Kasich in, Perry, Santorum out for GOP debate

Fox News on Tuesday decided which 10 GOP contenders will take part in its televised presidential primary debate Thursday in Cleveland.

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Obama, Netanyahu pitch dueling visions of Iran accord

Obama and Netanyahu made dueling appeals Tuesday to U.S. Jewish leaders regarding the Iran nuclear accord.

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Sandra Bland’s mother files lawsuit in Texas jail death

The mother of Sandra Bland has filed a federal lawsuit says he was wrongly detained and improperly supervised in her cell.

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Taliban leader worked as potato vendor to escape detection in Pakistan

Mullah Mohammad Omarain took refuge as a potato trader in a market in Karachi, Pakistan, while he was among the world’s most-wanted men.

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Companies to reveal extent of pay gaps

A new federal regulation will require publicly traded companies to divulge the disparity between the pay to bosses and median employees.

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Nation briefs: Wildfire forces more evacuations

Plus: Algae threatens fisheries, 7 dead in N.Y. outbreak, Circus tent collapses, Illegal immigration down, FDA battles ‘superbugs’

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World briefs: U.S.-trained forces abducted in Syria attack

Plus:  IS involved in human slavery; Israeli extremist arrested; Russia claims Arctic area; U.S. reaches out to Venezuela; China jails

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Obituary: Stanley L. Pollock / Oral surgeon had relentless work ethic

Dr. Pollock, who died of heart failure Friday at age 87.

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Summer memories: Sunrise can have surprising number of advantages

If you miss the sunrise, you might miss other special things, too.

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 Elsie Hillman enjoys the closing jubilation at what was her last GOP convention as a committee woman in 1996.

Elsie Hillman: A stunning rise from volunteer to grande dame of Republicans

Elsie Hillman had been a nurturing force in a party that increasingly grew away from her.

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 Steven D'Achille plays with his daughter, Adriana, in Friendship Park in Bloomfield. Mr. D'Achille's wife, Alexis, committed suicide after suffering from postpartum depression after the birth of their child.

Pittsburgh-area foundation seeks to prevent tragic effects of postpartum depression

After severe postpartum depression leads to his wife’s suicide, a McCandless man aims to raise money and awareness.

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Surgery likely to help women with overactive bladder, Pitt-related study finds

The only factor that seemed to make a big difference in a woman’s chance of finding relief after surgery was obesity — a BMI of 30 or above.

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 The entrance to the office of Dr. Jan C. Seski. Through a statement, Dr. Seski's attorney said reports tying the doctor to the killing of a lion in Zimbawe in April "are not accurate."

Murrysville doctor denies being part of illegal lion hunt in Zimbabwe

Dr. Jan. C. Seski proclaimed his innocence in a statement since the accusations were made against him — he said he wasn’t even there.

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 Rescue workers search for victims in the wreckage of the derailed Amtrak train in Philadelphia in May.

Money for Amtrak crash victims is stuck in limbo

The victims and their lawyers worry that the $200 million ceiling could limit the compensation they receive.

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 House Speaker Mike Turzai

House Speaker Turzai cancels trip over budget impasse

On June 30, Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, vetoed a Republican-crafted budget.

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 Sen. Richard Schweiker, R-Pa., a member of a Senate Health and Scientific Research subcommittee speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Schweiker, a liberal Republican who was the vice presidential candidate in Ronald Reagan's unsuccessful 1976 campaign and later served in Reagan's Cabinet, has died. He was 89.

Obituary / Richard Schultz Schweiker: U.S. senator, secretary of health and human services

Richard S. Schweiker, a Norristown native, served 20 years U.S. House and Senate before serving in Ronald Reagan’s cabinet.

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Community College of Allegheny County plans open house for military veterans

Pennsylvania has the fourth-highest total of veterans in the nation, and Allegheny County has the largest total in the state.

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 About 300 faculty, staff and administrators guided by an Identity Advisory Council worked on the change from Penn State's old mark, above at top, to the new one.

Penn State's Nittany Lion gets a makeover

A revamp to the flagship university's branding image centers around the head and face of the Nittany Lion, its shield.

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Residents near coke plant join potential lawsuit against ArcelorMittal Monessen facility

The “notice of intent to sue” details more than 300 emissions limit violations since the plant was reopened in April 2014.

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 Katie McGinty

McGinty announces run for U.S. Senate

Katie McGinty resigned last month as Gov. Tom Wolf’s chief of staff, clearing the way for her entry into the 2016 Senate race.

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Health happenings: Week of Aug. 4, 2015

Health- and fitness-related events for the week.

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 In this image taken from a November 2012 video made available by Paula French, Cecil the lion strolls around Hwange National Park in Hwange, Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe's wildlife minister says extradition is being sought for Walter Palmer, the American dentist who killed Cecil.

3 major U.S. airlines end trophy hunter shipments after Zimbabwe lion outcry

American Airlines would join Delta Airlines and United Airlines in banning the transport of animals known in Africa as the “big five."

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 Students in the summer's first 412 Build session learn woodworking skills at TechShop.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: 412 Build’s business is training teen entrepreneurs

412 Build gives 24 teenagers each summer entrepreneurial training and networking with tech and community nonprofits.

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Donors help fund Franklin Regional High’s new scoreboard

The school board unanimously approved agreements with all three donor companies at its meeting Monday night.

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 Margie Winters brings petitions to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia offices on Monday.

Gay Catholic school teacher shut out at Phila. Archdiocese offices

The petition supporting Margie Winters, signed by 23,000 people, was organized by social justice group Faithful America.

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 Republican presidential candidates gather on stage before a forum  Monday in Manchester, N.H. From left: Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, Bobby Jindal, John Kasich, George Pataki, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, and Scott Walker.

As debate nears, GOP hopefuls warm up

A forum drew all but three of the 17 major Republican presidential contenders and focused on aggressive responses to illegal immigration.

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 Ane Marie Benitez, center, director of Government Relations for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, watches as Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., left, and Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, right, address reporters in defense of Planned Parenthood on Monday on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Senate derails GOP bill to stop Planned Parenthood federal funds

A Republican bid to end federal funding of Planned Parenthood health services was blocked Monday by Senate Democrats.

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On Kerry visit, Arab nations express support for Iran nuclear agreement

The Gulf Cooperation Council backed Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday in his bid to win their support for the Iran nuclear deal.

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China to U.S.: Return powerful businessman

China-U.S. ties are strained yet more because a rich and politically connected businessman has fled to the U.S. and may seek asylum.

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Sandy Hook families settle lawsuits against Lanza estate

The families of 16 victims of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting in 2012 will get about $94,000 each.

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 The entrance to the office of Dr. Jan Casimir Seski, is seen Sunday in Pittsburgh. The Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority accused Dr. Seski of being involved in an illegal bow and arrow lion hunt in April.

Murrysville doctor faces mounting scrutiny over lion hunt

Jan Seski, the Murrysville doctor tied to an illegal lion hunt in Zimbabwe, is best known for his work in so-called bloodless surgery.

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Police chiefs discuss solutions to crime surge

The Major Cities Chiefs Association, an organization of 66 police chiefs, met Monday to discuss the causes of rising homicides and violence.

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World briefs: Syria conflict taking a toll on civilians

Plus: India porn crackdown; Russia forces kill militants; Violence precedes talks; Captive pastor on video: Floods, landslides; Sea dispute

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National briefs: FDA approves 1st drug made by 3-D printing

Plus: Carter has surgery; Puerto Rico defaults; Theater shooting penalty; Man shot near court; Patz slaying retrial; Wildfire buffer built

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 Former Gov. Tom Corbett, right, said Elsie Hillman, center, was "someone who dedicated her life to helping all people, regardless of gender, race, economic standing or political affiliation."

What people are saying about the death of Elsie Hillman

Condolences and messages of sympathy are pouring in upon the death of the philanthropist and well-known Republican figure.

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Murrysville doctor attacked on social media

Jan C. Seski of Murrysville is being attacked on social media after the Zimbabwe government linked him with an illegally killed lion.

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 Barbara Bush, right, once described Elsie Hillman as ''a cross between Teddy Roosevelt and Auntie Mame."

Obituary: Elsie Hillman, philanthropist and GOP pillar, dies at 89

Mrs. Hillman, the wife of billionaire Henry Hillman, was once described as "the Grand Duchess of the Pennsylvania Republican Party."

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 Fitness trackers like, from left, Fitbit Force, Jawbone Up, Fitbug Orb, and the Nike FuelBand SE, can carry security risks.

Surveillance Society: Wearable fitness devices often carry security risks

The devices log vast amounts of data, tracking number of calories burned, heart rate and sleep patterns among other information.

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 Parents often battle their children to eat healthy foods. But that shouldn't necessarily lead to an overreaction.

Could picky eating be a sign of anxiety and depression?

A Duke University study says 20 percent of children are such picky eaters that they could face impairments.

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Cheyney and Shippensburg universities notify faculty of possible layoffs

The statement did not indicate how many jobs might be at stake. Schools have until Oct. 31 to put numbers on any potential job reductions.

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 Maj. Tyree C. Blocker, 62, served in the Pennsylvania State Police from 1975 to 2005.

Wolf announces new nominee to head Pa. state police

Maj. Tyree C. Blocker served in the state police from 1975 to 2005, starting as a trooper before rising through the ranks.

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 In this May 6, photo, cars line up as an attendant pumps gas at a station in Portland, Ore.

Drop in oil prices pushes down gasoline in Pittsburgh area

Pittsburgh-area pump prices have been on a steady decline for the last month.

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Obama approves airstrikes to defend rebels in Syria

The broader U.S. rules of engagement, approved July 31, came after rebels fighting IS were attacked by the Nusrah Front.

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Toll collectors to disappear on Beaver Valley Expressway

Drivers would have two options: pay using E-ZPass or have their license plates photographed and be billed by mail.

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 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry speak at a press conference Sunday after their meeting at the foreign ministry in Cairo, Egypt.

After hiatus, U.S., Egypt resume security talks

The talks were kept on hiatus until now amid political unrest that swept the country in the wake of the Arab Spring.

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 Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting Sunday in Jerusalem.

Netanyahu vows ‘zero tolerance’ for Jewish extremists

Israel’s security cabinet approved new measures Sunday against Israelis who attack Palestinians.

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 Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks Sunday during a rally in Montreal.

Canada’s Harper calls for elections amid economic ills

Prime Minister Stephen Harper broke with Canadian political tradition by formally opening the campaign in the middle of summer.

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 The final version of Mr. Obama’s plan imposes stricter carbon dioxide limits on states than was previously expected.

Gov. Wolf praises president’s plan to slash power plant emissions

The president said the unprecedented carbon dioxide limits are the “single most important step” America has taken to fight climate change.

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Obama issuing stricter plan to curb industrial emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency will finalize measures that promise to upend a century of electrical power generation.

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As violence rises in Baltimore, 10 federal agents stepping in

The agents detailed to the city represent a “flipping of the script of sorts,” interim police Commissioner Kevin Davis said.

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