An advertisement for UKIP, the U.K. Independence Party, on a vehicle.

Anti-immigration sentiment puts UKIP on Britain’s electoral map

Won by the Conservatives in the last election, Thurrock is one of the most hotly contested parliamentary seats this time around.

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 Rosemary C. Crawford

Eight vie for three seats on Allegheny County Common Pleas Court

Judges who sit on this trial-level court can be assigned to four different divisions, including criminal, civil, family and orphan’s.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf

Wolf scrapping controversial assets test for food stamps

Previously, anyone applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps), was subject to an assets test.

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 The flare from gas burnoff from a Marcellus Shale well is seen near the Pittsburgh Mills mall in Tarentum. A new formula used by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for calculating the amount of pollutants released by flares, used to release pressure and test the volume of gas inside a well, shows that those emissions are four times higher than previously thought.

Flares emit more pollutants than previously thought, EPA updates find

Pollution emissions from flares at refineries and chemical plants are higher than previously thought, according to new federal formula.

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 A man climbs on top of collapsed buildings Sunday in Bhaktapur, Nepal, a day after parts of the nation were devastated by a 7.8 -magnitude earthquake.

Aid workers scramble as risks persist in Nepal

International aid agencies and governments mobilized Sunday to respond to the devastating temblor, which has killed more than 2,500 people.

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Baltimore mourners pay respects to man who died in custody

Mourners filed for hours Sunday past the coffin of Freddie Gray, somberly paying respects after a night of violent protests.

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 After serving 16 years on the Pittsburgh Public Schools board, North Sider Mark Brentley Sr. isn’t seeking re-election.

Newcomers vie for District 8 Pittsburgh school board seat

After serving 16 years on the Pittsburgh Public Schools board, North Sider Mark Brentley Sr. isn’t seeking re-election.

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For-profit Corinthian Colleges to shut down remaining campuses

The Santa Ana, Calif.-based company had been subject to multiple federal and state probes.

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Chipotle taking out food genetically modified ingredients

The move to take GMOs out of its products is a first for a major restaurant chain.

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Schools shouldn't be bugged about head lice, doctors say

American Academy of Pediatrics reinforces its guidelines, which urges schools to not exclude students from class.

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World briefs: 5 missing in Alabama waters

Plus: Bush campaign trail; Colorado shooting trial; Safety flaws found

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World briefs: Queen Elizabeth dropped from U.K. rich list

Plus: Pleas for mercy; Syrian jets kill at least 34; Airstrikes in Yemen

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 Efforts to reduce official housing discrimination and the rise of the black middle class have led to many more African Americans living in the suburbs.

Levels of segregation have changed over the past 70 years, sociology professor says

Mary Pattillo of Northwestern University notes a sharp change in housing segregation patterns over the past 70 years.

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France's gay ambassador-nominee poses diplomatic challenge for Pope Francis

France nominated an openly gay man, Laurent Stefanini, in January, but so far the Vatican hasn’t accepted the appointment.

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Eyeing Arab ties, Israel to observe nuclear pact meeting

A senior Israeli official said the nation is ending a 20-year absence at the conference in hope of fostering dialogue with Arab states.

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McCain renews push to end CIA control of drone strikes

His statements came after an attack on an al-Qaida compound in Pakistan killed two hostages.

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Clinton Foundation admits missteps in donor disclosure

Acting chief executive Maura Pally defended the foundation’s work and reaffirmed its commitment to transparency.

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 President Barack Obama speaks Saturday while, behind him, comedian Keegan-Michael Key plays “Luther, Obama's anger translator” at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington, D.C.

Obama takes jabs at Republicans at White House correspondents dinner

Entertainer Cecily Strong also took some pointed jabs at the commander in chief.

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 State data showing rapidly increased gun sales indicate that Pennsylvanians, who have long had a tradition of sports firearms, are increasingly acquiring handguns, the type of weapon traditionally associated with self-protection.

Study: Majority of Americans prefer gun rights over expanded gun control

In Pennsylvania, the rise in gun sales and transfers over the last few years has been dramatic.

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 The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Homewood branch hosted the first Buzzword Pittsburgh event on Saturday.

Buzzword Pittsburgh gets the word out in Homewood

An early childhood education program, supported by the PNC Foundation, engages kids to build vocabulary.

1 day ago

 Carlow University student Danah Richter, who is deaf, will be graduating with an undergraduate degree in social work. She plans to help people with hearing disabilities bridge both worlds.

She cannot hear, but she thrived at Carlow University

Danah Richter, deaf since early childhood, earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Carlow with honors.

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 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton at a campaign stop in Iowa earlier this month.

How will a woman running for president in 2016 be portrayed?

To keep an eye on political discourse, the Center for American Women and Politics has launched the Presidential Gender Watch 2016 project.

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Tussle over direction of Pa. ride share legislation

State senators are working on competing bills that could be rolled into one.

1 day ago

 Crown Prince Alexander II and Princess Katherine, of Serbia, visited Pittsburgh at the home of Dr. Robert and Eugenia Friedlander of Shadyside.

Crown prince of Serbia seeks Pittsburgh medical expertise for his homeland

On Saturday afternoon, the man who would be king of Yugoslavia was sitting in a Shadyside living room talking about telemedicine.

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Trip­ham­mer Road closes in South Park

The bridge was to close at 7 a.m. and re­main closed through May 8.

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Unclassified Obama emails seen by Russian hackers, officials say

The hackers do not appear to have penetrated closely guarded servers that control the message traffic from President Obama’s BlackBerry.

1 day ago

Vampire squids: Unusual reproductive habits hint at greater life longevity

Vampire squid can live nearly 2 miles beneath the surface, so much less is known about them than shallower squid.

1 day ago

Baltimore crowd swells in protest of Freddie Gray’s death

Daily demonstrations have swept across the city since the man, Freddie Gray, died last Sunday, but Saturday’s turnout was among the largest.

1 day ago

NBC News: Brian Williams embellished stories many times

The investigation, led by NBC News senior executive producer Richard Esposito, may be a factor in network’s decision to rehire Mr. Williams.

1 day ago

Obituary: Bernard Stollman / Jazz label’s founder

His staunchly independent record label, ESP-Disk, provided an indispensable chronicle of the free jazz of the 1960s.

1 day ago

National briefs: Funds dry up for Tea Party lawmakers

Plus: Starbucks back online; “American Sniper” flap; truckers in wage dispute; college lockdown ends; coyote caught in NYC.

1 day ago

World briefs: Bangladesh’s garment jobs sustain losses

Plus: VW chairman to quit; Kerry heads Arctic Council; women’s activist slain; corruption targeted.

1 day ago

 Caption Contest 261

Caption Contest 261... and the winners of 260

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

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2015 college commencement dates and speakers in Allegheny County

Top NASA administrator Charles F. Bolden Jr. at Pitt, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel at Chatham and eight more.

1 day ago

 Blue Belt's COO Craig Markovitz, left, and CTO Branislav Jaramaz point out some of the highlights of the Strip District company’s rapid growth.

Blue Belt Technologies taking its robotics worldwide

The Strip District-based company’s Navio system is taking hold in the surgical world.

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Earthquake in Nepal kills more than 1,000 and levels buildings in capital

The earthquake, with an estimated magnitude of 7.8, struck around noon, and residents of Kathmandu ran into the streets as buildings fell.

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 Michael Kobold, of Kobold Watch Company, climbing through the ice fall from Base Camp to Camp 1. Mr. Kobold, along with a group of diplomats from the U.S. and Nepal, was working on the Kathmandu Firetruck Expedition, bringing more fire engines and emergency vehicles to the valley after the earthquake.

Nepalis in Pittsburgh feel the earthquake's shock

In Pittsburgh, a population of native Nepalis and those who have ties to the county shared a feeling of despair Saturday.

1 day ago

 Superior Court judge candidate Robert J. Colville.

Pa. Superior Court candidates chasing seat formerly held by a parent

Democrats Robert Colville of Allegheny County and Alice Dubow of Philadelphia seek party nomination for Superior Court seat.

1 day ago

 Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini is retiring in September.

Two Democrats and one Republican compete for Pa. Commonwealth Court position

This year’s race for the uniquely Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court pits three veteran attorneys against each other for one spot.

1 day ago

Kane taking UPMC-Highmark consent decree dispute to court

The state attorney general plans to file a motion Monday to enforce the consent decree between UPMC and Highmark

1 day ago

U.S. silence on drone strikes comes under pressure after hostage deaths

The revelation has revived questions about why the White House has been unwilling to provide similar information on other strikes.

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 Paul Mason is treated for an infection in his leg in March at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Mass. Mr. Mason, once known as the world’s fattest man, has since lost two-thirds of his body weight, but he has struggled with the burden of almost 100 pounds of excess skin, and hopes for surgery soon.

Docs with Pittsburgh ties prepare for high-profile surgery

They will remove up to 100 pounds of excess skin from a man who once weighed nearly 900 pounds but has since lost 650 pounds.

2 days ago

 Bruce Jenner in September 2013.

Bruce Jenner comes out as transgender: ‘I am a woman’

The Olympic gold-medal winner said that he has felt this way all his life, during an ABC News “20/20” interview.

2 days ago

Kids’ smiles at hospital are due to tutus

Doctors, nurses, technicians and receptionists don the colorful layers of tulle as they go about the business of tending to patients.

2 days ago

Report says higher incomes will feel more of Wolf tax plan

Residents with incomes of more than $100,000 would bear nearly two-thirds of the increased tax burden, according to the report.

2 days ago

 Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Armenian Apostolic Church leader Catholicos Garegin II walk to attend a memorial service in the Tsitsernakaberd Genocide memorial complex in Yerevan, Armenia on Friday.

As Armenia marks 1915 massacre, Berlin calls it genocide

Turkey denies the killing of up to 1.5 million Armenians in what is now Turkey in 1915 constitutes genocide.

2 days ago

Terrorist cell had sights on the Vatican, Italy says

Many of the suspects came from the same area in Pakistan, close to where Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011.

2 days ago

 Attorney General Eric Holder bids goodbye to Justice Department employees as he leaves the Justice Department  in Washington on Friday for the last time as attorney general.

Attorney general bids farewell after 6-year tenure

Eric Holder, a former judge and U.S. attorney, will exit the Justice Department as the third-longest serving attorney general in U.S.

2 days ago

U.S. data show that mammograms still often begin at 40

In 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force updated its screening guidelines to recommend mammograms every two years for women over 50.

2 days ago

House threatens to slash defense funding over Bergdahl investigation

The GOP leadership of the House Armed Services Committee has tucked the provision into an early version of an annual defense spending bill.

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