Eric Frein exits the Pike County Courthouse on Friday with police officers after an arraignment in Milford, Pa.

Normality returns as manhunt wraps up

The manhunt in Pennsylvania’s Poconos region snuffed out tourism during fall foliage season and resulted in intermittent school closings.

about 7 hours ago

 2014 Voter Report card.

Fliers try to shame Democrats, indies into voting Tuesday

America Votes, a dark-money group aligned with the Democratic Party, has flooded Pittsburgh-area homes with get-out-the-vote mailings.

about 7 hours ago

Test scores show Pa. teachers how much students grew

Teachers are learning their students’ academic growth data for the first time.

about 7 hours ago

Obituary: Erin ‘Scratchy’ Hutter / Rare violinist who performed in classical and rock worlds

The classically trained musician added an adventurous element to the bands Boxstep, Deliberate Strangers and Parklane Drifters.

about 7 hours ago

Obituary: Warren Anderson / Led Union Carbide during disastrous Bhopal gas leak

Warren Anderson, who led Union Carbide during the gas leak disaster at its plant in Bhopal, India, has died.

about 8 hours ago

 Nurse Kaci Hickox, joined by her boyfriend  Ted Wilbur, speak with the media Friday at their home in Fort Kent, Maine.

Judge lifts quarantine for nurse

Court orders Kaci Hickox to undergo daily monitoring for Ebola symptoms.

about 7 hours ago

 A crowd gathers in front of army headquarters in Ouagadougou, demanding that the army take over following the resignation of the President Blaise Compaore.

Burkinabe army general takes over

Violent protests push longtime leader from power, set parliament ablaze

about 7 hours ago

 Wreckage from Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo.

Spaceship explosion rocks industry

The world’s first spaceship designed for tourists exploded Friday leaving the young industry of commercial spaceflight rattled.

about 7 hours ago

 Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old terminally ill woman, plans to take her own life under Oregon’s death with dignity law.

Oregon woman is new face of right-to-die movement

Today was supposed to be the day that Brittany Maynard killed herself. She still might do it.

about 7 hours ago

Military sex survey draws complaints

Some U.S. servicemen and women are complaining about a new sexual-assault survey that hundreds of thousands have been asked to complete

about 7 hours ago

 Jeffrey Fowle talks about being detained in North Korea for nearly six weeks.

Ohio man held in North Korea hoped to aid church

Jeffrey Fowle said he traveled to the country as a tourist, but saw the opportunity as a way to follow the Christian mission.

about 7 hours ago

 Nguyen Van Hai, one of Vietnam's most prominent dissidents, speaks to the Associated Press in Los Angeles after being released from prison and flown to the United States.

AP Interview: Dissident forced to leave Vietnam

One of Vietnam’s most prominent dissidents said he was asked to sign a form seeking a pardon for spreading “propaganda against the state.”

about 7 hours ago

Israel reopens Jerusalem holy site amid rising tensions after shooting

Israeli police reopened the mosque to Muslim worshippers in time for important Friday noon prayers.

about 7 hours ago

Federal agencies reveal vulnerabilities, planned response to climate change

38 federal agencies report on the threat posed to them by climate change and steps they are taking or will be taking to meet the challenges.

about 7 hours ago

Portfolio: Du Pont Estate's restrooms vie to come in No. 1

These elegant bathrooms become destination for a multiple of reasons.

about 7 hours ago

World news briefs: 11/1/14

Antarctic sanctuary thwarted; French town bans clowns; ’Net tax plan dropped; Ma supports protesters; Also in the world …

about 7 hours ago

National news briefs: 11/1/14

NYC’s top uniformed cop resigns; Rikers death settlement; Health care premiums; Man guilty in hazing case; Albuquerque Police Dept.

about 7 hours ago

 Youngsters hold tiger masks during a reading of “Mr. Tiger Goes Wild” by Peter Brown at the Hyundai Club West Lounge of Heinz Field. The event was an attempt to set a record for the world's largest vocabulary lesson.

Children 'go wild' for Guiness World Record-setting vocabulary lesson

PNC Grow Up Great celebrated its 10th anniversary with a vocabulary challenge — teaching the same lesson at the same time in 37 cities.

1 day ago

 Reuters obtained this mugshot of Eric Matthew Frein, 31, who is accused of killing a Pennsylvania state trooper in a sniper attack in September.

Frein ordered held without bail in ambush shooting death of Pennsylvania trooper

A crowd of about 150 gathered outside the courthouse, with some of them shouting jeers, such as "you're a coward" and "rot in hell."

about 22 hours ago

U.S. consumer spending down 0.2 percent in September

Spending is closely watched because it accounts for 70 percent of economic activity.

about 22 hours ago

Medical equipment saleswoman sentenced in health care fraud case

Mary Monica Wilson-Lefler, 64, of Economy, had pleaded guilty last year to health care fraud.

about 15 hours ago

 Nurse Kaci Hickox leaves her home on a rural road in Fort Kent, Maine, to take a bike ride with her boyfriend Ted Wilbur, Thursday.

Maine asks court to isolate quarantined nurse who treated Ebola patients

For now, police are monitoring Kaci Hickox and her public interactions but cannot detain her.

about 21 hours ago

 Police officers stand near wreckage from Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo in this still image captured from KNBC video footage from Mojave, Calif.

Witness: Space tourism rocket explodes in desert

A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded Friday during a test flight, killing a pilot aboard and seriously injuring another.

about 15 hours ago

High school students learn about careers in business, politics

City Council members Corey O’Connor and Dan Gilman offer career advice to local high school students through the U Can B program.

1 day ago

Obituary: Jane Fitzpatrick McGough / Her doors were always open

"Everything happened at our house," said her son, attorney W. Thomas McGough. "Our house was the house where everyone flowed to."

1 day ago

Court won’t order Pa. agencies to keep emails longer

State officials have said emails deleted by employees are permanently deleted from the system within five days.

about 8 hours ago

 Thomas Menino

Obituary: Thomas M. Menino / Mayor who transformed Boston

Empty warehouses and a decrepit waterfront gave way to glassy condos, corporate offices and upscale restaurants.

1 day ago

Palestinians decry Israel’s closing of holy site after slaying of suspect

Israel barredl access to the Jerusalem Old City holy site Jews call the Temple Mount and Muslims have identified as the Noble Sanctuary.

1 day ago

Storytelling: Grandma’s chicken hands were scent from heaven

Grandma’s “Chicken No. 5” was an unforgettable scent.

1 day ago

University of Pittsburgh building named after vice chancellor Cochran

Jerome Cochran’s service spans more than three decades.

about 18 hours ago

Burkina Faso army topples government, as country’s president vows to stay on

Army seizes control and dissolves all institutions in Burkina Faso.

1 day ago

Feds approve vaccine against meningitis tied to campus outbreaks

The Food and Drug Administration has now approved a vaccine for the first time for the deadly type of meningitis that affected students

1 day ago

Both parties targeting statehouse monopolies

Republicans now control 23 states, and Democrats, 13, the most states under single-party rule in six decades.

1 day ago

Islamic State fighters execute 220 Iraqi men

Islamic state militants execute at least 220 Iraqi members of a Sunni Muslim tribe west of Baghdad, many of them police or militia members.

1 day ago

7 nations where Americans can study for free (or almost free)

Seven nations, mainly in Europe, let Americans take college courses, in English, either cheaply or free.

1 day ago

Cardinal plans to reorganize New York parishes

New York Catholic archdiocese announces sweeping consolidation of parishes, merging more than 50 of them.

1 day ago

National briefs: Small-plane crash leaves four dead

Plus: Case for oil exports; Bankruptcy plan OK’d; Terrorism guilty plea; Recanting inmate freed.

1 day ago

Sweden recognizes Palestinian State.

Plus: SAT cheating scandal; Presidential palace; Ebola crackdown; Union curbs proposed; U.S. drone strike

1 day ago

 "Nowhere in the text of the provision is there a requirement that Highmark include UPMC in all of its Medicare-Advantage products," Judge Dan Pellegrini wrote.

Highmark plan can exclude UPMC, Pennsylvania judge rules

The state argued in court last week that the agreements required Highmark to provide seniors with in-network access to UPMC care.

1 day ago

 Black smoke billows from a building at Mid-Continent Airport, where officials say a plane crashed this morning.

Officials: At least two dead in Kansas airport crash

The airplane, believed to be a twin-engine turboprop, had taken off from the airport and crashed as it tried to return, the FAA said.

1 day ago

 State Sen. LeAnna Washington, D-Philadelphia

Pa. legislator gets house arrest in $200K corruption case; staff worked on 'birthday' fundraiser

The judge said Sen. LeAnna Washington's case is one "that will taint, that will cloud, that will obscure" the works of good legislators."

1 day ago

 President Barack Obama shakes hands Wednesday with Ebola survivor Kent Brantly during an event with American health care workers in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

Obama warns against strict Ebola quarantines

America’s response to Ebola must be based in fact and science, President Barack Obama said Wednesday.

2 days ago

 The entrance of Posner Tower at UPMC Shadyside Hospital. Unlike many other sectors, job cuts at Western Pennsylvania hospitals have continued since the 2008 recession.

Hospital job cuts continue in Pittsburgh region

Western Pennsylvania hospitals, like most employers, shed jobs in the wake of the 2008 recession, but job losses have continued.

2 days ago

Contractor in rocket explosion had earlier issues with engines

The explosion Tuesday evening marked the first time that a resupply mission contracted by NASA to a private company has failed.

2 days ago

Fed ends bond-buying program — a remedy for Great Recession

The Fed has ended its “QE3” bond purchases but decides to maintain low short-term interest rates to keep spurring jobs market.

2 days ago

Section of Boyce Road in South Fayette to remain closed into December

Pennsylvania American Water will replace a 36-inch water main that ruptured three times this week on Boyce.

1 day ago

 Seamus McCaffery

McCaffery's resignation from Pennsylvania Supreme Court reduces risk to his pension

In stepping down from the state Supreme Court this week, former Justice Seamus McCaffery reduced most risk to his sizable state pension.

2 days ago

 The ramp from northbound Interstate 579 and the Veterans Bridge to Route 28 was to close shortly after 10:30 a.m. today and stay closed around the clock until late November.

Interstate 579, Veterans Bridge ramp to Route 28 closing through November

The ramp closure is the final big hurdle for drivers who have faced more than four years of restrictions and detours.

2 days ago

Halloween canceled in northeastern Pennsylvania as police continue manhunt

Officials in rural Barrett canceled the beloved Halloween ritual and the annual parade because of the police manhunt for Eric Frein.

1 day ago

 Nurse Kaci Hickox went out on a bike ride today in defiance of the state of Maine's voluntary quarantine for medical workers who have treated Ebola patients.

States struggling over Ebola policy

Governors of both parties are struggling to define public health policies on the virus.

1 day ago


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