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 Mark Crisci, a Bayer Corp. employee, participated in a University of Pittsburgh healthy lifestyle intervention program with fellow employees.

Lunch-hour program helps employees lose weight, get active

University of Pittsburgh researchers say Bayer employees in the Group Lifestyle Balance program cut their risk of diabetes, heart disease.

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Keystone Ride Project

Pittsburgh fitness experts provide training strategies to get ready for the MS 150 Keystone Ride in July.

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Swedish study suggests cases of autism have not been rising

Research led by Sebastian Lundstrom and others at the University of Gothenburg suggests autism cases have stayed steady for years.

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Pa. lawmakers propose moving presidential primary even earlier

State Rep. Keith J. Greiner, R-Lancaster, says a mid-March primary next year would give state voters a bigger say in presidential nominees.

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 An Indian man rests on Monday under a transport vehicle on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

More than 500 people killed as heat wave bakes parts of India

Soaring temperatures have gripped parts of southern and northern India in the extreme heat wave.

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 Using a graphic novel theme, Carnegie Mellon University students have developed a game called "Decisions that Matter" that focuses on the choices bystanders make when a sexual assault might take place. This is a frame from the game.

CMU interactive game focuses on sexual assault bystanders

The game puts the player in the scene as a bystander at a sex assault, allows them to make decisions and then has different outcomes.

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Biden reassures Iraqi PM amid harsh criticism

His call followed harsh criticism from Iraqi and Iranian quarters after the U.S. defense secretary questioned the Iraqi military.

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Director addresses sensitive question: Why do Indian-American kids dominate the National Spelling Bee?

Indian-American kids have placed a stranglehold on the bee, winning it now for seven years in a row and all but four of the last 15 years.

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Researcher earns grant for autism therapy research

The University of Pittsburgh’s Shaun Eack will receive $3.2 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health.

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How the healthy lifestyle research worked

Details of the Group Lifestyle Balance research involving Bayer employees and related research coming out of the University of Pittsburgh.

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Cleveland reaches settlement with Justice Department over police conduct

Federal authorities saw a pattern of unconstitutional policing and excessive use of force, people briefed on the case said Monday.

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Japan to join U.S., Australia war games amid growing China tensions

The move was a sign of growing security links between the three countries as tensions fester over China’s island building.

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Sanders appeals to party’s Warren wing

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders aims to ignite a grass-roots fire among left-leaning Democrats wary of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Inmates’ mental health advocate begins today

Lynn Patrone’s position grew out of a federal lawsuit challenging the treatment of state prison inmates with mental health issues.

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Nation briefs: Hospitals encourage breastfeeding

Plus: 6 planes threatened, B.B. King poisioned?, Illinois Dems’ budget, Protester leaves Shell ship

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World briefs: U.S., Turkey discuss rebel air support

Plus: British PM outlines referendum voting, Russia stages exercise, Olmert prison sentence

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Health happenings

Health- and fitness-related events for the week following Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

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Obituary: Donald Neeper / Sales rep was a colorful and caring dad

The Forest Hills resident’s love for music and dedication to volunteering in his community were unsurpassed, his daughter says.

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Districts tighten social media contacts among teachers, students

Teacher-student sex scandals in Plum and elsewhere have prompted a review of the use of social media and texting by educators.

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 Bill Seiler, left, who has been missing since 1958, with his baby brother Dan and younger brother Bob.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Family still wonders about man missing since 1958

Family hopes to resurrect cold case of missing man.

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 Hundreds of displaced citizens of Ramadi make their way into Baghdad.

ISIS faces battle in Iraq, Syria; children among those executed by terrorist group

ISIS has killed at least 217 people execution-style, including children, since it moved into the Palmyra area, say human rights groups.

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 A Port Authority of Allegheny County committee last week approved a 30-day public comment period starting June 1 on the subject of a fee for ConnectCards, which currently are issued for free.

Port Authority considers charging one-time fee for ConnectCards

The Allegheny County agency will seek public input as it conducts a top-to-bottom review of its fare policies.

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 Jeremy Steele, left, Ric Jaime, center, and Keith McNabb salvage belongings Sunday at their friend Mike Cook's house near Wimberley, Texas. About 350 homes in the town of Wimberley were washed away by flash floods.

Flash floods in Texas, Oklahoma kill 2

This May is already the wettest on record for several cities in the southern Plains states, with days still to go and more rain on the way.

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 Iraqi government forces walk next to a trench Sunday in the Jurf al-Sakher area, about 30 miles south of Baghdad, to protect the area from further advancement by the Islamic State militant forces.

Iraq regains ground from Islamic State; mass deaths reported in Palmyra

The fall of Ramadi and Palmyra were the militant group's biggest successes since a U.S.-led coalition launched an air war to stop them.

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Cleveland police say 71 people arrested overnight in protests

Protesters took to the streets after Officer Michael Brelo, 31, was acquitted on charges of voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault.

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Mass graves of suspected trafficking victims found in Malaysia

According to media reports, the mass graves were believed to contain the bodies of hundreds of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh.

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Greek minister raises alarm on IMF repayments

They were the most explicit remarks yet from Athens about the likelihood of default if talks fail.

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Gay couples awaken to new Ireland, hope to wed by Christmas

The Irish people voted with a surprisingly strong 62 percent “yes” to enshrine the right to gay marriage in the country’s 1937 constitution.

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Prosecutors face difficult task in Texas biker gang shootout

After a fight between rival gangs outside a crowded restaurant left nine dead, police rounded up everyone on the scene wearing biker vests.

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 Klaus Genuit, a psycho-acoustics professor at the RWTH Aachen University in Germany, analyzes sounds in Point State Park on Wednesday. Mr. Genuit was in the city for the Acoustical Society of America conference at the Wyndham Grand Hotel, Downtown.

Acoustics experts assess Pittsburgh’s ‘soundscape’

A German acoustics expert says Point State Park and Market Square were designed with no regard for sound pollution.

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 U.S. activist Gloria Steinem, sixth from right, Nobel Peace Prize laureates Mairead Maguire, from Northern Ireland, second from right, and Leymah Gbowee, from Liberia, third from right, and other activists march to the Imjingak Pavilion on Sunday with South Korean activists along the military wire fences near the border village of Panmunjom, in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea.

Women activists cross from North to South Korea, say divide can be bridged

But the women — led by Gloria Steinem, the pioneering American feminist — did not walk across the demilitarized zone, as they had hoped.

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Delta Air Lines restricts access to flight data

It’s part of a bigger trend in the airline industry that has made it harder for travelers to comparison shop for flights.

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Monk, called ‘Buddhist bin Laden,’ targets Myanmar’s persecuted Muslims

Ashin Wirathu thinks he has more in common with the world’s most famous fictional spy, James Bond.

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Iran sets conditions to allow U.N. inspection of military sites

Access by the United Nations nuclear agency to some of Iran’s military sites has been a sticking point in negotiations Iran’s nuke program.

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 President Barack Obama, accompanied by Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, left, commander of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, and with the aid of Sgt. 1st Class John C. Wirth, lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns today at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

Obama pays tribute to fallen service members at Arlington

Speaking to 5,000 people at Arlington National Cemetery, Obama called the burial place “more than a final resting place for fallen heroes.”

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 In this Nov. 6, 2003, file photo, Jerry Stiller, left, and his wife Anne Meara pose on the set of "The King of Queens," at Sony Studio in Culver City, Calif. Meara, whose comic work with husband helped launch a 60-year career in film and TV, has died. She was 85.

Obituary: Anne Meara / Actress, comedian, wife of Jerry Stiller and mom of Ben

She was a loopy, lovable comedian who launched a standup career with husband Jerry Stiller in the 1950s and found success as an actress.

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 Men throw soil over the body of Zedi Feruzi, the head of opposition party UPD, on Sunday during his funeral in Bujumbura, Burundi.

Burundi’s crisis deepens as assassinated opposition leader is buried

Observers fear the small central African nation is sliding dangerously toward another civil war.

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Gary Rotstein’s Morning File: Refusal to test students deserves an A

Standardized tests sometimes deserve a flunking grade.

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Nation briefs: Koch brothers to fund GOP candidates

Plus: Clinton email ‘witch hunt’, Officer shot to death, Protester leaves Shell ship

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World briefs: Italian coast guard rescues 70 migrants

Plus: Landslide in Nepal, Putin signs law, Poland presidential vote

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 Two U.S. F-15 fighter jets escorted an Air France plane to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport today after an anonymous threat was made against the flight, according the U.S. military.

Planes searched at NYC airport after threats made

The FBI says it believes the same caller made the threats and the airliners were being screened as a precaution.

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 Kathy Kerestes

Obituary: Kathy Kerestes / Affable trailblazer in newscasting, proud of Mon Valley roots

Kathy Kerestes, first female reporter for WTAE Radio who established “Women of Spirit” awards at Carlow University, dies at 61.

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 Residents stand outside their homes Monday as damaged cars are seen after a tornado hit the town of Ciudad Acuna, state of Coahuila. At least 13 people died on Monday morning after the tornado hit.

Twister kills at least 13 in Mexico border city

In Texas, crews searched for people believed to be missing after a vacation home was swept away by a river swollen from a line of storms.

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Study: pollutant levels high in Ohio area with fracking

Researchers took air samples in Carroll County, Ohio, where there are 480 permitted wells — the most in any of the state’s 88 counties.

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 Time Warner Center in New York City. A series of mergers is remaking the market for broadband Internet and cable television in the United States.

Report: Charter nears $55 billion deal for Time Warner Cable

The combined companies could have as many as 23 million customers, just behind Comcast's 27.2 million customers.

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Three Homewood sites to redirect storm water runoff

The $1 million project is designed to prevent sewage overflows from eastern neighborhoods and suburbs into Nine Mile Run at Frick Park.

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 Kelli Deister, shown in her Sunbury, Pa., apartment, is legally blind suffers from retinitis pigmentosa.

Can embryonic stem cells help stop blindness?

From electronic implants to stem cells, University of Pittsburgh researchers and others seek ways to halt blindness.

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 Aniya Mike, at front, a Steel City Squash student from St. Benedict the Moor School in the Hill District, gets instruction at Chatham University from Kathryn Brummer, a tutor/coach visiting from CitySquash in New York City. Bianca Troche, left, is a CitySquash student from Aquinas High School in the Bronx.

Steel City Squash: The path to college runs through a squash court

The new Pittsburgh program mixes athletic training with academic rigor to give inner-city students a gateway to graduation.

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 Peter Walker, Dean of Chatham University’s Falk School of Sustainability, leads a tour of the hoophouse, where students grow a variety of vegetables year-round, on Eden Hall campus in Richland Township.

Chatham's North Hills campus readies for first students this fall

A flexible master plan has allowed a relatively small school to sustainably develop nearly 400 acres of farmland in Richland Township.

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 In March 2002, John Nash, left, and his wife Alicia arrive at the 74th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Mr. Nash, the Nobel Prize-winning mathematician whose struggle with schizophrenia was chronicled in the 2001 movie "A Beautiful Mind,” died in a car crash along with his wife in New Jersey on Saturday.

John Nash, portrayed in 'A Beautiful Mind,' killed in NJ car crash

Mr. Nash, who attended Carnegie Mellon, was killed along with his wife, Alicia, in a crash on Saturday.

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