Peggy Zezza of Forest Hills uses her new smartphone Wednesday to take a picture of the PPG tree lit up and ready for today's Light Up Night.

Pittsburgh's Light Up Night closes streets, detours buses

Light Up Night began at noon today with a tree lighting at the City-County Building, Downtown.

about 11 hours ago

Weekend paving work scheduled on Route 19 in Ross, McCandless

A variety of traffic shifts and restrictions will be in place as a result, PennDOT announced.

about 11 hours ago

Route 51 ramp in Jefferson Hills, West Elizabeth to close for weekend

The ramp will close at 6 p.m. today and reopen by 5 a.m. Monday as crews remove a wall and work on signs.

about 11 hours ago

Bridge repairs to continue on Parkway West in Robinson

The restrictions will be in place after 10 p.m. today and end by 6 a.m. Monday.

about 10 hours ago

House GOP sues Obama administration over health care law

GOP lawmakers filed the suit the morning after the president announced unilateral executive actions to expand protections for immigrants.

about 6 hours ago

Agency: Newtown shooter's mental health issues were accommodated, not appropriately treated

Adam Lanza’s social isolation and obsession with mass killings have been detailed by police reports.

about 6 hours ago

 A recent traveler to West Africa was being evaluated for Ebola at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, but tests showed the patient does not have the virus, the hospital said today.

Hospital: Philadelphia patient does not have Ebola

The announcement came just a few hours after the hospital reported that the patient was being evaluated.

about 9 hours ago

 Eric Frein exits the Pike County Courthouse in Milford in northeastern Pennsylvania after his arraignment on Oct. 31.

More search warrants released in Frein case

The warrants show police were interested in scouring Eric Frein’s Internet activity, downloads, writings, images, map history and contacts.

about 9 hours ago

 On the assessment tests, math fell from 79.9 percent in 2011 to 73.3 percent in 2014, a drop of 6.6 percentage points.

Pennsylvania student scores declined with reduced funding, test results show

State test results decline for all students and some subgroups, including economically disadvantaged and special education students.

about 19 hours ago

 Lori Weishaar shovels snow from around her vehicle on Thursday after the catastrophic snowstorm in Buffalo, N.Y.

As snow turns to rain in Buffalo, flood threat grows

The next threat will be rain and higher temperatures that threaten to produce flooding and add more weight to overstressed structures.

about 19 hours ago

 Traffic from outbound Route 28 is detoured over the 31st Street Bridge this afternoon after an accident in which a truck tire fell off, crossed the median and smashed into an oncoming vehicle, killing the driver.

Driver arrested after wheel detaches from truck, killing another driver on Route 28

Route 28 has since reopened, but delays are expected and the Department of Transportation encourages motorists to consider alternate routes.

about 1 hour ago

Duquesne teachers' contract approved; pay not tied to student performance

In 2013-14 and 2014-15, teachers who have earned a satisfactory evaluation will move up one step on the pay scale.

about 7 hours ago

Holder urges calm in Ferguson; negotiations to reduce tensions at protests

Police in Ferguson have told residents to expect a grand jury decision on Sunday.

about 7 hours ago

Package from Florida State shooter found in Texas

Authorities said today the package and others mailed by Florida State alumnus Myron May could contain a video and journals.

about 7 hours ago

 U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly

Western Pennsylvania Republicans criticize president

Critics characterized the president’s approach on immigration as amnesty

about 18 hours ago

 Tom Wolf

Wolf plans ‘‍to find funds’ to raise education spending

The newly elected Democrat acknowledges the end result will depend on negotiations with the General Assembly.

about 19 hours ago

 A view of Pittsburgh on Light Up Night, Nov. 8, 1991, from West Carson Street.

Closures, detours announced for Light Up Night

Bridge and street closures begin at 9 a.m.; 55 Port Authority bus routes will be affected.

about 19 hours ago

 Police arrest a demonstrator Thursday night in Ferguson, Mo., who was protesting the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9. A grand jury is expected to decide this month if the police officer who fired the shots killing Mr. Brown should be charged in the shooting.

More arrests as Missouri protesters await Ferguson grand jury decision

A grand jury is deciding whether to charge officer Darren Wilson in the slaying of 18-year-old Michael Brown in a St. Louis suburb.

about 11 hours ago

Reopen Pennsylvania health centers, Supreme Court rules

The state closed 16 health centers, including those in Armstrong, Beaver, Greene,  Somerset counties, and one of two in Westmoreland County.

about 19 hours ago

 Toyota is recalling nearly 423,000 Lexus luxury brand cars in the U.S. to fix fuel leaks that can cause fires. The recalls affect the 2006 to 2011 GS, 2007 to 2010 LS and the 2006 to 2011 IS models. Above is a 2011 Lexus IS F.

Toyota recalls nearly 423,000 Lexuses for fuel leaks

The recalls affect the 2006 to 2011 GS, 2007 to 2010 LS and the 2006 to 2011 IS models.

about 9 hours ago

Israelis confiscate weapons bound for East Jerusalem

A shipment of knives, swords, fireworks and electric-shock devices from China is seized by Israeli police.

about 19 hours ago

 Afghan security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack on Wednesday in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Attacks in Kabul raise concerns about security

The Taliban are staging almost daily attacks against the Afghan government and foreign targets in Kabul, the capital.

about 19 hours ago

Immigration tests GOP leaders' ability to control conservative response to Obama

The Republican congressional leadership, fearing any stable period of GOP-majority governance may be doomed.

about 19 hours ago

North Korea threatens to resume nuclear tests

After a U.N. panel’s approval this week of a resolution condemning Pyongyang’s leadership, North Korea has countered with nuke test threats.

about 19 hours ago

China to place limit on coal use in 2020

As China seeks to limit its carbon dioxide emissions by around 2030, it is setting a cap on coal consumption in 2020.

about 19 hours ago

Maker of defective airbags dodges recall question at Senate hearing

Official of defective airbag manufacturer equivocates to senators about the need for a nationwide recall.

about 19 hours ago

Obamacare dental-plan error has Republicans seeking details

Health and Human Services figures on Obamacare enrollment comingled health plan enrollment with an extra 380,000 people in dental plans.

about 19 hours ago

Obituary: Carol Anderson / Psychiatrist social worker helped to develop cutting-edge therapy for children

She had a social worker’s empathy, a researcher’s analytic mind and a clinician’s ability to effectively diagnose and provide health care.

about 19 hours ago

 Mike Nichols with his wife,  TV journalist Diane Sawyer.

Obituary: Mike Nichols / Celebrated director in Hollywood, on Broadway

The winner of nine Tony Awards and one Oscar directed “Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” “The Graduate," “Carnal Knowledge” and many more.

about 20 hours ago

Local Dispatch: Cleaning china closet can be better than it sounds

I fill the sink with hot, soapy water and begin my trip back through time, thinking of people who touched my life with cherished mementos.

about 18 hours ago

World briefs: Deadline for final nuclear deal with Iran may be moved to March

PLUS: Jihadis urge war on France; Assange appeal rejected; Ferry operator sentenced; U.S. aid worker detained.

about 19 hours ago

Nation briefs: Gay unions in S.C. get justices’ OK

Plus: Gay-affection study; Florida State gunman.

about 19 hours ago

 Point Park University has pledged to Mayor Bill Peduto that it will “incorporate” three turn-of-the-century Forbes Avenue facades into the design of the new Pittsburgh Playhouse in Downtown.

Point Park, city plan to preserve historic facades at new playhouse

Preservation groups, meanwhile, are considering nominations of three Forbes Avenue buildings featuring the facades for historic status.

about 19 hours ago

 Matte Braidic, an Uber driver, turned ridesharing into a full-time job.

Some Uber drivers in Pittsburgh feeling pinch in wallets

Fees from the company and an influx of drivers to the system are prompting some to re-evaluate their roles.

about 19 hours ago

 New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo talks with National Guard members who are helping stranded motorists today in Cheektowaga, N.Y.

Second storm dumps more snow on Buffalo

The surrounding communities along Lake Erie are trying to recover as yet another storm nears.

1 day ago

 A Tallahassee police officer talks to several students outside the Strozier library on the Florida State University campus, where a shooting occurred Thursday.

Official says Florida State University gunman was alumnus

Students in the library described a chaotic scene where they heard shots, followed by students barricading themselves or taking cover.

1 day ago

Ramps at Carnegie to reopen after weekend Parkway West closures

The inbound parkway will close from I-79 to Green Tree from 10 p.m. Saturday to 2 p.m. Sunday, with single-lane traffic outbound.

about 20 hours ago

Six WVU fraternity brothers cited for hazing in connection with Nov. 6 incident

Police say the event involved underage drinking followed by dropping off 19 drunk underage pledges in a residential neighborhood.

1 day ago

 The office of Attorney General’s Kathleen Kane fired four employees and suspended 11 others without pay for exchanging the sexually explicit emails through agency email accounts.

Pennsylvania AG Kane says no prosecution decision yet in email scandal

The scandal involves the email exchange of pornographic images and videos by state government employees.

1 day ago

Obamacare provision challenged in court

Geneva College in Beaver Falls and the Catholic dioceses of Pittsburgh and Erie won the initial rounds of cases.

1 day ago

 School board representative Regina Holley speaks during a rally forcommunity schools today in Oakland.

Demonstrators rally in Oakland to support community schools across U.S.

About two dozen people attended the rally, which was part of a week of action under the national Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools.

1 day ago

 Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin touches the flag-draped coffin of Israeli Druze police Officer Zidan Nahad Seif during his funeral Wednesday in the northern village of Yanuh-Jat.

Fears grow of Mideast religious war

Israelis and Palestinians are both dreading a deadly religious war as violence escalates in Jerusalem and the region.

1 day ago

 Judges’ pay in Pennsylvania is set to increase, with boosts of more than $3,000 for state Supreme Court justices.

Cost-of-living raises boost top Pennsylvania officials' pay

The elected row officers — attorney general, treasurer and auditor general — will see their salaries increase by $2,500 to nearly $159,000.

1 day ago

Freeport Road in Harmar to be restricted this evening

The restriction will be in place from 6 p.m. today until 6 a.m. Friday.

1 day ago

 Braeden Attig, 11, removes snow Wednesday from a buried car along Powers Road in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Buffalo, N.Y., area snowed under, with more on the way

The Buffalo area was buried under 5½ feet of snow Wednesday, with another storm expected to bring 2 to 3 more feet by late Thursday.

1 day ago

 President Barack Obama is shown on a large screen Thursday as he delivers his immigration speech from the White House before the start of the 15th Annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas.

Obama to defer deportations for immigrants

President Barack Obama justifies his executive actions to change immigration laws as a step to deport “felons, not families.”

about 18 hours ago

 Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, left, and Rabbi Moshe Twersky were among the four victims of an attack on a Jerusalem synagogue Tuesday.

Israel to demolish homes of synagogue attackers

Said Abu Jamal, a cousin of the men, said their families in east Jerusalem received demolition orders from Israeli police today.

1 day ago

 Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto

Councilwoman, union criticize Mayor Peduto’s plan for Pittsburgh Building Inspection

Mayor Bill Peduto wants to make the city’s Bureau of Building Inspection, now part of the Department of Public Safety, its own department.

1 day ago

 Sue Radka helps shovel out a friend's driveway Wednesday in Lancaster, N.Y. Lake-effect snow pummeled areas around Buffalo for a second straight day, leaving residents stuck in their homes as officials tried to clear massive snow mounds with another storm looming.

Eight deaths blamed on lake-effect snowstorm in western N.Y.

Buffalo-area residents were already buried under as much as 5½ feet of snow Wednesday, but awoke today to more heavy snow.

1 day ago

 Clarion University's multi-purpose Student Recreation Center includes basketball courts, rock climbing wall and weight room, and inside track and elliptical machines.

Clarion University expanding athletic offereings

University hopes the added women’s offerings bring it closer to addressing a Title IX discrimination complaint.

1 day ago


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