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 Picture was taken last month at the Pittsburgh Golf Club at a party marking the 70th wedding anniversary of Elsie and Henry Hillman.

Obituary: Henry Phipps Hoffstot Jr. / A lawyer and gentleman from the old school

Mr. Hoffstot died Monday at his Shadyside home, a 21-room mansion built in 1914 for industrialist Andrew Moreland.

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 State records show an employee of the attorney general’s office received a promotion and $11,000 raise after the publication of an opinion piece she wrote defending Attorney General Kathleen Kane from criticism.

Employee defended Attorney General Kane, got promotion

Spokesman Chuck Ardo said there was “absolutely no connection at all.”

about 8 hours ago


United Church of Christ calls for divestment in message to Israel

The action follows a 2014 vote by the Presbyterian Church to pull investments from three firms connected to the West Bank occupation.

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 The Department of Labor expects to formally publish the rule this week, opening a 60-day comment period. Congressional approval is not required, said Cecilia Munoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.

Could new rule mean overtime for more salaried workers?

The new labor rule would require employers to pay time-and-a-half wages to salaried workers earning up to $50,440 a year.

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 Pete Seeger at a 1986 concert in Pittsburgh.

Local Dispatch: July 4 is a day to sing praises of Pete Seeger and Mom

Voices of Pete Seeger and Mom would make for a great July Fourth holiday.

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Deadline extended on Iran nuke talks

Iran and world powers agreed Tuesday to extend the deadline for a comprehensive nuclear deal by another week, to July 7.

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Obituary: Jon Philip ‘Phil’ Andrews / Accomplished architect had interest in high design and art, autos, boats

The prominent Pittsburgh architect loved his craft because it combined his fascination with art and engineering, said Lana Andrews, his

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Struggling Greece misses critical payment

Greece at midnight Tuesday missed making a key payment to the International Monetary Fund, the first developed nation to do so.

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 Security forces and rescue teams examine the wreckage of an Indonesian military C-130 Hercules transport plane Tuesday after it crashed into a residential area in the North Sumatra city of Medan, Indonesia

Indonesian plane with 113 aboard crashes into city

A transport turboprop carrying 12 military personnel and 101 family members crashed Tuesday in a residential neighborhood.

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Mentally ill often hit by police gunfire

Police nationwide so far in 2015 have shot and killed 123 people exhibiting mental or emotional crisis, a Washington Post analysis found.

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Justices to consider union dues case during next term

The Supreme Court said it would determine whether public employees should be forced to pay dues to a union they don’t want to join.

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 Glenn and Buzz were rescued from a sea tunnel in England. Jack Russell Glenn cannot see and is guided by best friend, Staffordshire Bull Terrier Buzz, who acts as his eyes.

Two stray dogs share unique, inseparable bond

Story of bull terrier’s friendship with blind Jack Russell terrier creates demand for their adoption.

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World briefs: U.S., Cuba set to reopen embassies

Plus: Cuba’s medical milestone; New Ebola case; Japanese bullet train

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National briefs: Bush releases 33 years of tax returns

Plus: Escapee conducted dry run; NSA can monitor calls; Commandments ousted; KKK to hold rally; Vaccination measure; CPR campaign urged

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 County Councilwoman Heather Heidelbaugh speaks at a news conference Tuesday at the county courthouse.

Outgoing Allegheny County councilwoman pushes changes

The Republican asked the group studying county government to consider several options, including eliminating the part-time council.

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 Ed Kress, R-Shaler,

Allegheny County Council considers independent seat

Ed Kress, R-Shaler, said such a seat would reflect the growing number of voters who identify as neither Republican nor Democrat.

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 Janet McKee, with freshly picked strawberries,  and farm manager Kevin Keslar have started a "veganic" farm on a historic property in Donegal Township, Westmoreland County.

Holistic health counselor aims for better nutrition through vegan-inspired farming

Veganic farming is rare in America, but Janet McKee uses it to maximize nutrition on her Westmoreland County farm.

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 The liquor privatization plan would allow about 14,000 beer-sales license holders — retailers, restaurants, grocery stores and others — to pay a higher fee for permission to also sell wine, liquor or both.

Pennsylvania Senate approves budget, liquor privatization bills

The Senate passed a budget bill late this afternoon, after earlier approving a bill that allows privatization of liquor sales.

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Lane closures start tonight on Fort Pitt Bridge

Work will occur between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. daily through July 10, but no restrictions will occur on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

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 "They put this in without us knowing anything about it. ... It’s sort of a mess," said Fred Aheimer, president and owner of Raff Printing on St. Mary Street on the South Side.

City Council, businesses at odds over South Side parking permit area

The parking district between 16th and 25th streets lets non-residents park for two hours between noon and midnight.

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Health roundup: Vitamin D linked to healthy immune response to HIV, Penn State-South Africa study says

Sun exposure and vitamin D supplements are linked to stronger immune response in South African study led by Penn State researcher.

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 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf speaks during a news conference at the state Capitol in Harrisburg.

'This budget is simply not balanced': Gov. Wolf vetoes Republican spending plan

The governor said he would review the companion bills on liquor sales and pensions and respond to the GOP today.

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 The Wilkinsburg school board hired former Gateway superintendent Joseph Petrella as the district’s deputy superintendent.

Wilkinsburg school board hires former Gateway superintendent

The board hired Joseph Petrella as the district’s deputy superintendent and heir apparent to the permanent top job.

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 The contracts for teachers, paraprofessionals and clerical-technical workers represented by the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers expire today without new contracts in place.

Pittsburgh teachers, support staff to continue working after contracts expire today

Pittsburgh Public Schools and Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, continue to negotiate terms to replace a contract approved in 2010.

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 “They don’t know what’s going to happen,” said Rev. Saranto Serviou of Franklin Park, shown here on the right in 1950.

Greeks in Pittsburgh worry about economic situation back home

Banks in Greece stayed closed Monday, announcing they would limit people to withdrawals of just 60 Euro -- $67.40 -- per day from ATMs.

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 Google has agreed to add the nation’s 250,000 railroad crossings to its mapping and mobile applications.

Getting on track: Google set to add U.S. railroad crossings to apps, online maps

Crashes and deaths rose at rail crossings last year, reversing a long trend of decreases.

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 This undated photo provided by Covidien shows their stent used to clear blood clots in the brain that cause strokes. The American Heart Association has endorsed using removable stents to open clogged arteries causing a stroke. It's the first new stroke treatment to be backed by the group in nearly 20 years and the first device ever recommended for this purpose. (AP Photo/Covidien, Stan Sholik)

New guidelines back device for treating strokes

The American Heart Association approved Monday the use of a removable stent to clear blood clots in the brain that cause strokes.

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Auditor general reforms include management of pensions by Pennsylvania

State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale delivered a series of “realistic and responsible reforms” to the governor Tuesday.

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United Church of Christ calls for divestment in message to Israel

Advocates for Palestinians say the divest and sanction movement is a non-violent way to pressure Israel into ending human rights abuses.

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 Firefighters and military personnel inspect the site where an Air Force cargo plane crashed in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, today. An Indonesian Air Force Hercules C-130 plane with 113 aboard crashed into a residential neighborhood in the country's third-largest city.

Indonesia military transport plane carrying 113 crashes; 74 dead

Air force officials say the C-130 Hercules carrying 113 people appeared to develop engine trouble shortly after takeoff.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf's office has said that the GOP budget is not balanced and does too little to increase funding for education, perhaps Mr. Wolf’s foremost campaign promise.

Budget standoff continues as GOP moves legislation Wolf plans to veto

GOP leaders plan to submit a budget that Gov. Tom Wolf says he will veto.

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State System expecting enrollment decline

Enrollment now is expected to fall by 1,697 students this fall, a bigger dip than the 862 forecast before student commitments were received.

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Downtown drivers license center closed today

A water main break has resulted in the closing of the center at 708 Smithfield St.

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 A group of 30 rabbis and other citizens hold a #MoralTakeover fast and public prayer on the steps of the Capitol in Harrisburg to draw attention to and improve public school funding in Pennsylvania.

State considers new plan to take over poorly performing schools

The Achievement School District would be run by a board appointed by the governor and Senate and House leaders.

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 Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.

Toomey launches first ad in re-election campaign

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey isn’t running for re-election until next year, but his first re-election television commercial begins airing today.

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Two dead, 26 injured in attack on NATO troops in Afghanistan

The Taliban sent a text message to The Associated Press claiming responsibility for the attack.

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Supreme Court won't take jurisdiction of state email case

Commonwealth Court will hear the case of whether state offices should retain email, pushed by media outlets including the Post-Gazette.

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 Republican presidential candidate Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey gets a kiss from a supporter Tuesday after he formally announced his campaign for the 2016 nomination during a kickoff rally at Livingston High School in Livingston, N.J.

Christie announces run, pledging strength and truth

Christie reintroduces himself to a national audience that has seen him fade from favor among Republicans.

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 "I not only oppose the $5 ConnectCard fee, I believe we should be getting a discount for using them," said Edward Wagner of Brighton Heights.

$5 Port Authority ConnectCard fee runs into opposition

About 350,000 ConnectCards have been issued for free since the authority launched the system in 2012.

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 Parent and Graduate PLUS loan interest rates will go down to 6.84 percent, instead of 7.21 percent for loans issued last year.

Student loan rates to drop for coming year

Starting Wednesday, new federal loans will have lower rates than loans taken out last year. But they likely will creep back up in 2016-2017.

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Health happenings for June 30

Health- and fitness-related events for week following Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

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Ex-W.Va. teacher pleads in child porn case

David Duane Will Jr., a former teacher at John Marshall High School south of Wheeling, entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Wheeling.

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Obituary: Richard Wolk / Innovative pioneer in advertising

Richard Wolk specialized in selling advertising packages for local television stations before starting his own media-buying firm, RJW Media.

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 Brick steps, part of the Haberman Avenue right of way, descend to Cedarhurst Street in Beltzhoover.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Haberman link seems like the right path for Hilltop

If you know and love Pittsburgh, you will understand the existence of Haberman Avenue.

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 Pope Francis will be in Philadelphia Sept. 26 and 27 and plans to attend the World Meeting of Families, celebrate Mass in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and visit Independence Hall.

Pope’s visit to Phila. to highlight plight of immigrants, prisoners

The pope will be in Philadelphia Sept. 26-27 for the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families conference.

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 Last year’s budget wasn't signed by then- Gov. Tom Corbett until July 10, and late budgets were regular features of the Rendell administration.

What happens without a state budget?

Disruptions would be few at first but a long delay to approve a budget could cause damage as the GOP and Democratic governor remain at odds.

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 People rally in Malone, N.Y., on Friday in support of law enforcement officers following the search for two escaped convicted murderers.

Escaped convicts planned to go to Mexico, Cuomo says

New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that two killed or captured escaped murderers had intended first to go to Mexico.

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Same-sex ruling obeyed in South

County clerks in South reluctantly issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

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 Pensioners waiting outside a closed National Bank branch and hoping to get their pensions, argue with a bank employee, left, in Iraklio on the island of Crete, Greece, on Monday. Greeks struggled to adjust to shuttered banks, closed cash machines and a climate of rumors and conspiracy theories Monday as a breakdown in talks between Athens and its creditors plunged the country deep into crisis.

Greece’s Tsipras defiant amid closed banks, curbs

Greece’s prime minister says on television that European leaders wouldn’t dare throw his debt-ridden country out of the eurozone.

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Israel intercepts Gaza-bound aid ship in Mediterranean

The Israeli navy halted a Swedish-registered protest ship seeking to break Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

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