Children arrive on buses for classes at Penn Hills Elementary Center.

Declining rolls lead Allegheny County school districts to adjust

As school districts face declining enrollments and increasing financial pressures, the era of neighborhood elementary schools is fading.

about 16 hours ago

 Garment workers at the Nishat Complex, a Ha-Meem Group factory, sew pockets for blue jeans in early July.

Long days a staple of garment industry in Bangladesh

At That’s It Sportswear, apparel makers for Pittsburgh’s American Eagle Outfitters, workers say they routinely work over 60 hours a week.

about 16 hours ago

 Greg Robes gives Tim Flanigan, 55, of Baldwin, a flu shot earlier this year at the Allegheny County Health department's vaccination clinic in Oakland.

Risk of bad flu season raises need for shots

Severity of the upcoming influenza season could hinge on our old acquaintance H1N1.

about 16 hours ago

Obituary: Jeffrey E. Cortopassi Sr. / Mylan scientist, loving father

Mr. Cortopassi, a scientist at Cecil-based generic drug giant Mylan Inc., died Thursday at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

about 16 hours ago

Boston Bridge inspection to restrict traffic on Tuesday

Restrictions will occur from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

about 16 hours ago

 Iraqi security forces and Iraqi Shi'ite volunteers react after breaking a siege by the Islamic State extremist group on Amerli Sunday.

Obama formally notifies Congress of ordering air strikes in Iraq

Mr. Obama has to notify Congress of the authorization under the the War Powers Resolution.

about 3 hours ago

Holiday closings for Labor Day

All City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, state and federal offices and courts are closed today for the Labor Day holiday.

about 16 hours ago

 The Baroness Philippine de Rothschild of Chateau Mouton Rothschild in France in 2005.

Obituary: Philippine de Rothschild / 'Grande dame' of family's wine dynasty

Philippine de Rothschild gave up an acting career to run the family’s wine business at a time when few women were in the industry.

about 18 hours ago

US airstrikes help free trapped Iraqis

Iraqi troops and militias opened up a humanitarian corridor to thousands of Shiite Turkmen who had under siege in Amerli from Sunni

about 16 hours ago

Both parties criticize Obama foreign policy

Key lawmakers suggested that the administration should be more assertive in addressing conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine.

about 16 hours ago

Putin urges ‘statehood’ talks for Eastern Ukraine

It was a a vague and provocative turn of phrase he used while demanding Ukrainian government negotiate directly with pro-Russian

about 17 hours ago

San Francisco exhales during ‘Burning Man Exodus’

Its resident who don’t attend the festival in Nevada discover that the city’s hot spots become more accessible.

about 17 hours ago

 Activists demonstrate for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo.

Ferguson's flashpoint sparks national outrage

Demonstrations fueled by a sense of injustice have rolled across cities, regardless of whether the shootings took place last week or last

about 17 hours ago

Detroit’s bankruptcy heads to court for crucial hearing

The city’s feud with its holdout financial creditors will take center stage. starting Tuesday.

about 16 hours ago

Obituary: Ahmed Seif / He was tortured in Egypt and became rights defender

His contrarian nature, for good and ill, defined his career.

about 18 hours ago

Obituary: Werner Franz / Survivor of the Hindenburg’s crew

He was a 14-year-old cabin boy aboard the airship that exploded as it approached its mooring site in New Jersey in 1937.

about 18 hours ago

 In this photo taken during a tour offered to onlookers and journalists by the Dawn of Libya militia on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, damage is seen in the front yard of a building at the U.S. Embassy compound in Tripoli, Libya, after weeks of violence between rival militias over control of the capital.

Islamist militia now guards US Embassy in Libya

The breach of a deserted U.S. diplomatic post likely will reinvigorate debate in the U.S. over its role in Libya,

about 17 hours ago

China limits options for Hong Kong election

The decision makes it virtually certain that Hong Kong will soon have large-scale protests and acts of civil disobedience.

about 16 hours ago

Gary Rotstein's The Morning File: Shoot, it’s never too early to start firing

What do 9-year-old girls like these days? Chuck E. Cheese? Bowling? How about a trip to the shooting range?

about 16 hours ago

National news briefs: 9/1/14

4 in family found dead, Wildfires slow down, Napa Valley aftershock, Pilot search called off, Celebrity chef gets DWI, 3 dead in plane

about 16 hours ago

World news briefs: 9/1/14

U.N. troops held in Syria, Violence in Pakistan, British hostage, 12 killed in attack, 12 killed in attack, Anti-euro party wins seat    ,

about 16 hours ago

 French President Francois Hollande addresses the media at the end of an EU summit in Brussels, early on Aug. 31 The European Union is giving Russia a one-week ultimatum to scale back its intervention in Ukraine or face additional economic sanctions.

EU sets Russia ultimatum, threatens sanctions

Despite tough rhetoric decrying Russia over Ukraine, EU leaders stopped short of imposing new sanctions against Moscow right away.

1 day ago

 Third-graders read books after a tour at the library during the first day of school at Highcliff Elementary School in Ross. Instead of two larger and five smaller elementary schools, North Hills School District has four comparably sized, renovated elementary schools where the district can offer similar academic opportunities, better balance class sizes and have room for full-day kindergarten as well as separate spaces for art, music and library.

Allegheny County school districts resize, close schools as population shifts

Most school districts face the challenge of declining enrollment. There are no easy solutions as school boards look for cuts.

1 day ago

 Data submitted by oil and gas operators on the amount of drilling cuttings and fracking fluid sent to Pittsburgh-area landfills don’t match up to reporting required of landfills. The DEP has opened an investigation into drillers’ under-reporting of the landfill waste.

Shale drillers’ landfill records don’t match those of Pennsylvania DEP

Shale drillers are under-reporting how much waste they send to landfills. The DEP has launched an investigation to standardize reporting.

1 day ago

U.S. airstrikes target militants besieging northern Iraq town

The Pentagon announced the expanded strikes as well as airdrops of food, water and humanitarian aid to the town of Amerli.

1 day ago

 Women pick through scraps of fabric and jute in Kashimpur, Bangladesh. They wade through wet and often soiled scraps, making less money than garment workers, and work is never guaranteed.

In Bangladesh's garment factories, workers face an uphill battle for better safety

American Eagle joined a broad effort to improve conditions for Bangladeshi garment workers, following two deadly accidents. Is it working?

1 day ago

Eyewitness 1864: Editors assail Lincoln for his re-election bid

The local paper was among President Abraham Lincoln’s persistent critics.

1 day ago

 Gov. Tom Corbett's public schedule Monday will feature appearances around but not in the Labor Day Parade in Downtown Pittsburgh, after a dispute between two unions that had invited him and parade organizers, who balked at what they characterize as his anti-labor record in Harrisburg.

Shrinking organized labor to show political clout in Pittsburgh parade

While his opponent, Democrat Tom Wolf, will join marchers on Monday, Gov. Tom Corbett will appear at rallies Downtown and in Banksville.

1 day ago

 Russell Karl

Obituary: Russell Karl / Nuclear physicist, WWII veteran and lifelong educator

Mr. Karl, who was also a classically trained cellist, had a natural affinity for learning and sharing knowledge of all kinds.

1 day ago

 CapCon 244.

Caption contest 244 ... and the winners of 243

Stacy Innerst is the artist. You are the caption writer.

1 day ago

Obituary: Sandy Wilson / Composer of 'The Boy Friend' who made Julie Andrews a star

His agent, Nick Quinn, confirmed the death but did not disclose the cause.

1 day ago

 John Davis received a bill twice from UPMC for a dermatology visit.  He was billed by the physician and by UPMC St. Margaret  even though he saw the dermatologist at the office building behind him, not at the hospital.

Hospital billing practices raise ire

John Davis scheduled a routine exam with his dermatologist. Then he received two bills — one from his physician, one from UPMC St. Margaret.

1 day ago

 Clairton Mayor Rich Lattanzi wants to use Act 47 money to tear down vacant buildings like the ones behind him along St. Clair Avenue.

Sweeping changes to Act 47 proposed in Harrisburg

State legislators are looking to change the program to help towns in financial distress, mainly by setting time limits for the designation.

1 day ago

Obituary: Chung Eun-yong / Amassed evidence of mass killings by American troops during the Korean War

Over the years Mr. Chung amassed evidence that U.S. troops had systematically killed more than 100, and possibly as many as 400, civilian

1 day ago

 John A. Walker Jr. is escorted in 1985 by a U.S. marshal to the Montgomery County Detention Center in Rockville, Md., after a pretrial hearing in Baltimore.

Obituary: John A. Walker Jr. / Led family spy ring for Soviets, America's 'most notorious Naval spy'

The American sold Navy secrets to the Soviets for 18 years in what has been described as one of the most damaging espionage operations of

1 day ago

 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a news conference Saturday in Tehran, Iran. Mr. Rouhani called Western sanctions an “invasion” after Washington imposed existing sanctions on more than 25 businesses, banks and individuals suspected of working to expand Iran’s nuclear program, support terrorism and help Iran evade U.S. and international sanctions. Iran’s state TV also said the move violated an interim agreement reached with world powers under which Western nations agreed to ease sanctions in exchange for Iran curbing its nuclear activities. However, Friday's action did not constitute an expansion of the sanctions regime.

Iran's president walks a tightrope between hardliners and reformers

For more than a year, Iran’s president had been walking a tightrope by trying to restore relations with the country’s archenemy, the U.S.

1 day ago

 Sophia McIntosh stands for a photo outside a construction site where she works as a shop steward in New York. The latest federal data show about 7.1 million Americans were employed in construction-related occupations last year and only 2.6 percent were women.

Women have made few inroads in landing good construction jobs

About 7.1 mil­lion Amer­i­cans were em­ployed in con­struc­tion-re­lated oc­cu­pa­tions last year — and only 2.6 per­cent were women.

1 day ago

 Novartis India Limited’s main headquarters in Mumbai, India. A new study released Saturday shows that an experimental Novartis drug, which does not have a name, lowered the chances of death or hospitalization by about 20 percent.

Heart failure drug shows promise

The first-of-a-kind, experimental drug by Novartis lowered the chances of death or hospitalization by about 20 percent, a new study reports.

1 day ago

Senate Dems push black voter turnout

With their Senate majority imperiled, Democrats are trying to mobilize African-Americans outraged by the shooting in Ferguson, Mo.

1 day ago

Vote in Scotland could banish Britain’s nuclear submarines

For decades, Britain’s contribution to the threat of global Armageddon has found a home on the tranquil shores of Gare Loch.

1 day ago

Massachusetts puts fate of its casinos, maybe more, on the line

Voters in Massachusetts may do something that voters nowhere else have done, at least in a century: slam on the brakes on casino gambling.

1 day ago

World Briefs: Syria rebels, U.N. clash

PLUS: Pakistan crisis talks set; Palestinian deadline plan; 5 lost in mine rescue; bomb targets spy HQ; Hong Kong showdown.

1 day ago

National Briefs: More protests over shooting

PLUS: Obama pushes federal wage hikes; teachers' jobs ruling; mobile home fire kills 6; sand cave-in kills child.

1 day ago

West Hardies Road to reopen tonight in Hampton

West Hardies Road in Hampton, which has been closed since July 21, is scheduled to reopen tonight, weather permitting.

2 days ago

 Tom Wolf, Democratic candidate for governor, talks Friday during a break in a tour of  the Bidwell Training Center on the North Side.

Wolf says he would consider a traditional Medicaid expansion

Democratic nominee for governor took a tour Friday of the Bidwell Training Center on the North Side.

2 days ago

 Sunset against at the Pittsburgh Skyline as viewed from the overlook in Schenley Park.

Pittsburgh is nation's 19th-most liberal city, study finds

The Steel City leans, if even just a bit, further left than the Mile High City. Yes, you read that right, er, correctly.

2 days ago

Obituary: Burkart Holzner / Former head of Pitt University Center for International Studies

The German-born scholar of sociology, dedicated to global understanding, came to Pitt in 1960 and served for 20 years as head of UCIS.

2 days ago

UN urges US to stop police brutality after Missouri shooting

The United Nations’ racism watchdog on Friday urged the United States to halt the excessive use of force by police.

2 days ago

 The UPMC logo atop of the U.S. Steel Tower.

UPMC staff working in clinical areas will be required to get flu shots

Employees who decline vaccination for medical or religious reasons would be required to wear a mask within six feet of patients or staff.

2 days ago

 An image grab taken from a video uploaded on Thursday shows young men in underwear being marched barefoot along a desert road before being allegedly executed Wednesday by Islamic State militants at an undisclosed location in Syria's Raqa Province.

Obama: No plan for Islamic State

Instead, the president said in a White House news conference, he has asked the Pentagon to prepare options.

3 days ago


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