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 A 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing UH-1Y Huey helicopter crashed while conducting training aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif. A Marine Corps pilot and Indiana, Pa. native Capt. Elizabeth Kealey died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Marine pilot from Indiana, Pa. dies in helicopter crash

Capt. Elizabeth Kealey was deployed twice with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

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Joe Biden's touch endears him to Tim Murphy's family

At the State of the Union, the vice president and GOP rep had a heart-to-heart talk. It was about Mr. Murphy's cancer-stricken sister.

about 19 hours ago


 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to reporters after a Cabinet meeting early today at his official residence in Tokyo.

Japan’s PM seeks release of Islamic State captive

In recent years, Japan has moved toward the U.S. government's hard line against paying ransoms to terrorists who kidnap Americans.

about 19 hours ago


As Vatican revisits divorce, faithful long for acceptance

Pope Francis, who will make his first trip to the U.S. as pontiff in September, has acknowledged the concerns of divorced Catholics.

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Anti-vaccine parents found to stick together as their ranks grow

More parents are leery about vaccinating their children.

about 20 hours ago


Chaos in Yemen forces U.S. to halt fight against terrorists

American  officials say the growing chaos in Yemen has resulted in a steady erosion in intelligence-gathering efforts against al-Qaida.

about 19 hours ago


 U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during the Freedom Summit on Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa.

Possible GOP candidates pitch ideas at a conservative forum

Former governors Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush were notably absent from the Iowa gathering.

about 21 hours ago


Vanderbilt gang-rape defense points to campus culture

The trial hints at challenge facing colleges as they try to establish campuses where students are safe and everyone understands the rules.

about 20 hours ago


Atlanta airport reopens after no bombs found on threatened planes

The planes were operated by Delta Airlines and Southwest Airlines. The military briefly scrambled war planes into the skies over Georgia.

about 20 hours ago


 Counter-demonstrators protest against a nearby gathering of pro-Pegida activists, who in Berlin call themselves "Baergida" and were demonstrating against the Islamization of Germany and other woes last week in Berlin.

New German far-right push against immigrants hits streets

Since the movement was founded in October, refugee advocates say the number of aggressive acts against foreigners has sharply increased.

about 19 hours ago


The Next Page: Price of cyberattacks against America is like paying for 9/11 every year

Cybersecurity expert Christopher Mellon says that unless we do much better at prevention, the worst is yet to come.

about 19 hours ago


National Briefs: Alabama seeks a stay on gay unions

Plus: “American Sniper” threats; militant teen sentenced; e-cigarette air warning.

about 19 hours ago


World Briefs: Leftists lead final polls in Greece

Plus: Obama alters itinerary; 4 held in plot; Brits urged to stay in EU; Iraq’s Islamic State fight; ruling party’s pick wins; dozens freed.

about 19 hours ago


Food delivery driver robbed on North Shore

Pittsburgh police responded at 12:39 p.m. to Tripoli and Chestnut streets.

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 Frank A. Koren

Obituary: Frank A. Koren / Funeral director in Pittsburgh for over five decades

Mr. Koren had a full career at the prominent Pittsburgh funeral home H. Samson. Upon retirement, he joined Patrick Lanigan in East Hills.

about 19 hours ago


 Photograph of Thomas Merton by John Howard Griffin. Used with Permission of the Merton Legacy Trust and the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University.

Why Thomas Merton 'continues to captivate'

A century after his birth, Catholic monk Thomas Merton still exerts wide influence here and abroad.

about 19 hours ago


Kids-for-Cash youth detention co-owner disbarred

One of the main figures in a northeastern Pennsylvania juvenile justice scandal has been disbarred from the practice of law.

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 Pittsburgh Police Zone One Commander RaShall Brackney stands alongside Marcus Alvarez, 16, of Northview Heights.

Police, community meet in East Liberty for racism summit

When the police give you an order, you might want to consider not only your rights, but also certain realities.

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ISIS video claims beheading of one Japanese hostage

A Japanese hostage captured by Islamic State militants was said to have been killed.

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 Eric Frein is accused of killing a state police trooper and seriously injuring another Sept. 12.

Judge to rule on release of Frein police shooting video

Several media outlets are opposing a motion filed by the Pike County district attorney that seeks to seal the Eric Frein shooting video.

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 In this Jan. 6, 2015, file image released by the Saudi Press Agency, Crown Prince Salman gestures during a session at the Shura Council. On early Friday, Saudi state TV reported King Abdullah died at the age of 90. Saudi Arabia’s new king, Salman, is a veteran of the country’s top leadership.

Saudi king buried as new ruler sets succession

King Salman moved quickly after Friday’s burial of the late ruler, Abdullah, to put a younger generation of his family closer to the throne.

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 Renderings of new signs for rail stations and bus stops that bear much more information than is currently provided

Port Authority plans new signs to make riding easier

The existing rail system maps will be replaced by more elaborate maps that also depict major bus routes with a guide to connecting to them.

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Pro-Russian rebels reject peace deal, launch new offensive

The separatists’ moves upended recent European attempts to mediate an end to the fighting.

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 Bishop Dorsey McConnell

Episcopal bishop urges action on racial inequality

Bishop McConnell issued “A Pastoral Letter on Race,” decrying racial oppression and suggesting ways to move toward reconciliation.

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 In Miami, SkyRise, shown here in an artist's rendering, will feature a “sky plunge” jumping experience, a nightclub and other attractions.

Cities get a rise out of iconic buildings

Miami is backing SkyRise, a $430 million hairpin tower, as tourism races skyward.

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 Yemeni protesters gather during a demonstration to show their support for Houthi Shiite rebels in Sanaa, Yemen, on Friday. Thousands of protesters demonstrated Friday across Yemen, some supporting the Shiite rebels who seized the capital and others demanding the country’s south secede after the nation’s president and Cabinet resigned. Arabic on the posters reads, “God is great. Death to America. Death to Israel. A curse on the Jews. Victory to Islam.”

Yemen's Shiite rebels try to avoid overstepping amid protest

The Houthis made no public attempt to fill the vacuum created by the resignations of the president, his prime minister and cabinet.

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Supreme Court to hear case on execution drugs

The challenge focuses on Oklahoma, even though the justices declined last week to stop an execution there that used the contested chemicals.

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 In this Nov. 12, 2014 file photo, the HealthCare.gov website, where people can buy health insurance, is seen on a laptop screen, shown in Portland, Ore.  The Obama administration is reversing itself after an outcry over consumer privacy on HealthCare.gov, the government’s health insurance website. The Associated Press confirms that the administration made changes to the website to scale back release of consumers’ personal information to private companies that analyze Internet performance and sell ads.

Obama administration scales back release of consumer data from health insurance website

The personal details included age, income, ZIP code, tobacco use and whether a woman is pregnant.

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 Signs at two gas stations advertise unleaded gasoline for $1.68 in Oklahoma City on Friday. For the first time since 2009, most Americans are paying less than $2 a gallon.

With $2 gasoline, good times keep rolling at the pump

Gasoline under $3 was shocking. Now it's under $2. Will it ever end?

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Vanderbilt gang-rape defense points to campus culture

The former football players’ lawyers have sought to put the elite southern university on trial for warping the young men’s judgment.

1 day ago


Senior U.S. diplomat ruffles Cuba by meeting dissidents

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson held a breakfast meeting with the dissidents a day after talks with Cuban officials.

1 day ago


World Briefs: U.S.-India ties to take spotlight

PLUS: Islamic State decried; Thai ex-premier banned; rival Caracas protests.

1 day ago


National Briefs: Obama reaches out to nation’s mayors

PLUS: tamper-proof tracking; firearms found in 2014; union faults airline; rail tank-car orders; net neutrality proposal

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 The PLCB lost two of its four Special Liquor Order data entry employees last summer, and has been running behind ever since.

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board ends 'special order' wine and spirits stoppage

Wine and spirits vendors can once again ask the state for permission to sell their hard-to-find products in Pennsylvania.

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 President Barack Obama arrives to speak about the economy Wednesday at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. He and Vice President Joe Biden are scheduled to visit Philadelphia next week for the House Democratic Caucus.

Obama, Biden to visit Philadelphia for House Democratic event

The three-day gathering of the House Democratic Caucus runs from Jan. 28 to Jan. 30.

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 Erik Arneson was appointed to the open records post in the last days of the Corbett administration.

Fired Pennsylvania open-records director shows up for work; acting director, too

Erik Arneson, appointed director by Gov. Tom Corbett in his final days in office, had been stripped of his keys and parking permit.

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Retired Pennsylvania Turnpike worker gets stiff prison term for child porn

John Longo, 58, of Hempfield pleaded guilty last year.

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 A snowy weekend forecast wiped out the latest planned closure of the Fort Pitt Tunnel.

Weather forecast causes postponement of Fort Pitt Tunnel closure

For the second time this month, PennDOT has pulled the plug on a planned tunnel closure.

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 The documents filed on the PUC website Thursday state, “Lyft will not permit the use of vehicles older than eight model years.”

Lyft files compliance plan; Uber releases driver survey data

Ride-sharing company Lyft files plan with PUC. Uber publicly releases study of its drivers in U.S.

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 U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is greeted by colleagues as he arrives for President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio preparing for 2016 run

Mr. Rubio has chosen Anna Rogers, the finance director for conservative group American Crossroads, to lead his fundraising effort.

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Expedia buys booking site Travelocity for $280 million in cash

Expedia already owns nearly a dozen travel sites, including Hotels.com, Hotwire and Egencia.

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 Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane talks to the audience Thursday at "Looking Ahead to Summer" at Pittsburgh Faison K-5 in Homewood.

Pittsburgh's Summer Dreamers program aims to bridge gap of summer

The summer program, backed with $1.5 million in funding, helps children from low-income families bridge the gap between school years.

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West Mifflin Area School District, teachers approve new contract

The new contract slows down teacher pay increases for teachers moving through the salary schedule and freezes the top pay for three years.

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 Former state Rep. Erin Molchany has been named director of Gov. Tom Wolf’s southwestern Pennsylvania office.

Erin Molchany heads Wolf's southwest office

The former state representative, who lost her seat through redistricting, will be Gov. Tom Wolf’s liaison with southwestern Pennsylvania.

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 Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, shown in disguise, appeared on the CBS show "Undercover Boss" in December. The mayor's office today released a list of contributors who helped support the appearance.

Wagner and Peduto clash over paying for reality TV pledge

County Controller Wagner and the Peduto administration argue over VisitPittsburgh’s contribution to the mayor’s “Undercover Boss”promise.

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Abortion debate reveals divide in House GOP

Leaders dropped one anti-abortion bill and substituted another after GOP women complained about the first one’s impact on rape victims.

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Europe’s central bank to pump money into ailing economy

Starting in March, the ECB will buy 60 billion euros’ worth of government and corporate bonds each month at least through September 2016.

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Saudi King Abdullah dies; new ruler is Salman

King Salman has named his half-brother Muqrin as his crown prince and heir, rapidly moving to forestall any fears of a succession crisis.

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Pennsylvania unemployment drop continues for third straight month

The seasonally adjusted rate in Pennsylvania dropped to 4.8 percent in December from 5.1 percent in November.

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 New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Powerful New York politician Sheldon Silver arrested for bribery

The longtime speaker of the New York Assembly, a Democrat, is accused of using his office to receive millions in bribes and kickbacks.

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