Obituary: Dr. Robert Pontius / Pioneering heart surgeon at Children's Hospital

A year after coming to Children's Hospital in 1957, he performed the first successful open-heart operation using a pump-oxygenator.

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Creeping landslide devouring part of Wyo. town

No one can say precisely when the mountainside collapsing into resort town of Jackson will give way.

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World Briefs: U.S. deepening Europe footprint

PLUS: Pakistan journalist wounded; 13th guide's body found; China to build Jeep models; Egypt candidate bows out.

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Pro-Russian forces tighten grip

Pressure mounted on political dissenters and the media in ways that are commonplace in Russia but had not been in Ukraine until now.

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Battles raging in hotbed of Syrian insurgency

Insurgents and anti-government activists reported near-continuous bombardment of the Old City enclaves and the nearby neighborhood of Waer.

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Disputed enclave with Soviet mentality is dreaming of entering Putin's embrace

Trans-Dniester, also known as Transnistria, is a sliver of territory that runs along the border of Moldova and Ukraine.

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National Briefs: Missing boy's body found

PLUS: Fox executive fired; $14M awarded in suit; care site Heartbleed woes; space robot finds its legs

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GOP's next wedge issue emerges

The national education standards have incited intense resistance on the right in the belief that it will lead to a federal takeover of

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Documents: Another delayed GM recall

The company waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints.

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More bodies found inside sunken ferry by divers

Rescuers finally gained access to the inside of the ship following three days of failure and frustration.

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When delight turns to reality, it's goodbye, Easter Bunny

Rabbits require as much care as dogs, and they must be litter-box trained and spayed or neutered to be effective house pets.

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 Abbie Hoffman, December 1969

Abbie Hoffman's presence echoes decades later

They still remember Hoffman at the Apple Jack bar in Point Pleasant, where he once shot pool and flirted with women.

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 Taking part in Workout Wednesday, a program run by Homewood Children’s Village are, from left, Kim Adams of Homewood; Kristi Burry, director of the Office of Child and Community Health for the village; Donna Bundy Ford of Wilkinsburg; Raylynn Bundy, 5, holding hands with Sandra Bundy Simmons of East Hills; and Rachel Bundy of Homewood.

Program focuses on the children of Homewood

The concept -- "it takes a village to raise a child" -- takes hold in Homewood to repair the neighborhood's social fabric.

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First spa trip can get under a man's skin

Peter Leo basks in the afterglow, somewhat, of a visit to the Omni Bedford Springs spa.

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Congressional report: e-cigarette makers targeting youth

The inquiry was conducted as the FDA prepares a package of rules that would place e-cigarettes under federal regulation for the first time.

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 Sara Stahlman of Pennsylvania Sea Grant shows a goldfish captured in Presque Isle Bay. Non-natives and invasives reduce native species’ food supplies and can dramatically impact the quality of fishing.

Anglers among first to be impacted by undesirable aquatic plants and animals

Yet sometimes it's anglers who introduce invasive and non-native species

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Western Pennsylvania to get taste of Tennessee-style for-profit health care

Barbecue and country music many be Tennessee’s best-known exports, but its biggest is for-profit hospital administration.

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Police chase ends in multi-car pileup on Parkway West, one arrest

A police chase out of North Fayette resulted in a crash involving about six or seven cars, state police reported.

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4 French journalists abducted in Syria freed, safe; others remain held

French President Francois Hollande’s office said in a statement that he felt “immense relief” over the release.

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Road work to affect major arteries, including Squirrel Hill Tunnel, Route 51

Road work is planned for Squirrel Hill Tunnel, Route 51, I-376, I-279, Route 65 and Washington Road area.

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Colorado deaths stir pot worries

Cookies, candy and other pot edibles can be exponentially more potent than a joint.

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From Clinton to Obama, many parallels

Thousands of pages of documents from Clinton's White House years appear to be strikingly similar to issues now confronting Obama.

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Man vs. train: Winner is never in doubt

Four people have been hit and killed by freight trains in the Pittsburgh area in the past month.

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U.S. delays pipeline decision

In a surprise announcement Friday, the State Department said federal agencies will have more time to weigh in on the politically fraught

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Obituary: Gerald E. Hart / Super salesman, NFL official was football fanatic

Gerald E. Hart, who officiated NFL games for 10 years after playing football at Notre Dame and West Point, died of natural causes at age 83.

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 Paige Widmer

Search continues for bodies in Lake Erie

Both Amy Santus and Paige Widmer died of drowning, according to autopsies by the Lucas County coroner.

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Gas drilling wastewater leak found in Amwell

"Significant" waste water leak discovered at a Range Resources impoundment in Washington County.

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World news briefs: 4/19/14

Japan to resume whale hunting, Obama heads for Asia; Syria's chemical weapons; Algerian president reelected; Quake shakes Mexico.

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Ukrainian militants continue occupations

Ignore settlement in Geneva urging restraint in conflict

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Snowden defends his question to Putin

Fugitive former NSA contractor says he was trying to get Russia's president on the record so his claims can be challenged.

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Captain of sunken ferry arrested

Accounts from survivors suggest that crew members' actions may have exacerbated one of South Korea's worst maritime tragedies.

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 Michael Kobold

Everest disaster awakens climber's memories

Local watchmaker Michael Kobold reflects on Sherpa safety in the wake of the recent Mount Everest disaster.

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 Rosa Parks riding on the Montgomery Area Transit System bus.

Rosa Parks' case shows equal denial of access for all

No one can access the mementos of the civil rights pioneer because of a legal squabble.

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National news briefs: 4/19/14

MIT honors slain officer; Man charged in highway shootings; rules for immigrant asylum seekers toughened; credit/debit cards hacked.

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NASA spacecraft crashes, ending lunar mission

The crash brought to a successful end a six-month, $280 million mission to study the tenuous envelope of gases and dust surrounding the

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Job prospects bleak for millions

Economists say the long-term unemployed could become a permanent underclass, left behind by the nation's broader economic recovery.

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 Thomas Seefeld

Police chief reflects in wake of rare violence in quiet Murrysville

In a town that has only seen one homicide in more than a decade, Chief Thomas Seefeld says the knife attacks will be remembered for years.

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State to close lanes in Fort Pitt Tunnels

Maintenance and cleaning will close one lane in both directions in the Fort Pitt Tunnels starting Sunday night, PennDOT announced.

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 Gregory Keener from the 2013 Murrysville High School yearbook.

Of four Franklin Regional students still hospitalized, one in ICU

Greg Keener, 15, a sophomore, remains in the ICU at Forbes Hospital, and he is in critical condition.

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Pennsylvania's unemployment rate falls to 6 percent, lowest since 2008

The rate for March fell for the right reasons -- more people working and fewer unemployed.

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Boating accident on Lake Erie leaves two dead, two missing

The Coast Guard has suspended its search for the two remaining people in the water near South Bass Island in Lake Erie.

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South Hills Village parking garage tackles vacancies

The $24 million garage is more than half-empty on a typical weekday.

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Prop 8 lawyer's views on gay marriage evolving

The lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California's ban on gay marriage learned one of his children is gay.

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 Plumes of emissions from FirstEnergy Corp's Bruce Mansfield coal-fired power plant in Shippingport, Beaver County, are visible behind a horse farm in nearby Hookstown.

Pa. coal emissions plan criticized as too lenient

The new rules propose technology that the groups say is inferior to the equipment at the majority of power plants in the state.

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Prosecutor presents panel to fight opiate addictions, overdoses

A group of people from the business, medical, governmental, religious and nonprofit communities will take on the opiate overdose epidemic.

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Gun sweepstakes used as GOP outreach tool

Candidates are offering high-powered pistols and rifles as a lure to build up their donor lists and expand their base of support.

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World briefs: Oil slick isn't from missing jet

PLUS: U.S. warns Myanmar; China tries to purge Internet; Algerians vote for president; South Sudan civilians killed.

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 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talks with Russian Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov at the start of a bilateral meeting to discuss the ongoing situation in Ukraine on Thursday in Geneva.

Ukraine, Russia aim to defuse crisis

President Barack Obama was skeptical about the agreement that called on activists in eastern Ukraine to stand down.

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Putin lays claim to swaths of southeastern Ukraine

President Vladimir Putin was on national television, declaring Russia's historical claims over Ukrainian territory.

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Detention of Taliban commander disrupts Afghan peace talks

Agha Jan Motasim, the Taliban's former finance minister, was taken by authorities in the United Arab Emirates a month ago.

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