The Mid-Atlantic Region is expected to have 4.94 million people hit the highways.

Lower gas prices, milder temperatures to ease holiday traveling

About 5 million people from the Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey region are expected to take to the highway for Thanksgiving.

about 23 hours ago

 The Port Authority of Allegheny County had to shut down the Mon Incline this morning because some of the doors were not working properly.

TRAFFIC: Mon Incline reopens for evening rush hour

The Port Authority said the incline had a problem with its doors this morning and that shuttle buses were being used.

about 7 hours ago

 Tyree Blocker.

Confirmation hearing for Pa. police commissioner nominee goes smoothly

Committee has passed along Tyree Blocker’s nomination to the full state Senate.

about 8 hours ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf

State Senate backs off plan to attempt veto override on budget

Senate Republicans threaten, then call off a planned vote to override Gov.Wolf’s veto of a short-term bill.

14 minutes ago

 Jason T. Wright, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State University.

Astronomers are baffled by the light coming from a distant star

Astronomers are trying to figure out what is causing a star in the northern sky to dim so dramatically.

about 23 hours ago

 Joe Giansante is a former math teacher at Pittsburgh Brashear High School.

Former math teacher loses battle to keep job at Brashear

City school board terminates Joe Giansante, who despite good “value” scores, was judged unsatisfactory based on principal observations.

17 minutes ago

 Alan Faneca, arguably the greatest guard in Steelers history.

Former Steelers Faneca, Greene among Hall semifinalists

Tony Dungy and Ty Law are among the 25 football Hall of Fame semifinalists with Pittsburgh-area ties.

about 2 hours ago

 Mayor Richard Lattanzi, left, glances Tuesday at the document, just signed by Dennis Davin, secretary of the state Department of Community and Economic Development, releasing Clairton from its Act 47 financial distress status at the municipal building in Clairton.

Decades later, Clairton no longer 'distressed'

The city’s financial picture has improved enough for it to be removed from state’s Act 47 program.

about 5 hours ago

 CardioKinetix makes the Parachute, a device inserted by catheter into the heart's left ventricle for patients who have developed ischemic left sided heart failure following a heart attack. The Parachute implant partitions the damaged muscle, isolating the non-functional muscle segment from the functional segment, which decreases the overall volume and restores a more normal geometry and function in the left ventricle.

Pittsburgh cardiologists testing new heart device

The Parachute, which helps a left ventricle pump blood, is being tested at more than 60 locations, including AGH and UPMC Presbyterian.

about 23 hours ago

 Artist  Brandon Boan's public art bike rack,  "Hot Pants," can be seen in front of Sienna Mercato on Penn Avenue.

Cultural District racks up some new spots for bikes

The racks were designed by local artists who were chosen after submitting proposals to the Cultural Trust.

17 minutes ago

 Mrs. Lane announced in September plans to step down as superintendent when her contract ends June 30, marking more than five years as leader of the district.

City superintendent Linda Lane receives salary increase

The move would bump her annual salary to $245,000 during her last six months with the district.

52 minutes ago

 Mark Brentley Sr. i

Pittsburgh schools honor board members during final day of service

The Pittsburgh Public Schools board honored Mark Brentley, William Isler and Sherry Hazuda during their final meeting as board directors.

58 minutes ago

While Senate panel ponders AG Kane's authority, House lawmaker ponders impeachment proceedings

Some Democrats are fighting back and asking why the participants in an email scandal are not being equally scrutinized.

about 3 hours ago

 Gladstone Middle School building at 327 Hazelwood Ave.

City school board approves sale of Gladstone Middle School building

The school, which has been vacant for 14 years, is bought by a realty company representing a collaboration of youth-service organizations.

about 2 hours ago

Brussels lockdown stays as terror alert extended by a week

Meanwhile, a street cleaner found an explosive vest similar to those used in the Paris attacks on Monday.

1 day ago

Police hunt suspects in mass shooting in New Orleans park

An evening of fun at a block party swiftly turned into a nightmare.

1 day ago

Obama pledges solidarity with France, says 'we will win' fight against ISIS

Hollande’s trip to Washington was part of a diplomatic push to get the U.S. and other nations to bolster efforts to destroy ISIS.

about 10 hours ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf said Republicans told him Friday that they could not secure enough rank-and-file support for a 21 percent sales tax increase that they had proposed as the linchpin to a budget deal and school property-tax package.

Wolf says ball in GOP's court after budget deal blowup

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman says the sides couldn’t agree on which school districts should benefit the most.

about 13 hours ago

Sabotage blacks out Crimea, raising Russia-Ukraine tensions

Crimean activists and Ukrainian nationalists left the peninsula in the dark and Ukraine and Russia headed toward a standoff over the issue.

about 23 hours ago

One of last 4 northern white rhinos is euthanized

Nola was euthanized at the San Diego zoo Sunday after an illness from a bacterial infection and age-related health issues worsened.

about 23 hours ago

Nestle confirms labor abuse in Thai seafood suppliers

While multinational companies in certain industries say they investigate allegations of abuse, they rarely share negative findings.

1 day ago

 Arletta Scott Williams, Alcosan's executive director, says "we need to extend the schedule. We need to change the parameters. And while we’re going through all of this, that’s when we start to get the outcry for green infrastructure. Which was something we had looked at early on. … Nobody was buying in, so we dropped back to the approach we took.”

Alcosan supports greener overflow solutions

Spokeswoman says 2026 deadline impossible, especially as it tries to satisfy greener, not “grayer” approach.

18 minutes ago

 An Uber app is shown as cars drive by.

Pa. Senate advances bill to authorize car services

Bill would set safety standards and insurance requirements for companies and drivers.

about 3 hours ago

Poll: Voters distrust government in general, but like many specifics

Nearly 6 in 10 respondents said they feel “frustrated” by the government and another 1 in 5 described themselves as “angry” toward it.

about 23 hours ago

Burundi officials sanctioned

The country plunged into deadly violence after President Pierre Nkurunziza announced in April that he’d seek a third term in office.

1 day ago

U.S. germ warfare defense network is erratic, government report says

The BioWatch system, introduced by President George W. Bush in 2003, has exasperated public health officials with numerous false alarms.

about 23 hours ago

 Director Chris Ivey, in action.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: 'Youth Rising' by Chris Ivey gets inside the kids of Shuman

The “East of Liberty” filmmaker expands documentary to address youth culture and violence with youth at Shuman Detention Center.

about 23 hours ago

Pittsburgh Minadeo on modified lockdown, district says

The Squirrel Hill school was on modified lockdown today as an added precaution after staff escorted a parent from the building.

about 9 hours ago

 Construction in 2014 of the building that now houses the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on the third floor and will soon house the Steelers marketing department. Burgatory is one tenant on the first floor, and other restaurants are still under construction. A new parking garage on the North Shore next to Heinz Field has been approved.

Parking garage OK’d at site next to Heinz Field

The stadium authority is giving the Pirates and Steelers another year to start their next development — a 250-unit residential and retail

about 7 hours ago

 A feeding female Anopheles stephensi mosquito crouching forward and downward on her forelegs in the process of obtaining its blood meal through its sharp, needle-like labrum. Malaria is spread when a mosquito bites an infected person then bites someone else.

Altered mosquito gene blocks malaria

The experiment has implications far beyond the promise of fighting malaria.

1 day ago

Health happenings for Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Health-related events for the coming week.

about 23 hours ago

After a heart attack: Q&A

Some questions and answers about what to expect after having a heart attack.

about 23 hours ago

 A school bus catches fire following a chase along I-676 in  Philadelphia in which a vehicle rear-ended the bus and then shot a state trooper in the shoulder.

Pennsylvania state trooper shot along Philadelphia highway

A Philadelphia Police Department spokeswoman says the trooper was shot and taken to Hahnemann University Hospital.

about 13 hours ago

Nation briefs: Tape from shooting called inconclusive

Plus: Clock maker sues, Rape conviction tossed, Immigration appeal, Planned Parenthood sues Texas

about 23 hours ago

World briefs: U.N. report sees disasters increasing

Plus: Israel cracking down, Greek bailout advances, Myanmar toll at 113, Nigeria opens schools, VW to repair rigged diesel engines

about 23 hours ago

Emails reveal Coke's role in anti-obesity group

Coca-Cola Co. CEO Muhtar Kent said in a statement that “it has become clear to us that there was not a sufficient level of transparency.

about 13 hours ago

 An aircraft that Turkey said it shot down for violating its airspace today.

Turkey downs Russian military aircraft near Syria's border

Russia said the Su-24 was downed by artillery fire, but Turkey claims its F-16s fired on the plane after it ignored several warnings.

about 17 hours ago

 The 32,400-square-foot, 18-bedroom mansion built by Joseph Nocito in Bell Acres.

Secretary to Bell Acres multimillionaire pleads guilty to tax fraud

Ann E. Harris, 53, of Monongahela, waived indictment before U.S. District Judge Mark Hornak.

about 10 hours ago

 Daniel Q. Herbert, attorney for the Chicago police officer who fatally shot Laquan McDonald, holds a new conference Friday.

Chicago police officer charged with murder in killing of black teen

Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder in the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald on Oct. 20, 2014.

about 10 hours ago

 Belgian police officers patrol the Grand Place in downtown Brussels on Monday. The Belgian capital Brussels has entered its third day of lockdown, with schools and underground transport shut and more than 1,000 security personnel deployed across the country.

State Department issues travel warning in wake of attacks

A travel alert, which is to be in effect until Feb. 24, said information suggests militants continue to plan attacks in multiple regions.

about 17 hours ago

Excerpts from emails between Coke, anti-obesity group

Rhona Applebaum is Coke’s chief health and science officer; the company says it has accepted her retirement.

about 13 hours ago

Chartiers Valley approves new teacher contract

A contract extension between the teachers and the district was unanimously approved by the school board at a Tuesday meeting.

about 1 hour ago

Obituary: Frederick J. Birkel / Banker was ultimate storyteller

Former bank executive Frederick J. Birkel took duties seriously as son, husband, father and Marine.

about 23 hours ago

 Dan Harding, an East End medical research coordinator, has developed software that allows people to compare health plans.

Pittsburgh man develops software that aims to become 'Turbo Tax' of health care

Dan Harding has developed software that compares health plans, which could be helpful during the open enrollment periods now underway.

about 23 hours ago

TRAFFIC: Delays on northbound lanes of I-79 near Carnegie

Also, Parkway East will close for a second weekend, which will begin at 10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4, and run through 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6.

1 day ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf

Gov. Wolf says budget agreement in 'deep peril'

Monday night, the Senate took up a proposal to eliminate property taxes by raising sales and personal income taxes, a plan Mr. Wolf opposes.

about 23 hours ago

Pittsburgh gasoline prices approach 6-year low ahead of Thanksgiving

A gallon is approaching $2.30, its lowest price since May 2009 in the Pittsburgh region.

1 day ago

Penn Hills school board fires former business manager

Richard Liberto is currently the business manager in the Wilkinsburg School District.

1 day ago

Fee structure needed to make special education affordable to districts, keep AIU centers operational

Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s director says a new model -- one that does not require it to absorb deficits -- is needed.

1 day ago

 A protester is removed by security as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop on Saturday in Birmingham, Ala.

Trump condones attack on Black Lives Matter activist

Donald Trump said Sunday that the protester who interrupted his rally at an Alabama convention center was “so obnoxious and so loud.”

1 day ago