Karen Hacker, director of the Allegheny County health department, smiles Tuesday as she presents the Plan for a Healthier Allegheny during a news conference.

Officials draw up plan for a healthier Allegheny County

The plan is the result of a yearlong community assessment that identified the county’s key health concerns.

about 22 hours ago

Inbound Parkway West to close for weekend

The closure from Interstate 79 to Parkway Center will begin at 10 p.m. Saturday and end by 6 a.m. Monday.

about 13 hours ago

 Drew Zoldak, suspended as a teacher at Plum Senior High School, center, listens as his attorney, Alexander H. Lindsay Jr., right, speaks to the media following Mr. Zoldak's preliminary hearing this morning in Plum. At left is Mr. Zoldak's wife. He was held for trial on two counts of intimidating a victim in a sexual assault involving another teacher at the high school.

Plum high school teacher held for trial in sex case

Drew Zoldak, 40, is charged with intimidating one of his students, who is alleged to be the victim of sexual assault by another teacher.

about 10 hours ago

 Rick Santorum announces his candidacy for President at Penn United Technologies, Cabot, Pa., near his boyhood home in Butler County. Santorum, left, with his wife, Karen and their daughter, Bella.

Republican Rick Santorum launching second White House run

Spokesman Matt Beynon confirmed the former Pa. senator will enter the race at an event later in the day near his Butler County hometown.

about 10 hours ago

 A man is comforted Tuesday after finding out that a relative drowned in her truck in Houston. Storms during the holiday weekend dumped record rainfall on Texas, causing major flooding throughout the state, and spawned tornadoes.

Floodwaters deepen in Houston after city gets more rain

Holiday weekend storms in Texas and Oklahoma killed 14 people, with at least 13 still missing.

about 22 hours ago

 A May 18 study led by Jeffrey Bridge, a pediatric expert at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, found that 657 children aged 5 to 11 have committed suicide since 1993.

Suicide rates increase sharply among African-American children

As suicide rates of black children under 11 soar nationwide, city experts urge caregivers to ask children about suicide.

about 22 hours ago

China, updating military strategy, puts focus on projecting naval power

The strategy paper comes at a time of growing Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea.

about 22 hours ago

 Sunrise student Denise Smith cries in her mother's arms when AIU board vice president Joyce Snell told her she could not address the board before it voted on staff cuts.

AIU vote to cut 20 special education jobs draws criticism

The cuts take effect in the 2015-16 school year.

about 1 hour ago

Pittsburgh school board names chief of safety

The board named George Brown, who has been serving as acting chief of school safety, as its chief of school safety.

about 1 hour ago

Pittsburgh school board OKs $2 million in contracts

The contracts are aimed at keeping Empowering Effective Teachers program and other initiatives going when grant money runs out.

about 1 hour ago

Sale of vacant Penn Hills school criticized

Penn Hills, school board members and administrators are drawing sharp criticism for the sale of the former Penn Hebron elementary school.

34 minutes ago

New Clean Water Rule announced by EPA to protect sources of drinking water

Federal officials say the new Clean Water Rule extends regulations that had covered drinking water sources for only one in three Americans.

about 8 hours ago

Summer Memories: Cross-country camper trailer could be a real trip

A camper trailer provided all the highs and lows of a boy’s vacations.

about 22 hours ago

Texas flood causes ‘utter devastation’ for Pittsburgh native

The storms in Texas have passed, but Pittsburgh native Stan Starrett is left with the debris of the home he has lived in since 1998.

about 22 hours ago

 The consent decrees between Highmark and UPMC set rules for the coverage of various patient groups.

UPMC, Highmark back in court over Medicare Advantage plan

An attorney for UPMC said the hearing was about whether UPMC would be found in contempt for a violation of the consent decree.

about 8 hours ago

Hundreds of Jefferson Hospital patients’ personal data may have been compromised

Affected patients are being notified in writing that their records may have been released.

about 12 hours ago

 FIFA spokesman Walter de Gregorio attends a press conference at FIFA headquarters today in Zurich, Switzerland. Swiss police today raided a Zurich hotel to detain top FIFA football officials as part of a U.S. investigation.

FIFA officials arrested on corruption charges

Hours later, Swiss prosecutors said they opened separate criminal proceedings related to the awarding of the 2018 and ’22 World Cups.

about 15 hours ago

First National Bank's parent company to buy Pa. branches from Bank of America

F.N.B. Corp. said it would acquire two branches in Berks County, two branches in Lancaster County and one in Chester County.

about 12 hours ago

Obituary: Richard Page / Clarinetist was always ready to make instrument repairs

Mr. Page’s love for music impacted everything he did in life, his wife said.

about 22 hours ago

FBI, IRS raid soccer headquarters in Miami Beach

The raid on the organization that regulates soccer in North and Central America came hours after 7 officials were indicted.

about 14 hours ago

 In this May 12 photo, emergency personnel work the scene of a train wreck involving an Amtrak train that was headed to New York City, but derailed and crashed in Philadelphia. Amtrak says it will install video cameras inside locomotive cabs that record the actions of train engineers.

Amtrak to install long-sought cameras in locomotive cabs

A crash earlier this month in Philadelphia left eight people dead and about 200 injured.

about 22 hours ago

 Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum's family moved to Butler County when he was in elementary school.

Santorum to return to Pennsylvania roots for ‘major’ announcement

Will former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, a Republican, announce today that he’s running for president again?

about 22 hours ago

Brother of U.S. journalist on trial in Iran calls case ‘outside the bounds’

The mother and wife of journalist Jason Rezaian were not permitted in the courtroom, his brother, Ali Rezaian, said.

about 22 hours ago

 In this April 13, 2014, file photo, the Internal Revenue Service Headquarters building is seen in Washington, D.C.

IRS says thieves stole tax info from 100,000

The thieves accessed a system called “Get Transcript,” where taxpayers can get tax returns and other filings from previous years.

about 22 hours ago

 In this March 2, 2015, photo, family members of Klara Balogova, a Slovakian Roma woman who was lured to travel to Britain for a sham marriage with a Pakistani man, are photographed in their home in a Roma settlement in eastern Slovakia.

European women lured for sham marriages

Klara Balogova was 18, penniless and pregnant when she rode thousands of miles from Slovakia to England to marry a man she had never met.

about 22 hours ago

World Briefs: Asia migrant crisis may begin to ease

Plus: PM weighs in on migration; activist denied entry; 96 killed in Nigeria; and more.

about 22 hours ago

National Briefs: Court deals immigration plan a setback

Plus: Lassa fever patient dies; justice to hear redistricting case; 2 die in Wal-Mart shooting; more to enter presidential race; and more.

about 22 hours ago

 Former Penn State University head football coach Bill O’Brien was the institution’s top compensated employee in 2013, making $3.4 million

Ex-football coach O’Brien was Penn State’s top money earner in 2013

Bill O’Brien earned total compensation of $3,440,352 in his final year at Penn State.

about 7 hours ago

Keystone Ride Project: Get prepared

Pittsburgh fitness experts provide training strategies to get ready for the MS 150 Keystone Ride in July.

1 day ago

 “I lost 7 percent of my weight,” said Mark Crisci, a Bayer Corp. employee who participated in the University of Pittsburgh healthy lifestyle intervention program with fellow employees.

Lunch-hour program helps employees lose weight, get active

University of Pittsburgh researchers say Bayer employees in the Group Lifestyle Balance program cut their risk of diabetes, heart disease.

1 day ago

 The inbound Parkway West will close from Interstate 79 to Parkway Center from 10 p.m. today until 6 a.m. Wednesday, with outbound traffic restricted to a single lane starting one hour after the Pirates game ends.

Parkway West overnight closures resume tonight

The inbound side will close from Interstate 79 to Parkway Center from 10 p.m. today until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

1 day ago

 Gretchen Shipley, a San Diego attorney who has created a practice around education and technology, said there have always been student-teacher relationships, but it's been a more of a growing problem because of social media and "the ease with which you can talk with each other.”

School districts tighten social media contacts among teachers, students

Teacher-student sex scandals in Plum and elsewhere have prompted a review of the use of social media and texting by educators.

1 day ago

Crack sealing may slow traffic on I-79, Route 910

Work on I-79 will cause occasional lane closures starting at 6 p.m. today through Friday.

1 day ago

Nighttime tunnel work to cause minor Red Line delays in Mt. Lebanon

The inbound side of the tunnel will close around 8 p.m. weeknights, causing single-tracking in the outbound tunnel.

1 day ago

Swedish study suggests cases of autism have not been rising

Research led by Sebastian Lundstrom and others at the University of Gothenburg suggests autism cases have stayed steady for years.

1 day ago

 This is not partisanship. This is simple good sense,” Gov. Tom Wolf said.

Governor ties early childhood education to crime prevention

The governor says a $120 million increase for early childhood education would boost graduation rates, reduce prison population.

about 22 hours ago

Paving resumes tonight on Greentree Road in Scott, Green Tree

Restrictions will occur between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m., with single-lane traffic and alternating one-way traffic.

1 day ago

 The Port Authority of Allegheny County has drafted new guidelines to determine where to shift service needs.

Port Authority unveils guidelines for service improvements, additions

The guidelines call for an annual service report that evaluates every route for efficiency, effectiveness and equity.

about 22 hours ago

 Plum superintendent Timothy Glasspool

Plum School District creates safety committee

The school board took a step to try to prevent inappropriate relationships between staff and students.

about 22 hours ago

 The Kappa Delta Rho fraternity at Penn State.

Penn State fraternity stripped of recognition, shut down for three years

The decision against the Kappa Delta Rho chapter was based on “a persistent series of deeply troubling activities.”

about 22 hours ago

Gas line replacement to restrict traffic on Mansfield Avenue in Green Tree

Work will occur between Doubletree Drive and School Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through Sept. 30.

1 day ago

 Pennsylvania had a moment in the political sun in the 2008 election cycle, when the primary calendar and the protracted Democratic battle between then-Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton gave the state roughly six weeks of national attention undiluted by other states' contests.

Could Pennsylvania's presidential primary be moved up to March?

State Rep. Keith J. Greiner, R-Lancaster, says a mid-March primary next year would give state voters a bigger say in presidential nominees.

1 day ago

Thoms Run Road in Collier to reopen today

A section of the road was closed April 15 and traffic has been detoured during a $300,000 bridge replacement project.

1 day ago

 In this May 12 photo, emergency personnel work the scene of a train wreck when an Amtrak train headed to New York City derailed and crashed in Philadelphia. Amtrak says it will install video cameras inside locomotive cabs that record the actions of train engineers.

Amtrak to install long-sought cameras in locomotives

The NTSB has been recommending that passenger and freight train cabs have audio recorders since the late 1990s.

1 day ago

 An Indian man rests on Monday under a transport vehicle on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

More than 500 people killed as heat wave bakes parts of India

Soaring temperatures have gripped parts of southern and northern India in the extreme heat wave.

1 day ago

 Using a graphic novel theme, Carnegie Mellon University students have developed a game called "Decisions that Matter" that focuses on the choices bystanders make when a sexual assault might take place. This is a frame from the game.

CMU interactive 'game' focuses on sex assault bystanders

The game puts the player in the scene as a bystander at a sex assault, allows them to make decisions and then has different outcomes.

1 day ago

 A sign urging people to vote for Barbara Daly Danko for Allegheny County Council sits outside the Darlington Street entrance to the Jewish Community Center May 19.

Allegheny County seeks applicants for Danko's East End council seat

Democrats have until noon Friday to submit resumes and interest letters to replace the late Barbara Daly Danko on Allegheny County Council.

1 day ago

Biden reassures Iraqi PM amid harsh criticism

His call followed harsh criticism from Iraqi and Iranian quarters after the U.S. defense secretary questioned the Iraqi military.

1 day ago

Director addresses sensitive question: Why do Indian-American kids dominate the National Spelling Bee?

Indian-American kids have placed a stranglehold on the bee, winning it now for seven years in a row and all but four of the last 15 years.

1 day ago

Researcher earns grant for autism therapy research

The University of Pittsburgh’s Shaun Eack will receive $3.2 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health.

1 day ago


You have 2 remaining free articles this month

Try unlimited digital access

If you are an existing subscriber,
link your account for free access. Start here

You’ve reached the limit of free articles this month.

To continue unlimited reading

If you are an existing subscriber,
link your account for free access. Start here