Adrian Van Balen, Amber Williams, and their daughter Sienna, 8, of Castle Shannon. Their family always keeps a supply of Epinephrine and children's Benadryl nearby in case of accidental contact with peanuts. Sienna is extremely allergic.

Parents, doctors confounded by reversal of advice on peanut allergies

The switch on medical recommendations to ward off peanut allergies comes too late for many Pittsburgh children and their families.

about 7 hours ago

 Bobbie Jo Wendel leads her "Begin to Win" running group along Beaver Street in Sewickley as they start their Sunday morning run.

Marathon Ready: A race entered to support her mom turns marathon novice on to her running prowess

After shedding 180 pounds, Bobbi Jo Wendel trains for her first full marathon in Pittsburgh.

about 7 hours ago

Obama says Iran must halt key nuclear work for at least a decade

His comment about the time frame for a freeze represents one of the U.S. government's strongest signals yet of its red line for a deal.

about 7 hours ago

 At the Capitol on Monday, Republicans and Democrats said they expected something big from Gov. Tom Wolf’s first budget proposal.

Wolf wants Pennsylvania income, sales tax increase

The new governor’s plan also calls for dramatically reducing school district property taxes.

about 7 hours ago

 Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, takes the stage Monday to address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference in Washington, D.C.

Pittsburgh area's Jewish leaders have mixed reactions to Netanyahu

They are concerned about a GOP-Obama rift on the Israeli prime minister’s speech to Congress today.

about 7 hours ago

Clinton emails at State Department draw scrutiny

The ex-secretary of state may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record.

about 7 hours ago

 Richard Haynes, president and founder of the Carlow Chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, reads statements written on the Free Speech Wall at Carlow University in Oakland.

Carlow University 'wall' encourages free speech

Young Americans for Liberty at Carlow University encouraged students to write on two outdoor poster-boards, part of a national project.

about 7 hours ago

Sharon Randall: Life and love lead to unexpected places, fortunately

Follow your heart, and the rest will fall into place.

about 7 hours ago

Walkabout: Police tensions serve as starting topic

Relationships between the police and African-American communities need to go beyond conversations and marches.

about 7 hours ago

 “This is an unfortunate, though not completely unexpected ruling.” said Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action.

Stay issued on NRA suit against Pittsburgh

Common Pleas Senior Judge Judith Friedman’s one-sentence order means the city’s law remains in force, at least for now.

about 7 hours ago

Earthquake strikes off Indonesia island; no reports of damage

The quake was felt by people on land, but there was no panic, Indonesia's disaster agency said.

26 minutes ago

Health happenings: March 3, 2015

Health-related events for the coming week.

about 7 hours ago

Tensions flare as picket lines crossed in U.S. refinery strike

Money is tight as strike pay from the United Steelworkers union is a fraction of normal wages.

32 minutes ago

Obituary: Rod H. Altmeyer / Used his broadcasting background to promote his home furnishings business

Rod H. Altmeyer Sr. took over Altmeyer’s Bed, Bath & Home from his father and moved stores from small downtown area to shopping centers.

about 7 hours ago

 William Thomas McKinley in 1985.

Obituary: William Thomas McKinley / Jazz-loving composer born in New Kensington

Mr. McKinley, 76, was “one of our most important Pittsburgh artists of any kind,” said composer David Stock, a classmate at Carnegie Tech.

about 9 hours ago

 Anna Duritskaya

Woman with slain Putin critic says she didn’t see his killer

Her emotional account came amid a swirl of speculation about who was responsible for the assassination, and what it means for Russia.

about 7 hours ago

War court judge orders Pentagon to replace USS Cole trial overseer

He ruled that a since-revoked requirement for judges to live at Guantanamo until a trial is over appeared to be unlawful influence.

about 7 hours ago

Termites are guardians of the soil

Their habitats are key to a multitude of ecosystems, from deserts and rain forests to your neighborhood park.

about 7 hours ago

Massive Iraqi assault begins to retake Tikrit from Islamic State

Many see it as a test of the central government’s ability to retake and hold much of the territory lost to the militant group last summer.

about 7 hours ago

State redistricting is under scrutiny at Supreme Court

The justices raised tough questions Monday in a case crucial for political operators and reformers in Arizona, California and beyond.

about 7 hours ago

World Briefs: Latest clashes in Ukraine kill hundreds

Plus: 40 Americans return from Syria; Twitter threats probed; donated Pakistan vaccines wasted; and more.

about 7 hours ago

National Briefs: Report says cybersecurity lacking at FAA

Plus: 8 Amish resentenced; Nebraska same-sex ruling; Tamir Rice lawsuit; and more.

about 7 hours ago

 Nationally, gas prices were up 12 cents in the past week to hit an average of $2.42 cents per gallon.

Gas prices keep ticking upward in Pittsburgh region

Gas rose 8.8 cents per gallon in the past week in the Pittsburgh area.

about 21 hours ago

 Woodland Hills School District superintendent Alan Johnson: “I could send out a directive this afternoon: Thou shalt not suspend any more students in grades K-3. I don’t want to do that.”

Superintendent: 'We're trying to change the culture. ... we’re starting to be successful'

2011-12 study put the Woodland Hills district’s K-6 suspension rate at 23.8 percent -- top 10 nationally -- but the 2013-14 rate was 16.48

1 day ago

 Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald “Better Jobs, Better Future” is chaired by Mike Mikus, who managed Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald’s successful 2011 campaign.

Fitzgerald's top political foes face stern challenge

A new political committee is working with the Allegheny County executive to replace fellow Democrats who oppose his policies.

1 day ago

 Philadelphia and Pittsburgh base layoffs on certification and seniority, so seniority is critical when job cuts are being made.

Lawsuit challenging Philadelphia union officials as 'ghost teachers' mirrors Pittsburgh

The lawsuit by The Fairness Center claims teachers out of the classroom for years on union duties still get raises and public pensions.

1 day ago

 A city of Pittsburgh fire truck collided with a pickup truck on Centre and 6th avenues, Downtown, this morning due to icy roads.

Flood advisory issued for Allegheny County

Slick roads caused numerous crashes and school delays in the Pittsburgh area today.

about 8 hours ago

Therapists balk at limitations under new AIU contract

The Allegheny Intermediate Unit changed therapists from salaried to hourly employees Feb. 1 to save money.

1 day ago

U.S. judge rules Nebraska same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

Federal Judge Joseph Bataillon called the state's ban an “unabashedly gender-specific infringement of the equal rights of its citizens.”

about 21 hours ago

 Parkway West on-and-off ramps in Carnegie will be closed at 10 tonight and remain closed through late December for the second year of a $72.8 million parkway reconstruction project.

Parkway West closures begin tonight

The project will cause a variety of traffic shifts, narrowed lanes, lane closures and full overnight and weekend detours.

1 day ago

Eight charged after brawl near Cal U campus

Two of the men police said were involved in the brawl at 525 Second St. around 2:30 a.m. Sunday are facing more serious charges.

about 22 hours ago

 Forbes today said that Bill Gates's net worth rose to $79.2 billion in 2015 from $76 billion last year.

Bill Gates again tops Forbes' list of billionaires

In second place is Mexican telecommunications mogul Carlos Slim Helu, with a net worth of $77.1 billion. He had topped the list in 2013.

about 19 hours ago

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: This news quiz will determine your recent attention level

It’s March. While you have been hibernating, the world has been marching on. Get up to speed, right here:

1 day ago

Netanyahu arrives in U.S., signs of easing of tensions over Iran speech

Policy differences over the negotiations with Iran remained firm, however, as Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in the U.S.

1 day ago

 Anne Gensheimer and her husband, Bud.

Obituary: Anne Gensheimer / Retired school nurse who never stopped giving

Anne Gensheimer “put her money where her mouth was” in her endless efforts to help those in need, according to friend Jim DelBianco.

1 day ago

Tens of thousands show their anger at Putin

Sadness and pragmatism prevailed over their outrage, and few of them appeared to be ready for radical action.

1 day ago

Obituary: Carole Morgan Connors / IBM programmer who loved maps

Carole Connors of Upper St. Clair resented when people started ignoring maps in favor of GPS systems.

1 day ago

High court case threatens independent electoral map drawers

The Supreme Court is being asked to let raw politics play an even bigger role in the drawing of congressional district boundaries.

1 day ago

Iraq says launches offensive on Islamic State

The operation against the extremists in Salahuddin province targets a stronghold of the radical Islamist fighters north of Baghdad.

1 day ago

Republicans on defensive over Homeland Security funding

But the House leaders also promised to continue trying to use funding of the Department of Homeland Security.

1 day ago

Venezuela orders U.S. embassy to reduce staff in Caracas

U.S. officials who remain will be required to obtain approval for any meetings in Venezuela as tensions mount between the two countries.

1 day ago

Obama invoking civil rights struggles past and present

The president plans a speech Saturday from the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., the site of one of the movement’s stirring moments.

1 day ago

Traffic stops fueled animosity in Ferguson

The Justice Department has nearly completed a highly critical report of the police in Ferguson, Mo.

1 day ago

 Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Maryland, speaks to reporters in 2008 at a news conference at a Chevrolet dealership in Bethesda, Md. Ms. Mikulski won’t run for re-election in 2016.

Mikulski, Maryland Democrat and role model, plans to retire from Senate in 2017

The surprising decision came just a few months after Republicans gained control of the Senate.

about 8 hours ago

National briefs: Astronauts complete spacewalk

Plus: Walker changes course; N.C. nightclub shooting; Ebola nurse plans suit; Homeless man shot.

1 day ago

World briefs: North Korea fires missiles ahead of drills

Plus: Houthis cozy up to Iran; Fernandez blasts critics; U.S. writer honored.

1 day ago

 University of Pittsburgh chancellor Patrick Gallagher gives a speech to students and faculty after being installed as the 18th Chancellor of the University at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland on Saturday.

Gallagher installed as Pitt’s chancellor

Promising to be a “champion” for students, the 18th chancellor of Pitt asserts “the undeniable societal benefit in an educated population.”

2 days ago

 Sean McGreevey, left, assistant dean for career development at Chatham University, teaches a class called "Financial Wellness." The class included, from left, senior Eir Rovira, graduate student Nick Bender and senior Nicole Werwie.

Colleges making financial literacy part of education

Young people facing debt from student loans and credit cards are finding ways to learn about handling personal finances.

2 days ago

 Mike Silverman, 69, a retired Air Force Lt. Col., suspects he was explosed to Agent Orange residue in planes he flew.

Pittsburgh area Air Force reservists may get help for Agent Orange exposure

Planes that once dropped Agent Orange in Vietnam and were based here could have left crew members contaminated with toxin.

2 days ago

 Carnegie Mellon University psychologist Sheldon Cohen is part of a group that has conducted groundbreaking research that focuses on how psychological factors such as social support networks, stress, emotional makeup and interpersonal conflict affect a person's susceptibility to illness.

Mind over mucus? CMU researcher gives subjects common colds to test psychological factors in immune systems

Sheldon Cohen, a CMU professor of psychology, will put three decades of groundbreaking research online. (One conclusion: Hugs do help.)

2 days ago


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