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Jeb Bush's long campaign begins — The 2016 presidential race isn't an abstract parlor game anymore. With a seven-paragraph Facebook post on Tuesday, Jeb Bush instantly transformed the nascent campaign. His decision to "actively explore" a presidential bid accelerates the scramble for donors.

Constables accused of roughing up woman on parking ticket face charges — A Munhall woman was allegedly handcuffed in front of her daughters -- one of them 10 years old -- and dragged outside by her feet when state constables visited her residence to serve a warrant for a parking ticket from the city of Pittsburgh.

Shop with a Cop: Allegheny County Police helping area children — Pittsburgh's Action News Mike Clark takes inside the annual Shop with a Cop night with the Allegheny County Police to help needy families and children for the holidays.
Dec 16, 2014

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2014 Facebook Year in Review — Facebook recently analyzed the topics and stories that were discussed the most by users this year. Take a look at the conversation starters, deemed most popular by Facebook in 2014.
Dec 16, 2014

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Walmart 'layaway angel' pays $50k — Layaway angels continue to spread joy across the country this holiday season. Stories of anonymous, deep-pocketed patrons paying for customers' layaway items at major retailers are becoming more common as Christmas nears. On Monday, an unknown male customer at a Walmart in Mechanicsburg, Pa., paid $50,000 for people's layaway items. The generous act covered 100 accounts, mostly for toys and electronics.

Pens' Newcomers Lead Pittsburgh Past Tampa Bay — Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 28 shots, Bryan Rust and Brian Dumoulin scored their first NHL goals and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 on Monday night. Brandon Sutter added a short-handed goal and Steve Downie had a goal and an assist as the Peguins beat the Lightning for the 10th straight time.

Paul Chryst leaving Pitt for Wisconsin — Paul Chryst has accepted the head coaching job at the University of Wisconsin and will leave Pitt after three seasons with the Panthers. Pitt will have to conduct its fourth coaching search in five seasons and appoint an interim coach for the Armed Forces Bowl against Houston on Jan. 2.

Penguins forward Beau Bennett tested for mumps — The Pittsburgh Penguins are worried forward Beau Bennett has mumps. General manager Jim Rutherford said Monday that Bennett has symptoms and the team is awaiting test results before making a diagnosis. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is out for Monday night's game against Tampa Bay after being diagnosed over the weekend.

Peet's closing all coffee shops in Pittsburgh area — Peet's Coffee & Tea will shut down its three Pittsburgh-area locations in Oakland, the South Side and the Waterworks Mall, effective Monday. Peet's had taken over those locations from Caribou Coffee in 2013. They were among several stores that did not meet the company's expectations, according to a statement provided by Peet's spokeswoman Amy Lester.

Roethlisberger leads Steelers to win over Falcons — Ben Roethlisberger's career season just keeps getting better. Roethlisberger threw for 360 yards to surpass his previous high for a season, capping his performance with a third-down pass to Heath Miller that clinched the Pittsburgh Steelers' 27-20 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

Perryopolis officer killed in Fayette County crash — Fayette County officials confirmed a Perryopolis officer was involved in a two-car crash on Route 51 in Perry Township Sunday. Belle Vernon State police are in charge of the investigation. State police have not released any further information yet.