Europe baffled and bemused by Trump's presidential bid

His bid to become president of the United States has got people scratching their heads.

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 A Palestinian man inspects a house Friday that was badly damaged from a suspected attack by Jewish extremists on two houses at Kafr Duma village in the West Bank.

Jewish extremists suspected in West Bank fire

A Palestinian toddler died Friday in a firebombing of a house in the West Bank that was being attributed to extremist Jewish settlers.

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Trade ministers fail to seal the deal on Pacific pact

Trans-Pacific Parnership trade pact talks foundered Friday in Hawaii over contentious access and tariff disputes.

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 Dylann Roof

Suspect in Charleston killings indicates desire to plead guilty

The accused killer of nine people in Charleston, S.C., church wants to plead guilty to federal charges.

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 A banner hangs Friday at the Castaways Marina with pictures of Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen.

'Gut-wrenching' decision: Search for teens suspended

The U.S. Coast Guard on Friday evening reluctantly ended its weeklong search in the Atlantic for two missing teenage fishermen.

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Richard E. Fuhrer / Insurance exec’s other passion was golf

Former Oakmont Country Club president died of Parkinson’s disease.

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 President Barack Obama signs the three-month highway funding bill Friday in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.

Monster of a fall awaits Congress after summer break

President Barack Obama on Friday signed a short-term transportation funding bill but scolded lawmakers.

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 Ray Tensing

2 backup officers at DuBose shooting scene won’t be charged

Two University of Cincinnati officers who arrived after a colleague shot and killed an unarmed black driver won’t be charged for lying.

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WHO: Ebola vaccine appears to be effective

An Ebola vaccine tested in Guinea has proven effective in a preliminary study, the World Health Organization announced Friday.

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World briefs: Plane debris to be checked in France

Plus: Lion killer’s extradition; rift appears among Taliban; Kerry travels to Egypt;  migrant crisis; war crimes case.

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 Heather Arnet.

Democrats officially nominate Arnet as candidate for state Senate seat

Ms. Arnet will face Republican Guy Reschenthaler in a November special election.

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 Joni Rabinowitz holds a sign during a rally on Grant Street by people advocating for a single payer health care system. About 75 people took part in the rally, which began outside UPMC headquarters and ended at Highmark.

Activists celebrate 50 years of Medicare

Organizers with labor unions and other groups vowed to lobby again to dismantle commercial insurers.

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Route 28 ramp to 31st Street Bridge closing tonight

The ramp will close from 8 tonight until 8 a.m. Saturday for pavement repairs.

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Route 51 construction to stall traffic this weekend

Delays are possible starting at 7 p.m.

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TSA finds firearm in luggage at Pittsburgh International Airport

The .380-caliber Sig Sauer, which had one bullet chambered, is the 10th firearm found in carry-on luggage this year at PIT, Mr. McCarthy

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 Donald Trump is at the head of a Republican presidential field that includes eight current or former governors and four current or former Senators.

GOP candidates who solicited from Donald Trump now reluctantly criticize him

During the year that Gov. Chris Christie was head of the Republican Governors Association, Mr. Trump gave $250,000.

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 More lanes like this one heading into Downtown are planned for Oakland.

More bike lanes coming to Oakland streets

Seeking to accommodate an increasing number of bicycle riders, Pittsburgh plans to install new bike facilities this summer.

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Experts attempt to link debris to missing Malaysian airliner

Investigators caution that it will take more time to determine if the debris is from vanished flight MH370.

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 Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing, second from left, appears before Judge Megan Shanahan at Hamilton County Courthouse Thursday for his arraignment in the shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose in Cincinnati.

Former officer pleads not guilty in campus shooting death

People in the courtroom erupted into cheers and clapped when officer Ray Tensing’s bond was set at $1 million, drawing the ire of the judge.

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 Howard Fineman, right, with his son, Nick, at PNC Park before throwing out the first pitch at Sunday’s Pirates game.

Local Dispatch: Why Pittsburgh remains my home plate

Pittsburgh native and national journalist Howard Fineman tossed the first pitch at PNC Park Sunday. His love for his hometown ever deepens.

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 Woodland Hills High School

Woodland Hills recognized for discipline policies

The superintendent and members of the staff were chosen to participate in a day-long White House school discipline summit.

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Afghan Taliban confirms Mullah Omar’s death, appoints his successor

The Afghan Taliban Shura, or Supreme Council, chose Mullah Omar’s deputy, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, as its new leader.

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Senate passes a highway bill, but only for three months

Some senators expressed dismay that they were approving another short-term solution — instead of passing a long-term highway spending bill.

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 Matt Peters of Hazelwood joins about 100 people for a Pittsburgh Chapter of the Sierra Club rally to support the EPA's Clean Power Plan on Thursday in the courtyard of the Allegheny County Courthouse, Downtown.

Rally urges elected officials to support Obama's Clean Power Plan

Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is expected to be announced Monday.

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U.S.-trained anti-Islamic State commander kidnapped in Syria

The reported kidnapping is likely to be a new blow to the troubled  program, which in its first year has trained only about 60 fighters.

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Trump’s plan to deport 11 million faces obstacles

Donald Trump has never said how he intends to find the illegal immigrants he wishes to deport.

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Nation briefs: Pentagon plans to arm more stateside troops

Plus: Ruling on detainees, Lion killing investigated, Biden pushes Iran deal, Rapidly spreading brushfire in Calif.

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Federal government to make inmates eligible for Pell grants

In 1994, Congress amended the Higher Education Act to eliminate Pell Grant eligibility for inmates in federal and state prison.

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Zimbabwe calls for extradition of Cecil the lion's killer

Walter Palmer, a dentist in the Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington, has admitted killing the 13-year-old predator.

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Donaldson's Crossroads Sewage plant set for facelift

A new plan for the 50-year old Peters township plant would increase capacity by about 45 percent.

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Collier commissioners say no to rezoning proposal

They denied a request by Woodville Associates to rezone 24 acres of land for a townhouse plan.

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Obituary: Mary Alice Smith / Longtime voice at area religious services

In the 1960s, Mary Alice Smith was half of the singing Bel Canto Duo and the voice behind religious services all around Pittsburgh.

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New restrooms to be installed at Steel Valley's Park Elementary

At their meeting Monday, the Steel Valley School District approved new restrooms that will be more accessible to students with disabilities.

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 John Turchek is a professor of computer and information systems at RMU.

Newsmaker you should know / IBM bestows faculty award on Robert Morris professor

This is the second time John Turchek has received the honor, which grants him $40,000 to spend at the university.

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Highmark initiative helps patients find 'Dr. Right'

Two hundred South Hills residents were on hand, along with many physicians in a variety of specialties.

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Mt. Lebanon starts awareness campaign for drivers, bikers — and walkers

The commission held a meeting to address developing a safer environment for all three.

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Genealogy courses at La Roche College attract people from all over the U.S.

More than 160 people from all over the country and Canada gathered last week at La Roche College to learn about genealogy.

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Plus: Jury chosen for trial; Fighter jet ready; Guantanamo lobbying; Clinton emails released; $25 ATM limit in Kansas; Fla. panthers at

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West school news: Montour, Moon Area, South Fayette, Sto-Rox

School news from Pittsburgh region’s west communities.

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Lane restrictions possible on Parkway North

Restrictions will occur from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in both directions between Perrysville Avenue and a point one mile north of Camp Horne Road.

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Filming closes Thompson Run Road in Ross until Saturday

Traffic will be detoured and Ross police will be stationed at the barricades.

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Bridge on W. Ohio Street to be closed for part of day

The West Ohio Street Bridge in the city’s Allegheny West neighborhood will be temporarily closed today.

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Long-term traffic shift starts on McKnight Road

Traffic will be restricted to a single lane in both directions on a section of McKnight Road in McCandless.

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 There are more than 70 railroad bridges in Allegheny County.

Sen. Casey calls for more federal rail bridge inspectors

The senator’s office said only one inspector is assigned to 919 train bridges in Pennsylvania.

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 Pittsburgh City Council President Bruce Kraus ntroduced the legislation.

Noise ordinance for Pittsburgh neighborhoods headed for passage

The new law extends protections to all residential properties, whereas the existing law covers only residential zones.

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 Rep. Dan Frankel talks about the stalemate with the state budget in Harrisburg. He spoke at  the Allegheny County Courthouse.

Democratic leaders warn of consequences if Pennsylvania budget impasse isn't resolved

The budget impasse could stanch the flow of $33 million per month to human services providers, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said.

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 The Pennsylvania School Boards Association supports a delay in using the Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement.

Testing under scrutiny in Pennsylvania House hearing

A panel heard hours of testimony raising concerns about testing requirements.

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 Stephanie McMahon said she's "extremely humbled and privileged" to join the board.

WWE's Stephanie McMahon joins Children's Hospital Foundation board

Ms. McMahon and WWE became involved with Children's Hospital after meeting 8-year-old Connor Michalek, a Hampton child battling a rare

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 Yellow Cab at a parking lot.

PUC denies Yellow Cab’s requested surcharge

The fare increase would have been Yellow Cab's first since 2008, according to the PUC filing.

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 Alan Lesgold has been at Pitt since 1971.

Longtime Pitt education dean will step down

Alan Lesgold worked to increase collaborations between the school and Pitt’s Learning Research and Development Center.

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