of renovating the lot since August.

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Seneca Valley studies renovation and construction options

The school board heard a host of options for upgrading the schools, ranging from making limited improvements to constructing new buildings.

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 Raelynn Jackson is also an allied health instructor for Douglas Education Center in Monessen.

Newsmaker you should know / Finleyville health care worker honored for innovative patient care

Raelynn Jackson received an award from a statewide association for her Meds 2 Beds program.

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