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 Qualyn Meade, 20, is a rising sophomore who says Cheyney University gave him a chance to thrive and succeed.

Cheyney University faces enrollment, financial problems

The historically black college in the state system faces declining enrollment and weak finances. Its supporters see decades of underfunding.

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More CCAC students need remedial classes

CCAC data for the high school class of 2014 showed 78 percent of students from throughout the county needed at least one remedial class.

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Joe Biden said to be taking new look at presidential run

Mr. Biden’s path would not be easy. Mrs. Clinton has enormous support among Democrats inspired by the idea of electing a woman as president.

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Caption Contest 268 ... and the winners of CapCon 267

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 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush rode an Uber car in July after speaking at Thumbtack, an online startup in San Francisco.

Will 2016 be the Uber election?

As Uber continues its explosive growth, it has become a delicate issue in political campaigns.

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Small pool of rich donors dominates election giving

The vast majority of the $388 million backing presidential candidates is being channeled to groups that can accept unlimited contributions.

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 Supporters of a Pakistani religious group 'Jamaat-ud-Dawa' offer funeral prayers for Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar at a mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. Afghanistan's Taliban on Thursday confirmed the death of Mullah Omar, who led the group's self-styled Islamic emirate in the 1990s, sheltered al-Qaida through the 9/11 attacks and led a 14-year insurgency against U.S. and NATO troops. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

New Afghan Taliban leader promises to continue insurgency

An audio message purportedly from Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor came as cracks in the Taliban’s previously united front widened.

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 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton waves as she is introduced before speaking to the National Urban League, Friday, July 31, 2015, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Clinton releases tax, health records on busy Friday afternoon

She emphasized that she came into her wealth later in her life — an effort to draw a distinction with  Jeb Bush, the scion of a rich family.

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 Participants paddle a country boat during a traditional boat race at Dashiachora, in Kurigram enclaves, Bangladesh. Bangladesh and India are going to officially exchange the adversely possessed enclaves Friday midnight where the two neighboring countries will implement the Land Boundary Agreement in line with a deal signed in 1974. (AP Photo)

India, Bangladesh swap border enclaves, settle old dispute

About 50,000 people will finally get a chance to decide which country they wish to be citizens of.

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Iraqis protest electricity shortage during heat wave

Concern about lack of electricity seems to outrank concern over Islamic State among many IIraqis.

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BMW drivers get paid $1,000 to delay charging electric cars when pressure on the grid is high

Utilities are trying to anticipate what will happen if (or when) millions of electric vehicles pour onto city streets and highways.

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 This image made from gun-camera video taken on July 4, 2015 and released by United States Central Command shows an airstrike on a bridge near Islamic State group-held Raqqa, Syria, that was a key transit route for the militants. After billions of dollars spent and more than 10,000 extremist fighters killed, the Islamic State group is fundamentally no weaker than it was when the U.S.-led bombing campaign began a year ago, American intelligence  agencies have concluded. (U.S. Central Command via AP)

Despite bombing, Islamic State is no weaker than a year ago

The military campaign has prevented Iraq’s collapse and put the Islamic State under increasing pressure in northern Syria.

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 Blanche Dunik

Obituary: Blanche Dunik / Longtime South Side crossing guard always cared for others

Longtime South Side resident Blanche Dunik knew how to lend a hand and keep a secret.

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World briefs: Zimbabwe bans hunting of big game

Plus: A wing flap suspected to be from missing Malaysia Airlines plane tested; Palestinian protester dies; more news from around the world.

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National briefs: Raging fires roust hundreds in northern Calif.

Plus: Texas trooper’s record examined; Texas attorney general indicted; and more news from around the country.

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 David King, left, and his attorney Matthew Heron at the Debt Doctors office on Penn Avenue on Thursday, July 16, 2015. Mr. King, of Leetsdale, has turned to Mr. Heron, a bankruptcy lawyer, to help him manage his student debt while supporting his family.

Student loan debtors using Chapter 13 bankruptcy to buy time on payments

Bankruptcy is an option, but often only a temporary fix for people facing large monthly bills.

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 A Palestinian man inspects a house Friday that was badly damaged from a suspected attack by Jewish extremists on two houses at Kafr Duma village in the West Bank.

Jewish extremists suspected in West Bank fire

A Palestinian toddler died Friday in a firebombing of a house in the West Bank that was being attributed to extremist Jewish settlers.

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Trade ministers fail to seal the deal on Pacific pact

Trans-Pacific Parnership trade pact talks foundered Friday in Hawaii over contentious access and tariff disputes.

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Europe baffled and bemused by Trump's presidential bid

His bid to become president of the United States has got people scratching their heads.

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 Dylann Roof

Suspect in Charleston killings indicates desire to plead guilty

The accused killer of nine people in Charleston, S.C., church wants to plead guilty to federal charges.

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 A banner hangs Friday at the Castaways Marina with pictures of Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen.

'Gut-wrenching' decision: Search for teens suspended

The U.S. Coast Guard on Friday evening reluctantly ended its weeklong search in the Atlantic for two missing teenage fishermen.

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Obituary: Richard E. Fuhrer / Insurance executive’s other passion was golf

The former Oakmont Country Club president was protective of the club’s reputation and integrity.

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 President Barack Obama signs the three-month highway funding bill Friday in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.

Monster of a fall awaits Congress after summer break

President Barack Obama on Friday signed a short-term transportation funding bill but scolded lawmakers.

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 Ray Tensing

2 backup officers at DuBose shooting scene won’t be charged

Two University of Cincinnati officers who arrived after a colleague shot and killed an unarmed black driver won’t be charged for lying.

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WHO: Ebola vaccine appears to be effective

An Ebola vaccine tested in Guinea has proven effective in a preliminary study, the World Health Organization announced Friday.

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World briefs: Plane debris to be checked in France

Plus: Lion killer’s extradition; rift appears among Taliban; Kerry travels to Egypt;  migrant crisis; war crimes case.

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 Heather Arnet.

Democrats officially nominate Arnet as candidate for state Senate seat

Ms. Arnet will face Republican Guy Reschenthaler in a November special election.

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 Joni Rabinowitz holds a sign during a rally on Grant Street by people advocating for a single payer health care system. About 75 people took part in the rally, which began outside UPMC headquarters and ended at Highmark.

Activists celebrate 50 years of Medicare

Organizers with labor unions and other groups vowed to lobby again to dismantle commercial insurers.

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Route 28 ramp to 31st Street Bridge closing tonight

The ramp will close from 8 tonight until 8 a.m. Saturday for pavement repairs.

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Route 51 construction to stall traffic this weekend

Delays are possible starting at 7 p.m.

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TSA finds firearm in luggage at Pittsburgh International Airport

The .380-caliber Sig Sauer, which had one bullet chambered, is the 10th firearm found in carry-on luggage this year at PIT, Mr. McCarthy

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 Donald Trump is at the head of a Republican presidential field that includes eight current or former governors and four current or former Senators.

GOP candidates who solicited from Donald Trump now reluctantly criticize him

During the year that Gov. Chris Christie was head of the Republican Governors Association, Mr. Trump gave $250,000.

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 More lanes like this one heading into Downtown are planned for Oakland.

More bike lanes coming to Oakland streets

Seeking to accommodate an increasing number of bicycle riders, Pittsburgh plans to install new bike facilities this summer.

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Experts attempt to link debris to missing Malaysian airliner

Investigators caution that it will take more time to determine if the debris is from vanished flight MH370.

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 Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing, second from left, appears before Judge Megan Shanahan at Hamilton County Courthouse Thursday for his arraignment in the shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose in Cincinnati.

Former officer pleads not guilty in campus shooting death

People in the courtroom erupted into cheers and clapped when officer Ray Tensing’s bond was set at $1 million, drawing the ire of the judge.

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 Howard Fineman, right, with his son, Nick, at PNC Park before throwing out the first pitch at Sunday’s Pirates game.

Local Dispatch: Why Pittsburgh remains my home plate

Pittsburgh native and national journalist Howard Fineman tossed the first pitch at PNC Park Sunday. His love for his hometown ever deepens.

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 Woodland Hills High School

Woodland Hills recognized for discipline policies

The superintendent and members of the staff were chosen to participate in a day-long White House school discipline summit.

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Afghan Taliban confirms Mullah Omar’s death, appoints his successor

The Afghan Taliban Shura, or Supreme Council, chose Mullah Omar’s deputy, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, as its new leader.

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Senate passes a highway bill, but only for three months

Some senators expressed dismay that they were approving another short-term solution — instead of passing a long-term highway spending bill.

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 Matt Peters of Hazelwood joins about 100 people for a Pittsburgh Chapter of the Sierra Club rally to support the EPA's Clean Power Plan on Thursday in the courtyard of the Allegheny County Courthouse, Downtown.

Rally urges elected officials to support Obama's Clean Power Plan

Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is expected to be announced Monday.

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U.S.-trained anti-Islamic State commander kidnapped in Syria

The reported kidnapping is likely to be a new blow to the troubled  program, which in its first year has trained only about 60 fighters.

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Trump’s plan to deport 11 million faces obstacles

Donald Trump has never said how he intends to find the illegal immigrants he wishes to deport.

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Nation briefs: Pentagon plans to arm more stateside troops

Plus: Ruling on detainees, Lion killing investigated, Biden pushes Iran deal, Rapidly spreading brushfire in Calif.

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Federal government to make inmates eligible for Pell grants

In 1994, Congress amended the Higher Education Act to eliminate Pell Grant eligibility for inmates in federal and state prison.

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Zimbabwe calls for extradition of Cecil the lion's killer

Walter Palmer, a dentist in the Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington, has admitted killing the 13-year-old predator.

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Donaldson's Crossroads Sewage plant set for facelift

A new plan for the 50-year old Peters township plant would increase capacity by about 45 percent.

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Collier commissioners say no to rezoning proposal

They denied a request by Woodville Associates to rezone 24 acres of land for a townhouse plan.

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Obituary: Mary Alice Smith / Longtime voice at area religious services

In the 1960s, Mary Alice Smith was half of the singing Bel Canto Duo and the voice behind religious services all around Pittsburgh.

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New restrooms to be installed at Steel Valley's Park Elementary

At their meeting Monday, the Steel Valley School District approved new restrooms that will be more accessible to students with disabilities.

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 John Turchek is a professor of computer and information systems at RMU.

Newsmaker you should know / IBM bestows faculty award on Robert Morris professor

This is the second time John Turchek has received the honor, which grants him $40,000 to spend at the university.

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