HIV-positive women Liu Ximei, left, and Tao Jing Lan in Beijing in 2012. Ms. Ximei contracted the virus after blood sellers at a rural hospital injected her with a used needle following a severe accident as a young girl in which her hair was caught in farm machinery, tearing away her scalp. Originally from Henan province, she was visiting three HIV hospitals in Beijing in the hope of finding a surgeon able to restore hair to her damaged scalp, which she hides beneath a wig.

Rise in HIV among China's youth draws attention for World AIDS Day

Gay men having unprotected sex leads to an increase in numbers of people living with HIV and AIDS in China.

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Scientists come to a consensus on healthy daily diet

Oldways brings 20 nutrition scientists together in Boston to reach a consensus on what foods are healthful and what to avoid.

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Federal suit says state provides inadequate mental health care

The suit claims the state does not have enough beds in community-care programs for those needing autism and mental health services.

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 Pope Francis talks to journalists during a press conference he held aboard the flight on the way back to the Italy, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. Pope Francis traveled to Africa for a six-day visit that took him to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope’s mosque visit raises peace hopes

The move almost immediately opened up a part of the divided city troubled for months by retaliatory violence between Muslim and Christians.

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Obama may sign short-term spending bill to avert shutdown

An existing government-wide continuing resolution is set to expire Dec. 11.

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Police shooting of black teen cited in U of Chicago threat

Meanwhile, a university in Washington reopened, four men were charged in Minnesota and jury selection in a Freddie Gray trial began.

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 Pitt students join about 200 people marching through Oakland during a World AIDS Day candlelight vigil.

World AIDS Day activities planned in Pittsburgh

Efforts are being made in locally and elsewhere to control and find a cure for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

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 The Colorado Springs shooting suspect, Robert Lewis Dear, right (with public defender Dan King), appears via video for a court appearance Monday.

Planned Parenthood attack suspect makes 1st appearance

When asked by Chief District Judge Gilbert Martinez if he understood his rights, Robert Lewis Dear replied, “no questions.”

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Putin sides with Obama’s views, snubs Erdogan

Meanwhile, British leader David Cameron called a vote for Wednesday on extending British airstrikes against Islamic State into Syria.

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Chinese currency reaches IMF milestone

The IMF will add the yuan to its basket of reserve currencies, an international stamp of approval of the strides China has made.

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Puerto Rico undecided on bond payments due today, governor says

Skipping $354 million in payments would escalate a standoff with bondholders by pushing the commonwealth into default.

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NYC’s novel salt warning rule set to take effect at chains

Chain restaurants will have to start putting a special symbol on highly salty dishes.

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Nation briefs: Cell phones cut the cord on landlines

Plus: Tighter visa program, Corrupt speaker convicted, EPA boosts ethanol

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World briefs: Embassy warns of Kabul attack

Plus: Israel convicts 2 teens, N. Ireland abortion law, Iraq prepares for attack, Missile unsucessful

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Obituary: Pamela D. Huston / Chiropractor's approach to life touched friends, patients

Pamela D. Huston, an Edgewood resident died Friday at the age of 59.

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 The app in Pennsylvania came partly in response to a series of cases in which the ACLU alleged retaliation by Philadelphia police officers against those who watch or record police activity.

Mobile app allows recordings of police interactions in Pennsylvania

Smartphone users can use the app to record a video and send it to the American Civil Liberties Union.

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TRAFFIC: More Parkway East closures next weekend

The weekend closure is set to begin at 10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4, and run through 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6.

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Obituary: David A. Murdoch / Attorney was honorary German consul

Mr. Murdoch, a K&L partner, had a lifelong attachment to global affairs. He witnessed the Berlin Wall rise as a student, and fall in 1989.

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 The Pa. Supreme Court ruling will allow 182,000 seniors to avoid paying heftier out-of-network rates.

UPMC, Highmark divorce ends with key ruling

The decision was a setback for UPMC, which had sought to drop Highmark’s Medicare Advantage plan members from its network since the spring.

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 Port Authority has received more than 600 requests for service improvements in at least 85 distinct areas under a formal program the transit agency established earlier this year.

Port Authority continues to hear pleas for expanded bus service

Despite declining fuel costs, transit service says limited funds mean nearly all requests will be denied.

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 Cheyney University's planetarium.

Cheyney University placed on probation by accrediting body

Financially struggling institution has two full years to return to compliance stemming from apparent mishandling of federal student aid.

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Don't be alarmed: Pennsylvania nuclear plant to test sirens

If traveling near Harrisburg on Wednesday, prepare for siren test

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 Kathleen Kane leaves a Montgomery County courtroom recently.

AG Kane to announce plans for next chapter in porn email saga

Among the announcements will be the naming of a special prosecutor to investigate the exchange of illicit material on government computers.

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 President Barack Obama, left, and Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, front row third from right, applaud as they pose with world leaders for a group photo at the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Le Bourget, outside Paris, today.

World leaders meet in Paris for climate talks

The U.N.-organized gathering of 151 heads of state and government comes at a somber time for France.

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 The Rev. Scott Dontanville, front, co-pastor of the Hope Chapel, consoles a congregant before service early Sunday in northeast Colorado Springs, Colo.

After Colorado shooting, renewed questions on gun violence

Colorado’s governor called it a “form of terrorism” and said that the country needed to ask why such shootings were happening so frequently.

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Lawyers for Tamir Rice’s family release outside reports criticizing shooting

Meanwhile, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that the city would soon increase the number of police officers wearing video cameras.

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Study: Smaller animals maintain cleanliness to survive

The results could lead to new self-cleaning technologies to keep solar panels and remote camera sensors dust-free.

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EU expects ‘immediate’ clampdown on migrants in deal with Turkey

Turkey will receive $3.2 billion in additional aid for the more than 2 million Syrian refugees in the country as part of the deal.

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Local Dispatch: Board games are the everlasting holiday gift

My wish is that young adults who have had the fortune to know the fun and value of board games will remember to share with today’s kids.

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 Pope Francis caresses a baby as he visits a refugee camp Sunday in Bangui, Central African Republic.

Pope brings peace message to Central African Republic

He issued the appeal from the altar of Bangui’s cathedral after arriving in the badly divided capital on the final leg of his African tour.

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Cameron steps up preparations for vote on bombing Syria

Elsewhere, at least 18 civilians were killed Sunday in Syrian airstrikes while U.S. strikes helped Iraqi forces make significant progress.

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 A pair of bear hunters walk up a road toward a sign marking a game commission's deer hunter focus area at Pennsylvania game lands 74 last week in Fisher, Clarion County. The Pennsylvania Game Commission hopes more than 30 of these areas across the state will draw more hunters to spots where they’re likely to see more deer when hunting season opens today.

Pennsylvania's deer season opens

The rifle hunting season and continues through Dec. 12.

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 Retailers are rolling out online deals on so-called Cyber Monday, although discounts started days before since now that shoppers are online all the time. “It’s no longer about one day, but a season of digital deals,” said Matthew Shay, president of retail trade group The National Retail Federation.

Cyber Monday sales still on top, but losing some luster

As of 10 a.m. E.T., Adobe, which tracks millions of visitors to retail websites, said $490 million had been spent online.

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National briefs: U of Chicago cancels classes over threat

PLUS: Deadly storm lingering in Plains; 3 die in N.J. crash; Clinton eyes infrastructure; Christie gets key support

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World briefs: Burkina Faso counts ballots for elections

PLUS: Israel protests EU decision; Cyprus issue near solution; Beijing’s pollution levels

1 day ago

 France's President Francois Hollande, right, shakes hand with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

World leaders open Paris climate talks

Diplomats optimistic that landmark gathering could produce successful deal after string of failures.

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 Trooper Stephen Limani, state police spokesman, talks today about the shooting death of St. Clair police Officer Lloyd Reed as St. Clair police Capt. Don Hess, right, looks on.

Officials: Shooter knew he was confronting a officer

Troopers were called to the New Florence shooting scene again Monday. The girlfriend of the suspect was threatening to kill herself.

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 St. Clair Township Officer Lloyd Reed Jr.

Funeral services scheduled this week for Officer Reed

The Harris Funeral Home in Johnstown is handling funeral arrangements for Officer Lloyd Reed.

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 The Pennsylvania Republican Party is counting on presidential hopeful Donald Trump to draw donors for a big-ticket fundraiser next month in New York City.

Trump lined up for state GOP fundraiser in NYC

The Pennsylvania Republican Party is hoping presidential candidate Donald Trump will drive interest in an annual fundraiser in New York.

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 Without reauthorization, the state Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, expires on Dec. 31.

Children’s health safety net expiring unless legislators act by year’s end

The state Legislature is under pressure to reauthorize the CHIP program that provides coverage for 150,000. CHIP expires on Dec. 31.

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 Efrat Ayal Hatchwell talks about her theater program, which works out of the YMCA Jerusalem and is funded by the Jerusalem Foundation.

Mideast film project aims at bridging divisions

A Jerusalem program that puts young Jews and Palestinians together, to make films, seeks a Pittsburgh partner.

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 Robin Dubics of New Florence places a candle at a memorial Sunday on Ligonier Street for St. Clair police Officer Lloyd Reed.

Westmoreland man held in death of officer after fleeing domestic dispute

Police say Ray Shetler, who is hospitalized, killed Officer Lloyd Reed while responding to a domestic incident in New Florence.

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 "I believe there’s room for more bears," said Mark Ternent, a biologist and bear specialist with the state Game Commission, "but we need to balance that with the human social factor and limit the number of negative human-bear conflicts.”

Here, there, everywhere a bear: Game Commission says population not a problem

Not long ago, bears were mostly isolated in remote regions of the Appalachian Mountains.

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 The Daniel Finch mural "Lady Commonwealth" at the Susquehanna Art Museum.

Harrisburg sheds its stodgy image

Pennsylvania’s state capitol is a hidden gem in plain sight in a city building a reputation as a foodie and sightseeing destination.

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 Sasha and Chris Heinz in 2009.

Pittsburgh's charms attract another young professional: Christopher Heinz

Praising the “sense of community that’s more meaningful in Pittsburgh,” Mr. Heinz is coming to town. Let the political speculation begin.

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 West Virginia University assistant professor Charlie Yuill uses a laser surveying tool to help define structures damaged by a September fire in the historic district of Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

WVU marshals effort to restore Harpers Ferry after devastating fire

WVU dispatched an extension service employee and experts in engineering, law, writing and marketing to the renowned Civil War town.

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New Kensington man killed in single-vehicle crash in Armstrong County

State police say Ronald Heuston lost control of his vehicle early Sunday on Ford City Road in North Buffalo Township.

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Obituary: Clement 'Russell' Mathews / Steel fabrication exec who thrived on complex projects

Mr. Mathews, 80, a civil engineer by training, worked on projects from Fifth Avenue Place to the NYC World Trade Center.

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 Korina Ciuba, right, her brother Gage Ciuba and their grandmother Jean Harmon hold hands with fellow mourners Saturday in Colorado Springs, Colo., at a vigil held at the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church. The vigil honored those killed in Friday’s deadly shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic.

Obama: Recurring gun violence is ‘not normal’

The president responded angrily on Saturday to the Colorado shooting that took three lives, including that of a police officer.

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Officer slain in shooting was a co-pastor, skating champion

Officer Garrett Swasey was killed after responding to reports of an active shooter. He was one of 12 victims — and one of three fatalities.

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