A close-up look at an adult female, an adult male, nymph and larva ticks.

Doctors advise against long-term antibiotic treatment for Lyme disease

Controversy continues, but experts say science is clear: antibiotic treatments quickly eliminate Lyme disease, even if symptoms persist.

about 15 hours ago

 Sita Karka, suffering two broken legs from Saturday's massive earthquake, arrives today by helicopter from the heavily damaged Ranachour village at a landing zone in the town of Gorkha, Nepal.

Pittsburgh Nepalese aid organizations mobilize

Two Nepalese workers at Kobold Expedition Tools, a watch company based in Lawrence County, have not yet been located.

about 15 hours ago

Carnegie Mellon University student safe after witnessing avalanche on Mount Everest

Sam Rest and his small group of five had trekked to base camp and were halfway back when a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck 85 miles away.

about 3 hours ago

Nepalis dig through quake rubble for survivors, toll could reach 10,000

International aid has begun arriving in the Himalayan nation three days after Saturday’s 7.9-magnitude quake, but disbursement is slow.

about 9 hours ago

Inbound Boulevard of Allies to close tonight in Oakland

Crews will repair the deck of a bridge that carries the boulevard over Brady Street and the Birmingham Bridge ramp.

about 6 hours ago

D.A. in Montgomery County to widen Kane investigation

A panel of judges referred the dismissal of James Barker from the attorney general's office to the district attorney for investigation.

7 minutes ago

Paving to bring more restrictions to Greentree Road in Scott, Green Tree

In the section between Carnahan Road and McKinney Lane, traffic will be down to one lane in both directions.

about 8 hours ago

 Baltimore city firefighters walk past a residence that was set ablaze in West Baltimore after the funeral of Freddie Gray in Maryland early this morning.

National Guard moves in to keep the peace in Baltimore

Monday was one of the most volatile outbreaks of violence prompted by a police-involved death since the protests in Ferguson, Mo.

about 1 hour ago

Plum school board tonight to issue statement related to teacher arrests

The regular legislative meeting of the school board is scheduled for 7 tonight at Oblock Junior High School.

about 4 hours ago

 Mourners comfort one another Monday during the funeral for Freddie Gray at the New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore. Mr. Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switchblade knife April 12 outside the Gilmor Homes housing project on the city’s west side but died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody, according to his attorney.

Baltimore enlists Guard and curfew to halt riots and looting

The violence that shook the city broke out after the funeral of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, the nation’s latest symbol of police brutality.

about 16 hours ago

 Mariah Aquino-Truss meets with state Sen. Elder Vogel Jr. at his office in Rochester to talk about Mariah's work to raise money and awareness for the Arthritis Foundation. Mariah was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis three years ago.

Jefferson Awards: Girl spreads important message about arthritis

Mariah Aquino-Truss, 9, of Patterson Heights, Beaver County, is a finalist for outstanding volunteer in the 2014 Jefferson Awards.

about 15 hours ago

 R. Buck Gray, center, and other Penn Hills residents talk about the school district’s budget shortfall Monday during an executive recess at the Penn Hills School Board meeting Monday night at Linton School, the first since announcing financial distress.

Residents voice concerns over Penn Hills School District finances

A standing-room-only crowd attended Monday night’s school board meeting in Linton Middle School.

about 7 hours ago

 Vice President Joe Biden swears in Loretta Lynch as attorney general Monday while husband Stephen Hargrove, second from right, and father Lorenzo Lynch look on at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. She replaces Eric Holder.

Lynch sworn in as attorney general, and a full agenda awaits

She made history Monday as she became the nation’s first female African-American attorney general.

about 15 hours ago

Gay marriage gets Supreme Court airing today

After rapid changes that have made same-sex marriage legal in all but 14 states, today is a potential watershed moment.

about 16 hours ago

Diet swap reduces colon cancer risk, Pitt-based study shows

African Americans who ate foods high in fiber and low in animal proteins and fats experienced declines in risk factors for colon cancer.

about 3 hours ago

Colorado theater gunman’s sanity debated during trial

District Attorney George Brauchler declared Monday that two psychiatric exams found Colorado theater gunman James Holmes to be sane.

about 16 hours ago

Japan and U.S. set new rules for military cooperation

The former guidelines were geared specifically toward the defense of Japan, but the new rules eliminate any geographic restrictions.

about 16 hours ago

Opposition says 1,000 killed in Angola clash with religious sect

The statement is in contrast to the police report, which said 13 civilians were killed during fighting with members of a Christian group.

about 15 hours ago

U.S. lowers fluoride standard in water

It’s the first change since the government urged cities to add fluoride to water supplies to prevent tooth decay more than 50 years ago.

about 16 hours ago

State commission hears testimony on new formulate for state aid to education

The Basic Education Funding Commission completes hearings and expects to issue a proposed formula by June 10.

about 2 hours ago

75 percent of extreme weather due to climate change, study finds

Heat waves and heavy storms are occurring four times more often than they did before carbon pollution started driving up thermometers.

about 15 hours ago

National briefs: Conferees nearing deal on budget

Plus: Marathon bombing; More poultry tainted; Keys in stolen cars

about 15 hours ago

World briefs: Kerry meets with Iranian counterpart

Plus: Gaza conflict report; Pope to address climate; Afghanistan fighting

about 15 hours ago

 Jeff Wateska, left, and Marty Schiff are partners in UKnowme, a global media distribution company.

Diana Nelson Jones’ Walkabout: A little Spring Hill activity is enough to cause a stir

A video distribution company has turned the lights back on in one of Spring Hill’s few commercial properties.

about 15 hours ago

 A new mechanical system is going to be installed at Lake Elizabeth in Allegheny Commons Park on the North Side, saving the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority $129,000 per year in maintenance costs.

Lake at Allegheny Commons Park will use less water

Over the past two years, PWSA metered 238 million gallons of water used in Lake Elizabeth.

about 15 hours ago

Health happenings for Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Health events scheduled in the area for the coming week.

about 15 hours ago

 Victims of Saturday's earthquake rest Monday inside an Indian Air Force helicopter as they are evacuated from Trishuli Bazar to the airport in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Quake toll tops 4,400; remote areas desperate

Aid workers and officials in remote, shattered villages near the epicenter pleaded Monday for food, shelter and medicine.

about 15 hours ago

Obituary: Maurice 'Tito' Braunstein / Passionate about theater, the arts

Attorney Maurice “Tito” Braunstein devoted his time and talent to the stage and music, including starting the Jewish Theatre of Pittsburgh.

about 15 hours ago

Pittsburgh Riverhounds to partner with Klingenberg girls' soccer camp

Members of the Riverhounds' coaching staff will also help run the camp, along with some of Klingenberg's professional teammates.

about 2 hours ago

Judge quashes NRA attempt to restart case

The NRA sued over the gun laws of Pittsburgh, Lancaster and Philadelphia early this year.

about 1 hour ago

 Workers prepare steel beams in March for the next phase in the major rehabilitation of the Parkway West bridges in Carnegie. The Parkway West will close nightly from Green Tree-Crafton to Interstate 79 this week.

Parkway West overnight closures planned this week

The parkway will be closed at 10 p.m. nightly from Green Tree-Crafton to Interstate 79.

1 day ago

Overnight restrictions to continue on Route 28

Lane closures are possible in both directions starting at 8 p.m. daily between the Veterans Bridge on-ramp and the 31st Street Bridge

1 day ago

 Plum Senior High students began protesting just before school started this morning, around 7:30 a.m.

Plum high school students protest, claim censorship

The students said they were taking a stand against the school trying to, as they said, prohibit them from expressing their views.

1 day ago

Gas prices still edging up in Pittsburgh area

The average price for a gallon regular in the Pittsburgh area went up 9.9 cents in the past week to $2.73, according to one tracking site.

1 day ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane

Attorney general’s testimony had ‘inconsistencies,’ newly unsealed document says

The attorney general lied "to divert her attention from her actual role as the principal“ of a leak to the media, the grand jury said.

about 17 hours ago

 A line of Baltimore police officers hold their ground at the corner of Pennsylvania and North avenues during violent protests following the funeral of Freddie Gray.

Riot, looting prompt state of emergency, curfew in Baltimore

The governor declared a state of emergency and called in the National Guard to restore order.

about 19 hours ago

 A Nepalese man carries his belongings from earthquake debris in Bhaktapur, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, today. A strong magnitude earthquake shook Nepal’s capital and the densely populated Kathmandu valley on Saturday devastating the region and leaving tens of thousands shell-shocked and sleeping in streets.

Death toll rises to more than 3,700 in Nepal earthquake

The government and aid groups say that many communities perched on mountainsides are devastated or struggling to cope.

1 day ago

 An advertisement for UKIP, the U.K. Independence Party, on a vehicle.

Anti-immigration sentiment puts UKIP on Britain’s electoral map

Won by the Conservatives in the last election, Thurrock is one of the most hotly contested parliamentary seats this time around.

1 day ago

 Judges on this court serve 10-year terms before going up for retention.

Eight vie for three seats on Allegheny County Common Pleas Court

Judges who sit on this trial-level court can be assigned to four different divisions, including criminal, civil, family and orphan’s.

1 day ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf is scrapping the test that was reinstated in 2012 under his predecessor, Republican Gov. Tom Corbett.

Wolf scrapping controversial assets test for food stamps

Previously, anyone applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program was subject to an “assets” test.

1 day ago

 "The games between UPMC and Highmark must end," Gov. Tom Wolf said as state regulators asked the courts Monday to force the health care giants into arbitration.

State heads to court to resolve UPMC, Highmark consent decree violations

The governor said UPMC’s cancellation of its Medicare Advantage plan with Highmark had been “the final straw.”

about 15 hours ago

Baltimore mourners pay respects to man who died in custody

Mourners filed for hours Sunday past the coffin of Freddie Gray, somberly paying respects after a night of violent protests.

1 day ago

 After serving 16 years on the Pittsburgh Public Schools board, North Sider Mark Brentley Sr. isn’t seeking re-election.

Newcomers vie for District 8 Pittsburgh school board seat

After serving 16 years on the Pittsburgh Public Schools board, North Sider Mark Brentley Sr. isn’t seeking re-election.

1 day ago

For-profit Corinthian Colleges to shut down remaining campuses

The Santa Ana, Calif.-based company had been subject to multiple federal and state probes.

1 day ago

 "For some other students, the rising costs could prevent them from completing their degrees," State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said in the report.

Audit says State System students continue to pay for lack of funding

The report is billed as the first modern-day comprehensive performance audit evaluating the effectiveness of the State System.

about 17 hours ago

 A man climbs on top of collapsed buildings Sunday in Bhaktapur, Nepal, a day after parts of the nation were devastated by a 7.8 -magnitude earthquake.

Aid workers scramble as risks persist in Nepal

International aid agencies and governments mobilized Sunday to respond to the devastating temblor, which has killed more than 2,500 people.

1 day ago

Chipotle to stop serving food with genetically modified ingredients

The move to take GMOs out of its products is a first for a major restaurant chain.

1 day ago

Schools shouldn't be bugged about head lice, doctors say

American Academy of Pediatrics reinforces its guidelines, which urges schools to not exclude students from class.

1 day ago

National briefs: 5 missing in Alabama waters

Plus: Bush campaign trail; Colorado shooting trial; Safety flaws found

1 day ago

World briefs: Queen Elizabeth dropped from U.K. rich list

Plus: Pleas for mercy; Syrian jets kill at least 34; Airstrikes in Yemen

1 day ago


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