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4 French journalists abducted in Syria freed, safe; others remain held

French President Francois Hollande’s office said in a statement that he felt “immense relief” over the release.

about 3 hours ago


Road work to affect major arteries, including Squirrel Hill Tunnel, Route 51

Road work is planned for Squirrel Hill Tunnel, Route 51, I-376, I-279, Route 65 and Washington Road area.

about 9 hours ago


Colorado deaths stir pot worries

Cookies, candy and other pot edibles can be exponentially more potent than a joint.

about 18 hours ago


From Clinton to Obama, many parallels

Thousands of pages of documents from Clinton's White House years appear to be strikingly similar to issues now confronting Obama.

about 18 hours ago


Man vs. train: Winner is never in doubt

Four people have been hit and killed by freight trains in the Pittsburgh area in the past month.

about 17 hours ago


U.S. delays pipeline decision

In a surprise announcement Friday, the State Department said federal agencies will have more time to weigh in on the politically fraught

about 18 hours ago


Obituary: Gerald E. Hart / Super salesman, NFL official was football fanatic

Gerald E. Hart, who officiated NFL games for 10 years after playing football at Notre Dame and West Point, died of natural causes at age 83.

about 19 hours ago


 Paige Widmer

Search continues for bodies in Lake Erie

Both Amy Santus and Paige Widmer died of drowning, according to autopsies by the Lucas County coroner.

about 18 hours ago


Gas drilling wastewater leak found in Amwell

"Significant" waste water leak discovered at a Range Resources impoundment in Washington County.

about 18 hours ago


World news briefs: 4/19/14

Japan to resume whale hunting, Obama heads for Asia; Syria's chemical weapons; Algerian president reelected; Quake shakes Mexico.

about 19 hours ago


Ukrainian militants continue occupations

Ignore settlement in Geneva urging restraint in conflict

about 19 hours ago


Snowden defends his question to Putin

Fugitive former NSA contractor says he was trying to get Russia's president on the record so his claims can be challenged.

about 18 hours ago


Captain of sunken ferry arrested

Accounts from survivors suggest that crew members' actions may have exacerbated one of South Korea's worst maritime tragedies.

about 18 hours ago


 Michael Kobold

Everest disaster awakens climber's memories

Local watchmaker Michael Kobold reflects on Sherpa safety in the wake of the recent Mount Everest disaster.

about 18 hours ago


 Rosa Parks riding on the Montgomery Area Transit System bus.

Rosa Parks' case shows equal denial of access for all

No one can access the mementos of the civil rights pioneer because of a legal squabble.

about 19 hours ago


National news briefs: 4/19/14

MIT honors slain officer; Man charged in highway shootings; rules for immigrant asylum seekers toughened; credit/debit cards hacked.

about 19 hours ago


NASA spacecraft crashes, ending lunar mission

The crash brought to a successful end a six-month, $280 million mission to study the tenuous envelope of gases and dust surrounding the

about 19 hours ago


Job prospects bleak for millions

Economists say the long-term unemployed could become a permanent underclass, left behind by the nation's broader economic recovery.

about 19 hours ago


 Thomas Seefeld

Police chief reflects in wake of rare violence in quiet Murrysville

In a town that has only seen one homicide in more than a decade, Chief Thomas Seefeld says the knife attacks will be remembered for years.

about 18 hours ago


State to close lanes in Fort Pitt Tunnels

Maintenance and cleaning will close one lane in both directions in the Fort Pitt Tunnels starting Sunday night, PennDOT announced.

about 20 hours ago


 Gregory Keener from the 2013 Murrysville High School yearbook.

Of four Franklin Regional students still hospitalized, one in ICU

Greg Keener, 15, a sophomore, remains in the ICU at Forbes Hospital, and he is in critical condition.

about 20 hours ago


Pennsylvania's unemployment rate falls to 6 percent, lowest since 2008

The rate for March fell for the right reasons -- more people working and fewer unemployed.

1 day ago


Boating accident on Lake Erie leaves two dead, two missing

The Coast Guard has suspended its search for the two remaining people in the water near South Bass Island in Lake Erie.

1 day ago


South Hills Village parking garage tackles vacancies

The $24 million garage is more than half-empty on a typical weekday.

1 day ago


Prop 8 lawyer's views on gay marriage evolving

The lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California's ban on gay marriage learned one of his children is gay.

1 day ago


 Plumes of emissions from FirstEnergy Corp's Bruce Mansfield coal-fired power plant in Shippingport, Beaver County, are visible behind a horse farm in nearby Hookstown.

Pa. coal emissions plan criticized as too lenient

The new rules propose technology that the groups say is inferior to the equipment at the majority of power plants in the state.

1 day ago


Prosecutor presents panel to fight opiate addictions, overdoses

A group of people from the business, medical, governmental, religious and nonprofit communities will take on the opiate overdose epidemic.

1 day ago


Gun sweepstakes used as GOP outreach tool

Candidates are offering high-powered pistols and rifles as a lure to build up their donor lists and expand their base of support.

1 day ago


World briefs: Oil slick isn't from missing jet

PLUS: U.S. warns Myanmar; China tries to purge Internet; Algerians vote for president; South Sudan civilians killed.

1 day ago


 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talks with Russian Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov at the start of a bilateral meeting to discuss the ongoing situation in Ukraine on Thursday in Geneva.

Ukraine, Russia aim to defuse crisis

President Barack Obama was skeptical about the agreement that called on activists in eastern Ukraine to stand down.

1 day ago


Putin lays claim to swaths of southeastern Ukraine

President Vladimir Putin was on national television, declaring Russia's historical claims over Ukrainian territory.

1 day ago


Detention of Taliban commander disrupts Afghan peace talks

Agha Jan Motasim, the Taliban's former finance minister, was taken by authorities in the United Arab Emirates a month ago.

1 day ago


 Caption would be: Maurice "Dutch" Haney in the 1930s with his wife Olive and daughters Verna and Joanne.

Baseball Lore: Tough Dutch gave family many ideas, like backing Bucs

Hard-working great-grandfather is remembered for many attributes, including his passion for Pirates.

1 day ago


FDA warns against procedure to remove uterine growths; says it could spread hidden cancer

The procedure has long been used in laparoscopic operations to remove fibroid tumors from the uterus, or to remove the uterus itself.

1 day ago


Obituary: John R. 'Jack' McCartan / Key figure in cultivating growth at Robert Morris University

John R. "Jack" McCartan had a vision of accessible, career-focused post-secondary education, and he spent his life implementing that vision.

1 day ago


 South Korean President Park Geun-hye speaks during a meeting with parents whose children are now missing in Ship Sewol at a gymnasium in Jindo, South Korea, on Thursday.

Evidence of human error grows in deadly ferry sinking

Hundreds of passengers were instructed over the intercom to "stay inside and wait" as the ship leaned to one side and began to sin.

1 day ago


Earth-size planet discovered in 'Goldilocks zone' far away

The solar system is 500 light-years distant, but one of its five planets is theoretically capable of retaining liquid water.

1 day ago


National briefs: 'Black site' data could be bared

PLUS: New Hampshire death penalty stays intact; GM wins a round in recall case.

1 day ago


Obama: Young adults push health care sign-up

Thirty-five percent of the 8 million who have enrolled are under age 35.

1 day ago


 An illustration showing the planet Kepler-186f, the first Earth-size alien planet discovered in the habitable zone of its star.

First Earth-sized planet found in star's habitable zone; liquid water may exist

The small, rocky planet orbits not too close nor too far from its star where liquid water, essential for life, could exist.

2 days ago


 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left,  meets Thursday with  EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in a bilateral meeting to discuss the ongoing situation in Ukraine in Geneva, Switzerland.

Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions

After lengthy talks, top leaders from the U.S., E.U., Russia and Ukraine have agreed on immediate steps to ease tensions.

2 days ago


National briefs: NYPD ends Muslim spying

Plus: Bloomberg's anti-gun push; Google pressed on online drug sales; BP ending shore cleanup; gay marriage ruling is on hold.

2 days ago


Boston Marathon organizers confident of safe race

A man's stroll in the street with a rice cooker in his backpack Tuesday near the Boston Marathon finish line led police to step up patrols.

2 days ago


 Tim Wright gives an interview after being mentioned in President Barack Obama's speech to the Community College of Allegheny County West Hills Center in Oakdale on Wednesday.

Push on to bring adults back to the classroom

Pennsylvania has struggled to entice older learners without college degrees back to the classroom, but ranks nearly last by some measures.

2 days ago


 A bus drives at Franklin Regional High School after the first day of school following last week's stabbing attack.

'Perfect storm' leads to acts of mass violence

To become enraged enough to try to stab multiple people requires a predisposition to harm others coupled with other factors, experts say.

2 days ago


Court deportations drop 43 percent since 2009

The statistics present a different picture of President Barack Obama's enforcement policies than one painted by many immigrant advocates.

2 days ago


Uninsured ranks fall faster in states with own health exchanges

Gallup reported the 21 states and the District of Columbia that fully embraced the law reported the biggest decline.

2 days ago


World briefs: Taliban kidnap, kill Afghan cops

Plus: Pakistan peace prospects falter; Turkish prime minister denounces Twitter; Pistorius trial delayed; Britain reaches economic

2 days ago


Ukraine faces Russia in talks

President Barack Obama vowed Wednesday that Russia will face increasing economic penalties unless President Vladimir Putin backs off.

2 days ago


Syrian opposition forces using U.S.-made anti-tank missiles

The United States has sold them in the past to Turkey, which has aided opposition groups.

2 days ago



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