National Briefs: Teen is killed in flight quest

PLUS: highway bill OK’d; Senate hopefuls clash; ex-charity chief sentenced; StubHub fraud revealed.

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Overnight paving to affect Allegheny River Boulevard

Overnight paving will cause traffic restrictions on Allegheny River Boulevard starting Thursday night.

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Former Nazi guard dies a day before extradition

A federal judge approved his extradition Wednesday, according to court records.

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Feds to offer $10B in rural project loans

The fund will help pension funds, endowments, foundations and other institutions to invest in rural infrastructure markets.

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Execution said to go awry

A condemned inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution by lethal injection Wednesday before he died.

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 Hearses carrying coffins containing unidentified bodies from the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 depart the airport Wednesday in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

First crash victims returned to the Netherlands, as Ukraine's pro-Russian rebels still shoot into skies

Two Ukraine military jets were downed by separatists in combat, even as a choreographed solemn ceremony played out on Dutch soil.

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Feds want oil trains to get faster upgrades

Federal regulators, responding to derailments and spills, have specified a speedier upgrade timetable than was expected.

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 Farm hands pick carrots at the Kretschmann Family Organic Farm in Rochester.

Gas facility plan divides New Sewickley residents

Cardinal Midstream Inc. has applied for a permit for a proposed 12-acre compressor station site about 2,000 feet from the Kretschmann farm.

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World Briefs: Blasts kill 82 in Nigeria

PLUS: Indonesian vote challenge; shipwrecked Concordia; Iraq delays president pick; Bulgaria PM resigns

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In a Syrian city, Islamists put their vision into practice

The Islamic State has taken over most of Raqqa province, home to about a million people, and established a headquarters in its capital.

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Honduran families deported back to a bleak future

Overwhelmed by minors and women with children crossing illegally, U.S. authorities have stepped up deportations back to Central America.

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 People release white balloons after attending a silent march of remembrance Wednesday in Amsterdam. The first bodies of passengers and crew killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 arrived in the Netherlands from Ukraine on Wednesday, the official day of mourning. Flags on all Dutch government buildings and diplomatic missions around the world were flown at half mast.

A kiss, a prayer, a haunting premonition — the final, fateful days of MH17’s victims

The trip offered the thrill of new adventure, a dream vacation or a reunion.

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 The father of Sergeant Max Steinberg grieves at his coffin during his funeral Wednesday in Jerusalem, Israel. As operation "Protective Edge" enters its 16th day, 29 Israeli soldiers have been killed and over 600 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza, the vast majority being civilians.

Pressure rising on Israel to halt war in Gaza

Israel‘‍s tourism trade has been hit hard by an extension of international flights’‍ suspension over fears of Palestinian rocket fire.

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Taiwan plane crash leaves 48 dead, 10 injured

The turboprop was making a second approach to the airport on an outlying island in heavy rains when it went down.

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EPA defends attempts to reduce pollutants

Agency chief Gina McCarthy says the proposed rule will create jobs in the clean energy sector, reduce energy costs and increase profits.

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Lab director behind anthrax mishap resigns

Michael Farrell had been reassigned last month after the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention disclosed safety breaches.

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Obituary: James Garland / Successful coach, retired teacher had ‘‍big heart’

Mr. Garland turned around the Mt. Lebanon girls basketball program, going 143-48 in seven seasons.

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Gaza war prematurely ends trip for Penn State students

Penn State University ordered the evacuation of 19 students in the country for an archaeological dig.

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Random Acts of Kindness: Mo­tor­cy­clists de­liv­ered twice in help­ing out a lost mo­tor­ist

On a driv­ing tour on July 6, we got lost. We saw two mo­tor­cy­clists about to leave a gas sta­tion.

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Let's Talk About: Ramps and rolling

Building and exploring ramps with your child is easy and provides a great opportunity for preschool engineering and problem solving.

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 Pennsylvania Turnpike CEO Mark Compton, from left, PennDOT secretary Barry Schoch and state police Lt. Edward Murphy at a roadside news conference today in Middletown.

Pennsylvania testing 70-mph limit on parts of two interstates

Going 70 mph will get you there faster but not necessarily safely, two experts warn.

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 A Lyft car makes a turn earlier this month.

PUC advised to approve Lyft, Uber

The PUC will consider whether to allow the ride-sharing companies to operate locally. Meanwhile, “e-hailing” app Hailo is eyeing Pittsburgh.

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Doctors urge caution after critical report on Pradaxa

Amid a dispute over research, doctors are urging conservative use of the blood-thinner Pradaxa.

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Pittsburgh school board sets priorities for superintendent

The board of Pittsburgh Public Schools tonight set four performance priorities for Superintendent Linda Lane for 2014-15.

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Pittsburgh school board rejects charter school expansion at Frick Park

The board rejected plans by the Environmental Charter School at Frick Park that would have cost the district as much as $11 million a year.

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Personnel changes at Pittsburgh Public Schools

The board made  leadership changes, including accepting the retirement of Mary Jane Conley, executive director of special education.

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Student conduct code pulled from Pittsburgh school board agenda

The administration removed proposed revisions to the Code of Student Conduct from the agenda of the board of Pittsburgh Public Schools.

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 This undated file image shows the main gate of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz I, Poland. German prosecutors had hoped to try Johann "Hans" Breyer on charges of aiding in the murder of more than 200,000 Jews at the Auschwitz death camp. Breyer died late Tuesday.

Suspected Nazi death-camp guard dies in Philadelphia

Johann Breyer, who was arrested last month at his home, had said he was forced to work as a guard at Auschwitz.

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 Malaysian air crash investigators walk by wreckage at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine Tuesday. A team of Malaysian investigators visited the site along with members of the OSCE mission in Ukraine for the first time since Thursday's air crash.

Two Ukraine fighter jets shot down by rebels near MH17 site

Before news of the downed planes emerged, Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council said efforts to suppress insurgents is advancing.

about 17 hours ago

Traffic stop planned tonight on inbound Route 28

Crews will work between the ramps to Interstate 279 and Interstate 579-Veterans Bridge.

about 19 hours ago

Doctors warned about spreading cancer during hysterectomies

A device used to cut uterine tissue or remove fibroid tumors may harm women if it slices undetected tumors, which spreads cancer cells.

1 day ago

Pa. lottery sales expanded to record $3.8 billion

Sales in fiscal year 2013-14 were $99.9 million more than in the previous year, the lottery said.

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Many Malaysia Airlines jet crash victims may still be buried in wreckage

At least 200 recovered corpses have been sent by refrigerated rail car to a northern Ukrainian city, en route to the Netherlands.

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U.S., Euro airlines suspend Tel Aviv flights after airport rocketing

FAA says suspension could last 24 hours, despite tourist season.

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Obama signs new job-training law

Obama cites ‘‍skills gap,’‍ signs law intended to reduce bureaucracy while helping workers gain prepare for new jobs.

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 FILE - This June 25, 2014, file photo shows a group of  immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are stopped in Granjeno, Texas. The influx at the border is largely families with children or by minors traveling alone. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Big issues loom for Congress as recess nears

August recess looms, but issues such as highway funding and veterans care must be dealt with first.

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Senate Democrats cut $1 billion from Obama border fund plan

Appropriations panel‘‍s plan would fund president’‍s proposal through year‘‍s end, but without changes to trafficking law.

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More Pennsylvania judges sought for black lung cases

Pittsburgh needs three more administrative law judges to reduce a backlog and to handle appeals being re-filed by miners and their widows.

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Britain plans to tighten laws designed to protect girls

New research shows victim numbers are twice as high as previously thought.

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Britain announces inquiry into killing of ex-KGB officer

Home secretary says investigators will explore whether Russian leaders had role in fatal poisoning eight years ago.

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Nation briefs: GOP newcomer wins in Georgia runoff

PLUS: Koch brothers‘‍ gift fuels debate; Wash. slide unpredictable, report says; Mich. killings probed; N.J. casino robbed.

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 Caren Glotfelty

Allegheny County Parks Foundation board selects chief

Caren Glotfelty, 67, is the new executive director of the foundation, which raises money for special projects at Allegheny County‘‍s parks.

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Obituary: George Robert Knapp / Brought analytical mind to city firms for decades

Many relied on George Knapp for his guidance and wisdom, said Ken Moritz, who worked with him closely for the past 13 years at Stonewood.

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 The new Goodwill Southwest Pennsylvania in Heidelberg.

Amid Goodwill’s probe of possible data theft, local branch said no evidence of breach

Local Goodwill stores believe they were not hit by a security breach that may involve credit card data theft at franchise stores elsewhere.

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"Summer Memories" essay: Lemonade stand added up to little by dad's account

Daria L. Svaline: Every time I pass by one I am thrown — like spinning through a time machine — back to the very early 1950s.

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 Don Kretschmann, owner of Kretschmann Family Organic Farm, cleans carrots at his farm in Rochester, Beaver County.

Beaver County farmer says Marcellus compressor threatens farm's future

A Community Supported Agriculture organic farm operation will fight at a hearing tonight against a permit for a compressor station nearby.

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2 courts, 2 vastly different opinions about Affordable Care Act

This debate surrounding the ACA calls into question the legality of financial assistance enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians.

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 A Yellow Cab travels on Liberty Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Yellow Cab readies its own app for Pittsburgh ride shares

As Lyft and Uber settle in Pittsburgh, Yellow Cab is preparing to launch a ride sharing app of its own.

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 Baby fairy bluebirds at the National Aviary.

Let's Talk About Birds: Baby birds

What hatches out of a bird’s egg can be homely and helpless or capable and cute, depending on what kind of bird it is.

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World briefs: Taliban strike police fortress

PLUS: Iraq to elect new president; Obama aide in Germany; Nigerian president meets with parents of kidnapped; Populist wins Indonesian

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