The merger of the H.J. Heinz Co. and Kraft Foods Group is expected to close Thursday after shareholders today approved the deal.

Kraft shareholders clear way for merger with Heinz

The deal to create the third-largest food and beverage company in North America is expected to close on Thursday.

about 10 hours ago

 The Toronto Maple Leafs' Phil Kessel is headed to Pittsburgh.

Penguins land Maple Leafs' winger Phil Kessel in trade

General manager Jim Rutherford repeatedly stressed his need for a top-six winger who can score, and Kessel more than suits that need.

22 minutes ago

 The proceeds from the Christie's auction will go to the Richard Mellon Scaife's estate.

Christie's auction of Richard Mellon Scaife's estate nets nearly $4 million

The top sellers included $347,000 for a large inlaid cabinet and $102,500 for an 18th century bookcase.

about 3 hours ago

 "The application is an early step in the bidding process," Steelers president Art Rooney II said in a statement.

Steelers seeking to host 2023 Super Bowl

President Art Rooney met with Mayor Bill Peduto this morning to talk about the team’s bid to host Super Bowl LVII.

about 6 hours ago

 Plum Senior High School teacher Joseph Ruggieri is accused of having a sexual relationship with a female student.

Judge revokes bond for Plum teacher accused of having sex with student

Judge Jeffrey Manning ordered that Joseph Ruggieri, 40, remain jailed and undergo a behavior clinic evaluation.

about 5 hours ago

 Starling Marte celebrates a win over the Detroit Tigers after the 14th inning.

Pirates need 14 innings but pull off win against Tigers, 5-4

For the Pirates, there were more wasted opportunities than winning ones. They left 19 men on base, a season high.

about 18 hours ago

 UPMC will partner with other institutions on additional research aimed at determining whether the results of bariatric surgery last even longer than three years, perhaps five or seven.

Study: Bariatric surgery, lifestyle changes can control Type 2 diabetes

The new study is important because it shows the positive effects lasting as long as three years, according to the lead author.

about 8 hours ago

 Traditional Picnic Basket filled with fried chicken, herbed potato salad, lemonade and chocolate sheet cake.

Go Fourth with a picnic: Some star-spangled ways to celebrate the holiday

Make a classic American, Pittsburgh or melting pot basket for a festive picnic.

about 19 hours ago

 This photo of Henry Phipps Hoffstot Jr. was taken recently at the Pittsburgh Golf Club at a party marking the 70th wedding anniversary of Elsie and Henry Hillman.

Obituary: Henry Phipps Hoffstot Jr. / A lawyer and gentleman from the old school

Mr. Hoffstot died Monday at his Shadyside home, a 21-room mansion built in 1914 for industrialist Andrew Moreland.

about 19 hours ago

 The Donora-Webster Bridge disappears into a cloud of smoke as it drops into the Monongahela River this morning.

Donora Webster Bridge imploded

A contractor dropped the 107-year-old structure into the Monongahela River with explosives this morning.

about 8 hours ago

 The Department of Labor expects to formally publish the rule regarding overtime pay this week, opening a 60-day comment period. Congressional approval is not required, said Cecilia Munoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.

Could new rule mean overtime for more salaried workers?

The new labor rule would require employers to pay time-and-a-half wages to salaried workers earning up to $50,440 a year.

about 19 hours ago

 New Kensington cobbler Gene Montemurro, 82, sets a rubber heel cap on a pair of women’s shoes.

Recent robbery has New Kensington cobbler thinking about retiring after 66 years

“The pressure from my family to retire is unbelievable,” says 82-year-old Gene Montemurro.

about 19 hours ago

 Former Reds player Pete Rose talks to reporters during a press conference before the start of the Washington Wild Things game against the Lake Erie Crushers Tuesday at Consol Energy Park.

Pete Rose slides away from controversy at Wild Things home game

Nearly 100 fans paid $100 for a meet-and-greet session with baseball’s all-time hits leader before the game in Washington County.

about 19 hours ago

 County Councilwoman Heather Heidelbaugh speaks at a news conference Tuesday at the county courthouse.

Outgoing Allegheny County councilwoman pushes changes

The Republican asked the group studying county government to consider several options, including eliminating the part-time council.

about 19 hours ago

Developer unveils plan for Hyatt hotel on Pittsburgh Athletic Association grounds

It represents a scaled-down version of an earlier $45 million plan that called for roughly 190 rooms and 199,000 square feet of space.

about 19 hours ago

 State records show an employee of the attorney general’s office received a promotion and $11,000 raise after the publication of an opinion piece she wrote defending Attorney General Kathleen Kane from criticism.

Employee defended Attorney General Kane, got promotion

Spokesman Chuck Ardo said there was “absolutely no connection at all.”

about 19 hours ago

Concert review: Trio excels from pop to classical

Time for Three performed at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater as part of Chamber Music Pittsburgh’s Just Summer series.

about 19 hours ago

United Church of Christ calls for divestment in message to Israel

The action follows a 2014 vote by the Presbyterian Church to pull investments from three firms connected to the West Bank occupation.

about 19 hours ago

Assassin’s return: The man who ignited WWI gets a hero’s tribute

Gavrilo Princip, who murdered Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914, receives a monument in Belgrade.

about 19 hours ago

 Series T-800 Robot in Terminator Genisys.

Movie review: 'Terminator Genisys' a confusing reboot

“Terminator Genisys” returns Arnold Schwarzenegger to the franchise but fractures timelines and introduces alternate, confusing universes.

about 19 hours ago

 Ed Kress, R-Shaler,

Allegheny County Council considers independent seat

Ed Kress, R-Shaler, said such a seat would reflect the growing number of voters who identify as neither Republican nor Democrat.

about 19 hours ago

Welcome mat: Peduto rolls out a smart strategy on immigrants

Pittsburgh embarks on a plan to raise its population be welcoming more immigrants.

about 19 hours ago

Checklist of other essentials for a good picnic experience

A few handy things to include with the picnic basket.

about 19 hours ago

 Joe Manganiello in "Magic Mike XXL."

Joe Manganiello ate like a bodybuilder for 'Magic Mike' sequel

Eating for one but ordering for two is how Pittsburgh native Joe Manganiello prepared for his beekcake role in  “Magic Mike XXL.”

about 19 hours ago

 Baked Salmon Cakes Headshot: Jessica Zapadka. Credit for both: Jessica Zapadka

Food column: New blog advocates clean eating

Jeet Clean? offers recipes, shopping tips for a more healthy lifestyle.

about 19 hours ago

 Money market accounts have increased by $2.3 trillion since the recession started, compared to a $1.4 trillion increase in savings accounts and $1 trillion in checking accounts.

Modern money hoarders turning to bank accounts

Americans are hoarding a record $5 trillion cash in bank money market accounts ready for instant withdrawal.

about 19 hours ago

 Penne with Asparagus and Goat Cheese.

Yes, you can eat pasta -- and book shows the smart way to do it

“Healthy Pasta: The Sexy, Skinny and Smart Way to Eat Your Favorite Food” is a new book by Joseph Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali.

about 19 hours ago

 State law since 1974 has barred local officials from passing their own gun restrictions.

Court rejects law that permitted outside groups to challenge local gun ordinances

Pittsburgh joined other cities in challenging the law, which allowed outside parties such as the NRA to challenge local gun ordinances.

5 days ago

 An EPA study ordered by Congress in 2010 concludes that the number of actual problems caused by fracking was relatively small compared to the thousands of wells that have been drilled.  But the study also identified a series of “vulnerabilities” created by the process.

EPA report: Fracking has caused isolated, not widespread, water pollution

The study by the Environmental Protection Agency is the first to conclude fracking can cause limited water pollution.

3 weeks ago

 Allegheny County Jail as seen from Duquesne University campus.

Allegheny County controller plans new audit of contract with jail health care provider

The Allegheny County Jail had an inmate mortality rate that was double national norms for jails last year. Four inmates have died this year.

3 weeks ago

 Allison Meadows, 18, of Chattanooga, Tenn., listens as her father Glen, comments on the Leon Walls' trial at Allegheny County Courthouse District Attorney office on Thursday.

Mixed verdict delivered against man in East Liberty Target stabbing

The jury found Leon Raymond Walls guilty but mentally ill on all counts related to victim Allison Meadows.

3 weeks ago

 John Dolan, right, principal systems scientist at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute, shows where sensors are located on CMU’s Cadillac SRX.

Self-driving cars will need humans as they get in gear

Engineers of CMU’s self-driving car say it will be a while before humans are completely removed from the controls.

3 weeks ago

A guide to Pittsburgh's 2015 Three Rivers Arts Festival

Art, music and dance all play an integral role in Pittsburgh’s annual festival. Read about the highlights, see the schedule and view a map.

3 weeks ago

 Penguins co-owners Mario Lemieux, left, and Ron Burkle ride in the team's Stanley Cup victory parade through Downtown Pittsburgh.

Penguins owners exploring sale of franchise

They have retained Morgan Stanley to explore their options, which include selling all, some or none of their interest in the franchise.

3 weeks ago