Kids-for-Cash youth detention co-owner disbarred

One of the main figures in a northeastern Pennsylvania juvenile justice scandal has been disbarred from the practice of law.

about 7 hours ago

 Pittsburgh Police Zone One Commander RaShall Brackney stands alongside Marcus Alvarez, 16, of Northview Heights.

Police, community meet in East Liberty for racism summit

When the police give you an order, you might want to consider not only your rights, but also certain realities.

about 9 hours ago

ISIS video claims beheading of one Japanese hostage

A Japanese hostage captured by Islamic State militants was said to have been killed.

about 12 hours ago

 Eric Frein is accused of killing a state police trooper and seriously injuring another Sept. 12.

Judge to rule on release of Frein police shooting video

Several media outlets are opposing a motion filed by the Pike County district attorney that seeks to seal the Eric Frein shooting video.

about 14 hours ago

 In this Jan. 6, 2015, file image released by the Saudi Press Agency, Crown Prince Salman gestures during a session at the Shura Council. On early Friday, Saudi state TV reported King Abdullah died at the age of 90. Saudi Arabia’s new king, Salman, is a veteran of the country’s top leadership.

Saudi king buried as new ruler sets succession

King Salman moved quickly after Friday’s burial of the late ruler, Abdullah, to put a younger generation of his family closer to the throne.

about 23 hours ago

 Renderings of new signs for rail stations and bus stops that bear much more information than is currently provided

Port Authority plans new signs to make riding easier

The existing rail system maps will be replaced by more elaborate maps that also depict major bus routes with a guide to connecting to them.

about 23 hours ago

Pro-Russian rebels reject peace deal, launch new offensive

The separatists’ moves upended recent European attempts to mediate an end to the fighting.

about 23 hours ago

 Bishop Dorsey McConnell

Episcopal bishop urges action on racial inequality

Bishop McConnell issued “A Pastoral Letter on Race,” decrying racial oppression and suggesting ways society could move toward

about 23 hours ago

 In Miami, SkyRise, shown here in an artist's rendering, will feature a “sky plunge” jumping experience, a nightclub and other attractions.

Cities get a rise out of iconic buildings

Miami is backing SkyRise, a $430 million hairpin tower, as tourism races skyward.

about 23 hours ago

 Yemeni protesters gather during a demonstration to show their support for Houthi Shiite rebels in Sanaa, Yemen, on Friday. Thousands of protesters demonstrated Friday across Yemen, some supporting the Shiite rebels who seized the capital and others demanding the country’s south secede after the nation’s president and Cabinet resigned. Arabic on the posters reads, “God is great. Death to America. Death to Israel. A curse on the Jews. Victory to Islam.”

Yemen's Shiite rebels try to avoid overstepping amid protest

The Houthis made no public attempt to fill the vacuum created by the resignations of the president, his prime minister and cabinet.

about 23 hours ago

Supreme Court to hear case on execution drugs

The challenge focuses on Oklahoma, even though the justices declined last week to stop an execution there that used the contested chemicals.

about 23 hours ago

 In this Nov. 12, 2014 file photo, the website, where people can buy health insurance, is seen on a laptop screen, shown in Portland, Ore.  The Obama administration is reversing itself after an outcry over consumer privacy on, the government’s health insurance website. The Associated Press confirms that the administration made changes to the website to scale back release of consumers’ personal information to private companies that analyze Internet performance and sell ads.

Obama administration scales back release of consumer data from health insurance website

The personal details included age, income, ZIP code, tobacco use and whether a woman is pregnant.

about 23 hours ago

 Signs at two gas stations advertise unleaded gasoline for $1.68 in Oklahoma City on Friday. For the first time since 2009, most Americans are paying less than $2 a gallon.

With $2 gasoline, good times keep rolling at the pump

Gasoline under $3 was shocking. Now it's under $2. Will it ever end?

about 23 hours ago

Vanderbilt gang-rape defense points to campus culture

The former football players’ lawyers have sought to put the elite southern university on trial for warping the young men’s judgment.

about 23 hours ago

Senior U.S. diplomat ruffles Cuba by meeting dissidents

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson held a breakfast meeting with the dissidents a day after talks with Cuban officials.

about 23 hours ago

World Briefs: U.S.-India ties to take spotlight

PLUS: Islamic State decried; Thai ex-premier banned; rival Caracas protests.

about 23 hours ago

National Briefs: Obama reaches out to nation’s mayors

PLUS: tamper-proof tracking; firearms found in 2014; union faults airline; rail tank-car orders; net neutrality proposal

about 23 hours ago

 The PLCB lost two of its four Special Liquor Order data entry employees last summer, and has been running behind ever since.

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board ends 'special order' wine and spirits stoppage

Wine and spirits vendors can once again ask the state for permission to sell their hard-to-find products in Pennsylvania.

1 day ago

 President Barack Obama arrives to speak about the economy Wednesday at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. He and Vice President Joe Biden are scheduled to visit Philadelphia next week for the House Democratic Caucus.

Obama, Biden to visit Philadelphia for House Democratic event

The three-day gathering of the House Democratic Caucus runs from Jan. 28 to Jan. 30.

1 day ago

 Erik Arneson was appointed to the open records post in the last days of the Corbett administration.

Fired Pennsylvania open-records director shows up for work; acting director, too

Erik Arneson, appointed director by Gov. Tom Corbett in his final days in office, had been stripped of his keys and parking permit.

about 23 hours ago

Retired Pennsylvania Turnpike worker gets stiff prison term for child porn

John Longo, 58, of Hempfield pleaded guilty last year.

about 23 hours ago

 A snowy weekend forecast wiped out the latest planned closure of the Fort Pitt Tunnel.

Weather forecast causes postponement of Fort Pitt Tunnel closure

For the second time this month, PennDOT has pulled the plug on a planned tunnel closure.

about 23 hours ago

 The documents filed on the PUC website Thursday state, “Lyft will not permit the use of vehicles older than eight model years.”

Lyft files compliance plan; Uber releases driver survey data

Ride-sharing company Lyft files plan with PUC. Uber publicly releases study of its drivers in U.S.

1 day ago

 U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is greeted by colleagues as he arrives for President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio preparing for 2016 run

Mr. Rubio has chosen Anna Rogers, the finance director for conservative group American Crossroads, to lead his fundraising effort.

1 day ago

Expedia buys booking site Travelocity for $280 million in cash

Expedia already owns nearly a dozen travel sites, including, Hotwire and Egencia.

1 day ago

 Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane talks to the audience Thursday at "Looking Ahead to Summer" at Pittsburgh Faison K-5 in Homewood.

Pittsburgh's Summer Dreamers program aims to bridge gap of summer

The summer program, backed with $1.5 million in funding, helps children from low-income families bridge the gap between school years.

1 day ago

West Mifflin Area School District, teachers approve new contract

The new contract slows down teacher pay increases for teachers moving through the salary schedule and freezes the top pay for three years.

1 day ago

 Former state Rep. Erin Molchany has been named director of Gov. Tom Wolf’s southwestern Pennsylvania office.

Erin Molchany heads Wolf's southwest office

The former state representative, who lost her seat through redistricting, will be Gov. Tom Wolf’s liaison with southwestern Pennsylvania.

1 day ago

 Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, shown in disguise, appeared on the CBS show "Undercover Boss" in December. The mayor's office today released a list of contributors who helped support the appearance.

Wagner and Peduto clash over paying for reality TV pledge

County Controller Wagner and the Peduto administration argue over VisitPittsburgh’s contribution to the mayor’s “Undercover Boss”promise.

about 23 hours ago

Abortion debate reveals divide in House GOP

Leaders dropped one anti-abortion bill and substituted another after GOP women complained about the first one’s impact on rape victims.

1 day ago

Europe’s central bank to pump money into ailing economy

Starting in March, the ECB will buy 60 billion euros’ worth of government and corporate bonds each month at least through September 2016.

1 day ago

Saudi King Abdullah dies; new ruler is Salman

King Salman has named his half-brother Muqrin as his crown prince and heir, rapidly moving to forestall any fears of a succession crisis.

1 day ago

Pennsylvania unemployment drop continues for third straight month

The seasonally adjusted rate in Pennsylvania dropped to 4.8 percent in December from 5.1 percent in November.

1 day ago

 New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Powerful New York politician Sheldon Silver arrested for bribery

The longtime speaker of the New York Assembly, a Democrat, is accused of using his office to receive millions in bribes and kickbacks.

1 day ago

Obama will not meet Netanyahu in D.C.

Neither Barack Obama nor John Kerry will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he comes to Washington March 3.

1 day ago

Argentine president now says prosecutor’s death was not suicide

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner reversed her earlier stance.

1 day ago

National briefs: Toomey, Casey take panel posts

PLUS: Obama pushes child care; Jeb Bush, Romney huddle

1 day ago

World briefs: U.N. meeting focuses on anti-Semitism

PLUS: Ukraine crisis worsens, Libyan fighters seize bank

1 day ago

PennDOT postpones inbound Fort Pitt Tunnel closure this weekend

A previously planned closure was postponed by cold weather.

1 day ago

Be My Valentine: Before kissing off online dating, a prince may come

At 52, divorced and the grandmother of five, I dated fruitlessly. Met a lot of frogs. Then a friend pushed me to try one new site ...

1 day ago

Syrian airstrike kills more than 30 near Damascus

A human rights group that monitors the war in Syria said 32 people had been killed, including six children.

1 day ago

Democrats schedule nominating convention for July

The Democrats are still deciding on a host city and are in final talks with New York, Philadelphia and Columbus, Ohio.

1 day ago

 In 2010, Pennsylvania was one of nine states found to be “dangerously behind” in enacting safety laws.

Pennsylvania driving laws rated middle of road

Laws have improved, but the state still is barely above the worst rating and has miles to go, said the Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety.

2 days ago

 Indiana University of Pennsylvania senior Amy Haller, 21, of Bellevue, left, studies with a friend over the phone at Commonplace Coffee in Indiana, Pa.

Some IUP students face double-digit tuition increases under new plan

Once fully phased in, the program is expected to generate $8.2 million in additional revenue, officials said.

2 days ago

Traffic restriction scheduled on Pennsylvania Turnpike

The restriction will be in place from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. on a three-mile stretch between Butler Valley and Allegheny Valley.

2 days ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane

Pennsylvania court places hold on prosecution of Attorney General Kane

No charges can be filed against Attorney General Kathleen Kane until the Supreme Court rules on the special prosecutor in the case.

1 day ago

 Paulo Fontes and his colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, UPMC and Pitt’s McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, have developed machine-perfusion technology that preserves donor livers by pumping them with a form of cold artificial blood known as a “cell-free oxygen-carrier solution.”

Pitt-UPMC team develops way to keep donated livers viable longer

A University of Pittsburgh device perfuses donor livers with cooled oxygen-rich fluid to improve transplant outcomes and save more organs.

2 days ago

 Erik Arneson has been fired as executive director of the state Office of Open Records.

Wolf revokes Corbett's last-minute appointment of Pa. open records chief

Gov. Tom Wolf said former Gov. Tom Corbett’s Jan. 9 naming of Senate Republican aide Erik Arneson was “anything but open and transparent.”

1 day ago

 A train carrying sand had several cars derail this morning in Uniontown.

Separate train incidents injure one person, spill ‘frac sand’

The accidents happened in Baldwin Borough and Uniontown.

1 day ago

Saudi King Abdullah dies, new ruler named

Abdullah’s brother Salman was named king.

2 days ago


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