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Study shows potential for treatment of infant heart defects

The study was published today by researchers at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and other medical institutions.

about 3 hours ago


Lane closures possible today at Greentree and Cochran roads

Work will occur from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

about 12 hours ago


 Asked why he turned to Facebook, Gov. Tom Wolf said: “I think in a democracy, you should look for any possible way you can interact with the people who hired you."

Gov. Tom Wolf uses Facebook to field questions on budget

In the 20-minute session, the governor faced a series of mostly friendly questions.

about 20 hours ago


CMU student who recorded men in dorm showers to plead guilty

Daniel Jorge, 19, of East Williston, N.Y., "knows he was wrong" for invading the privacy of other male CMU students, his attorney said.

about 3 hours ago


 Jamari Hayden, 5, rings bells during Flo Monroe's preschool class at the Conroy Education Center on the North Side.

Academic vs. play-based preschool debate fading in favor of intellectual discovery

How preschoolers are taught is gaining greater focus as federal and state officials hope to expand funding for early childhood learning.

about 20 hours ago


 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane walks from the State Supreme Court room Wednesday at City Hall in Philadelphia.

Prosecutor to review grand jury secrecy accusations against Pennsylvania's AG

The DA says her review will include a report by the special prosecutor along with “voluminous information” gathered by the grand jury.

about 8 hours ago


 Geraldine Alcorn appeared in Pittsburgh City Court today. She is accused of luring an 11-year old student away from home.

Former Pittsburgh teacher to stand trial for interfering with custody of student

Geraldine Alcorn, 29, a former Beechwood Pre K-5 teacher, waived to court a felony charge of interfering with child custody.

about 5 hours ago


Judge tosses transgender man's suit against Pitt

Seamus Johnston was barred from using the men's facilities while taking a weightlifting class in 2011.

about 6 hours ago


Failed Lawrence County racetrack deal built around investment-for-green-card exchange

The ill-fated Lawrence County racetrack couldn’t find a bank willing to lend it money — so it turned to China.

about 20 hours ago


 Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, left, greets Head of Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi as he arrives for a meeting with officials from P5+1, the European Union and Iran at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel March 31, 2015 in Lausanne. Officials are meeting in Switzerland for negotiations on Iran's nuclear program.

No Iran agreement yet as talks go past deadline

Iran nuclear negotiations in Switzerland passed the self-imposed midnight Tuesday deadline and headed into overtime in search of accord.

about 20 hours ago


PennDOT reverses direction of Parkway West closure Thursday night

The outbound parkway will close from Green Tree/Crafton (Exit 67) to Interstate 79 (Exit 64A) at 10 p.m. Thursday.

about 7 hours ago


 Last week, Councilwoman Darlene Harris protested the changes as a “political” maneuver.

Pittsburgh City Council approves changes for naming public property

The revised rules approved by Pittsburgh City Council set up a three-member commission but also allow council members to propose names.

about 20 hours ago


 Food workers will no longer be allowed to handle ready-to-eat foods with their bare hands. Instead, they’ll be required to use utensils, single-use gloves or dispensing equipment.

Health Department softens safety standards for Allegheny County eateries

The revisions were mandated by the state so that restaurant inspections in the county conform to state and federal food codes.

about 20 hours ago


Obama defies Congress on shift in union rules

President Barack Obama on Tuesday rejected a congressionally passed resolution that would have barred streamlined, speedy union elections.

about 20 hours ago


Iraqi prime minister claims major advance in Tikrit

Iraq’s prime minister claimed Tuesday that the city of Tikrit had been recaptured from the Islamic State.

about 20 hours ago


World briefs: Obama lifts arms freeze against Egypt

Plus: Yemen strife intensifies; $3.8B pledged for Syrians; Japan to extend sanctions.

about 20 hours ago


Nation dates: Library of Congress criticized

Plus: Boston defense rests; Sentences commuted; Inmate captured.

about 20 hours ago


Storytelling: Swimming lessons for an immigrant

As a child in 1950s Hungary, I was taught to swim by being thrown into the lake. Landing in Pittsburgh in my 20s, it felt the same.

about 9 hours ago


 Supporters of presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressive Congress party celebrate Tuesday in Kano, Nigeria. Three decades after seizing power in a military coup, Mr. Buhari became the first Nigerian to oust a president through the ballot box, putting him in charge of Africa's biggest economy and one of its most turbulent democracies.

Nigeria leader hailed as hero for conceding election defeat

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan conceded defeat in the weekend election.

about 20 hours ago


Veteran commits suicide in VA parking lot

A female veteran shot herself in the parking lot of the H.J. Heinz campus in Aspinwall Monday afternoon.

about 11 hours ago


Lawmakers in Arkansas pass religious freedom bill

Arkansas passed its version of a religious freedom law, joining Indiana in a swirl of controversy that shows little sign of calming.

about 20 hours ago


Obituary: Kathryn 'Kay' Stolarevsky / Music instructor, camp founder taught thousands to love the arts

Kathryn Fell Stolarevsky teamed with her late husband to run the Chatham College Music and Arts Day Camp to teach children to love the arts.

about 20 hours ago


Obama’s climate change strategy, part of global deal in Paris, is revealed

President Barack Obama on Tuesday offered a plan to cut greenhouse gases in the nation by about one-third in the next 10 years.

about 20 hours ago


 Robert Dellinger, former senior vice president and chief financial officer at PPG Industries.

Former PPG exec to be sentenced this week in deaths of couple in N.H.

Robert Dellinger, former chief financial officer and senior vice president at PPG, pleaded guilty in February to negligent homicide.

about 8 hours ago


 John Lennon poses with then wife, Cynthia, at Heathrow Airport in 1964.

Late Beatle John Lennon's first wife, Cynthia, dies

Cynthia Lennon, 75, married the former Beatle in 1962 and the couple divorced in 1968 when he left her for Japanese artist Yoko Ono.

about 8 hours ago


Obituary: Miriam Bienstock / Co-founder of Atlantic Records

She helped to lay the groundwork for what became a colossus of the recording industry.

about 9 hours ago


Obituary: Robert L. Hite / Survivor of Doolittle raid and Japanese imprisonment

The raid inflicted relatively light damage on military and industrial targets, but it delivered a moral victory to Americans.

about 9 hours ago


 Penn State men's basketball coach Patrick Chambers is helping a Penn State biologist raise research funds by producing a video about how the coach witnessed the decline and death of his father from Alzheimer's disease.

Penn State coach lends help to professor pursuing brain-repair research

Basketball coach Patrick Chambers is working with PSU biologist Gong Chen, whose research focuses on restoring brain cells and function.

1 day ago


Report finds many Alzheimer's patients not told of diagnosis

Only 45 percent said they were told they had the disease, although some experts believe physicians are afraid to cause emotional stress.

1 day ago


 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks during a news conference in Philadelphia in January.

Court upholds appointment of prosecutor in leak probe of Pa. attorney general

The court found that judges who supervise secret grand jury proceedings have substantial responsibilities in maintaining confidentiality.

about 20 hours ago


Route 19 in Marshall to have evening lane restrictions

The lane closures will occur at the bridge carrying the Pennsylvania Turnpike over Route 19.

1 day ago


Allegheny Intermediate Unit hires auditors to review special education finances

A deficit prompted the AIU on Feb.1 to switch the therapists from salaried employees to hourly employees who will lose their benefits.

about 23 hours ago


 A small memorial has sprung up along a bike trail in Hays after eagle eggs failed to hatch.

Memorial springs up in Hays for eagle eggs that didn’t hatch

Experts are not sure what the Hays eagles will do, now that they have no eggs to look after.

1 day ago


Fitzgerald injects diversity into panel to study government

After Allegheny County Council named five white men, Executive Rich Fitzgerald named four woman, including two minorities, to the group.

about 20 hours ago


Norwin teacher's husband accused of trying to threaten a witness in heroin case

North Huntingdon police charged Marc Rodnicki, 34, with trying to intimidate a witness in the heroin case against his wife, Lisa Rodnicki.

1 day ago


 Juan Henderson, 48, of Forest Hills, said he enjoys his second job as a driver for Uber and is prepared for tax season.

Pittsburgh ride-sharing drivers may be caught off guard for tax season

Many will be filing tax returns as independent contractors for the first time this year.

1 day ago


 RaceDots are a simple and effective alternative to safety pins for runners' race bibs.

Here are four gadgets aimed to make running easier

To help calm those marathon jitters, we took a look at four cool accessories to help you cross the finish line.

1 day ago


Indiana governor says will 'fix' religious freedom law this week

The Republican governor was reacting to widespread backlash against the act he signed into law last week.

1 day ago


 Now, the cost to buy and install a typical water heater is about $900.

New federal rules for water heaters will mean higher price tag

Water heaters bought after the standards go into effect April 16 will be slightly larger than current models.

1 day ago


 This photo shows search operations at the crash site of an Airbus A320, near Seyne-les-Alpes.

Lufthansa: Pilot reported depression

The airline said Andreas Lubitz subsequently passed all medical checks and that it has provided the documents to prosecutors.

about 21 hours ago


 This combination of undated file photos shows, from left, Krystle Campbell, 29, Lu Lingzi, a Boston University graduate student from China, and Martin Richard, 8, all who were killed in the bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, in Boston. Prosecutors rested their case Monday, March 30, 2015, against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, after jurors in his federal death penalty trial saw gruesome autopsy photos and heard a medical examiner describe the devastating injuries suffered by the three people who died in the 2013 terror attack.

Computer expert: Tsarnaev's brother searched for bomb parts

The defense is trying to show that Tsarnaev’s older brother was the mastermind of the bombings.

1 day ago


Saudis make own moves as U.S. and Iran talk

Even as the U.S. is pursuing a breakthrough framework, Saudi Arabia is directing a broad regional assault against the Tehran government.

1 day ago


Health happenings in Pittsburgh

A listing of health- and fitness-related events for the week starting March 31, 2015.

1 day ago


Judge weighs 'mental anguish' law passed after convicted killer's speech

The law was rushed through the Legislature late last year after a convicted cop killer made a recorded commencement address to a college.

1 day ago


Co-pilot treated for tendencies toward suicide for long period

The co-pilot believed to have intentionally crashed a German jet in the French Alps last week had treatment over “a long period of time.”

1 day ago


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Armed prisoner who escaped from Va. hospital captured in DC

The prisoner escaped the custody of a private security guard with the officer's gun, police said.

1 day ago


Ex-firefighter arrested after holding four others hostage outside Phila.

Police said the man, who was about 30 years old, was a former firefighter who had been terminated Monday.

1 day ago


Federal agents charged with stealing digital currency

A former Secret Service agent and a former Drug Enforcement Administration agent have been charged with fraud.

1 day ago


Scores killed at Yemen camp for displaced

An air strike Monday by a Saudi-led Arab coalition killed at least 40 at a Yemen refugee camp.

1 day ago


North Park to hold boot camp for women only

Classes to promote weight loss and muscle toning in women will meet Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays for four weeks.

1 day ago



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