Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, along with several local insurers, announced the launch of an outpatient recovery center  for pregnant women.

Magee, insurers launch recovery center for drug-addicted pregnant women

The hospital calls it the “first-of-its-kind” center in the country, and West Penn officials say a similar program is in the works there.

about 10 hours ago

 Cecile Springer, center, a community activist, listens to a discussion about HPV vaccination during a news conference Wednesday announcing the formation of a Pittsburgh chapter of Grandmother Power.

Pittsburgh grandmothers band together, help tackle HPV prevention

An international “Grandmother Power” movement is giving grandmothers a new role as activists in local communities.

about 10 hours ago

Commission examines Pennsylvania school funding

Speakers noted the difficulty of reaching a formula that could fairly distribute state money to the many types of schools in Pennsylvania.

about 10 hours ago

Chief financial officer says UPMC is holding its own

UPMC is well positioned going into the final months of its contract with Highmark, as it continues to gain share in a shrinking market.

about 10 hours ago

U.S. special forces tried to rescue captive Americans in Syria

Commandos in the first known U.S. ground operation in Syria engaged militants in a fierce firefight.

about 10 hours ago

Holder meets with Ferguson community, investigators

The county prosecuting attorney opened grand jury hearings that he said could be hearing evidence until mid-October.

about 10 hours ago

Obituary: Donald Gruda / One of the area’s best adult soccer players in 1950s and ’60s

Donald Gruda was a skilled soccer player during an era when the game was not as widely popular as it is today.

about 10 hours ago

 James Foley in May 2011

Journalist James Foley, killed by militants, was driven to tell stories of oppressed peoples

James Foley had acknowledged the peril journalists face covering the world’s most dangerous places.

about 10 hours ago

New research: Neaderthals ceased in Europe 40,000 years ago

British radiocarbon analysis finds Neaderthals died out sooner than scientists have previously suggested.

about 10 hours ago

Ebola quarantine roils Liberia

Residents contend that a slum in the capital, Monrovia, is becoming a dumping ground for patients.

about 11 hours ago

Obama weighs broader move on immigration

The move could blunt Republicans’ election-year criticism of the president’s go-it-alone approach to immigration.

about 11 hours ago

Airstrike kills wife, child of Hamas figure

Israel warns that the bombardment of Gaza will continue until rocket fire out of the Palestinian territory stops.

about 11 hours ago

Ukrainian troops advance in Luhansk and Donetsk

The civilian death toll is mounting from sustained artillery strikes, and rebel cities are slipping into a humanitarian disaster.

about 11 hours ago

Obituary: B.K.S. Iyengar / Indian guru helped bring yoga to West

After sur­viv­ing tu­ber­cu­lo­sis, ty­phoid and ma­laria as a child, Mr. Iyen­gar cred­ited yoga with sav­ing his life.

about 11 hours ago

Facebook aiming to flag bogus reports

Facebook this week announced that it’s experimenting with a tag that will mark sites as satire.

about 10 hours ago

Bush takes ALS bucket dousing, then challenges Clinton

Former president tries to offer monetary donation, but his wife soaks him instead.

about 10 hours ago

National briefs: White House tech apparel

Plus: Gulfstream safety; Sullivan wins Alaska primary; Court issues same-sex marriage order.

about 10 hours ago

World briefs: Army chief urges talks

Plus: Afghanistan tells reporter to leave; Thai military chief wants to be PM; Japan landslides kill 36; Tibetan detainee deaths reported.

about 10 hours ago

 Angel Butler, left, and Zyier Gibson, students at Sunnyside Elementary School in Stanton Heights, enjoy lunch.

Pittsburgh Public Schools to offer free lunches to all students, regardless of income

The school district already provides free breakfasts for all students.

about 10 hours ago

 Resident John West, left, hands a rose to a police officer on Tuesday, showing his appreciation with help in cleanup efforts in Ferguson, Mo. Dangerous protests continued overnight as police fired tear gas and rubber bullets, shots were reportedly fired by people in the crowd and crowds failed to disperse.

Panel to hear evidence in Mo. shooting

The St. Louis County prosecutor is preparing for the grand jury as Attorney General Eric Holder arrives in Missouri.

1 day ago

Islamic State shows American’s execution

The Islamic State on Wednesday threatened to execute a second U.S. captive if President Barack Obama didn’t halt the attacks.

1 day ago

 Tia Ellis, a health careers teacher, and Darcy Tyhonas, an English teacher at Pittsburgh Perry, team up in 2013 to improve test scores.

Pittsburgh Public Schools' state test scores inch higher

The board of Pittsburgh Public Schools took a first look at 2014 state test scores that show some improvement over the prior year.

about 10 hours ago

 Mylan headquarters in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

Congress may look at ‘inversion’ loophole

Action on so-called inversions is unlikely in a deeply divided Congress, and a crackdown won’t deter companies from reorganizing overseas.

1 day ago

 President Barack Obama makes a statement to the media on the death of American journalist James Foley today.

President Obama: U.S. won't stop confronting Islamic State

Mr. Obama said the entire world is “appalled” by journalist James Foley’s killing.

about 21 hours ago

Summer Memories: Kids could enjoy lovely atmosphere at Pappy’s place

Pappy’s house in the country was a special place to spend summer days and nights.

1 day ago

Grants aimed at reducing runoff into Lake Erie

The money will dent the flow of fertilizer and manure  feeding the algae blooms that threaten the supply of drinking water from Lake Erie.

1 day ago

Police arrest 47 protesters as calm dissolves overnight in Ferguson, Mo.

Protests have been ongoing every night since an unarmed black teen was killed by a white police officer Aug. 9.

1 day ago

Woodland Hills faces teacher shortage as first day of school approaches

The school district is facing a shortage of four teachers as of Wednesday night due to recent resignations received in the past week.

about 12 hours ago

Outbound Liberty Tunnel to close for three nights

The closures will run from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day beginning today.

about 21 hours ago

 The state Supreme Court on Tuesday found that a mandatory $75,000 fine imposed upon a poker dealer convicted of stealing $200 from the Rivers Casino on the North Shore is unconstitutional.

Pennsylvania's top court rules $75,000 fine for employee's theft at casino illegal

The state Supreme Court ruled that the $75,000 mandatory fine given a Rivers Casino employee for stealing $200 in poker chips was excessive.

1 day ago

 To extinguish the fire and eliminate the smoke on the left side of this image, the DEP's contractor will pour several million gallons of water and 200 gallons of firefighting foam.

Mine fire near airport will be extinguished

Work is scheduled to begin in September and take a year to complete.

about 11 hours ago

Placement of bike-only lanes changes on Penn Avenue

The city announced that it has changed its plan for installation of bike-only lanes on Penn Avenue because of planned utility work.

about 11 hours ago

 Hashim Khan, from the 2010 documentary "Keep Eye on Ball: The Hashim Khan Story."

Obituary: Hashim Khan / International squash champion led sport's Pakistani dynasty

Mr. Khan, 100, became the world’s greatest squash player after humble beginnings in a Pashtun village, watching British officers play.

1 day ago

Navy kicks out 34 for cheating in nuclear reactor training

At least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the Navy for their roles in an exam cheating ring.

about 10 hours ago

Grand jury to take up death linked to New York City police chokehold

The New York district attorney announced action in the death last month of unarmed Eric Garner while officers struggled to subdue him.

1 day ago

Feds are targeting high-tech car safety

Vehicle-to-vehicle communications technologies in all new passenger car are likely to cut the risk of deadly crashes.

1 day ago

Wiretaps in Trombetta case weren’t illegal, prosecutors say

The brief seeks to counter a motion by Nick Trombetta's legal team seeking dismissal of the indictment or suppression of key evidence.

about 11 hours ago

Gaza rocket attack ends talks on peace

JERUSALEM — Mil­i­tants in Gaza broke a tem­po­rary cease-fire by launch­ing rock­ets at Is­rael on Tues­day, and Is­rael re­sponded with

1 day ago

Wolf campaign continues to hammer Corbett

Fresh Start is bringing its Tomalis protests to Pittsburgh as part of a statewide effort to dog Gov. Tom Corbett.

about 22 hours ago

Prosecutor says Texas drunk driver did not deserve ‘execution’

David Barajas is accused of fatally shooting Jose Banda in December 2012, minutes after Mr. Banda plowed into his pickup truck.

1 day ago

Opposition backers by the thousands, split in two camps, storm Pakistan capital's center

Protesters forming behind a cricket star-politician and a cleric both aim to unseat Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

1 day ago

Iraq’s bid to free Tikrit is faltering; militants recover from loss of dam

The army units appeared to withdraw south after dismantling what a defense ministry spokesman said were at least 40 roadside bombs.

1 day ago

World Briefs: Canada rail blame issued

PLUS: Putin and Ukraine's leader to meet; U.S. journalist scrutinized by Afghanistan; China, Russia engage in military drills.

1 day ago

National Briefs: No-fly list to change

PLUS: California teens arrested; grandson shooting; hackers steal data; Texas governor booked.

1 day ago

 Amy L. Hartman, a doctor of virology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, wears the gear worn during work.

Ebola poses less of a risk than more contagious infections, Pittsburgh experts say

Chikungunya, Rift Valley fever and MERS among other viral infections that are here or could arrive on the next boat or plane.

2 days ago

 Demonstrators stand in the middle of a street in Ferguson, Mo., as they react to tear gas fired by police during ongoing protests Tuesday night.

Police come under gunfire, 31 arrested in Missouri racial unrest

An overnight curfew has been imposed and the National Guard, the U.S. state militia, has been deployed in the St. Louis suburb.

2 days ago

 The tunnel will close at 10 p.m. Friday and reopen by 6 a.m. Monday.

Final Squirrel Hill Tunnel closure scheduled this weekend

As in previous closures, PennDOT is warning of significant delays on the outbound parkway, with traffic forming a single lane and exiting.

1 day ago

 A flag-draped coffin with the body of former Pittsburgh Mayor Sophie Masloff sits at the front of Temple Sinai in Squirrel Hill this morning.

Pittsburgh says goodbye to Sophie, reflects on former mayor's 'remarkable journey'

Friends said the woman who served as mayor from 1988 through 1993 ’epitomized Pittsburgh.’ Mrs. Masloff died Sunday at age 96.

1 day ago

 Signs lead to the Monroeville tollbooths of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Pennsylvania Turnpike defendants challenge corruption evidence

Defendants in the Pennsylvania Turnpike corruption case say the state can’t prove a direct relationships between contracts and donations.

2 days ago


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