Pitt researcher Susanne Ahmari is experimenting with optogenetics using light and lasers to control animal brains.

Pittsburgh researchers use light on animal brains to study mental disorders

One day, the researchers say, there may even be a way to implant light-sensitive proteins into human brains.

about 8 hours ago

 The empty wine cellar of  Arthur Goldman, the lawyer who sold fine wines from his home near Philadelphia, Pa.

Lawyer settles case of illegal high-end wine sales. But what about the $200,000 collection?

More than 2,400 bottles of Arthur Goldman’s fine wines have been in custody while a judge decides if the contraband should be destroyed.

about 8 hours ago

 The Two Eagles Balloon mission control team gets ready to pop the cork on a bottle of champagne Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M., following the successful landing of the helium-filled balloon just off the coast of Baja in California.

Gas-filled balloon completes record-breaking Pacific flight

The balloon carrying Troy Bradley of Albuquerque, N.M., and his Russian co-pilot Leonid Tiukhtyaev landed off the Mexican coast.

about 8 hours ago

 President Barack Obama

Congress mulls fast track for trade agreements

The GOP-led legislative branch could give the president authority to negotiate the agreements that would receive quick up or down votes.

about 8 hours ago

Normality returning as Ebola ebbs

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is slowing down.

about 8 hours ago

Clashes intensify between Armenia, Azerbaijan

January was heavily stained by blood, with repeated gun battles and volleys of artillery and rocket fire.

about 10 hours ago

Why Mississippi has the nation's best child vaccination rate

The reason experts say is that Mississippi’s’s strict mandatory vaccination law  lacks the loopholes found in almost every other state.

about 8 hours ago

Toyota, Chrysler and Honda recall cars with faulty airbags again

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Saturday it knew of 3 injuries but no deaths from unexpected airbag deployments.

about 10 hours ago

Patients find U.S. winter havens like Florida push costs up

Some doctors up north are warning their older patients to check in before agreeing to undergo exams and procedures while they are away.

about 8 hours ago

 SunRay (Hospital) Dam on Conewango Creek is among the dams removed in 2014. Removal of these stream barriers on Conewango Creek contributed to it being named 2015 River of the Year in Pa.

Dam removal in Pennsylvania tops for 12th year in a row

While most removed have been small, others dams were large and degrading water quality, reducing biodiversity or impeding fish migration.

about 8 hours ago

Caption Contest 255... and the winners of 254

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

about 6 hours ago

List of Pennsylvania dams removed in 2014

American Rivers reports that these 17 dams were removed in Pennsylvania in 2014.

about 8 hours ago

 Jesse Naus, center, explains how he uses the soundboards to Point Park University students at Red Caiman Studios, Uptown. From left, Tyler McLaughlin, graduate assistant Rachel Vigliotti and Alexis Galasso are involved at Pioneer Records, a university record label.

Point Park students developing record label

Point Park’s Pioneer Records takes students from the recording studio to CD release party in one semester.

about 8 hours ago

 From left to right, Point Park University students Jaz McKibben and Jordan Durham, both 19 and cinema production majors, and Blaise Kepple, 18, a global cultural studies major, will embark on a journey to South Africa to film a documentary about sharks.

Three Point Park students seek funding to make shark documentary

They are trying to rehabilitate great white sharks’ image by making a documentary, traveling to Capetown, South Africa, for in early May

about 8 hours ago

Obituary: Thomas J. Hilliard Jr. / Pillar of Pittsburgh civic community

Mr. Hilliard, 94, part of prominent East End families, bolstered countless Pittsburgh institutions as a board member and shaper of people.

about 8 hours ago

Trying final exam sends college students 'off the grid'

Professor Steve Hallock challenged his students to go 24 hours without technology. He says nearly everyone struggled.

about 8 hours ago

World Briefs: Cease-fire talks resume on Ukraine

Plus: Debt rhetoric eases; China bank chief quits; Italy elects president; ex-German president dies.

about 8 hours ago

National Briefs: Climate satellite is launched

Plus: ‘Chris Kyle Day’; police-killing accord in NYC; ‘Mob cop’ settlement; daughter of late singer Whitney Houston found unresponsive.

about 8 hours ago

Braddock Hills Propel school steps up security after gun scare

School officials will install metal detectors, ban backpacks and large purses, and hire an armed, off-duty officer to increase security.

1 day ago

 Confetti flies over New York's Times Square as the clock strikes midnight during the New Year's Eve celebration as seen from the balcony of the Marriott Marquis hotel, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011.

Times Square crowds come at a cost

Some say Times Square is far too crowded now for anyone to want to be there.

1 day ago

 This image from video shows Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight, right, walking into the Los Angeles County Sheriffs department early Friday morning in connection with a hit-and-run incident that left one man dead and another injured.

Ex-rap mogul 'Suge' Knight arrested in deadly hit-and-run

Death Row Records founder Suge Knight was arrested early Friday in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident near Los Angeles.

1 day ago

Strained allies: Obama, Netanyahu go sour

In the newest contretemps between U.S. and Israeli leaders, senior officials in both countries appear not to be trying to repair the breach.

1 day ago

Apartheid-era killer granted parole

Eugene de Kock, who had been convicted and sentenced in 1996 to two life terms plus 212 years, is being paroled.

1 day ago

Nations back force to fight Boko Haram

The African Union on Friday endorsed creating a 7,500-member continental force to fight the Nigerian militant extremist Boko Haram group.

1 day ago

Obama seeks gene research funds to develop fine-tuned medical care

President Obama touted a new federal “precision medicine initiative” that would aim to help develop treatments for individual patients.

1 day ago

Islamic State attacks Iraq’s oil-rich northern city of Kirkuk

Islamic State militants attack points on defense perimeter of northern Iraq’s oil hub, killing at least seven Kurdish peshmerga fighters.

1 day ago

Most Americans back climate action, poll shows

A New York Times-Stanford University poll finds most Americans endorse federal action to counteract global warming.

1 day ago

Federal agencies to plan for rising seas

By President Obama’s executive order, federal agencies must adopt stricter building and siting standards.

1 day ago

National briefs: Arabs may get census recognition

PLUS: Motorcyclists may be their own worst enemy on the road; The murder trial against Pedro Hernandez begins

1 day ago

World briefs: Pakistan: Death toll in bombing at Shiite mosque rises to 49

Plus: Ukrainian fighting rages; Sinai attack;  Nazi concentration camps; Chevron drops shale exploration in Poland; and Japan’s wartime

1 day ago

Obituary: James Davis Morton / Attorney was early investor for the Pittsburgh Penguins

Mr. Morton’s love of sports went beyond the hockey rink. A passionate fan of the Steelers and Pitt athletics, attending countless games.

1 day ago

 Christina Cassotis, the new CEO of the Allegheny County Airport Authority, began work Jan. 15.

New Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO sees ‘more opportunity’ in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh may not be a hub again, but it can attract more traffic and could support more nonstop flights, according to Christina Cassotis.

1 day ago

 Mentors and students link arms as they recite their Manhood Statement at the beginning of the We Promise Scholars gathering Wednesday at Duquesne University.

Effort aims to help black male students qualify for Pittsburgh Promise

The We Promise program encourages students to improve their grades so they can qualify for scholarships, worth up to $40,000.

2 days ago

Union files petition seeking NLRB election for adjunct faculty at Robert Morris University

The Adjunct Faculty Association says course-load limitations placed on adjuncts mean that their maximum yearly campus income is $12,600.

1 day ago

Bomb blast at Shiite Muslim mosque in Pakistan kills 56

Officials said the explosion in the southern city of Shikarpur went off as worshippers were gathering for midday prayers today.

2 days ago

 The Pittsburgh skyline rises against the red morning light with the snow laying near Grandview Avenue on Mount Washington.

Winter forecasts and two-hour delays bedevil school superintendents

Snowstorms add a special level of pressure for school superintendents who have to decide whether to call a school delay or cancellation

2 days ago

 NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks takes place Sunday at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

Arizona tries to contain measles outbreak before Super Bowl

“Measles is wildly infectious, which is why it is so important that we identify cases quickly,” said health official Bob England of Arizona.

2 days ago

 John McCain, R-Ariz., had proposed an amendment to the Senate’s version of the Keystone XL authorization bill.

McCain's quest to change maritime law could impact Pennsylvania shipping industry

U.S. Sen. John McCain is advocating for changes to the 95-year-old Merchant Marine Act, calling it “an archaic law.”

2 days ago

Liquor Control Board joins Gov. Wolf in banning gifts to employees

The board's move was voluntary; the PLCB is an independent administrative board not technically under the governor’s jurisdiction.

1 day ago

 Vice President Joe Biden speaks to members of the House Democratic Caucus in Philadelphia today.

In Philadelphia, Biden urges Dems to take credit for stimulus, U.S. recovery

“This is our story, the Democratic Party's story,” Mr. Biden said at a Democratic policy retreat.

1 day ago

 Former Pennsylvania state treasurer Rob McCord.

Former Pa. Treasurer McCord to plead guilty to federal charges

A statement from his attorney said Mr. McCord will plead guilty to federal charges related to “taking advantage” of potential contributors.

1 day ago

 Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at Mississippi State University Wednesday. Mr. Romney has discovered that many past major fundraisers and donors in key states have defected to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Romney says he will not run for president in 2016

Romney jumped back into the presidential discussion on Jan. 10, when he told a group of former donors he was eyeing another White House run.

1 day ago

 Law enforcement officers salute as the honor guard arrives for the funeral of Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson on Sept. 18.

Lawmaker proposes naming I-84 exit after slain state trooper

Cpl. Bryon Dickson was shot to death in September at a state police barracks about a mile away from Exit 30.

1 day ago

 Snow laden trees in Downtown Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Winter storm watch issued for Pittsburgh region this weekend

The National Weather Service is forecasting up to 6 inches of snow for Allegheny and surrounding counties.

1 day ago

Obama budget proposal raises discretionary spending above caps

The plan is just the opening salvo in a battle that has become a symbol of congressional dysfunction.

2 days ago

Families plead for lives of Islamic State hostages as swap hopes fade

The extremists had demanded that Jordan release a female al-Qaida prisoner from death row.

2 days ago

EU moves toward tougher Russian penalties over Ukraine conflict

Negotiations involving Ukraine, Russia, rebel representatives and European officials are planned today in Minsk, Belarus.

2 days ago

Senate passes Keystone XL in challenge to Obama

The five-year fight over the oil pipeline has become a proxy for far broader fights over climate change, energy and the economy.

2 days ago

Killings of Iraqi Sunnis blamed on Shiite militias

Security officials in Diyala province had denied that the killings were sectarian executions committed by pro-government Shiites.

2 days ago

Hezbollah ready to put clash with Israel behind, U.N. says

Israel’s defense minister declined to comment on whether Israel would retaliate further for the killing of its troops.

2 days ago


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