Many people may be vaping nicotine through e-cigarettes, smoking cigars or using hookah water pipes to get their nicotine fix.

Cigarette smoking plunges in U.S., but why?

The nation saw cigarette smoking dip 10 percent from January through March; Allegheny County, however, lags behind with high smoking rates.

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 Mt. Lebanon police Lt. Duane Fisher discusses the stepped-up DUI enforcement that will occur this weekend.

Suburban Pittsburgh police to step up DUI patrols for holiday weekend

The Mt. Lebanon Area DUI Task Force has seen an increase of drivers who were under the influence of drugs.

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PennDOT says contractor may face penalty for restricting traffic on Banksville Road

The closure, which was still in effect as of 11 a.m., was causing delays of an hour or more for commuters heading into the city.

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TRAFFIC: Banksville Road pattern to change but more jams expected

PennDOT will move the merge point down the road to the area of the railroad trestle to try to ease congestion.

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Immunization rates for school children in Allegheny County exceed state levels

A report earlier this week found that about one in five Pennsylvania children are returning to school without required immunizations.

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Judge orders defiant Kentucky clerk to jail

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has refused to issue marriages licenses for two months since the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage.

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 The Allegheny County Airport Authority says a national pilot shortage is to blame for American Airlines cutting flights from Pittsburgh to Hartford and St. Louis.

American Airlines cutting Pittsburgh flights to St. Louis, Hartford

Allegheny County Airport Authority says a national pilot shortage is to blame.

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 Secret Service Police help to search for evidence Wednesday near the defunct cement plant where Lt. Joe Gliniewicz was killed Tuesday in Fox Lake, Ill.

Illinois hunt widens for 3 suspects in fatal shooting of police officer

A major challenge was the lack of a description of the suspects beyond the vague one that came from the officer.

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 A man looks into the office of Pakistan's National Data and Registration Authority (NADRA) on Tuesday which was closed by authorities in Karachi, Pakistan.

Pakistan corruption lets militants get national ID cards

Islamic militant foreigners for years have paid as little as $100 to get Pakistan’s national identity cards.

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 Migrants gather outside the closed Eastern Railway Station in Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, after they were not allowed to board trains bound for Germany. Over 150,000 migrants have reached Hungary this year, most coming through the southern border with Serbia. Many apply for asylum but quickly try to leave for richer EU countries. (Zoltan Mathe/MTI via AP)

Migrant tempers fray as Hungary blocks trains again

Hungary held refugees away from trains to Austria and Germany for a second day Wednesday, after letting a thousand or so ride Monday.

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 Vegetation grows in July 2014 among trees burned by the Rim Fire, near Groveland, Calif. More than 3 trillion trees now grow on Earth, more than seven times greater than scientists previously thought. But it’s also trillions fewer than there used to be, a new study concludes.

Lots of trees to hug: Study counts 3 trillion trees on our planet

There 3 trillion-plus trees on the planet, a forestry scholar’s study has determined, but still many fewer than there had been.

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Pittsburgh-area roofers sue over school background checks

The unions claim the rights of 21 workers were violated when they were banned from school grounds.

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State System board of governors OKs contracts with labor unions

The more than 4,000 covered by the collective bargaining agreements will receive salary increases or cash payments effective January 2016.

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Biden hits road amid speculation on run for presidency

Vice President Joe Biden was in Miami to speak on education policy matters Wednesday.

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Legionnaires’ disease strikes San Quentin

An outbreak of Legionnaires disease inside San Quentin prison in San Francisco has California prison officials rushing to find its source.

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Officers charged in Freddie Gray case to face separate trials

A judge in Baltimore ruled Wednesday that the six city officers tied to the death of Freddie Gray would be tried separately.

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Sto-Rox High School students sent home early due to heat

District superintendent Terry DeCarbo said the high school building is the only one in the district without central air conditioning.

about 8 hours ago

 Robert P. Ravenstahl Sr.

Obituary: Robert P. Ravenstahl Sr. / Grandfather of former city mayor, former state legislator

Mr. Ravenstahl died of natural causes Tuesday at The Arbors at St. Barnabas in Gibsonia. He was 90.

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 French police officers carry a piece of debris from a plane in Saint-Andre, Reunion Island on July 29. French investigators confirmed today that the flaperon was part of the Boeing 777 of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that went missing last year with 239 people aboard.

French investigators confirm wing part is from Malaysia Flight 370

The flight disappeared March 8, 2014, with 239 people aboard.

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One Marine killed, 9 hurt in helicopter hard landing in N.C.

Capt. Ryan Elizabeth Alvis said in a statement that the CH-53E helicopter came down hard during a training exercise Wednesday night.

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Obituary: Henry Clyde Walp / Brought humor, adventure to varied life

Henry Clyde Walp, who died at 99 in New Castle, held a variety of jobs including U.S. Army soldier and tax auditor.

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Random Acts of Kindness: Quick help saved a stricken jogger

Plus: Keys return to owner by a mysterious route, another fabrics shopper wanted to help a charity

about 21 hours ago

Sept. 2 lottery numbers corrected

The correct numbers from Wednesday night’s drawing are: 17 - 22 - 30 - 46 - 56; Powerball 16.

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National briefs: Prison officials mull solitary confinement

PLUS: N.C. men compensated; New video in Texas shooting; Obama’s Alaska visit.

about 21 hours ago

 PPG Industries Inc.

PPG liable for violations at longtime dump site

Federal judge finds PPG liable for toxic waste water discharges from its old glass manufacturing waste dump into the Allegheny River.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, and the Republican majorities of the state House and Senate were unable to reach a deal on an annual spending plan before the fiscal year began July 1.

State budget impasse drags into third month

Eugene DePasquale, the state auditor general, said his staff will tally the delay’s cost for school districts

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Wolf nominates former Department of Revenue official to Pa. Turnpike Commission

Barry Drew served as deputy secretary of administration in the Department of Revenue from 1995 until 2011.

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TRAFFIC: McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge reopens after utility line fire

The span was closed for more than four hours.

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 Port Authority Police block off the entrance to the T line at Gateway Station headed toward Heinz Field after an electrical problem caused a train to shut down inside the tunnel.

Port Authority restores service after T shutdown

Service was halted this evening when the Port Authority said a support piece for an overhead electric line broke and struck the line.

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 Third-graders wait during transition to another class in June at the Environmental Charter School.

Environmental Charter School seeks to open two more schools in Pittsburgh

The school has filed an application with Pittsburgh Public Schools to add a K-8 school in East Liberty and open a 9-12 school in the Hill.

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 U.S.Treasurer Rosa Rios, right, smiles as she's introduced to Harriet Tubman's great-great-grand niece, Pauline Copes-Johnson of Auburn, N.Y., left, before a town hall meeting in Seneca Falls, N.Y.

Who should succeed Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill?

Historians see heated debates on which woman should replace Hamilton, the nation’s first treasury secretary.

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 The $3.5 million renovation project will replace the rails and safety cables and renovate the cars and stations on what the authority says is the oldest continuously operating funicular railway in the U.S. It opened in 1870 and has undergone four previous renovations.

Mount Washington merchants fear effects of renovations on Mon Incline

Shiloh Street businesses are girding for the impact of a 12-week construction project that will close the incline.

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 Johnson Estate Winery, just over the border in Westfield, N.Y., is seeking grape pickers to help with the harvest on Sept. 7 to 8. Pickers will be paid $10 per hour and, if they do three hours, a sandwich and a piece of pie.

Lake Erie winery invites people to pick grapes on Labor Day

The “GRAPE PICKERS WANTED” sign went up recently in front of the Johnson Estate Winery, just over the state border in Westfield, N.Y.

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 Matt Bovee of Munhall lifts one of 36 solar panels being installed Wednesday on the roof of the Highmark SportsWorks at the Carnegie Science Center on the North Shore. More solar panels are being planned for the North Side, with the approval of a project at CCAC.

FirstEnergy to pay for solar installations at CCAC

The power produced by the solar arrays will be equivalent to that of a coal-fired power plant with emissions of 78.6 tons of CO2 a year.

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 "No deal is perfect, especially one negotiated with the Iranian regime," said Sen. Barbara Mikulski, whose backing of the Iran nuclear agreement gives supporters the margin they need to uphold an expected presidential veto of a resolution of disapproval Republicans hope to pass later this month.

Obama secures votes to ensure Iran nuke deal

Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland became the crucial 34th vote Tuesday.

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Top candidates to replace Hamilton on $10 bill

Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, Eleanor Roosevelt and Elizabeth Cady Stanton have their supporters for placement on the $10 bill.

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Markets on edge as policymakers flex muscles

Investors now predict the U.S. Federal Reserve will delay an interest rate rise that had been expected as early as this month.

1 day ago

 Fran Tunno in seventh grade.

Back to School: Nun’s lesson about good deeds has had long payoff

Sister Generosa taught me the value of helping others long ago, and I am grateful now for the lesson.

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Allegheny Intermediate Unit board opens up its deliberations

The AIU, which offers special education services, looks to “right-size” with staff cuts and potential sale of building.

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 Thai authorities arrest a man they believe is part of a group responsible for a deadly bombing at a shrine in central Bangkok on Aug. 17.

2nd arrest made in deadly Thailand shrine attack

Police in Thailand have arrested a man they believe was the key bomber in the terror attack that killed 20 people.

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 President Barack Obama speaks to reporters Tuesday while hiking to the Exit Glacier in Seward, Alaska.

In Alaska, Obama obliges some critics and takes a hike

President Barack Obama on Tuesday hiked to a receding Alaskan glacier to make visible his concerns about climate change.

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Obese at 50? Midlife weight may affect when Alzheimer’s hits

Midlife obesity can speed Alzheimer’s onset, National Institute on Aging study finds.

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Migrant crisis in Europe grows

Hungary on Tuesday briefly barred hundreds of refugees from boarding its trains in Budapest.

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Planned Parenthood loss could burden other health centers

Lousiana’s intent to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood clinics threatens the fight against sexually transmitted diseases.

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Video shows deputies shooting San Antonio man with raised hands

San Antonio deputies appear to have fatally shot a man who had his hands up, video shows.

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World briefs: 3 journalists arrested on terror charges

Plus: Accused teacher kills self; protesters stage sit-in; “holy war” against corruption; Kim skips celebration; activist arrested

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National briefs: California curbs solitary confinement

Plus: West Point professor resigns; Chimps denied legal rights; Smoking at record low; College pot smoking increases.

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 Karen Wolk Feinstein, president and CEO of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, said Tuesday of personal health responsibility: “We own it. It’s our health. It’s so fundamental and yet it seems too simple.”

On 25th anniversary, Jewish Healthcare Foundation putting new focus on personal health

“It’s our health,” said Karen Wolk Feinstein, president and CEO of the foundation. “It’s so fundamental and yet it seems too simple.”

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 Jeffrey Schwartz, with human and monkey skulls, in a lab at the University of Pittsburgh's Posvar Hall, in 2009.

Pitt paleontologist wants to limit the genus Homo to Homo sapiens

Pitt’s Jeffrey Schwartz stirs controversy with his Science magazine article stating that some human species don’t belong in the genus Homo.

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 Pope Francis celebrates a Mass at the Vatican's Santa Marta hotel, on Tuesday.

Pope Francis allows absolutions for abortion

Pope Francis is making it possible for women to confess directly to any Catholic priest, who can forgive without a bishop’s permission.

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