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Pa. tavern owners slow to apply for games-of-chance licenses

Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget office projected 2,000 taverns would get a tavern gaming license, but Pennsylvania has received 47 applications.

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Port Authority union upset with lawyer's 'under the bus' comment

The lawyer forbade the union from talking to a bus driver and instructed her not to attend a disciplinary hearing.

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 Sister Grace Ann Geibel

Obituary: Sister Grace Ann Geibel / Former Carlow president who directed school's evolution

Serving 17 years as president, she boosted Carlow’s academics and placed a special focus on advancing opportunities for women.

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New Russian military doctrine says NATO top threat

New military doctrine signed Friday by President Vladimir Putin marks NATO as Russia’s chief military threat.

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Oil states bracing for a price bust’s ripple through the economy

Oil-dependent states such as Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Alaska face budget squeezes with the dropping oil prices.

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 Jaquan Betts,17, left, Marcus Brown, 15, center, a freshman, and Marlin Rainey, 17, a junior, are three from a team of Wilkinsburg High School students who learned multimedia and interview skills talking to role models and mentors while doing an oral history project for their community through the Crossing Fences project.

'Wilkinsburg Voices' recording project helps black students connect with community leaders

The project was sponsored by Saturday Light Brigade Radio and the African American Men and Boys initiative of the The Heinz Endowments.

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How a Syrian boy escaped the Islamic State’s hold

A Syrian youth, 14, who surrendered himself to Iraqi guards while wearing an explosives vest said he was indoctrinated.

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Irish court rules brain-dead pregnant woman may be taken off life support

A panel of Ireland’s top court has allowed doctors to shut off life support to a clinically dead pregnant woman.

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Obama hopes to enlist GOP in push for trade pact

The White House aims to enlist Republican partners in pushing the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.

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Anniversary of Indian Ocean tsunami is marked with tears

Ceremonies across Asia marked the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami in which nearly a quarter-million people died

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Bipartisan effort arises to restrict lobbyists’ influence of attorneys general

An effort by bipartisan legislators and professional groups seeks to change how state attorneys general and lobbyists interact.

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Mourners honor slain New York officer

A wake was held Friday for Officer Rafael Ramo, one of the two New York policemen killed Saturday as they sat in their patrol car.

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 Jay Jabbour in 2001.

Obituary: Caleem L. 'Jay' Jabbour / Local political figure from Mon Valley

He spent years on the West Mifflin and Allegheny County councils. He also ran for the Pa. Legislature eight times — losing every time.

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 Port St. Lucie police officers display a captured 12-foot Burmese Python on Aug. 8.

Animals made unusual news in 2014

Such as: A parrot that spoke English with a British accent went missing for four years; he returned to his California home speaking Spanish.

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National briefs: Gamers face continued disruptions

Plus: “The Interview” release; Threat made at border; Ferguson memorial; Teen shot in Fla.; Christmas delivery.

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World briefs: Ukraine, rebels swap prisoners

Plus: U.S. drone kills 7 militants; Turkish teen freed; Libyan oil port attacked.

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 Kathleen Kane in September.

State Attorney General Kathleen Kane files for divorce

Ms. Kane, in a complaint filed Friday in Lackawanna County Family Court, said her 14-year marriage is irretrievably broken.

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State survey finds more than 23,000 households in Pa. without heat

The survey counts 23,213 households statewide that will enter winter without heat-related utility service compared to 19,653 in 2013.

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 Customers arrive Thursday at SouthSide Works Cinema to watch "The Interview." Extra security guards were on hand.

Pittsburgh screening of 'The Interview' attracts patriotic crowd

The movie about the assassination of North Korea’s leader has netted tepid reviews but strong response after attempts to shut it down.

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 Sister Grace Ann Geibel

Former Carlow University president Sister Grace Ann Geibel dies

She served as a faculty member, department chair, academic vice president and president for more than three decades.

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 New York Police Department policemen Tuesday use motorbikes to create a cordon as protesters, demonstrating decisions by grand juries in New York and Missouri not to indict white police officers in the killings of unarmed black men, hold placards while marching down Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

U.S. police struggle to uncover threats on social media

Police need more data analytics and mining software to monitor social media sites, say law enforcement officials and security experts.

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 Ashley Merritt packs an order for shipping at the Amazon fulfillment center earlier this month in Lebanon, Tenn. Amazon.com, the world’s biggest Internet retailer, hired more workers and opened new distribution centers, extending its reach to get goods to customers faster.

Online holiday retail sales hit record

Online shopping is on pace to rise 16 percent to $61 billion for the November to December period, according to researcher ComScore Inc.

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 J.D. Fleming, of Indiana, Pa., piles his delivery of Christmas trees in Bethel Park.  Mr. Fleming is the owner of  Fleming Christmas Tree Farms.

Christmas trees accepted at Allegheny County parks for recycling

Trees can be dropped off through Jan. 17. The trees will be mulched and used in the county parks.

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Sony's 'Interview' draws U.S. moviegoers who trumpet free speech

The film opened in more than 300 independent movie theaters Christmas Day, drawing many sell-out audiences.

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Philadelphia transit officers help mother deliver baby on train

The officers coached the woman through the delivery, unwrapped the umbilical cord from the baby’s neck and placed the boy in her arms.

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 A shopper walks on the logo of Sony's PlayStation 4 at an electronics store in Tokyo on Christmas Day. Sony's online PlayStation store and Microsoft's Xbox site suffered disruptions to users on Christmas Day in the latest possible cyber-attacks on the companies.

Hacking group claims credit for Xbox, PlayStation network woes

Thursday’s incidents are the latest part of a series of escalating attacks against Sony.

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 Two young girls play at the edge of Lake Erie on Huntington Beach in Bay Village, Ohio in May.

Great Lakes water levels surge from rainfall, runoff

Water levels in lakes Superior, Huron, Michigan, Erie and Ontario are all above seasonal averages for the first time in 16 years.

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College counselors in short supply at U.S. schools

Nationally, the student-counselor ratio in large public high schools is nearly 500-to-1.

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Peacekeepers leaving Darfur despite surge in violence

The move comes even though new fighting there has chased more people from their homes this year than during any other in the past decade.

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Jeb Bush quits firm that profited from Obamacare

As he considers running for president in 2016, Jeb Bush has begun to unwind some of his financial affairs.

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Chinese hit back against a foreign intrusion — Christmas

As fervor for the trappings of Western-style Christmas enveloped this nation, the defenders of traditional Chinese culture have fought back.

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 “They knew I wanted to do this,” said Andy Pugh, who returned from Sierra Leone on Dec. 15.

Squirrel Hill aid worker helped manage Ebola response in Sierra Leone

Andy Pugh managed a child protection program and then an Ebola treatment center.

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Francis and Elizabeth, in Christmas messages, focus on harmony

The pope emphasized the plight of children in areas of conflict, while Britain’s monarch advocated reconciliation, especially in Scotland.

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Lawmakers promise to help strapped oil-patch towns

Tens of thousands of workers have been drawn to the region’s shale oil boom in recent years.

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Chicago firm to review Baltimore police

The investigation comes as that department and others around the nation are accused of brutality.

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Female veterans battling PTSD from sexual trauma fight for redress

They and their advocates call it “the second battle” — with a bureaucracy they say is stuck in the past.

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Sharon Randall: Nothing eventful happened this year ... or did it?

Life’s too short to be anything but real. Besides, fakery never fools anybody.

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Tips for tackling Christmas gift returns

Even Santa Claus gets it wrong sometimes, hence the throng of customers who flock to shopping malls after Christmas.

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 The Kathy Davis card display at the Wegman's in the Shops at Valley Square in Warrington, Pa.

A quarter-century of greeting cards success, and more, for Kathy Davis

More than 400 million of Kathy Davis’ greeting cards have sold. Lately, that amounts to $100 million in annual sales.

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Ag-tech in Silicon Valley could change how the world eats

Dozens of companies are creating technology to make farmland more productive and farming more efficient.

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Officer in Puerto Rico hits tourists from Pennsylvania with motorcycle

Officers say the husband has a hip fracture and his wife a pelvis fracture. Both also have head injuries but are expected to survive.

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 This photo illustration shows the top of the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg.

Examining ethics, conflicts of interest in the Pennsylvania Legislature

What is your state legislator doing when not writing or voting on laws? It’s more difficult to answer than it should be.

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Apples recalled amid listeria outbreak

Plus: Police shoot 2 suspects; Bush in ’’great spirits’’; N.J. casino-sale dispute; Storms bring snow.

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World briefs: Attack wounds Israeli girl, 11

Plus: Jordanian pilot; Saudis plan spending; Somalia base attacked.

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 In this image provided by the Imperial War Museum, World War I German and British soldiers stand together on the battlefield near Ploegsteert, Belgium, in December 1914.

In 1914, World War I soldiers took a real Christmas break

Men who for months had been trying to kill each other traded gifts, drank and even played soccer on the no man’s land between the trenches.

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Obituary: Albert C. Van Dusen / Administrator raised Pitt’s international profile

Albert C. Van Dusen was a University of Pittsburgh administrator who forged international ties.

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Random Acts of Kindness: Stranger covered a sick cat’s treatment

Plus: Man readily supported fellow postal customer; a bicyclist got down and dirty to help avoid street flood.

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Utica gas well in Ohio back under control

Utica Shale gas well “blowout” in southeast Ohio that caused evacuation earlier this month is capped

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 A woman uses the Uber app on a Samsung smartphone in September.

Uber slapped with suit by 45 Philadelphia taxi companies

The suit also names 18 individuals, including Uber drivers it says are operating illegally in the city.

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 Tom Frieden, far left, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, testifies at an October hearing, which examined the government’s response to contain Ebola, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Ebola exposure feared in mistake at CDC lab

The error occurred Monday when a high-security lab in Atlanta sent samples that should have been inactivated to another CDC laboratory.

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