In this image provided by the Imperial War Museum, World War I German and British soldiers stand together on the battlefield near Ploegsteert, Belgium during Dec. 1914.

World War I soldiers took a real Christmas break

Men who for months had been trying to kill each other traded gifts, drank and even played soccer on the no man’s land between the trenches.

about 9 hours ago

Obituary: Albert C. Van Dusen / Administrator raised Pitt’s international profile

Albert C. Van Dusen was a University of Pittsburgh administrator who forged international ties.

about 9 hours ago

Random Acts of Kindness: Stranger covered sick cat’s treatment

PLUS: Man readily supported fellow postal customer; bicyclist got down, dirty to help avoid street flood.

about 9 hours ago

Utica gas well in Ohio back under control

Utica Shale gas well “blowout” in southeast Ohio that caused evacuation earlier this month is capped

about 9 hours ago

 Tom Frieden, far left, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, testifies at an October hearing, which examined the government’s response to contain Ebola, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Ebola exposure feared in mistake at CDC lab

The error occurred Monday when a high-security lab in Atlanta sent samples that should have been inactivated to another CDC laboratory.

about 9 hours ago

 A woman who said she was the girlfriend of 18-year-old Antonio Martin leaves a message on a makeshift memorial Wednesday outside the gas station where he was fatally shot by a police officer in Berkeley, Mo.

White police officer kills black teen in Mo.

The shooting reignited tensions that have lingered since the death of Michael Brown in neighboring Ferguson.

about 9 hours ago

Islamic State captures Jordanian F-16 pilot

He was the first captive taken from the U.S.-led coalition battling the extremist group.

about 9 hours ago

Palestinian sniper attack sets off clash at border

The day’s action further strained a tenuous cease-fire that ended a 50-day war over the summer.

about 9 hours ago

Ukraine cuts power to Crimea amid dispute with Russia

The electricity shut-off came as Moscow threatened a greater rift with the West if Ukraine attempted to make good on its NATO intentions.

about 9 hours ago

Obama seeks to close Gitmo

The Obama administration is preparing to move dozens of inmates out of the prison in coming months.

about 9 hours ago

Policy critic weighs states’ challenge to Obama’s loosened immigration rules

Justice Department lawyers urged the court to preserve the executive order allowing 4 million undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S.

about 9 hours ago

Millions in cash lost in Hong Kong spill

After new notes fell from a security van, onlookers were presented with a Christmas Eve test of whether to be good for goodness’ sake.

about 9 hours ago

Iran warns West to keep nuke hopes realistic

Iran says its nuclear activities are peaceful, but the West fears that it may lead to developing nuclear weapons.

about 9 hours ago

World Briefs: Christmas dawns in the Holy Land

PLUS: Rebels kill 70 in India; S. Korea indicts Uber CEO; Ebola survival rate; Abe named Japanese PM.

about 9 hours ago

National Briefs: Sony releases ‘Interview’ for online viewing after major theater chains drop movie

PLUS: Gun in NYC killing traced; organ trafficker’s release; wet, warm Christmas Eve; ex-inmate to get back pay.

about 9 hours ago

CDC technician may have been exposed to ebola

A plate with material from an Ebola experiment was sent from a high-security biosafety laboratory to a less-secure facility at the agency’s

about 15 hours ago

 The first Allegheny Tunnel, which currently carries westbound traffic, was built in the late 1930s and the second opened in 1965.

Pa. Turnpike considers plans to replace Allegheny Tunnels in Somerset County

Three options call for new tunnels; three others would carve an open highway into the mountain.

1 day ago

 The Fifth Avenue Place headquarters of Highmark and the U.S. Steel Tower offices of UPMC are seen in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Binding arbitration for UPMC, Highmark

The UPMC-Highmark in-network contract expires Dec. 31.

about 12 hours ago

 Police try to control a crowd early this morning in the parking lot of a gas station following a shooting Tuesday night in Berkeley, Mo. St. Louis County police say a man who pulled a gun and pointed it at an officer has been killed.

Police: Officer in Missouri shoots, kills 18-year-old who pulled gun

Berkeley is near Ferguson, where white police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year-old, on Aug. 9.

about 17 hours ago

 Assistant professor Dan Reed teaches automotive service technology students at the Community College of Philadelphia. The Labor Department said today that applications for unemployment benefits dropped 9,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 280,000.

Applications for unemployment benefits fall to 7-week low

The Labor Department said today that applications dropped 9,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 280,000.

1 day ago

 A security guard stands at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los Angeles.

Sony streams 'The Interview' through YouTube, Google, Xbox, Sony site

In the Pittsburgh area, the SouthSide Works Cinema and the Dependable Drive-In in Moon will show the film.

about 21 hours ago

 David Welborn, 7, sits in the lost luggage line at the Delta Airlines desk at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport Tuesday, with his trusty stuffed dog.

Travel headaches for some across country into Christmas Day

National Weather Service meteorologists predicted rain that would turn into snow for some parts of Missouri to Michigan.

1 day ago

 Holiday travelers make their way through Philadelphia International Airport.

Clouds cause more delays at Philadelphia International Airport

Dozens of flights arriving at or departing from the airport have already been delayed or cancelled this morning.

1 day ago

 Brennan McCann , a senior at South Fayette High School, talks about the problems during production of "swarf," long curly metal remains. Students from Upper St. Clair and South Fayette high schools joined together to try to solve real-world problems for local companies.

Upper St. Clair, South Fayette students aim to 'change the world' through STEAM

The high school students collaborated to suggest to Cecil cookware maker ways to improve technology and save resources.

1 day ago

 A building is severely damaged near Columbia, Miss., after a tornado touched down Tuesday afternoon.

Severe weather slams southern U.S., four killed

A survey team will be sent today to determine whether a tornado was responsible. Storm spotters said it was.

1 day ago

 New York City police officers embrace Tuesday as they visit a makeshift memorial at the site where two of their fellow officers were fatally shot in Brooklyn.

Across New York, Pausing to Honor Police Officers

New York City citizens took a moment Tuesday to silently honor two fallen officers savagely killed three days before on a Brooklyn corner.

1 day ago

 Hannah Nolte, 17, of Moon Area High School, finishes working on a vanilla cake during a culinary arts class at one of the remodeled kitchens at the Parkway West Career and Technology Center Wednesday.

Culinary upgrades in line with student needs at vocational school

State-of-the-art improvements to kitchens at Parkway West Career and Technology Center are more closely attuned to industry standards.

1 day ago

US economy grew at a rate of 5 percent in third quarter, fastest in more than decade

Federal data shows that third-quarter U.S. economic annualized growth was 5 percent, driven by a consumer spending and plunging oil prices.

1 day ago

FDA lifting lifetime ban on gay blood donors

The Food and Drug Adminstration is advocating that the prohibition apply only to those sexually active within the last year.

1 day ago

Portfolio | Holiday Herald: Childless aunts symbolized spirit of Goodfellows

Aunts showed the true meaning of being “goodfellows.”

1 day ago

North Allegheny calendar for 2015-16 school year approved

Board approves hiring a consultant to review operations of the North Allegheny Foundation.

1 day ago

Music teacher instructed students for more than 80 years

Mr. Reichenfeld taught music for more than 80 years and helped found and conduct the Wilkinsburg Symphony.

1 day ago

 New York Rep. Michael Grimm

U.S. Rep. Grimm says will not resign after pleading guilty to tax fraud

New York Rep. Michael Grimm on Tuesday pleaded guilty to felony tax evasion but insisted that he would not resign from Congress.

1 day ago

Democrats best at tapping rich for political cash

When it comes to raising money from the very rich, it's Democrats who led the way in 2014.

1 day ago

At least 60 journalists killed in 2014, almost half in the Middle East

The Committee to Protect Journalists recorded the deadliest year since the group began keeping records in 1992.

1 day ago

Ukraine Takes Step Toward Joining NATO

Ukraine’s parliament voted to end its nonaligned-nation status and move toward joining NATO, a move that immediately drew a protest from

1 day ago

From Iraqi mountaintop, a fierce battle to free IS-held town

Kurdish peshmerga fighters are battling to recapture Iraq turf the Islamic State militants seized last summer near Mount Sinjar.

1 day ago

 Visitors light candles Tuesday in the Church of the Nativity, the site revered by Christians as Jesus' birthplace, ahead of Christmas in the West Bank town of Bethlehem.

Jesus' birthplace grapples with modern traffic challenges

Bethlehem, jammed with traffic, mulls digging a tunnel under Manger Square.

1 day ago

 Mary Teister, 72, would like to keep her landline phone. Her husband needs it for his pacemaker, and she says she always knows where her phone is in an emergency.

Phone companies would like to cut your landline cord for you

If you haven’t cut the cord on your landline phone service, pretty soon you may not have a choice.

1 day ago

 A South Korean army soldier walks near a TV screen showing an advertisement of Sony Picture's "The Interview" on Monday.

Theories abound over who hacked Sony

Despite President Barack Obama's conclusion that North Korea was the culprit, the Internet's newest game of whodunit continues.

about 21 hours ago

Steel Valley school board appoints coaches

One board member laments the lack of interviews with other candidates for the top job in the Steel Valley football program.

1 day ago

Budget holds line on taxes in North Huntingdon

The $15.6 million budget will keep real estate taxes at 11.7 mills.

1 day ago

East notables: Monessen High students earn financial awards

The following Monessen High School students have received financial awards through The Challenge Program Inc. for excelling in specific

1 day ago

National briefs: Florida rises to No. 3 in population

Plus: Severe weather hits South; threat targets bridge; no Obama link in IRS flap; 6.4M on Obamacare; driving mom committed.

1 day ago

 Trevor Orchard, third from right, and Laurien Sibomana, far right, in Rwanda.

Pitt diabetes researcher helps African children control Type 1 diabetes

Trevor Orchard of the University of Pittsburgh has helped Rwandan children control their Type 1 diabetes for the past decade.

2 days ago

 The Pennsylvania Turnpike expects 4 million drivers to take to the toll road system between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, with a possible record-topping 600,000 vehicles the day after Christmas.

Milder weather, falling gas prices greet holiday travelers this week

A record-breaking 98.6 million travelers are expected to hit the road starting today, and for the most part the weather will be cooperating.

2 days ago

Researcher forms nonprofit for HIV work

A Pittsburgh researcher is forming a nonprofit to work toward an HIV treatment using ATP combined with antiretroviral medications.

2 days ago

Dow tops 18,000 as market reaches new highs

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 68 points, or 0.4 percent, to 18,027 as of 9:58 a.m. Eastern time.

1 day ago

 The "Discover PPS" section of the Pittsburgh Public Schools' website includes budget information for each of the district's neighborhood and feeder schools.

Pittsburgh Public Schools posts more information on website

The district’s website now includes information about school-based budgets, facilities and community resources at the city’s public schools.

1 day ago


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