Nationally, gas prices were up 12 cents in the past week to hit an average of $2.42 cents per gallon.

Gas prices keep ticking upward in Pittsburgh region

Gas rose 8.8 cents per gallon in the past week in the Pittsburgh area.

about 13 hours ago

 Woodland Hills School District superintendent Alan Johnson: “I could send out a directive this afternoon: Thou shalt not suspend any more students in grades K-3. I don’t want to do that.”

Superintendent: 'We're trying to change the culture. ... we’re starting to be successful'

2011-12 study put the Woodland Hills district’s K-6 suspension rate at 23.8 percent -- top 10 nationally -- but the 2013-14 rate was 16.48

about 23 hours ago

 Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald “Better Jobs, Better Future” is chaired by Mike Mikus, who managed Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald’s successful 2011 campaign.

Fitzgerald's top political foes face stern challenge

A new political committee is working with the Allegheny County executive to replace fellow Democrats who oppose his policies.

about 23 hours ago

 Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski, far left, of Maryland, speaks alongside fellow female Democratic senators on raising the federal minimum wage during a news conference Jan. 30 at the Capitol in Washington.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, longest-serving woman in Congress, to retire

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, 78, a Democrat from Maryland, has served since 1987 and before that in the U.S. House of Representatives.

about 13 hours ago

 Philadelphia and Pittsburgh base layoffs on certification and seniority, so seniority is critical when job cuts are being made.

Lawsuit challenging Philadelphia union officials as 'ghost teachers' mirrors Pittsburgh

The lawsuit by The Fairness Center claims teachers out of the classroom for years on union duties still get raises and public pensions.

about 23 hours ago

 A city of Pittsburgh fire truck collided with a pickup truck on Centre and 6th avenues, Downtown, this morning due to icy roads.

Flood advisory issued for Allegheny County

Slick roads caused numerous crashes and school delays in the Pittsburgh area today.

about 10 hours ago

Therapists balk at limitations under new AIU contract

The Allegheny Intermediate Unit changed therapists from salaried to hourly employees Feb. 1 to save money.

about 23 hours ago

U.S. judge rules Nebraska same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

Federal Judge Joseph Bataillon called the state's ban an “unabashedly gender-specific infringement of the equal rights of its citizens.”

about 12 hours ago

 Parkway West on-and-off ramps in Carnegie will be closed at 10 tonight and remain closed through late December for the second year of a $72.8 million parkway reconstruction project.

Parkway West closures begin tonight

The project will cause a variety of traffic shifts, narrowed lanes, lane closures and full overnight and weekend detours.

about 23 hours ago

Eight charged after brawl near Cal U campus

Two of the men police said were involved in the brawl at 525 Second St. around 2:30 a.m. Sunday are facing more serious charges.

about 14 hours ago

 Forbes today said that Bill Gates's net worth rose to $79.2 billion in 2015 from $76 billion last year.

Bill Gates again tops Forbes' list of billionaires

In second place is Mexican telecommunications mogul Carlos Slim Helu, with a net worth of $77.1 billion. He had topped the list in 2013.

about 11 hours ago

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: This news quiz will determine your recent attention level

It’s March. While you have been hibernating, the world has been marching on. Get up to speed, right here:

about 23 hours ago

Netanyahu arrives in U.S., signs of easing of tensions over Iran speech

Policy differences over the negotiations with Iran remained firm, however, as Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in the U.S.

about 23 hours ago

 Anne Gensheimer and her husband, Bud.

Obituary: Anne Gensheimer / Retired school nurse who never stopped giving

Anne Gensheimer “put her money where her mouth was” in her endless efforts to help those in need, according to friend Jim DelBianco.

about 23 hours ago

Tens of thousands show their anger at Putin

Sadness and pragmatism prevailed over their outrage, and few of them appeared to be ready for radical action.

about 23 hours ago

Obituary: Carole Morgan Connors / IBM programmer who loved maps

Carole Connors of Upper St. Clair resented when people started ignoring maps in favor of GPS systems.

about 23 hours ago

High court case threatens independent electoral map drawers

The Supreme Court is being asked to let raw politics play an even bigger role in the drawing of congressional district boundaries.

1 day ago

Iraq says launches offensive on Islamic State

The operation against the extremists in Salahuddin province targets a stronghold of the radical Islamist fighters north of Baghdad.

about 23 hours ago

Republicans on defensive over Homeland Security funding

But the House leaders also promised to continue trying to use funding of the Department of Homeland Security.

about 23 hours ago

Venezuela orders U.S. embassy to reduce staff in Caracas

U.S. officials who remain will be required to obtain approval for any meetings in Venezuela as tensions mount between the two countries.

1 day ago

Obama invoking civil rights struggles past and present

The president plans a speech Saturday from the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., the site of one of the movement’s stirring moments.

1 day ago

Traffic stops fueled animosity in Ferguson

The Justice Department has nearly completed a highly critical report of the police in Ferguson, Mo.

1 day ago

National briefs: Astronauts complete spacewalk

Plus: Walker changes course; N.C. nightclub shooting; Ebola nurse plans suit; Homeless man shot.

about 23 hours ago

World briefs: North Korea fires missiles ahead of drills

Plus: Houthis cozy up to Iran; Fernandez blasts critics; U.S. writer honored.

about 23 hours ago

 University of Pittsburgh chancellor Patrick Gallagher gives a speech to students and faculty after being installed as the 18th Chancellor of the University at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland on Saturday.

Gallagher installed as Pitt’s chancellor

Promising to be a “champion” for students, the 18th chancellor of Pitt asserts “the undeniable societal benefit in an educated population.”

1 day ago

 Sean McGreevey, left, assistant dean for career development at Chatham University, teaches a class called "Financial Wellness." The class included, from left, senior Eir Rovira, graduate student Nick Bender and senior Nicole Werwie.

Colleges making financial literacy part of education

Young people facing debt from student loans and credit cards are finding ways to learn about handling personal finances.

1 day ago

 Mike Silverman, 69, a retired Air Force Lt. Col., suspects he was explosed to Agent Orange residue in planes he flew.

Pittsburgh area Air Force reservists may get help for Agent Orange exposure

Planes that once dropped Agent Orange in Vietnam and were based here could have left crew members contaminated with toxin.

1 day ago

 Carnegie Mellon University psychologist Sheldon Cohen is part of a group that has conducted groundbreaking research that focuses on how psychological factors such as social support networks, stress, emotional makeup and interpersonal conflict affect a person's susceptibility to illness.

Mind over mucus? CMU researcher gives subjects common colds to test psychological factors in immune systems

Sheldon Cohen, a CMU professor of psychology, will put three decades of groundbreaking research online. (One conclusion: Hugs do help.)

1 day ago

North Sea oil’s job cuts are tip of the iceberg for U.K.

The early layoffs portend hard times for a whole ecosystem of explorers, drillers, producers and service companies.

1 day ago

GOP states revisit Obamacare as Supreme Court weighs subsidies

At least six states where GOP leaders refused to set up state marketplaces considering steps to preserve the subsidies paid to residents.

1 day ago

Tentative relationship with Obama, long-standing U.S.-Israel alliance at stake for Netanyahu

But through it all, the U.S. is Israel’s biggest trading partner and closest defense ally, providing $3.1 billion in annual military aid.

1 day ago

World briefs: Somali pirates release 4 fishermen

PLUS: India unveils budget; China drops interest rates

1 day ago

National briefs: U.S. moving to deport Bosnians

PLUS: Hyundai recalls Elantra cars; protests in Wisconsin; Warren Buffett’s letter to shareholders

1 day ago

Fear envelops Russia after killing of Putin critic

On Saturday, it was still not clear who was responsible for killing Boris Y. Nemtsov.

2 days ago

Kurdish rebel leader in Turkey calls for disarmament congress

Turkey's president, Tayyip Erdogan, welcomed the call but cautioned the rebels had failed to deliver on previous pledges.

1 day ago

Egyptian court rules Hamas a terrorist organization

Judges in Egypt also sentence a top Muslim Brotherhood leader to another life sentence.

1 day ago

 Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, walks to the chamber as the House failed to advance a short-term funding measure to keep the Department of Homeland Security funded past a midnight deadline, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday evening, Feb. 27, 2015. Conservatives in Speaker Boehner's own party fought against three-week funding measure because it would not overturn Obama’s actions on immigration.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

GOP leaders are struggling to show they really are in charge

Republican  leaders face different challenges as they try to produce responsible governance after Republicans won control of Congress.

2 days ago

Republican race starts in lavish haunts of rich donors

The candidates are making their cases to rich donors whose wealth was fully unleashed by the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision.

2 days ago

W.Va. split as bill pits coal owners against miners

In the past, both sides have  joined together to oppose U.S. environmental rules that they say hurt Big Coal.

1 day ago

Obituary: Richard List / Longtime Edgewood Symphony violinist who was a 'lifelong learner'

Richard List, a founding member of the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra, dies at 78

1 day ago

Excerpts from Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address

“On the occasion corresponding to this four years ago all thoughts were anxiously directed to an impending civil war.”

1 day ago

 Abraham Lincoln delivered his second inaugural 150 years ago Wednesday.

Lincoln's Second Inaugural: His last, and greatest, speech

Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, delivered 150 years ago Wednesday, has gone down in history as the most famous by any president.

1 day ago

Caption Contest 257 ... and the winners of 256

Stacy Innerst is the artist. You are the caption writer.

1 day ago

 Shop manager Debbie Armstrong adjusts the two-tone dress Friday in a window display of a shop in Lichfield, England.

Science brings clarity to Internet debate on dress’s true colors

Controversy rages even if science can explain it. Is that dress on the Internet gold and white, or blue and black?

2 days ago

Study finds pedestrian deaths up 40 percent in Pennsylvania

The number of deaths rose from 53 in the first six months of 2013 to 74 during the same period of last year.

2 days ago

 Iraqi artists held an exhibition on antiquities a day after Islamic State militants posted an online video showing them smashing rare ancient artifacts in a museum, in Baghdad on Friday.

Kurdish fighters rout Islamic State militants from town near Iraq

The victory marks a second blow to the violent Islamic State group in a month, highlighting the growing role of Syria’s Kurds in the fight.

2 days ago

 The two-tone dress, left, alongside an ivory and black version, made by Roman Originals.

Debate over dress’s color takes Internet by storm

University of Pittsburgh and West Penn Hospital doctors gave color commentary on why people are seeing different colors in an online photo.

2 days ago

 The Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh in 2007.

Obituary: Theodore M. Hesburgh / Transformed Notre Dame into academic powerhouse

He altered Catholic higher ed, held sway with world leaders, and strengthened the moral authority of civil rights and anti-war movements.

2 days ago

New name for Namibian town is a tongue-twister

A linguistic storm is brewing in coastal Luderitz, where some residents are protesting plans to change its name to !Nami(hash)nus.

2 days ago

Congress avoids Homeland Security shutdown with stopgap measure

Passage of a one-week congressional extension of Homeland Security Department funding has averted an agency shutdown with hours to spare.

2 days ago


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