Even before factoring in outside income, lawmakers in Pennsylvania make more than the state’s median household income of $52,007.

Does the Pennsylvania Legislature have a conflict of interest problem?

A state legislator sits on a committee and votes on bills that could affect his outside financial interests. Is this OK?

about 7 hours ago

 A car sporting the Lyft mustache drives down a Downtown street in Pittsburgh last summer.

PUC grants ride-share company Lyft experimental license

The terms of the agreement contain specific conditions Lyft must adhere to before the permission takes effect.

about 1 hour ago

 A public health nurse demonstrates drawing flu vaccine from a bottle.

High-dose flu vaccine found more effective for elderly

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine study finds that the frail elderly benefit from the high-dose flu vaccine.

about 12 hours ago

 Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in April 2013.

Boston Marathon bombing suspect says satisfied with defense lawyers

Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when two bombs exploded near the finish line of the April 2013 marathon.

about 1 hour ago

 The Pittsburgh Public Schools' administration building in Oakland.  The 2015 budget holds the line on the property tax rate of 9.84 mills.

Pittsburgh school board OKs budget with no change in property tax rate

Pittsburgh Public Schools’ board of directors unanimously approved a final budget Wednesday night of $556.8 million for 2015.

about 12 hours ago

 A Pakistani soldier walks amid the debris in an army-run school Wednesday after an attack by Taliban militants in Peshawar on Tuesday.

As it mourns, Pakistan plans response to school massacre

Pakistan is immersed in three days of mourning, with all educational institutions closed and the entire city of Peshawar shut down.

about 3 hours ago

McConnell aims to fight tighter coal regulations

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged Wednesday to do all he can to stop President Barack Obama’s coal plant regulations

about 12 hours ago

Swap of Cuban who spied for U.S. is at the heart of exchange package

Key U.S. “intelligence asset” imprisoned in Cuba for nearly two decades was swapped for three Cuban spies.

about 12 hours ago

 John O'Brien, one of hostages of the Sydney cafe siege, poses for a photo as he relaxes in his front yard in Sydney, Australia Wednesday. O'Brien, 82, was the first hostage to escape the Lindt Chocolat Cafe after a gunman took 17 people hostage on Monday. Three people including the gunman were shot after police ended the siege at the coffee shop early Tuesday.

Aussie hostage, 82, planned daring escape

John O’Brien, the eldest hostage in the Sydney terror siege earlier this week, describes his harrowing captivity and bold escape plan.

about 12 hours ago

Child agencies found failing

At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the United States in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities.

about 12 hours ago

Report: Wealth gap widens

The wealth gap between middle- and upper-income households has widened to the highest level on record.

about 12 hours ago

Israel suffers setbacks in Europe; Palestinians push at U.N.

European Union court, citing technicality, orders the Palestinian militant organization Hamas removed from the EU terror group list.

about 12 hours ago

Church of England picks first woman bishop

The Church of England has appointed the Rev. Libby Lane as its first female bishop.

about 12 hours ago

Congress ends feds’ ban on medical pot

Congress’ spending bill passage effectively ended federal ban on medical marijuana.

about 12 hours ago

World briefs: Vigilantes clash in Mexico

MEXICO CITY — Two rival vigilante groups faced off in western Mexico in a shootout that left 11 people dead weeks after federal authorities

about 12 hours ago

 Albert "Al" Alu performing as Conrad Birdie in Pittsburgh CLO's 1972 production of "Bye Bye Birdie."

Obituary: Al Alu / Pittsburgh-native entertainer found a home in Los Angeles

The actor, artist and arts educator found success on Pittsburgh stages before becoming a regular on the Los Angeles theater scene.

about 12 hours ago

Random Acts of Kindness: Caring people helped counter water torrent

Plus: A fall in street didn’t spoil her theater trip and a plunge on icy steps revealed two angels.

about 12 hours ago

National briefs: 4 charged in chemical spill

Plus: Recount affirms GOP win; actor admits sex abuse; Alcatraz escape study; Johns Hopkins snafu; death penalty dropped; rapper is

about 12 hours ago

Tax increase anticipated in Peters school district

Peters Township schools is expecting a $2.8 million budget deficit in the 2015-16 spending plan.

about 12 hours ago

Justices to Ariz: Issue driver’s licenses

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday let stand a ruling requiring Arizona to issue driver’s licenses to young immigrants spared

about 12 hours ago

14 who worked for pharmacy held in fatal meningitis

BOSTON — Fourteen employees of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy were charged Wednesday in connection with a fungal meningitis outbreak

about 12 hours ago

 A Pakistani soldier walks amidst the debris in an army-run school Wednesday after an attack by Taliban militants in Peshawar on Tuesday.

Pakistan lifts curb on executions in wake of slaughter

Pakistan mourns and then acts against terrorists in wake of the Taliban militant assault Tuesday on an army-run school in Peshawar.

about 12 hours ago

Irwin council rejects proposed budget, tax increase

The borough’s $5.1 million 2015 budget would have raised taxes by 1.5 mills.

about 12 hours ago

South Fayette advances study of traffic corridors

Administrators are dedicating $40,000 from their capital fund in 2015 to further their traffic task force efforts.

about 12 hours ago

Early West Allegheny teacher contract ratified

The three-year agreement calls for wage increases, higher employee health care contributions and reduction in tuition reimbursements.

about 12 hours ago

 Tegan Welsh, 10, and Ilijana Hasak, 11, work on building a robot during an after-school program based on robotics, technology and coding Monday at Quaker Valley Middle School in Sewickley.

Quaker Valley students turn to robotics after school

The workshops, funded by the Pittsburgh-based Sprout Fund, offer students in grades 4-8 a chance to learn basic robotics.

about 12 hours ago

Canon-McMillan school board moves meetings to Thursday

School boards re-elect officers in Canon-McMillan, Chartiers Valley, McKeesport, Peters Township and Upper St. Clair.

about 12 hours ago

Summer Dreamers Academy receives $300,000 from Heinz Endowments

Pittsburgh Public Schools' Summer Dreamers Academy received an additional $300,000 from the Heinz Endowments Wednesday.

about 12 hours ago

Latin American leaders hail renewed US-Cuban diplomatic relations

Colombia’s president said he hoped the changes paved the way to reaching “the dream of having a continent where there is total peace.”

about 5 hours ago

West school news: Chartiers Valley, Moon Area

Chartiers Valley   

about 12 hours ago

North Korea-linked Sony hack may be costliest ever

The studio's reputation is in tatters as embarrassing revelations spill from tens of thousands of leaked emails and other company materials.

about 5 hours ago

 Cuban students march in a street of Havana Wednesday after Washington released three Cuban spies -- heroes in Cuba-- who had been in a U.S. prison since 2001. The United States and Cuba brought their bitter Cold War stand-off towards a historic close Wednesday, agreeing to revive diplomatic ties and to ease a five-decade U.S. trade embargo.

Change in U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations ignites political debate over ties with communist nation

Obama administration officials had considered Alan Gross' imprisonment an impediment to improving relations with Cuba.

about 12 hours ago

Pa. state police background check, firearms systems back up

The state police Internet system and background check databases were out of commission for about two hours.

about 23 hours ago

Tunnel closures snarl Parkway West

PennDOT issued a statement around 10:30 a.m. announcing the closures, lasting up to 10 minutes in both directions, through 2 p.m.

1 day ago

 Mark Brentley Sr. was elected in District 8 in 1999.

Pittsburgh school board losing veteran members

Will Pittsburgh’s Board of Education face a steep learning curve in 2016 with incumbents deciding not to run for re-election next year?

about 12 hours ago

 The interior of the Pakistan school where members of the Taliban attacked schoolchildren and staff, killing 148.

Students shot point blank in Pakistan school massacre

A day after 148 people died in one of the most violent attacks in Pakistan, the nation surveyed the damage from the nine-hour slaughter.

1 day ago

 Jan Scheuermann plays rock-paper-scissors using a robotic arm and hand during a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine project.

Brain-controlled robotic arm helps Pittsburgh woman with quadriplegia

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh connected electrodes in her brain to a robotic arm to make hand shapes and grasps possible.

1 day ago

 Emiliano Cabrera is an undocumented immigrant from Honduras who is applying for legal protection under President Barack Obama's recent executive action. A 53-year-old construction worker who lives in Carnegie, Mr. Cabrera is shown here with his American-born daughter, Emily Cabrera Vindel, 8.

Obama’s executive action clouds long-term immigration changes

Will the president's immigration action lead to gridlock -- or will it trigger piecemeal progress?

1 day ago

 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane

AG charges 10 in $1.2 million PennDOT theft

The AG says the managers, assigned to PennDOT’s district covering southeastern Pennsylvania, took kickbacks from highway inspectors.

1 day ago

 State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale recently completed a performance audit of Cheyney University.

Auditor General's report on Cheyney University paints a 'bleak' outlook

A 54-page report is likely to heighten ongoing concern, not only about Cheyney, but also some of the other 13 state-owned universities.

about 12 hours ago

 A plainclothes security officer escorts students rescued from a nearby school during a Taliban attack in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday.

Mournful Pakistanis feared an attack was coming

Peshawar is in deep mourning. One heard the heart-wrenching wailing of women and silent weeping of men every 100 yards or so.

1 day ago

 A security guard stands at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los Angeles Thursday.

NYC premiere of North Korea comedy 'The Interview' canceled after threats

The hackers warned people to stay away from cinemas showing the film and darkly reminded moviegoers of the Sept. 11 attacks.

1 day ago

New York bans fracking after health report calls it unsafe

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the decision on whether to allow this kind of drilling in New York was up to New York’s environmental commissioner.

about 12 hours ago

  A early morning view of the Golden Triangle from the roof of the U.S. Steel Tower.

Planning commission backs legislation to add 'affordable' housing to Pittsburgh’s development policies

The legislation is meant to encourage the construction of more housing for poor and working-class people.

1 day ago

Former execs indicted on charges related to chemical spill in Charleston, W.Va.

An indictment unsealed today charges ex-Freedom Industries presidents Gary Southern and Dennis P. Farrell.

about 22 hours ago

McArdle Roadway closed today, Thursday

Crews will work on the sidewalk and trim trees from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. both days. Access will be maintained for bikes and pedestrians.

1 day ago

Russian economy treading water

President Barack Obama will sign into law a bill bringing additional sanctions against Russia for its Ukraine incursion.

1 day ago

For GOP, Jeb Bush's decision to explore presidential bid scrambles 2016 field

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Tuesday that he is actively exploring a 2016 presidential run, shaking up the GOP field.

1 day ago

Vatican cites achievements, challenges of U.S. nuns

The Vatican inquiry that some saw as critical of U.S. nuns has ended instead with praise for the sisters’ selfless work.

1 day ago

Ecuador family wins favors after donations to Obama campaign

Finance records and officials show that Ecuadoran family has won favors from the Obama administration after giving donations to Democrats.

1 day ago


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