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 Shop manager Debbie Armstrong adjusts the two-tone dress Friday in a window display of a shop in Lichfield, England.

Science brings clarity to Internet debate on dress’s true colors

Controversy rages even if science can explain it. Is that dress on the Internet gold and white, or blue and black?

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Study finds pedestrian deaths up 40 percent in Pennsylvania

The number of deaths rose from 53 in the first six months of 2013 to 74 during the same period of last year.

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 Iraqi artists held an exhibition on antiquities a day after Islamic State militants posted an online video showing them smashing rare ancient artifacts in a museum, in Baghdad on Friday.

Kurdish fighters rout Islamic State militants from town near Iraq

The victory marks a second blow to the violent Islamic State group in a month, highlighting the growing role of Syria’s Kurds in the fight.

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 The two-tone dress, left, alongside an ivory and black version, made by Roman Originals.

Debate over dress’s color takes Internet by storm

University of Pittsburgh and West Penn Hospital doctors gave color commentary on why people are seeing different colors in an online photo.

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 The Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh in 2007.

Obituary: Theodore M. Hesburgh / Transformed Notre Dame into academic powerhouse

He altered Catholic higher ed, held sway with world leaders, and strengthened the moral authority of civil rights and anti-war movements.

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New name for Namibian town is a tongue-twister

A linguistic storm is brewing in coastal Luderitz, where some residents are protesting plans to change its name to !Nami(hash)nus.

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Congress avoids Homeland Security shutdown with stopgap measure

Passage of a one-week congressional extension of Homeland Security Department funding has averted an agency shutdown with hours to spare.

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Obituary: Earl Lloyd / Broke color barrier of 1950s-era NBA

“Lloyd would forever change how African-Americans would integrate into professional basketball,” according to the Hall of Fame website.

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Sale of closed Hempfield prison to go forward

Sale of a closed prison property in Hempfield should save Pennsylvania $27 million over 10 years, a state official says.

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 Flowers adorn the Hollywood Walk of Fame star of Leonard Nimoy in Los Angeles Friday.

Obituary: Leonard Nimoy / Famous as Mr. Spock on 'Star Trek'

Mr. Nimoy tried to escape his role as Spock on ’Star Trek’  but eventually embraced it, long after the TV series ended.

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Obituary: Robert Potter / College student, avid skier dies in accident on slopes

“One of his dreams was to ski for a whole winter,” said his father, Bob Potter. “His plan was to go back to finish up school.”

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 Aaron Beam, the co-founder and former Chief Financial Officer of HealthSouth, spoke to graduate students at Carlow University on Friday, cautioning them against fraud.

‘I’m a felon’: Former HealthSouth executive cautions students against fraud

Aaron Beam, an ex-CFO, spoke Friday to graduate students at Carlow University about the company’s $2.7 billion book-cooking scheme.

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Prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov shot dead

The death of the former deputy prime minister ignited a fury among opposition figures.

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Britain’s David Cameron defends security services over ‘Jihadi John’

British authorities came under pressure Friday to explain how they let the suspected Islamic State militant slip from their grasp.

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Analysis: New party in charge, same challenges

The tense House meltdown underscores how Congress has lost the ability to perform its most basic functions, no matter who’s in charge.

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 In this Jan. 24, 2015, photo, Peter Convey, a senior research professor with the British Antarctic Survey, searches for samples on Deception Island in the South Shetland Islands archipelago, Antarctica.

Antarctica’s retreating ice may re-shape Earth

In the worst-case scenario, Antarctica’s melt could push sea levels up 10 feet worldwide in a century or two, recurving coastlines.

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No Child Left Behind debate in the House suspended

Party leaders said they had to shift the chamber’s focus to debate funding the Department of Homeland Security.

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Mexican drug lord who led Knights Templar gang is captured

Servando Gomez, known as La Tuta (the Teacher), was one of the most-wanted drug kingpins still at large in the country.

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World Briefs: Cuba, U.S. hold second round of talks

Plus: Spain arrests 8; Boko Haram kills 100 in Nigeria; Liberia president meets President Obama; cash-strapped North Korea; Saudi oil

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National Briefs: Exxon Mobil settles with New Jersey

Plus: Republicans open up; bill splits West Virginia; conservative economist; and more.

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Parkway work to close Carnegie ramps starting Monday night

The on- and off-ramps will be closed at 10 p.m. Monday for a $72.8 million project that will stretch from I-79 to the Fort Pitt Tunnels.

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 Carnegie Mellon University students walk across campus in 2010. CMU received three gifts totaling $21 million this week.

CMU, Duquesne receive gifts totaling $21 million

The gifts are from Carnegie Mellon trustee and chairman-elect James E. Rohr, along with his wife, Sharon.

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 U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, (middle) returns to his office after a visit to the House floor for procedural votes for legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security at the Capitol in Washington on Friday.

Congress avoids Homeland Security shutdown with stopgap measure

The House of Representatives voted 357-60 for the measure with support from Democrats, following Senate passage by a voice vote.

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Uber says security breach affected about 50,000 drivers

The data breach involved current and former Uber drivers, and the company has notified attorneys general in states where those drivers live.

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Error botched security image on Pennsylvania licenses

The flawed driver’s licenses transposed the letters in the security image to “AP” instead of “PA.”

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Economy grew slower than previously believed in fourth quarter

Rate of 2.2 percent in the October-Dec. quarter marked a major slowdown from the third quarter, which saw the strongest growth in 11 years.

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 “My original legislation would have called these institutions out as state agencies,” said state Sen. John Blake, D-Lackawanna. “I ended up having to retreat from that.”

Pennsylvania lawmakers take another look at openness at state-related universities

Senate Bill 412, introduced by state Sen. John Blake, D-Lackawanna, is part of an effort to revamp Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law.

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Wolf announces proposals allowing more Pa. seniors to receive home health care

The governor says the proposal would make long-term care for seniors more convenient and personal.

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 A masked, black-clad militant, who has been identified by the Washington Post newspaper as a Briton named brandishes a knife in this still image from a 2014 video obtained from SITE Intel Group February 26, 2015.

'Jihadi John' is a Kuwaiti-born Londoner named Mohammed Emwazi

The profile emerging of the English-speaking masked jihadist in the Islamic State execution videos is a disturbingly familiar one.

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Pitt seeking input on new strategic planning initiative

The Board of Trustees announced a series of campus town hall meetings scheduled for next month.

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 The survey found favorable results -- 89 percent or more strongly in favor or somewhat in favor -- when it asked about ideas A+ Schools supports.

Survey: 55 percent approve of job Pittsburgh Public Schools is doing

The survey comes as four Pittsburgh school board seats are up for election this year, three of which are expected to be filled by newcomers.

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History repeats in Iraq, Syria

The Islamic State has now seized close to 300 Assyrian Christians in Syria.

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Bin Laden lieutenant found guilty of plotting to attack Americans

A Saudi man has been convicted in for his role in the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.

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 An elderly woman drags a cart with belongings on the outskirts of Debaltseve, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. After weeks of relentless fighting, which inflicted severe damage to most buildings the embattled Ukrainian rail hub of Debaltseve fell last week to Russia-backed separatists. (AP Photo / Vadim Ghirda)

Ukraine, rebels start pulling back heavy weapons in country’s east

Heavy weapons are being pulled back from the front line in Ukraine as the truce is mostly holding.

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 House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio responds to reporters about the impasse over passing the Homeland Security budget because of Republican efforts to block President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The House voted last month to end Homeland Security funding on Saturday unless Obama reverses his order to protect millions of immigrants from possible deportation. After Democratic filibusters blocked the bill in the Senate, the chamber's Republican leaders agreed this week to offer a "clean" funding measure, with no immigration strings attached.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House GOP weighs new approach on Homeland Security

House Republicans agreed to vote on short-term funding for the Department of Homeland Security.

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Standard & Poor's upgrades bond rating for Pittsburgh Public Schools

The district's underlying rating on general obligation bonds has gone up from A- to A, and the outlook is stable.

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 East Allegheny superintendent Roger D’Emidio.

Retiring East Allegheny superintendent reflects on his tenure

Erasing a $2.5 million deficit and building the school are two of the accomplishments of which Roger D’Emidio is most proud.

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 Zak Holland opens up a computer at a store on the Northern Arizona University campus in Flagstaff, Ariz., Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Much of the region was experiencing an Internet and phone outage that was linked to vandalism of a fiber-optic line. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)

Vandalism in Arizona shows the Internet’s vulnerability

Vandals cutting a fiber-optic cable that took out Internet service, landlines, cellphones, computers, ATMs and 911 systems across Arizona.

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 Mr. Wolf’s office announced Thursday that his team has identified $109 million it believes it can save in the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

Wolf 's search for inefficiencies in state government finds $109 million in savings

Gov. Tom Wolf’s cabinet secretaries have identified $109 million they believe the state can save in the next fiscal year.

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 Seventh grader Tiffany Ponticel looks through the interior of the art project of the likeness of the 100-year-old St. Philip School.  The art and replica of the school is exposed to  several black lights.

St. Philip School in Crafton celebrates centennial

Since the project was unveiled on Jan. 27, more than 500 people from the community have walked through a replica of the school.

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 Police tape surrounds one of the crime scenes in Tyrone, Mo., Friday.

Police: Seven fatally shot, gunman dead in Missouri

The victims’ bodies were found in four different homes in Tyrone, in Texas County, about 40 miles from the Arkansas border.

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Moon Area to retain Hyde name on school building

The school board voted unanimously Monday to keep the name after a petition was circulated to that effect.

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Moon Area board disallows child development program speakers

Speakers can’t address non-agenda items, according to school board policy.

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Conservatives take turns slamming Obama, Hillary Clinton — even Jeb Bush

It was difficult for GOP presidential hopefuls to determine which arch-enemy to target at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

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 In 2014, Amber Kaska played the title character in the Yough Senior High School performance of "Thoroughly Modern Millie."

Post-Gazette guide to 2015 high school musicals

Here’s the annual list of spring high school musicals in Western Pennsylvania.

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Obituary: Carmen Tedesco / Chef thrilled race fans with creative food

Carmen Tedesco was someone everyone knew.

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Mt. Lebanon to extend consent order on sewers

Communities required to to develop a wet-weather control plan in conjunction with Alcosan.

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Mt. Lebanon School District will not build new rifle range for high school

In 2011, the board decided not to include rebuilding the range as part of a $109 million renovation.

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Obituary: Herman Rosenblat / Holocaust love story was beautiful but false

The story brought Mr. Rosenblat national recognition, especially after he was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey.

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Obituary: Irving Kahn / Wall Street's oldest stockbroker

Irving Kahn had watched the markets since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

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