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Orders for Pittsburgh police hats soar with new uniform policy

By Margaret Harding
Orders for Pittsburgh police uniform hats have skyrocketed as officers try to comply with the Public Safety director’s changes to uniform policy. The city Controller’s Office provided records that show 36 invoices for the $50.50 uniform cap between June 20 …

More Iraq deployments may be needed as terrorist fight intensifies, Army chief says

By The Washington Post
WASHINGTON — Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army chief of staff, said on Friday that it might be necessary to deploy more forces to Iraq to …

White House evacuated for fence jumper

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Much of the White House was evacuated on Friday because someone jumped the fence at the executive mansion. The incident occurred just minutes after President Obama and his daughters left the White House in the evening aboard Marine …

Floods paralyze Manila

By The Associated Press
MANILA — Torrential monsoon rains worsened by a tropical storm flooded large swathes of the Philippine capital and nearby provinces on Friday, leaving at least …

Pa. unemployment rate rises to 5.8 percent

By Chris Fleisher
Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate rose for the second consecutive month in August, signaling a downward trend that economists say doesn’t bode well for the state’s economy. …

Mystery writer Palumbo keeps his voice set in Western Pa.

By Rege Behe
In Dennis Palumbo’s new novel, “Phantom Limb” (Poisoned Pen Press), a character walks into a therapist’s office and puts forth the following scenario: “I plan …

Heyl: Count fun on Penn Avenue bike lanes

By Eric Heyl
If the new Penn Avenue bike lanes were human, their loneliness probably would compel them to seek companionship on Internet dating sites. Two weeks ago, with much fanfare, 10 blocks of the eastbound lane of the busy thoroughfare were converted …

Scots reject independence from United Kingdom in historic vote

By The Associated Press
EDINBURGH, Scotland — Scottish voters have rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to …

Diocese of Pittsburgh plans service in response to black mass

By Tory N. Parrish
The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh will host a holy event in response to a “black Mass” that a satanic group plans to hold in Oklahoma City on Sunday. The black mass is “deadly serious, blasphemous, obscene — an affront not …

Pa. transportation system ranks 41st in nation, study shows

By Tom Fontaine
Pennsylvania’s transportation system ranks behind those in all but nine states, but some of its neighbors face bigger safety and financial challenges, a study released on Thursday shows. Ohio is an exception. Its transportation system ranked 14th overall, up from …