Intelligence officials warn of dangers beyond Islamic State

Another Syrian group, led by a figure who was once among Osama bin Laden’s inner circle, poses a more direct threat to America and Europe.

about 20 hours ago

Corbett and Wolf to meet in first debate of governor's race Monday

Democratic challenger Wolf will not be under pressure to do much more than avoid any major mistakes. For Mr. Corbett, the stakes are higher.

about 18 hours ago

 Flares burn while police stand between pro-union and nationalist protesters during a demonstration at George Square in Glasgow.

Does defeat of referendum like in Scotland signal a movement's end?

Quebec has had two referendums, with the threat of more. They call this the “Neverendum” — a term also raised in Scotland the morning after.

about 18 hours ago

 Ron Tomalis

Tomalis spent time in NYC advising private equity investors

During nearly 15 months, officials at some of the state’s key institutions say they never shared a moment of Ron Tomalis’ time.

about 18 hours ago

 A fire and spill in March 2010 at an Atlas Resources well site in Washington County sent a large plume of smoke into the air.

Pa. system for tracking compliance at Marcellus Shale well sites in disrepair

The Post-Gazette analyzed every paper record for every Marcellus well incident that resulted in fines through June 1, 2014.

about 18 hours ago

Manhunt continues for suspect in Pa. state police shooting

Police continue to urge residents to remain vigilant as the search for Eric Frein continues in the Pocono Mountains.

about 2 hours ago

 U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton

U.S. attorney to attack fraud in health care

U.S. Attorney David Hickton is ramping up a team — backed by the FBI — whose focus will be fighting crime in the medical industry.

about 18 hours ago

Sludge spill under investigation in Little Mingo Creek

Authorities said the spill into Little Mingo Creek appeared to be contained Saturday, two days after it was discovered.

about 2 hours ago

Five killed in northeastern Pennsylvania crash

The crash happened Saturday on Route 115 in Effort, in Monroe County, about 35 miles north of Allentown

about 7 hours ago

 Gilbert "Gil" Peisakoff

Obituary: Gilbert Peisakoff / Founder of discount chain Gil's, born businessman

Mr. Peisakoff, who built a chain of two dozen discount stores that were ahead of their time, started in retail at the age of 8.

about 18 hours ago

 Post-Gazette publisher and editor-in-chief  John Robinson Block tries the newly installed Washington Press, now on display at the newspaper's facility in Clinton

Vintage press restored on display at PG's new facility

Prolific, powerful and portable, the vintage press is a reminder of how technology advanced democracy.

about 18 hours ago

 The pressmen pose for a portrait on the first night on the new presses Sunday, Sept. 8, in Clinton.

Post-Gazette operations unified at a single plant

The new presses weigh more than 600 tons and are supported on a concrete pad that is four feet thick.

about 18 hours ago

Water restored at Carnegie Mellon University campus

Service was restored by noon, but students were warned the water might appear discolored and could remain so for several hours.

16 minutes ago

 The Post-Gazette's new facility in Clinton houses all of the newspaper's operations except editorial.

A new -- and renewed -- commitment to journalism in Pittsburgh

A letter to our readers from David M. Shribman and John Robinson Block.

about 18 hours ago

 A 1955 drawing shows John Scull and Joseph Hall putting out the first edition of The Pittsburgh Gazette in 1786.

A distinguished history of journalism here since 1786

Now, 228 years later, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is being published at a state-of-the-art printing facility in Clinton.

about 18 hours ago

 Archbishop-Designate Blase Cupich, right, greets Cardinal Francis George during a news conference on Saturday in Chicago. Bishop Cupich, who served as bishop in Spokane, Wash., will succeed Cardinal George, who has been fighting a long battle with cancer, to become the ninth archbishop of Chicago. This is the first time in the history of the Chicago Archdiocese that a new leader has been appointed while the former is still alive.

Chicago archbishop selected

As the leader of two American dioceses, Roman Catholic Bishop Blase Cupich has staked out a firm position in the middle of the road.

about 19 hours ago

 A Syrian Kurd carries an elderly woman Saturday after crossing the border between Syria and Turkey near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province. Thousands of Syrian Kurds began crossing into Turkey on Friday fleeing Islamic State fighters who advanced into their villages and prompting warnings of massacres from Kurdish leaders.

60,000 Syrian Kurds flee to Turkey in 24 hours

Islamic State militants seized dozens of villages close to the border.

about 18 hours ago

 Shiite gunmen stand on their vehicle as they patrol their frontline village of Taza Khormato, in the northern oil rich province of Kirkuk, Iraq.

Islamic State fighters are drawing on oil assets for funding and fuel

A tiny drop in the sea of petroleum globally, the oil tapped by the Islamic State has given it a revenue source most extremist groups lack.

about 19 hours ago

 Afghan President Hamid Karzai, center, and Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah, right, listen to the national anthem during a ceremony Saturday to mark the third anniversary of the assassination of Islamic scholar and political leader Burhanuddin Rabbani, at the loya jirga hall in Kabul. The former head of the High Peace Council, Mr. Rabbani was assassinated by a suicide bomber entering his home in Kabul.

Afghan presidential rivals finally agree on a power-sharing deal

Under the deal, the top vote-getter would become president but would grant significant powers to the loser.

about 19 hours ago

 Ukrainian troops patrol in an armored vehicle in Donetsk region on Saturday. NATO's top military commanders met in Lithuania today to discuss relations with Russia as the warring sides in Ukraine agreed to pull back troops under a new peace plan reached overnight in Belarus.

Explosion racks fragile cease fire in Ukraine; warring sides agree to create a buffer zone

Although shelling and other violence continues daily, both sides maintain that the agreement is still in force.

about 18 hours ago

Hidden costs in health care blindside patients

But in an increasingly common practice, assistants, consultants and other hospital employees are charging patients or their insurers hefty

about 19 hours ago

Islamic State releases 49 hostages to Turks

The move ended a crisis that officials said had blocked the NATO ally from fully joining the U.S.-led battle against the Islamic State.

about 18 hours ago

Now boarding at a Venezuelan airport: cocaine

Venezuela’s main international airport, Maiquetia, has developed something of a bad reputation in recent years.

about 19 hours ago

Congress tightens rules for hospices

Hospice agencies must subject themselves to government inspections at least once every three years under new legislation OK’d by Congress.

about 19 hours ago

Dems look to elders for impact on vote

Democrats are being spurred by polls showing the party has regained some support lost in the Obama years.

about 19 hours ago

Gaza’s housing crisis: ‘This is much worse than the war’

Businessmen, rights groups and economists agree that apartment rents here have more than doubled since the war ended.

about 19 hours ago

Rosetta team picks best landing site on speeding comet

The selection brings the Rosetta team one step closer to being the first to land a spacecraft directly on the surface of a speeding comet.

about 18 hours ago

World Briefs: Islamists kill 36 Nigerians in gunbattle

PLUS: Egypt mediates talks; NASA approaches Mars; Pope orders review; National Party gets vote; Yemen agrees with rebels.

about 18 hours ago

National Briefs: GM recalls 130,000 cars due to defects

PLUS: White House breach; wildfires ravage forests; injured firefighter dies.

about 18 hours ago

Alibaba stock soars in debut

The mammoth IPO offered eager investors seemingly unlimited growth potential and a way to tap into the burgeoning Chinese middle class.

1 day ago

 A video display at a convenience store shows a wanted poster of Eric Frein, a 31-year-old from Canadensis, Pa., Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Philadelphia. Frein is charged with killing Pa. State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson and wounding Trooper Alex Douglass in a late-night ambush Sept. 12 outside the Blooming Grove state police barracks. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Pennsylvania armed officers comb ambush suspect's woods

Armed officers scatter into wooded neighborhood of suspect in deadly ambush on state troopers.

1 day ago

 Pro-union supporters chant and wave Union Flags during a demonstration Friday at George Square in Glasgow. Scotland spurned independence in a historic referendum Thursday, saving a union dating back more than 300 years.

Challenges lie ahead for U.K., Scotland

British Prime Minister David Cameron promised that commitments made to Scotland during the campaign “will be honored in full.”

1 day ago

Sierra Leone begins Ebola lockdown

Six million people are locked inside their homes for three days amid the most sweeping effort against disease since the Middle Ages.

1 day ago

Annual report gives state’s roads a bumpy grade in performance

Pennsylvania’s ranking marks a steady slide toward the bottom, dragged down by decrepit bridges, narrow rural roads, deaths and traffic.

1 day ago

Woolslair magnet prospect hasn’t lost STEAM

Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane is working on a three-school plan for  science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

1 day ago

Green Tree conference examines African immigrant health issues

A national conference is being held in Green Tree to help organizations eliminate health disparities among African immigrants and refugees.

1 day ago

 High-wire performer Nik Wallenda practices in Sarasota, Fla.

Wallenda to walk high in Windy City

Nik Wallenda is all about spectacle, a showman who crossed Niagara Falls and an Arizona gorge on a high wire.

1 day ago

 A video display at a convenience store shows a wanted poster of Eric Frein, a 31-year-old from Canadensis, Pa., on Friday in Philadelphia.

Tense hunt in trooper ambush case hits 8 days

Authorities are taking extreme precaution as they continue the search for the suspect in the fatal state police barracks ambush.

about 20 hours ago

W. Pa. owner of tax collection business charged

Tax collector charged with stealing more than $65,000 from the Somerset area school district.

1 day ago

Penn State trustees defer Sandusky report debate

The Penn State Board of Trustees is postponing debate on the Freeh Report until later this fall.

1 day ago

Penn State trustees will decide whether to revisit Freeh Report

Chairman Keith Masser said the board discussed the controversial report during its executive session Friday in University Park.

1 day ago

Politicos eye broader effect of anti-Corbett vote

Voters against Gov. Tom Corbett could impact other GOP races.

1 day ago

 Dr. Ross Musgrave and his wife Norma Jane Musgrave, push Madeline Pond, then 91, to help her get a flu shot in this 2004 photo.

Obituary: Ross Musgrave / Surgeon and modern-day Renaissance man

Dr. Musgrave, a clinical professor of surgery at Pitt, was also a painter and actor. His artistic inclinations infused his surgical skill.

1 day ago

Astronauts getting 3-D printer at space station

The printer is among more than 5,000 pounds of cargo that is stuffed into a SpaceX Dragon capsule for a pre-dawn liftoff today.

1 day ago

FDA to revise food safety law at behest of farmers

The revisions are the latest change to a national food safety overhaul that was first signed into law in 2011.

1 day ago

White House seeks to end campus rape

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden launched the “It’s On Us” initiative.

1 day ago

Al-Qaida spokesman admits 1998 embassy plot

But U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan declined to accept Adel Abdel Bary’s plea.

1 day ago

CIA halts spying in Western Europe

The move comes in response to the furor over a German caught selling secrets to the United States and revelations from Edward Snowden.

1 day ago

France launches airstrikes against jihadis in northeastern Iraq

It was the first airstrike by a U.S. ally since the announcement that a coalition of countries would move to confront the Islamic State.

1 day ago

White House focused on financial impact of climate change

Forget the national debt. The new budget threat is climate change.

about 19 hours ago


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