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 Minority Leader Frank Dermody, D-Oakmont, this month wrote to state Treasurer Timothy Reese to request “a loan, from whatever source you deem appropriate and in such amount as may be necessary” to help pay salaries for members and approximately 650 employees of the Democratic caucus.

Budget impasse leaving House Democrats in the lurch

Human service agencies are feeling a cash-flow crunch and some school districts have approved tapping lines of credit to pay the bills.

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 Paul Heckbert, left, of Edgewood and Yale Cohen of Squirrel Hill, after getting off the Capitol Limited in Connellsville Friday morning. The two were trying out Amtrak's planned new service that allows cyclists to roll their bikes onto the train without boxing them.

Bicyclists test out roll-on train service for Amtrak

Amtrak has not announced the start date for the service but a spokeswoman said it could be as soon as next week.

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 The parkway closures have started and will continue through 6 a.m. Monday.

TRAFFIC: Parkway West closures continue this weekend, next week

Everything you need to know to dodge the orange barrels.

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 A view of the Almono redevelopment site near Hazelwood from the 1980s with the Birmingham Bridge and Pittsburgh skyline in the background. Once a sprawling coke works, in recent years a consortium of some of the region's leading foundations has been working on proposals to build as many as 1,200 housing units and more than 2 million square feet of office and research and development space at the 178-acre site.

Pittsburgh seeking money for transit link between Oakland, Hazelwood development site

At first, rubber-tire shuttles would operate through the corridor, and they might be driverless.

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 Hungarian policemen detain a Syrian migrant family that entered Hungary on Friday at the border with Serbia, near Roszke. Hungary is nearing completion of a barbed wire border fence to keep out those migrating through the country and authorities plan to send more than 2,000 police officers there.

Europe reels from more migrant deaths on land and sea

Reports arose of 150 drownings and news that far more migrant corpses had been found crammed in an abandoned truck than first thought.

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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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Portfolio: Mount Everest soloist might be highly crazy

A solo climber sets out to be the first to conquer Everest since the deadly earthquake.

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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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World briefs: Turkey opens air campaign on IS targets

Plus: 38 die in Swaziland crash, Erika kills 20 in Dominica, Taliban insurgents kill 3 officials, Malaysians hold major rally

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Obituary: Daniel Fine / New Kensington doctor had moral compass

New Kensington physician was committed to social justice.

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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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 In this photo taken Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, Ebola survivor Victoria Yillia cries as she recalls her family members who died of Ebola, at a maternity ward at the Kenema government hospital on the outskirts of Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone Ebola survivor who miscarried, lost 21 relatives gives birth to healthy son

Ebola did not take Victoria Yillia’s life. And it could not prevent the birth of her son. And yet it loomed, even on this, her happiest day.

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World Briefs: Obama aide meets with Xi in Beijing

Plus: 8 civilians die in clashes; Korea boasts nukes; an end to banking secrecy; tropical storm kills 12; Ashley Madison CEO quits.

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National Briefs: N.C. officer will not face retrial in death

Plus: Clinton comes under fire; Dem backs Iran deal; protest ruling issued; 1 billion Facebook log-ins; and more.

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 People pay respects at a makeshift memorial Saturday at a gas station in Houston for Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth, who was fatally shot while pumping gas Friday night. Prosecutors on Saturday charged Shannon J. Miles with capital murder in the killing of Deputy Goforth.

Arrest made in ambush slaying of deputy outside Houston, police say

Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman identified the suspect as Shannon J. Miles. Miles is in custody on a charge of capital murder.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf's announcement brings the number of states that have online voter registration to 23, plus the District of Columbia.

State's voter registration enters digital age

Pennsylvania began online voter registration on Thursday, an administrative move by Gov. Tom Wolf after efforts to pass a law lagged.

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 The closure of the outbound Fort Pitt Tunnel this weekend is part of major traffic restrictions.

Parkway East added to weekend traffic restrictions

Drivers will have to dodge restrictions on several highways and main arteries as construction projects continue.

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 Morning commuters faced traffic backups on the Parkway East inbound after a multi-vehicle crash at the Boulevard of the Allies ramp to I-579. At least two people were injured.

Four-car crash snarls rush-hour traffic on Parkway East

The crash occurred around 6 a.m. at the Boulevard of the Allies ramp.

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 Police stand in fron of a truck parked on the shoulder of the highway A4 near Parndorf south of Vienna, Austria, Thursday, Aug 27, 2015. At least 20 migrants were found dead in the truck parked on the Austrian highway leading from the Hungarian border, police said. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Discovery of up to 50 bodies in truck highlights European migrant crisis

The incident came as top officials were huddling in Vienna, partly to discuss the biggest wave of refugees pouring into Europe since WWII.

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 President Barack Obama greets residents in the the Treme neighborhood in New Orleans on Thursday for the 10th anniversary since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

Obama, in New Orleans, praises results of federal intervention

The president explicitly linked New Orleans’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina to the nation’s recovery from the 2008 recession.

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Report: Pakistan adding nuclear arms

Two U.S. think tanks say it could have the third-largest global arsenal in a decade.

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 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane departs after her preliminary hearing Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at the Montgomery County courthouse in Norristown, Pa.

Disciplinary board seeks Attorney General Kane’s law license

Kathleen Kane has 10 days to respond and make the case as to why she should be able to keep her license.

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 WDBJ news anchor Chris Hurst pauses as he is overcome with emotion while holding a photo album that was created by fellow reporter and girlfriend Alison Parker, in Roanoke, Va., on Wednesday.

Journalists cope a day after fatal shooting of Roanoke colleagues

Evidence in his car suggests that the killer of a Virginia TV reporter and cameraman Wednesday meant to go on the run after the shootings.

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 After years of promising it, Amtrak is about to offer roll-on bicycle service on the Capitol Limited route that passes through Pittsburgh.

Amtrak ready to allow roll-on bike service between Pittsburgh, D.C.

With two premier bike trails parallel to the route, enthusiasts and bicycle organizations have long pressed the railroad to add the service.

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Top official resigns from state Office of Inspector General

Anthony J. Fiore had served in the office since April 2011 and as deputy since March 2012.

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 Drew Zoldak, shown here in May, is on unpaid leave from his position as a science teacher.

Plum teacher faces trial in witness intimidation

Drew Zoldak is accused of identifying a young woman who was the alleged victim of an institutional sexual assault by another teacher.

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Cambria County man charged with making terroristic threats

Perry Semelsberger remained jailed on the charges Thursday.

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 Investigators gather evidence from a truck on the shoulder of a highway south of Vienna, Austria, Thursday. At least 70 migrants, including children, were found dead in the truck, police said.

3 arrested in deaths of 71 migrants in truck in Austria

The migrants likely suffocated in the truck in Austria, said Hans Peter Doskozil, chief of police in eastern Burgenland province.

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DA clears deputy sheriff in shooting

A man who once jumped a fence at the White House was killed in a confrontation with police Tuesday.

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 Ashley Madison founder and CEO Noel Biderman, posing with a poster during an interview at a hotel in Hong Kong in 2013, has left the company effective immediately, Avid Life Media said today.

Ashley Madison CEO steps down in wake of hacking

Avid Life Media Inc., Ashley Madison’s parent company, says Noel Biderman’s departure was a mutual decision.

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Children's Museum of Pittsburgh receives grants

With money from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and Chevron, the Children's Museum will start maker spaces in West Virginia.

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McKeesport schools seeks credit line until state budget passes

The money will be used as needed to pay bills until the district receives funding from the state.

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Chartiers Valley considers withholding payments to charter schools until budget impasse ends

The district also may withhold payments to the state retirement program due to the lack of a state budget.

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 Susie Fitzgerald

Obituary: Susan Burt Fitzgerald / Co-founded Pine travel business

Susan Fitzgerald, who co-founded Pine-based Frontiers International Travel, died following complications from heart surgery. She was 76.

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 Central Catholic High School in Oakland

Back to School: Ex-teacher’s best lesson — don’t goof off as he did

From Central I learned the greatest lesson possible, which I might have been wise to practice earlier: Always do your best.

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Frank E. Petersen Jr., first black Marine aviator, dies

Frank E. Petersen III said his father died at his home, of complications from lung cancer. He was 83.

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 MacKenzy Linger looks for her locker at the start of  kindergarten orientation at  Bon Meade Elementary in the Moon School District.

Students in Pittsburgh's west suburbs head back to school

An overview of the coming school year in Pittsburgh western suburbs.

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 West View Borough crossing guard Debbie Hall shepherds students across busy Perry Highway to West View Elementary on the first day of school in the North Hills School District. She's been a crossing guard for nine years.

Students in Pittsburgh's north suburbs head back to school

An overview of the coming school year in Pittsburgh northern suburbs.

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Citizens panel offers suggestions for Penn Hills schools

The committee is focusing on two areas of the financially troubled district: state reimbursement for construction and transportation costs.

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Residents concerned over cuts to Westmoreland County shared ride service

A lack of funding prompted the authority to scale back hours of operation this month.

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 "I don’t want to sleep, I just want to keep making these,” Martha Montesano, 93, said.

At 93, Robinson woman crafts 'angel bracelets' for breast cancer patients

Martha Montesano is closing in on the creation of her 1,000th bracelet, a project she began after her daughter was diagnosed with cancer.

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 Joe Chesno

Fundraiser planned for Montour graduate with lymphoma

Joe Chesno was diagnosed in 2013 and the disease recurred this year.

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North Allegheny school director Schwartzmier resigns

Thomas Schwartzmier has been appointed to Franklin Park council and can’t serve in both positions.

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 State police firearms instructor Richard Schroeter, left, was sentenced today to two weeks in jail for accidentally killing Trooper David Kedra, 26, during a training class.

Firearms instructor who accidentally shot state trooper gets 2 weeks jail

Richard Schroeter, 43, will spend two weeks in jail, three to 18 months of house arrest in the shooting of Trooper David Kedra.

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North Allegheny completes most building improvements

The work costs $8.5 million. Some work will continue through the school year but isn’t expected to cause disruption.

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Junaid Hussain, Islamic State recruiter, reported killed in airstrike

The hacker was a leading member of a unit that broke into the Twitter and YouTube accounts of the U.S. military’s Central Command this year.

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