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Experts attempt to link debris to missing Malaysian airliner

Investigators caution that it will take more time to determine if the debris is from vanished flight MH370.


Afghan Taliban confirms Mullah Omar’s death, appoints his successor

The Afghan Taliban Shura, or Supreme Council, chose Mullah Omar’s deputy, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, as its new leader.



U.S.-trained anti-Islamic State commander kidnapped in Syria

The reported kidnapping is likely to be a new blow to the troubled  program, which in its first year has trained only about 60 fighters.



Zimbabwe calls for extradition of Cecil the lion's killer

Walter Palmer, a dentist in the Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington, has admitted killing the 13-year-old predator.


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Former officer pleads not guilty in campus shooting death

People in the courtroom erupted into cheers and clapped when officer Ray Tensing’s bond was set at $1 million, drawing the ire of the judge.



Senate passes a highway bill, but only for three months

Some senators expressed dismay that they were approving another short-term solution — instead of passing a long-term highway spending bill.


 

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World briefs: India hangs only man sentenced to die for 1993 Mumbai blasts

Plus: U.S. sanctions Russia, PKK hits Turkish forces, Ai WeiWei to travel to Berlin, Pacific talks at impasse



U.S. official: Debris in photo belongs to Boeing 777

Investigators believe that debris found on an Indian Ocean island is a wing component unique to a Boeing 777.


 
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Local Dispatch: Why Pittsburgh remains my home plate

Pittsburgh native and national journalist Howard Fineman tossed the first pitch at PNC Park Sunday. His love for his hometown ever deepens.



Random Acts of Kindness: Resident saves day for free film in park

Plus: Strong, helpful man lifted mom into SUV; Special gesture boosted spirits of cancer patient.


 

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Breakfast Sausage: 5 stories to read today

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Ohio Governor John Kasich formally announces his campaign for the 2016 Republican


Breakfast sausage: 5 stories to read today

1) He'll avoid the stigma of having to sit at the kids' table for the first Republican presidential debate next week, but Rand