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 Bella Carotto, 9, helps her mother, Loren Carroto, create a flower arrangement at the family business, Monessen Florist.  Bella has pediatric kidney stones.

Doctors treating more children with kidney stones

Last year, Children’s Hospital saw 100 patients who had kidney stones, said Michael Moritz, clinical director of pediatric nephrology.

about 23 hours ago


 Aided by medications such as insulin, the tight blood-sugar control might reflect an overtreatment of diabetes, according to a recent study.

Can older people raise health risks by controlling their diabetes too tightly?

Tight control isn’t for everyone, and “treatment should be individualized,” according to one Pittsburgh-area doctor.

about 23 hours ago


 Auschwitz survivor Roman Kent makes a speech at a ceremony today on the site of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau near Oswiecim. Ceremonies to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the camp are taking place today, with some 300 former Auschwitz prisoners taking part in the commemoration event. In Auschwitz, Nazis killed at least 1.1 million people, mainly Jews, but also prisoners of other ethnicities.

Last survivors recall Auschwitz, ask if lessons learned

Today's gathering in Poland marks perhaps the last major anniversary survivors of the Nazi German camp will be able to attend in numbers.

about 12 hours ago


Pa. Senate advances controversial nonprofits bill

Senate Bill 4 advanced 14-12 and could receive a full floor vote soon.

about 6 hours ago


 Nolan Burch, 18, died Nov. 14.

Police: WVU fraternity pledge had blood-alcohol level of 0.49

Nolan Burch, a freshman, died in November after an initiation event at the Kappa Sigma fraternity.

about 5 hours ago


Wilkinsburg School District approves one-time bonuses for elementary principals

Elementary principals Tanya Smith, of Turner Elementary, and Rosalind Fisher, of Kelly Elementary, will receive the one-time bonuses.

about 2 hours ago


 “In pure form,” the senators' letter says, “overdosing on caffeine is not only easy but virtually unavoidable.”

U.S. senators urge FDA to ban retail sales of caffeine powder

Two deaths have been linked to powdered caffeine, with one teaspoon having the equivalent of about 25 cups of coffee.

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 The Cortinthia Hotel is seen under attack in Tripoli, Libya, today as gunmen stormed the luxury hotel in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, killing several foreigners and guards, officials said.

Five foreigners, three guards killed in Libyan hotel attack

A worker said the hotel had Italian, British and Turkish guests, but the hotel was largely empty at the time of the attack.

about 15 hours ago


Cal U professor found dead in campus office

Burrell Brown, on the Cal U faculty since 1989, was found dead late Sunday.

about 13 hours ago


 Lyft cars line up in a parking lot at The Waterfront complex in Homestead last summer.

Ride-share company Lyft to launch in Philadelphia

The San Francisco-based company said it plans to offer its service starting at 6 p.m. Friday

about 13 hours ago


 Water floods a street on the coast in Scituate, Mass., today as a storm packing blizzard conditions spun up the East Coast early this morning, pounding parts of coastal New Jersey northward through Maine with high winds and heavy snow.

Storm unleashes blizzard conditions on parts of Northeast

While the storm failed to live up to predictions in some areas, eastern Long Island north through Maine were expected to fare the worst.

about 16 hours ago


 Mayor Bill Peduto

Pennsylvania nonprofit amendment proposal spurs debate

The proposed amendment would give the Legislature sole discretion in defining which organizations are charities deserving tax exemptions.

about 23 hours ago


Travel bans lifted in New York, New Jersey; subways to restart

Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York and Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey lifted the orders in separate announcements.

about 15 hours ago


Health happenings for the week of Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Health-related events scheduled for the coming week.

about 23 hours ago


 Fishing boats ride out the storm at dock today in Scituate, Mass. The winter storm packing blizzard conditions spun up the East Coast early todayy, pounding parts of coastal New Jersey northward through Maine with high winds and heavy snow.

National Weather Service to evaluate work after missed call on storm

Parts of Long Island and New England are getting slammed. But many parts of New Jersey received less than 4 inches.

about 14 hours ago


 Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Dave Reed, R-Indiana, supports medical marijuana.

Medical marijuana may have new traction at state Capitol

Gov. Tom Wolf, who supported medical marijuana during his campaign, met today with families advocating for its legalization.

about 8 hours ago


 Elizabeth Kealey

Obituary: Elizabeth Kealey / Marine Corps pilot didn't waver in wake of challenges

Everyone agrees that Elizabeth “Betsy” Kealey did great things with her life, but to her, it was no big deal.

about 23 hours ago


 The Honeydripper's crew, from left to right: James Perry, Keita Didi Lee, Jerome Anderson Jr., Nicole and Antonovich Perry.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Homewood grocer produces food the area lacked

Perry’s Honeydripper gives Homewood an uncommon amenity: a hot-food take-out with groceries and produce.

about 23 hours ago


 A thin layer of ice covers the Allegheny River this morning. The cold and slick roads from Monday's snowfall prompted many school districts in the Pittsburgh area to delay the start of school today.

Pittsburgh-area school districts announce two-hour delays

No snow is expected today. The National Weather Service has forecast a high of 22 and a low of 7 tonight.

about 16 hours ago


 The outage "was not the result of a third-party attack but instead occurred after we introduced a change that affected our configuration systems," Facebook said in a statement.

Facebook says internal glitch to blame for global outages of its sites

The outage at Facebook appeared to spill over and temporarily slow or block traffic to other major Internet sites.

about 17 hours ago


Alexis Tsipras: A young, impatient leftist is Greece's defiant new face

The nation is fast running out of money and in need of an infusion from its creditors to avoid a run on its banks before the end of next

about 23 hours ago


Federal debt will explode over next 10 years, CBO says

The budget deficit is projected to reach its lowest level of the Obama presidency, but the improving deficit numbers are temporary.

about 23 hours ago


Islamic State flees Kobani battle in Syria

The outcome would be a major victory for the Kurds in a town that became the primary focus of the U.S. aerial campaign.

about 23 hours ago


 Former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling leaves the Alexandria Federal Courthouse in Alexandria, Va., Monday with his wife, Holly, after being convicted on all nine counts he faced of leaking classified details of an operation to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions to a New York Times reporter.

Ex-CIA officer found guilty of espionage in news leak

The case revolved around a CIA operation in which a former Russian scientist provided Iran with flawed nuclear component schematics.

about 23 hours ago


Russia defiant after more threats from West over Ukraine

Standard & Poor’s rating agency downgraded Russia’s credit rating to junk, causing the ruble to tumble further.

about 23 hours ago


Obama administration wants to dramatically change how doctors are paid

It would tie Medicare fees more closely to the quality of care rather than the quantity.

about 23 hours ago


 Visitors walk by barbed wire fences Monday at the Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, Poland. A decade ago, 1,500 Holocaust survivors traveled to Auschwitz to mark the 60th anniversary of the death camp's liberation. Today, for the 70th anniversary, organizers are expecting 300, the youngest in their 70s.

Holocaust survivors, memories dwindling

As the world moves closer to a post-survivor era, some Jewish leaders fear that people are already starting to forget the Holocaust.

about 23 hours ago


Autistic siblings have more differences than similarities, study finds

About 30 percent of the 85 sibling pairs in a study reported on Monday shared the same mutation, and about 70 percent did not.

about 23 hours ago


 Lyft co-founder John Zimmer displays his company's pink "glowstache."

Lyft cars still think pink, but streamline the 'stache

The ride-hailing company has pulled the pink furry mustache and replaced it with a 5-inch-long pink "glowstache" on the dashboard.

about 13 hours ago


National Briefs: Christie signals intent with PAC

Plus: Russian spy ring case; Kochs eye $900 million; Surveillance on cars?

about 23 hours ago


World Briefs: Philippines clash strains peace pact

Plus: Yemen drone strike; Mubarak’s sons released; Global warming warning;

about 23 hours ago


Pike County district attorney will seek death penalty against Eric Frein

Mr. Frein is charged with killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson and wounding another trooper at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove on Sept.

about 7 hours ago


 From left, Maci Lee, 11, sits with her father, Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee; mother, Kristen; and brother, Jaxon. Maci nearly died and her growth was stunted because of steroids for allergies and asthma.

Study indicates use of nasal steroids can stunt growth in children

The study led by an Allegheny Health Network researcher is to be published in the journal Pediatrics.

1 day ago


PennDOT postpones Fort Pitt Tunnel lane closures

The work is being rescheduled due to the postponement of the inbound tunnel ceiling work, which is being delayed because of the weather.

1 day ago


 Pittsburgh Public Schools, as well as some districts in the suburbs, including Penn Hills, are operating on two-hour delays today.

School delayed for dozens of Pittsburgh-area districts

The National Weather Service’s winter weather advisory remains in effect until 7 tonight.

1 day ago


 Sister Daniela Bronka, principal at St. Bernard School, laughs this month as she greets students and parents before the start of school.

Principal strengthens school's 'Catholic identity' while proving nuns can be fun

Sister Daniela Bronka, principal of St. Bernard School, shows her students that nuns don’t have to be old or intimidating.

1 day ago


 This handout photo provided by the US Secret Service shows the drone that crashed onto the White House grounds   )

Secret Service: Small drone crashes on White House lawn

The crash prompted an immediate lockdown of the White House grounds until officials could examine the drone.

1 day ago


 Bill Isler, president of the Fred Rogers Co., has held the Pittsburgh Public Schools board District 4 seat since 1999.

Wrenn, Burkley to run for Pittsburgh school board seat

The District 4 seat is being vacated by Bill Isler of Squirrel Hill, who has served since 1999.

1 day ago


 Crawford Village public housing complex.

Budget cuts put a big hole in housing authority security

Second of two parts. Housing authorities nationally maintain police forces, guard contracts and pacts with police despite budget cuts.

1 day ago


 Sister Christine Sinkovich of the Prince of Peace Parish shovels the sidewalk Monday along South 16th Street on the South Side.

Pittsburgh region dodges worst of ‘weather bomb’ that pummelled Northeast

A large, shape-shifting winter storm spilled 7.1 inches of snow on the region on its way to the Atlantic coast.

1 day ago


 All of the Pennsylvania Lottery's Pick games will be drawn twice daily.

New names, game on tap for Pennsylvania Lottery

The new game is Pick 2, and other longtime games also will bear the “Pick” name.

about 23 hours ago


 Nina Esposito-Visgitis, president of the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, said she has never been a proponent of performance pay. “Teachers do what they do because they love teaching,” she said.

Pittsburgh teachers’ pay schedule examined as contract talks begin

With the Pittsburgh teachers’ contract set to expire in June, talks are likely to focus on performance-based pay and other recent programs.

1 day ago


 In this March 4, 2014 file photo, copies of President Barack Obama’s proposed fiscal 2015 budget are set out for distribution on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Deficit to shrink to lowest level of Obama presidency, CBO says

CBO says the deficit will be $468 billion for the budget year that ends in September.

1 day ago


 Francisco Mathurine clears snow from the steps in Father Duffy Square in New York today. Officials cautioned Northeast residents to not be misled by a relatively smooth Monday morning commute, and pressed their cautions to prepare for a "crippling and potentially historic" storm.

Monster snowstorm swirling into Northeast

Boston is expected to get 2 to 3 feet of snow, New York 1½ to 2 feet, and Philadelphia more than a foot.

1 day ago


Development project uses art to control water flow in Larimer

Green infrastructure advocates and water artists say timing’s perfect for stormwater management to merge with a new development in Larimer.

1 day ago


 Kim Dennis of the Center for Educational Leadership works with first grader Gabriel Mantick as she teaches a demonstration math class employing math racks at Pittsburgh Woolslair PreK-5.

Pittsburgh Public Schools program turns teachers into pupils

Instructional Leader Teacher 2s are positions that provide extra pay and responsibilities for teachers.

1 day ago


Activists, Kurds: Islamic State group nearly out of Syrian border town

Expelling the militants marks a major symbolic victory both for the Kurds and the U.S.-led coalition targeting ISIS in airstrikes.

1 day ago


 Erik Arneson was appointed by former Gov. Tom Corbett days before Gov. Tom Wolf took office.

Lawsuit challenges Wolf's firing of open records director

The suit argues that the actions violate both the constitutional principle of separation of powers and the right-to-know law.

1 day ago


Obama to seek wilderness designation for Alaska refuge

The state’s elected officials oppose the proposal.

1 day ago


Rebels press Ukraine offensive

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama promises steps against Russian-backed “aggression.”

1 day ago



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