Maritza Ramos, wife of Office Rafael Ramos, holds the American flag as she is joined by her sons Justin, left, and Jaden, during Officer Ramos' funeral.

Thick blue line in New York City mourns fallen comrade

Thousands of police attend funeral for the slain New York City patrolman.

about 15 hours ago

 A Pittsburgh police officer leads the memorial procession with a photo of fallen K-9 officer Rocco on the steps of Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum in Oakland.

What were the Post-Gazette's top 10 news stories of 2014?

The Post-Gazette staff voted the following as the top 10 stories of the year carrying local significance.

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 In this photo taken from a nearby ship, smoke rises from the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic after it caught fire in the Adriatic Sea early this morning. Gale-force winds and choppy seas hampered the evacuation of hundreds on board.

1 dead, hundreds stranded in Greek ferry disaster

Greek and Italian rescue helicopters and vessels struggled to reach the stricken ferry, battered by 55 mph winds.

about 4 hours ago

 A U.S. and Cuban flag hangs from the same balcony in Old Havana, Cuba, on Dec. 19.

Americans eager to visit Cuba, but U.S. rule changes may be slow to follow

Each year, about 3 million tourists visit Cuba, led by Canadians drawn to the country by discount tour packages.

about 15 hours ago

North Korea lashes out at U.S. over ’Net loss, insults Obama

North Korea accuses U.S. of shutting down its internet, uses racist slurs against President Obama.

about 16 hours ago

U.S. policy not to pay for hostages carries costs

How the U.S. negotiates to free hostages.

about 16 hours ago

 Ashley Merritt packs an order for shipping at the Amazon fulfillment center in Lebanon, Tenn. on Dec. 1. Amazon and authors are engaged in a dispute over e-books.

Amazon offering all-you-can-eat books as authors turn up noses

Amazon and authors dispute over e-books.

about 16 hours ago

AP: Gap between rich, poor schools doubled in 4 years in Pennsylvania

The trend is occurring amid deep cuts in state aid under Republican-controlled Harrisburg and long-delayed pension obligation payments.

about 1 hour ago

Missing flight is third Malaysia-linked incident

Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 disappeared on March 8 and Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine in July.

about 5 hours ago

Key developments in disappearance of AirAsia jet

The flight carrying 162 people was flying from western Indonesia to Singapore on a scheduled two-hour flight.

about 4 hours ago

Top Somali militant surrenders

Plus: Papal assailant’s visit; Swedish political deal; minority Muslim slain; stimulus package pushed.

about 15 hours ago

Is fast food dumbing children?

Plus: PlayStation problems; Ex-governor’s case; Mental hospital killing; 2 snowmobilers die

about 15 hours ago

Pa. tavern owners slow to apply for games-of-chance licenses

Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget office projected 2,000 taverns would get a tavern gaming license, but Pennsylvania has received 47 applications.

1 day ago

 A relative of passengers of a missing AirAsia flight weeps as she waits for the latest news on the jetliner at a crisis center set up by local authorities at Juanda International Airport in East Java, Indonesia, Sunday.

'Worst nightmare': AirAsia jet with 162 on board still missing after lengthy search

The pilots asked to change course to avoid bad weather during a flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore.

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Port Authority union upset with lawyer's 'under the bus' comment

The lawyer forbade the union from talking to a bus driver and instructed her not to attend a disciplinary hearing.

1 day ago

 Sister Grace Ann Geibel

Obituary: Sister Grace Ann Geibel / Former Carlow president who directed school's evolution

Serving 17 years as president, she boosted Carlow’s academics and placed a special focus on advancing opportunities for women.

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 Kathleen Kane in September.

State Attorney General Kathleen Kane files for divorce

Ms. Kane, in a complaint filed Friday in Lackawanna County Family Court, said her 14-year marriage is irretrievably broken.

1 day ago

New Russian military doctrine says NATO top threat

New military doctrine signed Friday by President Vladimir Putin marks NATO as Russia’s chief military threat.

1 day ago

Oil states bracing for a price bust’s ripple through the economy

Oil-dependent states such as Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Alaska face budget squeezes with the dropping oil prices.

1 day ago

 Jaquan Betts,17, left, Marcus Brown, 15, center, a freshman, and Marlin Rainey, 17, a junior, are three from a team of Wilkinsburg High School students who learned multimedia and interview skills talking to role models and mentors while doing an oral history project for their community through the Crossing Fences project.

'Wilkinsburg Voices' recording project helps black students connect with community leaders

The project was sponsored by Saturday Light Brigade Radio and the African American Men and Boys initiative of the The Heinz Endowments.

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How a Syrian boy escaped the Islamic State’s hold

A Syrian youth, 14, who surrendered himself to Iraqi guards while wearing an explosives vest said he was indoctrinated.

1 day ago

Irish court rules brain-dead pregnant woman may be taken off life support

A panel of Ireland’s top court has allowed doctors to shut off life support to a clinically dead pregnant woman.

1 day ago

Obama hopes to enlist GOP in push for trade pact

The White House aims to enlist Republican partners in pushing the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.

1 day ago

Anniversary of Indian Ocean tsunami is marked with tears

Ceremonies across Asia marked the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami in which nearly a quarter-million people died

1 day ago

Bipartisan effort arises to restrict lobbyists’ influence of attorneys general

An effort by bipartisan legislators and professional groups seeks to change how state attorneys general and lobbyists interact.

1 day ago

Mourners honor slain New York officer

A wake was held Friday for Officer Rafael Ramo, one of the two New York policemen killed Saturday as they sat in their patrol car.

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 Jay Jabbour in 2001.

Obituary: Caleem L. 'Jay' Jabbour / Local political figure from Mon Valley

He spent years on the West Mifflin and Allegheny County councils. He also ran for the Pa. Legislature eight times — losing every time.

1 day ago

 Port St. Lucie police officers display a captured 12-foot Burmese Python on Aug. 8.

Animals made unusual news in 2014

Such as: A parrot that spoke English with a British accent went missing for four years; he returned to his California home speaking Spanish.

1 day ago

National briefs: Gamers face continued disruptions

Plus: “The Interview” release; Threat made at border; Ferguson memorial; Teen shot in Fla.; Christmas delivery.

1 day ago

World briefs: Ukraine, rebels swap prisoners

Plus: U.S. drone kills 7 militants; Turkish teen freed; Libyan oil port attacked.

1 day ago

State survey finds more than 23,000 households in Pa. without heat

The survey counts 23,213 households statewide that will enter winter without heat-related utility service compared to 19,653 in 2013.

1 day ago

 Customers arrive Thursday at SouthSide Works Cinema to watch "The Interview." Extra security guards were on hand.

Pittsburgh screening of 'The Interview' attracts patriotic crowd

The movie about the assassination of North Korea’s leader has netted tepid reviews but strong response after attempts to shut it down.

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 Sister Grace Ann Geibel

Former Carlow University president Sister Grace Ann Geibel dies

She served as a faculty member, department chair, academic vice president and president for more than three decades.

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 New York Police Department policemen Tuesday use motorbikes to create a cordon as protesters, demonstrating decisions by grand juries in New York and Missouri not to indict white police officers in the killings of unarmed black men, hold placards while marching down Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

U.S. police struggle to uncover threats on social media

Police need more data analytics and mining software to monitor social media sites, say law enforcement officials and security experts.

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 Ashley Merritt packs an order for shipping at the Amazon fulfillment center earlier this month in Lebanon, Tenn., the world’s biggest Internet retailer, hired more workers and opened new distribution centers, extending its reach to get goods to customers faster.

Online holiday retail sales hit record

Online shopping is on pace to rise 16 percent to $61 billion for the November to December period, according to researcher ComScore Inc.

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 J.D. Fleming, of Indiana, Pa., piles his delivery of Christmas trees in Bethel Park.  Mr. Fleming is the owner of  Fleming Christmas Tree Farms.

Christmas trees accepted at Allegheny County parks for recycling

Trees can be dropped off through Jan. 17. The trees will be mulched and used in the county parks.

2 days ago

Sony's 'Interview' draws U.S. moviegoers who trumpet free speech

The film opened in more than 300 independent movie theaters Christmas Day, drawing many sell-out audiences.

2 days ago

Philadelphia transit officers help mother deliver baby on train

The officers coached the woman through the delivery, unwrapped the umbilical cord from the baby’s neck and placed the boy in her arms.

2 days ago

 A shopper walks on the logo of Sony's PlayStation 4 at an electronics store in Tokyo on Christmas Day. Sony's online PlayStation store and Microsoft's Xbox site suffered disruptions to users on Christmas Day in the latest possible cyber-attacks on the companies.

Hacking group claims credit for Xbox, PlayStation network woes

Thursday’s incidents are the latest part of a series of escalating attacks against Sony.

2 days ago

 Two young girls play at the edge of Lake Erie on Huntington Beach in Bay Village, Ohio in May.

Great Lakes water levels surge from rainfall, runoff

Water levels in lakes Superior, Huron, Michigan, Erie and Ontario are all above seasonal averages for the first time in 16 years.

2 days ago

College counselors in short supply at U.S. schools

Nationally, the student-counselor ratio in large public high schools is nearly 500-to-1.

2 days ago

Peacekeepers leaving Darfur despite surge in violence

The move comes even though new fighting there has chased more people from their homes this year than during any other in the past decade.

2 days ago

Jeb Bush quits firm that profited from Obamacare

As he considers running for president in 2016, Jeb Bush has begun to unwind some of his financial affairs.

2 days ago

Chinese hit back against a foreign intrusion — Christmas

As fervor for the trappings of Western-style Christmas enveloped this nation, the defenders of traditional Chinese culture have fought back.

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 “They knew I wanted to do this,” said Andy Pugh, who returned from Sierra Leone on Dec. 15.

Squirrel Hill aid worker helped manage Ebola response in Sierra Leone

Andy Pugh managed a child protection program and then an Ebola treatment center.

2 days ago

Francis and Elizabeth, in Christmas messages, focus on harmony

The pope emphasized the plight of children in areas of conflict, while Britain’s monarch advocated reconciliation, especially in Scotland.

2 days ago

Lawmakers promise to help strapped oil-patch towns

Tens of thousands of workers have been drawn to the region’s shale oil boom in recent years.

2 days ago

Chicago firm to review Baltimore police

The investigation comes as that department and others around the nation are accused of brutality.

2 days ago

Female veterans battling PTSD from sexual trauma fight for redress

They and their advocates call it “the second battle” — with a bureaucracy they say is stuck in the past.

2 days ago

Sharon Randall: Nothing eventful happened this year ... or did it?

Life’s too short to be anything but real. Besides, fakery never fools anybody.

2 days ago


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