The burned Doctors Without Borders hospital is seen Saturday after explosions in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz.

Apparent U.S. airstrike hits Afghan hospital

“This event is utterly tragic, inexcusable, and possibly even criminal," U.N. Human Rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said.

22 minutes ago

 A sign calling for prayer outside Umpqua Community College a day after the shooting there, in Roseburg, Ore.

Options for an active shooter: run, hide or fight

In the wake of a mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, experts say action is sometimes needed.

about 23 hours ago

 Student Michael Evans, left, and others work at Hopeworks ‘N Camden, in Camden, N.J. The group in one of the nation’s most impoverished places is planning its first hackathon to give teens and young adults in the city and professional programmers a chance to collaborate on solutions to local problems.

Camden craves a computer-led revival

Can youths in ‘hackathon’ help struggling city help itself?

1 day ago

 Construction continues Friday on the Frick Environmental Center at the Beechwood Boulevard entrance to Frick Park. The 15,000-square foot three-story structure uses the footprint of the former center, which burned in 2002, and will be a LEED Platinum and fully certified Living Building.

New Frick Environmental Center to feature water, energy savings

The $18.4 million Frick Environmental Center in Frick Park will be the world’s 6th self-sustaining Living Building when it opens next year.

about 23 hours ago

Oregon gunman was Army dropout who studied mass shooters

Authorities said Christopher Sean Harper-Mercer wore a flak jacket and brought six guns and five ammunition magazines to the school.

about 23 hours ago

U.S. hiring slowed in September as global economy weakened

The economy added just 142,000 jobs last month, depressed by job cuts by manufacturers and oil drillers.

about 23 hours ago

Obama says he won’t sign another stopgap spending measure from Congress

The president instead called on Congress to join him in forging a longer-term deal.

about 23 hours ago

U.S. military plane crashes in Afghanistan, kills 14

The dead included the six crew members, all American armed forces personnel.

about 23 hours ago

Russia hits IS territory in Syria with airstrikes but ignores Western demands

The Russian aerial assaults, which began Wednesday, have surprised and angered the United States and its Western and Arab allies.

about 23 hours ago

Hillside collapses on Guatemalan town, killing 26; hundreds missing

Tons of dirt and trees flattened dozens of flimsy houses when many residents had gone home for the night.

about 23 hours ago

Vatican upends Davis affair with news of audience with gays

The Vatican said the only “real audience” Pope Francis had in Washington, D.C., was with a small group that included a gay couple.

about 23 hours ago

New rules will protect homebuyers from last-minute surprises

Starting today, homebuyers will have access to new standardized forms to replace ones that might have varied widely from lender to lender.

about 23 hours ago

Obituary: Arthur W. Ticknor / Longtime executive known for his creativity, people skills

Arthur W. Ticknor was an executive with firms including Union Switch and Signal and American Standard Inc.

about 23 hours ago

World briefs: Education chief leaving in December

Plus: Death sentence commuted; 3rd Cleveland child killed; Va. suspect sentenced; Colorado prison site?

about 23 hours ago

World briefs: Joaquin hits Bahamas; ship disabled

Plus: India vows carbon cuts; Israel deploys troops; VW notifies customers; S. Sudan repels rebels.

about 23 hours ago

 Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, left, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the senior Democrat on the committee speak on Capitol Hill Thursday about the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act.

Bipartisan effort in Congress leads to comprehensive sentencing reform proposal

A bill advancing through Congress would give judges more discretion to sentence below the mandatory minimum for nonviolent offenders.

1 day ago

 Montgomery County prosecutors have charged Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane with perjury, obstruction and other counts.

Kane reverses timeline on porn emails

A state courts spokesman said today that it had hired a Pittsburgh law firm to look into the matter.

about 23 hours ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf this week vetoed a temporary stopgap budget Republicans had sent him that would have covered four months of state spending.

Wolf calls for hiring freeze, travel ban because of Pennsylvania budget impasse

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has imposed cost-saving measures in light of a budget impasse that is now in its fourth month.

1 day ago

 Metal decking is installed on the new Hulton Bridge in April. The $65 million bridge is scheduled to open Oct. 20.

TRAFFIC: Hulton Bridge to close Monday; Parkway West this weekend

Also, PennDOT says there will be a full closure of Parkway West’s inbound lanes, weather permitting, from 9 tonight through Monday morning.

1 day ago

 Elizabeth Cox, 14, bows her head Thursday during a prayer at a vigil to honor victims of a shooting at Umpqua Community College.

Gunman in Oregon shooting was armed with six guns, left more at home, officials say

Officials today described the gunman as an alienated young man who appeared to have a particular animus against religion.

1 day ago

 Post-Gazette interns offer a reality check on college.

Reality Check: Fall 2015 Education Planning Guide

Post-Gazette summer 2015 interns offer a glimpse into what college is really like.

1 day ago

 All-star game red carpet

Baseball Lore: Reds-Bucs rivalry made for a fun mixed marriage

Red-Pirates rivalry goes way back and has provided interesting moments for one mixed marriage.

1 day ago

House approves bill requiring Iran to compensate U.S. victims of terror

The measure would require the president to certify that victims of terror receive compensation before Iran gets economic relief.

1 day ago

 Defense Secretary Ash Carter

House passes defense bill, defies Obama

Despite a veto threat, the House approved a multibillion-dollar defense policy bill.

1 day ago

 Cal McConnell, co-owner of McConnell's Farm in Independence, Beaver County, picks apples Sept. 16. The 200-acre farm has been run by the McConnell family since 1787.

Harvest of history: State's Century Farms a cornucopia of land, labor and legacy

Only 3 percent of the state’s 63,000 family farms qualify for the designation of Century Farm or Bicentennial Farm.

1 day ago

 Brittany Meixner of Carrick holds a piece  she created that will be displayed at the “We Live Here” exhibit tonight at 21st Street Coffee and Tea in the Strip District. She titled the piece “Dragon in the Night.” Some of the artwork will be accompanied by audio recordings.

Strip District exhibit features artwork of homeless young adults

The exhibit is titled “We Live Here.” Pieces will be auctioned tonight at an event at 21st Street Coffee and Tea.

1 day ago

 Kunduz chief of police, Mohammad Qasim Jangalbagh, left, talks to U.S. and Afghan special forces in Kunduz city, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday.

Afghan troops push into Kunduz, Taliban in retreat

Government troops seized control of Kunduz on Thursday.

1 day ago

 In this photo made from footage taken from Russian Defense Ministry official website on Thursday, a bomb explosion is seen in Syria.

Russia confounds U.S. with Syria military moves

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says, aims to establish a caliphate from “Portugal to Pakistan.”

1 day ago

Joaquin strengthens to Category 4

Hurricane Joaquin is seen as less likely to pose a major threat to the Eastern United States.

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 An honor guard opens the door Thursday as Russian President Vladimir Putin enters a hall at the Kremlin in Moscow to attend a meeting with members of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights.

Russia defends chosen targets of Syria strikes

Russian expands its involvement in Syria’s civil war.

1 day ago

 North Hills High School students participate in an astronomy class in the new digital immersion theater.

North Hills High School upgrades its planetarium

The school’s planetarium can take students worlds away or bring them right out of the front door.

1 day ago

Elizabeth Forward School District to garnish wages of employees behind on taxes

About 12 employees of the district have been identified as owing back real estate taxes to the district.

1 day ago

Ohio Valley Hospital adds health focus to YMCA after-school programs

Ohio Valley Hospital is offering a healthy eating and exercise component in the Montour, West Allegheny and Brentwood districts.

1 day ago

Vatican: Pope's visit with Davis not a form of support

Kim Davis, a Rowan County, Ky., spent five days in jail for defying a series of federal court orders to issue same-sex marriage licenses

1 day ago

Two arrested in 1984 rape, killing of Philadelphia-area girl

Barbara Rowan’s parents reported her missing Aug. 2, 1984. Two weeks later, her body was found along a road near her home.

1 day ago

 U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan walks to a town hall meeting on CMU's campus Sept. 18.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan stepping down

Duncan says in a letter to staff that he's returning to Chicago to live with his family.

1 day ago

Osborne Elementary School’s gARTen Club receives program grants

The school in the Quaker Valley School District has received two grants worth nearly $9,000 to encourage education in and through the arts.

1 day ago

 Spirit Airlines offers flights to Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Myrtle Beach, Las Vegas and Chicago.

Latrobe's Arnold Palmer Regional Airport sees increasing traffic

The airport has a full-body scanner, courtesy of the TSA, and an increase in passengers on Sprint Airlines.

1 day ago

In Wilkinsburg, these backpacks hold blessings

Each week, volunteers pack 550 bags of food to send home with Wilkinsburg students.

1 day ago

Bethel Park students step up to kindness challenge

They heard a speaker from a group formed by the parents of Rachel Scott, who was killed in the Columbine High School shootings in 1999.

1 day ago

Penn Hills schools struggling with student behavior

Administrators have had their hands full with issues ranging from dress code violations to destruction of school property and fighting.

1 day ago

Former pharmacy manager pleads guilty in prescription drug scheme

Correna Pfeiffer, 37, of Monaca, who managed an Aliquippa MedFast Institutional Pharmacy, waived indictment.

about 23 hours ago

Sto-Rox changes security firms

The change in companies was mainly due to ongoing issues with staffing, Superintendent Terry DeCarbo said.

1 day ago

West Jefferson Hills School Board suspends girls basketball coaches

The basketball coaches were suspended Sept. 23 over what one of them called “a parent issue.”

1 day ago

 A U.S. helicopter flies over Afghanistan's Jalalabad Airport, where a US C-130 military transport plane crashed in Jalalabad around midnight Thursday.

6 U.S. airmen among at least 11 killed in Afghan plane crash

An unknown number of people on the ground were also killed in the crash in Jalalabad air field, officials said.

1 day ago

 President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington Thursday.

Obama decries 'routine' response of country to shootings

The presidents says America has “become numb” to mass shootings like Thursday’s incident in Oregon.

1 day ago

Bicentennial Farm offers corn maze challenge

Family patriarch Robert Hays built Gearhard Farms in Murrysville eight generations ago.

1 day ago

 At Grinnell College, one former Post-Gazette intern continues to geek out about “The Lord of the Rings,” debate historical fine points and enjoy staying in with friends almost every weekend.

Finding a good college fit is a process

When choosing a college, it can help to look for a place that fits who you are now -- and who you want to become.

1 day ago

National dates: Overhaul of drug sentencing

PLUS: Pot sales start in Oregon; Cosby case reviewed; Cop shot by own gun; Serial killer executed.

1 day ago

 A flag flies from a building at New York University in 2012.

Disappointment can lead to the right college choice

Rejection at a big school and acceptance at a small liberal arts college turned out for the best.

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