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 Gas prices at a GetGo station on Route 88 in Bethel Park.  In Pittsburgh, the average price on Tuesday was $3.02, 35 cents below the 2013 price.

Thanksgiving travelers hit the road; today busiest on Pennsylvania Turnpike

AAA says 46.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this holiday; a storm warning has been issued for central and southeast Pa.

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 In this Nov. 18, 2014, photo, a researcher simulates a check done for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System or NICS, at the FBI’s criminal justice center in Bridgeport, W.Va. NICS did about 58,000 checks on a typical day in 2013. That surged to 145,000 on Black Friday.

Black Friday gun sales 'a perfect storm' for background check system

On Black Friday, the rush accelerates to nearly 2 checks a second, testing limits of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

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 Travelers hustle to their planes at Pittsburgh International Airport this morning.

Pittsburgh travelers face flight cancellations as storm hits Northeast

At Pittsburgh International, six arriving flights and 12 departures had been canceled, and four arrivals and 17 departures delayed.

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PennDOT cautions holiday drivers to avoid I-81 during snowstorm

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is urging holiday drivers to avoid Interstate 81 as a storm that’s bringing up

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26 coal miners die in fire in north China mine

Another 50 miners were injured in the disaster, which broke out in the complex run by the state-owned Fuxin Coal Corp. in Liaoning province.

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Two FBI agents shot, injured in St. Louis area

The FBI said the shooting, which took place about 5 miles south of Ferguson, was not directly related to the protests.

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 Snow collects this morning in Donegal, Pa.

Wintry storm drops rain on East Coast cities, snow forecast tonight

As of 10:45 a.m., FlightStats.com reported 469 U.S. flights canceled and 1,400 flights delayed.

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Students cited after airsoft guns fired in Pittsburgh Minadeo school

District spokeswoman Ebony Pugh said the guns were discharged inside a classroom.

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Central, eastern Pa. government offices, schools close ahead of snowfall

Gov. Tom Corbett’s office said it closed government offices in and around Harrisburg, Reading, Wilkes-Barre and Scranton.

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Pennsylvania Sen. Corman wants Penn State sanctions suit moved to mediation

The senator’s attorney, Matthew Haverstick, wrote a letter to the court’s chief clerk making the request on Tuesday.

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 Toronto police said Jian Ghomeshi, 47, surrendered to police today.

Former CBC host Ghomeshi charged with sexual assault

Jian Ghomeshi, 47, had hosted "Q'', a CBC radio show on culture, since 2007.

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 Hors d'oeuvre Guy

Holiday Herald: Mom was good at cooking up surprises for family

For one family, everyone had to be careful about what Mom was serving, even on Thanksgiving.

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Governor triples National Guard presence in Ferguson

Gov. Nixon aims to prevent a repeat of violence, arson and mayhem Tuesday night after a grand jury exonerated Officer Darren Wilson.

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PennDOT to install Parkway West sound barriers for Green Tree

Residents along Parkedge and Pennfield roads and East Manilla Avenue will enjoy noise abatement from traffic traveling along Parkway West.

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 Janell Logue-Belden, the new superintendent of the Deer Lakes School District.

Deer Lakes School District hires superintendent

The board has named Avella Area superintendent Janell Logue-Belden, 46, of South Fayette to the post.

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 Chanel Wissner of Brookline talks to fourth-graders at West View Elementary School.  Ms. Wissner is a member of the Tuscarora tribe of North Carolina.

West View students get 'one-on-one' lessons in Native American culture

The North Hills School District’s parent groups funded the unit.

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 Pope Francis addresses the European Parliament on Tuesday during a short visit in Strasbourg, in eastern France. He also addressed the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

Pontiff takes Europe to task

Pope tells European Parliament continent’s energies are sapped by an economic crisis and has lost its way.

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 James Love tends Salvation Army red kettle  in Market Square as Kayla Cook, center, and her mother Ellen Collins, left, prepare to make donations.

Salvation Army lowers goal for iconic Red Kettle fundraising drive

Campaign goals are revised downward due to fewer days of giving between Black Friday and Christmas Eve.

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For Ferguson grand jury, a mass of evidence, much of it conflicting

Jurors hearing testimony in the  fatal shooting seemed, in the end, to put the most stock in testimony by Officer Darren Wilson.

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Mt. Lebanon schools report praises academic outcomes

Annual review of test scores and school performance profiles presents positive picture of district.

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Norwin school board renews superintendent's contract

William Kerr’s current contract will expire June 30. He will receive a five-year contract, with a salary of $158,526 the first year.

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Obituary: Roger Bush / Bank director, auto dealer was a 'man of the community'

Mr. Bush was a longtime Apollo auto dealer and bank director.

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Power outage doesn't stop Peters council's action

With winds howling outside up to 40 mph, the power went out about 15 minutes into Monday’s meeting.

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New lights for Keystone Oaks High School auditorium unplugged

School board tables vote on lighting system as price questions remain.

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Peer jury at Keystone Oaks High offers alternative to judicial system

School Police Officer Aaron Vanatta started a peer jury in 2012.

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Obituary: Bill Frenzel / Key voice on economics in House

The Republican from Minnesota was respected by both parties for his expertise on trade, tax and budget policy.

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Peters school directors hire two principals

Robert Garvey will head Bower Hill Elementary School, and Gregory Marquis will be in charge of Pleasant Valley Elementary School.

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North Allegheny School District ranks highly in Niche National Rankings

The rankings had the district ninth in the nation, third in Pennsylvania and first in the Pittsburgh area.

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Supreme Court to hear case on Clean Air Act

Justices to hear power plant pollution case and weigh consideration of economic costs relating to EPA regulations.

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No tax increase for Peters property owners next year

A $10.7 million surplus is expected at end of this year.

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Nightly closures set to continue on Wood Street

The lane will be closed at 10 p.m. daily and reopen at 6 a.m. through late December for infrastructure work.

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North Allegheny School District planning $5.5 million in capital improvements

Enrollment in the district also dropped by about 35 students this school year.

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 Sarah Dugan and Hannah Barch, both 15 and members of the biology club, pull out unhealthy plants from a living wall powered by a roof top wind turbine at Springdale Junior-Senior High School.

Grant energizes Springdale Junior-Senior High School

A $20,000 grant from the Garble and Benedum foundations has helped the school fund a wind turbine, sustainable garden and outdoor classroom.

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Sto-Rox High School elevator issue point of contention

Mother says she would have delayed son’s surgery if she had known the sophomore would be able to access classes due to accessibility issues.

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World briefs: Iran’s leader says nation is standing tall

PLUS: Afghan army review; Hong Kong clashes persist; Intel agencies faulted; Warship sale postponed

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National briefs: Hecklers disrupt president

Plus: Flournoy out of running; Honda air nag defect; HIV’s health threat.

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 FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2014, file photo, handlers steer Thomas the Tank Engine and Paddington Bear balloons through the parking lot at CitiField in New York. The two balloons were taken for practice runs along with four other new character balloons in preparation for the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Thomas the Tank Engine will be the parade's largest balloon by helium volume and the one containing the most balloon fabric ever used on one character. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

Helium: It gives NYC's Thanksgiving parade a lift

What’s Thanksgiving without helium? Deflated.

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Tentative Irwin budget calls for 1.5-mill tax increase

A resident with a home assessed at the median value of $15,350 would pay an additional $23.14 in taxes if the hike is approved in December.

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Keystone Oaks School District gets advice on Obamacare

Mt. Lebanon School District director of finance Jan Klein stressed the act’s ’doomsday penalty.’

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 Carolyn De La Cruz is a plastic surgeon who specializes in breast reconstruction for cancer patients. She now also performs surgery to relieve fluid buildup in lymphedema cases.

Outpatient treatments can remove fluid buildup in soft tissue

New microsurgical technique at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC lessens the impact of lymphedema, a complication from cancer surgery.

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Inbound Parkway West traffic restricted tonight

The restriction was scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. and be lifted by 6 a.m. Wednesday.

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 Protesters take pictures in front of the burning Juanita's Fashion R Boutique in St. Louis, Mo. early today. Protesters set fire to buildings and cars and looted businesses in the area where Michael Brown was fatally shot after a grand jury declined to indict white police Officer Darren Wilson in Brown's death.

St. Louis suburb smolders after racially charged riots

About a dozen buildings in suburban Ferguson, Mo., burned overnight and police fired tear gas and flash-bang canisters at protesters.

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 A Port Authority spokesman said fareboxes will be upgraded sometime next year.

Port Authority fareboxes not always charging correctly

Fareboxes now have to be reset manually by Port Authority drivers to prevent riders from paying too much when they use ConnectCards.

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Liberty Bridge inspections to restrict traffic

The work will occur on both sides of the bridge from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All ramps will be open.

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Chartiers Creek Bridge in Carnegie, Scott to reopen this evening

Chartiers Creek Bridge No. 6 has been closed since July during a $1.6 million rehabilitation project.

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 Uber has declined to disclose how many drivers it has in the Pittsburgh area.

Uber, airport continue court battle

Uber drivers had been cited by Allegheny County police for picking up passengers at Pittsburgh International Airport.

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 Andy, a four-wheeled robot designed to explore the moon and designed at Carnegie Mellon University, was unveiled on Monday.

CMU, Astrobotic hope Andy is a handy rover for the moon

CMU debuts its newest rover for the $20 million Google Lunar XPrize race to the moon.

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PennDOT announces restrictions on Lebanon Road in West Mifflin

The road will be limited to an alternating one-way pattern until 3 p.m. today and again from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., PennDOT said.

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 Pittsburgh Public Schools superintendent Linda Lane said enrollment declines in the city create a population density issue similar to that in rural districts.

Pittsburgh schools superintendent calls for changes in state education funding formula

Linda Lane called on the state to consider enrollment as well as equity, recognizing it costs more to educate some children than others.

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Pennsylvania Turnpike says 11 workers disciplined over porn on agency's email system

A spokesman said today the punishment ranged from suspension for the most serious violations to letters of reprimand.

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