Jeffrey Schwartz, with human and monkey skulls, in a lab at the University of Pittsburgh's Posvar Hall, in 2009.

Pitt paleontologist wants to limit the genus Homo to Homo sapiens

Pitt’s Jeffrey Schwartz stirs controversy with his Science magazine article stating that some human species don’t belong in the genus Homo.

about 16 hours ago

 Pope Francis celebrates a Mass at the Vatican's Santa Marta hotel, today.

Pope: Priests in Holy Year can absolve 'sin of abortion'

Pope Francis is making it possible for women to confess directly to any Catholic priest, who can grant absolution.

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TRAFFIC: PennDOT reverses direction of Parkway West closures tonight and Wednesday

Several construction projects continue this week, with overnight closures on the Parkway West.

about 5 hours ago

 The National McKinley Birthplace Memorial Museum in Niles, Ohio, honors President William McKinley, born in the small town not far from Youngstown.

Ohio residents lament removal of McKinley name from Alaskan peak

Ohio lawmakers blocked the proposed name change for Mount McKinley for years, and denounced the decision to restore the Mount Denali name.

about 16 hours ago

 Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails from her time as secretary of state that were released Monday night .

State Department redacts material deemed sensitive in Hillary Clinton’s emails

None of the documents had been marked classified at the time, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.

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 An injured national guard officer is carried away by comrades Monday outside the Parliament building in Kiev, Ukraine. One person was killed and over 100 wounded after an explosive device was thrown during a protest.

Grenade explodes outside Ukraine's parliament during nationalist protest; 1 officer killed

It was the worst violence in the capital since the government took power in February 2014.

about 16 hours ago

 A Franklin & Marshall College poll last week found a wide, bi-partisan majority of registered voters believe state lawmakers should not be paid during budget negotiations when the budget is late.

Voters say: No budget, no pay for Pennsylvania lawmakers

Republicans, Democrats and Independents in a Franklin & Marshall College poll favor not paying lawmakers until a budget is approved.

about 16 hours ago

 A migrant, hoping to cross into Hungary, plays with a child Monday along a railway track outside a village in Serbia.

Austrian border backup and confusion challenge Europe amid migrant crisis

Europe is mired in border traffic backups, jam-packed refugee trains and policy chaos as it deals with its mounting migrant morass.

about 16 hours ago

Former LCB official faces charges of accepting kickbacks

Prosecutors said James H. Short Jr. took cash, gift cards and meals from a distributor and a manufacturer of alcoholic beverages.

about 16 hours ago

 "We need to be prepared for the possibility that Iran will violate the agreement,” Sen. Bob Casey said.

Sen. Bob Casey says he will support Iran nuclear deal

“It is the best option available to us at this time,” the Democratic senator said today.

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 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane departs after her preliminary hearing Aug. 24 at the Montgomery County courthouse in Norristown, Pa.

Pennsylvania attorney general, supporters mobilize against potential ouster

AG Kathleen Kane was charged Aug. 6 by Montgomery County authorities with leaking information to a Philadelphia newspaper.

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 Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, right, talks with David Moore following her office's refusal to issue marriage licenses at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., today.

Kentucky clerk still refuses to issue same-sex marriage licenses

As Rowan County clerk Kim Davis' office opened, two couples were denied licenses.

about 8 hours ago

Westinghouse High coach on leave after report of student injury

The district received a report a Westinghouse student was injured while “being admonished” by one of the team’s assistant coaches.

about 6 hours ago

Health happenings for Sept. 1, 2015

Health and fitness-related news listings for Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015.

about 16 hours ago

Thai prime minister says main suspect in bombing arrested

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said today the man is a foreigner and was arrested in eastern Thailand near the Cambodian border.

about 11 hours ago

 A police helicopter patrols a swampy area near Route 59 and Rollins in Fox Lake, Ill.,  where a manhunt was in progress after an officer was shot today.

Police hunt for three suspects after Chicago police officer killed

Police said the officer radioed in to tell dispatchers he was chasing three men on foot, but communication with him was lost shortly after.

about 1 hour ago

 Freda Ellis

Obituary: Freda Ellis / August Wilson’s sister served in many roles

Freda Ellis -- sister of the late playwright August WIlson -- was a beloved force in the community.

about 16 hours ago

Two Cal U students face charges stemming from fight

Police said one of the students threatened to use a gun during the fight.

about 7 hours ago

 About 200 members of the Chester Upland teachers union in suburban Philadelphia voted unanimously last week to work without pay as the new school year opens Wednesday.

Some teachers in Phila. area heading back to school without a paycheck

The district, struggling with financial problems for years, is on the edge of insolvency and cannot make payroll, officials said.

about 4 hours ago

 The scene at Bayardstown Social Club, with Slim Forsythe and His New Payday Loners performing in the background.

Diana Nelson Jones’ Walkabout: Bayardstown Social Club in Strip makes a quick success of socializing

Born on a vacant lot on Penn Avenue, Bayardstown is a bring-your-own party to which everyone’s invited, including kids and dogs.

about 16 hours ago

U.N. said to summon leaders to closed-door climate change meeting

The New York meeting is scheduled for Sept. 27, a day ahead of the United Nations General Assembly.

about 16 hours ago

Republicans wary of Donald Trump’s populist tone on taxes

He says he would raise taxes in certain areas, particularly on corporations that he believes do not act in the best interests of the U.S.

about 16 hours ago

China and Russia are cross-indexing hacked data to target U.S. spies

The databases included security clearance applications, airline records and medical insurance forms.

about 16 hours ago

World Briefs: Poland blocks site of alleged Nazi treasure

Plus: 3 hurricanes make history; Fred nears Cape Verde; Jains win legal victory; China blames journalist; and more.

about 16 hours ago

National Briefs: Anti-Semite convicted in 3 slayings

Plus: Clerk must issue licenses; deputy was shot 15 times; hiker was clinging to life; meeting on new $10 bill; found $20 nets $1 million.

about 16 hours ago

Eastern Pennsylvania man sentenced to life in 2 killings last year

Fifty-six-year-old Garry Flyte of Eldred Township entered the plea Monday in Monroe County to first-degree murder charges.

about 16 hours ago

Genetic tests pushed to help prevent some deaths

The research announced by Medtronic found an association between a single gene and 50 percent higher odds of some irregular heartbeats.

about 16 hours ago

Outbound Parkway West overnight closures begin tonight

Through Wednesday, outbound closures begin at 9 p.m. from the Fort Pitt Tunnel to I-79 with inbound single-lane traffic in the same area.

1 day ago

 Betsy Hawley is the director of the Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition, founded at the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church.

Coalition aiming to support, strengthen children's palliative care

Most hospices don’t accept pediatric patients, and few resources exist for families needing end-of-life care for children, members say.

1 day ago

PennDOT suspends major roadway construction for pope's visit to Philly

Roadwork will be suspended from Sept. 22 through Sept. 27.

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 From left, Spring Hill Elementary School aide Becky Zastawa, second-grade teacher Kristin Davis, music teacher Amy Cale, and others perform an exercise Friday during a training session on restorative practices.

22 Pittsburgh schools to use discipline aimed more at understanding than punishment

The district is geared for a whole-school approach to improve student behavior.

1 day ago

 Vice President Joe Biden in Washington in April.

VP Biden to celebrate Labor Day in Pittsburgh

The White House said in a news release Monday that further details will be released later.

about 17 hours ago

 Mattel, in partnership with San Francisco startup ToyTalk, will release the Internet-connected version of the doll that has real conversations with kids in late 2015.

Surveillance Society: Could toys play with data from children?

Internet-enabled everyday devices are collectively called the “Internet of Things”; some experts think 50 billion will be in use by 2020.

1 day ago

 The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's front-page coverage of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The Digs: Post-Gazette's front pages during Hurricane Katrina

The Post-Gazette printed and thus captured all of these moments in time as one of the worst storms of the century devastated New Orleans.

1 day ago

 Billy Ellsworth works on social studies lessons at home in Coraopolis. He is part of a clinical trial for eteplirsen, a drug that has not only slowed the progession of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, but improved his symptoms.

FDA fast-tracks drug to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy

The Food and Drug Administration has agreed to quicker review of a promising muscular dystrophy treatment.

1 day ago

 A crew works on a gas drilling rig at a well site for shale based natural gas in Zelienople in 2012.

Groups push EPA to rewrite oil and gas waste disposal rules

Eight environment groups notified the Environmental Protection Agency they will file suit if the agency refuses to rewrite disposal rules.

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 President Barack Obama on Sunday said he is changing the name of Mount McKinley in Denali National Park, Alaska, to Denali.

White House renaming Mount McKinley as Denali on eve of trip

By renaming the peak Denali, President Barack Obama waded into a sensitive and decades-old conflict between residents of Alaska and Ohio.

1 day ago

 Police say Wanna Suansun was renting the second apartment that was raided by authorities in Min Buri, in Bangkok's outskirts, and where police found fertilizer, gun powder, digital clocks and remote-controlled cars whose parts can be used for detonation.

Thai police seek 2 new suspects in Bangkok bombing probe

Police said the two were part of a group responsible for the Aug. 17 blast in central Bangkok that killed 20 people.

1 day ago

 Mourners gather at a gas station in Houston on Saturday to pay their respects at a makeshift memorial for Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Darren Goforth who was shot and killed while filling his patrol car.

Police investigate motive in ambush of Houston area deputy

The suspect is to be arraigned today in the shooting of Deputy Darren Goforth, a 10-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

1 day ago

 Protesters stage a rally Sunday in front of the National Diet building in Tokyo. Thousands of Japanese protested outside the parliament a set of security bills designed to expand the role the country's military.

Mothers, students join Japan’s protests over security bills

Japan is seeing new faces join the ranks of protesters typically made up of labor union members and graying leftist activists.

1 day ago

Migrant boat sinks off Libyan coast, kills at least 37

Lawless Libya has turned into a major transit route for migrants fleeing conflict and poverty by boat to Europe.

1 day ago

As late mail soars, Post Office fails to stabilize service

The number of letters arriving late has jumped by almost 50 percent since the start of the year.

1 day ago

Airstrike is said to kill 36 civilians in Yemen at a bottling factory

In another air raid on Sanaa, residents said four civilians were killed when a bomb hit their house near a military base.

1 day ago

U.S. national security adviser warns Pakistan on recent militant attacks

Susan Rice also delivered an invitation from President Barack Obama for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to visit the United States in October.

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 A statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis is moved from its location in front of the school's main tower the University of Texas campus on Sunday.

University of Texas takes down statues of Jefferson Davis, Woodrow Wilson

The Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans failed to win a court injunction to block the plan.

1 day ago

 Activists from the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections gather on a main road in downtown Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, during a rally Sunday. Big crowds of protesters demanded the resignation of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak over a financial scandal.

Malaysia’s defiant premier rejects calls that he quit

A huge two-day rally brought together at least tens of thousands of yellow-shirted protesters demanding his resignation.

1 day ago

Obituary: Paul G. Dacey / A fixture at PNC Park’s Lexus Club

Mr. Dacey, 83, of Brookline died Wednesday at St. Clair Hospital of congestive heart failure.

1 day ago

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Checking if you’ve been following summer’s news

A multiple-choice quiz about animal safety, the snubbing of Pittsburgh, soccer sensations and, of course, Steelers stuff.

1 day ago

Drug-ring leader sentenced to more than 7 years

Juwan Woods, 32, known as "Whiz," was sentenced Friday to 87 months behind bars.

1 day ago

National briefs: Trump becomes TV talking point

PLUS: Sanders closes gap; General Mills eyes emissions; Windstorm kills 2; Slain reporters honored

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