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 Demonstrators cheer in the intersection of West North and Pennsylvania Avenues in Baltimore on Saturday, May 2, 2015, one of the sites of Monday's rioting, as they march a day after charges were announced against the police officers involved in Freddie Gray's death.

Baltimore begins de-escalation

The move signaled an end to the extraordinary measures taken to ensure public safety amid an outcry over police practices.

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 Ben Carson

Retired surgeon announces bid for presidency

He has become a conservative favorite on the strength of his motivational life story and strong opposition to President Barack Obama.

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 Lexie Bouchard, a seventh-grader at Pittsburgh Brookline PreK-8 who has a rare bone disease, stands in the hallway Thursday after posing for a group photo.

Teenager with bone disease honored for her advocacy

Third-graders at Pittsburgh Brookline PreK-8 have developed a bond with mentor Lexie Bouchard, a seventh-grader with brittle bone disease.

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 Katherine Seelman,  associate dean of disability programs, in her office at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.

The ADA at 25: Disability issues find champion at Pitt

Part two: National Council on Disability to meet here, thanks to Kate Seelman, Pitt professor and internationally renowned advocate.

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 Dr. Bill Thomas, will speak at 7 tonight at the Carnegie Museum of Art Theater in Oakland as part of his 30-city “Age of Disruption” tour.

Bill Thomas, ambassador of aging, speaks tonight at the Carnegie Museum of Art Theater

Reject the worship of youth, Bill Thomas tells baby boomers, and embrace the transition from adulthood into elderhood.

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 Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak, 35, of Carrick is challenging incumbent Controller Michael Lamb, 52, of Mount Washington for the Democratic nomination in the May 19 primary.

Primary 2015: Rudiak challenges Lamb for Pittsburgh controller

Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak says incumbent Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb doesn’t work closely enough with city administration.

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Afghan, Taliban representatives meet in Qatar

For once, neither side denied that the sessions were taking place.

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Nigerian military is accused of killing civilians

Community leaders and residents of central Plateau state say the killings were to avenge the deaths of six soldiers.

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 Graffiti can be seen on the walls near the river walk under the Fort Duquesne bridge ramp.  This area of the river walk is targeted for some upgrading this summer with plans for a public art installation.

Riverlife pushes for improvements on the Downtown side of the Allegheny River trail

Riverlife has started a walking loop from Market Square to the Allegheny River trail to highlight the need for visual improvements there.

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 Former Pennsylvania governor and U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh.

Dick Thornburgh wants to build on ADA’s foundation

Former Pennsylvania governor and U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh was a key player in passage of the ADA 25 years ago.

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Nepal bureaucracy blamed for quake aid ‘bottleneck’

Officials of aid organizations and Western governments have been grumbling about Nepal’s government since the earthquake struck April 25.

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 A snowplow clears a street in January near Quincy Market in Boston. More than $1 billion was spent and 6 million tons of salt used to keep highways operating in nearly two dozen states during the recent harsh winter, according to a first-ever survey of state transportation officials.

States spent heavily to clear winter snow, ice

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials said 23 states reported combined spending of more than $1 billion.

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2 killed outside Muhammad cartoon contest

The American Freedom Defense Initiative had been hosting a contest that would award the best cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad.

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In U.K. politics, all eyes turn to Scotland – again

Polls show that the Scottish National Party will win the majority of Scottish constituencies in the British general election Thursday.

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Italy says 5,800 migrants rescued

The recoveries come as part of one of the biggest rescue operations this year.

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Pilot prepares for flight in solar-powered craft

No one before has attempted a solar-powered flight over such a large expanse of ocean — 5,070 miles.

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Obituary: Anthony James Belski / Cashier with ‘a very big heart’ was favorite of customers at grocery store in Bethel Park

Anthony “A.J.” Belski of Castle Shannon was so gregarious that customers changed lines to go through his supermarket checkout line.

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World briefs: New princess meets British royal family

PLUS: Arab coalition troops land; Spy investigation launched; Al-Qaida claims killing.

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National briefs: Boehner challenges Clinton

PLUS: Man held after officer shot; Sanders calls for change; Ohio abortion clinics close.

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 An Israeli man from the Ethiopian community is wounded Sunday after clashes with Israeli security forces in the coastal city of Tel Aviv during a protest against alleged police brutality and institutionalized discrimination.

Israel protest turns violent

An anti-racism protest descended into one of the most violent demonstrations in Israel’s commercial capital in years.

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 Some poker face: Professional poker player Douglas Polk up against a mere machine at the Rivers Casino.

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Playing poker against a computer does not compute

No thanks to CMU, poker with computers somehow doesn’t sound like as much fun.

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 Nepalese army distribute drinking water and packed noodles Sunday for people who have had their homes damaged and living in tents after the April 25 earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal. With monsoon rains expected in a few weeks, Nepal has pleaded with donors to send tents and temporary shelters for earthquake victims who have been living in the open for more than a week.

Rescuers find 3 survivors after earthquake in Nepal

Surya Prasad Upadhaya, a government administrator, says two men and a woman had been pulled from the rubble near Syauli village.

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 Maya Evanitsky searches for the best place to remove a skin sample from the "Original Nittany Lion," the 150-year-old specimen that resides at Penn State's All-Sports Museum.

PSU student uses stuffed Nittany lion for DNA sequencing

The hope is to use the mascot’s fame to call attention to efforts to protect endangered mountain lion species.

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Lane reopened on Pennsylvania Turnpike after single-vehicle accident

The incident occurred near mile marker 66 in Penn Township, Westmoreland County, reducing traffic to one lane on Sunday afternoon.

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Suit challenges caregiver employment ban for people with criminal records

Five people with long-ago criminal convictions are challenging a state ban on their employment in health care facilities.

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 Elva H. Perrin.

Obituary: Elva H. Perrin / From career as clothes purchaser to dedicated volunteer

Gracious and generous, Elva Perrin also taught languages and served in WWII effort. “She had love in her heart for all,” said her daughter.

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Three open seats on Pa. Supreme Court make for pivotal races

There are 12 candidates — six Democrats and six Republicans — running for three open seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

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 The Chautuauqua Amphitheater shown in August 2014.

National Park Service enters Chautauqua showdown over historic amphitheater

The project became heated last fall after Chautauqua Institution acknowledged that it planned to demolish the structure and build a replica.

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  Stone Librande of Riot Games and the Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center plays through a trial of CAVE Men, which utilizes a three-walled projection. The ETC hosted a showcase of its current students’ projects Thursday at its Technology Drive location.

CMU summit encourages creativity for common good.

Innovators are seeking ways to apply entertainment principles to driving engagement in causes.

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Officials: Millvale mom died of pneumonia

Sara Kessler died of pneumonia, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office.

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Analysis: Conservative Party's fortune is cautionary tale for GOP

Striking a balance between energizing the party’s conservative base and attracting new voters through modernizing efforts is far from easy.

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Sgt. Bergdahl, ‘a case nobody wants to see go to trial’

In many cases, soldiers originally charged with desertion have pleaded guilty to lesser charges under plea deals, sparing them jail time.

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Islamic State captures half of Iraqi oil refinery

The surprise IS advance came despite U.S.-led aerial bombardment of IS positions in central Iraqi city of Baiji, which includes the

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Almost half of state health care exchanges face financial struggles

Many of the online exchanges are wrestling with surging costs, especially for balky technology and expensive customer-call centers.

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Dozens tried for mob killing of Afghan woman that sparked outcry

The attack was captured by mobile phone video and distributed online.

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Election agency unable to curb finance abuse in ’16, chief says

The Federal Election Commission is unlikely to be able to effectively enforce campaign finance laws, its chairperson says.

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National briefs: Pope backs founder of Calif. mission

Plus: Hog farmers and staph; oyster growers, pesticide; SurveyMonkey CEO dies.

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World briefs: U.S. troops to help get aid to Nepal

Plus: Yemen rebels’ appeal; bodies, trafficking tied; N. Korea holds student.

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 Britain's Prince William, right, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, with their newborn daughter pose for the media outside St. Mary's Hospital's exclusive Lindo Wing, London, Saturday. The duchess gave birth to the princess on Saturday morning.

It’s a girl! Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to princess

The royal baby, fourth in line to the throne, weighs 8 pounds 3 ounces. The announcement was greeted by cheers outside the hospital.

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 Victor Espinoza aboard American Pharoah celebrates winning the 141st Kentucky Derby.

American Pharoah wins 2015 Kentucky Derby

American Pharoah wrote his name into Kentucky Derby history by circling five-wide into the stretch and outrunning Firing Line and Dortmund.

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 Dortmund is given a bath on the backside of Churchill Downs after morning workouts on the eve of the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Ky., on Friday. The 141st running of the Kentucky Derby will feature a field of 20 horses.

Talented field adds sparkle to Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby favorite American Pharoah is the brightest star in star-studded 19-horse field.

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 Mylan headquarters stands July 14, 2014, in Canonsburg.

Mylan created Dutch-style poison pill to protect itself

The poison pill could help Mylan thwart a hostile, $43 billion takeover bid from Israeli drugmaker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries.

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Public, private partnership sees energy use drop

Reductions begin to show as Pittsburgh works toward goal of reducing energy and water use 50 percent by 2030.

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 Tony Appleton, a town crier, announces the birth of the royal baby outside the Lindo Wing, St. Mary's Hospital, London, Saturday.

Oyez! Eccentric, unofficial town crier announcing royal baby's birth captures world attention

Town crier Tony Appleton took to the steps Saturday outside London’s St. Mary’s Hospital to loudly proclaim the birth of Britain’s princess.

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Utah test site might as well be on Mars

A rocky corner of Utah bears such a resemblance to the red planet that it has become a hot spot for scientists and engineers.

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Performance-based pay awarded to 49 city principals.

The average amount awarded to 49 principals was about $3,515. The performance-based pay totaled about $172,200.

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 Ricky Burgess

Four contend for council seat representing East End

Three candidates are trying to unseat incumbent Councilman Ricky Burgess in the 9th District Democratic primary.

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All 3 challengers dealing with financial concerns

Two challengers to Pittsburgh Councilman Ricky Burgess have unpaid taxes or liens and  the third has a public corruption conviction.

2 days ago


 Peggy Neal

Obituary: Peggy Neal / Longtime volunteer at Homeless Children’s Education Fund

Peggy Neal, who died March 8, mentored many others at Homeless Children’s Education Fund.

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 Ben E. King in 2011

Obituary: Ben E. King / Soulful baritone sang hit ‘Stand By Me’

Mr. King, whose career spanned several decades, was the smooth, soulful baritone who led the Drifters in some of their biggest hits.

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