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 Jeremy Steele, left, Ric Jaime, center, and Keith McNabb salvage belongings Sunday at their friend Mike Cook's house near Wimberley, Texas. About 350 homes in the town of Wimberley were washed away by flash floods.

Flash floods in Texas, Oklahoma kill 2

This May is already the wettest on record for several cities in the southern Plains states, with days still to go and more rain on the way.

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 Iraqi government forces walk next to a trench Sunday in the Jurf al-Sakher area, about 30 miles south of Baghdad, to protect the area from further advancement by the Islamic State militant forces.

Iraq regains ground from Islamic State; mass deaths reported in Palmyra

The fall of Ramadi and Palmyra were the militant group's biggest successes since a U.S.-led coalition launched an air war to stop them.

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Cleveland police say 71 people arrested overnight in protests

Protesters took to the streets after Officer Michael Brelo, 31, was acquitted on charges of voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault.

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Mass graves of suspected trafficking victims found in Malaysia

According to media reports, the mass graves were believed to contain the bodies of hundreds of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh.

about 7 hours ago


Greek minister raises alarm on IMF repayments

They were the most explicit remarks yet from Athens about the likelihood of default if talks fail.

about 7 hours ago


Gay couples awaken to new Ireland, hope to wed by Christmas

The Irish people voted with a surprisingly strong 62 percent “yes” to enshrine the right to gay marriage in the country’s 1937 constitution.

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Prosecutors face difficult task in Texas biker gang shootout

After a fight between rival gangs outside a crowded restaurant left nine dead, police rounded up everyone on the scene wearing biker vests.

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Port Authority considers charging one-time fee for ConnectCards

Port Authority will seek public input as it conducts a top-to-bottom review of its fare policies.

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 U.S. activist Gloria Steinem, sixth from right, Nobel Peace Prize laureates Mairead Maguire, from Northern Ireland, second from right, and Leymah Gbowee, from Liberia, third from right, and other activists march to the Imjingak Pavilion on Sunday with South Korean activists along the military wire fences near the border village of Panmunjom, in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea.

Women activists cross from North to South Korea, say divide can be bridged

But the women — led by Gloria Steinem, the pioneering American feminist — did not walk across the demilitarized zone, as they had hoped.

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Monk, called ‘Buddhist bin Laden,’ targets Myanmar’s persecuted Muslims

Ashin Wirathu thinks he has more in common with the world’s most famous fictional spy, James Bond.

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Iran sets conditions to allow U.N. inspection of military sites

Access by the United Nations nuclear agency to some of Iran’s military sites has been a sticking point in negotiations Iran’s nuke program.

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 Men throw soil over the body of Zedi Feruzi, the head of opposition party UPD, on Sunday during his funeral in Bujumbura, Burundi.

Burundi’s crisis deepens as assassinated opposition leader is buried

Observers fear the small central African nation is sliding dangerously toward another civil war.

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Gary Rotstein’s Morning File: Refusal to test students deserves an A

Standardized tests sometimes deserve a flunking grade.

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Nation briefs: Koch brothers to fund GOP candidates

Plus: Clinton email ‘witch hunt’, Officer shot to death, Protester leaves Shell ship

about 7 hours ago


World briefs: Italian coast guard rescues 70 migrants

Plus: Landslide in Nepal, Putin signs law, Poland presidential vote

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 Kathy Kerestes

Obituary: Kathy Kerestes / Affable trailblazer in newscasting, proud of Mon Valley roots

Kathy Kerestes, first female reporter for WTAE Radio who established “Women of Spirit” awards at Carlow University, dies at 61.

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Study: pollutant levels high in Ohio area with fracking

Researchers took air samples in Carroll County, Ohio, where there are 480 permitted wells — the most in any of the state’s 88 counties.

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 In this Oct. 7, 2008, file photo, from left, Actors Anne Meara, Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor and Jerry Stiller attend the 11th Annual Project A.L.S. "Tomorrow is Tonight" benefit gala in New York.

Obituary: Anne Meara / Actress, comedian, wife of Jerry Stiller and mom of Ben

She was a loopy, lovable comedian who launched a standup career with husband Jerry Stiller in the 1950s and found success as an actress.

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3 Homewood sites to redirect storm water runoff

The $1 million project is designed to prevent sewage overflows from eastern neighborhoods and suburbs into Nine Mile Run at Frick Park.

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 Kelli Deister, shown in her Sunbury, Pa., apartment, is legally blind suffers from retinitis pigmentosa.

Can embryonic stem cells help stop blindness?

From electronic implants to stem cells, University of Pittsburgh researchers and others seek ways to halt blindness.

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 Aniya Mike, at front, a Steel City Squash student from St. Benedict the Moor School in the Hill District, gets instruction at Chatham University from Kathryn Brummer, a tutor/coach visiting from CitySquash in New York City. Bianca Troche, left, is a CitySquash student from Aquinas High School in the Bronx.

Steel City Squash: The path to college runs through a squash court

The new Pittsburgh program mixes athletic training with academic rigor to give inner-city students a gateway to graduation.

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 Peter Walker, Dean of Chatham University’s Falk School of Sustainability, leads a tour of the hoophouse, where students grow a variety of vegetables year-round, on Eden Hall campus in Richland Township.

Chatham's North Hills campus readies for first students this fall

A flexible master plan has allowed a relatively small school to sustainably develop nearly 400 acres of farmland in Richland Township.

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 In March 2002, John Nash, left, and his wife Alicia arrive at the 74th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Mr. Nash, the Nobel Prize-winning mathematician whose struggle with schizophrenia was chronicled in the 2001 movie "A Beautiful Mind,” died in a car crash along with his wife in New Jersey on Saturday.

John Nash, portrayed in 'A Beautiful Mind,' killed in NJ car crash

Mr. Nash, who attended Carnegie Mellon, was killed along with his wife, Alicia, in a crash on Saturday.

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 Caption Contest No. 263

Caption Contest No. 263 ... and the winners of No. 262!

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

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El Salvador’s Romero is beatified

Oscar Romero was the Catholic archbishop of San Salvador, whose slaying as he said Mass became emblematic of El Salvador’s civil war.

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 FILE In this June 6, 2013 file photo, a sign stands outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. The Justice Department warned lawmakers that the National Security Agency will have to wind down its bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the end of the week if Congress fails to reauthorize the Patriot Act. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

NSA winds down once-secret phone-records collection program

Senate Republicans blocked a bill that would have allowed the NSA to search the records held by phone companies on a case-by-case basis.

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Decade after Katrina, pointing finger more firmly at Army Corps

A pending article in the peer-reviewed journal Water Policy sets out to refine some  early versions of the factors that led to the disaster.

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Threat to nation's parks seen as Congress stalls on renewing fund

The federal Land and Water Conservation Fund has been used for 50 years to acquire land of special historical or environmental significance.

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National briefs: Ruptured pipeline had no automatic shut-off switch

Plus: Senate approves stop-gap to extend funding for highways; water lost in California after dam vandalized; and more.

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World briefs: Saudi Arabian authorities identify suicide bomber

Plus: Burundi opposition leader fatally shot; Somalia towns captured; and more.

1 day ago


 Peter Leo

Peter Leo: Visit to Hungary proves unsettling but inspiring

Hungarians have the mindset of an occupied people, we are told, which hasn’t changed all that much since the fall of Communism.

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Obituary: Angelo S. Runco / pediatrician from Larimer

He continued to make house calls even after it had become a thing of the past in medicine, his family recalls.

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 Wilderness Voyageurs fishing guide Ryan McCauley holds a nice Youghiogheny rainbow.

Cooperation among trout-stocking groups could improve research

Philosophies vary on numerous fronts: more small fingerlings or fewer catchable trout to marking trout for future research or not?

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 Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale Law School, at the Allegheny HYP Club.

Yale scholar offers insights on Obama and constitutional change

Akhil Reed Amar spoke in Pittsburgh on his new book, “The Law of the Land,” which shows how regionalism helped shape the Constitution.

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Court documents raise questions about role of former DEA agent in mortgage fraud case

Now retired, Barry A. Baldwin was known to his Drug Enforcement Administration colleagues as “The Wizard” for his expertise in wiretaps.

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 Math teacher Ro Casciato, center, goes over a calculus problem in class at Pittsburgh Allderdice High School on May 19. Working with her are juniors Dawill Holc, 17, and Sofia Vidic, 17. Seeing the class was part of a tour to show how Gates grant money was being used to improve the learning environment. At left is senior Nadeem Demian, 17.

Pittsburgh schools to get less than $78 million in announced grants

Strict rules on spending grant money limit its use. “I think the money enabled us to try some different things,” said the union leader.

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State Dept. releases Clinton emails on Libya and Benghazi attacks

Nearly 900 pages of emails from Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private account provide little apparent fuel for a Republican probe of her actions.

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 Mary King, an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher at Pittsburgh Colfax K-8 refuses to give state standardized tests in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh teacher stands alone by refusing to give tests

Mary King, an English as second language teacher at Pittsburgh Colfax K-8, drew attention when she refused to give the PSSA tests.

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 Lamar Advertising company’s famous 32-foot-tall, 225-foot-long neon sign on Mount Washington.

Pittsburgh has dim view of ads on sign above Point

Picture this scrolling hundreds of feet above the iconic confluence of Pittsburgh’s three rivers: “Chipped ham, $1.39 a pound.”

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Pa. considering photo-enforcement system to catch work zone speeders

Work zone speed cameras have slowed traffic down in Maryland, and may be coming to Pennsylvania.

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 Gina McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, says a new clean water rule is intended “to protect critical streams and wetlands that are currently vulnerable to pollution and destruction.”

Obama set to strengthen federal role in clean water regulation

Environmentalists have praised the new rule, but it has attracted fierce opposition from several business interests.

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Plum teachers investigation kept private

Judge denies WPXI's request for Plum documents.

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Portfolio: Scrabble updates revive war of words

Pwn (8 points, to dominate an opponent). Thanx (15 points, thanks). Bezzy (18 points, several meanings, not all of which are printable).

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Shaler school officials to review security protocol

A custodian found what appeared to be an explosive device last Sunday, but school security personnel didn’t find out about it until

1 day ago


Obituary: Barbara Kraft / Lifelong philanthropist valued education, faith

Ms. Kraft used her education in nursing and theology to serve the Pittsburgh community, particularly at Carlow University and St. Thomas

2 days ago


Obituary: LaTonya Batteaste / former Pitt basketball player

LaTonya Renae Batteaste, a former basketball player at Pitt who became a teacher and coach in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, died May 14.

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 Rainbow curtains and a poster promoting the Yes campaign in favor of same-sex marriage are displayed Friday in Dublin.

Gay marriage brings Irish out in numbers as #hometovote trends

Polls show overwhelming support to change the law in what was once among the most devout Catholic societies in Europe.

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 President Barack Obama speaks Friday at the Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C.

Obama says Israel should live up to its founding ideals

He argued that his approach to the problems in the Middle East flows from an interpretation of Jewish values.

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Islamic State claims responsibility for bombing at Saudi mosque

The Saudi Health Ministry said at least 21 people had been killed and more than 120 others injured.

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Obama wins Senate dispute over trade bill currency language

Majority Republicans, in a rare alliance with the president, overcame opposition from the chamber’s most powerful Democrats.

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