The Wilkinsburg school board is set Tuesday to approve an agreement with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit to place disruptive students in AIU alternative education programs.

Wilkinsburg schools ramp up discipline

In the wake of two violent incidents, the district has moved quickly on new procedures for alternative education and detention.

about 20 hours ago

Bridge on Old Steubenville Pike in North Fayette to reopen

The bridge, closed for repairs since July 16, will reopen at 5 p.m.

about 6 hours ago

Lane on Wood Street in Downtown Pittsburgh to close nightly

The closure will begin at 10 p.m. daily through late December, with the lane reopening by 6 a.m. daily.

about 7 hours ago

 Organizer Julia Johnson talks to the crowd gathered outside the courthouse on Grant Street Downtown Pittsburgh Monday evening.

Grand jury reaches decision in Ferguson shooting; announcement expected 9pET Monday

Many had thought a grand jury decision would be announced Sunday, based partly on a stepped-up police presence in the preceding days.

about 1 hour ago

 U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel , center, announces his resignation today as President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden look on during a news conference at the White House.

Chuck Hagel resigns as U.S. defense secretary

Mr. Hagel, 68, a former Republican senator, has served as Pentagon chief since early 2013.

about 8 hours ago

Glass Run Road closure in Baldwin Borough extended to Dec. 15

PennDOT spokesman Steve Cowan said the project was extended because of a utility relocation issue.

about 11 hours ago

 Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Dwayne Woodruff

Ex-Steelers corner Woodruff to run for Pa. Supreme Court

The 57-year-old played in the NFL from 1979 to 1990, and was on the squad that beat the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl XIV.

about 9 hours ago

Proposal declares Jewish homeland

The measure was decried by critics as racist and a threat to democracy.

about 20 hours ago

Negotiators would extend Iran nuclear talks yet again

American officials finally acknowledged Sunday that the two sides would not reach a deal by today’s deadline.

about 21 hours ago

 The national average of gas fell 4.9 cents per gallon last week to $2.82 per gallon.

Thanksgiving travelers to see 'substantial' savings with low gas prices

The average in the Pittsburgh region is down 3.9 cents in the past week to $3.04 for a gallon of regular gas, according to

about 11 hours ago

 This replica gun was taken from a 12-year old boy who was shot by Cleveland police. The boy died from his wounds Sunday, a day after officers responded to an emergency call about a someone waving a "probably fake" gun at a playground. Police described the weapon as an "airsoft" type replica that resembled a semi-automatic handgun.

Probe begins in fatal shooting of boy by Cleveland officer

The boy died Sunday, a day after officers responded to a 911 call about someone waving a "probably fake" gun at a playground.

about 13 hours ago

Welfare becomes state Department of Human Services today

The name Department of Human Services more accurately reflects that the department does more than handle welfare payments, proponents say.

about 20 hours ago

 This image provided by Sotheby’s shows a fancy vivid blue pear-shaped diamond from the estate of Rachel "Bunny" Mellon that sold Nov. 20 for $32.6 million. It's an auction record for any blue diamond. It was sold to an anonymous Hong Kong collector.

Auction house: Bunny Mellon's objects take in $218 million during multiday auction

Three works — two paintings by Mark Rothko and a Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond — fetched over $30 million.

about 10 hours ago

Lockdown lifted at Pittsburgh Arsenal schools after nearby domestic dispute

A school district spokeswoman said the lockdown lasted about an hour.

about 5 hours ago

 People walk past a  2016 Democratic National Convention bus outside of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., as committee members tour the site in August.

Philadelphia one of three finalists to host 2016 Democratic National Convention

The DNC committee expects to make a decision early next year. New York City and Columbus also are finalists.

about 6 hours ago

Man drowns trying to pull boy, 9, from northeastern Pa. stream

Officials say the boy fell into the water as he walked with Robert Kehoe Jr. and a younger boy around 4:30 p.m.

about 10 hours ago

 Robert R. Jennings, president of Lincoln University in Chester County, Pa.

Lincoln University president quits amid criticism over rape remark

The president commented at an all-women’s convocation in September about how false rape allegations can ruin a young man’s life.

about 6 hours ago

 Husband-to-be Charles Manson

Gary Rotstein’s Morning File: Charles Manson wedding might challenge any planner

Will there be bridesmaids? How to arrange a guest list for the incarcerated? A menu based on prison food?

about 20 hours ago

 Myra Feduska Gerlach

Obituary: Myra Feduska Gerlach / Elementary school teacher who made subjects come alive

Her husband described her as a teacher who was strict but also someone who could recall what it felt like to be 10 years old.

about 20 hours ago

Obituary: Colleen M. Pasquale / South Hills school guidance counselor

The Mt. Lebanon guidance counselor served children while fighting breast cancer

about 20 hours ago

 Police stand guard on Sunday during a demonstration outside the Ferguson Police Department in Missouri.

Anxieties mount as Ferguson waits

Despite preparations for a weekend decision in the Ferguson shooting case, the grand jurors apparently need more time to deliberate.

about 21 hours ago

GOP steps up offensive on immigration

Congressional Republicans vowed to reverse the president’s move to allow as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants stay temporarily.

about 21 hours ago

Putin woos Pakistan as old friend India buys U.S. weapons

The Russian president is changing an approach toward the nuclear-powered neighbors that has endured since the Cold War.

about 21 hours ago

Health care mergers, acquisitions lead surge

Mergers and acquisitions are combining to make 2014 the most active year for health care deals in at least two decades.

about 21 hours ago

Cleveland boy shot by police dies; gun he waved was fake

Officers ordered the boy, 12, to raise his hands, police said, but he refused and reached for a gun in his waistband.

about 21 hours ago

Small quake shakes Dallas area, stirring fracking critics

The epicenter of the magnitude 3.3 quake was near the border of the cities of Dallas and Irving, near the site of the former Texas Stadium.

about 20 hours ago

Afghanistan lifts ban on night raids

Afghan forces are planning to resume the raids in 2015, and in some cases the raids will include members of U.S. special operations units.

about 21 hours ago

World briefs: Sweeping U.K. terror law expected

PLUS: Tunisia election; Islamic State attacks; new saints canonized

about 20 hours ago

National briefs: Admiral denies counterfeiting allegations

PLUS: Obama touts Clinton; Senator slams report.

about 20 hours ago

 A rendering shows the proposed design for the Chautauqua Amphitheater.

At Chautauqua Institution, a civilized showdown over preserving 'the Amp'

The debate over how to modernize while respecting historic integrity shows how an influential institution is roiled by modernization.

1 day ago

 Erik Harker, an operations manager for Enrich Products in Wilkinsburg, demonstrates the Einrich Products Ionization system.

Rush to blame copper-silver water treatment for Legionella?

Health agencies back away from copper-silver water disinfection systems to prevent Legionella, despite being exonerated in investigations.

1 day ago

 Subra Suresh, the former National Science Foundation director who became president of Carnegie Mellon University last year, poses with 85 of the school’s international students.

Pittsburgh's New Immigrants: CMU president Subra Suresh makes the case for diversity

In the vanguard of Indian-American college presidents, he heads a school with a marked international flavor.

1 day ago

Suit calls state school funding arbitrary and irrational

New lawsuit filed seeks a judicial order, this time armed with state test results showing schools failing to meet state academic standards.

1 day ago

Biden mends fences as Turkey, U.S. seek strategy for Syria, Islamic State

After an extended period of public estrangement and sniping, the United States and Turkey have made up.

1 day ago

Buffalo's revival recipe includes millennials, Elon Musk's SolarCity factory and wide collaboration

Once the snow clears ... the city is banking on a plan that Mayor Byron Brown says will bring 12,000 jobs in the next three years.

1 day ago

New Medicaid rule could challenge state shift away from nursing homes

Starting this year, a new federal rule will require states to ensure that long-term care alternatives to nursing homes.

1 day ago

Obama’s action on immigration leaves millions still facing deportation

About half of the people in California who are in the country without authorization are eligible for relief, well over 1 million are not.

1 day ago

 John Muir circa 1860s

John Muir's legacy questioned

Some doubt the relevance today of an environmentalist who advocated protecting nature in its pristine state.

1 day ago

Applicants tone down the tweets so colleges can't pry

Admissions officers are more aware of an applicant’s digital fingerprint.

2 days ago

 Yejee Kim, a 26-year-old master's student at Carnegie Mellon University, plays the violin with Yoga Sebastian Bach, an entry in the Rembacher Chamber Music Competition at CMU's School of Music on Thursday.

Commentary: CMU competition thinks outside the music box

The Rembacher Chamber Music Competition at Carnegie Mellon University encouraged innovation in musical performance.

1 day ago

National news briefs: Sharpton seeks probe in shooting

Plus: UVA frats suspended; boy with fake gun shot; tribal murder-suicide; police ambushed at fire; Obama golfs with Jeter.

1 day ago

Finally time for repairs at Capitol Dome

Workers are in the midst of a $60 million effort to fix 1,300 cracks in the 150-year-old cast iron as well as scour and repaint its surface.

1 day ago

Obama expands Afghan mission

The president’s recent secret order ensures that U.S. troops will have a direct role in fighting in the country for at least another year.

2 days ago

Cost-of-living raises boost top Pennsylvania officials’ pay

The 1.6 percent increase translates into increases of more than $3,000 for some of the highest-ranking officials.

2 days ago

GOP fights Obama’s action on immigration

The White House pledged to forcefully sell the overhauls to the American people, while many Republicans vowed to derail his efforts.

2 days ago

Public complaints prompt Reading officials to replace 'ugly' Christmas tree

A group led by City Council president Francis Acosta has begun raising private funds to replace it with something that’s more impressive.

2 days ago

 Former Pennsylvania Turnpike CEO Joe Brimmeier pleaded guilty to conflict-of-interest charges.

Experts question results in Turnpike corruption case

Prosecutors and defense attorneys disagree whether the lack of jail sentences signals the Turnpike case wasn’t a worthwhile prosecution.

2 days ago

Obituary: Gerald Bowman / Longtime Pittsburgh elementary school teacher was a favorite among his students

To students and colleagues alike, he was a father figure and a strong male African-American role model who was both firm and caring.

2 days ago

Kerry, Iran dig in on nuclear talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, reversed plans to leave Vienna on Friday.

2 days ago

Robotic leg braces help Marine get Bronze Star

Capt. Derek Herrera had vowed to walk at the event that also marked his retirement after 8½ years in the military.

2 days ago


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