During the week after Christmas, the Parkway East is scheduled to be closed for four days while crews truck in dirt to create a dirt pillow under the Greenfield Bridge, implode it and haul away the debris and dirt.

Parkway East travelers get a reprieve this weekend

Public works officials hopeful delays in first closure of Parkway East will be rectified in next weekend’s closure.

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 Margaret Cerra works on uneven surfaces with the guidance of physical therapist Mike Tardio during her third week of therapy after having hip replacement surgery at AGH.

Home care program aims to cut hospital readmission rates

Communication between hospitals and post-acute care providers is getting new attention as Medicare escalates penalties against hospitals.

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 The five-month budget stalemate has halted about $7 million in state funds that would have normally gone to food banks around the commonwealth.

Budget standoff has state's food banks looking to hunters for help

Hunters Sharing the Harvest, Pennsylvania’s venison donation program, will mark one million pounds of donated meat this hunting season.

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Russia, France agree to tighten cooperation

The presidents of the two countries will work together to fight against the Islamic State group.

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 Dr. Ben Carson, left, and Alfonso A. Costa in December 2005.

Pittsburgh-area developer, close friend of presidential contender Carson has complex legal history

Alfonso Costa faced a trail of lawsuits as he built around Pittsburgh.

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 A crowd cheers Pope Francis as he meets with Sahle-Work Zewde, the director-general of the United Nations Office at Nairobi, upon his arrival Thursday at the U.N. regional office in Kenya.

Pope says youth should not be ‘radicalized’ to spread terror

On his first day in Africa, Pope Francis focused on the recent terrorist attacks and held an interfaith meeting.

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 Thanks, Aunt Ina.

Local Dispatch: The Christmas ham that got us going

In 1950s, an aunt with a large ham for Christmas dinner motivated 13 of us to pile into a car to visit. And then it began to snow. A lot ...

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 French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, left, and French President Francois Hollande talk to each other as they arrive for a group photo at the France-Oceania summit on the sideline of the Climate Change conference, which starts this week.

Despite terror alert, France gears up for climate talks

Two weeks after the attacks in Paris, France faces a big security challenge, a global mega-conference on climate change.

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 Demonstrators block the intersection of Michigan and Chicago avenues Tuesday as they protest the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald in downtown Chicago.

Black leaders in Chicago push for investigation of police department

A graphic video was released Wednesday of a white police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times.

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Russian-Turkish tensions high over downed warplane

Turkish officials say they had no reason to apologize.

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Some Pennsylvania counties may sue state over budget standoff

At least one already declared it will protest by withholding millions it collects in state real estate transfer taxes and court fees.

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As temperatures rise, glaciers melting faster

Grinnell Glacier is disappearing due to decades of warming temperatures and may not exist as early as 2030.

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World briefs: Mali arrests two suspects linked to hotel attack

Plus: China to revamp military, prime minister says Britons ‘not happy’

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Nation briefs: Donald Trump denies mocking reporter

Plus: Kasem children sue, prison guard arrested, Va. marijuana arrests up, protesters run onto field.

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 Otto Abraham.

Obituary: Otto Abraham / Founded metals supply firm, created scholarship

Mr. Abraham became an avid Pirates fan after immigrating to Pittsburgh with his family in 1939.

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 This 2009 photo provided by ABC shows actor David Canary who played the roles of Adam/Stuart Chandler in the television show “All My Children."

Obituary: David Canary / Star of ‘All My Children’ soap opera for nearly 30 years

Mr. Canary’s first taste of soap-opera drama came in 1965, when he was cast as Dr. Russ Gehring in “Peyton Place.”

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Obituary: Ken Johnson / Houston pitcher who lost no-hitter

Ken Johnson was the only pitcher in major league history to throw a nine-inning no-hitter and still lose.

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 Some Mt. Lebanon residents say they have a right to know, for safety reasons, where deer-control archery hunts are taking place in their community.

State orders Mt. Lebanon to provide locations of deer hunt

The request involves Mt. Lebanon’s contract to pay a nonprofit wildlife management organization to organize a controlled archery hunt.

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TRAFFIC: Friday's Pitt game to restrict parking on North Shore

Also, the Parkway East will close for one more weekend to prepare for the Greenfield Bridge implosion.

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 A protestor marches during a demonstration for 17-year-old Laquan McDonald early Wednesday in Chicago.

Outcry over Chicago teen’s death persists

More than 100 protesters took to the streets Wednesday, marching and chanting through the Loop and blocking traffic.

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Fence-jumper prompts afternoon lockdown at White House

The man was immediately apprehended and taken into custody pending criminal charges, the Secret Service said in a statement.

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Shots fired at Minneapolis police protest second night in a row

Black Lives Matter protesters have been camping out in front of Minneapolis’s 4th Precinct since Nov. 15.

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Maker won’t cut list price of drug after 5,000% hike

Turing caused a furor in September when it acquired the drug and immediately raised the price from $13.50 a tablet to $750 a tablet.

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 An armed police officer stands guard Thursday at the start of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Macy's Thanksgiving parade features balloons, bands, heavy security

Heavy police presence join balloons and floats on parade route.

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 Greetings, friends.

Local Dispatch: Why we still send Christmas cards

One can see how this quaint custom might fade. But when you send someone a real Christmas card, you are also sending a piece of yourself.

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 British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks at the House of Commons in London today, arguing the case for Britain to join air strikes in Syria.

Britain's Cameron says time to bomb militants in Syria

Many Britons are wary of entering into another war in the Middle East.

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Fourth person tracked down in connection with shooting of state trooper

Police say they believe Kaymer Lewis was a passenger in the vehicle that was stopped by troopers prior to the shooting.

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 An Indian man rests in front of an air cooler in May to cool himself on a hot summer day in Hyderabad, in the southern Indian state of Telangana.

U.N. agency: 2015 is hottest year on record

The agency’s chief, Michel Jarraud, said it is likely that the world has now warmed by 1 degree Celsius over pre-industrial times.

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Russia, Kiev trade war worsens as services cut

Following a blackout in Crimea prompted by an explosion, the two countries have traded punitive measures with little restraint.

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 Gen. John Campbell, the top American commander in Afghanistan, speaks Wednesday at a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Soldiers suspended over hospital attack

Gen. John F. Campbell said a probe concluded that “human error” was to blame, compounded by technical, mechanical and procedural failures.

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Pope Francis starts Africa trip despite security concerns

Pop brings peace message to Africa amid security fears.

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 The National Retail Federation estimates about 135.8 million people will shop this weekend.

Holiday shoppers get a head start on Thanksgiving

Most of the more than a dozen major retailers like Macy’s, Target and Kohl’s were sticking with their evening Thanksgiving openings.

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 A Belgium army soldier walks through the Galeries Royal Saint-Hubert today in Brussels.

Brussels terror threat level cut amid raids across Belgium

The prime minister said the cut to level 3 -- the same as the rest of the country -- shows the risk of a terror attack “remains serious.”

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Tensions rise after plane’s downing

Russia said Turkey may have planned the downing of one of its warplanes near the Syrian border.

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 A pair of bear hunters walk up a road last Monday toward a sign marking a game commission's deer hunter focus area at Pennsylvania game lands 74 in Fisher, Clarion County. The Pennsylvania Game Commission hopes more than 30 of these areas across the state will draw more hunters to spots where they’re likely to see more deer when hunting season opens Monday.

Game commission to steer hunters to prime spots

It’s a reversal of past practice, when the board spent hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to erect fences to keep deer out of areas.

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Black Friday retailers pile on discounts to lure shoppers

About 135.8 million Americans are expected to shop in stores or online over the four-day weekend.

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Obituary: George Franklin McGinnis Jr. / Sailor survived typhoon, kamikaze attack in WWII

Mr. McGinnis, 91, formerly of Dravosburg, died Sunday at Sunrise of Upper St. Clair, apparently of a heart problem.

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World briefs: IS claims it bombed bus in Tunisia

PLUS: Taliban leader killed; Hurricane nears Mexico; Myanmar search ends; S. Korea nuclear pact.

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National briefs: Hate crimes show decline since 2004

PLUS: feds warn Georgia; Weed killer withdrawal; Flu vaccine booster; New catfish rules; Trooper leaves hospital.

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 Syrian refugees raise two babies as they arrive on a dinghy on the Greek island of Lesbos, September 14, 2015.

Christian coalition in Pittsburgh urges U.S. to accept more refugees

The statement by the executive committee of Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania counters calls to restrict Syrian Muslims.

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 A motorist maneuvers around a Port Authority bus during rush hour along Fifth Avenue in Oakland.

Viewing Oakland through the windshield of a Port Authority bus driver

If the perils of the traffic in Oakland make professional Port Authority bus drivers nervous, imagine what they do to regular motorists.

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 Motorists will get a reprieve from Parkway West lane restrictions this holiday weekend.

TRAFFIC: Motorists get weekend reprieve from Parkway West work

The Parkway East will close for one more weekend -- Dec. 4 through 6 -- to prepare for the Greenfield Bridge implosion.

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 Nan Beachem gets a hug from her daughter, Kyree, at their Ellwood City home in October. The rolling backpack, right, goes everywhere Kyree goes, carrying the medicine she needs to live.

Ellwood City girl, 8, receives quadruple organ transplant

Kyree Beachem, an 8-year-old girl from Ellwood City with Kyree’s Dream Team Facebook page, received a quadruple organ transplant Wednesday.

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 President Barack Obama speaks from the White House today to brief the American public on the nation's homeland security situation heading into the holiday season.

Obama may ignore ban by Congress on Gitmo transfers

The president spoke from the White House today shortly after meeting with his national security team.

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 Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks at a news conference earlier this year in Philadelphia.

Senate urged to examine removal of AG

The state Constitution provides for the removal of officeholders through a vote of two-thirds of the Senate and action by the governor.

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 Former 'Two and a Half Men' star Charlie Sheen said last week that he is HIV-positive.

Activists raise awareness of HIV pill that lowers risk

A daily pill that can slash the risk of HIV remains an unknown to thousands of primary care doctors and nurses, a federal agency cautioned.

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 Peters teachers union members picket Oct. 28 after contract talks broke off late the evening before.

Peters students, teachers to return to class day after Thanksgiving

Friday is the final day of a month-long strike by the district’s 285 teachers.

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 Investigators and firefighters work the scene of a fire and shooting Tuesday in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia traffic stop ends in bloodshed, burning bus

Trooper Patrick R. Casey suffered a “flesh wound” to his shoulder, state police Capt. James Raykovitz said.

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Judicial board to decide whether to charge justice in email scandal

Justice Eakin is under investigation for his role in an explicit email ring that also involved other judge.

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 A woman, who was seen on video, arrived at the Holy Jesus Child Church in Richmond Hill, Queens, on Monday with a newborn, who was left behind in an empty manger scene.

Healthy newborn found abandoned in Nativity scene at NYC church

The parish priest, the Rev. Christopher Ryan Heanue, 28, said he could think of no better place to leave a baby

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