Obituary: Nathan M. Cochran, O.S.B. / Teacher, mentor at Saint Vincent College

Brother Nathan M. Cochran was a teacher, student mentor, registrar at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, but is best-known for his love for

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 Ron Tomalis

Pa. senator calls for inquiry of education adviser

Former secretary of education Ron Tomalis was appointed special adviser in June 2013, but was permitted to keep his cabinet-level salary.

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 Sen. Joe Manchin, left, D-W.Va., and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., speak to the press in the U.S. Capitol building in April about background checks for gun purchases. The pair’s proposal was ultimately rejected, but their new bipartisan compromise requires more background checks for public school employees.

Bill would require school background checks

Congress may find it easier to require background checks for teachers than for weapons purchasers.

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Allegheny County manager suggests consolidation of departments

Allegheny County could save $250,000 annually if it “co-mingled” its real estate department with its Office of Property Assessments.

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Report argues for Pennsylvania Medicaid expansion

Families USA report says more than half of Pennsylvanians who would benefit from Medicaid expansion have jobs.

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Ramp from Forward Avenue to outbound Parkway East closed

PennDOT announced the one-month closure about 30 minutes before it was scheduled to take effect on Thursday.

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Inbound Liberty Tunnel to close long-term on Tuesday

Painting will close the tunnel from 8 p.m. Tuesday until 6 a.m. Aug. 22.

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Writing has power to create a miracle, if it all goes right

For a writer, it’s a gift to know someone reads your writing

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U.S. warns against traveling to Ebola-hit countries

The White House said it is looking into options for bringing back two American aid workers sick with Ebola in Liberia.

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Both sides in Mideast agree to 3-day cease-fire

Israel, Hamas sending delegations to negotiations in Cairo that may pave way to end more than three weeks of carnage.

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FDA to regulate new diagnostic tests for safety, reliability

The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that it plans to begin regulating certain diagnostic tests developed by laboratories.

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Veterans Affairs revamp passes Congress, but other bills hang in balance ahead of recess

After Senate approved VA reforms, it also passed highway funding, but its Republicans scuttled a border funding bill.

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Forensic team in Ukraine finally reaches jet crash site

The Dutch-led expert team recovered DNA samples from 25 victims and personal items of 27.

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Islamist militias claim control of Benghazi

Libyan hard-liners amid violent backlash against rival militias as new parliament is about to be seated in Tripoli.

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Executive order pushes contractors to follow labor laws

President Barack Obama moved Thursday to require federal contractors to give their workers more rights in labor disputes.

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CIA admits spying on Senate intelligence panel

The report by the CIA inspector general found that its officers created a fake online identity.

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National briefs: Key rulings in Wisconsin

Plus: GM told of Cobalt crash; Obama donor probed; Executive shoots boss; Silver Star awarded; Railroad tracks blamed.

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World briefs: Stocks fall in Argentina

Plus: Death of ex-KGB officer; NATO unprepared; Kerry in India; Pakistani army; Gay activists in China

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Additional overnight restrictions planned on Route 28

Crews will install pavement reflectors from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily through Monday morning.

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Resurfacing project to restrict Route 19 traffic in McCandless

The restriction will be in effect from 7 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Monday between Longvue Avenue and Cumberland Road.

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Controversy over carbon controls

More than 135 individuals spoke at Thursday’s hearing with a like number scheduled to speak today.

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State GOP leaders cancel next week's House session

The House had been scheduled to return to the Capitol on Monday and continue work on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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 Carnegie Mellon University researchers have been working to remove the veil of secrecy from the Tor Project, a free software program that allows users to anonymously surf the Internet on various devices, including smartphones like above.

Carnegie Mellon engineers aim to unmask anonymous surfing software

Governments in the U.S., Russia and Britain have worked for years to reveal the users of the covert Tor Project.

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State police officials say agency does not discriminate against women

The federal government seeks a court order that would require state police to stop using certain physical fitness tests.

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Peace Corps pulls volunteers from West Africa due to Ebola

A Peace Corps spokesperson said two volunteers were isolated and under observation after being exposed to a person who later died of Ebola.

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Senate debates measure to defuse immigration crisis at border

Senate Democrats emergency measure for young migrant border crisis differs substantially from House version.

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Study finds we’re still not eating enough produce

Analysis of 16 studies finds produce eaters reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease, but no appreciable association with reduced

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 FILE - This March 1, 2014 file photo shows part of the website for, photographed in Washington.  Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer woes that paralyzed the president's new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in testimony released Wednesday. After a months-long investigation, the Government Accountability Office found that the administration lacked "effective planning or oversight practices" for the development of, the online portal to coverage for millions of uninsured Americans. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)

Probe exposes flaws behind government’s health website rollout

GAO says chaotic planning and lax oversight contributed to cost increases as well as website delays and malfunctions.

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Bonds could save Pennsylvania's pension problem, but come with a risk

Actuaries found that infusing the systems with $9 billion from pension obligation bonds could reduce employer contributions $24.5 billion.

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House approves $17 billion for VA upgrades

The $17 billion bipartisan measure would create 27 new VA medical facilities and let veterans access care at non-VA hospitals and clinics.

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Fighting political Islam, Arab states become allied with Israel

Led by Egypt, coalition including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan is aligned against Hamas during this current Mideast

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With urbanization as goal, China moves to change registration rules

Household registration system had hindered economic growth and reinforced inequities between rural and urban populations.

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 FILE - In this May 22, 2013 file photo, Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner refuses to answer questions as the House Oversight Committee holds a hearing to investigate the extra scrutiny the IRS gave Tea Party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lerner, a former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party controversial called Republicans "crazies" and more in newly released emails. Lerner used to head the IRS division that handles applications for tax-exempt status. In a series of emails with a colleague in November 2012, Lerner made two disparaging remarks about members of the GOP, including one remark that was profane. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., released the emails Wednesday as part of his committee's investigation. Camp says the emails show Lerner's disgust with conservatives. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Ex-IRS official called conservatives 'crazies'

A former IRS official at the center of the agency’s Tea Party controversy referred to some right-wing Republicans as “crazies” and more in

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Random Acts of Kindness: A savior in the the Squirrel Hill Tunnel

Plus: A co-pay gets paid, a driver gets personal directions in Greensburg, a young man makes a couple’s anniversary.

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House GOP votes to sue Obama

On nearly party-line vote -- all Democrats and five Republicans opposing it -- House asserts that president violated the Constitution,

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UN accuses Israel of violating international law in Gaza school shelling

Wednesday’s violence elicits condemnations from the United Nations and the United States.

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National briefs: Air Force calls for lower costs

PLUS Boy killed by stray bullet; Ohio man gets life; Police corruption case; Pipe break floods UCLA

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World Briefs: Iraq Shiite militia executes Sunnis

PLUS Fighting blocks crash site; Libyans flee fighting; Dozens die in mudslide; Venezuela officials barred

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 United Airlines passengers check in at San Francisco International Airport.

United Airlines ending daily nonstop Pittsburgh-to-Los Angeles service

Charles Hobart, a United spokesman, said the airline was dropping its Pittsburgh-to-L.A. flight because it “wasn’t meeting expectations.”

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Notices of possible faculty layoffs go out at five of Pa's 14 state-owned universities

The professor cuts, if they happen, would occur at the close of the 2014-15 academic year. Possible numbers have not been decided.

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Races to close Parkway North HOV and Downtown streets

The closure is scheduled from 7 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday for the 17th annual Pittsburgh Triathlon and Adventure Race.

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Temple making standardized tests optional

Temple University announced it will move to test-optional admissions, the first public research university in the Northeast to do so.

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 From left: Dutch VanKirk, Navigator; Paul Tibbets, Pilot; Tom Ferebee, bombardier.

Obituary: Theodore “Dutch” VanKirk / WWII airman whose crew dropped atomic bomb on Japan

Mr. VanKirk, a Northumberland, Pa., native was the last surviving member of the crew that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

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 Exhaust from power plants.

EPA regulation hearings draw interest groups to Pittsburgh

Industry decries the controversial proposed regulations, which would limit greenhouse gas emissions from coal-burning power plants.

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 Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf and current Gov. Tom Corbett.

Internet poll shows Corbett-Wolf race for governor tightening

The poll was conducted for CBS and the New York Times by the Internet polling firm YouGov.

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Post-Gazette's 'Sunshine Law' appeal denied in Beaver County

The paper requested that deliberations on a controversial permit for a Marcellus Shale gas compressor station be opened to the public.

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Panel calls for better centralization among Allegheny County's libraries

A county-city panel Tuesday issued a report on the future of libraries in Allegheny County, recommending more centralization of services.

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 Gov. Tom Corbett, Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald, state Sen. Matt Smith and Bob Dudash, president of the ACTA board, look over the bike repair station at the new Super Stop Bus Stop in front of Ikea in Robinson.

Robinson welcomes 'super shelters' for bus riders

A new bus stop that also serves pedestrians and bicyclists has several amenities not found elsewhere.

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 Pittsburgh police arrested at least 20 workers during a union demonstration Wednesday afternoon outside UPMC headquarters on Grant Street.

UPMC employees protest job, wage cuts

UPMC workers seeking to join the Service Employees International Union were joined by members of other unions in a protest.

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Local Dispatch: Meaningful words ended the waffling over cancer fight

He was waffling on what to do about a cancer diagnosis until prompted by some persuasive words.

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