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 University of Pittsburgh chancellor Patrick Gallagher gives a speech to students and faculty after being installed as the 18th Chancellor of the University at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland on Saturday.

Gallagher installed as Pitt’s chancellor

Promising to be a “champion” for students, the 18th chancellor of Pitt asserts “the undeniable societal benefit in an educated population.”

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 Sean McGreevey, left, assistant dean for career development at Chatham University, teaches a class called "Financial Wellness." The class included, from left, senior Eir Rovira, graduate student Nick Bender and senior Nicole Werwie.

Colleges making financial literacy part of education

Young people facing debt from student loans and credit cards are finding ways to learn about handling personal finances.

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 Mike Silverman, 69, a retired Air Force Lt. Col., suspects he was explosed to Agent Orange residue in planes he flew.

Pittsburgh area Air Force reservists may get help for Agent Orange exposure

Planes that once dropped Agent Orange in Vietnam and were based here could have left crew members contaminated with toxin.

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 Carnegie Mellon University psychologist Sheldon Cohen is part of a group that has conducted groundbreaking research that focuses on how psychological factors such as social support networks, stress, emotional makeup and interpersonal conflict affect a person's susceptibility to illness.

Mind over mucus? CMU researcher gives subjects common colds to test psychological factors in immune systems

Sheldon Cohen, a CMU professor of psychology, will put three decades of groundbreaking research online. (One conclusion: Hugs do help.)

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North Sea oil’s job cuts are tip of the iceberg for U.K.

The early layoffs portend hard times for a whole ecosystem of explorers, drillers, producers and service companies.

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GOP states revisit Obamacare as Supreme Court weighs subsidies

At least six states where GOP leaders refused to set up state marketplaces considering steps to preserve the subsidies paid to residents.

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Tentative relationship with Obama, long-standing U.S.-Israel alliance at stake for Netanyahu

But through it all, the U.S. is Israel’s biggest trading partner and closest defense ally, providing $3.1 billion in annual military aid.

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World briefs: Somali pirates release 4 fishermen

PLUS: India unveils budget; China drops interest rates

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National briefs: U.S. moving to deport Bosnians

PLUS: Hyundai recalls Elantra cars; protests in Wisconsin; Warren Buffett’s letter to shareholders

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Fear envelops Russia after killing of Putin critic

On Saturday, it was still not clear who was responsible for killing Boris Y. Nemtsov.

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Kurdish rebel leader in Turkey calls for disarmament congress

Turkey's president, Tayyip Erdogan, welcomed the call but cautioned the rebels had failed to deliver on previous pledges.

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Egyptian court rules Hamas a terrorist organization

Judges in Egypt also sentence a top Muslim Brotherhood leader to another life sentence.

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 Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, walks to the chamber as the House failed to advance a short-term funding measure to keep the Department of Homeland Security funded past a midnight deadline, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday evening, Feb. 27, 2015. Conservatives in Speaker Boehner's own party fought against three-week funding measure because it would not overturn Obama’s actions on immigration.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

GOP leaders are struggling to show they really are in charge

Republican  leaders face different challenges as they try to produce responsible governance after Republicans won control of Congress.

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Republican race starts in lavish haunts of rich donors

The candidates are making their cases to rich donors whose wealth was fully unleashed by the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision.

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W.Va. split as bill pits coal owners against miners

In the past, both sides have  joined together to oppose U.S. environmental rules that they say hurt Big Coal.

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Obituary: Richard List / Longtime Edgewood Symphony violinist who was a 'lifelong learner'

Richard List, a founding member of the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra, dies at 78

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Excerpts from Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address

“On the occasion corresponding to this four years ago all thoughts were anxiously directed to an impending civil war.”

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 Abraham Lincoln delivered his second inaugural 150 years ago Wednesday.

Lincoln's Second Inaugural: His last, and greatest, speech

Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, delivered 150 years ago Wednesday, has gone down in history as the most famous by any president.

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Caption Contest 257 ... and the winners of 256

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

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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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