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A college senior who aspired to be a research psychologist was struck and killed by a bus in Pittsburgh over the weekend, authorities said.

Barbara Como, 20, of Chester Springs was struck by the Port Authority bus in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh shortly after noon Saturday, the Allegheny County medical examiner's office said. She was taken to UPMC Presbyterian, where she was pronounced dead.

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A gun buyback held in Homewood Monday distributed $5,000 in less than one hour, according to organizers.

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A former librarian and a bookseller have pleaded guilty in the theft of rare books from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in a years-long scheme.

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Mac Miller's estate has released the rapper's first posthumous single, "Good News," from the just-forthcoming Circles, out January 17.

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Mack Trucks plans to lay off 305 employees at its assembly plant north of Philadelphia, the company said Wednesday.

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Days before Darlene Harris was set to leave Pittsburgh City Council, she had packed boxes all over her office on the fifth floor of the City-County Building. Sprawled out on a table were documents to sort through, souvenier hard-hats from projects in her district -- and a leftover bag of doggy treats she kept around in case any four-legged visitors stopped by.

It was a quiet farewell for one of council's most vocal members.

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When a judge ruled in October that the nonprofit Safehouse would not violate federal law, advocates for what would become the country’s first supervised injection site celebrated the decision as a huge win.  But technically, the judge’s ruling was too narrow in scope to close the case completely.

Investigators Say Bus Passed Truck Before Wreck That Killed 5 On PA Turnpike

Jan 7, 2020
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Federal investigators said Monday a packed bus passed a truck on the Pennsylvania Turnpike shortly before losing control and causing a chain-reaction wreck that killed five and injured dozens.

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Michael Fitzpatrick, a former congressman from suburban Philadelphia who served four terms in the House before handing off the seat to his brother, died Monday morning after a long battle with melanoma, his family said.

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The city of Philadelphia has agreed to pay $4.15 million to a man who spent 24 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit.

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A 9-year-old New York girl was among the five people killed in a crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike that also injured at least 60 people, authorities said Monday.

5 Dead, Dozens Hospitalized In Pennsylvania Turnpike Crash

Jan 5, 2020
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Five people were killed and about 60 were injured on the Pennsylvania Turnpike early Sunday morning, when a loaded bus went out of control on a hill and rolled over, setting off a chain reaction that involved three tractor-trailers and a passenger car.

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The Hershey Co. will soon retire its vehicles that are shaped like its Hershey’s Kisses.

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Federal authorities say remains of an American soldier killed during the Korean War have been accounted for and will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

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The Wawa convenience store chain is facing a wave of lawsuits over a data breach that affected its 850 locations along the East Coast.

Wawa Inc. discovered malware on its payment processing servers this month before stopping the breach Dec. 12, the company has said. Officials with the company, based in Wawa, Pennsylvania, believe the malware had been collecting card numbers, customer names and other data since as early as March.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Friday that at least six lawsuits seeking class-action status have been filed in federal court in Philadelphia.

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The U.S. government declared this year that 20 counties in western Pennsylvania have effectively ended veteran homelessness.

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A crash involving two tractor-trailers on the Pennsylvania Turnpike sparked an explosion that closed a stretch of the highway early Tuesday, authorities said.

There is a tradition in Appalachia of observing “Old Christmas” on January 6. Folklore suggests that animals speak in the middle of the night on Old Christmas.

But it turns out, you don’t have to wait till January 6 to hear goats singing to Christmas carols. 


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A police officer shot and killed a man who police said opened fire during a foot pursuit near Pittsburgh, police said.

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The National Weather Service has added snow squalls to the dangerous events that trigger cellphone warnings, along with tornadoes and flash floods.

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The Wawa convenience store chain says a data breach may have collected debit and credit card information from thousands of customers.

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The head of a local LGBT-rights advocacy group faces charges that include forgery and impersonating a public servant.

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Officials at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium were mourning the death of a northern elephant seal that was rescued in California.

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The Roman Catholic diocese of Pittsburgh has announced plans to merge more than two dozen parishes into eight new parishes next year.

Bishop David Zubik said Satuday that 26 parishes will be part of the Jan. 6 mergers, which will reduce the number of parishes in the diocese from 170 to 152. The diocese said "No buildings will close at this time.

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A grand jury alleges that inmates housed at the Allegheny County Jail enlisted lawyers’ help in a drug smuggling operation. In a report eleased by the county district attorney’s office Friday, the grand jury recounted five incidents in which inmates coordinated with people outside the jail to arrange deliveries of synthetic cannabinoids.

Philly's Plastic Bag Ban Is Finally Happening

Dec 13, 2019

Seventy year-old Sandra Calhoun says she cleans the sewers of the block where she lives in West Philly five times a week during the winter and two times a week in the summer.

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Authorities say criminal charges won’t be filed against people who were present when an Erie teenager died of chemical asphyxia in October from inhaling nitrous oxide.

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A fire that broke out Tuesday in a home once owned by baseball Hall of Famer Honus Wagner might have started in a clothes dryer, officials said.

Police Kill Barricaded Gunman Who Shot Pennsylvania Trooper

Dec 10, 2019
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A police visit requested by concerned friends of a mentally ill man who hadn't been heard from in weeks turned deadly early Wednesday when state troopers shot and killed him, ending a 14-hour standoff that began when he shot and wounded a trooper.

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Emotions ran high at times as Pittsburgh City Council on Thursday held a post-agenda meeting on proposed legislation to acknowledge and address racial inequalities in the city.

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