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 Kelli Deister, shown in her Sunbury, Pa., apartment, is legally blind suffers from retinitis pigmentosa.

Can embryonic stem cells help stop blindness?

From electronic implants to stem cells, University of Pittsburgh researchers and others seek ways to halt blindness.

about 15 hours ago


 Aniya Mike, at front, a Steel City Squash student from St. Benedict the Moor School in the Hill District, gets instruction at Chatham University from Kathryn Brummer, a tutor/coach visiting from CitySquash in New York City. Bianca Troche, left, is a CitySquash student from Aquinas High School in the Bronx.

Steel City Squash: The path to college runs through a squash court

The new Pittsburgh program mixes athletic training with academic rigor to give inner-city students a gateway to graduation.

about 15 hours ago


 Peter Walker, Dean of Chatham University’s Falk School of Sustainability, leads a tour of the hoophouse, where students grow a variety of vegetables year-round, on Eden Hall campus in Richland Township.

Chatham's North Hills campus readies for first students this fall

A flexible master plan has allowed a relatively small school to sustainably develop nearly 400 acres of farmland in Richland Township.

about 15 hours ago


 In March 2002, John Nash, left, and his wife Alicia arrive at the 74th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Mr. Nash, the Nobel Prize-winning mathematician whose struggle with schizophrenia was chronicled in the 2001 movie "A Beautiful Mind,” died in a car crash along with his wife in New Jersey on Saturday.

John Nash, portrayed in 'A Beautiful Mind,' killed in NJ car crash

Mr. Nash, who attended Carnegie Mellon, was killed along with his wife, Alicia, in a crash on Saturday.

about 3 hours ago


 Caption Contest No. 263

Caption Contest No. 263 ... and the winners of No. 262!

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

about 15 hours ago


El Salvador’s Romero is beatified

Oscar Romero was the Catholic archbishop of San Salvador, whose slaying as he said Mass became emblematic of El Salvador’s civil war.

about 15 hours ago


 FILE In this June 6, 2013 file photo, a sign stands outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. The Justice Department warned lawmakers that the National Security Agency will have to wind down its bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the end of the week if Congress fails to reauthorize the Patriot Act. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

NSA winds down once-secret phone-records collection program

Senate Republicans blocked a bill that would have allowed the NSA to search the records held by phone companies on a case-by-case basis.

about 16 hours ago


Decade after Katrina, pointing finger more firmly at Army Corps

A pending article in the peer-reviewed journal Water Policy sets out to refine some  early versions of the factors that led to the disaster.

about 15 hours ago


Threat to nation's parks seen as Congress stalls on renewing fund

The federal Land and Water Conservation Fund has been used for 50 years to acquire land of special historical or environmental significance.

about 15 hours ago


National briefs: Ruptured pipeline had no automatic shut-off switch

Plus: Senate approves stop-gap to extend funding for highways; water lost in California after dam vandalized; and more.

about 15 hours ago


World briefs: Saudi Arabian authorities identify suicide bomber

Plus: Burundi opposition leader fatally shot; Somalia towns captured; and more.

about 15 hours ago


 Peter Leo

Peter Leo: Visit to Hungary proves unsettling but inspiring

Hungarians have the mindset of an occupied people, we are told, which hasn’t changed all that much since the fall of Communism.

about 15 hours ago


Obituary: Angelo S. Runco / pediatrician from Larimer

He continued to make house calls even after it had become a thing of the past in medicine, his family recalls.

about 2 hours ago


 Wilderness Voyageurs fishing guide Ryan McCauley holds a nice Youghiogheny rainbow.

Cooperation among trout-stocking groups could improve research

Philosophies vary on numerous fronts: more small fingerlings or fewer catchable trout to marking trout for future research or not?

about 15 hours ago


 Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale Law School, at the Allegheny HYP Club.

Yale scholar offers insights on Obama and constitutional change

Akhil Reed Amar spoke in Pittsburgh on his new book, “The Law of the Land,” which shows how regionalism helped shape the Constitution.

about 15 hours ago


Court documents raise questions about role of former DEA agent in mortgage fraud case

Now retired, Barry A. Baldwin was known to his Drug Enforcement Administration colleagues as “The Wizard” for his expertise in wiretaps.

about 15 hours ago


 Math teacher Ro Casciato, center, goes over a calculus problem in class at Pittsburgh Allderdice High School on May 19. Working with her are juniors Dawill Holc, 17, and Sofia Vidic, 17. Seeing the class was part of a tour to show how Gates grant money was being used to improve the learning environment. At left is senior Nadeem Demian, 17.

Pittsburgh schools to get less than $78 million in announced grants

Strict rules on spending grant money limit its use. “I think the money enabled us to try some different things,” said the union leader.

about 15 hours ago


State Dept. releases Clinton emails on Libya and Benghazi attacks

Nearly 900 pages of emails from Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private account provide little apparent fuel for a Republican probe of her actions.

1 day ago


 Mary King, an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher at Pittsburgh Colfax K-8 refuses to give state standardized tests in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh teacher stands alone by refusing to give tests

Mary King, an English as second language teacher at Pittsburgh Colfax K-8, drew attention when she refused to give the PSSA tests.

1 day ago


 Lamar Advertising company’s famous 32-foot-tall, 225-foot-long neon sign on Mount Washington.

Pittsburgh has dim view of ads on sign above Point

Picture this scrolling hundreds of feet above the iconic confluence of Pittsburgh’s three rivers: “Chipped ham, $1.39 a pound.”

1 day ago


Pa. considering photo-enforcement system to catch work zone speeders

Work zone speed cameras have slowed traffic down in Maryland, and may be coming to Pennsylvania.

1 day ago


 Gina McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, says a new clean water rule is intended “to protect critical streams and wetlands that are currently vulnerable to pollution and destruction.”

Obama set to strengthen federal role in clean water regulation

Environmentalists have praised the new rule, but it has attracted fierce opposition from several business interests.

1 day ago


Plum teachers investigation kept private

Judge denies WPXI's request for Plum documents.

1 day ago


Portfolio: Scrabble updates revive war of words

Pwn (8 points, to dominate an opponent). Thanx (15 points, thanks). Bezzy (18 points, several meanings, not all of which are printable).

1 day ago


Shaler school officials to review security protocol

A custodian found what appeared to be an explosive device last Sunday, but school security personnel didn’t find out about it until

about 21 hours ago


Obituary: Barbara Kraft / Lifelong philanthropist valued education, faith

Ms. Kraft used her education in nursing and theology to serve the Pittsburgh community, particularly at Carlow University and St. Thomas

1 day ago


Obituary: LaTonya Batteaste / former Pitt basketball player

LaTonya Renae Batteaste, a former basketball player at Pitt who became a teacher and coach in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, died May 14.

1 day ago


 Rainbow curtains and a poster promoting the Yes campaign in favor of same-sex marriage are displayed Friday in Dublin.

Gay marriage brings Irish out in numbers as #hometovote trends

Polls show overwhelming support to change the law in what was once among the most devout Catholic societies in Europe.

1 day ago


 President Barack Obama speaks Friday at the Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C.

Obama says Israel should live up to its founding ideals

He argued that his approach to the problems in the Middle East flows from an interpretation of Jewish values.

1 day ago


Islamic State claims responsibility for bombing at Saudi mosque

The Saudi Health Ministry said at least 21 people had been killed and more than 120 others injured.

1 day ago


Obama wins Senate dispute over trade bill currency language

Majority Republicans, in a rare alliance with the president, overcame opposition from the chamber’s most powerful Democrats.

1 day ago


Senate Republicans signal willingness to revamp NSA phone records program

The shift does not end the stalemate in Congress that threatens to disrupt bulk collection of Americans’ phone records.

1 day ago


States retool police training

Washington state and others are trying to revamp police training to produce officers who are more community-friendly.

1 day ago


 Displaced civilians from Ramadi wait to receive humanitarian aid from the United Nations in a camp in the town of Amiriyat al-Fallujah, west of Baghdad, on Friday.

U.S. officials: Iran enters Iraqi fight for key oil refinery

The Islamic Republic contributed small numbers of troops in support of advancing Iraqi ground forces, U.S. defense officials said Friday.

1 day ago


World Briefs: Dozens killed in Mexico shootout

Plus: new Colombia violence; ‘productive’ Cuba meeting; ‘nut rage’ executive freed; and more.

1 day ago


National Briefs: Some Calif. farmers offer big water cuts

Plus: Pipeline ordered tested after spill; oil platform shuts down; cigarette packs must carry warning; suspect arrested in D.C. murders

1 day ago


 Michael Brelo weeps as he hears the verdict in his trial Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Cleveland. Brelo, a patrolman charged in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects during a 137-shot barrage of gunfire was acquitted Saturday in a case that helped prompt the U.S. Department of Justice determine the city police department had a history of using excessive force and violating civil rights.

Cleveland officer acquitted of manslaughter in 2012 deaths of black unarmed couple

The trial of the officer, Michael Brelo, played out amid broader questions about how the police interact with African-Americans and use

about 16 hours ago


 Michael Victor, shown here, as the 12th president of the Catholic-affiliated liberal arts university located in Erie, Pa.

Mercyhurst University names new president

Michael Victor is Mercyhurst University’s new leader, having most recently served as president of Lake Erie College.

1 day ago


 Carmelite sisters leave a polling station in Malahide, County Dublin, Ireland, Friday, May 22, 2015.  Ireland began voting Friday in a referendum on Gay marriage which will require an amendment to the Irish constitution.  (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Ireland gives resounding 62.1 percent 'yes' to gay marriage

Though ballots are still being counted, gay marriage is headed toward a resounding victory in the historic Friday vote.

1 day ago


 Search warrants served on the district Tuesday sought student and staff records dating to 2007.

Grand jury hears evidence in Plum High sex inquiry

The grand jury is looking into whether administrators and staff members knew of inappropriate relationships between teachers and students.

2 days ago


 The Federal Railroad Administration has ordered Amtrak to enforce speed limits along the Northeast Corridor after last week’s deadly train derailment in Philadelphia.

Amtrak ordered to enforce speed limits in Northeast

The order requires Amtrak to enforce a 50 mph limit near the Frankford Junction curve, modify signals and enforce speed limits elsewhere.

2 days ago


 Penn State president Eric Barron

Penn State's president puts fraternity life under microscope

PSU president Eric Barron wants the university to raise the stakes for fraternities to model better behavior.

2 days ago


 Nurse Barbara McQuaid, left,  and Jana Medina, both volunteers with the Honor Escorts program, fold up an American flag after a training run through at the Pittsburgh VA Hospital on Friday. The program involves volunteers escorting veterans on an American flag-covered gurney from the room where they die to the facilities' morgue. Volunteers for the program have been training in recent weeks to prepare hospital staff to stand at attention when a deceased patient is escorted through the hallways.

'Honor escort' at Pittsburgh VAs begins new rite when veterans die

A new "Honors Escort" program will include draping an American flag on the gurney carrying a deceased veteran with escorts by its side.

1 day ago


More than 50 sickened in salmonella outbreak in nine states

Ten people have been hospitalized but no deaths have been reported, according to federal health officials.

2 days ago


Militants tighten grip on Palmyra, one of the Mideast's most renowned sites

Islamic State militants who seized the ancient Syrian city made control clear by leaving decapitated bodies of suspected foes in streets.

2 days ago


U.S. to deliver 2,000 anti-tank weapons to Iraq, Pentagon says

The Defense Department said the U.S. is sending the anti-tank rockets as early as next week to counter Islamic State suicide car bombings.

2 days ago


 A family photograph of Charles Johnston with Diana taken on an unknown date. On the back Diana wrote, "I am always thinking of you." He went missing when his B-24 bomber was shot down by the Japanese in New Guinea on April 10, 1944. It would take 70 years for his remains to be found and identified. Johnston was buried in Arlington National Cemetery on Monday, April 2, 2015.

A North Sider's long journey home

Charles Johnston’s plane went missing over New Guinea in 1944. This is how he made his way back home.

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Obama defends approach to Islamic State fight but says more is needed

Mr. Obama said the U.S. and its allies aren’t losing against the Islamic State, but more should be done to help Iraq reseize lost territory.

2 days ago


 In this Saturday May 2, 2015 file photo, women and children rescued by Nigeria soldiers from Islamist extremists at Sambisa forest arrive at a camp for the displaced people in Yola, Nigeria. All 275 women, girls and children rescued from Boko Haram and taken to the safety of a northeast Nigerian refugee camp have been taken into military custody amid suspicions that some are aiding the Islamic extremists, a camp official and a Nigerian military intelligence officer said Wednesday May 20, 2015.

Former Boko Haram captives still held by Nigerian military

As young Nigerian women and children are rescued from the clutches of Boko Haram, they face suspicions they may still be in contact.

2 days ago


Complaints shorten Common Core tests

The testing should be shortened by 90 minutes next year.

2 days ago



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