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 State data showing rapidly increased gun sales indicate that Pennsylvanians, who have long had a tradition of sports firearms, are increasingly acquiring handguns, the type of weapon traditionally associated with self-protection.

Study: Majority of Americans prefer gun rights over expanded gun control

In Pennsylvania, the rise in gun sales and transfers over the last few years has been dramatic.

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 The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Homewood branch hosted the first Buzzword Pittsburgh event on Saturday.

Buzzword Pittsburgh gets the word out in Homewood

An early childhood education program, supported by the PNC Foundation, engages kids to build vocabulary.

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 Carlow University student Danah Richter, who is deaf, will be graduating with an undergraduate degree in social work. She plans to help people with hearing disabilities bridge both worlds.

She cannot hear, but she thrived at Carlow University

Danah Richter, deaf since early childhood, earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Carlow with honors.

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 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton at a campaign stop in Iowa earlier this month.

How will a woman running for president in 2016 be portrayed?

To keep an eye on political discourse, the Center for American Women and Politics has launched the Presidential Gender Watch 2016 project.

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Tussle over direction of Pa. ride share legislation

State senators are working on competing bills that could be rolled into one.

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 Crown Prince Alexander II and Princess Katherine, of Serbia, visited Pittsburgh at the home of Dr. Robert and Eugenia Friedlander of Shadyside.

Crown prince of Serbia seeks Pittsburgh medical expertise for his homeland

On Saturday afternoon, the man who would be king of Yugoslavia was sitting in a Shadyside living room talking about telemedicine.

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Unclassified Obama emails seen by Russian hackers, officials say

The hackers do not appear to have penetrated closely guarded servers that control the message traffic from President Obama’s BlackBerry.

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Vampire squids: Unusual reproductive habits hint at greater life longevity

Vampire squid can live nearly 2 miles beneath the surface, so much less is known about them than shallower squid.

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Baltimore crowd swells in protest of Freddie Gray’s death

Daily demonstrations have swept across the city since the man, Freddie Gray, died last Sunday, but Saturday’s turnout was among the largest.

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NBC News: Brian Williams embellished stories many times

The investigation, led by NBC News senior executive producer Richard Esposito, may be a factor in network’s decision to rehire Mr. Williams.

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Obituary: Bernard Stollman / Jazz label’s founder

His staunchly independent record label, ESP-Disk, provided an indispensable chronicle of the free jazz of the 1960s.

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National briefs: Funds dry up for Tea Party lawmakers

Plus: Starbucks back online; “American Sniper” flap; truckers in wage dispute; college lockdown ends; coyote caught in NYC.

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World briefs: Bangladesh’s garment jobs sustain losses

Plus: VW chairman to quit; Kerry heads Arctic Council; women’s activist slain; corruption targeted.

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 Caption Contest 261

Caption Contest 261... and the winners of 260

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

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2015 college commencement dates and speakers in Allegheny County

Top NASA administrator Charles F. Bolden Jr. at Pitt, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel at Chatham and eight more.

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 Blue Belt's COO Craig Markovitz, left, and CTO Branislav Jaramaz point out some of the highlights of the Strip District company’s rapid growth.

Blue Belt Technologies taking its robotics worldwide

The Strip District-based company’s Navio system is taking hold in the surgical world.

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Earthquake in Nepal kills more than 1,000 and levels buildings in capital

The earthquake, with an estimated magnitude of 7.8, struck around noon, and residents of Kathmandu ran into the streets as buildings fell.

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 Michael Kobold, of Kobold Watch Company, climbing through the ice fall from Base Camp to Camp 1. Mr. Kobold, along with a group of diplomats from the U.S. and Nepal, was working on the Kathmandu Firetruck Expedition, bringing more fire engines and emergency vehicles to the valley after the earthquake.

Nepalis in Pittsburgh feel the earthquake's shock

In Pittsburgh, a population of native Nepalis and those who have ties to the county shared a feeling of despair Saturday.

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 Superior Court judge candidate Robert J. Colville.

Pa. Superior Court candidates chasing seat formerly held by a parent

Democrats Robert Colville of Allegheny County and Alice Dubow of Philadelphia seek party nomination for Superior Court seat.

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 Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini is retiring in September.

Two Democrats and one Republican compete for Pa. Commonwealth Court position

This year’s race for the uniquely Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court pits three veteran attorneys against each other for one spot.

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Kane taking UPMC-Highmark consent decree dispute to court

The state attorney general plans to file a motion Monday to enforce the consent decree between UPMC and Highmark

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U.S. silence on drone strikes comes under pressure after hostage deaths

The revelation has revived questions about why the White House has been unwilling to provide similar information on other strikes.

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 Paul Mason is treated for an infection in his leg in March at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Mass. Mr. Mason, once known as the world’s fattest man, has since lost two-thirds of his body weight, but he has struggled with the burden of almost 100 pounds of excess skin, and hopes for surgery soon.

Docs with Pittsburgh ties prepare for high-profile surgery

They will remove up to 100 pounds of excess skin from a man who once weighed nearly 900 pounds but has since lost 650 pounds.

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 Bruce Jenner in September 2013.

Bruce Jenner comes out as transgender: ‘I am a woman’

The Olympic gold-medal winner said that he has felt this way all his life, during an ABC News “20/20” interview.

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Kids’ smiles at hospital are due to tutus

Doctors, nurses, technicians and receptionists don the colorful layers of tulle as they go about the business of tending to patients.

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Report says higher incomes will feel more of Wolf tax plan

Residents with incomes of more than $100,000 would bear nearly two-thirds of the increased tax burden, according to the report.

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 Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Armenian Apostolic Church leader Catholicos Garegin II walk to attend a memorial service in the Tsitsernakaberd Genocide memorial complex in Yerevan, Armenia on Friday.

As Armenia marks 1915 massacre, Berlin calls it genocide

Turkey denies the killing of up to 1.5 million Armenians in what is now Turkey in 1915 constitutes genocide.

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Terrorist cell had sights on the Vatican, Italy says

Many of the suspects came from the same area in Pakistan, close to where Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011.

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 Attorney General Eric Holder bids goodbye to Justice Department employees as he leaves the Justice Department  in Washington on Friday for the last time as attorney general.

Attorney general bids farewell after 6-year tenure

Eric Holder, a former judge and U.S. attorney, will exit the Justice Department as the third-longest serving attorney general in U.S.

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U.S. data show that mammograms still often begin at 40

In 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force updated its screening guidelines to recommend mammograms every two years for women over 50.

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House threatens to slash defense funding over Bergdahl investigation

The GOP leadership of the House Armed Services Committee has tucked the provision into an early version of an annual defense spending bill.

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Potent ‘spice’ drug fuels rise in visits to emergency room

“Spice” is the street name for a family of synthetic substances that mimic the effects of marijuana.

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 A shoe lays by the rail tracks north of the central Macedonian town of Veles on Friday near the site where 14 other migrants were killed by a train while walking along the tracks.

Night train kills 14 migrants ‘sleeping’ on Macedonia tracks

Even as thousands risk drowning in the Mediterranean to reach Europe, many gamble with their lives by taking perilous overland journeys.

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World Briefs: Iran moves ships, easing Yemen strain

Plus: Taliban launch offensive; Poland bars bikers; death sentence dodged; and more.

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National Briefs: HIV outbreak intensifies, prompts alert

Plus: stage collapse hurts 16; hazing convictions; stun guns suspended;

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World Malaria Day

United Methodists, led by Bishop Thomas Bickerton of Western Pennsylvania, continue to raise millions to combat malaria worldwide.

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 Heavy drinking and binge drinking by women is up dramatically in many parts of the country, and some counties in the Pittsburgh area.

Rise in heavy drinking by women emerges as public health threat

National study shows higher rates of heavy drinking among women in Pittsburgh and around the country.

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 The interior of the Hawker 400.

OneJet launches new services from Pittsburgh International

Service to Indianapolis International Airport will start May 11 and service to Milwaukee May 4, with a daily flight four times a week.

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McArdle Roadway closed this morning

The road is closed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Part of East Busway out of service this weekend

The work will detour the P1 East Busway-All Stops and the P3 East Busway-Oakland.

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 Grass and weeds grow over the rusted beams supporting the old closed sidewalk of the Kenmawr Bridge.

Plans unveiled for new Kenmawr Bridge

The new bridge will be wider, longer and taller than the current one.

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 Dr. T. Colin Campbell with his son, Nelson Campbell.

Movie review: 'PlantPure Nation' documentary will be shown tonight at Southside Works Theater

The “PlantPure Nation” documentary says government and agribusiness raise skepticism about whole plant food diets despite proven science.

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Genocide debate haunts Turkey 100 years after Armenian killings

As world leaders gather in the Armenian capital of Yerevan today, Turkey’s denials have left the country increasingly isolated.

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 Pennsylvania State Police adopted the Drug Evaluation and Classification program 11 years ago.

Driving while medicated: Pa. officers undergo training to spot a growing problem

Since 2004, about 129 officers from the state police and municipal departments have been certified as Drug Recognition Experts.

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 A tour bus that was carrying Kentucky middle school students erupts in flames on Interstate 70 Thursday morning. No one was injured and the students were evacuated.

Cause of I-70 tour bus fire in Washington County still unknown

Police said bus driver Timothie Newton noticed problems with the bus, pulled onto the shoulder and saw smoke coming from the rear.

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 A child migrant plays on a tricycle outside prefabricated container houses at the Hal Far Tent Village open centre outside Valletta in September 2014.

Europe will boost patrols for migrants

Despite intense pressure, European leaders did not restore a search-and-rescue mission, credited with saving 100,000 lives.

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Obama apologizes for Jan. drone attack

The bungled attack is likely to raise questions about the Obama administration’s extensive use of drones in its war against terrorism.

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 Students walk through a bright, blue entryway that's part of Mt. Lebanon High School's $110 million renovation.

Mt. Lebanon school design lets students take advantage of more academics, activities

All parts of the building now are either renovated or new construction.

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Donor controversies raise old criticisms of Clintons’ fundraising and wealth

But Hillary Clinton’s campaign says that a much of the criticisms is based on “innuendo.”

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 Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks during a news conference Jan. 21 in Philadelphia.

Judge delays contempt hearing for Attorney General Kane

The criminal contempt hearing, which had been scheduled for Monday, will be rescheduled at the request of the attorneys in the case.

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