Emergency crews respond to a house explosion on Rebecca Avenue in North Braddock this morning.
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Emergency crews respond to a house explosion on Rebecca Avenue in North Braddock this morning.

Couple escape house explosion in North Braddock

The incident involved a home on Rebecca Street and was reported around 11 a.m., according to Allegheny County emergency officials.

 Mike Baranovich, left, and Clint Sarver train atop a utility pole at West Penn Power's training facility in Hempfield. West Penn Power serves 720,000 customers in southwestern Pennsylvania.

FirstEnergy rate increases expected to push more customers to shop for power supply

As FirstEnergy electric customers face rate increases, regulators and retail companies see an opportunity to court consumers.

 Penguins Derrick Pouliot skates up ice against the Capitals during a December game.

Penguins' prospect development camp begins July 14

The week will end with a 3 p.m. practice July 18, and that practice will be open to the public.

 City Controller Michael Lamb, shown here at his campaign headquarters in April, had some harsh words for Mayor Bill Peduto's administration today.

Controller says Pittsburgh budget in good shape, but criticizes suit against oversight agency

The controller had harsh words for the Peduto administration for filing a lawsuit against the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority.

 The Andy Warhol / Ai Weiwei exhibition will open at the Australian museum in December before arriving at the Warhol, whose interior is shown here, next summer.

Warhol Museum collaborating with Australian gallery on new exhibit

The exhibition, “Andy Warhol / Ai Weiwei,” will open at the North Side museum June 4, 2016.“

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Hearing set in newest Sandusky sex assault case

The latest accuser came forward in early June and alleged that Sandusky sexually assaulted him at a football camp in 1988, when he was 16.

Pitt's Boyd, Conner on watch list for one of college football's top honors

Conner and Boyd, both juniors, were two of the 80 players that made the cut for the Maxwell Award, given to the best player in college


Global Links shipping more efficient thanks to Pitt math students

For Global Links, a nonprofit that collects surplus medical items, it’s a recurring challenge to efficiently pack 40-foot deep containers.

Fiduciary standards draw ire of brokerage companies

Under the Department of Labor plan, if any salespeople failed to behave as a fiduciary should, the firm could be held liable.


Award-winning writer hopes to shine light on border violence

University of Pittsburgh lecturer Adriana Ramirez has won the PEN/Fusion Emerging Writer’s $10,000 prize with her collection “Dead Boys.”

Benedum sign to get upgrade

The marquee at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts will get $500,000 renovation that will make the sign easier to change.


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Kathleen Parker: Michelle Obama’s second term

The first lady has found a cause in girls’ education.

Greek dance: With the vote over, the country must get realistic

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