Paul Busang, President of Gulliver's Travel at his office in Bloomfield

Pittsburgh Cuba watchers expect things to only get better

With U.S.-Cuba relations in a thawing phase, some people fear the United States will export its brand as the Castro regime’s replacement.

6 minutes ago

 Lyft cars line up in a parking lot at the Waterfront in Homestead.

Lyft leaves room for creativity

Lyft is is supposed to be quirky and counterculture, but is it “too cute” to take on the more corporate, better capitalized Uber?

6 minutes ago

 Cheswick vendor Denise Gasper of Uncommon Recyclables sells unique, unisex belts made from recycled materials.

Shop Holiday: fair-trade, eco-friendly and organic gifts

A belt made from recycled materials or a reusable lunch bag are a couple of suggestions.

6 minutes ago

 U.S. President Barack Obama announces a shift in policy toward Cuba while delivering an address to the nation.

Obama intends to lift several restrictions against Cuba on his own

President Barack will act as soon as next month to lift curbs on travel, commerce and financial activities with Cuba, despite congressional

6 minutes ago

Sony hacking 'merits an appropriate response,' White House says

The White House calls the Sony movie studios hacking “a serious national security matter.”

6 minutes ago

Putin cites ‘external factors’ for Russia’s economic woes, tries to reassure public

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday faulted the global oil price drop and Western sanctions.

6 minutes ago

Report on White House security: Need higher fence, new leadership

Homeland Security panel decries Secret Service “starved for leadership.’’

6 minutes ago

Pakistan grants bail to key suspect in 2008 Mumbai attacks

A court in Pakistan on Thursday authorized the release on $5,000 bail of the militant who coordinated the 2008 terror attacks.

6 minutes ago

Obama goes from midterm drubbing to checking off bucket list

Mr. Obama’s recent spree of actions shows he’s using his executive powers “to the hilt” to create a new paradigm.

6 minutes ago

Holiday Herald: Bike rode from Christmas miracle to family infamy

The bicycle that came as a Christmas miracle rode into family infamy.

6 minutes ago

Missouri Sues 13 St. Louis Suburbs Over ‘Predatory’ Traffic Fines

The state attorney general in Missouri has sued 13 St. Louis suburbs, saying they ignored a law limiting revenues derived from traffic

6 minutes ago

Obituary: William J. "Bill" Walter / Westinghouse Electric Corp. executive

William J. Walter overcame a stutter, became a Westinghouse Electric Corp. executive and headed the Service Core of Retired Executives.

6 minutes ago

Nation briefs: Marathon bmbing case court date

Plus: Feds sue over inmates; ex-governor loses appeal; Obama pardons 12; illness outbreak response; car plows into crowd; high power bills?

6 minutes ago

World briefs: Kurds retake territory from Islamic State

Plus: Ex-Blackwater chief hired; drug suspect sent to U.S.; doctor dies of Ebola; no fries with that?

6 minutes ago

 Even before factoring in outside income, lawmakers in Pennsylvania make more than the state’s median household income of $52,007.

Does the Pennsylvania Legislature have a conflict of interest problem?

A state legislator sits on a committee and votes on bills that could affect his outside financial interests. Is this OK?

about 19 hours ago

Ten indicted in connection with Akron dog-fighting ring

Investigators discovered firearms, narcotics and more than $52,000 in cash.

about 6 hours ago

State Auditor General weighs in on charitable property tax exemptions debate

Eugene DePasquale put out a report highlighting the $1.5 billion in property taxes charitable organizations don’t pay in 10 counties.

2 minutes ago

Pennsylvania lawmakers to face bill banning gift-taking

Lancaster County lawmaker says he’ll introduce bill that would ban nearly all gift to public officials and employees in the state.

2 minutes ago

 A car sporting the Lyft mustache drives down a Downtown street in Pittsburgh last summer.

PUC grants ride-share company Lyft experimental license

The terms of the agreement contain specific conditions Lyft must adhere to before the permission takes effect.

43 minutes ago

 A public health nurse demonstrates drawing flu vaccine from a bottle.

High-dose flu vaccine found more effective for elderly

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine study finds that the frail elderly benefit from the high-dose flu vaccine.

1 day ago

 Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in April 2013.

Lawyer for Boston bombing suspect plans to seek trial delay

Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when two bombs exploded near the finish line of the April 2013 marathon.

about 13 hours ago

 The Pittsburgh Public Schools' administration building in Oakland.  The 2015 budget holds the line on the property tax rate of 9.84 mills.

Pittsburgh school board OKs budget with no change in property tax rate

Pittsburgh Public Schools’ board of directors unanimously approved a final budget Wednesday night of $556.8 million for 2015.

1 day ago

 A Pakistani soldier walks amid the debris in an army-run school Wednesday after an attack by Taliban militants in Peshawar on Tuesday.

As it mourns, Pakistan plans response to school massacre

Pakistan is immersed in three days of mourning, with all educational institutions closed and the entire city of Peshawar shut down.

about 15 hours ago

McConnell aims to fight tighter coal regulations

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged Wednesday to do all he can to stop President Barack Obama’s coal plant regulations

1 day ago

Swap of Cuban who spied for U.S. is at the heart of exchange package

Key U.S. “intelligence asset” imprisoned in Cuba for nearly two decades was swapped for three Cuban spies.

1 day ago

 John O'Brien, one of hostages of the Sydney cafe siege, poses for a photo as he relaxes in his front yard in Sydney, Australia Wednesday. O'Brien, 82, was the first hostage to escape the Lindt Chocolat Cafe after a gunman took 17 people hostage on Monday. Three people including the gunman were shot after police ended the siege at the coffee shop early Tuesday.

Aussie hostage, 82, planned daring escape

John O’Brien, the eldest hostage in the Sydney terror siege earlier this week, describes his harrowing captivity and bold escape plan.

1 day ago

Child agencies found failing

At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the United States in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities.

1 day ago

Report: Wealth gap widens

The wealth gap between middle- and upper-income households has widened to the highest level on record.

1 day ago

Israel suffers setbacks in Europe; Palestinians push at U.N.

European Union court, citing technicality, orders the Palestinian militant organization Hamas removed from the EU terror group list.

1 day ago

Church of England picks first woman bishop

The Church of England has appointed the Rev. Libby Lane as its first female bishop.

1 day ago

Congress ends feds’ ban on medical pot

Congress’ spending bill passage effectively ended federal ban on medical marijuana.

1 day ago

World briefs: Vigilantes clash in Mexico

MEXICO CITY — Two rival vigilante groups faced off in western Mexico in a shootout that left 11 people dead weeks after federal authorities

1 day ago

 Albert "Al" Alu performing as Conrad Birdie in Pittsburgh CLO's 1972 production of "Bye Bye Birdie."

Obituary: Al Alu / Pittsburgh-native entertainer found a home in Los Angeles

The actor, artist and arts educator found success on Pittsburgh stages before becoming a regular on the Los Angeles theater scene.

1 day ago

Random Acts of Kindness: Caring people helped counter water torrent

Plus: A fall in street didn’t spoil her theater trip and a plunge on icy steps revealed two angels.

about 23 hours ago

National briefs: 4 charged in chemical spill

Plus: Recount affirms GOP win; actor admits sex abuse; Alcatraz escape study; Johns Hopkins snafu; death penalty dropped; rapper is

about 23 hours ago

Tax increase anticipated in Peters school district

Peters Township schools is expecting a $2.8 million budget deficit in the 2015-16 spending plan.

1 day ago

Justices to Ariz: Issue driver’s licenses

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday let stand a ruling requiring Arizona to issue driver’s licenses to young immigrants spared

1 day ago

14 who worked for pharmacy held in fatal meningitis

BOSTON — Fourteen employees of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy were charged Wednesday in connection with a fungal meningitis outbreak

1 day ago

 A Pakistani soldier walks amidst the debris in an army-run school Wednesday after an attack by Taliban militants in Peshawar on Tuesday.

Pakistan lifts curb on executions in wake of slaughter

Pakistan mourns and then acts against terrorists in wake of the Taliban militant assault Tuesday on an army-run school in Peshawar.

1 day ago

Irwin council rejects proposed budget, tax increase

The borough’s $5.1 million 2015 budget would have raised taxes by 1.5 mills.

1 day ago

South Fayette advances study of traffic corridors

Administrators are dedicating $40,000 from their capital fund in 2015 to further their traffic task force efforts.

1 day ago

Early West Allegheny teacher contract ratified

The three-year agreement calls for wage increases, higher employee health care contributions and reduction in tuition reimbursements.

1 day ago

 Tegan Welsh, 10, and Ilijana Hasak, 11, work on building a robot during an after-school program based on robotics, technology and coding Monday at Quaker Valley Middle School in Sewickley.

Quaker Valley students turn to robotics after school

The workshops, funded by the Pittsburgh-based Sprout Fund, offer students in grades 4-8 a chance to learn basic robotics.

1 day ago

Canon-McMillan school board moves meetings to Thursday

School boards re-elect officers in Canon-McMillan, Chartiers Valley, McKeesport, Peters Township and Upper St. Clair.

1 day ago

Summer Dreamers Academy receives $300,000 from Heinz Endowments

Pittsburgh Public Schools' Summer Dreamers Academy received an additional $300,000 from the Heinz Endowments Wednesday.

about 23 hours ago

Latin American leaders hail renewed US-Cuban diplomatic relations

Colombia’s president said he hoped the changes paved the way to reaching “the dream of having a continent where there is total peace.”

about 17 hours ago

West school news: Chartiers Valley, Moon Area

Chartiers Valley   

1 day ago

North Korea-linked Sony hack may be costliest ever

The studio's reputation is in tatters as embarrassing revelations spill from tens of thousands of leaked emails and other company materials.

about 17 hours ago

 Cuban students march in a street of Havana Wednesday after Washington released three Cuban spies -- heroes in Cuba-- who had been in a U.S. prison since 2001. The United States and Cuba brought their bitter Cold War stand-off towards a historic close Wednesday, agreeing to revive diplomatic ties and to ease a five-decade U.S. trade embargo.

Change in U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations ignites political debate over ties with communist nation

Obama administration officials had considered Alan Gross' imprisonment an impediment to improving relations with Cuba.

1 day ago

Pa. state police background check, firearms systems back up

The state police Internet system and background check databases were out of commission for about two hours.

1 day ago


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