In 2013, Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey crafted legislation that would have expanded background checks in order to prevent gun purchases by criminals and the mentally ill.

Senate Democrats plan push for gun control legislation

In their latest gun control push, Democrats are leaving out Pat Toomey, the Republican who forged the last bipartisan effort.

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 UPMC has said a definitive source has not been found for the mold that infected the patients between October 2014 and September.

UPMC fungal infections caused by inhaled mold spores, investigators believe

Investigators from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded on-site reviews of the infection “cluster” this week.

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 NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg chairs a NATO defense ministers meeting Thursday at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels.

NATO, alarmed by Russian actions in Syria, shores up defenses

The action comes after Russian planes have invaded Turkish airspace.

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 A poll released Thursday shows that more than half of Ohio voters believe that adults’ personal use of small amounts of marijuana should be legal.

Ohio voters support use of medical marijuana

A proposed constitutional amendment would legalize marijuana for recreational and medical purposes.

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 Volkswagen of America CEO Michael Horn is sworn-in Thursday on Capitol Hill.

VW executive apologizes to Congress for emissions scandal

Congressman raps EPA for not discovering cheating

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Clashes intensify between Syrian troops, insurgents

U.S. says cruise missiles fell short in Iran.

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State System board allows pricing experiments at four more universities

Gov. Tom Wolf objects to the additional pilot programs, saying Pennsylvania students could be priced out of the higher education market.

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FBI says it disrupted activities of dozens of potential IS recruits

Estimates that 250 Americans have joined the Islamic State.

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 Belarussian writer Svetlana Alexievich won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Belarusian writer wins Nobel literature prize

Rare award for a work of nonfiction.

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Scientists sequence first ancient human genome from Africa

Skeleton found in Ethiopian cave in 2011.

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World briefs: US considers warships near China islands

Plus: Unrest moves to Tel Aviv, Wedding party bombed, Crackdown on migrants, UN to audit agencies

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 U.S. Airman First Class Spencer Stone

Nation briefs: Train hero stabbed in brawl

Plus: Wrong drugs used, Clinton proposes risk fee, Cosby case can proceed, Ex-school chief charged

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 This is the new studio art room at Mt. Lebanon High. It was built in the renovated swimming pool area and has a balcony.

Mt. Lebanon High School ready for open house

The Mt. Lebanon School District will dedicate its new high school during a ceremony Sunday in front of the entrance on Horsman Drive.

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 Andrew Lusebrink, center, and teammates break during drills. Providence Heights Alpha School combined soccer teams with St. Ursula in Hampton to become Allison Park United.

Two schools, one team: Providence Heights Alpha School and St. Ursula combine soccer squads

At the end of the 2014-15 school year, 26 of the eighth-graders graduated, leaving Providence Heights Alpha School with only eight players.

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Cornell opposes Moon Area's latest merger proposal

Moon Area superintendent Curt Baker had proposed merging the two districts by the start of the 2016-17 school year.

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 Primanti Bros. patrons in York County root for the Bucs.

Out-of-Towners: Bucs fans find way to enjoy home away from home

Group of Pirates fans happily gathered in a home away from home.

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Bond issue brings $19.89 million to Penn Hills School District

The district successfully completed a $19.9 million bond issue to provide funds for daily operations in 2015-16.

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South Fayette seeks to join South Hills Area Council of Governments

Commissioner Joe Horowitz called the move to SHACOG a good fit. “They offer a number of programs that will benefit our residents.”

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Carson Middle School assistant principal resigns

The North Allegheny school board got a two-week break between replacing one administrator and another one resigning.

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 Sydney, CCAC's robot, welcomes participants to the school's Manufacturing Day -- with the help of Paul Blackford, CCAC instructional design/facilitator holding the microphone.

Manufacturing day program welcomes public at Community College of Allegheny County

Manufacturing Day is dedicated to overcoming shared challenges in labor professions.

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Rowan Elementary School second-graders to learn about robotics

The Seneca Valley School District has contracted with GreenE Academy to offer its Lego WeDo and EV3 courses.

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 One of many detour signs for the closure of Hulton Road.

Oakmont, Harmar making do without Hulton Bridge

The old Hulton Bridge closed Monday because it is being replaced by a new, larger span, but that doesn’t open until Oct. 20.

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Gateway school board votes to send band to road football games

It costs $2,326 and requires three school buses, a maintenance truck and a trailer to transport the band to away football games.

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 Jamillia Kamara.

Nonprofit to collect 2 million pencils for Wilkinsburg students

Smart is Cool was started to change the perception of educational excellence in urban communities.

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Mars Area board asked to make building appraisals public

The district says it is using sealed bids and closed appraisals for the sale of the former Middlesex Elementary School.

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School news: Fox Chapel Area, North Allegheny, North Hills and Pine-Richland

School news from Pittsburgh region’s north communities.

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School news for Oct. 9, 2015: Bentworth, West Jefferson Hills

School news from Pittsburgh region’s south communities.

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School news for Oct. 9, 2015: Penn Hills, Riverview

School news from the Pittsburgh region’s east communities.

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Mt. Lebanon High library dedicated to 1952 alumnus

Richard J. Madden has donated $585,000 in scholarship funds to Mt. Lebanon High School students since 2001.

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New head of gaming board is former U.S. attorney

Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday appointed former U.S. Attorney David Barasch as chairman of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

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 The Parkway West outbound will close between the Fort Pitt Bridge, including the Fort Pitt Tunnel, and Interstate 79 from 9 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday.

TRAFFIC: Parkway West outbound closures scheduled this weekend

The highway will close between the Fort Pitt Bridge, including the tunnel, and Interstate 79 from 9 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday.

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 Companies, including Downtown-based insurer Highmark, want about $2.87 billion to help cover their first-year losses from online insurance marketplaces.

Affordable Care Act aid could take years to reach insurers

Highmark and other health insurers may wait years for government assistance promised under the Affordable Care Act.

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 Sen. Bob Casey said supporters of his legislation had not identified a funding source but could collaborate across party lines to do so.

Sen. Casey pushes to halt premium increases expected under Medicare Part B

Seniors at risk of facing higher Medicare costs next year would avoid the increases under Senate legislation, the senator said.

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 Angelo Cammarata.

Obituary: Angelo H. Cammarata / Ross man proudly held the record for longest-serving bartender

Guinness World Records recognized him with a certificate in 1999, when he was 84 and in his 66th year of his career.

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PennEnvironment going forward with suit against ArcelorMittal coke plant

PennEnvironment executive director David Masur said today that the company only recently offered to discuss the violations.

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 A civil defense member holds an injured boy inside an ambulance after what activists say were cluster bombs dropped by the Russian air force Wednesday in Syria.

Russia fires cruise missiles into Syria

The two countries launch their first coordinated action to hold onto territory.

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 A sign welcomes students back to Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore. The campus reopened Monday on a limited basis for the first time since last Thursday.

Obama to visit Oregon town reeling from gun massacre

This Friday, President Barack Obama is traveling to the town where 10 died in last week’s college shooting.

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 Aziz Sancar is a professor at the University of North Carolina.

Trio wins Nobel Prize for mapping how cells fix DNA damage

Their work has already inspired new cancer treatments.

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 Chad Shields walks through his parent’s flooded home Wednesday in Summerville, S.C. The state experienced record rainfall amounts over the weekend and officials expect the damage from the flood to be in the billions of dollars.

South Carolina still on edge from floods

Cleanup costs could exceed $1 billion, and a university is forced to relocate a home football game 700 miles away.

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Coast Guard abandons search for 33 missing crew members

The cargo ship went down during Hurricane Joaquin in the Bahamas.

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 Operation Safety Net founder, Dr. Jim Withers, hands medicine to a homeless man while making the rounds in Downtown Pittsburgh in 2011.

Pittsburgh doctor named to CNN’s heroes list

Dr. Jim Withers founded Pittsburgh Mercy Health System's Operation Safety Net in 1992.

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Obama issues apology for strike on Afghan clinic

Doctors Without Borders still seeks an independent investigation.

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WVU hires Penn State administrator to rebuild Greek life

A student’s death and an earlier alcohol-fueled disturbance involving another frat prompted WVU to suspend most Greek activities last fall.

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 Michael Kelly

Former lifeguard faces more sex charges

Judge makes the ruling after hearing testimony from a woman that worked at the township’s recreation center.

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National briefs: Senate OKs massive defense bill

Plus: Threat of auto strike, VW cancels sales, New air pollution bill, Man arrested for bomb threats

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World briefs: FBI interrupts nuclear smugglers

Plus: Netanyahu cancels visit to Germany, Visit by U.S. Commerce Secretary, Truce violation wounds 4, Migrant smuggling ring broken up

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Obituary: Megan Barron / Advocate for people with disabilities

She founded the Duke Disability Alliance, a student advocacy organization, on the university’s campus.

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Pa.'s state-owned universities ponder price flexibility plans; get warning about higher costs

The pricing programs would affect California University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, Mansfield and Shippensburg universities.

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Three men found guilty in Homestead heroin case

Uptown Crew also acquitted on other charges in the alleged kidnapping and beating of another drug dealer.

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 The state is revoking the license of one residential unit at Glade Run Lutheran Services in Zelienople, a treatment facility for childen with mental health conditions. Glade Run says it will appeal the decision.

Youth home faces closure

Glade Run Lutheran Services in Zelienople will close, effective in 30 days, according to state officials.

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