Who's minding the store for legislative ethics?

Lack of interest, shortage of funds hinder better policing of ethics in the Pennsylvania Legislature.

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Ethics committees work in secret, don't release records

The Pennsylvania House and Senate refused to release any records they might have showing how many ethics complaints they had received.

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School-based health centers help kids end abusive relationships, study finds

The centers can be a powerful tool in helping young people to understand what is OK in relationships, according to the study.

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Governor-elect Wolf, reformers point to ways to improve ethics oversight

An ethics-focused executive branch could boost those who want to continue efforts to improve Pennsylvania’s legislative ethics.

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 Thomas Lloyd Sr.

Obituary: Thomas Lloyd Sr. / Longtime Dormont mayor

Mr. Lloyd was elected to five terms as mayor after serving for 18 years on borough council, but his long tenure was rocky at the end.

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 George Lewarchik, 3, of Ohio Township holds a candle during a Downtown memorial for the homeless Sunday.

Homeless who died on streets memorialized

Plaques for six who succumbed in 2014 are added to a memorial wall in Downtown containing more than 100.

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New York cop killer had long rap sheet

Calls for peace come from across the spectrum as details about the shooter emerge.

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 The right shoe from the pair that Jack Gallagher’s terminally ill  mom gave to the teen.

NBA ‘hero’ sees video plea, helps to ease grief over mom’s death

Jack Gallagher, a 13-year-old from Erie, Pa., caught the attention of NBA star Chris Paul with a homemade video.

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After Ottawa attack, a renewed focus on statehouse security

States show wide range of approaches to securing capitol buildings.

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Pope's role in Cuba deal fractures Cuban-American flock

President Barack Obama defends actions in Sunday interview.

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U.S. mulls putting North Korea on terrorism sponsor list

Meanwhile, Sony vows to release “The Interview.”

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Iraqi Kurds, Yazidis fight Islamic State for strategic town of Sinjar

Peshmerga forces are seeking to bolster the gains the made late last week.

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Sierra Leone urges safe burials to stem Ebola

Officials threaten jail for those who follow unsafe burial practices.

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Rape accusations follow him around campus and beyond

Columbia student Paul Nungesser for the first time addresses accusations of rape.

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Gary Rotstein's Morning File: This man has a gift for making an appeal to Santa

Santa will have to give at least one letter some careful thought.

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Dick Rich, Who Put Whimsy Into TV Commercials

He turned the disadvantages of indigestion and outsize cigarettes into classic 1960s TV spots for Alka-Seltzer and Benson & Hedges 100s.

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Nation briefs: Lightning strike injures seven

PLUS: Obama selects Yates; Florida officer killed; Gas prices still falling; Good news from Brokaw.

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World briefs: Haiti names an interim prime minister

PLUS: Mother charged; First Tunisian president elected; Intelligence chief replaced; Greek prime minister open to early elections

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 Dr. Robert Arnold, palliative care specialist at UPMC, consults with Dr. Jordan Keen, a palliative care fellow, while treating patient Jim Salathe III, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

'Hospice? I’m way better than that': The human touch of palliative care

Over decades, Dr. Robert Arnold has pioneered ways to deliver the right medicine for the very sick, emphasizing comfort and communication.

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Florida police officer killed; shooting suspect in custody

Officer Charles Kondek, 45, was gunned down in Tarpon Springs, about 30 miles northwest of Tampa, after responding to a call around 2 a.m.

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 The rotunda in the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg

When outside interests and legislative matters collide

There sometimes is overlap between Pennsylvania legislators’ official duties and outside interests.

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Ride-share questions to carry into 2015

Officials are still trying to determine how to regulate the new industry.

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  In this file April 5, 2011, file photo, Jami Cash, daughter of dead coal miner Michael Elswick, attends a vigil following the Upper Big Branch memorial service in Whitesville, W.Va., for the 29 coal miners killed in an explosion at the mine in Montcoal, W.Va.

U.S. coal mines nearing record low in worker deaths

Federal mine safety officials credit changes they've made since the Upper Big Branch disaster in April 2010.

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 In this December 2012 file photo, the former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, center, is crowned

Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia

The three-time world heavyweight champion, who is battling Parkinson's, is being treated by his team of doctors and is in stable condition.

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North Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking

The proposal was seen by analysts as a typical ploy by the North to try to show that it is sincere.

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Ohio moves to make elections more competitive

A state legislative election proposal could have an indirect impact on congressional districts because they are drawn by state lawmakers.

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U.S. to focus college rating system on value

Federal rating system for colleges would help parents guide their children to schools whose graduates make a good living,

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Raul Castro: Don't expect detente to change Cuban system

Also appearing before parliament, shaking their fists in victory, were three convicted spies just released from long U.S. prison terms.

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Congress finishes up, its members still grumbling

Its modest achievements were overshadowed by partisan gridlock, investigations and sharp clashes capped by a government shutdown.

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Four Afghans released from Guantanamo Bay prison

The transfer fulfilled a request from the new Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, in what U.S. officials characterized as a show of goodwill.

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 Al Darago, 89, a Battle of the Bulge veteran, sits at home in Parkeville, Md., where he hangs his Distinguished Service Cross. During the battle, he said he blew up a tank with a bazooka.

Remembering the Bulge: Infamous WWII battle forced soldiers to improvise

The infamous world War II battle forced Albert Darago and others to improvise.

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Mississippi attorney general retreats after lawsuit by Google

The company contends Mississippi’s Jim Hood was improperly influenced by Hollywood studios that are trying to crack down on pirated movies.

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 In this image provided by the Imperial War Museum, World War I German and British soldiers stand together on the battlefield near Ploegsteert, Belgium, during Decemer 1914. Soldiers who had been killing each other by the tens of thousands for months climbed out of their soggy trenches to seek a shred of humanity amid the horrors of World War I. Hands reached out across the divide and in Flanders Fields a century ago, a spontaneous Christmas truce ever so briefly lifted the human spirit.

Christmas 1914: The day even WWI showed humanity

Soldiers in parts of Belgium and France climbed out of their soggy, muddy trenches to seek a shred of humanity amid the horrors of war

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National Briefs: World War I memorial approved

Plus: Anthrax report issued; Record auto recalls; Bus crash hurts dozens; Negative Ebola test; Obamas start vacation.

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World Briefs: Drone strike kills militants in Pakistan

Plus: Kurdish fighters break siege; Ebola cases still rising; Russia derides sanctions; French police attacked.

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 The driver of this truck was killed in 2008 when his rig overturned on Interstate 79.

Is that big rig road worthy?

Trucks have become safer to drive than ever. So why are they involved in so many accidents?

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 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

Refusniks: some attorneys general play a new role, declining to enforce laws

Are attorneys general nationwide showing discretion, or abdication, when they refuse to uphold laws they deem unconstitutional?

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Eyewitness 1864: Theft ring used kids to steal lead in Lawrenceville

Three adults were arrested and charged with buying stolen lead, often in the form of bullet-shaped rifle balls pilfered by boys employed at

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 The rotunda of the state capitol in Harrisburg.

Recusals are rare in the Pennsylvania Legislature

Pennsylvania lawmakers rarely abstain from voting on legislation related to their outside interests.

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 At least 36 of Pennsylvania's 50 senators and more than half of the state’s 203 representatives have second jobs or other outside financial interests, excluding a spouse’s salary, according to a recent Post-Gazette review.

Pennsylvania state legislators are free to pursue outside interests

Pennsylvania’s “full-time” legislators often have outside income, with little disclosure or oversight.

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Retroactive Duquesne degree stirs controversy at Tennessee community college

Departing president’s top assistant had been hired without required credentials.

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 Juliann Maier, 46, of Ross, faces trial in Common Pleas Court on multiple charges including reckless endangerment and reckless driving.

Authority fires bus drivers over crash

Port Authority has fired two bus drivers who face criminal charges in connection with a Sept. 22 crash on the Parkway North.

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Allegheny County schools show little change in test scores

The release of test scores for 2013-14 show that scores among the schools for the most part hovered close to where they were a year ago.

2 days ago

 Penguins winger Beau Bennett started showing symptoms two days after he visited Children's Hospital.

Children’s Hospital examining policies on infections

The Pittsburgh Penguins had some concerns about mumps after playing teams with stricken players but visited the hospital anyway.

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State review of emails finds no additional improprieties

Other than pornographic emails, a state Supreme Court review found no improper email between the court and Attorney General’s office.

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 Ringing in the holidays: the valuable jewelry donated to the Salvation Army in Boston

Holiday donation to Salvation Army has a nice ring to it

A former Salvation Army bell ringer is paying $21,000 for rings that a widow placed inside a red donation kettle in Boston.

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Wolf team announces inaugural festivity plans

Tom Wolf will be sworn as the state’s 47th governor on Jan. 20.

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 President Barack Obama speaks at his end-of-the-year news conference in Washington, D.C.

Obama pans Sony on 'The Interview'

The president spoke at his end-of-the-year press conference.

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Sony defends shelving of 'The Interview' after Obama criticism

Sony Pictures Entertainment’s chief executive on Friday rebuked the president’s comment that the company made a “mistake.”

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Obama says Cuba deal will eventually help ‘hermetically sealed’ island

President Barack Obama predicted Friday that change will come to Cuba with a thaw in diplomatic relations between the two nations.

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