Donald Trump, the current GOP frontrunner for the presidential nomination, holds up a pledge during a news conference Thursday in Manhattan after he signed the document, vowing to support the Republican nominee — whomever it may be — in the 2016 general election, ruling out a third-party or independent run.

Donald Trump vows to back GOP nominee in 2016

Donald Trump signed a vow on Thursday to support whoever is the 2016 Republican presidential nominee and not launch a third-party candidacy.

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U.S. unemployment rate drops to 5.1 percent

The economy, however, created fewer jobs than economists were expecting.

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Do Clinton’s email server troubles worsen as aide invokes the Fifth?

An aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton who set up her private email service has refused to cooperate with investigators.

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 A horse-drawn carriage moves along the West Drive on Tuesday in New York's Central Park.

Pope Francis’ U.S. visit presents security issues

Pope Francis’ U.S. visit later this month will pose monumental logistical challenges for security personnel.

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 FILE - In this Monday, April 12, 1999 file photo, Leon Gorman, president of L.L. Bean, speaks to reporters, in Portland, Maine. Gorman, a grandson of L.L. Bean, who led a modernization of his family's outdoor clothing and gear retail business after the founder's death, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at his home in Yarmouth, Me. He was 80. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Obituary: Leon Gorman / L.L. Bean’s grandson and a longtime company leader

He led a modernization and expansion of the outdoors retailer after the founder’s death.

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Obituary: William McC. Blair Jr. / Democratic political confidant

Mr. Blair was a scion of a prominent and moneyed Chicago family that owed its fortune to the invention of the mechanical reaper.

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With clerk jailed, gay Kentucky couple gets marriage license

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was jailed on Thursday for refusing to issue any marriage licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court in June.

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 Many people may be vaping nicotine through e-cigarettes, smoking cigars or using hookah water pipes to get their nicotine fix.

Cigarette smoking plunges in U.S., but why?

The nation saw cigarette smoking dip 10 percent from January through March; Allegheny County, however, lags behind with high smoking rates.

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Kentucky clerk jailed for refusing to issue gay marriage licenses

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has refused to issue marriages licenses for two months since the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage.

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 Secret Service Police help to search for evidence Wednesday near the defunct cement plant where Lt. Joe Gliniewicz was killed Tuesday in Fox Lake, Ill.

Illinois hunt widens for 3 suspects in fatal shooting of police officer

A major challenge was the lack of a description of the suspects beyond the vague one that came from the officer.

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Biden hits road amid speculation on run for presidency

Vice President Joe Biden was in Miami to speak on education policy matters Wednesday.

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Legionnaires’ disease strikes San Quentin

An outbreak of Legionnaires disease inside San Quentin prison in San Francisco has California prison officials rushing to find its source.

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Officers charged in Freddie Gray case to face separate trials

A judge in Baltimore ruled Wednesday that the six city officers tied to the death of Freddie Gray would be tried separately.

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One Marine killed, 9 hurt in helicopter hard landing in N.C.

Capt. Ryan Elizabeth Alvis said in a statement that the CH-53E helicopter came down hard during a training exercise Wednesday night.

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National briefs: Roof to face death penalty

PLUS: Defective tanker valves; Texas abortion law; 3 jail deputies arrested; 1 Marine killed, 11 hurt.

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National briefs: Prison officials mull solitary confinement

PLUS: N.C. men compensated; New video in Texas shooting; Obama’s Alaska visit.

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 U.S.Treasurer Rosa Rios, right, smiles as she's introduced to Harriet Tubman's great-great-grand niece, Pauline Copes-Johnson of Auburn, N.Y., left, before a town hall meeting in Seneca Falls, N.Y.

Who should succeed Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill?

Historians see heated debates on which woman should replace Hamilton, the nation’s first treasury secretary.

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 "No deal is perfect, especially one negotiated with the Iranian regime," said Sen. Barbara Mikulski, whose backing of the Iran nuclear agreement gives supporters the margin they need to uphold an expected presidential veto of a resolution of disapproval Republicans hope to pass later this month.

Obama secures votes to ensure Iran nuke deal

Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland became the crucial 34th vote Tuesday.

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Top candidates to replace Hamilton on $10 bill

Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, Eleanor Roosevelt and Elizabeth Cady Stanton have their supporters for placement on the $10 bill.

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 President Barack Obama speaks to reporters Tuesday while hiking to the Exit Glacier in Seward, Alaska.

In Alaska, Obama obliges some critics and takes a hike

President Barack Obama on Tuesday hiked to a receding Alaskan glacier to make visible his concerns about climate change.

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Planned Parenthood loss could burden other health centers

Lousiana’s intent to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood clinics threatens the fight against sexually transmitted diseases.

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Video shows deputies shooting San Antonio man with raised hands

San Antonio deputies appear to have fatally shot a man who had his hands up, video shows.

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National briefs: California curbs solitary confinement

Plus: West Point professor resigns; Chimps denied legal rights; Smoking at record low; College pot smoking increases.

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 The National McKinley Birthplace Memorial Museum in Niles, Ohio, honors President William McKinley, born in the small town not far from Youngstown.

Ohio residents lament removal of McKinley name from Alaskan peak

Ohio lawmakers blocked the proposed name change for Mount McKinley for years, and denounced the decision to restore the Mount Denali name.

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 Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails from her time as secretary of state that were released Monday night .

State Department redacts material deemed sensitive in Hillary Clinton’s emails

None of the documents had been marked classified at the time, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.

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 Surrounded by the media, David Moore, center, and his partner David Ermold attempt to apply for a marriage license at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., on Tuesday.

Kentucky clerk, citing ‘God’s authority,’ defies court ruling on gay marriage

As Rowan County clerk Kim Davis' office opened, two couples were denied licenses.

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 Lt. Charles J. Gliniewitz

Hunt goes on for 3 suspects in killing of Ill. police officer

A Illinois manhunt was ongoing for three suspects in the fatal shooting a 30-year police veteran who had encountered and pursued them.

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U.N. said to summon leaders to closed-door climate change meeting

The New York meeting is scheduled for Sept. 27, a day ahead of the United Nations General Assembly.

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Republicans wary of Donald Trump’s populist tone on taxes

He says he would raise taxes in certain areas, particularly on corporations that he believes do not act in the best interests of the U.S.

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China and Russia are cross-indexing hacked data to target U.S. spies

The databases included security clearance applications, airline records and medical insurance forms.

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National Briefs: Anti-Semite convicted in 3 slayings

Plus: Clerk must issue licenses; deputy was shot 15 times; hiker was clinging to life; meeting on new $10 bill; found $20 nets $1 million.

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 The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's front-page coverage of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The Digs: Post-Gazette's front pages during Hurricane Katrina

The Post-Gazette printed and thus captured all of these moments in time as one of the worst storms of the century devastated New Orleans.

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 President Barack Obama on Sunday said he is changing the name of Mount McKinley in Denali National Park, Alaska, to Denali.

White House renaming Mount McKinley as Denali on eve of trip

By renaming the peak Denali, President Barack Obama waded into a sensitive and decades-old conflict between residents of Alaska and Ohio.

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 Mourners gather at a gas station in Houston on Saturday to pay their respects at a makeshift memorial for Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Darren Goforth who was shot and killed while filling his patrol car.

Police investigate motive in ambush of Houston area deputy

The suspect is to be arraigned today in the shooting of Deputy Darren Goforth, a 10-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

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As late mail soars, Post Office fails to stabilize service

The number of letters arriving late has jumped by almost 50 percent since the start of the year.

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 A statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis is moved from its location in front of the school's main tower the University of Texas campus on Sunday.

University of Texas takes down statues of Jefferson Davis, Woodrow Wilson

The Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans failed to win a court injunction to block the plan.

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National briefs: Trump becomes TV talking point

PLUS: Sanders closes gap; General Mills eyes emissions; Windstorm kills 2; Slain reporters honored

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 Writer Wes Craven died in his Los Angeles home of brain cancer.  He was 76.

Obituary: Wes Craven / ‘Scream’ and ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ director

The versatile filmmaker also wrote and produced features, directed for television and wrote novels.

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 A sign painter outlines the Pope Francis' nose on the side of a New York City office building in preparation for his visit in September.

Pope’s political messages cause some to pick, choose

Members of Congress aren’t likely to budge from their entrenched positions even at the urging of a world spiritual leader.

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U.S. immigration shift shows India, China outpacing Mexico

The transition is unfolding as the GOP is debating immigration policy.

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 People dance in a second-line parade Saturday as it leaves the floodwall of New Orleans’ Industrial Canal, shown in background, at the spot of a breach during Hurricane Katrina. The dance commemorated the 10th anniversary of the storm in the city’s Lower Ninth Ward.

New Orleans marks 10 years since Katrina destruction

Music and a wreath-laying ceremony at a memorial honoring victims of the storm were among rituals performed in the rebuilding city.

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Pope's visit inspires flood of papal microbrews, bobbleheads, mugs

The multitudes will include papal mugs, magnets, buttons and T-shirts along with popes rendered in plush, plastic and more.

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Warming seas rising faster than predicted, NASA scientists say

Researchers say an increase of at least 3 feet is likely unavoidable, and is caused by warming temperatures driven by burning fossil fuels.

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 A crew member at work earlier this month on the bridge of the Coast Guard ship the Alex Haley, on patrol in the Chukchi Sea off the coast of Alaska.

Arctic seen as land of opportunity

As Vladimir Putin beefs up Russian presence there, the U.S. has few military assets in the far north.

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Appeals court deals blow to lawsuit over NSA’s bulk phone data collection

The panel’s ruling also reversed a ban on the NSA’s collection that had been imposed by a district court judge in December 2013.

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 Former St. Paul’s School stu­dent Owen Labrie was found not guilty Fri­day of the most se­ri­ous charges against him in a sex as­sault case that has scan­dal­ized the New Hamp­shire prep school.

Former student convicted of sex charges in scandal at exclusive New England prep school

The case exposed a tradition in which seniors competed to see how many younger students they could have sex with.

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Nation briefs: Police officer accidentally kills onlooker

Plus: Fed official: 'Good reason to believe' inflation will rise, Hurricane Ignacio gains strength, Naked, painted cyclists in Philadelphia

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 Scott Walker, Republican presidential candidate and Wisconsin governor, gives a foreign policy speech on the campus of The Citadel on Friday in Charleston, S.C.

Experts: GOP candidates’ tough talk doesn’t always square with facts of U.S.-China relationship

“Uncoupling” the United States from China, as tycoon Donald Trump proposes, would mean undoing the largest trade relationship in the world.

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Virginia killings produce vow from Alison Parker’s father

Today, with his 24-year-old daughter having been gunned down on live TV, Andy Parker is the nation’s latest crusader for gun control.

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 Former President George W. Bush dances with band director Asia Muhaimin on Friday as the band plays during a visit to Warren Easton Charter High School in New Orleans.

George W. Bush makes a low-key return to New Orleans 10 years after Katrina

The former president saluted the post-storm resilience of New Orleans as he and his wife revisited the city’s first public school to reopen.

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