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Obama expands Afghan mission

The president’s recent secret order ensures that U.S. troops will have a direct role in fighting in the country for at least another year.

about 20 hours ago


Cost-of-living raises boost top Pennsylvania officials’ pay

The 1.6 percent increase translates into increases of more than $3,000 for some of the highest-ranking officials.

about 20 hours ago


GOP fights Obama’s action on immigration

The White House pledged to forcefully sell the overhauls to the American people, while many Republicans vowed to derail his efforts.

about 20 hours ago


Public complaints prompt Reading officials to replace 'ugly' Christmas tree

A group led by City Council president Francis Acosta has begun raising private funds to replace it with something that’s more impressive.

about 4 hours ago


 Former Pennsylvania Turnpike CEO Joe Brimmeier pleaded guilty to conflict-of-interest charges.

Experts question results in Turnpike corruption case

Prosecutors and defense attorneys disagree whether the lack of jail sentences signals the Turnpike case wasn’t a worthwhile prosecution.

about 3 hours ago


Obituary: Gerald Bowman / Longtime Pittsburgh elementary school teacher was a favorite among his students

To students and colleagues alike, he was a father figure and a strong male African-American role model who was both firm and caring.

about 20 hours ago


Kerry, Iran dig in on nuclear talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, reversed plans to leave Vienna on Friday.

about 20 hours ago


Robotic leg braces help Marine get Bronze Star

Capt. Derek Herrera had vowed to walk at the event that also marked his retirement after 8½ years in the military.

about 20 hours ago


Man killed by officer in NYC called ‘‍total innocent’

A rookie New York City police officer shot and killed an unarmed 28-year-old man in a darkened stairwell in Brooklyn late Thursday night.

about 20 hours ago


Benghazi theories debunked by House Intelligence Committee

A two-year investigation by the GOP-controlled House Intelligence Committee asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.

about 20 hours ago


Infected Ebola blood stolen in Guinea

Authorities publicly appealed on national radio Friday to the unidentified robbers to hand over the samples stolen from the minibus taxi.

about 20 hours ago


World briefs: Extremists’ Kobani fight is blunted

PLUS: Russia-China rail sought; China cracks down; Docs show U.K. spying; S. Africa moves rhinos

about 20 hours ago


National briefs: Ferguson awaits report by grand jury

PLUS: Newtown shooting; Buffalo faces flooding; renewable fuels.

about 20 hours ago


 Peggy Zezza of Forest Hills uses her new smartphone Wednesday to take a picture of the PPG tree lit up and ready for today's Light Up Night.

Pittsburgh's Light Up Night closes streets, detours buses

Light Up Night began at noon today with a tree lighting at the City-County Building, Downtown.

1 day ago


Weekend paving work scheduled on Route 19 in Ross, McCandless

A variety of traffic shifts and restrictions will be in place as a result, PennDOT announced.

1 day ago


Route 51 ramp in Jefferson Hills, West Elizabeth to close for weekend

The ramp will close at 6 p.m. today and reopen by 5 a.m. Monday as crews remove a wall and work on signs.

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Bridge repairs to continue on Parkway West in Robinson

The restrictions will be in place after 10 p.m. today and end by 6 a.m. Monday.

1 day ago


House GOP sues Obama administration over health care law

GOP lawmakers filed the suit the morning after the president announced unilateral executive actions to expand protections for immigrants.

1 day ago


Agency: Newtown shooter's mental health issues were accommodated, not appropriately treated

Adam Lanza’s social isolation and obsession with mass killings have been detailed by police reports.

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 A recent traveler to West Africa was being evaluated for Ebola at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, but tests showed the patient does not have the virus, the hospital said today.

Hospital: Philadelphia patient does not have Ebola

The announcement came just a few hours after the hospital reported that the patient was being evaluated.

1 day ago


 Eric Frein exits the Pike County Courthouse in Milford in northeastern Pennsylvania after his arraignment on Oct. 31.

More search warrants released in Frein case

The warrants show police were interested in scouring Eric Frein’s Internet activity, downloads, writings, images, map history and contacts.

1 day ago


 On the assessment tests, math fell from 79.9 percent in 2011 to 73.3 percent in 2014, a drop of 6.6 percentage points.

Pennsylvania student scores declined with reduced funding, test results show

State test results decline for all students and some subgroups, including economically disadvantaged and special education students.

1 day ago


Liberal pot laws omit access to seeds

Marijuana laws expand, but not legal access to the seeds for cultivation.

about 21 hours ago


 Lori Weishaar shovels snow from around her vehicle on Thursday after the catastrophic snowstorm in Buffalo, N.Y.

As snow turns to rain in Buffalo, flood threat grows

The next threat will be rain and higher temperatures that threaten to produce flooding and add more weight to overstressed structures.

1 day ago


 Traffic from outbound Route 28 is detoured over the 31st Street Bridge this afternoon after an accident in which a truck tire fell off, crossed the median and smashed into an oncoming vehicle, killing the driver.

Driver whose truck lost a tire in fatal Route 28 crash did not have valid license, police say

Eric Gonzalez-Huerta, 23, of Kentucky, has been charged with violations such as accidents involving death while not properly licensed.

about 20 hours ago


Duquesne teachers' contract approved; pay not tied to student performance

In 2013-14 and 2014-15, teachers who have earned a satisfactory evaluation will move up one step on the pay scale.

1 day ago


Holder urges calm in Ferguson; negotiations to reduce tensions at protests

Police in Ferguson have told residents to expect a grand jury decision on Sunday.

1 day ago


Package from Florida State shooter found in Texas

Authorities said today the package and others mailed by Florida State alumnus Myron May could contain a video and journals.

1 day ago


 U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly

Western Pennsylvania Republicans criticize president

Critics characterized the president’s approach on immigration as amnesty

1 day ago


 Tom Wolf

Wolf plans ‘‍to find funds’ to raise education spending

The newly elected Democrat acknowledges the end result will depend on negotiations with the General Assembly.

1 day ago


 A view of Pittsburgh on Light Up Night, Nov. 8, 1991, from West Carson Street.

Closures, detours announced for Light Up Night

Bridge and street closures begin at 9 a.m.; 55 Port Authority bus routes will be affected.

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 Police arrest a demonstrator Thursday night in Ferguson, Mo., who was protesting the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9. A grand jury is expected to decide this month if the police officer who fired the shots killing Mr. Brown should be charged in the shooting.

More arrests as Missouri protesters await Ferguson grand jury decision

A grand jury is deciding whether to charge officer Darren Wilson in the slaying of 18-year-old Michael Brown in a St. Louis suburb.

1 day ago


Reopen Pennsylvania health centers, Supreme Court rules

The state closed 16 health centers, including those in Armstrong, Beaver, Greene,  Somerset counties, and one of two in Westmoreland County.

1 day ago


 Toyota is recalling nearly 423,000 Lexus luxury brand cars in the U.S. to fix fuel leaks that can cause fires. The recalls affect the 2006 to 2011 GS, 2007 to 2010 LS and the 2006 to 2011 IS models. Above is a 2011 Lexus IS F.

Toyota recalls nearly 423,000 Lexuses for fuel leaks

The recalls affect the 2006 to 2011 GS, 2007 to 2010 LS and the 2006 to 2011 IS models.

1 day ago


Israelis confiscate weapons bound for East Jerusalem

A shipment of knives, swords, fireworks and electric-shock devices from China is seized by Israeli police.

1 day ago


 Afghan security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack on Wednesday in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Attacks in Kabul raise concerns about security

The Taliban are staging almost daily attacks against the Afghan government and foreign targets in Kabul, the capital.

1 day ago


Immigration tests GOP leaders' ability to control conservative response to Obama

The Republican congressional leadership, fearing any stable period of GOP-majority governance may be doomed.

1 day ago


North Korea threatens to resume nuclear tests

After a U.N. panel’s approval this week of a resolution condemning Pyongyang’s leadership, North Korea has countered with nuke test threats.

1 day ago


China to place limit on coal use in 2020

As China seeks to limit its carbon dioxide emissions by around 2030, it is setting a cap on coal consumption in 2020.

1 day ago


Maker of defective airbags dodges recall question at Senate hearing

Official of defective airbag manufacturer equivocates to senators about the need for a nationwide recall.

1 day ago


Obamacare dental-plan error has Republicans seeking details

Health and Human Services figures on Obamacare enrollment comingled health plan enrollment with an extra 380,000 people in dental plans.

1 day ago


Obituary: Carol Anderson / Psychiatrist social worker helped to develop cutting-edge therapy for children

She had a social worker’s empathy, a researcher’s analytic mind and a clinician’s ability to effectively diagnose and provide health care.

1 day ago


 Mike Nichols with his wife,  TV journalist Diane Sawyer.

Obituary: Mike Nichols / Celebrated director in Hollywood, on Broadway

The winner of nine Tony Awards and one Oscar directed “Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” “The Graduate," “Carnal Knowledge” and many more.

1 day ago


Local Dispatch: Cleaning china closet can be better than it sounds

I fill the sink with hot, soapy water and begin my trip back through time, thinking of people who touched my life with cherished mementos.

1 day ago


World briefs: Deadline for final nuclear deal with Iran may be moved to March

PLUS: Jihadis urge war on France; Assange appeal rejected; Ferry operator sentenced; U.S. aid worker detained.

1 day ago


Nation briefs: Gay unions in S.C. get justices’ OK

Plus: Gay-affection study; Florida State gunman.

1 day ago


 Point Park University has pledged to Mayor Bill Peduto that it will “incorporate” three turn-of-the-century Forbes Avenue facades into the design of the new Pittsburgh Playhouse in Downtown.

Point Park, city plan to preserve historic facades at new playhouse

Preservation groups, meanwhile, are considering nominations of three Forbes Avenue buildings featuring the facades for historic status.

1 day ago


 Matte Braidic, an Uber driver, turned ridesharing into a full-time job.

Some Uber drivers in Pittsburgh feeling pinch in wallets

Fees from the company and an influx of drivers to the system are prompting some to re-evaluate their roles.

1 day ago


 New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo talks with National Guard members who are helping stranded motorists today in Cheektowaga, N.Y.

Second storm dumps more snow on Buffalo

The surrounding communities along Lake Erie are trying to recover as yet another storm nears.

2 days ago


 A Tallahassee police officer talks to several students outside the Strozier library on the Florida State University campus, where a shooting occurred Thursday.

Official says Florida State University gunman was alumnus

Students in the library described a chaotic scene where they heard shots, followed by students barricading themselves or taking cover.

2 days ago



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