Board questions EPA draft report on fracking

The draft report by the independent Science Advisory Board notes inconsistencies in an EPA study of fracking’s impact on water supplies.

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Protests shut down Chicago strip

Black Friday march targets high-end stores

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Turkey attempts to ease tensions over shooting down of Russian jet

But Moscow reacts coolly

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Students collecting oral history across U.S. this week

Interviews will be sent to Library of Congress

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Pope arrives in Uganda, calls Africa ‘continent of hope’

Follows his visit to Kenya’s slums

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FBI to start tracking animal cruelty in 2016

Some say violence against animals can be an early indication that a person will be violent toward humans.

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 French President Francois Hollande attends a ceremony Friday in the courtyard of the Invalides in Paris to honor the 130 victims killed in the Nov. 13 attacks in the city.

France commemorates terror victims

Solemn ceremony held two weeks after 130 killed.

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Nation briefs: Man charged in Chicago boy’s killing

Plus: Carson to tour Jordan, NSA collection to end, 5 die in heavy rains, Server slain over smoking

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World briefs: Two arrested in Mali attack that killed 19

Plus: IS affiliate claims attack, Philippines seeks art, Russia won’t fight ban, Activist gets 6 years

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Obituary: Earl A. McCabe Jr. / Nuclear engineer, dedicated volunteer

Earl A. McCabe Jr. was a nuclear engineer who dedicated himself to helping others through volunteerism.

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New policy will open up end-of-life care dialogue between patients and caregivers

“The conversation should not start in the last two weeks, when everybody expects the patient to die,” said Dr. Bernard Bernacki.

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 During the week after Christmas, the Parkway East is scheduled to be closed for four days while crews truck in dirt to create a dirt pillow under the Greenfield Bridge, implode it and haul away the debris and dirt.

Parkway East travelers get a reprieve this weekend

Public works officials hopeful delays in first closure of Parkway East will be rectified in next weekend’s closure.

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TRAFFIC: Parkway East closure scheduled for next weekend

The Parkway East will close next weekend to prepare for the Greenfield Bridge implosion.

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 Police lead the suspected gunman away in handcuffs outside a Planned Parenthood facility after a standoff on Friday in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Gunman kills 3 in shootout at Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic

An official identified the gunman in custody as Robert Lewis Dear of North Carolina.  As yet, authorities have no motive for the attack.

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 Margaret Cerra works on uneven surfaces with the guidance of physical therapist Mike Tardio during her third week of therapy after having hip replacement surgery at AGH.

Home care program aims to cut hospital readmission rates

Communication between hospitals and post-acute care providers is getting new attention as Medicare escalates penalties against hospitals.

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 The five-month budget stalemate has halted about $7 million in state funds that would have normally gone to food banks around the commonwealth.

Budget standoff has state's food banks looking to hunters for help

Hunters Sharing the Harvest, Pennsylvania’s venison donation program, will mark one million pounds of donated meat this hunting season.

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Russia, France agree to tighten cooperation

The presidents of the two countries will work together to fight against the Islamic State group.

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 Dr. Ben Carson, left, and Alfonso A. Costa in December 2005.

Pittsburgh-area developer, close friend of presidential contender Carson has complex legal history

Alfonso Costa faced a trail of lawsuits as he built around Pittsburgh.

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 A crowd cheers Pope Francis as he meets with Sahle-Work Zewde, the director-general of the United Nations Office at Nairobi, upon his arrival Thursday at the U.N. regional office in Kenya.

Pope says youth should not be ‘radicalized’ to spread terror

On his first day in Africa, Pope Francis focused on the recent terrorist attacks and held an interfaith meeting.

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 Thanks, Aunt Ina.

Local Dispatch: The Christmas ham that got us going

In 1950s, an aunt with a large ham for Christmas dinner motivated 13 of us to pile into a car to visit. And then it began to snow. A lot ...

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 French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, left, and French President Francois Hollande talk to each other as they arrive for a group photo at the France-Oceania summit on the sideline of the Climate Change conference, which starts this week.

Despite terror alert, France gears up for climate talks

Two weeks after the attacks in Paris, France faces a big security challenge, a global mega-conference on climate change.

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 Demonstrators block the intersection of Michigan and Chicago avenues Tuesday as they protest the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald in downtown Chicago.

Black leaders in Chicago push for investigation of police department

A graphic video was released Wednesday of a white police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times.

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Russian-Turkish tensions high over downed warplane

Turkish officials say they had no reason to apologize.

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Some Pennsylvania counties may sue state over budget standoff

At least one already declared it will protest by withholding millions it collects in state real estate transfer taxes and court fees.

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 A sign outside Peters Township High School welcomes students back to school after a month-long teachers strike.

Students back in class after 21-day strike by teachers in Peters

The teachers union and school district still have not reached an agreement on several contract issues.

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As temperatures rise, glaciers melting faster

Grinnell Glacier is disappearing due to decades of warming temperatures and may not exist as early as 2030.

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Arrest made in 9-year-old's killing in Chicago

Police said Tyshawn Lee was lured into an alley off of South Damen Avenue on Nov. 2 and killed because of his father’s gang ties.

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World briefs: Mali arrests two suspects linked to hotel attack

Plus: China to revamp military, prime minister says Britons ‘not happy’

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National briefs: Donald Trump denies mocking reporter

Plus: Kasem children sue, prison guard arrested, Va. marijuana arrests up, protesters run onto field.

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 Otto Abraham.

Obituary: Otto Abraham / Founded metals supply firm, created scholarship

Mr. Abraham became an avid Pirates fan after immigrating to Pittsburgh with his family in 1939.

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 Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is pursuing an appeal while he serves 30 to 60 years in prison on a 45-count child sexual abuse conviction.

Penn State's Sandusky settlements now total nearly $93 million

Jerry Sandusky is pursuing an appeal while he serves 30 to 60 years in prison on a 45-count child sexual abuse conviction.

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 This 2009 photo provided by ABC shows actor David Canary who played the roles of Adam/Stuart Chandler in the television show “All My Children."

Obituary: David Canary / Star of ‘All My Children’ soap opera for nearly 30 years

Mr. Canary’s first taste of soap-opera drama came in 1965, when he was cast as Dr. Russ Gehring in “Peyton Place.”

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 Early holiday shoppers make their way into the Toys 'R' Us in Cranberry.

Retailers ask: Will shoppers feast on Black Friday?

Big chains like Macy's, J.C. Penney, Wal-Mart and Target opened their doors on the holiday for those hoping to get their post-turkey shop

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Obituary: Ken Johnson / Houston pitcher who lost no-hitter

Ken Johnson was the only pitcher in major league history to throw a nine-inning no-hitter and still lose.

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 Thomas Rouser has Thanksgiving dinner Thursday at the banquet at Light of Life Rescue Mission on the North Side.

Light of Life shines on Thanksgiving

About 1,000 people received a warm Thanksgiving meal Thursday as part of the annual tradition.

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 Some Mt. Lebanon residents say they have a right to know, for safety reasons, where deer-control archery hunts are taking place in their community.

State orders Mt. Lebanon to provide locations of deer hunt

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

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 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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Fence-jumper prompts afternoon lockdown at White House

The man was immediately apprehended and taken into custody pending criminal charges, the Secret Service said in a statement.

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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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 An armed police officer stands guard Thursday at the start of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Macy's Thanksgiving parade features balloons, bands, heavy security

Heavy police presence join balloons and floats on parade route.

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 Greetings, friends.

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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 British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks at the House of Commons in London today, arguing the case for Britain to join air strikes in Syria.

Britain's Cameron says time to bomb militants in Syria

Many Britons are wary of entering into another war in the Middle East.

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Fourth person tracked down in connection with shooting of state trooper

Police say they believe Kaymer Lewis was a passenger in the vehicle that was stopped by troopers prior to the shooting.

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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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 Cindy Edwards, of Cranberry, was one of many shoppers who were getting a headstart on their holiday shopping on Thanksgiving. Ms. Edwards was looking to snag some good deals at the Toys 'R' Us in Cranberry.

Holiday shoppers get a head start on Thanksgiving

Most of the more than a dozen major retailers like Macy’s, Target and Kohl’s were sticking with their evening Thanksgiving openings.

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 A Belgium army soldier walks through the Galeries Royal Saint-Hubert today in Brussels.

Brussels terror threat level cut amid raids across Belgium

The prime minister said the cut to level 3 -- the same as the rest of the country -- shows the risk of a terror attack “remains serious.”

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