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Woolslair School tries to reshape its image

A planning committee will present a formal proposal to the school board this fall.

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Bill would ensure pay for child porn victims

The Supreme Court decision sharply limits restitution orders against people who view child pornography.

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NRA seeks reciprocal gun law at annual meeting

A national reciprocity law would allow gun owners to carry licensed weapons across state lines.

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National briefs: Pa. has worst bridge problem

Plus: Oregon's troubled insurance exchange; fast start for measles; Blue Angels misconduct; Internet pay-for-priority.

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Vermont takes lead on genetically modified food labeling

Lawmakers have become the first to pass a bill requiring that genetically modified foods be labeled as such in the grocery aisle.

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Fraud found in Medicare's $5 billion bill for ambulances

Companies are billing millions for trips by patients who can walk, sit, stand or even drive their own cars, federal data show.

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Incline closes for weekend

The Monongahela Incline will be closed Saturday and Sunday for maintenance, Port Authority announced.

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Bedford Avenue bridge to be restricted today

The bridge that carries Bedford Avenue over Interstate 579-Crosstown Boulevard in Downtownwill have lane closures today for inspection.

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World briefs: Tragedy clouds Obama's visit

Plus: Pope's private telephone calls; U.K. tries to curb would-be jihadis; Costa Rica protests "Cuba Twitter;" and gang leader sentenced.

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Crackdown in Ukraine turns deadly

The killing of as many as five pro-Russian militants draws a condemnation from Russia's president.

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Hamas' deal for Palestinian unity forces Israel to suspend peace talks

Israel invoked the suspension days before a Tuesday deadline for extending the talks.

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Tragedy curtails Everest climbing season

In the week since a deadly avalanche, Sherpa leaders favored canceling the season, against the wishes of their government.

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Gunman kills 3 Americans in Kabul

It was the latest in a series of attacks on foreign civilians that has rattled aid workers, contractors and journalists.

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 Four-year-old Maddie Williams his held by her mother Courtney while  U.S. Sen. Bob Casey  talks to the media Thursday in the Strip District.  The Williams family is from Point Breeze.

Advocates seek savings accounts to pay for disability expenses

With increased lobbying this session by outside advocacy groups, Sen. Bob Casey is hopeful The ABLE Act will pass by the end of next month.

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County executive asks council to authorize $247M in bonds

Most of the bonds would go toward refinancing 2004 notes and the remaining amount would fund capital projects for 2015 and 2016.

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 Prom girl in purple dress.

Local Dispatch: Picking prom dress is one tradition that never loses its style

A mom is jolted one day by surprising realization that daughter has grown up and needs a prom dress.

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Montour elementary school plan hinges on future votes

Montour School District's plan to build a $55 million elementary school hinges on upcoming township and school board votes.

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Crash closes part of I-79 northbound in Butler County

Travelers are being detoured onto Route 19, state police in Butler said.

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Pennsylvania Turnpike ramp restrictions begin tonight

The interchanges at Monroeville and Beaver Valley will have traffic restrictions in the coming days.

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Bedford Avenue bridge in Downtown Pittsburgh restricted today, Friday

The restrictions will be in place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Friday.

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Restrictions today on Washington, Connor roads in Mt. Lebanon

PennDOT will restrict traffic on Washington, Connor and Gilkeson roads in Mt. Lebanon today during road striping work.

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North Allegheny school board approves $5.8 million in building upgrades

The largest maintenance items were repaving and replacing the rubber portions of roofs on some schools.

1 day ago


National briefs: Sweeping Ga. gun law signed

Plus: No video of police shooting; disciplined workers' perks; U-2 spy plane phaseout; Manning's name change.

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FBI said to gather data with hackers' assistance

An informant working for the FBI coordinated a 2012 campaign of hundreds of cyberattacks on foreign websites.

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FDA offering new rules for e-cigarette oversight

The regulatory blueprint would also cover pipe tobacco and cigars, tobacco products that have long slid under the regulatory radar.

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U.S. weighs clemency for thousands of inmates

The Justice Department will try to find inmates who committed low-level crimes and could be released early.

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 Rancher Cliven Bundy outside his ranch house west of Mesquite, Nev.

Rancher's standoff taps into resentment of federal government

It has highlighted sharp divisions, especially in the West, over the power of the federal government and the rights of landowners.

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Top court rejects award for Pa. child porn victim

In a 5-4 decision, the court remands the case and instructs the lower court to come up with an amount that more closely reflects

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Philly delivery man shot by cops may have feared robbery

The 20-year-old victim was in critical condition with gunshot wounds to the head, neck and leg.

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World briefs: Canada retiring weaker tank cars

Plus: Fighting in South Sudan; rebels allege Assad used chemical weapons; U.S. aid to Egypt; debris checked for link to missing jet.

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Russian warning follows Ukraine's military escalation

Moscow says it is prepared to retaliate against any attack on its citizens or interests in Ukraine.

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 Students from Danwon high school pay tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of sunken passengers ship at the Ansan Olympic Memorial Hall on Wednesday in Ansan, South Korea.

North Korea sends condolences as mourning begins for ferry victims

South Korean high school students, relatives and other mourners laid long-stemmed white chrysanthemums before an altar in a gymnasium.

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Palestinians forge unity deal, making Israel furious

The deal between Fatah and Hamas could threaten Mideast talks.

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 Pope John Paul II blesses the faithful in St. Peter's Square from a Vatican City balcony after he was named pontiff on Oct. 22, 1978.

Pope John Paul II leaves legacy as sex educator

Pope John Paul II's legacy is growing in an area that got scant mention in his obituaries nine years ago: as a sex educator.

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 President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wave to media as they depart Sukiyabashi Jiro sushi restaurant in Tokyo Wednesday.

Obama begins Asia tour with a message to China

The president said that the uninhabited islands are administered by Japan and fall within scope of the U.S.-Japan security treaty.

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Obituary: Francis Wymard / Developer, traveler and humanitarian

A successful real estate developer from Squirrel Hill, Francis Wymard devoted his time and talents to missions in Haiti and Bolivia.

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Random acts of kindness: A young woman shows Vietnam vet she appreciated his military service

Pittsburghers honor a vet's service, help with a flat tire, give directions, and pay for groceries.

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Deadly virus cases spread in Saudi Arabia; Ebola toll reaches 142 in West Africa

The number of cases of the potentially deadly, newly contracted Middle East Respiratory Syndrome reaches 272.

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Former South Fayette student discusses bullying

A high school freshman said her grades suffered until she transferred schools and escaped it.

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Moon Area administrator plans retirement

Alan Bennett has spent 34 years in public school administration. He will retire May 1.

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Pine Richland teachers roll out public support in labor talks with district

Speakers supporting the teachers in contract talks came forward at Monday's school board meeting.

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 Corey Gadson

McKeesport basketball coach Gadson to retire

Board members approved Corey Gadson's resignation for the 2014-15 school year at Wednesday's legislative board meeting.

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 Lyft's entrance into the Pittsburgh area, along with Uber, has shaken up the taxi scene in Pittsburgh. Here, a Lyft driver navigates Oakland in February. "The reality is [ride sharing] is here to say," Mayor Bill Peduto said Wednesday.

Mayor, Yellow Cab approach merge point on ride-sharing

The two parties met this morning to discuss ride-sharing legislation.

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Pa. Turnpike restrictions at Monroeville postponed by cold weather

The westbound on- and off-ramps will have alternating traffic controlled by flaggers from 9 p.m. Thursday to 2 a.m. Friday.

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 Students and alumnae of Chatham University stand outside the university entrance on Fifth Avenue and protest plans to take the university co-ed. "Rachel would weep" is a reference to Rachel Carson, the writer, scientist and ecologist who graduated from Pennsylvania College for Women — now Chatham University — in 1929.

Chatham protesters asked to leave campus property

About five to 10 people protesting the university's proposal to go coed agree to relocate to Fifth Avenue.

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 A utility pole next to Robinson Boulevard was shattered in the crash in which a woman died.

Woman, 24, dies in Wilkinsburg crash

Christina Graham-Pinkney was a passenger in a vehicle that collided with another vehicle around 1:30 a.m. on Robinson Boulevard.

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 Democratic gubernatorial candidates Rob McCord and Katie McGinty exchange words during a debate at the Central Baptist Church in the Hill District. At left is state senator Jake Wheatley representing gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf.

Two gubernatorial candidates woo black voters

The two other Democratic contenders, Tom Wolf and Allyson Schwartz, skipped the forum.

2 days ago


National briefs: Tank cars called inadequate

Plus: Obama tours Washington mudslide area; New Mexico police officer kills woman; IDs sought in molestation cases

2 days ago


Exclusive Philadelphia school is key locale for drugs

The investigation into a Main Line high school drug ring began months ago. Police arrested one alleged ringleader in February.

2 days ago


U.S. middle class no longer the richest

The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction.

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