Pittsburgh Public Schools superintendent Linda Lane announced her plans to step down in June 2016.

Linda Lane will let Pittsburgh schools contract expire

Long rumored to be leaving, she said she decided to make the announcement to “put an end to the speculation …”

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 Donald Trump, the current GOP frontrunner for the presidential nomination, holds up a pledge during a news conference Thursday in Manhattan after he signed the document, vowing to support the Republican nominee — whomever it may be — in the 2016 general election, ruling out a third-party or independent run.

Trump vows to back GOP nominee in ’16

Donald Trump signed a vow on Thursday to support whoever is the 2016 Republican presidential nominee and not launch a third-party candidacy.

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Do Clinton’s email server troubles worsen as aide invokes the Fifth?

An aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton who set up her private email service has refused to cooperate with investigators.

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 A horse-drawn carriage moves along the West Drive on Tuesday in New York's Central Park.

Pope Francis’ U.S. visit presents security issues

Pope Francis’ U.S. visit later this month will pose monumental logistical challenges for security personnel.

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Executive Nocito’s secretary charged with conspiracy to defraud

Ann E. Harris, personal assistant and secretary to Joseph Nocito Sr., is accused of helping him use his companies to pay personal expenses.

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 FILE - In this Monday, April 12, 1999 file photo, Leon Gorman, president of L.L. Bean, speaks to reporters, in Portland, Maine. Gorman, a grandson of L.L. Bean, who led a modernization of his family's outdoor clothing and gear retail business after the founder's death, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at his home in Yarmouth, Me. He was 80. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Obituary: Leon Gorman / L.L. Bean’s grandson and a longtime company leader

He led a modernization and expansion of the outdoors retailer after the founder’s death.

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Obituary: William McC. Blair Jr. / Democratic political confidant

Mr. Blair was a scion of a prominent and moneyed Chicago family that owed its fortune to the invention of the mechanical reaper.

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Obituary: Bart Cummings / Legendary horse-racing trainer

Mr. Cummings prepared the winners of almost 7,000 races during his training career, which started in 1953.

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 Migrants board trains in Keleti station after it was reopened Thursday morning in central Budapest.

Europe struggles to reach consensus on migrant crisis

Migrants allowed to board a train in Budapest, then forced off into a detention camp scuffled with Hungary’s police.

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China’s president announces decrease in military personnel during parade

China showcases its military strength in a parade, then declares its forces will be cut back.

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Storytelling: Hankies revived memories not to be wiped away

A flood of memories accompanied discovery of some two-dozen handkerchiefs.

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Iran’s Khamenei backs legislative vote on nuke deal

The landmark deal is aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for a removal of economic sanctions.

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 Demonstrators wave Guatemalan flags as they celebrate that Congress voted to withdraw President Otto Perez Molina's immunity from prosecution in Guatemala City.

Guatemala’s president resigns, new leader promises ‘honesty’

Guatemala’s president suddenly resigned Thursday amid a corruption investigation, and a new one was sworn in.

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 Allen Lucci, 5, shares a moment with his father Ryan Lucci as his mother Mary looks on during kindergarten orientation for families at Carnegie Elementary School in Carnegie on Aug. 19.

Students in Pittsburgh's west suburbs head back to school

An overview of the coming school year in Pittsburgh western suburbs.

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 Hampton Middle School's new entrance area after renovation.

Students in Pittsburgh's north suburbs head back to school

An overview of the coming school year in Pittsburgh northern suburbs.

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 Victim Ellie Walker-Wintruba, 9, has her fatal wounds created in makeup by her mother, Pittsburgh Technical Institute Criminal Justice instructor Shannon Wintruba, for the school's simulated gunfire casualty disaster training exercise at Raccoon Creek State Park.

Disaster staged at Raccoon Creek State Park

Students at Pittsburgh Technical Institute portrayed victims in a staged scene involving a mass shooting at the park.

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North Allegheny will sell show tickets online

A fee of $1 or $1.50 will be charged per ticket, regardless of whether the ticket is purchased online or at the box office.

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Instructions for 'broad emergencies' displayed in every classroom at Mars Area

Flip charts include evacuation plan for each building.

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McKeesport residents honored for city projects

They reclaimed vacant lots in the area and turned them into green space.

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Festival of Combustion in Rankin celebrates the molten arts

The festival will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Carrie Furnaces National Historic Landmark.

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Steel Valley works to reduce storm water with tree pits

Another project involves devising plans to turn the high school wrestling room into a design studio.

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Moon Area senior hopes Hoops, Heart ‘N’ Heroes tournament will raise awareness

Stephen Englert is holding a basketball tournament to draw attention to the rate of sudden cardiac death among college basketball players.

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Penn-Trafford district continues Backpacks-To-Go program

Two Fridays a month, some students get backpacks filled with easy-to-prepare foods to use over the weekend.

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Citizens committee offers help with Penn Hills School District's financial matters

According to one memeber, the committee is not on a witch hunt to assign blame for the district’s financial failings.

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 Nicci Giehll is the principal of Hoover Elementary.

Newsmaker you should know / Service project led Bethel Park woman to teaching career

Nicole “Nicci” Giehll of Bethel Park has been named principal of Hoover Elementary School in the Mt. Lebanon School District.

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Word briefs: Euro falls, stimulus plan considered

Plus: Transsexuals barred as godparents; wing is part of missing jet; 2 journalists freed; leftists trailing in polls; 19 die in suicide

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 Baggage claim area at the Pittsburgh International Airport.

Pittsburgh International Airport to lose 3 nonstop services

The airport will lose nonstop flights to St. Louis and Hartford, Conn., this fall and to San Francisco for two months this winter.

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 Milly Scott sits in her Ben Avon Heights home Monday with a table full of paperwork regarding the cost of her prescriptions.

Rising drug costs send more Medicare recipients into the "donut hole"

The donut hole, the point when seniors have exhausted their basic benefit and must pay more out of pocket, has been a financial trap door

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 Many people may be vaping nicotine through e-cigarettes, smoking cigars or using hookah water pipes to get their nicotine fix.

Cigarette smoking plunges in U.S., but why?

The nation saw cigarette smoking dip 10 percent from January through March; Allegheny County, however, lags behind with high smoking rates.

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 Mt. Lebanon police Lt. Duane Fisher discusses the stepped-up DUI enforcement that will occur this weekend.

Suburban Pittsburgh police to step up DUI patrols for holiday weekend

The Mt. Lebanon Area DUI Task Force has seen an increase of drivers who were under the influence of drugs.

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TRAFFIC: Banksville Road pattern to change but more jams expected

PennDOT will move the merge point down the road to the area of the railroad trestle to try to ease congestion.

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Kentucky clerk jailed for refusing to issue gay marriage licenses

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has refused to issue marriages licenses for two months since the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage.

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 The Allegheny County Airport Authority says a national pilot shortage is to blame for American Airlines cutting flights from Pittsburgh to Hartford and St. Louis.

American Airlines cutting Pittsburgh flights to St. Louis, Hartford

Allegheny County Airport Authority says a national pilot shortage is to blame.

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 Secret Service Police help to search for evidence Wednesday near the defunct cement plant where Lt. Joe Gliniewicz was killed Tuesday in Fox Lake, Ill.

Illinois hunt widens for 3 suspects in fatal shooting of police officer

A major challenge was the lack of a description of the suspects beyond the vague one that came from the officer.

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Banksville backup caused by unapproved lane closure

The closure, which was still in effect as of 11 a.m., was causing delays of an hour or more for commuters heading into the city.

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Immunization rates for school children in Allegheny County exceed Pennsylvania levels

A report earlier this week found that about 1 in 5 Pennsylvania children are returning to school without required immunizations.

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 A man looks into the office of Pakistan's National Data and Registration Authority (NADRA) on Tuesday which was closed by authorities in Karachi, Pakistan.

Pakistan corruption lets militants get national ID cards

Islamic militant foreigners for years have paid as little as $100 to get Pakistan’s national identity cards.

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 Migrants gather outside the closed Eastern Railway Station in Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, after they were not allowed to board trains bound for Germany. Over 150,000 migrants have reached Hungary this year, most coming through the southern border with Serbia. Many apply for asylum but quickly try to leave for richer EU countries. (Zoltan Mathe/MTI via AP)

Migrant tempers fray as Hungary blocks trains again

Hungary held refugees away from trains to Austria and Germany for a second day Wednesday, after letting a thousand or so ride Monday.

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 Vegetation grows in July 2014 among trees burned by the Rim Fire, near Groveland, Calif. More than 3 trillion trees now grow on Earth, more than seven times greater than scientists previously thought. But it’s also trillions fewer than there used to be, a new study concludes.

Lots of trees to hug: Study counts 3 trillion trees on our planet

There 3 trillion-plus trees on the planet, a forestry scholar’s study has determined, but still many fewer than there had been.

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Pittsburgh-area roofers sue over school background checks

The unions claim the rights of 21 workers were violated when they were banned from school grounds.

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State System board of governors OKs contracts with labor unions

The more than 4,000 covered by the collective bargaining agreements will receive salary increases or cash payments effective January 2016.

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Biden hits road amid speculation on run for presidency

Vice President Joe Biden was in Miami to speak on education policy matters Wednesday.

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Legionnaires’ disease strikes San Quentin

An outbreak of Legionnaires disease inside San Quentin prison in San Francisco has California prison officials rushing to find its source.

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Officers charged in Freddie Gray case to face separate trials

A judge in Baltimore ruled Wednesday that the six city officers tied to the death of Freddie Gray would be tried separately.

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 Henry Clyde Walp

Obituary: Henry Clyde Walp / Brought humor, adventure to varied life

Henry Clyde Walp, who died at 99 in New Castle, held a variety of jobs including U.S. Army soldier and tax auditor.

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Sto-Rox High School students sent home early due to heat

District superintendent Terry DeCarbo said the high school building is the only one in the district without central air conditioning.

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 Robert P. Ravenstahl Sr.

Obituary: Robert P. Ravenstahl Sr. / Grandfather of former city mayor, former state legislator

Mr. Ravenstahl died of natural causes Tuesday at The Arbors at St. Barnabas in Gibsonia. He was 90.

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 French police officers carry a piece of debris from a plane in Saint-Andre, Reunion Island on July 29. French investigators confirmed today that the flaperon was part of the Boeing 777 of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that went missing last year with 239 people aboard.

French investigators confirm wing part is from Malaysia Flight 370

The flight disappeared March 8, 2014, with 239 people aboard.

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One Marine killed, 9 hurt in helicopter hard landing in N.C.

Capt. Ryan Elizabeth Alvis said in a statement that the CH-53E helicopter came down hard during a training exercise Wednesday night.

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