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 Between 2010 and 2014, more than 400 children died or nearly died as a result of abuse or neglect in Pennsylvania, according to a report from the Center for Children’s Justice.

Child abuse reporting up; thousands of children remain at risk in Pennsylvania

State statistics released this week show improvements as well as remaining problems in child abuse reporting and referrals.

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 The $3.5 million project will close the Mon Incline for about 80 days.

In change of plans, Mon Incline closure delayed until after Labor Day

Mount Washington business owners pushed for the delay, saying Labor Day weekend was one of their busiest holidays of the year.

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WVU announces its selection for global collegiate solar house competition

WVU is among 17 teams selected to travel to Irvine, Calif., for the Solar Decathalon competition Oct. 8 to 18.

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 The first time Joseph Ruggieri was charged with witness intimidation was March 13.

Plum teacher held for trial on second set of charges involving female student

Police say Joseph Ruggieri, 40, of Plum, ignored a court order to not contact his alleged victim not once but twice.

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Two vie for 37th District Pa. Senate seat

Heather Arnet is the Democratic candidate in a state Senate special election for the 37th District, facing Republican Guy Reschenthaler.

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First student to plead in Chinese test-taking scandal deported

"I wasted a lot of time and money for my stupid decision," Biyuan Li, 25, told U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti.

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 These are the four sets of human remains excavated from the chancel of a church on the site of Fort James at Jamestown, Va. The remains are thought to be some of European America's earliest leaders, including, the Rev. Robert Hunt, thought to be the first Anglican minister in the Americas; Capt. Gabriel Archer, the early expeditionary leader; Sir Ferdinando Wainman, the cousin of Sir West, the Virginian governor; and Capt. William West, the governor's uncle.

Remains of early colonial Jamestown leaders are ID’d

The remains of four leaders of the colonial American settlement in Jamestown, V., have been unearthed and identified by archaeologists.

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 President Barack Obama delivers a speech Tuesday to the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Closing a historic visit to Africa, President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged the continent's leaders to prioritize creating jobs and opportunity for the next generation of young people or risk sacrificing future economic potential to further instability and disorder.

Obama takes on African power structure

President Barack Obama challenges the one-man rule and clinging to power of many of the continent’s leaders.

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GOP searches for women to lead efforts against Planned Parenthood

Republicans in Congress are designating women lawmakers to draft measures to end federal assistance to Planned Parenthood health services.

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 Jonathan Pollard in 1998. Pollard will be released from prison in November after nearly 30 years.

Pollard to be freed; U.S. analyst spied for Israel

Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard has been granted parole after serving 30 years of a life term.

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 Homeville Viaduct in West Mifflin begins a $10.1 million rehabilitation project in August.

Homeville span in West Mifflin to close for rehab

The bridge is expected to close Aug. 10 and remain shut through October 2016.

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 Missing 8-year-old Madyson “Maddy” Middleton, from Santa Cruz, Calif.

Santa Cruz, Calif., shocked by girl’s killing, boy’s arrest

The body of an 8-year-old girl has been discovered in a trash bin in her neighborhood, and a teenage boy who lives there has been arrested.

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White House rejects 160,000-signature petition supporting pardon for Snowden

More than 160,000 people sought a pardon for spying charges against former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

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 FILE - In this undated image released by the FBI, Mullah Omar is seen in a wanted poster. An Afghan official says his government is examining claims that reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead. The Taliban could not be immediately reached for comment on the government’s comments about Omar, who has been declared dead many times before. (FBI via AP, File)

Afghan intelligence: Taliban leader Mullah Omar dead for two years

Abdul Hassib Seddiqi, spokesman for Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security, said Mullah Omar died in Pakistan in April 2013.

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 If approved, the fare increases would net Yellow Cab Co. of Pittsburgh a nearly 11 percent boost in annual revenue.

Yellow Cab seeks fare hikes to keep pace with ride-share rivals

Among the requests to the PUC are surcharges of up to $8 per trip on Friday and Saturday nights.

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 U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Philadelphia, is accused of accepting a $1 million illegal loan for his failed 2007 mayoral campaign from a "wealthy supporter."

U.S. Rep. Fattah of Philadelphia indicted on racketeering charges

The Democrat from Philadelphia faces charges involving several schemes.

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 Joyce Mitchell reacts as she appears to plead guilty Tuesday at Clinton County court, in Plattsburgh, N.Y.

Ex-prison worker admits aiding escape

Joyce Mitchell pleaded guilty Tuesday to helping two prison inmates escape in June.

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Nation briefs: Prison officer charged with raping inmates

Plus: Jail releases Bland footage, Dad defends Colo. shooter, Co-pilot broke spacecraft, Federal pollution regulation

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World briefs: NATO stands with Turkey, urges restraint

Plus: Israel calls out Huckabee, Gadhafi’s son sentenced, Bomb kills 2 in Bahrain, U.S. hunter kills African lion

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 A U.S Airways plane flies past the U.S Airways operations control center in Moon. The last flight to be handled by the Pittsburgh center is set for Aug. 23.

US Airways operations center in Moon to close in late August

About 650 jobs will be lost with the closure, part of the airline’s merger with American Airlines.

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 Dr. Ted. K. Encke

Obituary: Dr. Ted. K. Encke / Prolific orthopedic surgeon was proud of service in Vietnam

Dr. Encke, 76, died Monday from complications of a kidney stone, Mrs. Encke said.

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 The Westinghouse atom smasher stood on the same spot in Chalfant for 78 years, until it was taken down on Jan. 20.

Local Dispatch: Downed atom smasher supported Chalfant so long

When it stood tall, the Westinghouse atom smasher supported everything around Chalfant.

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Bloomfield Bridge closed to southbound traffic

The Bloomfield Bridge will be closed to southbound traffic for 23 days starting this morning, PennDOT announced.

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Water Works Road is set to close for months

Water Works Road in Sewickley was scheduled to close for several months starting this morning.

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 Cold cap, created by DigniCap, is pending FDA clearance and is the only scalp cooling device that has completed FDA clinical trials in the U.S.

Ice caps can prevent hair loss during chemotherapy

Scalp cooling technology, which prevents hair loss in some chemotherapy patients, is entering the mainstream, including in Pittsburgh.

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 Botanically, watermelon is a fruit in the same cucurbit family as pumpkins, squash and cucumbers, which often are mistaken as vegetables.

Nutritious watermelon not just a summer dessert

Studies show watermelon, often considered little more than sugar water, helps fight heart disease, some cancer and, for sure, dehydration.

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 The organization sent an email to its members last week requesting money to “stop Obama from confiscating millions of guns.”

Could some Social Security recipients lose gun rights? NRA says yes

The NRA says beneficiaries who lack capacity to manage their affairs are targets for the “largest gun grab in American history.”

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 Exhaust rises from smokestacks in front of piles of coal in Thompsons, Texas. A federal appeals court today ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants they can't control.

Court orders EPA to relax air-pollution limits in 13 states

The federal appeals court also upheld the EPA’s right to impose the standards, which states and industry groups called overly burdensome.

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 Gov. Wolf has called for a budget that would increase the sales and personal income taxes and institute a severance tax on natural gas drilling, using the new revenues to boost education funding, lower local property taxes and close a budget shortfall. Republicans have opposed the tax proposals.

Turzai says Legislature may attempt override of Wolf's budget veto

Overriding a veto requires a two-thirds vote in both the House and the Senate and would require Democratic votes.

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 Lake Fong/Post-Gazette  Contractors continue work at the site of the Flight 93 National Memorial visitor center in Somerset County Thursday. A black granite walkway leads visitors past 34-foot-tall walls and marks the flight path of the hijacked plane before it crashed.

Walk set for Sept. 26 to raise money for trails around Flight 93 crash site

Friends of Flight 93 have partnered with Leadership Somerset County to make the walk possible.

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 Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, left, Secretary of State John Kerry, center, and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, right, arrive on Capitol Hill in Washington, today to testify before the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the Iran nuclear agreement.

Kerry takes his argument for Iran accord to House, meets skepticism again

The Republican-controlled Congress has until Sept. 17 either to endorse or reject or do nothing about the Iran nuclear agreement.

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 The morning sun peers through the heavy haze and the Pittsburgh skyline early this morning in this view from Grandview Avenue on Mount Washington.

State issues pollution alert for Pittsburgh area today

The State Department of Environmental Protection issues a code orange for ozone Tuesday as temperatures approach 90 degrees.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf speaks July 20 about taxes and growing the state economy to a breakfast meeting of the Pittsburgh Technology Council at the Rivers Club

Gov. Wolf to hold live question-and-answer session on Facebook

The session, announced this morning, will begin at 5:15 p.m. but Facebook users can post questions anytime before then.

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Tests find radiation in Clyde Mine water in Washington County

Testing found evidence of radiation contamination in water discharges likely related to past dumping of shale gas drilling wastewater.

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 Carnegie Mellon University's robot soccer team.

Tiny dynasty: CMU robot soccer team wins fifth world title in China

The squad, featuring robots less than 6 inches high, beat a team from Iran in the finals and didn’t allow a single goal in the tournament.

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 A Turkish F-16 fighter jet takes off from Incirlik airbase in the southern city of Adana, Turkey on Monday

NATO proclaims 'strong solidarity' with Turkey against ISIS

The endorsement by NATO allies today represents welcome moral support for the government in Ankara.

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 Dondie LeBlanc Breaux, mother of Mayci Breaux, center, and Kevin Breaux, right, father of Mayci, are comforted outside the Church of the Assumption, after her funeral in Franklin, La., Monday, July 27, 2015. She was one of two people killed in Thursday's movie theater shooting in Lafayette, La.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Judge says she did not involuntarily commit theater gunman in La. shootings

Despite mental issues that spurred court-ordered hospital evaluation, shooter wasn’t involuntarily committed and thus was able to buy a gun.

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Obama criticizes Huckabee, Trump, Cruz and other Republicans

President Barack Obama defended the Iran nuclear deal and chided  “ridiculous” claims against it by Republican presidential contenders.

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Turkey vows to strike anyone killing civilians in planned free zone

The United States and Turkey are still working out exactly what they mean in intending to create a “safe zone” for civilians inside Syria.

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Acrobatiq snags $9.75 million from Gates Foundation, Draper Triangle

The South Side-based adaptive learning and analytics software company received a $9.75 million Series A round of funding.

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U.S. private sector vows to ante up on climate finance

Thirteen major firms offer billions in environmental financing pledges to support Obama administration’s global climate change agreement.

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FBI emphasizes speed as Islamic State exhorts individuals to attack

Its making swift arrests of those suspected of being Islamic State sympathizers in a strategy change to stem prospect for homegrown terror.

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Health happenings for Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Monongahela Valley Hospital is sponsoring “Talk With a Doc: Repair of Shoulder Injuries” 7 p.m. Thursday at Mt. Lebanon Public Library.

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 Senate Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid of Nev. arrives at the Capitol Building before the Senate convenes for a Sunday session on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sunday, July 26, 2015. On the agenda are efforts to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law and reviving the federal Export-Import Bank. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

House, Senate clash over highway bill ahead of Friday deadline

The move sets the two chambers on a collision course days ahead of an August recess amid the summer driving season.

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 Margie Winters, right, receives a hug after parents met to discuss her firing at Waldron Mercy Academy in Merion. Winters was hired in 2007 and was dismissed for being in a same-sex marriage.

Gay Catholic teacher from Phila. says firing felt 'like a death'

Margie Winters says she kept a low profile about her marriage until someone complained.

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 In this Feb. 25, 2011, file photo, Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, speaks to the media in a hotel in Tripoli, Libya. A Libyan court today sentenced Seif al-Islam, to death over killings in 2011 uprising on.

Libya court sentences Gadhafi son to death for 2011 killings

The Tripoli court handed down the sentence for Seif al-Islam, who is currently being held by a militia that refuses to hand him over.

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 More than a dozen Chinese nationals were charged in May with scheming to have impostors take college and grad school exams and cheat their way into top American universities.

Convicted Chinese national in test-taking scheme asks for deportation; U.S. wants jail

Biyuan Li, 25, was among 15 Chinese nationals charged in U.S. and China with scheming to have impostors take college and grad school exams.

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Obituary: Mario Cutruzzula Sr. / People were a priority for ‘Mayor of Bloomfield,’ coach

Mario Cutruzzula died Thursday at age 78 from complications after a heart attack.

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 Scott Bye's sculpture "Spare Change" in the Deutschtown section of the North Side.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: North Side public art runs into city 'bureaucrazy'

The Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center is enriching the neighborhood with bold art on vacant lots. Then a letter from the city arrrived ...

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Southbound side of Bloomfield Bridge to close Wednesday

The closure is scheduled for 6 a.m. and is set to last 23 days.

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