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Candidates jockey for Speaker John Boehner's job

Jason Chaffetz is challenging heir apparent Kevin McCarthy for the U.S. House speakership.

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UMPC, Highmark collide in Supreme Court

The health giants contested language in a consent decree about how Highmark’s Medicare Advantage members should be covered.

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State-owned universities might get cash advances if budget impasse endures

The money would come from the State System of Higher Education's investment portfolio.

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 The auditor general said he found scant evidence of work by former special adviser on higher education Ron Tomalis.

State audit finds special adviser on higher education 'did little work'

Eugene DePasquale blasts the Department of Education for lack of oversight on advisers and help for academically struggling districts.

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Top EU court strikes down major data sharing pact between U.S. and Europe

The European Court of Justice found that European data is not sufficiently protected in the United States.

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U.S. to release 6,000 prisoners as part of sentencing-overhaul campaign

The move implements a decision last year to slash the number of incarcerated drug offenders by nearly half.

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South Carolina cleans up, but worries remain amid floods

So far, at least 17 people have died in the floods in the Carolinas, some of them drowning after trying to drive through high water.

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Pentagon calls Afghan hospital strike a mistake, seeks accountability

New comments are the most direct acknowledgement yet by the U.S. government that the strike on the hospital was carried out by U.S. forces.

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 Ronna L. Edelstein at PNC Park.

Baseball Lore: A fan’s memory of dad ties together 1960 and 2015

There’s a sense of a bond between 1960 and 2015 when it comes to Pirates and father.

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Obama makes pitch to win support for Pacific trade pact

He urged farmers to push their lawmakers to approve what he said would boost their sales in a fast-growing region.

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 Kathleen Carson

Obituary: Kathleen Carson / Caring cook at UPMC St. Margaret

Longtime cook at UPMC St. Margaret knew her regulars’ names, faces and food preferences and always served them with a smile.

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Nation briefs: Calif. has new equal-pay protections

Plus: Senate opens VW probe; Deportations drop; $1.9M drone fine; Chrysler strike planned

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World briefs: Neutrino work earns Nobel

Plus: Overseas cash tallied; No-fly zone rejected; Turkey asked for help; IS strikes Yemen.

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 Former Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis was named by Mr. Corbett as his special adviser in June 2013.

State audits: Education Dept. failed to monitor special adviser under Corbett

The state audit report says the Department of Education "failed to monitor its special adviser (Tomalis)" to then-Gov. Tom Corbett.

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 Denise O'Connor, left, shown here with Dr. Alan Lantzy in December 2013, is the Three Rivers Mothers' Milk Bank's executive director and a longtime lactation consultant.

Pennsylvania’s first milk bank is ready to stock its shelves

The Three Rivers Mother’s Milk Bank in Pittsburgh is ready to stock its shelves to help premature babies thrive.

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 This  NASA photo, taken by an instrument aboard the agency's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows dark narrow 100 meter-long streaks on the surface of Mars that scientists believe were caused by flowing streams of salty water.

Water on Mars helps confirm Duquesne University research

Only microbes that breathe and metabolize metals such as arsenic could survive on Mars, says Duquesne University biologist John Stolz says.

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 An early-onset Alzheimer's patient undergoes a brain scan at UPMC Presbyterian, part of a study at the University of Pittsburgh Alzheimer Disease Research Center.

Pittsburgh businesses learning to deal with customers struggling with dementia

Training programs are launched to prepare Pittsburgh businesses to deal with customers with Alzheimer’s and other dementia.

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TRAFFIC: Part of Smithfield Street, Downtown to close for 7 months

A northbound lane and parking lane on Smithfield Street, Downtown, will be closed from Fourth to Fifth avenues.

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 The 3-D technology was approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration in February 2011, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC began using it in September of that year.

3-D mammograms now covered by insurance in Pa.

Pennsylvania women can get 3-D mammograms after Gov. Wolf administration announces insurance must pay for them.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf has been scrambling to line up support for what could be a key test vote in the state House on Wednesday.

Wolf still working to get votes for his budget proposals

Gov. Tom Wolf’s office on Tuesday unveiled a revised version of his tax proposal.

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Potential bidder on old Mars school wants to see appraisals

The Mars Area school district, under the advice of solicitor Tom King, is keeping appraisals secret on old Middlesex Elementary building.

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Tips to make a business more Alzheimer's friendly

There are techniques employees can do to create a helpful place for those who have dementia.

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Five-member ICA board now has 3 vacancies

Mayor Bill Peduto, who has been feuding with the oversight authority, questions whether the board now has enough members for a quorum.

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 Rich Fitzgerald says that, according to his budget proposal, most county departments would see a 1 or 2 percent increase due to normal cost of living adjustments.

Fitzgerald’s 2016 budget has no property tax hike

For the 14th year out of the last 15, the proposal would be without a millage hike for Allegheny County residents.

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Most Allegheny County vehicle owners will pay for more for registrations in ’16

County council approved a measure that would add $5 to the state’s $36 annual registration fee.

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Suspect in Philadelphia killing arrested in Braddock

Police say Dominic Rountree shot his brother repeatedly following a verbal spat.

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Students uninjured in crash involving car, Pine-Richland School District bus

The bus was carrying about two dozen students when it collided with the other vehicle.

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7 charged in counterfeit scheme that defrauded business in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County

The bogus bills were used at locations that included jewelry shops, gas stations, Target and Walmart stores, restaurants and Rivers Casino.

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U.S. Supreme Court: Jim Thorpe’s body to remain in town that bears his name

The justices refused to hear an appeal by Thorpe’s surviving sons in their effort to move his remains to Indian tribal lands in Oklahoma.

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 Paula Busanic, a former teacher at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Edgewood, said she left the school in 2009 because she was frustrated with the lack of respect and empathy she received from her colleagues and administrators who are able to hear.

Small group of protesters criticizes deaf school's program

The protesters say the school administration does not enforce the use of ASL by non-deaf people in the school.

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Health happenings for Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Westmoreland Cultural Trust, in conjunction with GFour Productions, is presenting “Menopause the Musical” Oct. 14 at the Palace Theatre.

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Moon Area revives merger talks with Cornell

Curt Baker, Moon Area superintendent, presented a proposal to the school board Monday night.

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 Arthur B. McDonald in Kingston, Ontario, today.

Takaaki Kajita, Arthur McDonald win Nobel Prize in physics

Takaaki Kajita of the University of Tokyo and Arthur B. McDonald of Queen’s University were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.

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 Ambassador John Ashe, of Antigua and Barbuda, the president of the General Assembly 68th session, speaks during a news conference at United Nations headquarters in 2013.

Ex-UN General Assembly head among 6 held in bribery scheme

John Ashe faces conspiracy- and bribery-related charges along with five others.

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 Vitalya "Tally" Sepot, a Penn State sophomore from Branford, Conn., was killed in a one-car accident Sept. 27 on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Chester County.

Penn State THON organizers to review 'canning' safety in wake of crash that killed student

Vitalya Sepot, 19, of Branford, Conn., was killed when the vehicle she was in crashed on the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Sept. 27.

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 Police stand outside of the Community College of Philadelphia today while police searched the school after a report of a person with a gun.

Philadelphia college searched after report of armed person

Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey told reporters that there were no reports of shooting or injuries.

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Pennsylvania's new online voter registration draws thousands

More than 20,000 were new registrants and the rest were people who changed the information on their registration.

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NATO warns Russia over airspace violations

The warning underscored the heightened risk of a wider conflagration as Russia escalates its intervention in the Syrian conflict.

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New marine reserves declared in Maryland, Mich.

The new protected waters in the United States are the first to be designated as such in 15 years, the White House said in a statement.

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 The Supreme Court building on Monday in Washington, where the high court started a new term that promises a steady stream of divisive social issues and also brighter prospects for conservatives who suffered more losses than usual in recent months.

Supreme Court opens new term, with major cases brewing

The justices rejected hundreds of appeals that had piled up over the summer.

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Boehner: House to vote for speaker Oct. 29, other jobs after

It was a move widely seen as benefiting his preferred successor, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California.

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Clinton announces gun safety initiatives

Her willingness to put the gun issue at the forefront of her campaign represents a risk that the politics have indeed changed on the issue.

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National briefs: Students, staff return to site of massacre

Plus: Calif. right-to-die bill signed; Passenger jet diverted after pilot’s death; Derailment injures 7; 2 in Ark. arrested for threats

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World briefs: 56 killed in bombings around Iraq

Plus: Clashes continue in Mideast; Airstrike not sought by U.S.; Iran sanctions to be enforced; Ukraine elections.

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Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Best route to good commuting options: Take survey

Attention commuters: Fold your kickstands, stop your engines and take the “Make My Trip Count” survey today.

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 “In recent years, certain products have become very popular among aficionados, enthusiasts and collectors," says Tim Holden, chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, as the board prepares for a lottery for Buffalo Trace Distillery's Experimental Collection on Oct. 13.

Will Pennsylvania's liquor lottery be a win for customers?

Following a website crash last year, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is using a lottery this year to sell sought-after spirits.

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 Construction crews work on the new Hulton Bridge in Marsh. The bridge, which spans Oakmont and Harmar, will open to traffic on Oct. 20. The existing bridge, pictured to the right, is closed to traffic through Oct. 19 as crews work to rebuild parts of Hulton Road in preparation for the opening of the new bridge.

TRAFFIC: Hulton Bridge closes until Oct. 20, when new span opens

Crews will reconstruct parts of Hulton Road from 3rd Street to the new bridge and also on Freeport Road. Detours will be posted.

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 J. Whyatt “Jerry” Mondesire.

Philadelphia civil rights leader, journalist Jerry Mondesire dies at 65

Former Philadelphia NAACP president J. Whyatt “Jerry” Mondesire, publisher of the Philadelphia Sunday Sun, died Sunday at the age of 65.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf speaks to reporters in August in Norristown, Pa.

Wolf reiterates need for tax increase to balance budget

The governor is expected to unveil a revised proposal on Tuesday and Republican leaders say the House will take a vote on Wednesday.

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 Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson speaks during a forum, in Manchester, N.H.

Poll shows Trump, Carson ahead among Pennsylvania Republicans

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Caron and businessman/reality-TV-star Donald Trump each got 18 percent registered Republicans in the poll.

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