Outbound Parkway West overnight closures begin tonight

Through Wednesday, outbound closures begin at 9 p.m. from the Fort Pitt Tunnel to I-79 with inbound single-lane traffic in the same area.

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 Mattel, in partnership with San Francisco startup ToyTalk, will release the  Internet-connected version of the doll that has real conversations with kids in late 2015.

Surveillance Society: Could toys play with data from children?

Internet-enabled everyday devices are collectively called the “Internet of Things”; some experts think 50 billion will be in use by 2020.

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 The whole-school approach is designed to improve student behavior, enhance school climate and reduce punishments, including out-of-school suspensions.

22 Pittsburgh schools to use discipline aimed more at understanding than punishment

Pittsburgh Public Schools are geared for a whole-school approach to improve student behavior.

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 The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's front-page coverage of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The Digs: Post-Gazette's front pages during Hurricane Katrina

The Post-Gazette printed and thus captured all of these moments in time as one of the worst storms of the century devastated New Orleans.

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 Billy Ellsworth works on social studies lessons at home in Coraopolis. He is part of a clinical trial for eteplirsen, a drug that has not only slowed the progession of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, but improved his symptoms.

FDA fast-tracks drug to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy

The Food and Drug Administration has agreed to quicker review of a promising muscular dystrophy treatment.

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 A crew works on a gas drilling rig at a well site for shale based natural gas in Zelienople in 2012.

Groups push EPA to rewrite oil and gas waste disposal rules

Eight environment groups notified the Environmental Protection Agency they will file suit if the agency refuses to rewrite disposal rules.

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 President Barack Obama on Sunday said he is changing the name of Mount McKinley in Denali National Park, Alaska, to Denali.

White House renaming Mount McKinley as Denali on eve of trip

By renaming the peak Denali, President Barack Obama waded into a sensitive and decades-old conflict between residents of Alaska and Ohio.

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 Police say Wanna Suansun was renting the second apartment that was raided by authorities in Min Buri, in Bangkok's outskirts, and where police found fertilizer, gun powder, digital clocks and remote-controlled cars whose parts can be used for detonation.

Thai police seek 2 new suspects in Bangkok bombing probe

Police said the two were part of a group responsible for the Aug. 17 blast in central Bangkok that killed 20 people.

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 Mourners gather at a gas station in Houston on Saturday to pay their respects at a makeshift memorial for Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Darren Goforth who was shot and killed while filling his patrol car.

Police investigate motive in ambush of Houston area deputy

The suspect is to be arraigned today in the shooting of Deputy Darren Goforth, a 10-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

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 Protesters stage a rally Sunday in front of the National Diet building in Tokyo. Thousands of Japanese protested outside the parliament a set of security bills designed to expand the role the country's military.

Mothers, students join Japan’s protests over security bills

Japan is seeing new faces join the ranks of protesters typically made up of labor union members and graying leftist activists.

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Migrant boat sinks off Libyan coast, kills at least 37

Lawless Libya has turned into a major transit route for migrants fleeing conflict and poverty by boat to Europe.

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As late mail soars, Post Office fails to stabilize service

The number of letters arriving late has jumped by almost 50 percent since the start of the year.

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Airstrike is said to kill 36 civilians in Yemen at a bottling factory

In another air raid on Sanaa, residents said four civilians were killed when a bomb hit their house near a military base.

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U.S. national security adviser warns Pakistan on recent militant attacks

Susan Rice also delivered an invitation from President Barack Obama for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to visit the United States in October.

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 A statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis is moved from its location in front of the school's main tower the University of Texas campus on Sunday.

University of Texas takes down statues of Jefferson Davis, Woodrow Wilson

The Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans failed to win a court injunction to block the plan.

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 Activists from the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections gather on a main road in downtown Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, during a rally Sunday. Big crowds of protesters demanded the resignation of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak over a financial scandal.

Malaysia’s defiant premier rejects calls that he quit

A huge two-day rally brought together at least tens of thousands of yellow-shirted protesters demanding his resignation.

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Obituary: Paul G. Dacey / A fixture at PNC Park’s Lexus Club

Mr. Dacey, 83, of Brookline died Wednesday at St. Clair Hospital of congestive heart failure.

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National briefs: Trump becomes TV talking point

PLUS: Sanders closes gap; General Mills eyes emissions; Windstorm kills 2; Slain reporters honored

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World briefs: Afghan forces regain control of volatile area

PLUS: Fire kills at least 11; Church protest; Nigeria massacre reported; Crackdown before elections.

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 Writer Wes Craven died in his Los Angeles home of brain cancer.  He was 76.

Obituary: Wes Craven / ‘Scream’ and ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ director

The versatile filmmaker also wrote and produced features, directed for television and wrote novels.

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 Betsy Hawley is the director of the Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition, founded at the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church.

Coalition aiming to support, strengthen children's palliative care

Most hospices don’t accept pediatric patients, and few resources exist for families needing end-of-life care for children, members say.

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 Djamal Eleam

Allegheny County Jail to alter way it releases prisoners

An out-of-state inmate and registered sex offender released in error from the jail was detained two weeks later in Indiana state.

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 Emily Kennedy of Marinus Analytics presents her company at the UpPrize competition held July 31 in the New Hazlett Theater on the North Side.

CMU grad builds cybersleuthing tool to snare sex traffickers

Emily Kennedy’s company had its roots in her senior thesis at CMU and now helps law enforcement officials find human trafficking criminals.

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 A sign painter outlines the Pope Francis' nose on the side of a New York City office building in preparation for his visit in September.

Pope’s political messages cause some to pick, choose

Members of Congress aren’t likely to budge from their entrenched positions even at the urging of a world spiritual leader.

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Parkway West reopens after construction finishes for weekend

But there’s more construction coming this week.

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 An automobile-tractor trailer crash blocked Noblestown Road in Pittsburgh's East Carnegie neighborhood Sunday morning, fouling traffic on the detour for the westbound Parkway West.

Parkway West detour reopened after crash

The accident occurred around 9 a.m. in the 600 block of Noblestown Road in the East Carnegie neighborhood in Pittsburgh.

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Fort Pitt Tunnel outbound closed today

Pirates fans may face extra delays as the outbound tunnel and parkway stay closed today.

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 In the 2013-14 school year, Pennsylvania had one of the worst vaccination rates in the country for the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, according to the CDC.

Pennsylvania students lag in receiving required vaccines

Only a small percentage claim an exemption to requirements. The larger problem: many children are not up-to-date on their vaccines.

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 A crew member at work earlier this month on the bridge of the Coast Guard ship the Alex Haley, on patrol in the Chukchi Sea off the coast of Alaska.

Arctic seen as land of opportunity

As Vladimir Putin beefs up Russian presence there, the U.S. has few military assets in the far north.

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U.S. immigration shift shows India, China outpacing Mexico

The transition is unfolding as the GOP is debating immigration policy.

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 Migrants walk through a field Saturday to cross the border from Greece to Macedonia near the Greek village of Idomeni.

Smugglers who drove migrants to deaths in Europe were part of an extensive web

Four people have been arrested in connection with the incident that left 71 dead in the back of a truck.

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 People dance in a second-line parade Saturday as it leaves the floodwall of New Orleans’ Industrial Canal, shown in background, at the spot of a breach during Hurricane Katrina. The dance commemorated the 10th anniversary of the storm in the city’s Lower Ninth Ward.

New Orleans marks 10 years since Katrina destruction

Music and a wreath-laying ceremony at a memorial honoring victims of the storm were among rituals performed in the rebuilding city.

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Europe increasing security on trains

Officials juggle beefing up security with ensuring the free flow of transportation over rails on which Europeans rely heavily.

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Egypt sentences 3 Al-Jazeera reporters to 3 years in prison

The decision put a spotlight on restrictions on media under the rule of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

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 Caption Contest 270

Caption Contest 270 ... Winners of CapCon 269

Stacy Innerst is the artist. You are the caption writer.

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Pope's visit inspires flood of papal microbrews, bobbleheads, mugs

The multitudes will include papal mugs, magnets, buttons and T-shirts along with popes rendered in plush, plastic and more.

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Warming seas rising faster than predicted, NASA scientists say

Researchers say an increase of at least 3 feet is likely unavoidable, and is caused by warming temperatures driven by burning fossil fuels.

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National news obituaries

Marvin Mandel, governor who fell from grace; Oliver Sacks, neurologist; Nelson Shanks, painter of presidents and royalty

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Obituary: David A. Page / Business professor who valued historic preservation

Mr. Page, a Harvard Ph.D. who taught at Robert Morris University for decades, founded Regional Resources to protect historic buildings.

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 Minority Leader Frank Dermody, D-Oakmont, this month wrote to state Treasurer Timothy Reese to request “a loan, from whatever source you deem appropriate and in such amount as may be necessary” to help pay salaries for members and approximately 650 employees of the Democratic caucus.

Budget impasse leaving House Democrats in the lurch

Human service agencies are feeling a cash-flow crunch and some school districts have approved tapping lines of credit to pay the bills.

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 Paul Heckbert, left, of Edgewood and Yale Cohen of Squirrel Hill, after getting off the Capitol Limited in Connellsville Friday morning. The two were trying out Amtrak's planned new service that allows cyclists to roll their bikes onto the train without boxing them.

Bicyclists test out roll-on train service for Amtrak

Amtrak has not announced the start date for the service but a spokeswoman said it could be as soon as this week.

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 The parkway closures have started and will continue through 6 a.m. Monday.

TRAFFIC: Parkway West closures continue this weekend, next week

Everything you need to know to dodge the orange barrels.

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 A view of the Almono redevelopment site near Hazelwood from the 1980s with the Birmingham Bridge and Pittsburgh skyline in the background. Once a sprawling coke works, in recent years a consortium of some of the region's leading foundations has been working on proposals to build as many as 1,200 housing units and more than 2 million square feet of office and research and development space at the 178-acre site.

Pittsburgh seeking money for transit link between Oakland, Hazelwood development site

At first, rubber-tire shuttles would operate through the corridor, and they might be driverless.

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 Hungarian policemen detain a Syrian migrant family that entered Hungary on Friday at the border with Serbia, near Roszke. Hungary is nearing completion of a barbed wire border fence to keep out those migrating through the country and authorities plan to send more than 2,000 police officers there.

Europe reels from more migrant deaths on land and sea

Reports arose of 150 drownings and news that far more migrant corpses had been found crammed in an abandoned truck than first thought.

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Appeals court deals blow to lawsuit over NSA’s bulk phone data collection

The panel’s ruling also reversed a ban on the NSA’s collection that had been imposed by a district court judge in December 2013.

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 Former St. Paul’s School stu­dent Owen Labrie was found not guilty Fri­day of the most se­ri­ous charges against him in a sex as­sault case that has scan­dal­ized the New Hamp­shire prep school.

Former student convicted of sex charges in scandal at exclusive New England prep school

The case exposed a tradition in which seniors competed to see how many younger students they could have sex with.

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Portfolio: Mount Everest soloist might be highly crazy

A solo climber sets out to be the first to conquer Everest since the deadly earthquake.

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Nation briefs: Police officer accidentally kills onlooker

Plus: Fed official: 'Good reason to believe' inflation will rise, Hurricane Ignacio gains strength, Naked, painted cyclists in Philadelphia

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World briefs: Turkey opens air campaign on IS targets

Plus: 38 die in Swaziland crash, Erika kills 20 in Dominica, Taliban insurgents kill 3 officials, Malaysians hold major rally

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Obituary: Daniel Fine / New Kensington doctor had moral compass

New Kensington physician was committed to social justice.

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