A motorist maneuvers around a Port Authority bus during rush hour along Fifth Avenue in Oakland.

Viewing Oakland through the windshield of a Port Authority bus driver

If the perils of the traffic in Oakland make professional Port Authority bus drivers nervous, imagine what they do to regular motorists.

about 15 hours ago

 Motorists will get a reprieve from Parkway West lane restrictions this holiday weekend.

TRAFFIC: Motorists get weekend reprieve from Parkway West work

The Parkway East will close for one more weekend -- Dec. 4 through 6 -- to prepare for the Greenfield Bridge implosion.

about 4 hours ago

 President Barack Obama speaks from the White House today to brief the American public on the nation's homeland security situation heading into the holiday season.

Obama: No credible intelligence about plot against U.S.

The president spoke from the White House today shortly after meeting with his national security team.

about 3 hours ago

 Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks at a news conference earlier this year in Philadelphia.

State Senate panel recommends hearing on removing Kane from office

The state Constitution provides for the removal of officeholders through a vote of two-thirds of the Senate and action by the governor.

about 3 hours ago

 Former 'Two and a Half Men' star Charlie Sheen said last week that he is HIV-positive.

Activists raise awareness of HIV pill that lowers risk

A daily pill that can slash the risk of HIV remains an unknown to thousands of primary care doctors and nurses, a federal agency cautioned.

about 15 hours ago

 Peters teachers union members picket Oct. 28 after contract talks broke off late the evening before.

Peters students, teachers to return to class day after Thanksgiving

Friday is the final day of a month-long strike by the district’s 285 teachers.

about 15 hours ago

 Investigators and firefighters work the scene of a fire and shooting Tuesday in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia traffic stop ends in bloodshed, burning bus

Trooper Patrick R. Casey suffered a “flesh wound” to his shoulder, state police Capt. James Raykovitz said.

about 16 hours ago

Judicial board to decide whether to charge justice in email scandal

Justice Eakin is under investigation for his role in an explicit email ring that also involved other judge.

about 16 hours ago

 A woman, who was seen on video, arrived at the Holy Jesus Child Church in Richmond Hill, Queens, on Monday with a newborn, who was left behind in an empty manger scene.

Healthy newborn found abandoned in Nativity scene at NYC church

The parish priest, the Rev. Christopher Ryan Heanue, 28, said he could think of no better place to leave a baby

about 5 hours ago

 Cliff Foster

Former Pine-Richland coach accused of sexual relationship with girl to stand trial

Cliff Foster is charged with have a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old player.

about 6 hours ago

Las Vegas going green in deal to run city with only clean power

The agreement doesn’t cover the famously bright casinos on the Las Vegas Strip.

about 16 hours ago

 Alexander Pedersen of Denmark, left, and Toro Tommola of Finland traveled to Greensburg through AFS-USA, a foreign exchange program that brings together host families and students.

Serving up America: Host families share nation's bounty with foreign students

The AFS Intercultural Program, an international youth exchange organization, each year sends about 13,000 students abroad.

about 15 hours ago

Prosecutors appeal order on Sandusky accuser's complaint

The judge’s order requires prosecutors to re-evaluate the case to see whether the allegations meet a minimum standard for filing charges.

about 4 hours ago

 Demonstrators march in Minneapolis on Tuesday, a day after five people were shot during a Black Lives Matter protest outside a police station.

Activists vow not to cower after shooting of 5

The police took three people into custody Tuesday in connection with the shooting of five people during a Black Lives Matter protest.

about 15 hours ago

 Newlonsburg Church sewer Diane Guthrie pins fabric for a backpack to be sent to the La Croix New Testament Mission in Haiti.

Murrysville church group makes backpacks for Haitian children

The Blessed Piecemakers of Newlonsburg Presbyterian Church created 103 backpacks for children sponsored by church members.

about 15 hours ago

North Allegheny enrollment falls slightly

The annual enrollment report for 2015-16 showed 8,155 students in kindergarten through 12th grade on Oct. 1, down from 8,229 last year.

about 15 hours ago

 An Amtrak officer watches passengers Tuesday as they board a train at Penn Station in New York. After a string of terror attacks in several countries, the U.S. government issued a worldwide travel alert.

U.S. traffic deaths rise sharply after small decline in 2014

The findings prompted a call from the nation’s highway safety chief to find ways to reduce the human errors that cause most fatalities.

about 16 hours ago

New Ross commissioner chosen by casting lots

Allegheny County Election officials oversee an exercise in chance when voters serve up a tie in municipal elections.

about 15 hours ago

Obituary: Monique J. Lemaitre Leon / Professor of Latin American literature and language

Monique J. Lemaitre Leon, 81, of Squirrel Hill, a scholar, died Nov. 5 in Shadyside Hospital after a lengthy illness, her family said.

about 15 hours ago

 An estimated 46.9 million Americans are expected to take a plane, bus, car or train at least 50 miles from home over the long Thanksgiving weekend, according to AAA.

Travelers flock to airport, highways for long holiday weekend

An estimated 46.9 million Americans are expected to travel away from home over the holiday, the most travelers since 2007, AAA says.

about 5 hours ago

Senate panel to take on inversions in review of global taxation

The merger strategy is under renewed scrutiny by policymakers after Pfizer announced plans Monday to move its tax address to Ireland.

about 16 hours ago

Multiple errors cited in U.S. airstrike on Doctors Without Borders hospital

The military is expected to give details on the findings of the investigation at a news conference today.

about 15 hours ago

 Investigators and firefighters work the scene of a fire and shooting Tuesday in Philadelphia in which a state trooper was shot in the shoulder.

Teen charged as adult in Philadelphia trooper shooting

Giovanny Cotto was charged as an adult with criminal attempt to murder and other charges.

about 6 hours ago

Brussels prepares to ease security lockdown, but attack fears stay high

Meanwhile, prosecutors in Paris revealed that the alleged Nov. 13 ringleader planned to blow himself up in the capital’s largest district.

about 15 hours ago

Wilkinsburg council applies for grants, studies

One study would involve the borough’s former railroad station, which is on the national Register of Historic Places.

about 15 hours ago

Haiti officially declares presidential contenders; announcement spurs protest

Government-backed candidate Jovenel Moise will face Jude Celestin, the former head of the state construction company, in a Dec. 27 runoff.

about 15 hours ago

Two Penn Hills football players to attend U.S. Army National Combine

Rick Squires and Julian Major will travel to San Antonio in January.

about 15 hours ago

North Allegheny adopts 2016-17 calendar

Next school year will begin Sept. 1, 2016, and end June 9, 2017. Winter break will be from Dec. 26-30.

about 15 hours ago

Saint Vincent College launches green initiatives

Water bottle refilling stations, elimination of styrofoam containers are among the measures.

about 15 hours ago

Ukraine starts Crimea power repairs as Russia weighs retaliation

The dispute lays bare the conflict between the former Soviet states amid a separatist war that’s hammered Ukraine’s economy.

about 16 hours ago

 Maxine Bruhns has spent 50 years with the Nationality Rooms at Pitt.

Five decades of bringing diverse cultures under one roof at Pitt

As director of Pitt’s Nationality Rooms, Maxine Bruhns has seen museum of ethnic Pittsburgh grown from 19 to 30 rooms.

about 15 hours ago

Advisory committee outlines potential traffic improvements in Murrysville

Study recommends increase in traffic impact fees and long range plans to relieve congestion caused by growth.

about 15 hours ago

 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday before their meeting in Jerusalem.

New settlement spat emerges as Kerry visits Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for the recognition of some settlement blocs in exchange for steps to ease tensions.

about 16 hours ago

 The Port Authority is expanding the number of parking spaces at the Washington Junction park-and-ride lot in Bethel Park.

More parking coming to Washington Junction park-n-ride lot

Plavchak Construction of Clairton has been in the process of renovating the lot since August.

about 15 hours ago

Seneca Valley studies renovation and construction options

The school board heard a host of options for upgrading the schools, ranging from making limited improvements to constructing new buildings.

about 15 hours ago

 Raelynn Jackson is also an allied health instructor for Douglas Education Center in Monessen.

Newsmaker you should know / Finleyville health care worker honored for innovative patient care

Raelynn Jackson received an award from a statewide association for her Meds 2 Beds program.

about 15 hours ago

National briefs: Ky. felons given voting rights

PLUS: Spy goes free; Copter crash kills 4; ACLU sues Indiana; Bomb plotter sentenced; E. coli sickens 19

about 15 hours ago

World briefs: Socialists lead new coalition in Portugal

PLUS: Afghan soldiers held; Ebola kills boy; Vatican leaks trial; Athens bomb blast

about 15 hours ago

 Former WVU wide receiver Stedman Bailey, a third-round pick in the 2013 draft out of West Virginia, was critically wounded in a shooting in Miami Tuesday.

Former WVU standout Stedman Bailey critical after being shot in Miami

Bailey and four other people were sitting in a car outside a home in the Miami area when the shooting occurred, police said today.

about 9 hours ago

 The Mid-Atlantic Region is expected to have 4.94 million people hit the highways.

Lower gas prices, milder temperatures to ease holiday traveling

About 5 million people from the Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey region are expected to take to the highway for Thanksgiving.

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 The Port Authority of Allegheny County had to shut down the Mon Incline this morning because some of the doors were not working properly.

TRAFFIC: Mon Incline reopens for evening rush hour

The Port Authority said the incline had a problem with its doors this morning and that shuttle buses were being used.

about 23 hours ago

 Tyree Blocker.

Confirmation hearing for Pa. police commissioner nominee goes smoothly

Committee has passed along Tyree Blocker’s nomination to the full state Senate.

1 day ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf

State Senate backs off plan to attempt veto override on budget

Senate Republicans threaten, then call off a planned vote to override Gov.Wolf’s veto of a short-term bill.

about 16 hours ago

 Jason T. Wright, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State University.

Astronomers are baffled by the light coming from a distant star

Astronomers are trying to figure out what is causing a star in the northern sky to dim so dramatically.

1 day ago

 Joe Giansante is a former math teacher at Pittsburgh Brashear High School.

Former math teacher loses battle to keep job at Brashear

City school board terminates Joe Giansante, who despite good “value” scores, was judged unsatisfactory based on principal observations.

about 16 hours ago

 Alan Faneca, arguably the greatest guard in Steelers history.

Former Steelers Faneca, Greene among Hall semifinalists

Tony Dungy and Ty Law are among the 25 football Hall of Fame semifinalists with Pittsburgh-area ties.

about 19 hours ago

 Mayor Richard Lattanzi, left, glances Tuesday at the document, just signed by Dennis Davin, secretary of the state Department of Community and Economic Development, releasing Clairton from its Act 47 financial distress status at the municipal building in Clairton.

Decades later, Clairton no longer 'distressed'

The city’s financial picture has improved enough for it to be removed from state’s Act 47 program.

about 22 hours ago

 CardioKinetix makes the Parachute, a device inserted by catheter into the heart's left ventricle for patients who have developed ischemic left sided heart failure following a heart attack. The Parachute implant partitions the damaged muscle, isolating the non-functional muscle segment from the functional segment, which decreases the overall volume and restores a more normal geometry and function in the left ventricle.

Pittsburgh cardiologists testing new heart device

The Parachute, which helps a left ventricle pump blood, is being tested at more than 60 locations, including AGH and UPMC Presbyterian.

1 day ago

 Artist  Brandon Boan's public art bike rack,  "Hot Pants," can be seen in front of Sienna Mercato on Penn Avenue.

Cultural District racks up some new spots for bikes

The racks were designed by local artists who were chosen after submitting proposals to the Cultural Trust.

about 15 hours ago

 Mrs. Lane announced in September plans to step down as superintendent when her contract ends June 30, marking more than five years as leader of the district.

City superintendent Linda Lane receives salary increase

The move would bump her annual salary to $245,000 during her last six months with the district.

about 17 hours ago