Politics - Nation

 Dr. Ben Carson, left, and Alfonso A. Costa in December 2005.

Pittsburgh-area developer, close friend of presidential contender Carson has complex legal history

Alfonso Costa faced a trail of lawsuits as he built around Pittsburgh.

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National briefs: Donald Trump denies mocking reporter

Plus: Kasem children sue, prison guard arrested, Va. marijuana arrests up, protesters run onto field.

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Senate panel to take on inversions in review of global taxation

The merger strategy is under renewed scrutiny by policymakers after Pfizer announced plans Monday to move its tax address to Ireland.

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Poll: Voters distrust government in general, but like many specifics

Nearly 6 in 10 respondents said they feel “frustrated” by the government and another 1 in 5 described themselves as “angry” toward it.

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Nation briefs: Tape from shooting called inconclusive

Plus: Clock maker sues, Rape conviction tossed, Immigration appeal, Planned Parenthood sues Texas

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 A protester is removed by security as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop on Saturday in Birmingham, Ala.

Trump condones attack on Black Lives Matter activist

Donald Trump said Sunday that the protester who interrupted his rally at an Alabama convention center was “so obnoxious and so loud.”

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 President Barack Obama says he wants truth in his intelligence reports, even if they contradict policy. “One of the things I insisted on the day I walked into the Oval Office was that I don’t want intelligence shaded by politics. I don’t want it shaded by a desire to tell a feel-good story,” he said.

Obama says he expects 'truth' in intelligence reports

The Pentagon’s inspector general is set to investigate allegations that significant changes were made to reports from analysts at Centcom.

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 The study found that when there was more political discussion in the house, children were more likely to perceive their parents’ party correctly — though no more likely to choose to identify with that party.

Study: Offspring misperceive, reject parents’ party affiliation

Fewer than half of the offspring examined in the study both knew their parents’ party affiliation and chose to affiliate with that party.

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 Army veteran Jim Purcell of Burrillville, R.I., displays a sign as Navy veteran Robert Martinez holds a folded flag at a rally Thursday at the Statehouse in Providence that was held to lobby against allowing Syrian refugees to enter Rhode Island.

House votes to curb Syrian, Iraqi refugees

Republican leaders are threatening to include the restrictions in a must-pass bill to keep the federal government running past Dec. 11.

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Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders touts, explains Democratic socialism

The Vermont senator said the idea has roots in the legacies of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

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World briefs: Obama courts Canada on trade pact

Plus: Greek majority narrows, Donetsk fuel shortages, NATO holds cyberdrill, Nepal medicine blocked

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 From left, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., Rep. Dan Newhouse R-Wash., Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, and Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., confer Wednesday on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Obama threatens to veto House GOP bill on Syrian refugees

The legislation sets high hurdles for refugee admissions, including FBI background checks and individual sign-offs by top federal officials.

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White House pushes back as Ryan seeks to halt Syrian refugees

Many Republicans want to halt the president’s plan to let as many as 10,000 people displaced by the Syria conflict resettle in the U.S.

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 Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has dropped out of the Republican race for the presidential nomination.

Jindal says he is dropping out of 2016 race for president

The Louisiana governor tells Fox News that “this is not my time.”

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Nation briefs: High winds, snow blast through West

Plus: Myeloma drug OK’d, 1,500 Mormons quit, Cruz endorsed

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 Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, walks back to the podium Saturday as she passes by Bernie Sanders during a commercial break at a Democratic presidential primary debate, in Des Moines, Iowa.

Clinton’s invoking of 9/11 over donations draws ire

She said that as a New York senator, she helped New York City’s financial hub rebuild.

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 Ben Rhodes, deputy national security advisor

U.S. isn’t questioning its Syrian refugee plan

His statement came in the wake of deadly terror attacks in Paris linked to IS — and suggestions that the nation should shut its doors.

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 Donald Trump on Friday addresses the Republican Sunshine Summit in Orlando, Fla., where he and other GOP presidential candidates called on the Obama administration to halt plans to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees next year.

GOP candidates react to attacks in Paris

The Republicans broadly agreed that the Paris attacks should be the catalyst for a new military strategy against the Islamic State.

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 Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks as Bernie Sanders, left, and Martin OMalley look on during the second Democratic debate Saturday in the Sheslow Auditorium of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Democrats air major issues at debate

National security played a prominent role in the debate in the aftermath of deadly terror attacks in Paris.

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Socialists attend national rally here

Organizers say 120 members traveled from as far as California to the Antiochian Village retreat in Bolivar for their national convention.

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Clinton has early, commanding edge in delegate count

Clinton's margin over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is striking, according to the Associated Press.

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 Dr. Alfonso Costa, left, and Ben Carson at the 5th annual Pittsburgh Carson Scholars Fund Awards Luncheon at the Omni William Penn, Downtown, in 2009.

Presidential candidate Ben Carson's relationship with Pittsburgh dentist examined

Pittsburgh dentist Alfonso A. Costa pleaded guilty to a felony count of health care fraud after an FBI probe into his oral surgery practice.

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 Army Lt. Col. Luta C. McGrath, 107, the oldest known female World War II veteran, right, is greeted as she is recognized by President Barack Obama during Veterans Day ceremonies Wednesday at the Memorial Amphitheater of Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

Obama pushes measures to help veterans

It is part of a push to spotlight its efforts to improve the way the government treats veterans after a scandal at the VA.

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Obama supports altering Civil Rights Act to include LGBT discrimination

The move plunged the White House into the next front in the national battle over LGBT rights.

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 Jeb Bush speaks as John Kasich, left, and Marco Rubio listen during Republican presidential debate at Milwaukee Theatre, on Tuesday.

Day after debate, GOP candidates ease tensions

The shift in tone was dramatic and reflects dwindling time remaining before the first votes of the 2016 presidential contest are cast.

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 Critics like U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey contend the bank is a tool of crony capitalism.

Export-Import Bank: An obscure institution that's generated big controversy

The Export-Import Bank fight has spawned some unlikely allies — such as Sen. Pat Toomey and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

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 With Donald Trump and Ted Cruz at his sides, Ben Carson speaks Tuesday during the Republican debate at the Milwaukee Theatre.

Bush, Carson seek to steady campaigns in GOP debate

The debate opened with a narrow focus on economic policy. There was little interaction among the candidates at first.

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 During the trip, Rich Fitzgerald and Vince Gastgeb of the county Airport Authority will meet with their counterparts to discuss establishing a charter flight between Pittsburgh and Cuba.

Pittsburgh delegation traveling to Cuba

The group includes Rep. Mike Doyle, county Executive Rich Fitzgerald and city councilwoman Natalia Rudiak.

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 Congresswoman Barbara Lee, D-Calif.: "It's only through peace and justice will we achieve the American dream for everybody."

Thomas Merton Center honors Congresswoman Barbara Lee

U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee, who opposed the post-9/11 military authorization act, received the 2015 Thomas Merton Award for peace and justice.

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Obama, Netanyahu minimize differences, renew call for peace

But prospects for an agreement between Israelis and Palestinians appear ever further out of reach.

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Today’s GOP presidential debate presents new tests

Ben Carson and Marco Rubio face a huge new test at today’s Republican debate. Donald Trump and Ted Cruz also are in for a crucial night.

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 Michael McCaul

Lawmakers: Signs point to explosion

Meanwhile, an official said investigators are “90 percent sure” the noise heard in a cockpit recording was an explosion caused by a bomb.

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 President obama's new facebook page that went up Nov. 9, 2015.

Obama starts personal Facebook page

Already, more than 45,000 “like” the president, who is taking his latest foray in the wild world of social media.

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 U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson gives a speech Sunday in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

Carson rejects scrutiny over book

Just days before, media reports raised new questions about his inspiring personal narrative.

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 Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson

GOP candidate Carson questioned about past

Questions also raised about other claims in his autobiography.

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 House Speaker Paul Ryan

Speaker Ryan ushers in more open House

The new speaker had some victories in his first week, but battles lie ahead.

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U.S. unions, lawmakers vow scrutiny of Pacific trade pact

Their questioning set up a potentially difficult path to ratification by the United States, the biggest of the 12 partners.

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 A protester holding Puerto Rico’s flag takes part in a march in San Juan to improve health care benefits.

Thousands in Puerto Rico rally for health care funds

The indebted U.S. territory is in the middle of a fiscal crisis.

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 Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu’s new spokesman spurs controversy

Ran Baratz suggested that President Barack Obama is anti-Semitic and Secretary of State John Kerry cannot be taken seriously.

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Christie, Huckabee out of prime time

Also, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and George Pataki, former New York governor, failing to qualify for either of next week’s debates.

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 Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, left, pauses as President George W. Bush, and Vice President Dick Cheney participate in Rumsfeld's farewell ceremony in Dec. 2006 at the Pentagon in Washington. Former President George H.W. Bush is publicly criticizing for the first time key members of his son's administration.

New book quotes elder Bush blasting Cheney, Rumsfeld

Former President George H. W. Bush has finally revealed what he really thinks of his son’s presidency.

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Republican U.S. presidential hopefuls bash Keystone rejection

Republicans seeking the White House in the November 2016 presidential election quickly voiced their disagreement.

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 George W. Bush chats with his father George H.W. Bush during the opening ceremony of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas in 2013.

Elder Bush says his son was served badly by aides

Former president critical of Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld during interviews with his biographer.

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Carbon conflict erupts between states over Obama power plan

An 18-state coalition led by New York and California has begun taking on a block of 26 states including Texas and Florida.

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 Speaker Paul Ryan

Ryan says U.S. House transport bill to get ‘lots of amendments’

The new House speaker said the debate on the bill represents the dawn of a more open legislative process.

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 Republican Matt Bevin, left, talks to one of his supporters as he greets well-wishers at the Republican Party celebration Tuesday in Louisville, Ky. Mr. Bevin defeated Democrat Jack Conway to become only the second Republican governor in the state in four decades.

Kentucky, Virginia decisions highlight Tuesday elections

GOP businessman Matt Bevin was elected Kentucky’s governor, while Virginia Republicans held off an attempt by Dems to win a Senate majority.

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Obama to rule on Keystone despite builder’s plea for delay

TransCanada’s plea has been widely interpreted as an attempt to avert an impending “no” from the president.

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 Residents cast their vote Tuesday at Orange High School in Moreland Hills, Ohio.

Ohio votes down legalizing pot for medical, recreational use

With three-quarters of the votes counted, the ballot proposal was losing 65 percent to 35 percent.

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 President Barack Obama spoke Monday at the S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice at Rutgers University in Newark, N.J.

Obama pitches measures to help former criminals

He said he was banning “the box” that applicants had to check about their criminal histories when applying for certain federal jobs.

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On national front: Races and issues in today’s elections

The Nov. 3 elections could provide a test of public opinion on such topics as marijuana, gay rights and the emerging “sharing economy.”

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