Former 'Two and a Half Men' star Charlie Sheen says he is HIV-positive.

Activists raise awareness of HIV pill that lowers risk

A daily pill that can slash the risk of HIV remains an unknown to thousands of primary care doctors and nurses, a federal agency cautioned.

about 5 hours ago

 A motorist maneuvers around a Port Authority bus during rush hour along Fifth Avenue in Oakland.

Viewing Oakland through the windshield of a Port Authority bus driver

If the perils of the traffic in Oakland make professional Port Authority bus drivers nervous, imagine what they do to regular motorists.

about 5 hours ago

 Peters teachers union members picket Oct. 28 after contract talks broke off late the evening before.

Peters students, teachers to return to class day after Thanksgiving

Friday is the final day of a month-long strike by the district’s 285 teachers.

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 Investigators and firefighters work the scene of a fire and shooting Tuesday in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia traffic stop ends in bloodshed, burning bus

Trooper Patrick R. Casey suffered a “flesh wound” to his shoulder, state police Capt. James Raykovitz said.

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Judicial board to decide whether to charge justice in email scandal

Justice Eakin is under investigation for his role in an explicit email ring that also involved other judge.

about 6 hours ago

Las Vegas going green in deal to run city with only clean power

The agreement doesn’t cover the famously bright casinos on the Las Vegas Strip.

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 Alexander Pedersen of Denmark, left, and Toro Tommola of Finland, right are spending their first American Thanksgiving with their host mother, Darlene Frederickson of Greensburg. The juniors in high school traveled to Greensburg through AFS-USA, a foreign exchange program that brings together host families and students.

Serving up America: Host families share nation's bounty with foreign students

The AFS Intercultural Program, an international youth exchange organization, each year sends about 13,000 students abroad.

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 Demonstrators march in Minneapolis on Tuesday, a day after five people were shot during a Black Lives Matter protest outside a police station.

Activists vow not to cower after shooting of 5

The police took three people into custody Tuesday in connection with the shooting of five people during a Black Lives Matter protest.

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 Newlonsburg Church sewer Diane Guthrie pins fabric for a backpack to be sent to the La Croix New Testament Mission in Haiti.

Murrysville church group makes backpacks for Haitian children

The Blessed Piecemakers of Newlonsburg Presbyterian Church created 103 backpacks for children sponsored by church members.

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North Allegheny enrollment falls slightly

The annual enrollment report for 2015-16 showed 8,155 students in kindergarten through 12th grade on Oct. 1, down from 8,229 last year.

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 An Amtrak officer watches passengers Tuesday as they board a train at Penn Station in New York. After a string of terror attacks in several countries, the U.S. government issued a worldwide travel alert.

U.S. traffic deaths rise sharply after small decline in 2014

The findings prompted a call from the nation’s highway safety chief to find ways to reduce the human errors that cause most fatalities.

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New Ross commissioner chosen by casting lots

Allegheny County Election officials oversee an exercise in chance when voters serve up a tie in municipal elections.

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Obituary: Monique J. Lemaitre Leon / Professor of Latin American literature and language

Monique J. Lemaitre Leon, 81, of Squirrel Hill, a scholar, died Nov. 5 in Shadyside Hospital after a lengthy illness, her family said.

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Senate panel to take on inversions in review of global taxation

The merger strategy is under renewed scrutiny by policymakers after Pfizer announced plans Monday to move its tax address to Ireland.

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Multiple errors cited in U.S. airstrike on Doctors Without Borders hospital

The military is expected to give details on the findings of the investigation at a news conference today.

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Brussels prepares to ease security lockdown, but attack fears stay high

Meanwhile, prosecutors in Paris revealed that the alleged Nov. 13 ringleader planned to blow himself up in the capital’s largest district.

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Wilkinsburg council applies for grants, studies

One study would involve the borough’s former railroad station, which is on the national Register of Historic Places.

about 5 hours ago

Haiti officially declares presidential contenders; announcement spurs protest

Government-backed candidate Jovenel Moise will face Jude Celestin, the former head of the state construction company, in a Dec. 27 runoff.

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Two Penn Hills football players to attend U.S. Army National Combine

Rick Squires and Julian Major will travel to San Antonio in January.

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North Allegheny adopts 2016-17 calendar

Next school year will begin Sept. 1, 2016, and end June 9, 2017. Winter break will be from Dec. 26-30.

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Saint Vincent College launches green initiatives

Water bottle refilling stations, elimination of styrofoam containers are among the measures.

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Ukraine starts Crimea power repairs as Russia weighs retaliation

The dispute lays bare the conflict between the former Soviet states amid a separatist war that’s hammered Ukraine’s economy.

about 5 hours ago

 Maxine Bruhns has spent 50 years with the Nationality Rooms at Pitt.

Five decades of bringing diverse cultures under one roof at Pitt

As director of Pitt’s Nationality Rooms, Maxine Bruhns has seen museum of ethnic Pittsburgh grown from 19 to 30 rooms.

about 5 hours ago

Advisory committee outlines potential traffic improvements in Murrysville

Study recommends increase in traffic impact fees and long range plans to relieve congestion caused by growth.

about 5 hours ago

 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday before their meeting in Jerusalem.

New settlement spat emerges as Kerry visits Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for the recognition of some settlement blocs in exchange for steps to ease tensions.

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 The Port Authority is expanding the number of parking spaces at the Washington Junction park-and-ride lot in Bethel Park.

More parking coming to Washington Junction park-n-ride lot

Plavchak Construction of Clairton has been in the process of renovating the lot since August.

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Seneca Valley studies renovation and construction options

The school board heard a host of options for upgrading the schools, ranging from making limited improvements to constructing new buildings.

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 Raelynn Jackson is also an allied health instructor for Douglas Education Center in Monessen.

Newsmaker you should know / Finleyville health care worker honored for innovative patient care

Raelynn Jackson received an award from a statewide association for her Meds 2 Beds program.

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National briefs: Ky. felons given voting rights

PLUS: Spy goes free; Copter crash kills 4; ACLU sues Indiana; Bomb plotter sentenced; E. coli sickens 19

about 5 hours ago

World briefs: Socialists lead new coalition in Portugal

PLUS: Afghan soldiers held; Ebola kills boy; Vatican leaks trial; Athens bomb blast

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 The Mid-Atlantic Region is expected to have 4.94 million people hit the highways.

Lower gas prices, milder temperatures to ease holiday traveling

About 5 million people from the Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey region are expected to take to the highway for Thanksgiving.

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 The Port Authority of Allegheny County had to shut down the Mon Incline this morning because some of the doors were not working properly.

TRAFFIC: Mon Incline reopens for evening rush hour

The Port Authority said the incline had a problem with its doors this morning and that shuttle buses were being used.

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 Tyree Blocker.

Confirmation hearing for Pa. police commissioner nominee goes smoothly

Committee has passed along Tyree Blocker’s nomination to the full state Senate.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf

State Senate backs off plan to attempt veto override on budget

Senate Republicans threaten, then call off a planned vote to override Gov.Wolf’s veto of a short-term bill.

about 6 hours ago

 Jason T. Wright, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State University.

Astronomers are baffled by the light coming from a distant star

Astronomers are trying to figure out what is causing a star in the northern sky to dim so dramatically.

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 Joe Giansante is a former math teacher at Pittsburgh Brashear High School.

Former math teacher loses battle to keep job at Brashear

City school board terminates Joe Giansante, who despite good “value” scores, was judged unsatisfactory based on principal observations.

about 6 hours ago

 Alan Faneca, arguably the greatest guard in Steelers history.

Former Steelers Faneca, Greene among Hall semifinalists

Tony Dungy and Ty Law are among the 25 football Hall of Fame semifinalists with Pittsburgh-area ties.

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 Mayor Richard Lattanzi, left, glances Tuesday at the document, just signed by Dennis Davin, secretary of the state Department of Community and Economic Development, releasing Clairton from its Act 47 financial distress status at the municipal building in Clairton.

Decades later, Clairton no longer 'distressed'

The city’s financial picture has improved enough for it to be removed from state’s Act 47 program.

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 CardioKinetix makes the Parachute, a device inserted by catheter into the heart's left ventricle for patients who have developed ischemic left sided heart failure following a heart attack. The Parachute implant partitions the damaged muscle, isolating the non-functional muscle segment from the functional segment, which decreases the overall volume and restores a more normal geometry and function in the left ventricle.

Pittsburgh cardiologists testing new heart device

The Parachute, which helps a left ventricle pump blood, is being tested at more than 60 locations, including AGH and UPMC Presbyterian.

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 Artist  Brandon Boan's public art bike rack,  "Hot Pants," can be seen in front of Sienna Mercato on Penn Avenue.

Cultural District racks up some new spots for bikes

The racks were designed by local artists who were chosen after submitting proposals to the Cultural Trust.

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 Mrs. Lane announced in September plans to step down as superintendent when her contract ends June 30, marking more than five years as leader of the district.

City superintendent Linda Lane receives salary increase

The move would bump her annual salary to $245,000 during her last six months with the district.

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 Mark Brentley Sr. i

Pittsburgh schools honor board members during final day of service

The Pittsburgh Public Schools board honored Mark Brentley, William Isler and Sherry Hazuda during their final meeting as board directors.

about 7 hours ago

While Senate panel ponders AG Kane's authority, House lawmaker ponders impeachment proceedings

Some Democrats are fighting back and asking why the participants in an email scandal are not being equally scrutinized.

about 10 hours ago

 Gladstone Middle School building at 327 Hazelwood Ave.

City school board approves sale of Gladstone Middle School building

The school, which has been vacant for 14 years, is bought by a realty company representing a collaboration of youth-service organizations.

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Brussels lockdown stays as terror alert extended by a week

Meanwhile, a street cleaner found an explosive vest similar to those used in the Paris attacks on Monday.

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Police hunt suspects in mass shooting in New Orleans park

An evening of fun at a block party swiftly turned into a nightmare.

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Obama pledges solidarity with France, says 'we will win' fight against ISIS

Hollande’s trip to Washington was part of a diplomatic push to get the U.S. and other nations to bolster efforts to destroy ISIS.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf said Republicans told him Friday that they could not secure enough rank-and-file support for a 21 percent sales tax increase that they had proposed as the linchpin to a budget deal and school property-tax package.

Wolf says ball in GOP's court after budget deal blowup

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman says the sides couldn’t agree on which school districts should benefit the most.

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Sabotage blacks out Crimea, raising Russia-Ukraine tensions

Crimean activists and Ukrainian nationalists left the peninsula in the dark and Ukraine and Russia headed toward a standoff over the issue.

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One of last 4 northern white rhinos is euthanized

Nola was euthanized at the San Diego zoo Sunday after an illness from a bacterial infection and age-related health issues worsened.

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