Allen Carter, 14, gets help from his English teacher, Wendy Koval, at the Rankin Promise program in Rankin.

System breakdown leaves student trapped in alternative program

Allen Carter spent more than a year in Rankin Promise, an alternative education program in which students spend an average of 230 days.

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State dentists advised to join fight against opioid abuse

Pennsylvania dentists have been asked to choose alternatives to Vicodin and Percocet in an effort to prevent addiction that leads to heroin.

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 Image of Jan Hus at Bethlehem Chapel in Prague.

Czech priest who was pivotal in Protestant history is remembered

Jan Hus was burned at the stake 600 years ago, but his influence continued over the centuries.

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More restrictions coming to Parkway West this week

An assortment of overnight closures and lane restrictions is planned on the Parkway West this week.

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 Nicholas Winton during World War II with a one of the rescued children he spirited out of Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to foster families in Great Britain and Sweden.

Obituary: Sir Nicholas Winton / Rescued Czech children during the Holocaust

By the time of his death on July 1 at 106, Mr. Winton was internationally celebrated as a hero of the Holocaust.

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Greece votes in referendum with future in euro in doubt

Polls indicate that the vote on the bailout plan is too close to call.

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 Caption contest 266

Caption contest 266 ... and the winners of 265

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

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 John Massari,  a member of the VFW Post 33 honor guard in Greensburg.

Is it time to play taps for live buglers?

John Massari plays taps at military funerals next to a device that plays a digital recording. What happens when the live buglers are gone?

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Paths six others have taken outside of EU

Turkey, Venezuela and Belarus are among nations Greece may be looking to do clues.

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Obama will expand clemency use to free nonviolent drug offenders

The move by the president is an effort to correct what he sees were errors when politicians went too far in cracking down on crime.

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 The International Atomic Energy Agency's director-general, Yukiya Amano, is seated during his meeting with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, July 2, 2015. The head of the U.N. atomic agency, Amano, visited Tehran to discuss remaining outstanding issues over Iran's nuclear program. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Key issue in Iran nuclear talks could be resolved within months

U.S. and its partners hope to complete a nuclear deal with Iran by Tuesday.

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Scientists, North Carolina offials look for patterns after 7 shark attacks

There’s no obvious explanation for the uptick in attacks. The sharks have ranged from five to eight feet, according to victims’ estimates.

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Latin America visit will test pope’s ability to defend his flock

Pope Francis has been hailed  as the kind of figure long needed by the Catholic Church to appeal to its  base in poorer countries.

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Lawmakers want Internet sites to flag 'terrorist activity' to law enforcement

But the proposal has raised concerns that it undermines First Amendment protections of free speech and would intrude on a person’s privacy.

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As stock market plunges, China seeking stability

Twenty-one big brokerage firms have agreed to set up a fund worth at least $19,4 billion to help stabilize market prices.

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Obituary: Elizabeth McIntosh / Spy whose lies helped win a war, dies at 100

Ms. McIntosh’s fluency in Japanese and background as a newspaper reporter made her ideal for spreading authentic-sounding misinformation.

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Nation briefs: No stopping holiday festivities

Plus: Fla. Ferris wheel reopens; Clinton calls out China; Ohio disappearances; N.C. deck collapse.

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World briefs: Emergency declared in Tunisia

Plus: Egypt repels IS; McCain denounces plan; Sinking in Philippines.

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 Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras

Greeks deeply divided heading into crucial vote

A top Greek court ruled Friday that the debt-crisis referendum planned for the nation Sunday is constitutional and should proceed.

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GOP seeks to block new NLRB rules through funding

Republicans aren’t letting a presidential veto stop them from trying to block rules that would make it faster for unions to organize.

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Portfolio: Bands banned for boom box parade

Participants and spectators will instead be carrying radios tuned to the same local station, which will provide traditional marching music.

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 A young Doug Opperman with a marble tournament trophy.

Obituary: Douglas A. Opperman / City, national marbles champion as a boy, he later built a bridge and ran a business

Mr. Opperman, formerly of the North Side and most recently of Avalon, won the national tournament at the 1940 New York World’s Fair.

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New traffic headaches in store for Mifflin Road motorists

A 50-day closure for reconstruction begins at 7 a.m. Monday, when PennDOT begins the next phase of construction there.

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 The state game commission preliminarily passed a measure Tuesday to raise the fine to $2,500 for killing bald or golden eagles, which are protected under state and federal law even though they aren’t considered an endangered or threatened species in Pennsylvania.

State proposes raising fines for killing bald or golden eagles

In time for July 4, the Pennsylvania Game Commission proposed raising fines for killing bald eagles to $2,500 for a first offense.

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 Feeding Pennsylvania says that former energy industry executive Jane Clements-Smith has been named its executive director. Feeding Pennsylvania is a collaborative effort of eight Feeding America affiliated food banks.

Feeding Pennsylvania appoints executive director

Former natural gas executive Jane Clements-Smith became executive director of hunger relief nonprofit Feeding Pennsylvania this week.

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Aleppo fighting flares up as Syria insurgents attack

Newly reorganized insurgents launched a new offensive on government-held areas.

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 An undated painting of John Jay

Who’s John Jay? Scholars urge new look at forgotten founder

Jay’s admirers argue his achievements extend to virtually every branch of government, on the state, federal and international level.

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Pakistan says it’s ready to launch offensive into last Taliban area

Shawal Valley is also the final safe haven for the few al-Qaida operatives who haven’t fled into adjacent Afghanistan.

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Plenty will claim to be Uncle Sam, but a few can prove the lineage

The status of Wilson’s descendants comes via, a genealogy research site based in Israel.

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 In this November 2005 file photo, public information director Larry Greene is shown in the death chamber at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio.

Ohio obtains federal drug import license in overseas search for lethal drugs

The prison where Ohio carries out executions successfully applied for an import license from the DEA late last year.

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World Briefs: Israeli forces kill teen in West Bank

Plus: Iran nuke talks progress; UberPOP halts service; communist chief to visit; successful Russia launch; and more.

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Mon Incline reopens after computer glitch

The Port Authority of Allegheny County shut down service on the Mon Incline this morning but was reopened before noon.

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Stonie tops Chestnut in annual NY hot dog eating contest

Matt Stonie upset Joey “Jaws” Chestnut to win the annual contest in Coney Island, breaking Chestnut’s bid for a ninth straight victory.

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 Anthropologists Carrie LeGarde, left, and Jennie Jin look over remains at a lab at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The K208 lab is responsible for the identification of remains of Korean War soldiers.

Apollo sergeant lost in Korean War finally comes home

Sixty-five years after Sgt. Joseph Snock of Apollo was captured, his remains have been identified.

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 The view of Pittsburgh's Fourth of July fireworks show from last year is quite grand along Grandview Avenue on Mount Washington.

Independence, fireworks: Fourth of July holiday weekend has arrived

Officials are urging caution and common sense during what one group calls “the most dangerous holiday weekend of the year.”

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 More than 10,000 voters said the Three Sisters Bridges shouldn't change color during rehabilitation.

Voters still want Aztec gold for Pittsburgh’s Three Sisters Bridges

At the end of a two-week online poll, 10,527 voters — nearly 85 percent — said the bridges in Downtown should remain “Aztec Gold.”

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 Solar Impulse 2 pilots Bertrand Piccard, left, and Andre Borschberg celebrate Friday after they landed at Kalaeloa Airport, Hawaii. Solar impulse 2 is attempting to be the first solar powered airplane to fly around the world without using fuel. The airplane took off from Nagoya, Japan, on its eighth leg and flew nonstop before landing on Oahu.

Solar plane lands in Hawaii after record-breaking flight

The wings were equipped with 17,000 solar cells that charged batteries. The plane ran on stored energy at night.

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 Rick and Jessica Goeller, with their son Lucas, 2, at their family farm in Indiana Township on June 17.

Indiana Township boy, 2, receives new liver

Aggressive campaign to secure a liver for the toddler succeeds with donation from a Nebraska girl who died of a brain tumor.

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Pa. AG Kane's twin sister sued by ex-boyfriend over $200,000 loan

Kathleen Kane’s twin, Ellen Granahan, was sued in Lackawanna County Court last month by Jacob Wentland III, of Dunmore.

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More than 20 Pittsburgh streets slated for repaving, restoration work

Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority contractors will perform the work, which will restrict parking in certain areas.

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GOP activists claim district judge must resign to seek state Senate seat

Republican activists contend that Guy Reschenthaler is violating judicial ethical rules.

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 A construction crane tipped over and hit University of Pittsburgh's Langley Hall this morning while workers were repointing a building across the street.

Construction crane breaks loose, damages Pitt's Langley Hall

The building, located between Tennyson and Ruskin avenues at Bigelow Boulevard, had minimal cosmetic damage to its eaves.

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 Barricades are set up for the Capitol concert in Washington, D.C. Security has been increased for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.

Potential holiday threats assessed with focus on 'lone wolf' terrorists

Officials cite an increased effort by the Islamic State to galvanize its sympathizers in the United States and elsewhere since Memorial Day.

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 The proposed cash-and-stock deal, announced early today, would make Hartford, Conn.-based Aetna a sizeable player in the rapidly growing Medicare Advantage business, which offers privately run versions of the federally funded health care program for the elderly and some people with disabilities.

Insurer Aetna to buy Humana in $35 billion deal

Humana has nearly 3.2 million people enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans, a total that falls just sort of market leader UnitedHealth.

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Homeland Security shifts deportation focus off those with longtime roots in U.S.

The Department of Homeland Security is targeting illegal immigrants who are criminally convicted, terrorism threats or new border-crossers.

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Taxes will increase in North Allegheny

The North Allegheny school board rolled out both tax increases and a one-to-one technology initiative at their meeting.

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Obituary: David Kremen / Westinghouse international attorney enjoyed travel, foreign cultures

David Kremen’s love of foreign lands fit nicely with his work as an international attorney for Westinghouse.

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"Raves": He’s had no better peer than one through telescope

Longtime passion for peering through telescope makes a man wonder what might have been.

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U.S., allies target Islamic State in 24 air strikes in Syria, Iraq

In Syria, coalition forces targeted ISIS with nine strikes destroying tactical units, fighting positions, vehicles and structures.

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 Jack Carter, 1960

Obituary: Jack Carter / Brash comic from TV ’s early days

Quick with a quip, Mr. Carter was a significant figure in television during the medium’s earliest days.

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