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 Fitness trackers like, from left, Fitbit Force, Jawbone Up, Fitbug Orb, and the Nike FuelBand SE, can carry security risks.

Surveillance Society: Wearable fitness devices often carry security risks

The devices log vast amounts of data, tracking number of calories burned, heart rate and sleep patterns among other information.

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 Parents often battle their children to eat healthy foods. So suggesting that picky eating might indicate that the child has avoidant-restrictive food-intake disorder might lead to some overreaction.

Could picky eating be a sign of anxiety and depression?

A Duke University study says 20 percent of children are such picky eaters that they could face impairments.

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 Maj. Tyree C. Blocker, 62, served in the Pennsylvania State Police from 1975 to 2005.

Wolf announces new nominee to head Pa. State Police

Maj. Tyree C. Blocker served in the state police from 1975 to 2005, starting as a trooper before rising through the ranks.

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 In this May 6, photo, cars line up as an attendant pumps gas at a station in Portland, Ore.

Drop in oil prices pushes down gasoline in Pittsburgh area

Pittsburgh-area pump prices have been on a steady decline for the last month.

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Obama approves airstrikes to defend rebels in Syria

The broader U.S. rules of engagement, approved July 31, came after rebels fighting IS were attacked by the Nusrah Front.

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Toll collectors to disappear on Beaver Valley Expressway

Drivers would have two options: pay using E-ZPass or have their license plates photographed and be billed by mail.

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 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry speak at a press conference Sunday after their meeting at the foreign ministry in Cairo, Egypt.

After hiatus, U.S., Egypt resume security talks

The talks were kept on hiatus until now amid political unrest that swept the country in the wake of the Arab Spring.

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 Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting Sunday in Jerusalem.

Netanyahu vows ‘zero tolerance’ for Jewish extremists

Israel’s security cabinet approved new measures Sunday against Israelis who attack Palestinians.

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 Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks Sunday during a rally in Montreal.

Canada’s Harper calls for elections amid economic ills

Prime Minister Stephen Harper broke with Canadian political tradition by formally opening the campaign in the middle of summer.

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 The final version of Mr. Obama’s plan imposes stricter carbon dioxide limits on states than was previously expected.

Obama unveils final version of power plant emission plan

The president said the unprecedented carbon dioxide limits are the “single most important step” America has taken to fight climate change.

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Obama issuing stricter plan to curb industrial emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency will finalize measures that promise to upend a century of electrical power generation.

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As violence rises in Baltimore, 10 federal agents stepping in

The agents detailed to the city represent a “flipping of the script of sorts,” interim police Commissioner Kevin Davis said.

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Zimbabwe orders all hunters to 'withdraw' after killing of Cecil

The move comes amid global protests at the death of Cecil, who was a draw for tourists at the nation’s biggest animal sanctuary.

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 In this Dec. 5, 2014 file photo, NAACP President Cornell William Brooks, right, walks with supporters as he nears completion of a 130-mile march from Ferguson, Mo., to the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City to protest the police shooting of Michael Brown. Brooks said that measures passed by states in response to the events in Ferguson are just the beginning of what need to be done on criminal justice reform.

Ferguson spurs 40 new state measures; activists want more

National civil rights leaders praised the steps taken by states but said they aren’t enough to solve the racial tensions and economic

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 A car drives by HitchBOT, a hitchhiking robot on July 17 in Marblehead, Mass.

Traveling robot ends trip early after being damaged in Phila.

The kid-size hitchBOT set out to travel cross-country after successfully hitchhiking across Canada in 26 days last year and parts of Europe.

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 Hungry? Don't forget to eat at Primanti's.

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: An all-purpose travel story about great, gritty Pittsburgh

Travel writers, save your fingers: Cut and paste this handy, cliche-ridden paean to Pittsburgh, which everyone likes now for some reason.

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Obituary: Arthur J. 'Art' Keenan / Stephen Zappala’s ‘go-to guy’ in DA’s office

Mr. Keenan, of Kennedy, had been the community liaison in the district attorney’s office after a long career with U.S. Steel sales.

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 To the consternation of many GOP traditionalists, the brash Donald Trump remains solidly atop the polling averages.

Previewing the GOP Cleveland debate: Who will make the cut?

The averages that 17 candidates have recorded in national polls will determine which 10 get to participate in Thursday’s debate.

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 A handmade backpack by Pittsburgh-based Jenny N. design ($248 at jennyndesign.com).

Back to class bags: A style for every student

Here’s a guide to school bags beyond the traditional backpack for academics at a range of ages. Think outside the bag and try something new!

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Amazon, Wal-Mart settle with New York over toy gun sales

There have been at least 63 shootings, eight fatal, in New York resulting from toy guns mistaken for real weapons since 1994, officials say.

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 Newspapers hang for sale at a stand  carrying headlines about the new leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor, in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday.

Leadership challenged in Afghan Taliban

The brother of the late figurehead of the Taliban on Sunday joined a growing challenge to the extremist group’s newly appointed leader.

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 The affected products have a “Best When Used By” date of between Dec. 29, 2015 and Jan. 4, 2016, followed by the manufacturing codes “S54″ or “S55.”

Kraft recalls cheese singles for possible choking hazard

The voluntary recall involves the 3-pound and 4-pound boxes of Kraft Singles American and White American Pasteurized Cheese.

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World briefs: 178 people rescued from Boko Haram

PLUS: PKK stepping up attacks; Greek markets reopening; Slain journalist tortured?

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National briefs: 13 injured in shooting outside party

PLUS: Legionnaires’ in N.Y.; Tenn. officer shooting; Verizon workers still on job.

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 Paul Klein.

Dems nominate Duquesne University professor for District 11 county council seat

The nomination vote virtually guarantees Paul Klein of Squirrel Hill a full term on council in the seat formerly held by Barbara Daly Danko.

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Parkway West inbound to close nightly at 9 p.m. this week

Nightly closures will begin an hour earlier this week.

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 Qualyn Meade, 20, is a rising sophomore who says Cheyney University gave him a chance to thrive and succeed.

Cheyney University faces enrollment, financial problems

The historically black college in the state system faces declining enrollment and weak finances. Its supporters see decades of underfunding.

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More CCAC students need remedial classes

CCAC data for the high school class of 2014 showed 78 percent of students from throughout the county needed at least one remedial class.

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Joe Biden said to be taking new look at presidential run

Mr. Biden’s path would not be easy. Mrs. Clinton has enormous support among Democrats inspired by the idea of electing a woman as president.

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 Caption Contest 268

Caption Contest 268 ... and the winners of CapCon 267

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

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 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush rode an Uber car in July after speaking at Thumbtack, an online startup in San Francisco.

Will 2016 be the Uber election?

As Uber continues its explosive growth, it has become a delicate issue in political campaigns.

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Small pool of rich donors dominates election giving

The vast majority of the $388 million backing presidential candidates is being channeled to groups that can accept unlimited contributions.

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 Supporters of a Pakistani religious group 'Jamaat-ud-Dawa' offer funeral prayers for Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar at a mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. Afghanistan's Taliban on Thursday confirmed the death of Mullah Omar, who led the group's self-styled Islamic emirate in the 1990s, sheltered al-Qaida through the 9/11 attacks and led a 14-year insurgency against U.S. and NATO troops. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

New Afghan Taliban leader promises to continue insurgency

An audio message purportedly from Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor came as cracks in the Taliban’s previously united front widened.

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 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton waves as she is introduced before speaking to the National Urban League, Friday, July 31, 2015, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Clinton releases tax, health records on busy Friday afternoon

She emphasized that she came into her wealth later in her life — an effort to draw a distinction with  Jeb Bush, the scion of a rich family.

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 Participants paddle a country boat during a traditional boat race at Dashiachora, in Kurigram enclaves, Bangladesh. Bangladesh and India are going to officially exchange the adversely possessed enclaves Friday midnight where the two neighboring countries will implement the Land Boundary Agreement in line with a deal signed in 1974. (AP Photo)

India, Bangladesh swap border enclaves, settle old dispute

About 50,000 people will finally get a chance to decide which country they wish to be citizens of.

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Iraqis protest electricity shortage during heat wave

Concern about lack of electricity seems to outrank concern over Islamic State among many IIraqis.

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BMW drivers get paid $1,000 to delay charging electric cars when pressure on the grid is high

Utilities are trying to anticipate what will happen if (or when) millions of electric vehicles pour onto city streets and highways.

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 This image made from gun-camera video taken on July 4, 2015 and released by United States Central Command shows an airstrike on a bridge near Islamic State group-held Raqqa, Syria, that was a key transit route for the militants. After billions of dollars spent and more than 10,000 extremist fighters killed, the Islamic State group is fundamentally no weaker than it was when the U.S.-led bombing campaign began a year ago, American intelligence  agencies have concluded. (U.S. Central Command via AP)

Despite bombing, Islamic State is no weaker than a year ago

The military campaign has prevented Iraq’s collapse and put the Islamic State under increasing pressure in northern Syria.

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 Blanche Dunik

Obituary: Blanche Dunik / Longtime South Side crossing guard always cared for others

Longtime South Side resident Blanche Dunik knew how to lend a hand and keep a secret.

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World briefs: Zimbabwe bans hunting of big game

Plus: A wing flap suspected to be from missing Malaysia Airlines plane tested; Palestinian protester dies; more news from around the world.

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National briefs: Raging fires roust hundreds in northern Calif.

Plus: Texas trooper’s record examined; Texas attorney general indicted; and more news from around the country.

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 David King, left, and his attorney Matthew Heron at the Debt Doctors office on Penn Avenue on Thursday, July 16, 2015. Mr. King, of Leetsdale, has turned to Mr. Heron, a bankruptcy lawyer, to help him manage his student debt while supporting his family.

Student loan debtors using Chapter 13 bankruptcy to buy time on payments

Bankruptcy is an option, but often only a temporary fix for people facing large monthly bills.

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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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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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 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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Obituary: Richard E. Fuhrer / Insurance executive’s other passion was golf

The former Oakmont Country Club president was protective of the club’s reputation and integrity.

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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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