OPEC maintains output of oil

The plunge in prices in recent months that has indicated the diminishing clout of the organization.

 Ahmad Ali and his wife, Ghalzal, of Portland, Maine, look to get in line to pay for three flat-screen televisions while shopping at a Target store just after midnight on Black Friday.)

Millions expected to hit the stores as Black Friday kicks off across the country

The National Retail Federation forecasts holiday sales will grow 4.1 percent to $616.9 billion — the biggest jump since 2011.

 Civil War-era clothing, such as this wool-cotton dress, is on display in the Monterey Pass Battlefield Museum.

New museum details battle following Gettysburg

Few people had ever heard of the Battle of Monterey Pass, the second-biggest Civil War action fought in Pennsylvania. Volunteers in

 Mathew Johnson, left, a junior at Carrick High School, discusses the meaning of a literary term with Dylan Lawther during AP English Language and Composition class, which is his first AP course.

Pittsburgh program pushes blacks to take advanced high school courses

Pittsburgh Public Schools and the College Board are working to increase minorities in advanced classes, where they are the smallest group.

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    Calm comes to troubled Ferguson

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    Obama’s action fuels worry about immigration scams

    Advocates barely waited for the president to finish speaking about sweeping changes to the U.S. system to start warning about rip-offs.



    British panel urges increased powers for Scotland

    The proposed deal is meant to address concerns that helped drive a Scottish attempt to secede from the United Kingdom in September.

    World briefs: Police overhaul promised

    PLUS: Taliban strike Kabul; EU pols target Google; major Kashmir attack.


    Transparency in government

    The City-county Building on Grant Street in Downtown Pittsburgh.
    Many public officials have pledged to make information about their administrations readily available to the public.

    How are city, county and state governments doing on those commitments? This page helps track the answer.


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    Random Acts of Kindness: A tumble ruined her walk but showed others’ grace

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    Holiday Herald: Mom was good at cooking up surprises for family

    For one family, everyone had to be careful about what Mom was serving, even on Thanksgiving.


    Early Returns

    Mac and Cheese are off the holiday menu

    Reuters photo Mac and Cheese won???t be on anyone???s menu this Thanksgiving. We???re talking, of course, about the poultry

    Sam Smith speaks out

    When Sam Smith, the outgoing speaker of the House, was asked Monday how he would advise Tom Wolf on working with the House, he

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