Many people may be vaping nicotine through e-cigarettes, smoking cigars or using hookah water pipes to get their nicotine fix.
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Many people may be vaping nicotine through e-cigarettes, smoking cigars or using hookah water pipes to get their nicotine fix.

Cigarette smoking plunges in U.S., but why?

The nation saw cigarette smoking dip 10 percent from January through March; Allegheny County, however, lags behind with high smoking rates.

 Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is expected to be in action when New England hosts the Steelers to open the NFL regular season.

Judge nullifies Brady's 'Deflategate' suspension; QB will face Steelers in Week 1

The NFL said it will appeal the ruling, which came out forcefully in Brady’s favor, maligning the NFL for its handling of the scandal.

 According to the lawsuit filed late Wednesday in Common Pleas Court, Dr. Kenneth Melani claims that he was wrongfully terminated because he opposed illegal sex discrimination.

Former Highmark CEO Melani sues health insurer for $32 million

Kenneth Melani was fired in 2012 after getting into a fight with the husband of a woman with whom Dr. Melani was having a relationship.

 The Butter Mesquite wings at Nox's Tavern and Grille in Blawnox, which took first place in the exotic wings category at the inaugural King of the Wing competition held this past weekend at Hop Farm Brewing Company in Lawrenceville.

Munch goes to Nox’s Tavern and Grille

A little Blawnox bar makes big impression with award-winning wings.

 Stephen Colbert takes over "The Late Show" on CBS beginning Tuesday night.

TV preview: New 'Late Show' host Colbert coy about his game plan

Stephen Colbert keeps details quiet on how he’ll evolve ‘The Late Show,’ but expect more emphasis on news and politics.

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Who are the best employers in the Pittsburgh area?

In total, WorkplaceDynamics invited 1,401 companies to participate and surveyed 126 of them. The organizations employ 25,397 people in Greater Pittsburgh. Click here to browse their stories.


Gabrielle Johnson-Thomas writes on a whiteboard during her first day of kindergarten at Manchester Academic Charter on August 26, 2015.
Recess, whiteboard and waiting in straight lines -- welcome back to school!

Students in the Pittsburgh region headed back to the classrooms this week, and several of the Post-Gazette's visual journalists were there to capture their returns.

Browse our wide view images from the first days of school across the area, and upload your own moments and memories on our MyBurgh page.

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Suburban Pittsburgh police to step up DUI patrols this holiday weekend

The Mt. Lebanon Area DUI Task Force has seen an increase of drivers who were under the influence of drugs.

PennDOT says contractor may face penalty for restricting traffic on Banksville Road

The closure, which was still in effect as of 11 a.m., was causing delays of an hour or more for commuters heading into the city.


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Clean up the Shenango coke works

The plant is breaking the law while endangering its neighbors.

Jailhouse care: The county will spend more but keep control

You get what you pay for. Allegheny County learned that lesson when it hired Corizon Health in 2013 to provide care for inmates in its jail.


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