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 An illustration showing the planet Kepler-186f, the first Earth-size alien planet discovered in the habitable zone of its star.

First Earth-sized planet found in star's habitable zone; liquid water may exist

The small, rocky planet orbits not too close nor too far from its star where liquid water, essential for life, could exist.

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 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left,  meets Thursday with  EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in a bilateral meeting to discuss the ongoing situation in Ukraine in Geneva, Switzerland.

Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions

After lengthy talks, top leaders from the U.S., E.U., Russia and Ukraine have agreed on immediate steps to ease tensions.

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National briefs: NYPD ends Muslim spying

Plus: Bloomberg's anti-gun push; Google pressed on online drug sales; BP ending shore cleanup; gay marriage ruling is on hold.

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Boston Marathon organizers confident of safe race

A man's stroll in the street with a rice cooker in his backpack Tuesday near the Boston Marathon finish line led police to step up patrols.

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 Tim Wright gives an interview after attending President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden's visit to the Community College of Allegheny County West Hills Center in Oakdale on Wednesday.

Push on to bring adults back to the classroom

Pennsylvania has struggled to entice older learners without college degrees back to the classroom, but ranks nearly last by some measures.

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 A bus drives at Franklin Regional High School after the first day of school following last week's stabbing attack.

'Perfect storm' leads to acts of mass violence

To become enraged enough to try to stab multiple people requires a predisposition to harm others coupled with other factors, experts say.

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Court deportations drop 43 percent since 2009

The statistics present a different picture of President Barack Obama's enforcement policies than one painted by many immigrant advocates.

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Uninsured ranks fall faster in states with own health exchanges

Gallup reported the 21 states and the District of Columbia that fully embraced the law reported the biggest decline.

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World briefs: Taliban kidnap, kill Afghan cops

Plus: Pakistan peace prospects falter; Turkish prime minister denounces Twitter; Pistorius trial delayed; Britain reaches economic

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Ukraine faces Russia in talks

President Barack Obama vowed Wednesday that Russia will face increasing economic penalties unless President Vladimir Putin backs off.

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Syrian opposition forces using U.S.-made anti-tank missiles

The United States has sold them in the past to Turkey, which has aided opposition groups.

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Scores lost as South Korea ferry sinks

There were 475 people aboard the vessel, which was headed for a tourist island off the southern coast.

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Russian economy worsening ahead of sanctions

Even before the Crimean episode and the West's resulting sanctions, Russia's $2 trillion economy was suffering from stagflation.

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At FSU, questions about rape and a star quarterback

Colleges and universities are facing rising criticism over how they deal with sexual assault and athletes.

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Random Acts of Kindness: Patience by a bus driver lauded by stressed rider

Plus: One nice gesture begets another; Multiple people lend a hand; Free lunch aids students after tragedy

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Gary Rotstein's The Morning File: Eaglets squawk about their sibling rivalry

Eaglets have a tough time growing up together, we imagine, considering where they're headed.

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Doctors to rate cost effects of expensive cancer drugs

They need to communicate the medical implications of their care and, increasingly, the cost, so patients can make the best decisions.

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Obituary: James F. Lally / Labor leader forged friendships with city's most notable figures

A lifelong city resident, he swam daily, ushered regularly at St. Paul Cathedral and knew many of Pittsburgh's most colorful figures.

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Teen mothers Elect to succeed

A program based in McKeesport Area schools provides support for teenage mothers.

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Cornell Elementary School gets new principal

Jeffrey Carter of Ohio Township served as an acting elementary school principal in the Moon Area School District.

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Penn-Trafford school board open to tax incentive

The board also discussed funding levels for local libraries.

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 Officals from the Allegheny County District Attorney's office leave Wilkinsburg Middle School.

DA conducting forensic audit of Wilkinsburg after-school program

The school is involved in a federally funded program that saw its former director accused of stealing computer equipment.

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North Hills accepts tablet donation

The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation’s program is providing 1,200 Kindle Fire HDX tablets to 60 schools through a partnership with the AIU.

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 President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden this afternoon are expected to discuss revised criteria for the Trade Adjustment Assistance and Community College and Career Training competitive grant program.

Obama, Biden visit to CCAC West will center on job training grants

The White House is refocusing a $500 million grant program on job training programs that involve partnerships with regional employers.

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World briefs: Pistorius ends his testimony

Plus: Jet search undersea; Jordanian envoy abducted; Berlusconi sentenced; U.S. won't fault China; Japan's population shrinks

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Ukraine sends troops to curb unrest

The Ukrainian military landed airborne troops at an airport about 25 miles south of Slovyansk.

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Russians get warped view of Ukraine

Political analysts say Moscow's propaganda campaign reflects a new brazenness on the part of Russian officials

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Violence surges from Islamic uprising in Nigeria

The attacks are increasing calls for President Goodluck Jonathan to rethink his strategy in confronting the biggest threat to the security.

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Iraq says Abu Ghraib prison closed

The Abu Ghraib prison was the site of a notorious prisoner abuse scandal during the U.S. occupation of Iraq.

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Route 22 in Monroeville restricted today, Thursday

Lane closures on Route 22-William Penn Highway in Monroeville are expected to cause delays for drivers today and Thursday.

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National briefs: Active shooter training urged

Plus: Kansas suspect charged; Detroit pensions settled; Detroit pensions settled; Military justice review set; Bad news for road funds

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Heartbleed bug fixes threaten to cause Internet disruptions in coming weeks

Estimates of the severity of the bug's damage have mounted almost daily since researchers announced the discovery of Heartbleed last week.

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Court upholds EPA's emissions standards

The appeals court rejected state and industry challenges to the emissions rules.

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Obama grants clemency to correct a sentence extended by a court typo

Because of a typographical error, the punishment reflected a greater penalty than called for under U.S. sentencing guidelines.

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Resolute Boston remembers victims of marathon bombings

The city marked the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings Tuesday by honoring the dead and wounded.

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Obituary: Zander Hollander / Shepherd of sports trivia

Before televised sports were pervasive and the Internet a nonstop gusher of sports trivia, Zander Hollander found a niche in the market.

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Obituary: John Gaisford / Surgeon, vet who founded the West Penn Burn Center

John Gaisford worked in a mobile army surgical hospital in the Pacific theater and wrote a book about it.

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Duquesne school fact-finder rejects achievement as a salary measure

Duquesne teachers are being asked to agree to link student achievement to their raises.

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Pa. seeks U.S. flexibility in new emissions rules

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is urging flexible new pollution emissions rules for existing coal-fired power

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SAT exam undergoes an intense makeover

The College Board announced the changes in March but today released detailed explanations and specifications, including sample questions.

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Local Dispatch: With gentiles' help, my husband's last Seder was one of his best

A personal care home went the extra mile one year on behalf of Passover dinner for its few Jewish residents.

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Obamacare costs expected to be lower than predicted

Lower-than-expected health insurance premiums under Obamacare will help cut the long-term cost of the program 7 percent over next decade.

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 Camille Downing, left, associate professor at Point Park University’s School of Communication, teaches a class on Web design and marketing Tuesday. The class is launching Wood Street Communications — a student agency that will service nonprofits with Web design, marketing, PR and other communications. Students will do the work for nonprofits pro bono as part of their course work. Ms. Downing teaches a class that is organizing the agency.

Point Park student agency to help nonprofits connect

The payoff for students in the Downtown university’s School of Communication is they get professional experience in a for-credit class.

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 Andrew Moore, CMU's new School of Computer Science dean.

CMU taps Google VP as new dean of computer science

Andrew W. Moore, a computer scientist and expert in robotics, will begin his duties in August.

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South Fayette parents discuss school bullying

South Fayette parents told the school board tonight they want to ensure students are comfortable with reporting bullying incidents.

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 Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, right, on Monday chats with Nicole Boggio, of Severna Park, Md., at a sidewalk cafe near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Tributes planned to mark Boston Marathon bombing

The anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings promises to be a day of honoring and remembrance.

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Obituary: W. Frank Myers Jr. / After stint as cowboy, he founded firm here

After his cowboy years, W. Frank Myers Jr. started a business and a family in Pittsburgh.

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 Akira Endo, 1998.

Obituary: Akira Endo / Music director for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

Akira Endo had the talent to elevate a performance by conducting with his special touch.

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Garage cleaning reveals bodies

The infants were found in cardboard boxes, each one rolled up in a shirt or towel and tucked into a plastic bag.

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National briefs: Cities grapple with high rents

Plus: Reports of data hacks rise; Social Security drops debts; Environmental groups unite; Judge strikes down Ohio ban

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