Port Authority has received more than 600 requests for service improvements in at least 85 distinct areas under a formal program the transit agency established earlier this year.

Port Authority continues to hear pleas for expanded bus service

Despite declining fuel costs, transit service says limited funds mean nearly all requests will be denied.

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TRAFFIC: More Parkway East closures next weekend

The weekend closure is set to begin at 10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4, and run through 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6.

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Obituary: David A. Murdoch / Attorney was honorary German consul

Mr. Murdoch, a K&L partner, had a lifelong attachment to global affairs. He witnessed the Berlin Wall rise as a student, and fall in 1989.

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 The app in Pennsylvania came partly in response to a series of cases in which the ACLU alleged retaliation by Philadelphia police officers against those who watch or record police activity.

Mobile app allows recordings of police interactions in Pennsylvania

Smartphone users can use the app to record a video and send it to the American Civil Liberties Union.

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 Kathleen Kane leaves a Montgomery County courtroom recently.

AG Kane to announce plans for next chapter in porn email saga

Among the announcements will be the naming of a special prosecutor to investigate the exchange of illicit material on government computers.

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 President Barack Obama, left, and Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, front row third from right, applaud as they pose with world leaders for a group photo at the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Le Bourget, outside Paris, today.

World leaders meet in Paris for climate talks

The U.N.-organized gathering of 151 heads of state and government comes at a somber time for France.

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 The Rev. Scott Dontanville, front, co-pastor of the Hope Chapel, consoles a congregant before service early Sunday in northeast Colorado Springs, Colo.

After Colorado shooting, renewed questions on gun violence

Colorado’s governor called it a “form of terrorism” and said that the country needed to ask why such shootings were happening so frequently.

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Lawyers for Tamir Rice’s family release outside reports criticizing shooting

Meanwhile, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that the city would soon increase the number of police officers wearing video cameras.

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Study: Smaller animals maintain cleanliness to survive

The results could lead to new self-cleaning technologies to keep solar panels and remote camera sensors dust-free.

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EU expects ‘immediate’ clampdown on migrants in deal with Turkey

Turkey will receive $3.2 billion in additional aid for the more than 2 million Syrian refugees in the country as part of the deal.

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Local Dispatch: Board games are the everlasting holiday gift

My wish is that young adults who have had the fortune to know the fun and value of board games will remember to share with today’s kids.

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 Pope Francis caresses a baby as he visits a refugee camp Sunday in Bangui, Central African Republic.

Pope brings peace message to Central African Republic

He issued the appeal from the altar of Bangui’s cathedral after arriving in the badly divided capital on the final leg of his African tour.

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Cameron steps up preparations for vote on bombing Syria

Elsewhere, at least 18 civilians were killed Sunday in Syrian airstrikes while U.S. strikes helped Iraqi forces make significant progress.

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 A pair of bear hunters walk up a road toward a sign marking a game commission's deer hunter focus area at Pennsylvania game lands 74 last week in Fisher, Clarion County. The Pennsylvania Game Commission hopes more than 30 of these areas across the state will draw more hunters to spots where they’re likely to see more deer when hunting season opens today.

Pennsylvania's deer season opens

The rifle hunting season and continues through Dec. 12.

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 Retailers are rolling out online deals on so-called Cyber Monday, although discounts started days before since now that shoppers are online all the time. “It’s no longer about one day, but a season of digital deals,” said Matthew Shay, president of retail trade group The National Retail Federation.

Cyber Monday sales still on top, but losing some luster

As of 10 a.m. E.T., Adobe, which tracks millions of visitors to retail websites, said $490 million had been spent online.

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National briefs: U of Chicago cancels classes over threat

PLUS: Deadly storm lingering in Plains; 3 die in N.J. crash; Clinton eyes infrastructure; Christie gets key support

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World briefs: Burkina Faso counts ballots for elections

PLUS: Israel protests EU decision; Cyprus issue near solution; Beijing’s pollution levels

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 Trooper Stephen Limani, state police spokesman, talks today about the shooting death of St. Clair police Officer Lloyd Reed as St. Clair police Capt. Don Hess, right, looks on.

Suspect tells police he was unaware slain Westmoreland officer was policeman

The two men exchanged quick rounds of gunfire outside a New Florence home that left Officer Reed of St. Clair Township police dead Sunday.

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 St. Clair Township Officer Lloyd Reed Jr.

Funeral services scheduled this week for Officer Reed

The Harris Funeral Home in Johnstown is handling funeral arrangements for Officer Lloyd Reed.

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 The Pennsylvania Republican Party is counting on presidential hopeful Donald Trump to draw donors for a big-ticket fundraiser next month in New York City.

Trump lined up for state GOP fundraiser in NYC

The Pennsylvania Republican Party is hoping presidential candidate Donald Trump will drive interest in an annual fundraiser in New York.

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 France's President Francois Hollande, right, shakes hand with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Pledges, protests greet Paris climate talks

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande will launch a joint initiative today.

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 Without reauthorization, the state Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, expires on Dec. 31.

Children’s health safety net expiring unless legislators act by year’s end

The state Legislature is under pressure to reauthorize the CHIP program that provides coverage for 150,000. CHIP expires on Dec. 31.

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 Efrat Ayal Hatchwell talks about her theater program, which works out of the YMCA Jerusalem and is funded by the Jerusalem Foundation.

Mideast film project aims at bridging divisions

A Jerusalem program that puts young Jews and Palestinians together, to make films, seeks a Pittsburgh partner.

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 Robin Dubics of New Florence places a candle at a memorial Sunday on Ligonier Street for St. Clair police Officer Lloyd Reed.

Westmoreland man held in death of officer after fleeing domestic dispute

Police say Ray Shetler, who is hospitalized, killed Officer Lloyd Reed while responding to a domestic incident in New Florence.

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 "I believe there’s room for more bears," said Mark Ternent, a biologist and bear specialist with the state Game Commission, "but we need to balance that with the human social factor and limit the number of negative human-bear conflicts.”

Here, there, everywhere a bear: Game Commission says population not a problem

Not long ago, bears were mostly isolated in remote regions of the Appalachian Mountains.

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 The Daniel Finch mural "Lady Commonwealth" at the Susquehanna Art Museum.

Harrisburg sheds its stodgy image

Pennsylvania’s state capitol is a hidden gem in plain sight in a city building a reputation as a foodie and sightseeing destination.

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 Sasha and Chris Heinz in 2009.

Pittsburgh's charms attract another young professional: Christopher Heinz

Praising the “sense of community that’s more meaningful in Pittsburgh,” Mr. Heinz is coming to town. Let the political speculation begin.

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 West Virginia University assistant professor Charlie Yuill uses a laser surveying tool to help define structures damaged by a September fire in the historic district of Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

WVU marshals effort to restore Harpers Ferry after devastating fire

WVU dispatched an extension service employee and experts in engineering, law, writing and marketing to the renowned Civil War town.

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New Kensington man killed in single-vehicle crash in Armstrong County

State police say Ronald Heuston lost control of his vehicle early Sunday on Ford City Road in North Buffalo Township.

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Obituary: Clement 'Russell' Mathews / Steel fabrication exec who thrived on complex projects

Mr. Mathews, 80, a civil engineer by training, worked on projects from Fifth Avenue Place to the NYC World Trade Center.

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 Korina Ciuba, right, her brother Gage Ciuba and their grandmother Jean Harmon hold hands with fellow mourners Saturday in Colorado Springs, Colo., at a vigil held at the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church. The vigil honored those killed in Friday’s deadly shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic.

Obama: Recurring gun violence is ‘not normal’

The president responded angrily on Saturday to the Colorado shooting that took three lives, including that of a police officer.

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Officer slain in shooting was a co-pastor, skating champion

Officer Garrett Swasey was killed after responding to reports of an active shooter. He was one of 12 victims — and one of three fatalities.

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East Liverpool man killed in crash on Parkway North

Police say the driver failed to successfully navigate a curve on an exit ramp in Ross.

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 Donald Trump signs autographs Saturday after speaking to supporters.

Trump weathers controversies at boisterous rally

At a rally in Sarasota, Fla., on Saturday, Mr. Trump denied critics’ assertions that he had mocked New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski.

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 Turkish soldiers check tanks at the train station in Gaziantep after their arrival Friday from western Turkey. Turkey shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber at the Syrian border on Tuesday, insisting it had violated its airspace despite repeated warnings. The tanks are expected to be deployed to the border with Syria.

Putin orders extensive sanctions against Turkey over downing of jet

The decree Saturday came hours after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had voiced regret over the incident.

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In an unlikely place, life has been percolating

Researchers have found a “veritable zoo” of multicellular creatures living in the wet rock fissures of gold and diamond mines.

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States lead effort to let pharmacists prescribe birth control

Public health advocates hope these arrangements could spread across the country.

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 Karl Rove

Karl Rove opens up his Rolodex for Ben Carson

Mr. Rove was the mastermind of George W. Bush’s presidential victories in 2000 and 2004.

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 Police use teargas Saturday in Istanbul to disperse masked militants protesting the killing of Tahir Elci, a prominent lawyer and human rights defender who had been facing a prison term on charges of supporting Kurdish rebels.

Prominent Kurdish lawyer slain by gunmen in Turkey

Tahir Elci, the president of the Diyarbakir Bar Association, and a police officer were killed by gunmen who opened fire at security forces.

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 French President Francois Hollande, holds a news conference after the Climate Change special session held during CHOGM (Commonwealth heads of Government meeting) in Malta on Friday.

Hollande, activists gear up for climate conference

President Barack Obama, the leaders of China, Russia and more than 140 other countries will converge on Paris to launch high-stakes talks.

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 A mural of President Woodrow Wilson in the Wilson College dining hall at Princeton University in New Jersey. The former president of both the U.S. and Princeton is central to the school’s historical identity, but his racist views were seldom discussed on campus until recently, when a student group’s actions to raise awareness culminated in a list of demands.

At Princeton, Woodrow Wilson recast as an intolerant alum

As the school’s president in the early 20th century, Wilson initiated its expansion into a full-scale university.

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 Opposition presidential candidate Mauricio Macri and his wife Juliana Awada, back left, celebrate after winning a runoff presidential election Nov. 22 in Buenos Aires. Mr. Macri won Argentina’s historic runoff election against ruling party candidate Daniel Scioli, putting an end to the era of  President Cristina Fernandez, who along with her late husband dominated Argentine politics for 12 years.

Argentina’s incoming president reflects changes in the region

Mauricio Macri is the understated engineer and incumbent Buenos Aires mayor who was elected president of Argentina last Sunday.

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Attack kills 3 at U.N. base in Mali

No one claimed responsibility for the attack in the country’s restless north but Islamic extremists are suspected.

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 Grant Shapps

U.K. minister resigns over the death of activist

Grant Shapps was a key figure in U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron’s general election victory in May.

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 City Council member Saad Almasmari, 28, far right, talks with community members inside a grocery store.

For the first majority-Muslim U.S. city, residents are tense about its future

Hamtramck, Mich., is a microcosm of the fears gripping parts of the country since the Islamic State’s attacks on Paris.

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Pope visits a divided Central African Republic

The capital of this long-chaotic country of 4.8 million exploded in fury nearly two years ago, leaving thousands dead.

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 A sign in Beijing’s main airport reminds Chinese to be civilized travelers, saying they “represent China’s image” when they go overseas. The Social Credit System is designed to incentivize better behavior and punish poor behavior across a range of dimensions, from school to work to travel to driving.

China prepares to rank its citizens on ‘social credit’

Proponents of the so-called Social Credit System say it will help China overcome a multitude of societal ills.

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National briefs: U.S. midsection to get relief from storm

Plus: Carson sees refugee camp; Neiman Marcus problem; Corruption museum planned for Albany; Pacific storm dissipates.

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World briefs: Migrants clash with Macedonian police on Greek border

Plus: Militants claim Nigeria bombing; Philippines gets warplanes; Mass graves found in Iraq; Maldives protesters dispersed

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New policy will open up end-of-life care dialogue between patients and caregivers

“The conversation should not start in the last two weeks, when everybody expects the patient to die,” said Dr. Bernard Bernacki.

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