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Police search for suspect in Monroeville, Plum grocery store robberies

The Giant Eagle on William Penn Highway was robbed and a short time later there was a robbery at Shop 'n Save in Plum.

about 1 hour ago


Kittanning fire leaves family homeless

An Armstrong County emergency dispatcher said the fire started around midnight in a duplex at 150 S. Jefferson St. in Kittanning Borough.

about 1 hour ago


Philly police commissioner tells officers to be alert

The warning comes in the wake of the assassinations of two police officers in New York City.

about 2 hours ago


George Junior Republic employee being investigated for sex with boys

State police have not identified the suspect, saying only that she is an employee of the facility. is 25 years old and lives in Grove City.

about 2 hours ago


 Cousins Corey Deasy, left, Joe Deasy in Dr. Stein's Laboratory, one of two "escape room" Pittsburgh attractions in Greenfield.

Logic and teamwork the key to Escape Room, Pittsburgh's new mystery adventure

It’s the newest form of entertainment to arrive in the region: a locked room where a group has to solve puzzles and clues to get out.

about 12 hours ago


 The Dramm Touch ’N Flow Pro Rain Wand

Shop Holiday: Gift ideas for gardeners

If you know an adventurous gardener who likes to cook, let them try growing mushrooms indoors.

about 12 hours ago


 The driver of this truck was killed in 2008 when his rig overturned on Interstate 79.

Is that big rig road worthy?

Trucks have become safer to drive than ever. So why are they involved in so many accidents?

about 12 hours ago


 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

Refusniks: some attorneys general play a new role, declining to enforce laws

Are attorneys general nationwide showing discretion, or abdication, when they refuse to uphold laws they deem unconstitutional?

about 12 hours ago


 Dr. Robert Arnold, palliative care specialist at UPMC, consults with Dr. Jordan Keen, a palliative care fellow, while treating patient Jim Salathe III, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

'Hospice? I’m way better than that': The human touch of palliative care

Over decades, Dr. Robert Arnold has pioneered ways to deliver the right medicine for the very sick, emphasizing comfort and communication.

about 12 hours ago


 Ashley Menefee and her twin girls, Tiera and Alexis Menefee, 8.

Goodfellows: Single mother of twins in West Homestead gives back as a social worker

The family has turned to Methodist Union of Social Agencies for help, and Ashley Menefee also works to help others.

about 12 hours ago


 The rotunda in the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg

When outside interests and legislative matters collide

There sometimes is overlap between Pennsylvania legislators’ official duties and outside interests.

about 12 hours ago


 The rotunda of the state capitol in Harrisburg.

Recusals are rare in the Pennsylvania Legislature

Pennsylvania lawmakers rarely abstain from voting on legislation related to their outside interests.

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 The west facade of the Pennsylvania State Capitol building.

Pennsylvania state legislators are free to pursue outside interests

Pennsylvania’s “full-time” legislators often have outside income, with little disclosure or oversight.

about 12 hours ago


 Courtney Keel, collections manager at the Heinz History Center, cleans up the sleigh used by Kate Soffel and the Biddle brothers in their escape from a Pittsburgh prison in 1902.

Biddle Brothers' getaway sleigh featured on Travel Channel

Murderers Ed and Jack Biddle used the sleigh as part of their escape from Allegheny County Jail with the warden’s wife in January 1902.

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Vet testifies that euthanized dog had no life-threatening issues

Officers who said Gisele Paris was belligerent and combative when they arrived at her home to investigate the case and later to arrest her.

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 Juliann Maier, 46, of Ross, faces trial in Common Pleas Court on multiple charges including reckless endangerment and reckless driving.

Authority fires bus drivers over crash

Port Authority has fired two bus drivers who face criminal charges in connection with a Sept. 22 crash on the Parkway North.

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County schools show little change in test scores

The release of test scores for 2013-14 show that scores among the schools for the most part hovered close to where they were a year ago.

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Goodfellows: Fund donations promote holiday smiles

The second of two open houses for toy distribution will be held today.

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 James Wargo of Beechview, a volunteer with the #1 Cochran car dealership, walks through the basement collecting toys for a participant of the Toys for Tots program on Friday at the Guardian Storage Solutions warehouse along Liberty Avenue in the Strip District.

Some Pittsburgh charities citing problems with Toys for Tots program

Agencies say hundreds of children might go without toys this year because of mixups by the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.

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N. Huntingdon police warn of thieves stealing garage door remotes from vehicles, entering houses

There have been three incidents in the past two days that police believe are linked in which vehicles, gifts and purses have been stolen.

about 22 hours ago


Victim identified in fatal Washington County fire at elderly complex

The fire at the senior-citizen high rise remains under investigation by the local police department and the state fire marshal.

about 23 hours ago


Former longtime Dormont Mayor Tom Lloyd has died

He served for 18 years as a councilman and 20 years as mayor, with the last part of his tenure marked by sharp disagreement with council.

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Shop Holiday: Cook up these gifts for chefs

These suggestions may make life a little sweeter for the cooks in your life.

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Electric power restored in East Liberty business district

The power went out at 3 p.m. today in the heart of East Liberty.

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 Jack Kochu, father of missing man Paul Kochu, works with a search party combing the South Side today.

Family and friends comb South Side for missing man

The search for Paul Kochu entered its third day today.

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 Staff Sergeant Eric Cheshier, of the U.S. Marine Corps, assists Nicole DeUsanio  of Duquesne with toys, at the Toys for Tots campaign at the Guardian warehouse in the Strip District, Saturday afternoon. "These people are wonderful," Ms, DeUsanio said.

Toys for Tots tries to remedy charities' toy shortfalls

People lined up as early as 5 a.m. today outside a cold Strip District warehouse so their children would not be disappointed on Christmas.

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Former Shuman director files discrimination suit against Allegheny County

William Simmons, former director of the Shuman Juvenile Detention Center, filed a lawsuit in federal court Friday claiming he was

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 “There’s pent-up demand to go there,” Paul Busang, president of Gulliver's Travels, said of Cuba.

Cuba watchers in Pittsburgh cheer opening of trade relations, easing of travel restrictions

The easing of some restrictions will be “one of the best things to ever happen in the travel industry,” says one travel agent.

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 Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto speaks during a police promotion ceremony at the City County Building on Grant Street.

State oversight board approves Pittsburgh budget with no rental registration fee in 2015

At least publicly, the ICA and Mayor Bill Peduto have smoothed over what has been a rocky road over the past few months.

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 Frederick Harris III.

Deaths of Penn Hills couple ruled homicides

Police say Frederick Harris III killed his mother and stepfather, dismembered them and stuffed their remains into garbage cans.

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 A street view of 233 Suncrest Drive, where the bodies of an elderly couple were found Tuesday afternoon.

New details emerge in slaying of Penn Hills couple

Westmoreland County authorities had been seeking Frederick Harris III, 47, for nine months.

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Uniontown man involved in fatal collision with police officer dies

Andrew Bohatch was pronounced dead at 4:06 p.m. this afternoon at UPMC Presbyterian. He was 69.

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One dead following fire in Washington

At least one man died following a fire at the Washington Arbor apartments on North College Street in Washington County, Friday night.

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Irwin council passes final 2015 budget with no tax increase

Irwin council members passed a final 2015 budget at a special meeting Friday that will balance general fund revenues and expenses at $3,506

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Greensburg man killed in Hazelwood fall

Police said the man was working on the roof of a house in the 100 block of Imogene Road when he fell.

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Winter weather advisory posted for Allegheny County

The advisory was in effect until 9 a.m. with a possible accumulation of ice from freezing drizzle and a trace of snow.

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3 North Side streets may have restrictions today

Work will occur from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

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Inspection to close lanes on Liberty Bridge today

Work will occur from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Bishop of Ukranian Catholic churches visits area this weekend

Bishop Bohdan John Danylo of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma, Ohio, will visit parishes in Ambridge and Carnegie.

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 Police salute fallen Perryopolis Police officer Richard Champion outside of the Holy Trinity Church in Ligonier after his funeral service. Officer Champion died in a car crash while on duty.

Mourners gather in Ligonier for fallen Perryopolis police officer

Officer Richard Champion, 35, of Ligonier died Sunday when his police cruiser collided with a car making a left turn in front of him.

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Icy roads blamed for death of truck driver in Interstate 79 crash

Police said Robert Chafin, 51, of Weirton, died when his tractor trailer rolled over about 11 p.m. Thursday as he was heading north on I-79.

2 days ago


 Cheswick vendor Denise Gasper of Uncommon Recyclables sells unique, unisex belts made from recycled materials.

Shop Holiday: Fair-trade, eco-friendly and organic gifts

A belt made from recycled materials or a reusable lunch bag are a couple of suggestions.

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PPG to acquire French company specializing in automotive specialty materials

PPG has been boosting its coatings business through acquisitions.

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Contractor dies after fall from roof in Hazelwood

He was identified by the county medical examiner's office as Joseph McCutcheon Jr., 57, of Greensburg.

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 The Pittsburgh Public Schools' administration building in Oakland.  The 2015 budget holds the line on the property tax rate of 9.84 mills.

Pittsburgh school board OKs budget with no change in property tax rate

Pittsburgh Public Schools’ board of directors unanimously approved a final budget Wednesday night of $556.8 million for 2015.

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Beltzhoover man convicted for shooting woman in eye in Stowe Township

A jury found Oneal Olive guilty of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and firearms violations.

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Trial begins for woman accused of euthanizing man's dog

Gisele Paris is charged with stealing a Siberian husky from Mark Boehler who has Stage III esophageal cancer, and had it euthanized.

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 Looking east from the 16th Street Bridge in the Strip District, this is a view of the land that the Buncher Co. is developing as part of its $450 million Riverfront Landing project that will stretch from 11th to 21st streets.

Housing plans unveiled for $450 million Strip District development

A Cleveland developer is teaming with Buncher to build the complex, which will feature townhouses and penthouse lofts, among other spaces.

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North Huntingdon man found guilty of bankruptcy fraud

Michael J. Free, former owner of Electra Lighting and Electric, hid the assets by filling out false documents in a 2010 bankruptcy filing.

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Councilman Kraus found not guilty of littering, 'cooling-off period' ordered on harassment charge

District Judge James Motznik also ordered Pittsburgh City Council President Bruce Kraus and Christine Marburger to take part in mediation.

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