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Local Scots have mixed emotions about vote

Local Scots make referendum predictions. Pride, history involved in decision.

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 Anna Mae Gorman Lindberg

Obituary: Anna Mae Gorman Lindberg / Made ’32 Olympics swim team as teen from Homestead

Former Olympic swimmer who earned her college degree at 60 years old

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Sheriff: Fla. man kills 6 grandchildren, daughter

Convicted felon shoots, kills his 6 grandchildren, daughter, himself in small Florida town

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Obituary: Robert Charles Todd Jr. / Retired banker was devoted to family, church, community

Top banking executive who always kept family dinner a priority

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Ex-chief investigation officer cleared

The former chief investment officer of the State Employees’ Retirement System can “move on” now that a probe into his tenure is over.

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New Islamic State video features British hostage as group spokesman

New Islamic State video depicts captive British journalist John Cantlie warning against the folly of the coming war effort.

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 A police investigator arrives with a shovel at a home at Guildford in suburban Sydney after about 800 federal and state police officers raided more than two dozen properties as part of the operation Thursday.

Islamic State plot in Australia raises questions

Police in Sydney arrest 15 suspects, then free nine of them, in alleged Islamic State-linked plot to carry out beheadings in Australia.

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Senators Paul, Grassley challenge climate group's spending on lobbying, parties

2 Republican senators challenge nonprofit climate-change advocacy group’s spending of federal grant money.

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Storytelling: People once understood how it paid to be thrifty

People no longer seem to believe thriftiness pays off.

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White House, military divided on use of troops against Islamic State

Discord is mounting between President Barack Obama and military leaders over a blanket presidential prohibition on ground combat.

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Federal judge accused of assaulting wife is urged to resign

Alabama’s two U.S. senators urged federal judge in their state to step down after he was charged with battery.

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Bill seeks fairer treatment for black lung victims

Sens. Bob Casey and Jay Rockefeller jointly offer bill to provide fair treatment to coal miners pursuing black lung benefit claims.

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 Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, receives a flu shot from Sharon Bonadies at the conclusion of a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Thursday.

CDC tells healthy adults not to forget flu vaccine

Flu vaccine season has arrived, and that means different shots for different folks.

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U.S. Lays Out Strategy to Combat Crisis of Antibiotic Resistance

The White House, by executive order, is offering a national strategy to combat the threat of antibiotic resistance because of overuse.

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Obama declines weapons to Ukraine

President Obama spurns request by Ukraine’s president for lethal military aid to counter Russia’s aggression.

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National news briefs: 9/19/14

Agents use body-worn cameras; VA to boost salaries; New York terror alert; Man charged in wildfire; Internet boosts economy

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World news briefs: 9/19/14

Alibaba, the e-commerce company started in 1959, cemented its reputation as a symbol of China’s economic emergence by raising $21.8 billion.

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 Hundreds of Pennsylvania state police officers stand outside St. Peter's Cathedral in Scranton today during the funeral service for Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson.

Slain Pa. trooper remembered as ‘impeccable’

"We gather here in sorrow, disbelief and anger," the Rev. Thomas M. Muldowney told those inside the filled-to-capacity church.

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Health Dept.: District too quick with alert

It shows itself with symptoms of fever of more than 101 degrees, runny nose, coughing, sneezing and sometimes rash.

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Pittsburgh afternoon commute slowed by subway problems, I-79 crash

A train was having mechanical issues at the Gateway Center subway station and in Washington County by a jack-knifed tractor trailer on I-79.

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PennDOT line-painting truck overturned in Beaver County crash

Two people were reported to have been trapped, dispatchers said. Police said at least one person was transported by medical helicopter.

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State agrees to new settlements in Pittsburgh prison abuse cases

The new settlements total $132,500 and end lawsuits filed by five corrections officers or supervisors.

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House education committee postpones hearings on Pa. version of Common Core

The state Education Department will conduct a public review of the standards as requested by Gov. Tom Corbett.

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 No supporters for the Scottish independence referendum celebrate an early result at a No campaign event in Glasgow, Scotland, early Friday morning.

Pro-union camp declares victory in Scotland

The BBC forecast that Scotland had opted for stability rather than change by a margin of 55 percent to 45 percent.

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County health department: District too quick to release alert on respiratory virus

The Allegheny County Health Department director contacted the district Thursday and said the CDC has no confirmed cases in SW Pennsylvania.

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 Woodland Hills School District superintendent Alan Johnson announces the closing of Shaffer, Dickson and Fairless elementary schools in the district at a news conference at the high school Thursday.

Woodland Hills to close three elementary schools

Dickson, Shaffer and Fairless elementaries would close, along with the district administrative building on Greensburg Pike.

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 The Clairton coke plant along the Monongahela River.

Despite $1.2B upgrade, Clairton Coke Works still lagging on air pollution, officials say

U.S. Steel Corp. to pay $300,000 penalty for exceeding emissions limit at new coke battery.

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 As of mid-August, the Pittsburgh Parking Authority had issued nearly 25,000 fewer tickets than over the first eight months of 2013.

Pittsburgh parking tickets down, revenue up as drivers use pay stations

Pittsburgh Parking Authority says drivers using the pay stations that replaced parking meters two years ago leads to less tickets issued.

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Assault charge dismissed against former Pittsburgh official

Kevin Quigley, also a Pittsburgh Democratic ward chairman, had charges dismissed when his girlfriend wouldn’t pursue charges.

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 The lone member of the Committee on Governance and Long Range Planning to vote against Thursday's proposal was alumni trustee Anthony Lubrano.

Reorganization would add to Penn State board of trustees

A proposal would provide give representation to students, faculty and the alumni association but also keep the nine alumni board members.

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Education department resists expanded audit

The department says Auditor Eugene Depasquale is “succumbing to political tactics.”

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Sto-Rox lodges another appeal to block Propel-West

Sto-Rox School District wants Commonwealth Court to block the school because it would take so many students it could kill the district.

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Google ponies up $64,657 in funding for area students

The $64,657 worth of donations ranged from paper to microscopes.

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 Construction work along Route 30 in Hempfield is scheduled to wrap up in November, according to PennDOT.

Route 30 work on target for November finish

The $8 million project to add center turning lanes to a 1.5-mile section of the highway in Jeannette and Hempfield began in 2012.

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Ads coming to North Hills school website

Visitors to the North Hills School District's website soon will be seeing ads for area businesses.

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 Supporters for (right) and against Scotland’s independence referendum chat Wednesday during a campaign event. The nation votes today on whether to split from or remain part of the United Kingdom.

Will Scotland’s independence vote transform Britain?

Several opinion polls indicate a razor-thin victory for opponents of separation. But nobody dares predict the result of today’s vote.

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Random Acts of Kindness: Example set by church women won many people free hot dogs

Plus: Stricken runner was rescued by CPR and other speedy aid, help received at local casino impressed a non-Pittsburgher.

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House approves Obama’s plan to battle Islamic State

The House votes, 273-156, to authorize President Obama’s plan to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels in fight against the Islamic State.

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End-of-life care needs sweeping overhaul, panel says

American way of dying is broken, too costly, and not necessarily what patients want, national expert panel finds.

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 Children participate in Maria Congelio's kindergarten class at McIntyre Elementary School in Ross. Behind them is the whiteboard with the Class Dojo app, where she can keep a chart for rewards, timers and other tools to help motivate the kids. Ms. Congelio carries her smart phone while teaching and can instantly reward students on the chart with the app.

DoJo used to monitor students at McIntyre Elementary in Ross

Teachers use the application with kindergartners as a digitized version of a behavior chart and allows parents to monitor kids’ behavior.

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 A ribbon cutting and dedication last week celebrated the opening of Twin Rivers Primary and Intermediate School in the McKeesport Area School District.

New McKeesport school officially complete

The official grand opening of the Twin Rivers Primary and Intermediate School celebrated the facility’s assets, environment responsibility.

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Holder asks Congress for help in fighting Wall Street crime

Justice Department wants Congress’ help to improve prospects for successful criminal prosecutions of Wall Street executives.

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With the Islamic State in U.S. crosshairs, 
Syrian government pounces on other foes

Syria’s anti-Assad rebels are being targeted by a fresh wave of attacks and assassinations by the Syrian regime.

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Iraqi prime minister against hosting U.S. ground troops

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s new prime minister ruled out stationing U.S. ground troops in his country, chiding the international community Wednesday

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House opens Benghazi probe

The State Department says it has reformed its protection strategies for high-risk diplomatic posts in the wake of the attacks in Benghazi.

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With no consensus on the issue, surrogacy laws vary across the nation

There is no national consensus on how to handle the highly polarizing and controversial practice of surrogacy.

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Desperate Gazans flee to Europe in risky trips

In the past two months, more than 1,300 Gazans are believed to have gone to Egypt.

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Blue Devils marching band show to mark 20th year in Mt. Lebanon

Mt. Lebanon High School’s festival of bands will take place this weekend, coordinated by nearly 100 volunteers and featuring nine bands.

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Low expectations as Obama, Rouhani head to U.N.

Few expect there will be a meeting between President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

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Getting into N. Korea a powerful temptation for some Americans

Americans have slipped illegally into poor, deeply suspicious, fervently anti-American North Korea.

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