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State trooper hit by own patrol car, severely injured

Police say Sgt. Robert Bemis pulled over to the side of I-81 in Schuylkill County on Friday to help a man whose car had caught fire.

about 4 hours ago


Official: Al-Shabab siege at Somali hotel ends, 24 dead

The seige ended more than 12 hours after gunmen from the Islamic rebel group al-Shabab took up positions in the hotel.

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 Sherif Abdelhak, former CEO for Allegheny Health, Education and Research Foundation

Obituary: Sherif Abdelhak / Embattled health care CEO died quietly

The CEO of AHERF (Allegheny Health, Education and Research Foundation), once the state’s largest health system, was jailed after its fall.

about 13 hours ago


 Elizabeth Forward senior Tyler Wachs built a canoe in the school's new FABLab, which allowed him to design the canoe on a computer that then cut the pieces for him. Here, he gives the canoe its second voyage in the high school pool.

Elizabeth Forward student creates canoe in high school's digital fabrication lab

Senior Tyler Wachs could have simply purchased a canoe, but asked, “Why not make something that you can say you built with your own hands?”

about 13 hours ago


Proposed Medicare overhaul would affect doctors, some beneficiaries

The House passed a measure that would create a new payment formula for doctors and charge higher premiums to some Medicare beneficiaries.

about 13 hours ago


College rankings based on employment give only part of the picture

The lists rating which school will boost the students’ earning capacity the most aren’t always accurate measures of a college’s full impact.

about 13 hours ago


Workers suffer as Indian state bans cattle slaughter

The rise of conservative Hindu politicians has revived a long-standing battle over the status of the cow in the massive, multifaith nation.

about 13 hours ago


 Joseph P. Pavlovich, a former math teacher at Shady Side Academy.

Obituary: Joseph P. Pavlovich / Longtime math teacher loved his work

A lucky break allowed a lad who had lost his father to attend a private boarding school, providing a springboard to a teaching career.

about 13 hours ago


Analysis: How the Yemen conflict risks new chaos in the Middle East

Many see the possibility of a regional war in the Middle East as one of the outcomes of the chaos unleashed by the Arab Spring.

about 13 hours ago


 Ellen Pao, center, walks to Civic Center Courthouse in San Francisco on Friday.

Jury finds no gender discrimination in case that captivated Silicon Valley

Ellen Pao accused Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers of treating her “oppressively” because she was a woman and firing her when she

about 13 hours ago


 Chairman Trey Gowdy of the House Select Committee on Benghazi speaks to reporters earlier this month at a news conference on the findings of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s personal emails at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

No copies of Clinton emails on server, lawyer says

Hillary Clinton’s lawyer testified Friday before a House committee investigating the attack in Benghazi, in which the U.S. envoy to Libya

about 14 hours ago


Indiana law denounced as invitation to discriminate against gays

Passage of the measure drew expressions of dismay from the NCAA, which will hold its men’s basketball Final Four games in Indianapolis.

about 14 hours ago


U.S., Russian crew blasts off for yearlong stay on space station

Scientists are interested in seeing how the human body fares during longer stays in space, in anticipation ofr multi-year missions to Mars.

about 13 hours ago


 Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops listens as university president David Boren announces results of inquiry into the fraternity chanting incident.

University of Oklahoma says frat members learned racist chant at national SAE event

That implied that it was not a song belonging to a small number of people and instead was part of the fraternity’s recent traditions.

about 13 hours ago


Israel backs down and releases funds to Palestinian Authority

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu moved to ease a potential financial and security crisis in the occupied West Bank.

about 13 hours ago


World Briefs: Amanda Knox acquitted of 2007 murder in Italy

Plus: Nigeria primes for vote; Iran nuke talks progress; final push against Ebola; and more.

about 13 hours ago


National Briefs: Senate OKs budget blueprint

Plus: suspected hate crime plea; Alabama officer indicted; gas line tapping suspected; and more.

about 13 hours ago


 Allegheny County has budgeted more than $45 million for bridge and road work and in-house paving.

PennDOT lays out this year's road projects for Pittsburgh, region-by-region

Paving, street reconstruction and bridge work will dot much of the Pittsburgh region’s landscape this year.

1 day ago


 People pay tribute Friday to a memorial with inscriptions in four languages — “In memory of the victims of the air disaster of March 24, 2015” — for the victims of the Germanwings Airbus A320 crash in a field near the French Alps in the village of Le Vernet.

Prosecutors say Germanwings co-pilot on crashed flight hid psychological troubles

Among the things seized by investigators in Andreas Lubitz’s belongings were torn and crumpled doctors’ notes excusing the pilot from work.

about 14 hours ago


 Gerhard Lueck, CEO of ViennaFlight, shows the door locking system of an Airbus A320 inside a flight simulator in Vienna.

Cockpits secured against hijackers can also protect rogue pilots

Investigators of the Germanwings crash that killed 150 believe a rogue co-pilot locked out his colleague.

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 The proposed 28-word amendment aims to cement the role of the Pennsylvania Legislature in defining “purely public charities.”

Proposed Pennsylvania tax-exemption amendment stalls

Senate Bill 4, a proposed state constitutional amendment, faces scrutiny in the House and may not make fall ballot.

1 day ago


 Darlene Harris

City Council candidate drops out of race against Darlene Harris

With Dave Schuilenburg out, Ms. Harris faces Bobby Wilson, Randy Zotter and Mark Brentley Sr., who may be removed in a legal challenge.

1 day ago


Norwin teacher, daughter of superintendent, arrested on drug charges

Lisa Rodnicki, 37, a physical education teacher  at Norwin and daughter of superintendent William H. Kerr Jr., is accused of selling heroin.

1 day ago


Port Authority board approves agreement to continue free rides to North Side Station

Under the five-year agreement, the Pittsburgh Stadium Authority and Alco Parking will pay $1.2 million to continue the service.

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 The outbound Fort Pitt Tunnel will close at 10 tonight and reopen by 6 a.m. Monday for the removal of ceiling tiles.

Outbound Fort Pitt Tunnel closing this weekend

The tunnel will close at 10 tonight and reopen by 6 a.m. Monday. The posted detour uses West Carson Street to reach the West End Bypass.

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 Japanese students arrive at Norwin High School on Monday.

In Norwin district, Japanese students get a glimpse of life in the U.S.

Students from Japan visited Norwin schools through a program called Kakehashi, which means “a bridge connecting two sides with differences.

1 day ago


Mt. Lebanon commissioner resigns

Commissioner Kristen Linfante informs the board she is resigning due to health issues.

1 day ago


South Fayette board censures member

The censure motion March 18 by commissioner Jessica Cardillo-Wagenhoffer was approved by a 4-0 vote.

1 day ago


Bomb threat forces evacuation of Armstrong County school

Police went through the building with bomb-sniffing dogs but found nothing, said superintendent Matthew E. Curci.

about 23 hours ago


Camp Meeting Road in Bell Acres to stay closed for rest of 2015

Fixing landslide damage to a portion of  Camp Meeting Road in Bell Acres likely will take until the end of the year.

1 day ago


Murrysville road rating program to begin

Plan will set priorities for surface maintenance in the community.

1 day ago


 Fourth and fifth grade students of Eden Hall Upper Elementary in Pine Richland pose after competing in the 2015 Future Chefs Challenge, hosted by Pine-Richland’s Food Services provider Sodexo. From left are Stella Fannie, Kim Sauers, Rachel Bashe, Noah Carter, Haley Katzfey and Eliana Lazzaro.

Student chefs compete at Pine-Richland

Norah Carter, a fifth-grader at Eden Hall Upper Elementary School, won the districtwide competition with her recipe for Garden Pops.

1 day ago


Obituary: Charles Marvin 'Chuck' Coffey / Former Squirrel Hill dentist was known for his light touch and gentle manner

A friend described Charles “Chuck” Coffey as “a plain, simple, nice man” who practiced dentistry for 25 years in Squirrel Hill.

1 day ago


North Allegheny to vote on volunteer clearances

The policy requiring volunteers to obtain criminal clearances, modeled after a new state law, was introduced at the March 18 meeting.

1 day ago


Storytelling: Nonna’s apron had her big family covered in love

With her round face, shy smile and soft fleshy hands that were never idle, my Nonna Sestili preceded in appearance the Pillsbury Doughboy.

1 day ago


 Robert Vogel conducts the Mt. Lebanon High School chamber orchestra during a February performance at Heinz Hall.

Mt. Lebanon student musicians, singers to play Carnegie Hall

This is the third time that a group of students from Mt. Lebanon High School will perform at the famed music hall.

1 day ago


Obituary: Florence 'Peggy' Greenberg / Devoted to family, community theater

A life devoted to family and community theater remembered.

1 day ago


Penn Hills school board denies charter school’s expansion request

Officials with Imagine Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship expect enrollment to increase in 2015-16.

1 day ago


Peters hires oil and gas consultant

A hydrogeologist is to determine whether gas and oil exploration can be done in the township and, if so, where.

1 day ago


Chartiers Valley considers college readiness program

The initiative strives to increase the number of students taking Advance Placement courses.

1 day ago


New agreements approved by Montour school board

Montour school directors continued the process of addressing issues left open by the previous administration.

1 day ago


Moon Area Superintendent reveals contract details at meeting

As part of a budget presentation to the school board, Curt Baker discussed salary ranges being negotiated between the union and district.

1 day ago


Penn Hills cracks down on student residency requirements

Officials are concerned that students who do not live in Penn Hills may be fraudulently attending school in the district.

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 Jennifer McGee, a marketing coordinator with Massaro Construction works with student Nikki Mauder, a senior at Fox Chapel High School, in the Massaro construction trailer outside of the school.

School's construction serves as an internship site for Fox Chapel students

About 10 Fox Chapel students are getting a real-world work experience at Massaro CM Services, the high school construction contractor.

1 day ago


Murrysville residents oppose Speedway gas station

The Settler’s Ridge Homeowner’s Association doesn’t want Speedway to build on Route 286 near Logans Ferry Road in Murrysville.

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 Hampton High School juniors Emily Hoover and Nicole Perrone created original pen and ink drawings for a book written by their teacher, Scott Stickney.

Hampton students illustrate teacher's book

Scott Stickney, enrichment facilitator at Hampton High School, enlisted students to illustrate his story about a camp for gifted students.

1 day ago


Investigation prompts police presence at Jefferson Hills high school

In an unrelated incident, police said a student showed up with a knife at the school and posted a video showing him loading a firearm.

1 day ago


 The coffin of England’s King Richard III is carried Thursday by pallbearers during a reinterment service for his remains at Leicester Cathedral in Leicester, England. The remains of Richard III, the last English king killed in battle, were found three years ago under a parking lot. Queen Elizabeth II called the reinterment of “great international significance.” Richard III died in 1485.

King Richard III of England is reburied in Leicester Cathedral

Some scholars questioned the image of Richard that has come down through the centuries: a hideous, bloodstained villain.

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 After Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, shown, announced he won’t seek re-election in 2016, Sen. Charles Schumer of New York moved to secure the role as the next Senate Democratic leader.

Pugnacious Sen. Harry Reid says he's retiring, favors brash Chuck Schumer as next Dem leader

“I want to be able to go out at the top of my game,” Mr. Reid, 75, said.

about 14 hours ago


U.S. House OKs bipartisan bill to fix Medicare doctor payments

The measure spares doctors a 21 percent pay cut if it passes a Senate vote. The bill requires high-income earners to pay higher premiums.

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