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Proposal declares Jewish homeland

The measure was decried by critics as racist and a threat to democracy.

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Negotiators would extend Iran nuclear talks yet again

American officials finally acknowledged Sunday that the two sides would not reach a deal by today’s deadline.

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 Students wait to enter the Wilkinsburg High School.

Wilkinsburg schools ramp up discipline

The district’s has hastened the implementation of procedures in the wake of two violent incidents with zero tolerance for disruptions.

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Welfare becomes state Department of Human Services today

The name Department of Human Services more accurately reflects that the department does more than handle welfare payments, proponents say.

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 Myra Feduska Gerlach

Obituary: Myra Feduska Gerlach / Elementary school teacher who made subjects come alive

Her husband described her as a teacher who was strict but also someone who could recall what it felt like to be 10 years old.

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Obituary / Colleen M. Pasquale: S. Hills school guidance counselor

Mt. Lebanon guidance counselor served children while fighting breast cancer

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 Police stand guard on Sunday during a demonstration outside the Ferguson Police Department in Missouri.

Anxieties mount as Ferguson waits

Despite preparations for a weekend decision in the Ferguson shooting case, the grand jurors apparently need more time to deliberate.

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GOP steps up offensive on immigration

Congressional Republicans vowed to reverse the president’s move to allow as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants stay temporarily.

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Putin woos Pakistan as old friend India buys U.S. weapons

The Russian president is changing an approach toward the nuclear-powered neighbors that has endured since the Cold War.

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Health care mergers, acquisitions lead surge

Mergers and acquisitions are combining to make 2014 the most active year for health care deals in at least two decades.

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Cleveland boy shot by police dies; gun he waved was fake

Officers ordered the boy, 12, to raise his hands, police said, but he refused and reached for a gun in his waistband.

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Small quake shakes Dallas area, stirring fracking critics

The epicenter of the magnitude 3.3 quake was near the border of the cities of Dallas and Irving, near the site of the former Texas Stadium.

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Afghanistan lifts ban on night raids

Afghan forces are planning to resume the raids in 2015, and in some cases the raids will include members of U.S. special operations units.

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World briefs: Sweeping U.K. terror law expected

PLUS: Tunisia election; Islamic State attacks; new saints canonized

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National briefs: Admiral denies counterfeiting allegations

PLUS: Obama touts Clinton; Senator slams report.

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 Husband-to-be Charles Manson

Gary Rotstein’s Morning File: Manson wedding might challenge any planner

Planning a Manson wedding has its own special considerations.

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 A rendering shows the proposed design for the Chautauqua Amphitheater.

At Chautauqua Institution, a civilized showdown over preserving 'the Amp'

The debate over how to modernize while respecting historic integrity shows how an influential institution is roiled by modernization.

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 Erik Harker, an operations manager for Enrich Products in Wilkinsburg, demonstrates the Einrich Products Ionization system.

Rush to blame copper-silver water treatment for Legionella?

Health agencies back away from copper-silver water disinfection systems to prevent Legionella, despite being exonerated in investigations.

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 Subra Suresh, the former National Science Foundation director who became president of Carnegie Mellon University last year, poses with 85 of the school’s international students.

Pittsburgh's New Immigrants: CMU president Subra Suresh makes the case for diversity

In the vanguard of Indian-American college presidents, he heads a school with a marked international flavor.

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Suit calls state school funding arbitrary and irrational

New lawsuit filed seeks a judicial order, this time armed with state test results showing schools failing to meet state academic standards.

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Biden mends fences as Turkey, U.S. seek strategy for Syria, Islamic State

After an extended period of public estrangement and sniping, the United States and Turkey have made up.

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Buffalo's revival recipe includes millennials, Elon Musk's SolarCity factory and wide collaboration

Once the snow clears ... the city is banking on a plan that Mayor Byron Brown says will bring 12,000 jobs in the next three years.

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New Medicaid rule could challenge state shift away from nursing homes

Starting this year, a new federal rule will require states to ensure that long-term care alternatives to nursing homes.

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Obama’s action on immigration leaves millions still facing deportation

About half of the people in California who are in the country without authorization are eligible for relief, well over 1 million are not.

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 John Muir circa 1860s

John Muir's legacy questioned

Some doubt the relevance today of an environmentalist who advocated protecting nature in its pristine state.

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Applicants tone down the tweets so colleges can't pry

Admissions officers are more aware of an applicant’s digital fingerprint.

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 Yejee Kim, a 26-year-old master's student at Carnegie Mellon University, plays the violin with Yoga Sebastian Bach, an entry in the Rembacher Chamber Music Competition at CMU's School of Music on Thursday.

Commentary: CMU competition thinks outside the music box

The Rembacher Chamber Music Competition at Carnegie Mellon University encouraged innovation in musical performance.

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National news briefs: Sharpton seeks probe in shooting

Plus: UVA frats suspended; boy with fake gun shot; tribal murder-suicide; police ambushed at fire; Obama golfs with Jeter.

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Finally time for repairs at Capitol Dome

Workers are in the midst of a $60 million effort to fix 1,300 cracks in the 150-year-old cast iron as well as scour and repaint its surface.

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Obama expands Afghan mission

The president’s recent secret order ensures that U.S. troops will have a direct role in fighting in the country for at least another year.

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Cost-of-living raises boost top Pennsylvania officials’ pay

The 1.6 percent increase translates into increases of more than $3,000 for some of the highest-ranking officials.

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GOP fights Obama’s action on immigration

The White House pledged to forcefully sell the overhauls to the American people, while many Republicans vowed to derail his efforts.

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Public complaints prompt Reading officials to replace 'ugly' Christmas tree

A group led by City Council president Francis Acosta has begun raising private funds to replace it with something that’s more impressive.

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 Former Pennsylvania Turnpike CEO Joe Brimmeier pleaded guilty to conflict-of-interest charges.

Experts question results in Turnpike corruption case

Prosecutors and defense attorneys disagree whether the lack of jail sentences signals the Turnpike case wasn’t a worthwhile prosecution.

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Obituary: Gerald Bowman / Longtime Pittsburgh elementary school teacher was a favorite among his students

To students and colleagues alike, he was a father figure and a strong male African-American role model who was both firm and caring.

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Kerry, Iran dig in on nuclear talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, reversed plans to leave Vienna on Friday.

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Robotic leg braces help Marine get Bronze Star

Capt. Derek Herrera had vowed to walk at the event that also marked his retirement after 8½ years in the military.

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Man killed by officer in NYC called ‘‍total innocent’

A rookie New York City police officer shot and killed an unarmed 28-year-old man in a darkened stairwell in Brooklyn late Thursday night.

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Benghazi theories debunked by House Intelligence Committee

A two-year investigation by the GOP-controlled House Intelligence Committee asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.

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Infected Ebola blood stolen in Guinea

Authorities publicly appealed on national radio Friday to the unidentified robbers to hand over the samples stolen from the minibus taxi.

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World briefs: Extremists’ Kobani fight is blunted

PLUS: Russia-China rail sought; China cracks down; Docs show U.K. spying; S. Africa moves rhinos

2 days ago


National briefs: Ferguson awaits report by grand jury

PLUS: Newtown shooting; Buffalo faces flooding; renewable fuels.

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 Peggy Zezza of Forest Hills uses her new smartphone Wednesday to take a picture of the PPG tree lit up and ready for today's Light Up Night.

Pittsburgh's Light Up Night closes streets, detours buses

Light Up Night began at noon today with a tree lighting at the City-County Building, Downtown.

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Weekend paving work scheduled on Route 19 in Ross, McCandless

A variety of traffic shifts and restrictions will be in place as a result, PennDOT announced.

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Route 51 ramp in Jefferson Hills, West Elizabeth to close for weekend

The ramp will close at 6 p.m. today and reopen by 5 a.m. Monday as crews remove a wall and work on signs.

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Bridge repairs to continue on Parkway West in Robinson

The restrictions will be in place after 10 p.m. today and end by 6 a.m. Monday.

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House GOP sues Obama administration over health care law

GOP lawmakers filed the suit the morning after the president announced unilateral executive actions to expand protections for immigrants.

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Agency: Newtown shooter's mental health issues were accommodated, not appropriately treated

Adam Lanza’s social isolation and obsession with mass killings have been detailed by police reports.

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 A recent traveler to West Africa was being evaluated for Ebola at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, but tests showed the patient does not have the virus, the hospital said today.

Hospital: Philadelphia patient does not have Ebola

The announcement came just a few hours after the hospital reported that the patient was being evaluated.

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 Eric Frein exits the Pike County Courthouse in Milford in northeastern Pennsylvania after his arraignment on Oct. 31.

More search warrants released in Frein case

The warrants show police were interested in scouring Eric Frein’s Internet activity, downloads, writings, images, map history and contacts.

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