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 French President Francois Hollande addresses the media at the end of an EU summit in Brussels, early on Aug. 31 The European Union is giving Russia a one-week ultimatum to scale back its intervention in Ukraine or face additional economic sanctions.

EU sets Russia ultimatum, threatens sanctions

Despite tough rhetoric decrying Russia over Ukraine, EU leaders stopped short of imposing new sanctions against Moscow right away.

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 Third-graders read books after a tour at the library during the first day of school at Highcliff Elementary School in Ross. Instead of two larger and five smaller elementary schools, North Hills School District has four comparably sized, renovated elementary schools where the district can offer similar academic opportunities, better balance class sizes and have room for full-day kindergarten as well as separate spaces for art, music and library.

Allegheny County school districts resize, close schools as population shifts

Most school districts face the challenge of declining enrollment. There are no easy solutions as school boards look for cuts.

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 Data submitted by oil and gas operators on the amount of drilling cuttings and fracking fluid sent to Pittsburgh-area landfills don’t match up to reporting required of landfills. The DEP has opened an investigation into drillers’ under-reporting of the landfill waste.

Shale drillers’ landfill records don’t match those of Pennsylvania DEP

Shale drillers are under-reporting how much waste they send to landfills, and the DEP has launched an investigation to standardize

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 Women pick through scraps of fabric and jute in Kashimpur, Bangladesh. They wade through wet and often soiled scraps, making less money than garment workers.

In Bangladesh's garment factories, workers face an uphill battle for better safety

American Eagle joined a broad effort to improve conditions for Bangladeshi garment workers, following two deadly accidents. Is it working?

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Eyewitness 1864: Editors assail Lincoln for his re-election bid

The local paper was among President Abraham Lincoln’s persistent critics.

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 Gov. Tom Corbett's public schedule Monday will feature appearances around but not in the Labor Day Parade in Downtown Pittsburgh, after a dispute between two unions that had invited him and parade organizers, who balked at what they characterize as his anti-labor record in Harrisburg.

Shrinking organized labor to show political clout in Pittsburgh parade

While his opponent, Democrat Tom Wolf, will join marchers on Monday, Gov. Tom Corbett will appear at rallies Downtown and in Banksville.

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 Clairton Mayor Rich Lattanzi wants to use Act 47 money to tear down vacant buildings like the ones behind him along St. Clair Avenue.

Sweeping changes to Act 47 proposed in Harrisburg

State legislators are looking to change the program to help towns in financial distress, mainly by setting time limits for the designation.

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 Russell Karl

Obituary: Russell Karl / Nuclear physicist, WWII veteran and lifelong educator

Mr. Karl, who was also a classically trained cellist, had a natural affinity for learning and sharing knowledge of all kinds.

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 CapCon 244.

Caption contest 244 ... and the winners of 243

Stacy Innerst is the artist. You are the caption writer.

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Obituary: Sandy Wilson / Composer of 'The Boy Friend' who made Julie Andrews a star

His agent, Nick Quinn, confirmed the death but did not disclose the cause.

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 John Davis received a bill twice from UPMC for a dermatology visit.  He was billed by the physician and by UPMC St. Margaret  even though he saw the dermatologist at the office building behind him, not at the hospital.

Hospital billing practices raise ire

John Davis scheduled a routine exam with his dermatologist. Then he received two bills — one from his physician, one from UPMC St. Margaret.

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Obituary: Chung Eun-yong / Amassed evidence of mass killings by American troops during the Korean War

Over the years Mr. Chung amassed evidence that U.S. troops had systematically killed more than 100, and possibly as many as 400, civilian

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 John A. Walker Jr. is escorted in 1985 by a U.S. marshal to the Montgomery County Detention Center in Rockville, Md., after a pretrial hearing in Baltimore.

Obituary: John A. Walker Jr. / Led family spy ring for Soviets, America's 'most notorious Naval spy'

The American sold Navy secrets to the Soviets for 18 years in what has been described as one of the most damaging espionage operations of

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 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a news conference Saturday in Tehran, Iran. Mr. Rouhani called Western sanctions an “invasion” after Washington imposed existing sanctions on more than 25 businesses, banks and individuals suspected of working to expand Iran’s nuclear program, support terrorism and help Iran evade U.S. and international sanctions. Iran’s state TV also said the move violated an interim agreement reached with world powers under which Western nations agreed to ease sanctions in exchange for Iran curbing its nuclear activities. However, Friday's action did not constitute an expansion of the sanctions regime.

Iran's president walks a tightrope between hardliners and reformers

For more than a year, Iran’s president had been walking a tightrope by trying to restore relations with the country’s archenemy, the U.S.

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 Sophia McIntosh stands for a photo outside a construction site where she works as a shop steward in New York. The latest federal data show about 7.1 million Americans were employed in construction-related occupations last year and only 2.6 percent were women.

Women have made few inroads in landing good construction jobs

About 7.1 mil­lion Amer­i­cans were em­ployed in con­struc­tion-re­lated oc­cu­pa­tions last year — and only 2.6 per­cent were women.

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 Novartis India Limited’s main headquarters in Mumbai, India. A new study released Saturday shows that an experimental Novartis drug, which does not have a name, lowered the chances of death or hospitalization by about 20 percent.

Heart failure drug shows promise

The first-of-a-kind, experimental drug by Novartis lowered the chances of death or hospitalization by about 20 percent, a new study reports.

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U.S. airstrikes target militants besieging northern Iraq town

The Pentagon announced the expanded strikes as well as airdrops of food, water and humanitarian aid to the town of Amerli.

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Senate Dems push black voter turnout

With their Senate majority imperiled, Democrats are trying to mobilize African-Americans outraged by the shooting in Ferguson, Mo.

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Vote in Scotland could banish Britain’s nuclear submarines

For decades, Britain’s contribution to the threat of global Armageddon has found a home on the tranquil shores of Gare Loch.

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Massachusetts puts fate of its casinos, maybe more, on the line

Voters in Massachusetts may do something that voters nowhere else have done, at least in a century: slam on the brakes on casino gambling.

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World Briefs: Syria rebels, U.N. clash

PLUS: Pakistan crisis talks set; Palestinian deadline plan; 5 lost in mine rescue; bomb targets spy HQ; Hong Kong showdown.

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National Briefs: More protests over shooting

PLUS: Obama pushes federal wage hikes; teachers' jobs ruling; mobile home fire kills 6; sand cave-in kills child.

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West Hardies Road to reopen tonight in Hampton

West Hardies Road in Hampton, which has been closed since July 21, is scheduled to reopen tonight, weather permitting.

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 Tom Wolf, Democratic candidate for governor, talks Friday during a break in a tour of  the Bidwell Training Center on the North Side.

Wolf says he would consider a traditional Medicaid expansion

Democratic nominee for governor took a tour Friday of the Bidwell Training Center on the North Side.

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 Sunset against at the Pittsburgh Skyline as viewed from the overlook in Schenley Park.

Pittsburgh is nation's 19th-most liberal city, study finds

The Steel City leans, if even just a bit, further left than the Mile High City. Yes, you read that right, er, correctly.

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Obituary: Burkart Holzner / Former head of Pitt University Center for International Studies

The German-born scholar of sociology, dedicated to global understanding, came to Pitt in 1960 and served for 20 years as head of UCIS.

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UN urges US to stop police brutality after Missouri shooting

The United Nations’ racism watchdog on Friday urged the United States to halt the excessive use of force by police.

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 The UPMC logo atop of the U.S. Steel Tower.

UPMC staff working in clinical areas will be required to get flu shots

Employees who decline vaccination for medical or religious reasons would be required to wear a mask within six feet of patients or staff.

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 An image grab taken from a video uploaded on Thursday shows young men in underwear being marched barefoot along a desert road before being allegedly executed Wednesday by Islamic State militants at an undisclosed location in Syria's Raqa Province.

Obama: No plan for Islamic State

Instead, the president said in a White House news conference, he has asked the Pentagon to prepare options.

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 NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

NFL takes tougher stand on domestic violence

The about-face by Roger Goodell, the most powerful executive in U.S. sports, was stunning in its earnestness and clarity.

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 Pro-Russian separatists walk past an unmarked grave Thursday at Savur-Mohyla, a hill east of the city of Donetsk.

Russia sends tanks, troops into eastern Ukraine

Russian tanks and troops fired their way into eastern Ukraine on Thursday and seized a strategic gateway town.

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 Former Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis

Pennsylvania eyes purchasing email archiving system

Documents would be preserved for litigation and Right-to-Know reviews.

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East Allegheny teachers to strike Tuesday

The district said the school calendar will be adjusted, including a move of the planned June 12 commencement.

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 Shooting instructor Charles Vacca stands next to a 9-year-old girl at the Last Stop shooting range in White Hills, Ariz., on Monday. The girl accidentally shot and killed her shooting instructor with an Uzi when the weapon's strong recoil caused her to lose control of her aim, police said.

Gun experts: Arizona instructor didn’t follow protocol in fatal incident

But firearms safety experts say there’s no reason children cannot be taught how to safely handle a firearm.

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 Cars travel along the lower PJ McArdle Roadway.

Weather, traffic to heat up Labor Day weekend

Heading into the last holiday weekend of summer, the temperature in Pittsburgh has yet to reach 90 degrees. Will that change?

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Sharon Randall: Savor family time all the more for craziness

All families are crazy, which is all the more reason to savor the memories.

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Raves: High school football takes joy of parents to a whole new level

There’s something special about Western Pennsylvania high school football.

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Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association says permanent email deletions should stop now

About 5 million emails pass through the 47 agencies across the state’s executive branch weekly.

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Online list released of water wells Pennsylvania regulators found harmed by drilling

The 243 cases, from 2008 to 2014, include some where a single drilling operation impacted multiple water wells.

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 A Lyft car takes to the road.

Pennsylvania lawmakers push PUC for ride sharing

Ride-sharing issues raised by Uber and Lyft were discussed at a Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission hearing in Harrisburg on Thursday.

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 Famed opera singer Frances Yeend and her husband, pianist, conductor and vocal coach James Benner, in their New York apartment in the 1950s. The couple's vast collection of art and antiques will be auctioned off today and tomorrow in Fairmont, W.Va., by Joe R. Pyle Auctions.

Acclaimed opera singer's antiques go on the auction block

Frances Yeend and her husband, James Benner, antiques and art collection is up for auction this weekend in Fairmont, W. Va.

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Obituary: Margaret M. 'Peg' Fitzgerald / Navy veteran, former nun served as nurse at county jail

Margaret M. “Peg” Fitzgerald’s entire working life was composed of service: to God, her country and to the inmates at the county jail.

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VA secretary orders training review after 'Oscar the Grouch' incident

Secretary Robert McDonald apologized for a benefits office guide that depicted veterans as Sesame Street character “Oscar the Grouch.”

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Mounting fracking foes have oil industry concerned

Texas drillers are ignoring noise plaints, but in Colorado the industry is cutting back on rumbling trucks and trying to curb pollution.

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 Rosa Parks’ Presidential Medal of Freedom, left, and her Congressional Gold Medal are displayed at Guernsey’s auction house, in New York. Howard G. Buffett told The Associated Press that his foundation plans to give the items, which include Ms. Parks’ Presidential Medal of Freedom, to an institute he hasn’t yet selected.

Buffett heir buys Rosa Parks archive

Howard Buffett said he will give the civil rights icon’s items to the museum because “it’s just not right” that they were in a warehouse.

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U.N.: Ebola cases could hit 20,000 in West Africa

The WHO unveiled a new road map for containing the virus, and scientists are fast-tracking efforts to find a treatment or vaccine.

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Shell seeks Alaskan Arctic drilling again

While the plan is just a first step in the pro­cess, it re­flects the en­ergy po­ten­tial in the Arc­tic.

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Satellite phone call may alter search zone for missing Malaysian jet

Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said teams continued to refine the search area.

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Intersection reopens on Valley Brook Road

Valley Brook Road in Peters reopened Thursday after a $4.9 million, 15-month project to reconstruct and realign the intersection.

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Immigration confrontation looms

An Obama executive action on immigration may provoke a GOP federal shutdown.

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