HIV-positive women Liu Ximei, left, and Tao Jing Lan in Beijing in 2012. Ms. Ximei contracted the virus after blood sellers at a rural hospital injected her with a used needle following a severe accident as a young girl in which her hair was caught in farm machinery, tearing away her scalp. Originally from Henan province, she was visiting three HIV hospitals in Beijing in the hope of finding a surgeon able to restore hair to her damaged scalp, which she hides beneath a wig.

Rise in HIV among China's youth draws attention for World AIDS Day

Gay men having unprotected sex leads to an increase in numbers of people living with HIV and AIDS in China.

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TRAFFIC: Section of Parkway East to shut down next weekend

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

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 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane

Kane turns to former Maryland AG to lead porn email probe

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane says she expects the move to be challenged, even from members of her office.

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 The Art Institute of Pittsburgh on the Boulevard of the Allies is operated by Pittsburgh-based for-profit EDMC.

U.S. senators demand more debt forgiveness, accountability from EDMC

Three senators raised concerns about the Pittsburgh for-profit education company’s massive settlement with the federal government.

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State House approves Children's Health Insurance Program extension

New legislation also means the program would be administered by state’s Department of Human Services.

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 A group of scientists from around the world say we need to eat more fruits and vegetables as part of healthy daily diet.

What exactly makes up a healthy diet?

Some of the world’s top scientists provide clarity on what we’re supposed to eat and drink, and what foods we should avoid.

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Federal suit says state provides inadequate mental health care

The suit claims the state does not have enough beds in community-care programs for those needing autism and mental health services.

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 Pope Francis talks to journalists during a press conference he held aboard the flight on the way back to the Italy, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. Pope Francis traveled to Africa for a six-day visit that took him to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope’s mosque visit raises peace hopes

The move almost immediately opened up a part of the divided city troubled for months by retaliatory violence between Muslim and Christians.

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Obama may sign short-term spending bill to avert shutdown

An existing government-wide continuing resolution is set to expire Dec. 11.

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Police shooting of black teen cited in U of Chicago threat

Meanwhile, a university in Washington reopened, four men were charged in Minnesota and jury selection in a Freddie Gray trial began.

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 Pitt students join about 200 people marching through Oakland during a World AIDS Day candlelight vigil.

World AIDS Day activities planned in Pittsburgh

Efforts are being made in locally and elsewhere to control and find a cure for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

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 State police say this is the Remmington .270 rifle used to kill St. Clair Police Officer Lloyd Reed.

Police locate gun used to kill St. Clair officer

Remmington . 270 rifle, hooded sweatshirt and live rounds found hidden in thick brush off a path near where suspect was taken into custody.

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 The Colorado Springs shooting suspect, Robert Lewis Dear, right (with public defender Dan King), appears via video for a court appearance Monday.

Planned Parenthood attack suspect makes 1st appearance

When asked by Chief District Judge Gilbert Martinez if he understood his rights, Robert Lewis Dear replied, “no questions.”

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Putin sides with Obama’s views, snubs Erdogan

Meanwhile, British leader David Cameron called a vote for Wednesday on extending British airstrikes against Islamic State into Syria.

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Roster of leading nutritionists who took part in conference

Here’s the roster of leading nutritionists who attended the Oldways Finding Common Ground conference in Boston last month.

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Chinese currency reaches IMF milestone

The IMF will add the yuan to its basket of reserve currencies, an international stamp of approval of the strides China has made.

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Puerto Rico undecided on bond payments due today, governor says

Skipping $354 million in payments would escalate a standoff with bondholders by pushing the commonwealth into default.

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NYC’s novel salt warning rule set to take effect at chains

Chain restaurants will have to start putting a special symbol on highly salty dishes.

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Judge OKs $20 million loan to keep Luzerne County government open

The loan would keep the county afloat while officials wait for a state budget impasse to end

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Thanksgiving break ends with budget stalemate still in place

Republican senators were told a Wednesday session was canceled because “we will not be ready to begin budget deliberations and voting.”

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 Flanked by Dr. Sam Reynolds, left, Allegheny County Health Department Director Dr. Karen Hacker announces an anti-AIDS initiative during a press conference in the City-County Building, Downtown, Tuesday.

Allegheny Health Network, UPMC join effort to stop spread of AIDS

Strategies include improving the screening rates for HIV and AIDS and bolstering awareness of preventive treatments.

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 The big picture: Homewood Cluster Planning map

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Developing Homewood, and keeping it Homewood

Homewood’s cluster plan for future development brings together the visions of 10 segments of the neighborhood.

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Chicago police chief fired after officer charged with murder

Community leaders and demonstrators had been calling for McCarthy’s ouster and demanding a broader investigation.

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National briefs: Cell phones cut the cord on landlines

Plus: Tighter visa program, Corrupt speaker convicted, EPA boosts ethanol

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World briefs: Embassy warns of Kabul attack

Plus: Israel convicts 2 teens, N. Ireland abortion law, Iraq prepares for attack, Missile unsucessful

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15 killed in crashes statewide over holiday weekend

State police said they responded to slightly more than 1,000 crashes in which 272 people were injured during the five-day holiday weekend.

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Obituary: Pamela D. Huston / Chiropractor's approach to life touched friends, patients

Pamela D. Huston, an Edgewood resident died Friday at the age of 59.

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 Vehicles and Port Authority bus move through Oakland.

Complete Streets policy could make Pittsburgh safer for all

Pittsburgh has a contract with the National Complete Streets Coalition to help leaders and residents redesign streets or reallocate traffic.

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 No jacket required: Mild temperatures on Thanksgiving Day had many holiday shoppers waiting outside the Best Buy in Cranberry with only a T-shirt on.

November was Pittsburgh's warmest since Hoover Administration

The average daily temperature in the area this November reached 48.5 degrees – the highest since it reached 51.6 degrees in November 1931.

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 The app in Pennsylvania came partly in response to a series of cases in which the ACLU alleged retaliation by Philadelphia police officers against those who watch or record police activity.

Mobile app allows recordings of police interactions in Pennsylvania

Smartphone users can use the app to record a video and send it to the American Civil Liberties Union.

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TRAFFIC: More Parkway East closures next weekend

The weekend closure is set to begin at 10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4, and run through 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6.

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Obituary: David A. Murdoch / Attorney was honorary German consul

Mr. Murdoch, a K&L partner, had a lifelong attachment to global affairs. He witnessed the Berlin Wall rise as a student, and fall in 1989.

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 The state Supreme Court ruling will allow 182,000 seniors to avoid paying heftier out-of-network rates.

UPMC, Highmark divorce ends with key ruling

The decision was a setback for UPMC, which had sought to drop Highmark’s Medicare Advantage plan members from its network since the spring.

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 Port Authority has received more than 600 requests for service improvements in at least 85 distinct areas under a formal program the transit agency established earlier this year.

Port Authority continues to hear pleas for expanded bus service

Despite declining fuel costs, transit service says limited funds mean nearly all requests will be denied.

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 Cheyney University's planetarium.

Cheyney University placed on probation by accrediting body

Financially struggling institution has two full years to return to compliance stemming from apparent mishandling of federal student aid.

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Don't be alarmed: Pennsylvania nuclear plant to test sirens

If traveling near Harrisburg on Wednesday, prepare for siren test

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 Kathleen Kane leaves a Montgomery County courtroom recently.

AG Kane to announce plans for next chapter in porn email saga

Among the announcements will be the naming of a special prosecutor to investigate the exchange of illicit material on government computers.

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 President Barack Obama, left, and Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, front row third from right, applaud as they pose with world leaders for a group photo at the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Le Bourget, outside Paris, today.

World leaders meet in Paris for climate talks

The U.N.-organized gathering of 151 heads of state and government comes at a somber time for France.

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 The Rev. Scott Dontanville, front, co-pastor of the Hope Chapel, consoles a congregant before service early Sunday in northeast Colorado Springs, Colo.

After Colorado shooting, renewed questions on gun violence

Colorado’s governor called it a “form of terrorism” and said that the country needed to ask why such shootings were happening so frequently.

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Lawyers for Tamir Rice’s family release outside reports criticizing shooting

Meanwhile, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that the city would soon increase the number of police officers wearing video cameras.

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Study: Smaller animals maintain cleanliness to survive

The results could lead to new self-cleaning technologies to keep solar panels and remote camera sensors dust-free.

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EU expects ‘immediate’ clampdown on migrants in deal with Turkey

Turkey will receive $3.2 billion in additional aid for the more than 2 million Syrian refugees in the country as part of the deal.

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Local Dispatch: Board games are the everlasting holiday gift

My wish is that young adults who have had the fortune to know the fun and value of board games will remember to share with today’s kids.

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 Pope Francis caresses a baby as he visits a refugee camp Sunday in Bangui, Central African Republic.

Pope brings peace message to Central African Republic

He issued the appeal from the altar of Bangui’s cathedral after arriving in the badly divided capital on the final leg of his African tour.

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Cameron steps up preparations for vote on bombing Syria

Elsewhere, at least 18 civilians were killed Sunday in Syrian airstrikes while U.S. strikes helped Iraqi forces make significant progress.

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 A pair of bear hunters walk up a road toward a sign marking a game commission's deer hunter focus area at Pennsylvania game lands 74 last week in Fisher, Clarion County. The Pennsylvania Game Commission hopes more than 30 of these areas across the state will draw more hunters to spots where they’re likely to see more deer when hunting season opens today.

Pennsylvania's deer season opens

The rifle hunting season and continues through Dec. 12.

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 Retailers are rolling out online deals on so-called Cyber Monday, although discounts started days before since now that shoppers are online all the time. “It’s no longer about one day, but a season of digital deals,” said Matthew Shay, president of retail trade group The National Retail Federation.

Cyber Monday sales still on top, but losing some luster

As of 10 a.m. E.T., Adobe, which tracks millions of visitors to retail websites, said $490 million had been spent online.

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National briefs: U of Chicago cancels classes over threat

PLUS: Deadly storm lingering in Plains; 3 die in N.J. crash; Clinton eyes infrastructure; Christie gets key support

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World briefs: Burkina Faso counts ballots for elections

PLUS: Israel protests EU decision; Cyprus issue near solution; Beijing’s pollution levels

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 France's President Francois Hollande, right, shakes hand with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

World leaders open Paris climate talks

Diplomats optimistic that landmark gathering could produce successful deal after string of failures.

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