City planning director Ray Gastil discusses the exisiting bike infastructure Tuesday at a public meeting addressing Complete Streets for Pittsburgh at Pitt’s Alumni Hall.

Complete Streets planners emphasize change at initial public meeting

More than 150 people attended the initial meeting at Pitt’s Alumni Hall.

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 Cheyney University logo

State System awaits decision on Cheyney U. financial aid

A consultant has concluded that $29.6 million Cheyney University was awarded between 2011 and 2014 may have to be returned.

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 Niel Wald

Obituary: Niel Wald / Radiation researcher compiled data about Hiroshima survivors

Niel Wald was a researcher who contributed to the world’s most important body of data about human radiation exposure.

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 Lynette Carpenter, who says prevention programs have helped her stave off diabetes, in Eutaw, Ala., on Nov. 24.

In major shift, diabetes cases on the decline

But Pennsylvania calculations show rates actually rose in 2011, then leveled off in the following two years.

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 Soerjanto Tjahjono, chief of the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee, holds a model plane during a news conference announcing the result of their investigation on the crash of AirAsia Flight QZ 8501 into the Java Sea last year, in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Tuesday.

Rudder problem, pilot actions led to Indonesia AirAsia crash

Last year’s crash of an AirAsia plane in Indonesia killed all 162 people on board.

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Votes in Congress move to undercut climate pledge

It was a provocative message to more than 100 leaders that the president doesn’t have the full support of his government on climate policy.

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 Puerto Rico Gov, Alejandro Javier Garcia Padilla testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Puerto Rico's fiscal problems.

Puerto Rico makes debt payment, warns of dwindling funds

Puerto Rico narrowly avoided a multimillion-dollar default on Tuesday as its governor said the island was facing a liquidity crunch.

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Burkina Faso has first democratic handover of power since 1960

Roch Marc Christian Kabore won the vote in nearly 75 percent of precincts throughout the country.

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 In this Oct. 15, 2015, file photo, vehicles pass a highway construction site on eastbound Interstate 80 in Sacramento, Calif.

Congress reaches deal on 5-year transportation bill

The House and Senate must still vote on the final bill. Passage is expected by Friday.

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Research on piece of Orion spacecraft set to begin in Ohio

Northwest Ohio is now connected to a project NASA believes will someday bring the world manned spaceflights to Mars.

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 Secretary of State John Kerry, center, waits for the start of a round table meeting of Resolute Support at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday.

U.S., NATO allies concerned by Russia, but seek its help

The United States and its NATO allies struggled Tuesday to come up with a clear message to send Russia at a time of conflicting concerns.

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World Briefs: Brazil’s GDP drops by 4.5 percent

Plus: U.S. Marine found guilty; ex-president sentenced; Mexico passageway eyed; leader allied with IS killed; AU general pleas; and more.

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National Briefs: Scientists debate ethics of gene editing

Plus: low-cost drug alternative; Senate finds wrongdoing; Obama immigration win; Alaska mayor’s death; Texas refugees clash; and more.

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 HIV-positive women Liu Ximei, left, and Tao Jing Lan in Beijing in 2012. Ms. Ximei contracted the virus after blood sellers at a rural hospital injected her with a used needle following a severe accident as a young girl in which her hair was caught in farm machinery, tearing away her scalp. Originally from Henan province, she was visiting three HIV hospitals in Beijing in the hope of finding a surgeon able to restore hair to her damaged scalp, which she hides beneath a wig.

Rise in HIV among China's youth draws attention for World AIDS Day

Gay men having unprotected sex leads to an increase in numbers of people living with HIV and AIDS in China.

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TRAFFIC: Section of Parkway East to shut down next weekend

The Parkway East will close next weekend to prepare for the Greenfield Bridge implosion.

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Plum schools develop ‘more robust’ complaint-reporting methods

The enhancements include new links to Title IX information an electronic form to submit a complaint via email.

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Seneca Valley schedules Feb. 12 for experimental school day

The district will be using the day to test alternative teaching methods when students can’t make it to school during inclement weather.

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 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane

Kane turns to special prosecutor to lead porn email probe

Former Maryland attorney general Douglas F. Gansler will have the power to issue subpoenas and use grand juries in his investigation.

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 The Art Institute of Pittsburgh on the Boulevard of the Allies is operated by Pittsburgh-based for-profit EDMC.

U.S. senators press for more accountability and student loan money from EDMC

Three senators raised concerns about the Pittsburgh for-profit education company’s massive settlement with the federal government.

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 Chi­cago po­lice Su­per­in­ten­dent Garry McCarthy, right, shown with Mayor Rahm Emanuel last week, has been fired af­ter pub­lic out­cry over the han­dling of the shoot­ing death of a 17-year-old by a city po­lice of­fi­cer in Oc­to­ber 2014.

Chicago mayor fires police chief in wake of video release

Mayor Rahm Emanuel praised Garry McCarthy’s leadership but called it an “undeniable fact” that the public’s trust in the police had eroded.

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 Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, before the House Armed Services Committee hearing on the U.S. Strategy for Syria and Iraq and its Implications for the Region.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Iraqi forces surround Ramadi, but it could be a long siege

The developments came as the Pentagon prepared to expand its Special Operations force in Iraq.

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State House approves Children's Health Insurance Program extension

New legislation also means the program would be administered by state’s Department of Human Services.

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 A group of scientists from around the world say we need to eat more fruits and vegetables as part of healthy daily diet.

This is what a healthy diet looks like

Some of the world’s top scientists provide clarity on what we’re supposed to eat and drink, and what foods we should avoid.

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 The parkway will be closed inbound from I-79 to Parkway Center drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Saturday and closed outbound between the Greentree/Crafton exit and I-79 from 9 p.m. Saturday to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Weekend closures for Parkway West nearing an end

Last major closure is planned for this weekend. No others planned until spring.

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Federal suit says state provides inadequate mental health care

The suit claims the state does not have enough beds in community-care programs for those needing autism and mental health services.

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 Pope Francis talks to journalists during a press conference he held aboard the flight on the way back to the Italy, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. Pope Francis traveled to Africa for a six-day visit that took him to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope’s mosque visit raises peace hopes

The move almost immediately opened up a part of the divided city troubled for months by retaliatory violence between Muslim and Christians.

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Obama may sign short-term spending bill to avert shutdown

An existing government-wide continuing resolution is set to expire Dec. 11.

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Police shooting of black teen cited in U of Chicago threat

Meanwhile, a university in Washington reopened, four men were charged in Minnesota and jury selection in a Freddie Gray trial began.

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 Pitt students join about 200 people marching through Oakland during a World AIDS Day candlelight vigil.

World AIDS Day activities planned in Pittsburgh

Efforts are being made in locally and elsewhere to control and find a cure for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

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 State Poice Trooper Stephen Limani discusses developments in their investigation of killing of St. Clair officer Lloyd Reed.

Police locate gun used to kill St. Clair officer

Remington .270 rifle, hooded sweatshirt and live rounds were found hidden in thick brush near where the suspect was taken into custody.

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 Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan hold their son, Max, in this photo provided by the Facebook CEO.

Facebook CEO, now a father, will give away most of his wealth

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife will donate nearly $45 billion to good works.

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 The Colorado Springs shooting suspect, Robert Lewis Dear, right (with public defender Dan King), appears via video for a court appearance Monday.

Planned Parenthood attack suspect makes 1st appearance

When asked by Chief District Judge Gilbert Martinez if he understood his rights, Robert Lewis Dear replied, “no questions.”

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Putin sides with Obama’s views, snubs Erdogan

Meanwhile, British leader David Cameron called a vote for Wednesday on extending British airstrikes against Islamic State into Syria.

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Roster of leading nutritionists who took part in conference

Here’s the roster of leading nutritionists who attended the Oldways Finding Common Ground conference in Boston last month.

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Chinese currency reaches IMF milestone

The IMF will add the yuan to its basket of reserve currencies, an international stamp of approval of the strides China has made.

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Puerto Rico undecided on bond payments due today, governor says

Skipping $354 million in payments would escalate a standoff with bondholders by pushing the commonwealth into default.

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NYC’s novel salt warning rule set to take effect at chains

Chain restaurants will have to start putting a special symbol on highly salty dishes.

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Judge OKs $20 million loan to keep Luzerne County government open

The loan would keep the county afloat while officials wait for a state budget impasse to end

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Thanksgiving break ends with budget stalemate still in place

Republican senators were told a Wednesday session was canceled because “we will not be ready to begin budget deliberations and voting.”

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 Flanked by Dr. Sam Reynolds, left, Allegheny County Health Department Director Dr. Karen Hacker announces an anti-AIDS initiative during a press conference in the City-County Building, Downtown, Tuesday.

Pittsburgh officials aim to stop new cases of AIDS by 2020

Allegheny County announces a five-year plan to stop new AIDS cases in the area by 2020. UPMC and Allegheny Health Network are joining in.

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 The big picture: Homewood Cluster Planning map

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Developing Homewood, and keeping it Homewood

Homewood’s cluster plan for future development brings together the visions of 10 segments of the neighborhood.

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National briefs: Cell phones cut the cord on landlines

Plus: Tighter visa program, Corrupt speaker convicted, EPA boosts ethanol

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World briefs: Embassy warns of Kabul attack

Plus: Israel convicts 2 teens, N. Ireland abortion law, Iraq prepares for attack, Missile unsucessful

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15 killed in crashes statewide over holiday weekend

State police said they responded to slightly more than 1,000 crashes in which 272 people were injured during the five-day holiday weekend.

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Obituary: Pamela D. Huston / Chiropractor's approach to life touched friends, patients

Pamela D. Huston, an Edgewood resident died Friday at the age of 59.

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 Vehicles and Port Authority bus move through Oakland.

Complete Streets policy could make Pittsburgh safer for all

Pittsburgh has a contract with the National Complete Streets Coalition to help leaders and residents redesign streets or reallocate traffic.

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 No jacket required: Mild temperatures on Thanksgiving Day had many holiday shoppers waiting outside the Best Buy in Cranberry with only a T-shirt on.

November was Pittsburgh's warmest since Hoover Administration

The average daily temperature in the area this November reached 48.5 degrees – the highest since it reached 51.6 degrees in November 1931.

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 The app in Pennsylvania came partly in response to a series of cases in which the ACLU alleged retaliation by Philadelphia police officers against those who watch or record police activity.

Mobile app allows recordings of police interactions in Pennsylvania

Smartphone users can use the app to record a video and send it to the American Civil Liberties Union.

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TRAFFIC: More Parkway East closures next weekend

The weekend closure is set to begin at 10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4, and run through 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6.

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Obituary: David A. Murdoch / Attorney was honorary German consul

Mr. Murdoch, a K&L partner, had a lifelong attachment to global affairs. He witnessed the Berlin Wall rise as a student, and fall in 1989.

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