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.

Ill. hunt widens for 3 suspects in fatal shooting of police officer

The manhunt for three suspects sought in an officer’s killing in northern Illinois widened Wednesday.

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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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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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 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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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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National briefs: Prison officials mull solitary confinement

PLUS: N.C. men compensated; New video in Texas shooting; Obama’s Alaska visit.

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 PPG Industries Inc.

PPG liable for violations at longtime dump site

Federal judge finds PPG liable for toxic waste water discharges from its old glass manufacturing waste dump into the Allegheny River.

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 Statewide, 2.2 million adults continue smoking cigarettes but that number also has been declining.

Cigarette smoking plunges in U.S.

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

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Random Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness

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 Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, and the Republican majorities of the state House and Senate were unable to reach a deal on an annual spending plan before the fiscal year began July 1.

State budget impasse drags into third month

Eugene DePasquale, the state auditor general, said his staff will tally the delay’s cost for school districts

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Wolf nominates former Department of Revenue official to Pa. Turnpike Commission

Barry Drew served as deputy secretary of administration in the Department of Revenue from 1995 until 2011.

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TRAFFIC: McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge reopens after utility line fire

The span was closed for more than four hours.

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 Port Authority Police block off the entrance to the T line at Gateway Station headed toward Heinz Field after an electrical problem caused a train to shut down inside the tunnel.

Port Authority restores service after T shutdown

Service was halted this evening when the Port Authority said a support piece for an overhead electric line broke and struck the line.

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 Third-graders wait during transition to another class in June at the Environmental Charter School.

Environmental Charter School seeks to open two more schools in Pittsburgh

The school has filed an application with Pittsburgh Public Schools to add a K-8 school in East Liberty and open a 9-12 school in the Hill.

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 U.S.Treasurer Rosa Rios, right, smiles as she's introduced to Harriet Tubman's great-great-grand niece, Pauline Copes-Johnson of Auburn, N.Y., left, before a town hall meeting in Seneca Falls, N.Y.

Who should succeed Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill?

Historians see heated debates on which woman should replace Hamilton, the nation’s first treasury secretary.

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 The $3.5 million renovation project will replace the rails and safety cables and renovate the cars and stations on what the authority says is the oldest continuously operating funicular railway in the U.S. It opened in 1870 and has undergone four previous renovations.

Mount Washington merchants fear effects of renovations on Mon Incline

Shiloh Street businesses are girding for the impact of a 12-week construction project that will close the incline.

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 Johnson Estate Winery, just over the border in Westfield, N.Y., is seeking grape pickers to help with the harvest on Sept. 7 to 8. Pickers will be paid $10 per hour and, if they do three hours, a sandwich and a piece of pie.

Lake Erie winery invites people to pick grapes on Labor Day

The “GRAPE PICKERS WANTED” sign went up recently in front of the Johnson Estate Winery, just over the state border in Westfield, N.Y.

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 Matt Bovee of Munhall lifts one of 36 solar panels being installed Wednesday on the roof of the Highmark SportsWorks at the Carnegie Science Center on the North Shore. More solar panels are being planned for the North Side, with the approval of a project at CCAC.

FirstEnergy to pay for solar installations at CCAC

The power produced by the solar arrays will be equivalent to that of a coal-fired power plant with emissions of 78.6 tons of CO2 a year.

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 "No deal is perfect, especially one negotiated with the Iranian regime," said Sen. Barbara Mikulski, whose backing of the Iran nuclear agreement gives supporters the margin they need to uphold an expected presidential veto of a resolution of disapproval Republicans hope to pass later this month.

Obama secures votes to ensure Iran nuke deal

Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland became the crucial 34th vote Tuesday.

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Top candidates to replace Hamilton on $10 bill

Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, Eleanor Roosevelt and Elizabeth Cady Stanton have their supporters for placement on the $10 bill.

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Markets on edge as policymakers flex muscles

Investors now predict the U.S. Federal Reserve will delay an interest rate rise that had been expected as early as this month.

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 Fran Tunno in seventh grade.

Back to School: Nun’s lesson about good deeds has had long payoff

Sister Generosa taught me the value of helping others long ago, and I am grateful now for the lesson.

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Allegheny Intermediate Unit board opens up its deliberations

The AIU, which offers special education services, looks to “right-size” with staff cuts and potential sale of building.

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 Thai authorities arrest a man they believe is part of a group responsible for a deadly bombing at a shrine in central Bangkok on Aug. 17.

2nd arrest made in deadly Thailand shrine attack

Police in Thailand have arrested a man they believe was the key bomber in the terror attack that killed 20 people.

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 President Barack Obama speaks to reporters Tuesday while hiking to the Exit Glacier in Seward, Alaska.

In Alaska, Obama obliges some critics and takes a hike

President Barack Obama on Tuesday hiked to a receding Alaskan glacier to make visible his concerns about climate change.

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Obese at 50? Midlife weight may affect when Alzheimer’s hits

Midlife obesity can speed Alzheimer’s onset, National Institute on Aging study finds.

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Migrant crisis in Europe grows

Hungary on Tuesday briefly barred hundreds of refugees from boarding its trains in Budapest.

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Planned Parenthood loss could burden other health centers

Lousiana’s intent to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood clinics threatens the fight against sexually transmitted diseases.

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Video shows deputies shooting San Antonio man with raised hands

San Antonio deputies appear to have fatally shot a man who had his hands up, video shows.

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World briefs: 3 journalists arrested on terror charges

Plus: Accused teacher kills self; protesters stage sit-in; “holy war” against corruption; Kim skips celebration; activist arrested

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National briefs: California curbs solitary confinement

Plus: West Point professor resigns; Chimps denied legal rights; Smoking at record low; College pot smoking increases.

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 Karen Wolk Feinstein, president and CEO of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, said Tuesday of personal health responsibility: “We own it. It’s our health. It’s so fundamental and yet it seems too simple.”

On 25th anniversary, Jewish Healthcare Foundation putting new focus on personal health

“It’s our health,” said Karen Wolk Feinstein, president and CEO of the foundation. “It’s so fundamental and yet it seems too simple.”

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 Jeffrey Schwartz, with human and monkey skulls, in a lab at the University of Pittsburgh's Posvar Hall, in 2009.

Pitt paleontologist wants to limit the genus Homo to Homo sapiens

Pitt’s Jeffrey Schwartz stirs controversy with his Science magazine article stating that some human species don’t belong in the genus Homo.

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 Pope Francis celebrates a Mass at the Vatican's Santa Marta hotel, on Tuesday.

Pope Francis allows absolutions for abortion

Pope Francis is making it possible for women to confess directly to any Catholic priest, who can forgive without a bishop’s permission.

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TRAFFIC: PennDOT reverses direction of Parkway West closures through Thursday

Several construction projects continue this week, with overnight closures on the Parkway West.

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 The National McKinley Birthplace Memorial Museum in Niles, Ohio, honors President William McKinley, born in the small town not far from Youngstown.

Ohio residents lament removal of McKinley name from Alaskan peak

Ohio lawmakers blocked the proposed name change for Mount McKinley for years, and denounced the decision to restore the Mount Denali name.

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 Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails from her time as secretary of state that were released Monday night .

State Department redacts material deemed sensitive in Hillary Clinton’s emails

None of the documents had been marked classified at the time, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.

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 An injured national guard officer is carried away by comrades Monday outside the Parliament building in Kiev, Ukraine. One person was killed and over 100 wounded after an explosive device was thrown during a protest.

Grenade explodes outside Ukraine's parliament during nationalist protest; 1 officer killed

It was the worst violence in the capital since the government took power in February 2014.

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 A Franklin & Marshall College poll last week found a wide, bi-partisan majority of registered voters believe state lawmakers should not be paid during budget negotiations when the budget is late.

Voters say: No budget, no pay for Pennsylvania lawmakers

Republicans, Democrats and Independents in a Franklin & Marshall College poll favor not paying lawmakers until a budget is approved.

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 A migrant, hoping to cross into Hungary, plays with a child Monday along a railway track outside a village in Serbia.

Austrian border backup and confusion challenge Europe amid migrant crisis

Europe is mired in border traffic backups, jam-packed refugee trains and policy chaos as it deals with its mounting migrant morass.

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Former LCB official faces charges of accepting kickbacks

Prosecutors said James H. Short Jr. took cash, gift cards and meals from a distributor and a manufacturer of alcoholic beverages.

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 "We need to be prepared for the possibility that Iran will violate the agreement,” Sen. Bob Casey said.

Sen. Bob Casey says he will support Iran nuclear deal

“It is the best option available to us at this time,” the Democratic senator said today.

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 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane departs after her preliminary hearing Aug. 24 at the Montgomery County courthouse in Norristown, Pa.

Pennsylvania attorney general, supporters mobilize against potential ouster

AG Kathleen Kane was charged Aug. 6 by Montgomery County authorities with leaking information to a Philadelphia newspaper.

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 Surrounded by the media, David Moore, center, and his partner David Ermold attempt to apply for a marriage license at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., on Tuesday.

Kentucky clerk, citing ‘God’s authority,’ defies court ruling on gay marriage

As Rowan County clerk Kim Davis' office opened, two couples were denied licenses.

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Westinghouse High coach on leave after report of student injury

The district received a report a Westinghouse student was injured while “being admonished” by one of the team’s assistant coaches.

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Health happenings for Sept. 1, 2015

Health and fitness-related news listings for Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015.

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