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    Steel Center celebrates 50 years
    Steel Center for Career and Technical Education celebrated 50 years of imparting vocational skills to Mon Valley and South Hills students during a Tuesday ceremony at its Jefferson Hills campus. … -- By Jennifer R. Vertullo
    Elizabeth Township Commissioners approve phone system upgrade
    Elizabeth Township officials authorized an upgrade to the township’s phone system and purchasing new computers and servers to help streamline office work. Commissioners unanimously voted at a meeting on Tuesday … -- By Michael Divittorio
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    Program to help senior crash victims little known
    READING — First responders in Pennsylvania say a program begun two years ago to help senior citizens during traffic accidents has failed to gain traction. Several first responders told The … -- By The Associated Press
    Pitt well-stocked along offensive line
    There are barely enough chairs in Pitt’s offensive line room, with 15 men totaling about 21⁄3 tons jockeying for position in front of position coach Jim Hueber. From a football … -- By Jerry DiPaola
    Four issues that the Steelers need to take care of in September
    0 and 4. As coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday, the Steelers shouldn’t need any reminders about the importance of getting into regular-season mode in a hurry. “If that doesn’t turn … -- By Alan Robinson
    Rights group accuses Islamic State of 'ethnic cleansing'
    BAGHDAD — An international rights group accused the extremist Islamic State group on Tuesday of systematic “ethnic cleansing” in northern Iraq targeting indigenous religious minorities, as well as conducting mass … -- By The Associated Press
    Russian-backed separatists' aggression evident in attack
    NOVOKATERYNIVKA, Ukraine — The ferocity of the attack on the fleeing Ukrainian troops was clear, days after the ambush by Russian-backed separatist forces. More than 30 military  vehicles lay in … -- By The Associated Press
    350 more troops assigned to US Embassy in Baghdad
    350 troops assigned to embassy WASHINGTON — President Obama has approved assigning 350 more troops to protect the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and its support facilities. The White House said … -- By The Associated Press
    Feds cleared of some abuse claims by illegals
    WASHINGTON — A federal investigation that included surprise inspections was unable to substantiate 16 accusations by advocacy groups that the government packed into frigid cells children caught crossing the border … -- By The Associated Press
    Dinner in Minutes: Pasta-Stuffed Tomatoes with White Bean Salad
    Ripe, juicy tomatoes are perfect for stuffing and are inviting served on a platter with White Bean Salad for the simple vegetarian meal. To speed things up, I have used … -- By Linda Gassenheimer
    Don't let the marketers determine which grapes survive
    With northern hemisphere grape harvests beginning in earnest, cabernet sauvignon and merlot lead the way as the most widely planted wine grapes. The less-well-known airén, a Spanish grape grown to … -- By Dave Desimone
    Healthy Eating: Turn your zucchini into no-fry fries
    Those darn zucchini! There’s an army of them occupying your garden right now, and each one is as big as a blimp. What if I told you there’s a way … -- By The Associated Press
    City makes case as bankruptcy trial begins for Detroit
    DETROIT — The plan to restructure billions of dollars in debt is the vehicle the Motor City needs to free up funds to provide services to residents and allow the … -- By The Associated Press
    Maroon 5 coming to Consol next year
    Maroon 5 will tour the world in 2015, with a stop March 13 at Consol Energy Center, Uptown. The Maroon 5 2015 World Tour will visit 27 North American cities … -- By USA Today
    Smaller companies outperform multinationals on U.S. strength over eurozone
    NEW YORK — Concerns over weaker global growth appeared to overshadow strong reports about the economy on Tuesday, nudging the stock market to a tiny loss. Crude prices sank 3 … -- By The Associated Press
    Eco-friendly focus offered preschoolers
    OKLAHOMA CITY — Three-year-old Clara Centola seems unconcerned by the adults around her as she works at a mini-kitchen, deciding which cloth-toy fruits and vegetables to serve her imaginary guests. … -- By The Associated Press
    Fresh corn breaks from type with intriguing flavor combinations
    It’s hard to improve on the delicious simplicity of summer perfect corn on the cob slathered with butter and sprinkled with salt. “But we figured we’d give it a try … -- By Wire Reports
    Businesses find new home in old Loyalhanna school
    Even though Derry Area School District sold Loyalhanna Elementary School in 2011, learning is still going on inside the building. Since this time last year, almost a dozen businesses have … -- By Stacey Federoff
    Updated code would improve enforcement
    Latrobe council plans to consider a new property maintenance code including measures for better enforcement. The city’s code enforcement officer, Ann Powell, has been working with solicitor Jim Kelly to … -- By Stacey Federoff
    Scout's project helps bring fresh produce to needy
    A Boy Scout hoping to attain the organization’s highest rank must “plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school or … -- By Greg Reinbold
    Chicken Littles can't cluck away climate facts
    As its credibility dwindles due to its slanted “science” and politically motivated advocacy of anti-growth diktats, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is preparing a report so … -- By Tribune-Review
    Rubino plan best
    As the Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority prepares to vote on redevelopment in the Strip District, let’s orient the public discourse around which option will produce the most vibrant business for … -- By Tribune-Review
    Heritage Day offers activities for all ages
    With rides, face painting and a magic show for kids, a battle of the barrel competition for firefighters and complimentary food tickets for veterans, Unity officials hope the sixth annual … -- By Stacey Federoff
    Derry adds 3 part-time officers to force
    The Derry Borough Police Department should have an easier time coordinating round-the-clock police coverage as a result of council’s vote last week to hire three part-time officers. Council unanimously approved … -- By Greg Reinbold
    Medical pot, fewer ODs
    In his column “High & ‘near-broken societies’”, Ralph R. Reiland notes that “(d)rug overdose deaths in Allegheny County are approaching 300 a year.” New research published in the Journal of … -- By Tribune-Review
    Remember the Lusitania!
    About how America became involved in certain wars, many conspiracy theories have been advanced — and some have been proved correct. When James K. Polk got his declaration of war … -- By Pat Buchanan
    Things I don't understand
    There are things that really puzzle me. Some life insurance companies charge lower premiums if you haven’t made a life-shortening lifestyle choice. Being a nonsmoker is one of them. Actuarially, … -- By Walter Williams
    Wrong on minimum wage
    I could not disagree more with Melan Junik’s Aug. 25 letter, “Raise the minimum wage,” which claims raising the minimum wage would help the poor and improve the economy. That … -- By Tribune-Review
    Harrisburg escapades: Come clean
    As the Trib first reported on Saturday, former and current AG staffers might have shared sexually explicit images using their state email accounts. Sources say the emails, uncovered in the … -- By Tribune-Review
    Stine's timeless scares are coming to a screen near you
    R.L. Stine has fashioned a career out of kid-friendly horror stories for youngsters not ready for the likes of Stephen King, yet his scary stories are getting ready to creep … -- By USA Today
    Top Sports Pics - Sept. 2, 2014
    Top sports images from around the globe. … -- By Tribune-Review
    A&E updates
    Tickets will go on sale Sept. 8 for Jackie Evancho’s February 2015 concert with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall. The Richland native will release her third … -- By Tribune-Review
    Teens bust out of Tenn. detention center
    NASHVILLE — Thirty teens “overwhelmed” their minders at a juvenile detention center by simultaneously breaking out of four dormitories and then crawling under a weak spot in a chain-link fence. … -- By The Associated Press
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    Harris: Texas A&M reloads at quarterback with Hill
    The stairs at Auburn must  not have been working A funny thing happened on the way to halftime during an early SEC meeting between Arkansas and Auburn. Heading from the … -- By John Harris
    Gorman: Mt. Lebanon coach leads USA to gold
    Dori Oldaker was still bleary-eyed Labor Day, three days after returning home from her two-week trip to China. One thing the Mt. Lebanon girls basketball coach could still see clearly … -- By Kevin Gorman
    Pitt football notebook: Ohio offensive lineman verbally commits to Pitt
    • Pitt continued to emphasize the offensive line in recruiting, securing a verbal commitment from Rob Dowdy of Westerville (Ohio) South. Dowdy (6-foot-5, 296 pounds) is the third offensive lineman … -- By Jerry DiPaola
    Penn State notebook: Franklin: Nittany Lions' 'healthy' going into Week 2
    Relentless weight training, Jesse James said, serves more of a purpose than to make him a likely future high NFL draft choice. James, a tight end from South Allegheny, had … -- By Chris Adamski
    Suit filed by 4 Cincinnati-area black students over expulsion
    CINCINNATI — The parents of four black students who allege their children were expelled over rap music videos and targeted because of race sued a suburban school district in federal … -- By The Associated Press
    Obama to reassure NATO on Ukraine
    WASHINGTON — Confronted by a Kremlin-backed military offensive in Ukraine, President Obama and Western allies will approve plans this week to position at least 4,000 troops and military equipment in … -- By The Associated Press
    Saudis arrest 88 accused of ties to al-Qaida
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — A top Saudi security official said on Tuesday that police had arrested 88 men suspected of being part of an al-Qaida cell that was plotting attacks … -- By The Associated Press
    Federal panel backs Indiana right-to-work law
    INDIANAPOLIS — A federal appeals court upheld Indiana’s right-to-work law banning mandatory union fees on Tuesday in a split decision that was delivered a few days before the state Supreme … -- By The Associated Press
    U.S. airstrikes target leader of al-Shabab
    The Pentagon said on Tuesday that it tried to kill the leader of the militant group al-Shabab in an air attack in Somalia ­— firing several Hellfire missiles and dropping … -- By The Washington Post
    Double mastectomies don't boost chances
    CHICAGO — Removing both breasts to treat cancer affecting only one side doesn’t boost survival chances for most women, compared with surgery that removes just the tumor, a large study … -- By The Associated Press
    NFL notebook: Broncos WR Welker suspended 4 games
    Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker was suspended for the first four games of the regular season after testing positive for an amphetamine, according to multiple reports. Welker has already appealed … -- By Wire Reports
    $1.4B penalty urged in gas blast
    SAN FRANCISCO — California regulatory judges recommended a $1.4 billion penalty on Tuesday — the largest safety-related levy ever against a public utility in the state — for a fiery … -- By The Associated Press
    Princeton, worker seek solution on medical marijuana use on the job
    PRINCETON, N.J. — A Princeton University employee and marijuana legalization activist who said he was told to choose between his job and using medical marijuana is on paid leave as … -- By The Associated Press
    Wednesday's scouting report: Pirates at Cardinals
    X-factors Pirates beat reporter Rob Biertempfel’s inside look at Wednesday’s game: • Shelby Miller, 23, will be seeking his 25th career victory Wednesday. This season, he is 2-2 with a … -- By Tribune-Review
    Appeals court hears debate in NSA phone record collection case
    NEW YORK — A lawyer defending the government’s bulk collection of millions of Americans’ telephone records found himself facing tough questions on Tuesday from appeals judges wanting to know whether … -- By The Associated Press
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    CDC chief urges heightened response to Ebola outbreak
    The “window of opportunity” to get a handle on the exploding Ebola outbreak in West Africa is closing, Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, … -- By The Los Angeles Times
    MLB notebook: Tigers' Verlander skirts issue of nude photos
    • Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander spoke to reporters for the first time about leaked nude photos of him and girlfriend Kate Upton that surfaced during Labor Day weekend. “I’m not … -- By Tribune-Review
    Manufacturing cranks up production pace
    WASHINGTON — Manufacturing grew in August at the strongest pace in more than three years as factories cranked out more goods and new orders rose. The Institute for Supply Management’s … -- By The Associated Press
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    Foes of Pakistani PM labeled as 'terrorists' as protests continue
    ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s lawmakers rallied behind the country’s embattled prime minister on Tuesday in an emergency session, even as thousands of protesters remained camped outside of parliament demanding his ouster. … -- By The Associated Press
    Attack on Egypt security kills 11
    CAIRO — An attack on a convoy killed 11 members of the Egyptian security forces in the Sinai Peninsula on Tuesday, security and medical sources said. Two were killed by … -- By Reuters
    WVU notebook: Holgorsen expects similar effort
    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — OK, we get it. No moral victories. But West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen was more than a little positive talking about Saturday’s 33-23 loss to No. 2 … -- By Bob Cohn
    United Kingdom at risk, new poll finds
    LONDON — A poll showing support for Scottish independence at its highest ever level threw the fate of the United Kingdom into question on Tuesday, just two weeks before Scots … -- By Reuters
    Former Dormont businessman avoids jail for wire fraud
    A former Dormont businessman will spend four years on probation, including four months on home detention, for forging engineers’ seals on bidding documents for federally funded bridge projects, a judge … -- By Brian Bowling
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    Pirates notebook: Polanco says demotion to Indianapolis helped
    ST. LOUIS — After spending a week back at Triple-A Indianapolis, Gregory Polanco believes he is ready for the Pirates’ stretch run. “It helped me,” Polanco said after being recalled … -- By Rob Biertempfel
    Harmony man facing charges in fatal crash
    A Harmony man faces charges including homicide by vehicle while driving drunk for a traffic crash that killed his passenger Sunday, state police said Tuesday. Police are consulting with the … -- By Tribune-Review
    Study to look at financial impact of state's gas boom
    Researchers are looking at whether money from the Marcellus Shale natural gas boom helps children and families in regions where companies are drilling. Penn State University sociology professor Molly Martin … -- By The Associated Press
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    East Allegheny teachers set to strike on Tuesday
    Teachers in the East Allegheny School District are scheduled to go on strike Tuesday. According to a statement on the district’s website, last-ditch negotiations failed to produce a contract acceptable … -- By Tribune-Review
    Allegheny County's crime lab ranks among world's best
    The Allegheny County crime lab can perform crime scene investigations for thousands less than other labs and complete the analysis faster. DNA work, however, takes longer and costs more, according … -- By Aaron Aupperlee
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