Efrat Ayal Hatchwell talks about her theater program, which works out of the YMCA Jerusalem and is funded by the Jerusalem Foundation.

Mideast film project aims at bridging divisions

A Jerusalem program that puts young Jews and Palestinians together, to make films, seeks a Pittsburgh partner.

about 18 hours ago

 New Florence Mayor Neva Gindlesperger holds a candle at a memorial on Ligonier Street for St. Clair police officer Lloyd Reed.

New Florence man charged with homicide in police officer's killing

Police say Ray Shetler, who is currently hospitalized, killed officer Lloyd Reed while responding to a domestic incident.

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 "I believe there’s room for more bears," said Mark Ternent, a biologist and bear specialist with the state Game Commission, "but we need to balance that with the human social factor and limit the number of negative human-bear conflicts.”

Here, there, everywhere a bear: Game Commission says population not a problem

Not long ago, bears were mostly isolated in remote regions of the Appalachian Mountains.

about 18 hours ago

 The Daniel Finch mural "Lady Commonwealth" at the Susquehanna Art Museum.

Harrisburg sheds its stodgy image

Pennsylvania’s state capitol is a hidden gem in plain sight in a city building a reputation as a foodie and sightseeing destination.

about 18 hours ago

 Sasha and Chris Heinz in 2009.

Pittsburgh's charms attract another young professional: Christopher Heinz

Praising the “sense of community that’s more meaningful in Pittsburgh,” Mr. Heinz is coming to town. Let the political speculation begin.

about 18 hours ago

 West Virginia University assistant professor Charlie Yuill uses a laser surveying tool to help define structures damaged by a September fire in the historic district of Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

WVU marshals effort to restore Harpers Ferry after devastating fire

WVU dispatched an extension service employee and experts in engineering, law, writing and marketing to the renowned Civil War town.

about 18 hours ago

New Kensington man killed in single-vehicle crash in Armstrong County

State police say Ronald Heuston lost control of his vehicle early Sunday on Ford City Road in North Buffalo Township.

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Obituary: Clement 'Russell' Mathews / Steel fabrication exec who thrived on complex projects

Mr. Mathews, 80, a civil engineer by training, worked on projects from Fifth Avenue Place to the NYC World Trade Center.

about 18 hours ago

 Korina Ciuba, right, her brother Gage Ciuba and their grandmother Jean Harmon hold hands with fellow mourners Saturday in Colorado Springs, Colo., at a vigil held at the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church. The vigil honored those killed in Friday’s deadly shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic.

Obama: Recurring gun violence is ‘not normal’

The president responded angrily on Saturday to the Colorado shooting that took three lives, including that of a police officer.

about 18 hours ago

Officer slain in shooting was a co-pastor, skating champion

Officer Garrett Swasey was killed after responding to reports of an active shooter. He was one of 12 victims — and one of three fatalities.

about 18 hours ago

East Liverpool man killed in crash on Parkway North

Police say the driver failed to successfully navigate a curve on an exit ramp in Ross.

about 3 hours ago

 Donald Trump signs autographs Saturday after speaking to supporters.

Trump weathers controversies at boisterous rally

At a rally in Sarasota, Fla., on Saturday, Mr. Trump denied critics’ assertions that he had mocked New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski.

about 18 hours ago

 Turkish soldiers check tanks at the train station in Gaziantep after their arrival Friday from western Turkey. Turkey shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber at the Syrian border on Tuesday, insisting it had violated its airspace despite repeated warnings. The tanks are expected to be deployed to the border with Syria.

Putin orders extensive sanctions against Turkey over downing of jet

The decree Saturday came hours after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had voiced regret over the incident.

about 18 hours ago

In an unlikely place, life has been percolating

Researchers have found a “veritable zoo” of multicellular creatures living in the wet rock fissures of gold and diamond mines.

about 18 hours ago

States lead effort to let pharmacists prescribe birth control

Public health advocates hope these arrangements could spread across the country.

about 18 hours ago

 Karl Rove

Karl Rove opens up his Rolodex for Ben Carson

Mr. Rove was the mastermind of George W. Bush’s presidential victories in 2000 and 2004.

about 18 hours ago

 Police use teargas Saturday in Istanbul to disperse masked militants protesting the killing of Tahir Elci, a prominent lawyer and human rights defender who had been facing a prison term on charges of supporting Kurdish rebels.

Prominent Kurdish lawyer slain by gunmen in Turkey

Tahir Elci, the president of the Diyarbakir Bar Association, and a police officer were killed by gunmen who opened fire at security forces.

about 18 hours ago

 French President Francois Hollande, holds a news conference after the Climate Change special session held during CHOGM (Commonwealth heads of Government meeting) in Malta on Friday.

Hollande, activists gear up for climate conference

President Barack Obama, the leaders of China, Russia and more than 140 other countries will converge on Paris to launch high-stakes talks.

about 18 hours ago

 A mural of President Woodrow Wilson in the Wilson College dining hall at Princeton University in New Jersey. The former president of both the U.S. and Princeton is central to the school’s historical identity, but his racist views were seldom discussed on campus until recently, when a student group’s actions to raise awareness culminated in a list of demands.

At Princeton, Woodrow Wilson recast as an intolerant alum

As the school’s president in the early 20th century, Wilson initiated its expansion into a full-scale university.

about 18 hours ago

 Opposition presidential candidate Mauricio Macri and his wife Juliana Awada, back left, celebrate after winning a runoff presidential election Nov. 22 in Buenos Aires. Mr. Macri won Argentina’s historic runoff election against ruling party candidate Daniel Scioli, putting an end to the era of  President Cristina Fernandez, who along with her late husband dominated Argentine politics for 12 years.

Argentina’s incoming president reflects changes in the region

Mauricio Macri is the understated engineer and incumbent Buenos Aires mayor who was elected president of Argentina last Sunday.

about 18 hours ago

Attack kills 3 at U.N. base in Mali

No one claimed responsibility for the attack in the country’s restless north but Islamic extremists are suspected.

about 18 hours ago

 Grant Shapps

U.K. minister resigns over the death of activist

Grant Shapps was a key figure in U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron’s general election victory in May.

about 18 hours ago

 City Council member Saad Almasmari, 28, far right, talks with community members inside a grocery store.

For the first majority-Muslim U.S. city, residents are tense about its future

Hamtramck, Mich., is a microcosm of the fears gripping parts of the country since the Islamic State’s attacks on Paris.

about 18 hours ago

Pope visits a divided Central African Republic

The capital of this long-chaotic country of 4.8 million exploded in fury nearly two years ago, leaving thousands dead.

about 18 hours ago

 A sign in Beijing’s main airport reminds Chinese to be civilized travelers, saying they “represent China’s image” when they go overseas. The Social Credit System is designed to incentivize better behavior and punish poor behavior across a range of dimensions, from school to work to travel to driving.

China prepares to rank its citizens on ‘social credit’

Proponents of the so-called Social Credit System say it will help China overcome a multitude of societal ills.

about 18 hours ago

National briefs: U.S. midsection to get relief from storm

Plus: Carson sees refugee camp; Neiman Marcus problem; Corruption museum planned for Albany; Pacific storm dissipates.

about 18 hours ago

World briefs: Migrants clash with Macedonian police on Greek border

Plus: Militants claim Nigeria bombing; Philippines gets warplanes; Mass graves found in Iraq; Maldives protesters dispersed

about 18 hours ago

New policy will open up end-of-life care dialogue between patients and caregivers

“The conversation should not start in the last two weeks, when everybody expects the patient to die,” said Dr. Bernard Bernacki.

1 day ago

 Colorado Springs shooting suspect Robert Lewis Dear of North Carolina is seen in  undated photos provided by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

Suspect in Colorado attack called loner who left few clues

Authorities say Robert Lewis Dear, 57, killed three people during an hours-long standoff before surrendering at the Colorado Springs clinic

1 day ago

Board questions EPA draft report on fracking

The draft report by the independent Science Advisory Board notes inconsistencies in an EPA study of fracking’s impact on water supplies.

1 day ago

Protests shut down Chicago strip

Black Friday march targets high-end stores

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Students collecting oral history across U.S. this week

Interviews will be sent to Library of Congress

1 day ago

Pope arrives in Uganda, calls Africa ‘continent of hope’

Follows his visit to Kenya’s slums

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FBI to start tracking animal cruelty in 2016

Some say violence against animals can be an early indication that a person will be violent toward humans.

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 French President Francois Hollande attends a ceremony Friday in the courtyard of the Invalides in Paris to honor the 130 victims killed in the Nov. 13 attacks in the city.

France commemorates terror victims

Solemn ceremony held two weeks after 130 killed.

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National briefs: Man charged in Chicago boy’s killing

Plus: Carson to tour Jordan, NSA collection to end, 5 die in heavy rains, Server slain over smoking

1 day ago

World briefs: Two arrested in Mali attack that killed 19

Plus: IS affiliate claims attack, Philippines seeks art, Russia won’t fight ban, Activist gets 6 years

1 day ago

Obituary: Earl A. McCabe Jr. / Nuclear engineer, dedicated volunteer

Earl A. McCabe Jr. was a nuclear engineer who dedicated himself to helping others through volunteerism.

1 day ago

 During the week after Christmas, the Parkway East is scheduled to be closed for four days while crews truck in dirt to create a dirt pillow under the Greenfield Bridge, implode it and haul away the debris and dirt.

Parkway East travelers get a reprieve this weekend

Public works officials hopeful delays in first closure of Parkway East will be rectified in next weekend’s closure.

2 days ago

TRAFFIC: Parkway East closure scheduled for next weekend

The Parkway East will close next weekend to prepare for the Greenfield Bridge implosion.

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 Police lead the suspected gunman away in handcuffs outside a Planned Parenthood facility after a standoff on Friday in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Gunman kills 3 in shootout at Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic

An official identified the gunman in custody as Robert Lewis Dear of North Carolina.  As yet, authorities have no motive for the attack.

1 day ago

 Margaret Cerra works on uneven surfaces with the guidance of physical therapist Mike Tardio during her third week of therapy after having hip replacement surgery at AGH.

Home care program aims to cut hospital readmission rates

Communication between hospitals and post-acute care providers is getting new attention as Medicare escalates penalties against hospitals.

2 days ago

 The five-month budget stalemate has halted about $7 million in state funds that would have normally gone to food banks around the commonwealth.

Budget standoff has state's food banks looking to hunters for help

Hunters Sharing the Harvest, Pennsylvania’s venison donation program, will mark one million pounds of donated meat this hunting season.

2 days ago

Russia, France agree to tighten cooperation

The presidents of the two countries will work together to fight against the Islamic State group.

2 days ago

 Dr. Ben Carson, left, and Alfonso A. Costa in December 2005.

Pittsburgh-area developer, close friend of presidential contender Carson has complex legal history

Alfonso Costa faced a trail of lawsuits as he built around Pittsburgh.

2 days ago

 A crowd cheers Pope Francis as he meets with Sahle-Work Zewde, the director-general of the United Nations Office at Nairobi, upon his arrival Thursday at the U.N. regional office in Kenya.

Pope says youth should not be ‘radicalized’ to spread terror

On his first day in Africa, Pope Francis focused on the recent terrorist attacks and held an interfaith meeting.

2 days ago

 Thanks, Aunt Ina.

Local Dispatch: The Christmas ham that got us going

In 1950s, an aunt with a large ham for Christmas dinner motivated 13 of us to pile into a car to visit. And then it began to snow. A lot ...

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 French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, left, and French President Francois Hollande talk to each other as they arrive for a group photo at the France-Oceania summit on the sideline of the Climate Change conference, which starts this week.

Despite terror alert, France gears up for climate talks

Two weeks after the attacks in Paris, France faces a big security challenge, a global mega-conference on climate change.

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 Demonstrators block the intersection of Michigan and Chicago avenues Tuesday as they protest the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald in downtown Chicago.

Black leaders in Chicago push for investigation of police department

A graphic video was released Wednesday of a white police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times.

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