Gov. Tom Wolf

Governor Tom Wolf uses Facebook to field questions on budget

Gov. Tom Wolf makes the case for his budget in a Facebook town hall.

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 Syleena Fraizer, 3, uses a light table to build in Flo Monroe's preschool class at the Conroy Education Center's early childhood program.

Academic vs. play-based preschool debate fading in favor of intellectual discovery

The issue of preschool learning through academics or play is back at the forefront as federal and state officials expand early learning.

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 The Allegheny County Health Department has relaxed several food safety rules, making it slightly easier for restaurants and other food establishments to pass their annual health inspections.

Standards softened for Allegheny County eateries

The revisions were mandated by the state so that restaurant inspections in the county conform to state and federal food codes.

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Failed Lawrence County racetrack deal built around investment-for-green-card exchange

The ill-fated Lawrence County racetrack couldn’t find a bank willing to lend it money — so it turned to China.

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 Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, left, greets Head of Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi as he arrives for a meeting with officials from P5+1, the European Union and Iran at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel March 31, 2015 in Lausanne. Officials are meeting in Switzerland for negotiations on Iran's nuclear program.

No Iran agreement yet as talks go past deadline

Iran nuclear negotiations in Switzerland passed the self-imposed midnight Tuesday deadline and headed into overtime in search of accord.

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Obama defies Congress on shift in union rules

President Barack Obama on Tuesday rejected a congressionally passed resolution that would have barred streamlined, speedy union elections.

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Iraqi prime minister claims major advance in Tikrit

Iraq’s prime minister claimed Tuesday that the city of Tikrit had been recaptured from the Islamic State.

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World briefs: Obama lifts arms freeze against Egypt

Plus: Yemen strife intensifies; $3.8B pledged for Syrians; Japan to extend sanctions.

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Nation dates: Library of Congress criticized

Plus: Boston defense rests; Sentences commuted; Inmate captured.

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 Supporters of presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressive Congress party celebrate Tuesday in Kano, Nigeria. Three decades after seizing power in a military coup, Mr. Buhari became the first Nigerian to oust a president through the ballot box, putting him in charge of Africa's biggest economy and one of its most turbulent democracies.

Nigeria leader hailed as hero for conceding election defeat

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan conceded defeat in the weekend election.

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Lawmakers in Arkansas pass religious freedom bill

Arkansas passed its version of a religious freedom law, joining Indiana in a swirl of controversy that shows little sign of calming.

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Obituary: Kathryn “Kay” Stolarevsky / Music instructor, camp founder taught thousands to love the arts

Kathryn Fell Stolarevsky teamed with her late husband to run the Chatham College Music and Arts Day Camp to teach children to love the arts.

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Obama’s climate change strategy, part of global deal in Paris, is revealed

President Barack Obama on Tuesday offered a plan to cut greenhouse gases in the nation by about one-third in the next 10 years.

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 Penn State men's basketball coach Patrick Chambers is helping a Penn State biologist raise research funds by producing a video about how the coach witnessed the decline and death of his father from Alzheimer's disease.

Penn State coach lends help to professor pursuing brain-repair research

Basketball coach Patrick Chambers is working with PSU biologist Gong Chen, whose research focuses on restoring brain cells and function.

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Report finds many Alzheimer's patients not told of diagnosis

Only 45 percent said they were told they had the disease, although some experts believe physicians are afraid to cause emotional stress.

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Route 19 in Marshall to have evening lane restrictions

The lane closures will occur at the bridge carrying the Pennsylvania Turnpike over Route 19.

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Allegheny Intermediate Unit hires auditors to review special education finances

A deficit prompted the AIU on Feb.1 to switch the therapists from salaried employees to hourly employees who will lose their benefits.

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 A small memorial has sprung up along a bike trail in Hays after eagle eggs failed to hatch.

Memorial springs up in Hays for eagle eggs that didn’t hatch

Experts are not sure what the Hays eagles will do, now that they have no eggs to look after.

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Fitzgerald injects diversity into panel to study government

After Allegheny County Council named five white men, Executive Rich Fitzgerald named four woman, including two minorities, to the group.

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Norwin teacher's husband accused of trying to threaten a witness in heroin case

North Huntingdon police charged Marc Rodnicki, 34, with trying to intimidate a witness in the heroin case against his wife, Lisa Rodnicki.

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 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks during a news conference in Philadelphia in January.

Court rejects Kane challenge of prosecutor

A Montgomery County judge appointed a special prosecutor to investigate alleged leaks by the attorney general to a newspaper.

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 Juan Henderson, 48, of Forest Hills, said he enjoys his second job as a driver for Uber and is prepared for tax season.

Pittsburgh ride-sharing drivers may be caught off guard for tax season

Many will be filing tax returns as independent contractors for the first time this year.

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 RaceDots are a simple and effective alternative to safety pins for runners' race bibs.

Here are four gadgets aimed to make running easier

To help calm those marathon jitters, we took a look at four cool accessories to help you cross the finish line.

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Indiana governor says will 'fix' religious freedom law this week

The Republican governor was reacting to widespread backlash against the act he signed into law last week.

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 Now, the cost to buy and install a typical water heater is about $900.

New federal rules for water heaters will mean higher price tag

Water heaters bought after the standards go into effect April 16 will be slightly larger than current models.

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 This photo shows search operations at the crash site of an Airbus A320, near Seyne-les-Alpes.

Lufthansa: Pilot reported depression

The airline said Andreas Lubitz subsequently passed all medical checks and that it has provided the documents to prosecutors.

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 This combination of undated file photos shows, from left, Krystle Campbell, 29, Lu Lingzi, a Boston University graduate student from China, and Martin Richard, 8, all who were killed in the bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, in Boston. Prosecutors rested their case Monday, March 30, 2015, against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, after jurors in his federal death penalty trial saw gruesome autopsy photos and heard a medical examiner describe the devastating injuries suffered by the three people who died in the 2013 terror attack.

Computer expert: Tsarnaev's brother searched for bomb parts

The defense is trying to show that Tsarnaev’s older brother was the mastermind of the bombings.

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Saudis make own moves as U.S. and Iran talk

Even as the U.S. is pursuing a breakthrough framework, Saudi Arabia is directing a broad regional assault against the Tehran government.

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Health happenings in Pittsburgh

A listing of health- and fitness-related events for the week starting March 31, 2015.

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Judge weighs 'mental anguish' law passed after convicted killer's speech

The law was rushed through the Legislature late last year after a convicted cop killer made a recorded commencement address to a college.

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Co-pilot treated for tendencies toward suicide for long period

The co-pilot believed to have intentionally crashed a German jet in the French Alps last week had treatment over “a long period of time.”

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Armed prisoner who escaped from Va. hospital captured in DC

The prisoner escaped the custody of a private security guard with the officer's gun, police said.

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Ex-firefighter arrested after holding four others hostage outside Phila.

Police said the man, who was about 30 years old, was a former firefighter who had been terminated Monday.

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Federal agents charged with stealing digital currency

A former Secret Service agent and a former Drug Enforcement Administration agent have been charged with fraud.

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Scores killed at Yemen camp for displaced

An air strike Monday by a Saudi-led Arab coalition killed at least 40 at a Yemen refugee camp.

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North Park to hold boot camp for women only

Classes to promote weight loss and muscle toning in women will meet Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays for four weeks.

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 Pan-Seared Halibut with Red Curry is packed with protein.

Marathon Ready: Pan-Seared Halibut with Red Curry

This recipe for halibut is a spicy fish dish that’s packed with protein.

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Prosecutors: Ex-drug cops on trial looted millions in cash

Lawyers for six former Philadelphia policemen charged with stealing millions in cash and drugs called the case a fiction.

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Laws meant to prevent discrimination may bolster It

Indiana is the latest state to pass a religious protection act, legislation that has changed its meaning over time.

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Supreme Court questions North Carolina sex offender law

U.S. Supreme Court justices held Monday that ankle-bracelet monitoring programs constitute a search.

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Obituary: Louisa Rosenthal / Small business owner supported the arts ---

Ms. Rosenthal committed herself to spreading appreciation of and support for the arts.

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 The Rev. Dennis Colamarino in August

Obituary: Rev. Dennis Colamarino / Priest with ALS ‘taught us how to live and … how to die’

Rev. Dennis J. Colamarino, pastor of the Christ the Light of the World Parish in Duquesne, dealt with Lou Gehrig’s disease with grace.

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Mumia Abu-Jamal ‘not doing well’ at hospital, has diabetes

Abu-Jamal, 60, was taken from the State Correctional Institution-Mahanoy to Schuylkill Medical Center after passing out, his wife said.

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Nation briefs: Fla. church van crash kills 8

Plus: High-profile Mo. suicides; Transportation bill sent; Bomb prosecution rest.

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World briefs: Ex-general widens lead in Nigeria vote

Plus: Olmert found guilty; New machete attack; Abe seeks regional summit.

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Canon-McMillan suspends high school baseball coach

Frank Zebrasky, Canon McMillan baseball coach since 2-009, is under review for student misconduct during a team trip to South Carolina.

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 The thwarted North Side gardeners: From left to right, Renee Rosensteel, Karen Fellabaum and Lisa Anderson.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Bureaucratic inanity blocks garden project for prison’s halfway house

A prison-community garden project on the North Side falls to bureaucratic interpretation of governor’s no-gift order.

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 A study found that nearly six of 10 crashes involving teen drivers were preceded by distractions — interactions with other passengers, cell phone use, grooming or looking at something other than the road ahead.

Study asks: Just how distracted are motorists?

Researchers analyzed 1,691 crash videos and observed potential distractions in 58.5 percent of them.

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Overnight closures scheduled this week on Parkway West

The outbound side will close at 10 p.m. today and Tuesday from Green Tree to Interstate 79.

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Major project to restrict traffic on Route 50 in South Fayette

Reconstruction and other improvements will occur on nearly nine miles from the Washington County line to Millers Run Road.

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