The Mid-Atlantic Region is expected to have 4.94 million people hit the highways.

Lower gas prices, milder temperatures to ease holiday traveling

About 5 million people from the Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey region are expected to take to the highway for Thanksgiving.

about 17 hours ago

 The Port Authority of Allegheny County had to shut down the Mon Incline this morning because some of the doors were not working properly.

TRAFFIC: Mon Incline reopens for evening rush hour

The Port Authority said the incline had a problem with its doors this morning and that shuttle buses were being used.

about 1 hour ago

 Tyree Blocker.

Confirmation hearing for Pa. police commissioner nominee goes smoothly

Committee has passed along Tyree Blocker’s nomination to the full state Senate.

about 2 hours ago

 Jason T. Wright, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State University.

Astronomers are baffled by the light coming from a distant star

Astronomers are trying to figure out what is causing a star in the northern sky to dim so dramatically.

about 17 hours ago

 CardioKinetix makes the Parachute, a device inserted by catheter into the heart's left ventricle for patients who have developed ischemic left sided heart failure following a heart attack. The Parachute implant partitions the damaged muscle, isolating the non-functional muscle segment from the functional segment, which decreases the overall volume and restores a more normal geometry and function in the left ventricle.

Pittsburgh cardiologists testing new heart device

The Parachute, which helps a left ventricle pump blood, is being tested at more than 60 locations, including AGH and UPMC Presbyterian.

about 17 hours ago

 Artist  Brandon Boan's public art bike rack,  "Hot Pants," can be seen in front of Sienna Mercato on Penn Avenue.

Creative minds roll out new bike rack designs in Downtown Pittsburgh

The racks were designed by local artists who were chosen after submitting proposals to the Cultural Trust.

about 5 hours ago

Brussels lockdown stays as terror alert extended by a week

Meanwhile, a street cleaner found an explosive vest similar to those used in the Paris attacks on Monday.

about 18 hours ago

Police hunt suspects in mass shooting in New Orleans park

An evening of fun at a block party swiftly turned into a nightmare.

about 18 hours ago

Obama pledges solidarity with France, says 'we will win' fight against ISIS

Hollande’s trip to Washington was part of a diplomatic push to get the U.S. and other nations to bolster efforts to destroy ISIS.

about 4 hours ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf said Republicans told him Friday that they could not secure enough rank-and-file support for a 21 percent sales tax increase that they had proposed as the linchpin to a budget deal and school property-tax package.

Wolf says ball in GOP's court after budget deal blowup

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman says the sides couldn’t agree on which school districts should benefit the most.

about 7 hours ago

Sabotage blacks out Crimea, raising Russia-Ukraine tensions

Crimean activists and Ukrainian nationalists left the peninsula in the dark and Ukraine and Russia headed toward a standoff over the issue.

about 17 hours ago

One of last 4 northern white rhinos is euthanized

Nola was euthanized at the San Diego zoo Sunday after an illness from a bacterial infection and age-related health issues worsened.

about 17 hours ago

Nestle confirms labor abuse in Thai seafood suppliers

While multinational companies in certain industries say they investigate allegations of abuse, they rarely share negative findings.

about 18 hours ago

Poll: Voters distrust government in general, but like many specifics

Nearly 6 in 10 respondents said they feel “frustrated” by the government and another 1 in 5 described themselves as “angry” toward it.

about 17 hours ago

Burundi officials sanctioned

The country plunged into deadly violence after President Pierre Nkurunziza announced in April that he’d seek a third term in office.

about 18 hours ago

U.S. germ warfare defense network is erratic, government report says

The BioWatch system, introduced by President George W. Bush in 2003, has exasperated public health officials with numerous false alarms.

about 17 hours ago

 Director Chris Ivey, in action.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: 'Youth Rising' by Chris Ivey gets inside the kids of Shuman

The “East of Liberty” filmmaker expands documentary to address youth culture and violence with youth at Shuman Detention Center.

about 17 hours ago

Pittsburgh Minadeo on modified lockdown, district says

The Squirrel Hill school was on modified lockdown today as an added precaution after staff escorted a parent from the building.

about 3 hours ago

Stadium Authority votes to build parking garage on North Shore near Heinz Field

Board votes 4-1 to add a 798-space garage that will cost an estimated $15 million.

about 1 hour ago

 A feeding female Anopheles stephensi mosquito crouching forward and downward on her forelegs in the process of obtaining its blood meal through its sharp, needle-like labrum. Malaria is spread when a mosquito bites an infected person then bites someone else.

Altered mosquito gene blocks malaria

The experiment has implications far beyond the promise of fighting malaria.

about 19 hours ago

Health happenings for Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Health-related events for the coming week.

about 17 hours ago

After a heart attack: Q&A

Some questions and answers about what to expect after having a heart attack.

about 17 hours ago

 A school bus catches fire following a chase along I-676 in  Philadelphia in which a vehicle rear-ended the bus and then shot a state trooper in the shoulder.

Pennsylvania state trooper shot along Philadelphia highway

A Philadelphia Police Department spokeswoman says the trooper was shot and taken to Hahnemann University Hospital.

about 7 hours ago

Nation briefs: Tape from shooting called inconclusive

Plus: Clock maker sues, Rape conviction tossed, Immigration appeal, Planned Parenthood sues Texas

about 17 hours ago

World briefs: U.N. report sees disasters increasing

Plus: Israel cracking down, Greek bailout advances, Myanmar toll at 113, Nigeria opens schools, VW to repair rigged diesel engines

about 17 hours ago

Emails reveal Coke's role in anti-obesity group

Coca-Cola Co. CEO Muhtar Kent said in a statement that “it has become clear to us that there was not a sufficient level of transparency.

about 7 hours ago

 An aircraft that Turkey said it shot down for violating its airspace today.

Turkey downs Russian military aircraft near Syria's border

Russia said the Su-24 was downed by artillery fire, but Turkey claims its F-16s fired on the plane after it ignored several warnings.

about 11 hours ago

 The 32,400-square-foot, 18-bedroom mansion built by Joseph Nocito in Bell Acres.

Secretary to Bell Acres multimillionaire pleads guilty to tax fraud

Ann E. Harris, 53, of Monongahela, waived indictment before U.S. District Judge Mark Hornak.

about 4 hours ago

 Daniel Q. Herbert, attorney for the Chicago police officer who fatally shot Laquan McDonald, holds a new conference Friday.

Chicago police officer charged with murder in killing of black teen

Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder in the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald on Oct. 20, 2014.

about 4 hours ago

 Belgian police officers patrol the Grand Place in downtown Brussels on Monday. The Belgian capital Brussels has entered its third day of lockdown, with schools and underground transport shut and more than 1,000 security personnel deployed across the country.

State Department issues travel warning in wake of attacks

A travel alert, which is to be in effect until Feb. 24, said information suggests militants continue to plan attacks in multiple regions.

about 11 hours ago

Excerpts from emails between Coke, anti-obesity group

Rhona Applebaum is Coke’s chief health and science officer; the company says it has accepted her retirement.

about 7 hours ago

Obituary: Frederick J. Birkel / Banker was ultimate storyteller

Former bank executive Frederick J. Birkel took duties seriously as son, husband, father and Marine.

about 17 hours ago

 Dan Harding, an East End medical research coordinator, has developed software that allows people to compare health plans.

Pittsburgh man develops software that aims to become 'Turbo Tax' of health care

Dan Harding has developed software that compares health plans, which could be helpful during the open enrollment periods now underway.

about 17 hours ago

TRAFFIC: Delays on northbound lanes of I-79 near Carnegie

Also, Parkway East will close for a second weekend, which will begin at 10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4, and run through 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6.

1 day ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf

Gov. Wolf says budget agreement in 'deep peril'

Monday night, the Senate took up a proposal to eliminate property taxes by raising sales and personal income taxes, a plan Mr. Wolf opposes.

about 18 hours ago

Pittsburgh gasoline prices approach 6-year low ahead of Thanksgiving

A gallon is approaching $2.30, its lowest price since May 2009 in the Pittsburgh region.

1 day ago

Penn Hills school board fires former business manager

Richard Liberto is currently the business manager in the Wilkinsburg School District.

about 18 hours ago

Fee structure needed to make special education affordable to districts, keep AIU centers operational

Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s director says a new model -- one that does not require it to absorb deficits -- is needed.

about 20 hours ago

 A protester is removed by security as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop on Saturday in Birmingham, Ala.

Trump condones attack on Black Lives Matter activist

Donald Trump said Sunday that the protester who interrupted his rally at an Alabama convention center was “so obnoxious and so loud.”

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 Drivers who injure workers in construction zones will face more serious penalties next year.

Legislature approves stricter punishments for drivers who injure construction workers

The governor has indicated he will sign the bill, a measure meant to limit injuries and deaths to workers in construction zones.

1 day ago

Urban Academy looking for a new, larger site for fall 2016

The East Liberty school is looking at Larimer location to expand and build a more STEM-focused curriculum.

1 day ago

Organ donation campaign takes playful approach to Pittsburgh-Philadelphia rivalry

Here and in Philly, billboards use city loyalties to solicit donor sign-ups.

1 day ago

 Opposition candidate Mauricio Macri

Opposition wins Argentine race

Cristina Fernandez along with her late husband dominated the country’s political scene for 12 years and rewrote its social contract.

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 Members of The Syrian People Solidarity Group protest Sunday in Austin, Texas. The group was protesting Texas governor Greg Abbott's refusal to allow Syrian refugees in the state.

U.S. religious leaders make forceful appeal for refugee resettlement

They contended that a legitimate debate over security has been overtaken by irrational fear and prejudice.

1 day ago

Philadelphia DA says training helped prosecutors named in scandal

AG Kane had accused two of the men of concocting an investigation of her over her threats to publicize porn emails.

1 day ago

Separatists: Attack on Mali hotel aimed to halt peace accord

Halting peace negotiations have been dragging on between the central government and northern separatist groups for more than two years.

1 day ago

Midwest gets deep freeze after latest snow

Low temperatures turned the season’s first major snow into ice that made some roads treacherous to travel.

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Wood St. T station evacuated after suspicious package found

Port Authority police investigated the package, determined it contained computer parts that seemed harmless and reopened the station.

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 Belgian Army soldiers patrol outside EU headquarters in Brussels today. The Belgian capital Brussels has entered its third day of lockdown, with schools and underground transport shut and more than 1,000 security personnel deployed across the country.

Belgium police arrest 21, Paris fugitive still at large

The raids began late Sunday, capping a tense weekend that saw hundreds of troops patrolling and hunting for suspected extremists.

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El Nino could be the most powerful on record, scientists say

A key location of the Pacific Ocean is now hotter than recorded in at least 25 years.

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