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 T.J. Lane, the suspect in the shooting of five students at the high school in Chardon, Ohio, wears a bulletproof vest as he is escorted Tuesday from juvenile court.

Educators, experts told vigilance key in preventing violent attacks in schools

“I got a lot of letters saying why are you doing this to our kids. This is never going to happen here. But it did,” one official said.

about 6 hours ago


CMU, Pitt receive grants to pick people’s brains

Carnegie Mellon University receives a $5 million BrainHub grant while the University of Pittsburgh studies traumatic brain injury.

about 6 hours ago


Obituary: Francis J. Rifugiato / Veteran, educator over decades with lifelong passion for learning

The son of an Italian immigrant family, Francis J. Rifugiato knew the value of an education.

about 6 hours ago


Skies darken for new airline PEOPLExpress

Three months after taking to the skies, PEOPLExpress has been grounded with both of its planes out of commission.

about 6 hours ago


Convicted murder gets a 'chance' at some life

Man originally sentenced to life without parole will now be eligible for parole after 34 years.

about 6 hours ago


Small Vermont college invites convicted cop killer to speak

Mumia Abu-Jamal, serving a life term for the killing of a Philadelphia police officer, is set to address 20 graduates at Goddard College.

about 6 hours ago


 Attorney Fred Rabner

Ford's attorney: Officer who shot him under federal investigation

Monte Rabner wrote that two agencies are “looking into whether to charge [Pittsburgh officer David] Derbish criminally.”

about 6 hours ago


Obituary: Michael Harari / Israeli agent likened to James Bond

He led the hit squad that was sent to avenge the murders of 11 Israeli athletes by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Olympic Games.

about 7 hours ago


Storytelling: Teen’s perception of mom all changed with a pizza

Never underestimate the power of pizza.

about 6 hours ago


1st case of Ebola found in U.S.

First case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States is found in Dallas in man who flew in from Liberia.

about 6 hours ago


Iraqi Kurds win major victory at Syrian border, gain Sunni aid

Iraq’s Kurdish peshmerga forces retake control of the Syria border crossing at Rabia from Islamic State militants.

about 6 hours ago


 A student protester rests next to a defaced cutout of Hong Kong’s chief executive, Leung Chun-ying, at one of their protest sites around the government headquarters Tuesday in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong simmers as its leader celebrates

Hong Kong chief executive refuses to meet pro-democracy protesters as ceremony marking China’s National Day begins.

about 6 hours ago


 Secret Service director Julia Pierson prepares to testify Tuesday to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the White House perimeter breach

Secret Service chief on hot seat for WH breach

Secret Service director admits failures during intense House questioning.

about 6 hours ago


U.S., Afghanistan agree on new deal

New Afghanistan government signs bilateral security agreement with the United States.

about 6 hours ago


 Alton Nolen

Oklahoma man charged with murder in beheading; no extremist links found

An Oklahoma man was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the beheading of a co-worker.

about 6 hours ago


Survivors ran for lives from Japan volcano

Luck and instinct determined fates of hikers caught in Japan’s volcanic eruption.

about 6 hours ago


California becomes 1st state to ban plastic bags

California enacts 1st U.S. statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at supermarkets, groceries, convenience stores and pharmacies.

about 6 hours ago


World briefs: Obama, Modi tout joint efforts

Plus: Ebola outbreaks under control; European Union targets Apple model; Ukraine truce pressured

about 6 hours ago


National briefs: Holder asks tech firms for access

Plus: Teacher faces charges;  U.S. oil heads to S. Korea; Firing for pot  in court; Calif. over fire budget; Disabled vet memorial to open.

about 6 hours ago


 Mary Marazita,  associate dean of research at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, with one pod of a 3-D camera system used to record images of human faces.

Researchers find health risks lie hidden in the cleft palate gene

The Pitt School of Dental Medicine lands an $11.8 million NIH grant to continue research on the genetics of cleft lips and palates.

1 day ago


Traffic restrictions scheduled today and Wednesday in Moon, Robinson

Alternating one-way traffic will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days on Beaver Grade Road.

about 22 hours ago


Afghanistan, U.S. sign security pact allowing 9,800 U.S. troops to remain in country

Hamid Karzai, the outgoing president, had refused to approve the deal, which is intended to help Afghan security forces combat the Taliban.

about 23 hours ago


 The Lund family, from left, Don, Brian (in front), Nikki, Catie, Donna and Donny, is the focus of the documentary, "The Family Next Door," which explores the challenges, grace and determination of living with Brian's and Donny's autism.

Pittsburgh-area family shares autism story in film

“The Family Next Door” is a new documentary that highlights the challenges and triumphs of an Upper St. Clair family dealing with autism.

1 day ago


Economist: Public benefits aid startups for immigrants

Children’s health insurance gave immigrants the confidence to start businesses and succeed, Harvard researcher says.

1 day ago


Safety concerns lead to overnight Parkway West closures during construction near Carnegie

PennDOT has been using lane closures during the $72.8 million reconstruction project, but it said there have been too many close calls.

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 State police show a pipe bomb they found Tuesday in woods in eastern Pennsylvania during their manhunt for shooting suspect Eric Frein, accused of killing a trooper last month. The bombs were not deployed, but they were fully functional and had both trip wires and fuses, Lt. Col. George Bivens said

Pennsylvania police on manhunt find pipe bombs in woods

State police searching for a man accused of killing a state trooper say they found two pipe bombs in the woods during their manhunt.

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 Gov. Tom Corbett announces the start of a $28.5 million repair project on the Birmingham Bridge on Tuesday.

In visit to Pittsburgh bridge, Corbett touts transportation improvements

The governor said the 250 projects underway by the end of 2014 would not have been possible without the transportation bill of last year.

about 7 hours ago


Part of Pitcairn Road in Monroeville to reopen after slide repair

The section between Monroeville and Stroeschein roads has been closed since May because of a landslide.

about 20 hours ago


 The district attorney wants the state Supreme Court to delay former Justice Joan Orie Melvin’s entire campaign corruption sentence — not just the requirement that she apologize to every judge in the state — while she appeals her conviction and sentence.

DA offers sharp reply to bid by Orie Melvin for reduced sentence

Orie Melvin was convicted in 2013 for using her staff and the staff of her sister, ex-state Sen. Jane Orie, to run her election campaigns.

about 7 hours ago


Allegheny County schools make national Blue Ribbon list

Elementary schools in Pine-Richland and West Allegheny are among the 337 schools honored.

about 13 hours ago


Two charged in Pennsylvania Turnpike scandal allowed to complete diversion program

Dennis Miller and Jeffrey Suzenski will have charges against them dropped, if they successfully complete a two-year diversion program, a

about 14 hours ago


 State police ride on an armored vehicles patrol Bear Town Road in Barrett, Monroe County, in eastern Pennsylvania  Monday as the search for suspect Eric Frein continues since the fatal shooting of a state trooper Sept 12.

Survival expert: Frein's challenge is to survive and evade

The search areas through the dense woods appear to have shifted daily as the manhunt wears on.

about 22 hours ago


Pittsburgh panel submits recommendations for expanding early childhood education

The panel convened by Mayor Bill Peduto is submitting ideas to the state in an effort to get part of $250 million in federal funds.

about 7 hours ago


 Nick Trombetta, founder of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, was unsuccessful in blocking the public from a hearing today on his motion to dismiss charges that he siphoned some $1 million from the Midland-based school through a collection of corporate entities he controlled.

Judge: Hearing to remain open for cyber-charter school founder

Nick Trombetta is charged with siphoning $1 million from the Midland-based school through a collection of corporate entities he controlled.

about 18 hours ago


Somerset County man arrested after loaded gun found at Baltimore-Wash. airport

The federal Transportation Security Administration says its officers found the .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun in a carry-on Monday.

about 19 hours ago


 Uniformed Secret Service officers walk along the fence on the north side of the White House last week. The Secret Service has boosted security outside the White House following a security breach in which an intruder with a knife scaled the White House fence, dashed across the lawn and made it all the way inside before agents managed to stop him.

Secret Service director takes onus for White House security breach

Lawmakers will question the Secret Service director following revelations a White House intruder got further inside than previously thought.

about 20 hours ago


 A customer checks out his iPhone 6 Plus Sept. 19 outside an Apple store in Pasadena, Calif.

Apple aims to provide medical history in the palm of your hand

From counting calories to monitoring blood pressure, your medical history can be as close as your cell phone.

1 day ago


 In the Pittsburgh region, this year’s open enrollment is anything but typical.

Employers face unusual market for health insurance; open enrollment period to begin

The Affordable Care Act and the Highmark-UPMC breakup mean the normal open-enrollment period dynamics have been turned on their heads.

1 day ago


 Maddie Manning of the Oakland Transportation Management Association leads Sara Klein, a Pitt senior, and Nicole Barnett of the Allegheny County Health Department across Forbes Avenue in Oakland during a pedestrian safety event Monday.

Oakland college students get lessons on traffic safety

The weeklong program encourages students at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and Carlow University to pay attention.

1 day ago


 Authorities say Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has been arrested on a DUI charge in Maryland.

Olympian Michael Phelps arrested on DUI charge in Baltimore

Maryland Transportation Authority Police said Michael Phelps was going 84 mph in a 45-mph zone.

about 17 hours ago


Obituary: Robert L. Kasperik / Connected with community at family pharmacy in Derry

Robert L. Kasperik followed his father into the family pharmacy business in Derry, but he also made his own mark as a civic leader.

1 day ago


Allegheny Regional Asset District eyes largest-ever budget

The county sales tax fund is 5.2 percent ahead of where it was this time last year, a boost RAD officials have attributed to auto sales.

1 day ago


Two charged in Pa. Turnpike scandal due in court today

Two men charged last year in the Pennsylvania Turnpike “pay-to-play” scandal could have charges against them dropped.

1 day ago


Facts about cleft lips and palates

Clefts are one of the most common birth defects worldwide with a long impact on medicine, culture and literature.

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State trooper dies during training exercise in Montgomery County

David Kedra, died after an accidental shooting during a training exercise in Montgomery County, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

about 7 hours ago


UPMC physician designations come into question

Family physician Malcolm Harris says his name was wrongly included in a UPMC listing of 1,600 doctors who will not be in Highmark’s network.

1 day ago


Obituary: Deborah Cavendish / Dowager Duchess of Devonshire

Deborah Cavendish was the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire and the last of the six eccentric Mitford sisters.

1 day ago


Insiders detail deep intrusion at White House

White House intruder ran through much of the main floor, overpower one Secret Service officer.

1 day ago


 The Neighborhood Flea bills itself as a high-quality flea market with vintage clothing, dinnerware and the best food trucks in town. This Sunday market was held in a parking lot at 23rd Street and Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh's Strip District.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Brookline woman's flea markets have been crafted to succeed

Crafter in search of opportunities to sell jewelry creates marketplace that grows to become her full-time job.

1 day ago


Afghan president sworn in; pact with U.S. to be signed

New Afghan president’s inauguration sets stage for signing new accord with the U.S. guaranteeing a continuing U.S. military presence.

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