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 Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras

Greeks deeply divided heading into crucial vote

A top Greek court ruled Friday that the debt-crisis referendum planned for the nation Sunday is constitutional and should proceed.

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GOP seeks to block new NLRB rules through funding

Republicans aren’t letting a presidential veto stop them from trying to block rules that would make it faster for unions to organize.

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Portfolio: Bands banned for boom box parade

Participants and spectators will instead be carrying radios tuned to the same local station, which will provide traditional marching music.

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 A young Doug Opperman with a marble tournament trophy.

Obituary: Douglas A. Opperman / City, national marbles champion as a boy, he later built a bridge and ran a business

Mr. Opperman, formerly of the North Side and most recently of Avalon, won the national tournament at the 1940 New York World’s Fair.

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New traffic headaches in store for Mifflin Road motorists

A 50-day closure for reconstruction begins at 7 a.m. Monday, when PennDOT begins the next phase of construction there.

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 The state game commission preliminarily passed a measure Tuesday to raise the fine to $2,500 for killing bald or golden eagles, which are protected under state and federal law even though they aren’t considered an endangered or threatened species in Pennsylvania.

State proposes raising fines for killing bald or golden eagles

In time for July 4, the Pennsylvania Game Commission proposed raising fines for killing bald eagles to $2,500 for a first offense.

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 Feeding Pennsylvania says that former energy industry executive Jane Clements-Smith has been named its executive director. Feeding Pennsylvania is a collaborative effort of eight Feeding America affiliated food banks.

Feeding Pennsylvania appoints executive director

Former natural gas executive Jane Clements-Smith became executive director of hunger relief nonprofit Feeding Pennsylvania this week.

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Aleppo fighting flares up as Syria insurgents attack

Newly reorganized insurgents launched a new offensive on government-held areas.

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 An undated painting of John Jay

Who’s John Jay? Scholars urge new look at forgotten founder

Jay’s admirers argue his achievements extend to virtually every branch of government, on the state, federal and international level.

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Pakistan says it’s ready to launch offensive into last Taliban area

Shawal Valley is also the final safe haven for the few al-Qaida operatives who haven’t fled into adjacent Afghanistan.

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Plenty will claim to be Uncle Sam, but a few can prove the lineage

The status of Wilson’s descendants comes via MyHeritage.com, a genealogy research site based in Israel.

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 In this November 2005 file photo, public information director Larry Greene is shown in the death chamber at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio.

Ohio obtains federal drug import license in overseas search for lethal drugs

The prison where Ohio carries out executions successfully applied for an import license from the DEA late last year.

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World Briefs: Israeli forces kill teen in West Bank

Plus: Iran nuke talks progress; UberPOP halts service; communist chief to visit; successful Russia launch; and more.

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Mon Incline reopens after computer glitch

The Port Authority of Allegheny County shut down service on the Mon Incline this morning but was reopened before noon.

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Stonie tops Chestnut in annual NY hot dog eating contest

Matt Stonie upset Joey “Jaws” Chestnut to win the annual contest in Coney Island, breaking Chestnut’s bid for a ninth straight victory.

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 Anthropologists Carrie LeGarde, left, and Jennie Jin look over remains at a lab at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The K208 lab is responsible for the identification of remains of Korean War soldiers.

Apollo sergeant lost in Korean War finally comes home

Sixty-five years after Sgt. Joseph Snock of Apollo was captured, his remains have been identified.

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 The view of Pittsburgh's Fourth of July fireworks show from last year is quite grand along Grandview Avenue on Mount Washington.

Independence, fireworks: Fourth of July holiday weekend has arrived

Officials are urging caution and common sense during what one group calls “the most dangerous holiday weekend of the year.”

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 More than 10,000 voters said the Three Sisters Bridges shouldn't change color during rehabilitation.

Voters still want Aztec gold for Pittsburgh’s Three Sisters Bridges

At the end of a two-week online poll, 10,527 voters — nearly 85 percent — said the bridges in Downtown should remain “Aztec Gold.”

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 Solar Impulse 2 pilots Bertrand Piccard, left, and Andre Borschberg celebrate Friday after they landed at Kalaeloa Airport, Hawaii. Solar impulse 2 is attempting to be the first solar powered airplane to fly around the world without using fuel. The airplane took off from Nagoya, Japan, on its eighth leg and flew nonstop before landing on Oahu.

Solar plane lands in Hawaii after record-breaking flight

The wings were equipped with 17,000 solar cells that charged batteries. The plane ran on stored energy at night.

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 Rick and Jessica Goeller, with their son Lucas, 2, at their family farm in Indiana Township on June 17.

Indiana Township boy, 2, receives new liver

Aggressive campaign to secure a liver for the toddler succeeds with donation from a Nebraska girl who died of a brain tumor.

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Pa. AG Kane's twin sister sued by ex-boyfriend over $200,000 loan

Kathleen Kane’s twin, Ellen Granahan, was sued in Lackawanna County Court last month by Jacob Wentland III, of Dunmore.

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More than 20 Pittsburgh streets slated for repaving, restoration work

Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority contractors will perform the work, which will restrict parking in certain areas.

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GOP activists claim district judge must resign to seek state Senate seat

Republican activists contend that Guy Reschenthaler is violating judicial ethical rules.

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 A construction crane tipped over and hit University of Pittsburgh's Langley Hall this morning while workers were repointing a building across the street.

Construction crane breaks loose, damages Pitt's Langley Hall

The building, located between Tennyson and Ruskin avenues at Bigelow Boulevard, had minimal cosmetic damage to its eaves.

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 Barricades are set up for the Capitol concert in Washington, D.C. Security has been increased for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.

Potential holiday threats assessed with focus on 'lone wolf' terrorists

Officials cite an increased effort by the Islamic State to galvanize its sympathizers in the United States and elsewhere since Memorial Day.

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 The proposed cash-and-stock deal, announced early today, would make Hartford, Conn.-based Aetna a sizeable player in the rapidly growing Medicare Advantage business, which offers privately run versions of the federally funded health care program for the elderly and some people with disabilities.

Insurer Aetna to buy Humana in $35 billion deal

Humana has nearly 3.2 million people enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans, a total that falls just sort of market leader UnitedHealth.

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Homeland Security shifts deportation focus off those with longtime roots in U.S.

The Department of Homeland Security is targeting illegal immigrants who are criminally convicted, terrorism threats or new border-crossers.

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Taxes will increase in North Allegheny

The North Allegheny school board rolled out both tax increases and a one-to-one technology initiative at their meeting.

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Obituary: David Kremen / Westinghouse international attorney enjoyed travel, foreign cultures

David Kremen’s love of foreign lands fit nicely with his work as an international attorney for Westinghouse.

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"Raves": He’s had no better peer than one through telescope

Longtime passion for peering through telescope makes a man wonder what might have been.

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U.S., allies target Islamic State in 24 air strikes in Syria, Iraq

In Syria, coalition forces targeted ISIS with nine strikes destroying tactical units, fighting positions, vehicles and structures.

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 Jack Carter, 1960

Obituary: Jack Carter / Brash comic from TV ’s early days

Quick with a quip, Mr. Carter was a significant figure in television during the medium’s earliest days.

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Dozens treated after rail car burns in Tenn.

A train carrying flammable and toxic gas derailed and caught fire early Thursday in eastern Tennessee.

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IMF, Athens agree: Greece needs debt relief

The International Monetary Fund conceded in a report that Greece has little chance for a sustained recovery without some debt reduction.

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Iran’s recognition of IAEA monitors sets path for nuclear deal

An Iranian official on Thursday said Tehran accepts that U.N. monitors need to visit sensitive sites and question nuclear officials.

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Ex-Virginia senator joins 2016 race for Democratic Party nomination

Former Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., who was a Reagan administration Navy secretary, has announced he is entering the race.

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IS group guns down 97 praying Nigerians

Ninety-seven Nigerians were slain by Boko Haram militants while they were praying in mosques in a northeastern town, following the killing

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Gateway school budget cuts contracts, adds slight tax hike

Monroeville residents with a house valued at the average $107,900 should see an increase of $46.88 per year on their taxes.

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NASCAR asks fans to keep rebel flags away from tracks

“We are committed to providing a welcoming atmosphere free of offensive symbols,” the tracks and their ownership groups stated Thursday.

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Collier to consider rezoning proposal for townhouses

The proposal calls for 140 townhouses on 24 acres that used to be the Woodville State Hospital property.

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Penn Hills schools pass $97 million budget balanced by $12 million loan, tax hike

The school board voted 6-1 to approve the budget, which includes the maximum real estate tax hike allowed by the state index.

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Penn State helps DIYers go from farm to fork

Two classes –– Midsummer Night’s (Berry) Jam and Ferment This (From Kimchi to Kraut) –– were designed to take advantage of summer’s bounty.

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McKeesport Area raises school property taxes

The average homeowner is expected to pay an additional $25 in property taxes under the new budget.

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National briefs: Charlestown church fund established

PLUS: Sanders hits $15 million; Big donors boost Clinton; Obama attacks Walker

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World briefs: Egypt vows to erase terror ‘dens’

Plus: U.S.-trained Syrian rebels; Russia boycott summit; 8 suspects arrested; pilot error; ferry capsizes; robot kills worker

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Former West Mifflin Area School District manager says he will pay back district

Former administrator Phil Martell is now being accused of “double dipping,” or billing two organizations for the same trip expenses.

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Peters Township school board signs new contract with bus drivers and raises salaries

Board members questioned why worker rates varied for different sport events, and the tabled action on 3 percent raises for some employees.

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 Sister Rita Yeasted: professor, women's advocate and a newsmaker you should know.

Sister honored for work on women's behalf

The American Association of University Women honored Sister Rita Yeasted, professor at La Roche College, for 25 years of women’s advocacy.

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Duquesne University plants a SEED for students to excel in science

Through Project SEED, economically disadvantaged high school students get to take part in actual scientific research.

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McKeesport school district offers family literacy program to combat 'summer slide'

Students read a book and play a corresponding game at the district’s summer family literacy program. Parents are also encouraged to attend.

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