Mr. Wolf and House Majority Leader Dave Reed, R-Indiana, said new meetings would begin next week. Aides said the meetings Monday would include only staff.

Pennsylvania's governor, legislators plan new round of budget talks

Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, and the Republican majorities in the House and Senate brought starkly opposing ideas to the bargaining table.

about 8 hours ago

West Carson Street to close for several hours tonight

The inbound closure extends from Stanhope to Corliss streets while crews test electrical systems.

about 1 hour ago

 Math teacher Ro Casciato, center, goes over a calculus problem with Pittsburgh Allderdice High School juniors Dawill Holc, 17, and Sofia Vidic, 17, in May.

Pittsburgh public school teachers earn higher grades in new ratings

Combined, 97.1 percent of the teachers received distinguished or proficient ratings compared to 96.9 percent the prior year.

about 8 hours ago

IAEA chief heads to key talks in Iran

The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief’s visit to Tehran is intended to seek a plan to examine Iran’s past nuclear program experiments.

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Europe says no to talks with Greece

European officials said there would be no further debt negotiations with Greece until after its planned referendum Sunday.

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 FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2013 file photo, Travelers pass through a corridor at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia. The U.S. government is investigating possible collusion between major airlines to limit available seats, which keeps airfares high, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press. The civil antitrust investigation by the Justice Department appears to focus on whether airlines illegally signaled to each other how quickly they would add new flights, routes and extra seats.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

U.S. probing possible airline collusion

The Justice Department is conducting a civil antitrust investigation of whether airlines illegally signaled each other to keep fares high.

about 8 hours ago

 Bystanders watch as public safety personnel work at the scene of a fire at Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal church, late Tuesday night in Greeleyville, S.C.

As S.C. fire investigated, data show church fires not unusual

More than a half-dozen firest have burned black churches since a white gunman was charged in the Charleston, S.C. shooting.

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Navy Yard in Washington locked down amid report of shooting

The report comes amid heightened security concerns ahead of the U.S. Independence Day holiday weekend.

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 Rescuers help passengers from a capsized ferry boat, rear, on Leyte Island, Philippines, today.

At least 36 die in Philippine ferry sinking

The MBCA Kim-Nirvana capsized suddenly minutes after leaving the port of Ormoc.

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Clinton has raised $45 million since April

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination has reported more than $45 million in donations.

about 8 hours ago

Militants attack in Egypt, kill dozens of soldiers

More 100 people were killed Wednesday in a fierce series of jihadist attacks in the Sinai peninsula.

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 Emergency personnel stand by as evacuees gather at the Foothills Mall early today in Maryville, Tenn., after they were forced to leave their homes when a rail car carrying a flammable and toxic gas derailed and caught fire.

Train carrying gas derails, 5,000 evacuated in Tenn.

The CSX train derailed in Blount County in the Maryville area, south of Knoxville.

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Obituary: Joan K. Glickstein / She was a pioneer in studying, raising awareness of Alzheimer’s

Joan K. Glickstein April 23, 1934 -- June 24, 2015

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Random Acts of Kindness: Helpful return of passport preserved big trip abroad

Plus: Bert lent strong hands to assist older women, dining cousins received a donated lunch, left purse returned.

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Campus sex assault law is ‘a huge step,’ Casey says

The Campus SaVE Act, which was passed into law two years ago, went into effect Wednesday.

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World briefs: U.N. slashes food aid for Syrian refugees

Plus: Baltic states outraged; New Ebola case in Liberia; China tightens security; Hong Kong protests.

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National briefs: Cameras now allowed at the White House

PLUS: New Marines top officer; Obama celebrates success; Toll traffic increase; Pot legal in Oregon; Girl Scouts returns gift.

about 8 hours ago

 An Uber-dispatched Toyota Camry arrives at ground transport at Pittsburgh International Airport to take a user to Shadyside.

Pittsburgh International Airport waits often not worth it for Uber drivers

But since new rules went into place last month, drivers say, the airport run has become a much less lucrative opportunity.

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 The Department of Labor expects to formally publish the rule regarding overtime pay this week, opening a 60-day comment period. Congressional approval is not required, said Cecilia Munoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.

Could new rule mean overtime for more salaried workers?

The new labor rule would require employers to pay time-and-a-half wages to salaried workers earning up to $50,440 a year.

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 The Donora-Webster Bridge disappears into a cloud of smoke as it drops into the Monongahela River this morning.

Donora Webster Bridge imploded

A contractor dropped the 107-year-old structure into the Monongahela River with explosives this morning.

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 UPMC will partner with other institutions on additional research aimed at determining whether the results of bariatric surgery last even longer than three years, perhaps five or seven.

Bariatric surgery helps diabetics, research at UPMC concludes

The new study is important because it shows the positive effects lasting as long as three years, according to the lead author.

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 This photo of Henry Phipps Hoffstot Jr. was taken recently at the Pittsburgh Golf Club at a party marking the 70th wedding anniversary of Elsie and Henry Hillman.

Obituary: Henry Phipps Hoffstot Jr. / A lawyer and gentleman from the old school

Mr. Hoffstot died Monday at his Shadyside home, a 21-room mansion built in 1914 for industrialist Andrew Moreland.

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 State records show an employee of the attorney general’s office received a promotion and $11,000 raise after the publication of an opinion piece she wrote defending Attorney General Kathleen Kane from criticism.

Employee defended Attorney General Kane, got promotion

Spokesman Chuck Ardo said there was “absolutely no connection at all.”

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Pittsburgh teacher named top biology teacher in the state

Edwina Kinchington of Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy 6-12 won the award from the National Association of Biology Teachers.

about 17 hours ago

Chevron to continue sponsoring STEM program at Carnegie Science Center

Chevron Corp. and Carnegie Science Center announced the company will donate $900,000 over the next three years for the STEM center.

about 9 hours ago

 Plum Senior High School teacher Joseph Ruggieri is accused of having a sexual relationship with a female student.

Judge revokes bond for Plum teacher accused of having sex with student

Judge Jeffrey Manning ordered that Joseph Ruggieri, 40, remain jailed and undergo a behavior clinic evaluation.

about 9 hours ago

United Church of Christ calls for divestment in message to Israel

The action follows a 2014 vote by the Presbyterian Church to pull investments from three firms connected to the West Bank occupation.

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 President Barack Obama talks about the United States' relations with Cuba, while Vice President Joe Biden looks on, in the Rose Garden at the White House today.

U.S., Cuba to reopen embassies

U.S. Interests Section chief Jeffrey DeLaurentis arrived at the Cuban Foreign Ministry in Havana this morning to hand-deliver the message.

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Gateway to the Arts merges with Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Gateway to the Arts provides arts education and artist training in the Pittsburgh region.

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Pennsylvania AG's office files suit against nursing home chain

The Commonwealth Court suit said the chain, with four homes in Western Pa., misled consumers by failing to provide basic services.

about 9 hours ago

 Pete Seeger at a 1986 concert in Pittsburgh.

Local Dispatch: July 4 is a day to sing praises of Pete Seeger and Mom

Voices of Pete Seeger and Mom would make for a great July Fourth holiday.

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Former UPMC supervisor arraigned on fraud charges

Francine Priestas, 47, of Armstrong County, was indicted June 9 on 11 counts of health care fraud and wire fraud.

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Deadline extended on Iran nuke talks

Iran and world powers agreed Tuesday to extend the deadline for a comprehensive nuclear deal by another week, to July 7.

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Obituary: Jon Philip ‘Phil’ Andrews / Accomplished architect had interest in high design and art, autos, boats

The prominent Pittsburgh architect loved his craft because it combined his fascination with art and engineering, said Lana Andrews, his

1 day ago

Officials: Infant fractures skull after fall from nurse's grasp

No charges have been filed in the incident at Uniontown Hospital.

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Struggling Greece misses critical payment

Greece at midnight Tuesday missed making a key payment to the International Monetary Fund, the first developed nation to do so.

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 Security forces and rescue teams examine the wreckage of an Indonesian military C-130 Hercules transport plane Tuesday after it crashed into a residential area in the North Sumatra city of Medan, Indonesia

Indonesian plane with 113 aboard crashes into city

A transport turboprop carrying 12 military personnel and 101 family members crashed Tuesday in a residential neighborhood.

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Mentally ill often hit by police gunfire

Police nationwide so far in 2015 have shot and killed 123 people exhibiting mental or emotional crisis, a Washington Post analysis found.

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Justices to consider union dues case during next term

The Supreme Court said it would determine whether public employees should be forced to pay dues to a union they don’t want to join.

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 Glenn and Buzz were rescued from a sea tunnel in England. Jack Russell Glenn cannot see and is guided by best friend, Staffordshire Bull Terrier Buzz, who acts as his eyes.

Two stray dogs share unique, inseparable bond

Story of bull terrier’s friendship with blind Jack Russell terrier creates demand for their adoption.

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World briefs: U.S., Cuba set to reopen embassies

Plus: Cuba’s medical milestone; New Ebola case; Japanese bullet train

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National briefs: Bush releases 33 years of tax returns

Plus: Escapee conducted dry run; NSA can monitor calls; Commandments ousted; KKK to hold rally; Vaccination measure; CPR campaign urged

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 County Councilwoman Heather Heidelbaugh speaks at a news conference Tuesday at the county courthouse.

Outgoing Allegheny County councilwoman pushes changes

The Republican asked the group studying county government to consider several options, including eliminating the part-time council.

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 Ed Kress, R-Shaler,

Allegheny County Council considers independent seat

Ed Kress, R-Shaler, said such a seat would reflect the growing number of voters who identify as neither Republican nor Democrat.

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 Janet McKee, with freshly picked strawberries,  and farm manager Kevin Keslar have started a "veganic" farm on a historic property in Donegal Township, Westmoreland County.

Holistic health counselor aims for better nutrition through vegan-inspired farming

Veganic farming is rare in America, but Janet McKee uses it to maximize nutrition on her Westmoreland County farm.

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 The liquor privatization plan would allow about 14,000 beer-sales license holders — retailers, restaurants, grocery stores and others — to pay a higher fee for permission to also sell wine, liquor or both.

Pennsylvania Senate approves budget, liquor privatization bills

The Senate passed a budget bill late this afternoon, after earlier approving a bill that allows privatization of liquor sales.

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Lane closures start tonight on Fort Pitt Bridge

Work will occur between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. daily through July 10, but no restrictions will occur on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

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 "They put this in without us knowing anything about it. ... It’s sort of a mess," said Fred Aheimer, president and owner of Raff Printing on St. Mary Street on the South Side.

City Council, businesses at odds over South Side parking permit area

The parking district between 16th and 25th streets lets non-residents park for two hours between noon and midnight.

2 days ago

Health roundup: Vitamin D linked to healthy immune response to HIV, Penn State-South Africa study says

Sun exposure and vitamin D supplements are linked to stronger immune response in South African study led by Penn State researcher.

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 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, speaks at state Capitol in Harrisburg on Tuesday.

Gov. Wolf vetoes Republican spending plan: 'This budget is simply not balanced'

The governor said he would review the companion bills on liquor sales and pensions and respond to the GOP today.

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