Wei Zhu, owner of Chengdu Gourmet in Squirrel Hill, cuts a beet into a rose garnish for a dish in June.

Beets and beetroot juice showing health benefits

Studies show that beets and beetroot juice, despite the taste, reduce blood pressure and improve cardiovascular health among other benefits.

about 9 hours ago

Jewish Association on Aging wants a Blue Zone in Pittsburgh

Blue Zones are places worldwide where people live longest, inspiring a project to replicate their results in communities nationwide.

about 9 hours ago

 Kathryn Whitehead is an assistant professor of chemical engineering at the Biomolecular Engineering Lab at Carnegie Mellon University in Oakland.

CMU scientist determined to find nanoparticles that fight disease

Scientist Kathryn Whitehead leads Carnegie Mellon lab in creating and testing nanoparticles for medical purposes using “badger” approach.

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TRAFFIC: Parkway North HOV lanes re-opened

Also, a portion of Smithfield Street, Downtown, will be closed to traffic for seven months for the final phase of a reconstruction project.

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CMU to host STEM expo for visually impaired students

Students can talk to blind adults now working as engineers, scientists, software developers and computer trainers at a career expo Saturday.

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 In April, U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster called attention to the problem of funding transportation projects at the Greenfield Bridge over the Parkway East. The bridge is scheduled to be imploded in late December and replaced with a new span.

Pittsburgh braces itself for closing of Greenfield Bridge

The tiny span will have a huge impact on how traffic flows into Oakland, Squirrel Hill and Greenfield. “It’s going to hurt.”

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 Patrons play slot machines at the Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington County. Bills, such as one proposed on Internet gambling and off-track horse racing betting parlors by Sen. Kim Ward, R-Westmoreland, are being considered as lawmakers look to use gambling monies as revenue to reduce the state’s budget deficit.

Facing a huge deficit, Pennsylvania eyes gambling for help

Lawmakers who support it estimate that an expansion of some sort could mean hundreds of millions of dollars in one-time license fees.

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 Dressed at "Sam the Snot," Samey Jay helps pass out leaflets reminding people in Market Square that it's 90 days until paid sick leave becomes effective in the City of Pittsburgh on Jan. 11, 2016.

Countdown is on: Pittsburgh paid sick leave law takes effect in 90 days

The law exempts federal and state employees, independent contractors, construction workers covered by collective bargaining.

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Ellwood City Area avoids teachers' strike

The 130 teachers in the Ellwood City Education Association worked out the agreement with the school board late Monday.

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 With the reconstructed cockpit displayed behind, Tjibbe Joustra, head of the Dutch Safety Board, presents the board’s final report today into what caused Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 to break up high over Eastern Ukraine last year, killing all 298 people on board.

Report: Malaysia Airlines plane most likely hit by Russian-made missile

The July 17, 2014 crash of the Boeing 777 over eastern Ukraine killed all 298 people aboard.

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Health happenings for Tuesday, Oct. 13

Health- and fitness-related events this week include a VIPink Party at Allegheny Valley Hospital on Thursday.

about 9 hours ago

U.S. briefing Asian allies on plans for naval patrols in South China Sea

The move that could escalate tensions with Beijing after President Xi Jinping’s recent visit to Washington, D.C.

about 9 hours ago

Confederate flag supporters indicted in clash with black partygoers

Prosecutors say that members of the group, which calls itself “Respect the Flag,” threatened a group of African-Americans.

about 9 hours ago

Wildfires burn homes, prompting evacuations in Wyoming, Idaho

The blazes come at a time the fire season in the Northern Rockies is usually drawing to a close, officials said.

about 9 hours ago

U.S. delivers weapons to Kurdish, Arab forces in northern Syria

One military official said the drop was part of a revamped U.S. strategy announced last week to help rebels in Syria battling IS.

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Obituary: David S. Ketchum / Pioneer in field of professional philanthropic fundraising

David S. Ketchum succeeded his father as chief executive of Ketchum Inc., and was a pioneer in professional philanthropic fundraising.

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 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks Sept. 22 during a community forum on health care at Moulton Elementary School in Des Moines, Iowa.

Analysis: Several things to watch at first Democratic presidential debate

Hillary Rodham Clinton takes the debate stage for the first time in this campaign tonight to face four rivals.

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Obituary: William Broadwater / Tuskegee Airman, historian for group

William E. Broadwater, a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, was denied chance at civilian pilot’s job after the war.

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U.S. House’s Flores will seek speakership if Ryan doesn’t

The Texas representative laid claim to a post that others have so far found too hot to handle.

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National briefs: Jeb Bush unveils plan for health care

PLUS: Councilman Tasered; Officer’s neighbor held; S.C. highway reopening.

about 9 hours ago

World briefs: Dutch to say missile took down plane

PLUS: Post denounces verdict; Stabbings continue; Uganda to withdraw; Polio kills boy in Laos.

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 The emails linked to Justice J. Michael Eakin are the latest turn in a pornographic email scandal uncovered by Ms. Kane that has spurred a wave of resignations or firings of state officials.

Pa. high court: Justices 'disturbed' by reports of Eakin emails

The high court released a news release today that said it’s retained an independent lawyer to look into the matter and issue a report.

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TRAFFIC: Smithfield Street, Downtown closed for 7 months

A northbound lane and parking lane on Smithfield Street, Downtown, will be closed from Fourth to Fifth avenues.

1 day ago

 Bill Cosby, 78, faces numerous accusations of sexual misconduct.

Pitt to consider rescinding honorary degree bestowed on Cosby

Bill Cosby received an honorary degree from Pitt during Pitt-Johnstown's 2002 graduation, where he was commencement speaker.

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 Only time will tell whether this year’s budget standoff results in any of the tax increases that Gov. Tom Wolf, who took office this year, insists are needed for Pennsylvania to balance its budget while boosting education funding.

Pennsylvania has history of contentious tax-hike efforts

Past increases in the Pennsylvania personal income tax were sometimes preceded by failed votes.

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 This undated image provided by Abbott shows their experimental dissolving heart stent. Doctors say the Absorb stent works like dissolving stitches, slowly going away after it has done its job, passed its first major test in a large study.

Dissolving stent for heart arteries passes first large test

So far, the product doesn’t prove itself to be superior, but it is fueling hope for a new generation of these devices.

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 Southwest Airlines said it was using back-up systems around the country to check-in travelers lacking printed or mobile boarding passes after technical problems arose Sunday.

Southwest Airlines warns Monday travelers to plan ahead after delays

Representatives for Southwest did not say what caused the tech problem.

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 “We need to come to a conclusion on liquor reform. We need to address cost drivers like our pension system. We need to look at gaming options,” House Majority Leader Dave Reed said.

Facing a huge deficit, Pennsylvania eyes gambling for help

An expansion of gambling could mean hundreds of millions of dollars in license fees plus revenue by taxing a new stream of gambling profits.

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Pittsburgh-area gasoline prices stay flat at $2.39 a gallon

Pittsburgh gas prices showed little change in the last week, though analysts expect a long decline to continue this autumn.

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Wabtec acquires assets of Track IQ

Australia-based Track IQ reports annual sales of about $15 million.

about 23 hours ago

Activists criticize Ohio prosecutor for reports on fatal police shooting

The reports said Timothy Loehmann, the white officer who shot Tamir Rice, who was black, opened fire because he felt threatened.

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 John Boehner

Divided Republicans agree that Ryan could be speaker

Across the Sunday talk shows, members of the Freedom Caucus said they could swing behind Ryan in the wide-open race for a successor.

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Small earthquakes recorded in northern Oklahoma

The Geological Survey reported that nine quakes ranging in magnitude from 2.5 to 3.7 were recorded Saturday and Sunday.

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Sanders: Clinton now adopting my positions

The senator’s statements comes two days before they will appear on the same stage in the first Democratic presidential debate.

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Putin reaches out to Assad’s foes

Meanwhile, Syrian government forces made gains and eight senior Islamic State figures were killed in an Iraqi airstrike.

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Police: 18-year-old shoots horse pulling buggy with toddler on board

State police said Caleb Gotjen of Garrett fired at the horse hauling a buggy that was carrying a family and their 1-year-old child.

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 Protesters chant slogans Sunday as they protest Saturday's bombing attacks, during a rally in Ankara, Turkey.

Turks, Kurds trade blame for bombings

The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party said the death toll had risen to 128.

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 Jason Rezaian, an Iranian-American correspondent for the Washington Post, smiles as he attends a presidential campaign of President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran in April 2013.

Iranian TV says Post correspondent convicted of espionage

The judge who heard the case is known for handing down harsh sentences, and he potentially faces a sentence of 10 to 20 years.

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Iran issues verdict to U.S. man

The U.S. newspaper said Tehran was working a political angle by not disclosing details.

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 Angus Deaton, a British economist, was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science today for improving the accuracy of basic economic gauges, including measures of income, poverty and consumption.

Princeton's Angus Deaton wins Nobel economics prize

Deaton, 69, was born in Edinburgh but now works at Princeton in New Jersey. He holds both U.S. and British citizenship.

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Zimbabwe will not charge Minn. dentist for killing Cecil the lion

Walter Palmer, a lifelong big-game hunter from Minnesota, stoked a global controversy when he killed Cecil, a rare black-maned lion.

about 10 hours ago

 Smithfield Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues will close to all traffic except buses for seven months when the intersection with Forbes Avenue begins its reconstruction.

Smithfield Street shut for road project

The closure will allow A. Merante Contracting Inc. to rebuild the intersection of Smithfield and Forbes Avenue.

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 Zack Kizak, 26, of Hermitage watches as the 7th inning comes to an end Wednesday during the National League wild card game at PNC Park. "This is not what I expected," he said.

Morning File: End of Pirates’ season isn’t as bad as it seems

There’s plenty of reasons we’re better off with the Pirates’ early demise.

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Police: College football player stabs teammate with corkscrew

Albright College freshman Marquis Stewart, of Bethlehem, was arrested after the stabbing early Sunday in Crowell Hall.

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National briefs: Benghazi panel head rejects claims

PLUS: Carson defends comments; Ex-Irish banker arrested; Calif. golf course bombs.

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World briefs: NATO: 5 dead in non-hostile copter crash

PLUS: Lukashenko re-elected; Nepal chooses new PM; S. Africa set to leave ICC.

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Community meeting on Moon-Cornell merger draws 80 people

Merger discussions between the neighboring schools have been ongoing over 30 years, with at least four formal attempts to merge occurring.

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Two Allegheny County lawyers vie for Commonwealth Court seat

Voters will choose either Democrat Michael Wojcik of Fox Chapel or Republican Paul Lalley of Upper St. Clair for a Commonwealth Court seat.

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Pittsburgh firm angling for launch of its moon rover

The race to the moon is heating up, but Pittsburgh’s entry, Astrobotic, thinks the competition helps them.

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 Protesters block cars on the freeway in Nov. 2014, during a protest over the police shooting of Tamir Rice in Cleveland.

Reports: Officer's shooting of boy with pellet gun justified

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Prosecutors investigating the death of a 12-year-old black boy who was fatally shot by a white Cleveland police officer

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