Gov. Tom Wolf delivers his budget address for the 2015-16 fiscal year to a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate on Tuesday.

GOP lawmakers dispute Wolf budget’s taxes

The governor has presented his plan as one with a general fund, the state’s main operating account, of $29.88 billion. Republicans disagree.

about 18 hours ago

 The study showed that two molecules — mono-n-butyl and monobenzyl phthalate — which are produced when phthalates are ingested, were significantly associated with lower levels of hCG hormone in women carrying male babies.

Evidence points to link between phthalates, male sexual development

The Pitt research represents the first look at hCG as a target of phthalate exposure in pregnancy.

about 7 hours ago

 The state audit of the University of Pittsburgh covered the period of July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2013.

Pa. audit faults Pitt on criminal checks of staffers who work with children

Six of the findings were negative and two were positive, including compliance with NCAA bylaws covering athlete eligibility, financial aid.

about 7 hours ago

 From left, Roy Sun, Jiwoo Cheon, Jerry Chen and Jiangfeng Chu, students from North Allegheny's Marshall Middle School, discuss an answer Wednesday during the final rounds of the 2015 Southwestern Pennsylvania Science Bowl against Dorseyville Middle School.

Pittsburgh-area high school, middle school teams compete in annual Science Bowl

Teams from North Allegheny Senior High School and Marshall Middle School will travel to Washington D.C. at the end of April.

about 19 hours ago

 Security personnel detain Kim Ki-jong, a member of a pro-Korean unification group who attacked Mark Lippert, the U.S. ambassador to South Korea, at a public forum today in central Seoul.

Knife-wielding attacker slashes face of U.S. ambassador in South Korea

Mark Lippert, the U.S. ambassador to South Korea, was slashed in the face by a Korean nationalist at a Seoul breakfast forum.

about 19 hours ago

 Emergency and medical workers support miners family members arriving at the headquarters of the Zasyadko mine in Donetsk, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. An explosion ripped through a coal mine before dawn Wednesday in war-torn eastern Ukraine, killing at least one miner and trapping more than 30 others underground, rebel and government officials said. One injured miner reported seeing five bodies. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Coal mine gas blast kills at least 24 in Ukraine

As rescue efforts stretched, separatist authorities were accused by Ukraine’s government of failing to do enough to save the missing miners.

about 19 hours ago

 Vira Savchenko, sister of Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko speaks during her interview for The Associated Press in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 4, 2015.  A Russian court on Wednesday rejected an appeal to release a Ukrainian military officer Nadezhda Savchenko  charged in the death of two Russian journalists who has been on hunger strike since mid-December. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Ukrainian pilot maintains hunger strike

A Russian court has denied freedom to a Ukrainian military officer who has been in custody since June.

about 19 hours ago

PSU administrators' prosecutions on hold

The defendants are Graham Spanier, Gary Schultz and Tim Curley.

about 5 hours ago

 Emergency medical technician Paul Mitchell, left, Carlos Arredondo, center, and Devin Wang, rear, push Jeff Bauman in a wheelchair after he was injured in one of two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in April 2013.

Survivor of Boston Marathon attack recalls locking eyes with bomber

Defense attorney David Bruck objected to the extent of testimony Wednesday from three women who described their injuries in detail.

about 8 hours ago

 An officer carries a baby as migrants disembark from an Italian Coast Guard vessel after being rescued in Porto Empedocle, Sicily, southern Italy, Wednesday, March 4, 2015.  In a dramatic sea rescue north of Libya, a flotilla of rescue ships saved nearly 1,000 migrants and refugees, while 10 migrants perished in the southern Mediterranean, Italian officials said Wednesday. The rescue vessels, including from Italy's coast guard and navy, and three cargo ships, saved 941 people in seven separate operations that began Tuesday, Italy's coast guard said. The survivors were being ferried to southern Italian ports. The migrants had been aboard five motorized dinghies and two larger vessels. One of the larger boats capsized, and 10 bodies were spotted or plucked from the sea. According to Interior Ministry figures, 7,882 migrants arrived on Italian coasts in the first two months of this year, compared to 5,506 in that period in 2014. The coast guard said the migrants saved in the latest rescues claimed to be Syrians, Palestinians, Libyans, Tunisians or from sub-Saharan Africa. (AP Photo/Francesco Malavolta)

Italy rescues more than 1,000 migrants

Italian ships rescue more than 1,000 migrant refugees from the Mediterranean in seven operations, but 10 died.

about 19 hours ago

 Jim Cyprych of Hazelwood clears snow off a crosswalk on Fort Pitt Boulevard near the Smithfield Street intersection.

Temperature plunge may make travel treacherous this evening

Snow tapered off around 9 a.m. in Pittsburgh, and a winter weather advisory was canceled. Record cold is expected tonight.

about 4 hours ago

 The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus marches five of its elephants from a train in the Strip District to the Consol Energy Center in November 2013, a day before their show's opening.

Ringling Bros. eliminating iconic elephant acts by 2018

Elephant acts have been showcased by Ringling for more than a century and have often been featured in its posters.

about 10 hours ago

 This Sunday March 1, 2015, image provided by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen and captured with a high-definition camera mounted on an underwater probe, shows what Allen’s team believes is an inverted type 89, 12.7 centimeter gun turret on a massive Japanese World War II battleship off the coast of the Philippines. In a statement Allen’s team says it found the battleship just off the Sibuyan Sea, using an autonomous underwater vehicle in its third dive after narrowing down the search area using detailed undersea topographical data and other locator devices. Japanese experts said that they were eager to study the images to try to confirm the ship’s identity. (AP Photo/Paul Allen)

Sunken WWII Japanese battleship found

A research team says it has found a Japanese World War II giant battleship that was sunk off the Philippines seven decades ago.

about 19 hours ago

 The entrance to Academic Hall at Point Park University, along Boulevard of the Allies.

Point Park University among schools facing investigation on sexual violence

Since May, the Education Department has regularly disclosed a list of schools that its Office for Civil Rights is investigating.

about 11 hours ago

 Jordan Anthony Brown

Defense seeks new trial for Jordan Brown

Prosecutors say Jordan Brown fatally shot his father’s pregnant fiancee when he was 11 years old.

about 18 hours ago

 McDonald's Golden Arches logo at a McDonald's restaurant is covered with snow in Robinson Township, Pa.

McDonald’s to reject chicken that contains human antibiotics

McDonald’s to halt use of chickens treated with antibiotics and will offer milk from cows not treated with artificial growth hormones.

about 19 hours ago

 Joe Sestak

Sestak begins journey for Senate

The retired Navy admiral stood across from Independence Hall to declare his candidacy.

about 19 hours ago

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale renews push for statewide pension overhaul

Among the local governments that administer pension plans, there is an accumulated $8 billion in unfunded liability, said Eugene DePasqaule.

about 18 hours ago

Mercyhurst University police carrying guns after incidents

The private, Catholic, liberal arts school has a 15-member police force and about 4,000 students on all campuses.

about 8 hours ago

World Health Organization: Slash sugar intake to fight obesity, tooth decay

New WHO guidelines say people should cut sugar intake to just 6 to 12 teaspoons per day.

about 19 hours ago

Plane skids off runway at LaGuardia, crashes through fence

Emergency responders are still assessing people, but any injuries appear to be minor, the Fire Department of New York said.

about 6 hours ago

 Injured U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert, center, gets into a car to leave for a hospital in Seoul, South Korea, today after he was attacked by a man wielding a razor and screaming that the rival Koreas should be unified, South Korean police said.

North Korea applauds knife attack; U.S. ambassador to S. Korea recovering 'well'

The North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency called the attack a “knife shower of justice.”

about 8 hours ago

 Steel coils on a tractor-trailer became unsecured on the Parkway East this afternoon.

Afternoon Parkway East blockage may cause rush hour woes

The problem began about 1:20 p.m. when a load of steel coils shifted on a tractor-trailer.

about 3 hours ago

Random Acts of Kindness: Snows brought a widow warm source of support

Also: Young women credited with helping after a fall; someone found a wallet and business returned it.   .

about 18 hours ago

 Charlotte Ditka

Obituary: Charlotte Ditka / Strong mother of football Hall of Famer

“She was a very strong woman. She had to deal with a strong-minded husband and four children and she did a wonderful job,” Don Yanessa said.

about 19 hours ago

World briefs: Kerry to brief Saudi officials on Iran talks

Plus: Terror suspects sought; Edward Snowden wants to return to U.S.; China’s military budget; South African wildfires; Drug cartel leader

about 19 hours ago

National briefs: Keystone veto is sustained in the Senate

Plus: Lincoln Center gift; Gay-union ban fight; Muslim holy days; Jeb Bush’s plea to donors.

about 19 hours ago

 Gov. Wolf announced on Feb. 13 that he was instituting a moratorium on the death penalty in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court to take death penalty moratorium case

No one has been executed in Pennsylvania since 1999. Terrance Williams was scheduled for lethal injection today.

1 day ago

 In this Nov. 25, 2014 file photo, police officers watch protesters as smoke fills the streets in Ferguson, Mo., after a grand jury's decision in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

Feds clear officer in Ferguson case, criticize police force

“It is time for Ferguson’s leaders to take immediate, wholesale and structural corrective action,” Attorney General Eric Holder said.

about 19 hours ago

 Dementia is not a disease, but rather a group of symptoms that affect mental tasks like memory and reasoning.

For those with dementia, ‘springing’ power of attorney debated

Cognitive impairment can have a huge impact on a person’s ability to look after their own money.

1 day ago

 Workers for Swank contractors secure under decking beneath the Parkway West bridges Tuesday in Carnegie as the nearly yearlong construction season gets underway.

Parkway West lane restrictions to begin Friday

Crews will relocate pavement striping and move construction barriers, creating a new traffic pattern.

about 20 hours ago

 Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane applauds senior scholars at the "We Promise Scholars" gathering at Duquesne University in January.

Pittsburgh schools superintendent Lane 'pleased' with Gov. Wolf's budget proposal

The school district's budget for 2015 calls for spending $556.7 million, with $245.1 million of the revenue coming from state sources.

1 day ago

 Spirit Airlines flights from Arnold Palmer Regional Airport near Latrobe to Chicago begin May 7.

Starting in May, you can fly directly from Latrobe to Chicago

The afternoon flight will connect with other Spirit flights to Denver, Dallas, Minneapolis and Houston.

1 day ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf delivers his budget address for the 2015-16 fiscal year to a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate on Tuesday  in Harrisburg, Pa.

Reaction swift to Gov. Wolf's budget proposals

Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal brought passionate responses from politicians, the business sector and advocacy groups Tuesday.

1 day ago

Raves: Osher classes enthuse older adults for new learning

Not even frigid temperatures and brutal wind can prevent a group of dedicated seniors from bundling up and trudging to our classes.

1 day ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf delivers his budget address for the 2015-16 fiscal year to a joint session of the state House and Senate in Harrisburg on Tuesday.

Wolf delivers on his promise to boost Pennsylvania education spending

In his first budget proposal, the governor promises to increase support for school districts, community colleges and public universities.

1 day ago

 Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Marathon bombing defense says Tsarnaev followed radical brother

The trial that begins today is expected to be one of the most closely watched terror cases in years.

about 19 hours ago

Charter schools bill gets approval in Pennsylvania House

The bill would create a commission that would develop a funding formula based on actual costs for cyber charter schools.

1 day ago

A Personal Journey: The 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March

Pittsburgher Jennifer Saffron returns to the heart of the civil rights movement to reconnect with Selma and recount her experiences.

1 day ago

 Joe Sestak

Sestak to challenge Sen. Toomey again

Retired Admiral Joe Sestak formally announce his bid in Philadelphia today to oust U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, who won 51 to 49 percent in 2010.

1 day ago

 More veto showdowns could await President Obama in the final two years of his term.

Senate fails to override Obama's veto of Keystone XL pipeline bill

It was the first of many possible veto showdowns possible in Mr. Obama’s final term.

1 day ago

Wolf: Severance tax ‘not a partisan idea’

Wolf’s budget projects that a new tax on the volume and value of gas flowing from Pennsylvania wells will take effect on Jan. 1, 2016.

1 day ago

 Charlotte Ditka.

Obituary: Charlotte Ditka / Mother of Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Ditka

Mrs. Ditka was born in Carnegie and moved to Aliquippa with her husband Mike in the early 1940s.

about 20 hours ago

Obituary: Ed Modzelewski / Steelers’ 1st pick in 1952, half of stellar football brothers

Ed Modzelewski, the Steelers’ first-round draft choice in 1952, died Saturday at age 86 of heart failure in Sedona, Ariz.

1 day ago

Police say Aliquippa student will be charged in school attack on video

Aliquippa police Capt. Douglas Edgell said the aggressor is being charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment.

1 day ago

 Ira H. Gordon

Obituary: Ira H. Gordon / Businessman invested time in community

Ira H. Gordon spent much of his life in Pittsburgh helping others in his community, through his business and his philanthropy.

1 day ago

Bus driver in Delhi gang rape blames victim

Authorities in India have ordered that the documentary featuring the bus driver not be broadcast in their country.

1 day ago

 A boy walks past a memorial for Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by Ferguson, Mo., police Officer Darren Wilson last summer, on Tuesday in the St. Louis suburb.

Officials say U.S. report finds racial bias in Ferguson police

The suburb’s police department commanded national attention after one of its officers shot and killed an unarmed black man last summer.

1 day ago

Boko Haram’s new video shifts from speeches to beheadings

With its latest video, posted online Monday, it appears to have borrowed at least some elements from the Islamic State’s recent postings.

1 day ago

World Briefs: Iraq forces try to seal off extremists

Plus: Russia sanctions hinted; paying respects to Nemtsov; Chile volcano erupts; and more.

1 day ago


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