Resident John West, left, hands a rose to a police officer on Tuesday, showing his appreciation with help in cleanup efforts in Ferguson, Mo. Dangerous protests continued overnight as police fired tear gas and rubber bullets, shots were reportedly fired by people in the crowd and crowds failed to disperse.

Panel to hear evidence in Mo. shooting

The St. Louis County prosecutor is preparing for the grand jury as Attorney General Eric Holder arrives in Missouri.

about 8 hours ago

Islamic State shows American’s execution

The Islamic State on Wednesday threatened to execute a second U.S. captive if President Barack Obama didn’t halt the attacks.

about 8 hours ago

 Mylan headquarters in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

Congress may look at ‘inversion’

Action on so-called inversions is unlikely in a deeply divided Congress, and a crackdown won’t deter companies from reorganizing overseas.

about 8 hours ago

Summer Memories: Kids could enjoy lovely atmosphere at Pappy’s place

Pappy’s house in the country was a special place to spend summer days and nights.

about 8 hours ago

Grants aimed at reducing runoff into Lake Erie

The money will dent the flow of fertilizer and manure  feeding the algae blooms that threaten the supply of drinking water from Lake Erie.

about 8 hours ago

Police arrest 47 protesters as calm dissolves overnight in Ferguson, Mo.

Protests have been ongoing every night since an unarmed black teen was killed by a white police officer Aug. 9.

about 2 hours ago

 Rivers Casino on the North Shore

Pennsylvania's top court rules $75,000 fine for employee's theft at casino illegal

The state Supreme Court ruled that the $75,000 mandatory fine given a Rivers Casino employee for stealing $200 in poker chips was excessive.

about 8 hours ago

 Hashim Khan, from the 2010 documentary "Keep Eye on Ball: The Hashim Khan Story."

Obituary: Hashim Khan / International squash champion led sport's Pakistani dynasty

Mr. Khan, 100, became the world’s greatest squash player after humble beginnings in a Pashtun village, watching British officers play.

about 8 hours ago

Grand jury to take up death linked to New York City police chokehold

The New York district attorney announced action in the death last month of unarmed Eric Garner while officers struggled to subdue him.

about 8 hours ago

Feds are targeting high-tech car safety

Vehicle-to-vehicle communications technologies in all new passenger car are likely to cut the risk of deadly crashes.

about 8 hours ago

Gaza rocket attack ends talks on peace

JERUSALEM — Mil­i­tants in Gaza broke a tem­po­rary cease-fire by launch­ing rock­ets at Is­rael on Tues­day, and Is­rael re­sponded with

about 8 hours ago

Prosecutor says Texas drunk driver did not deserve ‘execution’

David Barajas is accused of fatally shooting Jose Banda in December 2012, minutes after Mr. Banda plowed into his pickup truck.

about 8 hours ago

Opposition backers by the thousands, split in two camps, storm Pakistan capital's center

Protesters forming behind a cricket star-politician and a cleric both aim to unseat Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

about 8 hours ago

Iraq’s bid to free Tikrit is faltering; militants recover from loss of dam

The army units appeared to withdraw south after dismantling what a defense ministry spokesman said were at least 40 roadside bombs.

about 8 hours ago

World Briefs: Canada rail blame issued

PLUS: Putin and Ukraine's leader to meet; U.S. journalist scrutinized by Afghanistan; China, Russia engage in military drills.

about 8 hours ago

National Briefs: No-fly list to change

PLUS: California teens arrested; grandson shooting; hackers steal data; Texas governor booked.

about 8 hours ago

 Amy L. Hartman, a doctor of virology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, wears the gear worn during work.

Ebola poses less of a risk than more contagious infections, Pittsburgh experts say

Chikungunya, Rift Valley fever and MERS among other viral infections that are here or could arrive on the next boat or plane.

1 day ago

 Demonstrators stand in the middle of a street in Ferguson, Mo., as they react to tear gas fired by police during ongoing protests Tuesday night.

Police come under gunfire, 31 arrested in Missouri racial unrest

An overnight curfew has been imposed and the National Guard, the U.S. state militia, has been deployed in the St. Louis suburb.

1 day ago

 The tunnel will close at 10 p.m. Friday and reopen by 6 a.m. Monday.

Final Squirrel Hill Tunnel closure scheduled this weekend

As in previous closures, PennDOT is warning of significant delays on the outbound parkway, with traffic forming a single lane and exiting.

about 8 hours ago

 A flag-draped coffin with the body of former Pittsburgh Mayor Sophie Masloff sits at the front of Temple Sinai in Squirrel Hill this morning.

Pittsburgh says goodbye to Sophie, reflects on former mayor's 'remarkable journey'

Friends said the woman who served as mayor from 1988 through 1993 ’epitomized Pittsburgh.’ Mrs. Masloff died Sunday at age 96.

about 8 hours ago

 Signs lead to the Monroeville tollbooths of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Pennsylvania Turnpike defendants challenge corruption evidence

Defendants in the Pennsylvania Turnpike corruption case say the state can’t prove a direct relationships between contracts and donations.

1 day ago

 Former Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.

Federal grand jury that investigated city, Luke Ravenstahl comes to close

It was unclear whether the grand jury's expiration means the end of the probe of the city.

about 8 hours ago

 Non-adherence to medications is often the result of skipping refills or doses due to things such as hefty costs and undesirable side effects.

Pharmacists enlisted to make sure patients stick with prescriptions

University of Pittsburgh study shows medication adherence improves health care costs and mortality rates in patients

1 day ago

Prosecutors argue Pennsylvania Turnpike corruption charges should go to trial

Prosecutors tell a judge they have to prove a pattern of conduct, not a direct awarding of contracts for contributions to support charges.

about 8 hours ago

Lane closures start today on I-79, Pennsylvania Turnpike

Single-lane traffic is possible in both directions from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through next Tuesday.

1 day ago

Obituary: Rev. Sidney Hills / Longtime seminary professor, volunteer

The Rev. Sidney Hills, who followed his ancestors’ paths into ministry, will be honored Saturday at East Liberty Presbyterian Church.

1 day ago

 Firefighters inspect the car of Emanuel Bergoglio, a nephew of Pope Francis, that crashed into a truck in James Craik, Argentina, early today. Mr. Bergoglio was seriously wounded but two young great-nephews of Pope Francis as well as their mother, the wife of the pope's nephew, were killed in the crash, according to the Vatican.

Three relatives of Pope Francis killed in crash in Argentina

A nephew of the pope who was driving the car was in serious condition after the accident, the Vatican confirmed.

about 23 hours ago

Foundation reviews triumphs, challenges of AIDS fight

Jewish Healthcare Foundation officials say progress has been made on AIDS, but the number of patients 13-24 years old is growing.

1 day ago

State Health Department changes shale gas complaint procedures

Critics say the state Health Department’s changes to track health complaints about Marcellus Shale drilling don’t go far enough.

1 day ago

Obituary: Alan William Gibney / Talented engineer had a mind for numbers

Alan Gibney spent 35 years as an engineer at the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in West Mifflin.

1 day ago

 Uber has hired political strategist David Plouffe.

Uber forecasts victory amid PUC hearing

Any progress in Pittsburgh will hinge on the PUC, which held the second day of a hearing Tuesday at the PUC’s Pittsburgh office.

about 11 hours ago

Obituary: James Jeffords / Vermont Republican who became independent

Fomer state senator and attorney general dies at 80.

1 day ago

Health happenings for August 19, 2014

Health and fitness events for the coming week.

1 day ago

Study: Kids' stress cited as disorders increase

Public awareness, better diagnostic tools and modern-day stress are among the factors boosting mental and behavior problems in children.

1 day ago

Missouri tries another idea: National Guard troops

Gov. Jay Nixon removed midnight curfew on city as President Barack Obama said he would send U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson.

1 day ago

 Iraq Shiite fighters hold their weapons during clashes with militants from the extremist Islamic State group in Jurf al-Sakhar, 43 miles south of Baghdad, Iraq, on Monday.

Obama: Iraq forces retake Mosul Dam from militants

Obama touts major defeat for Islamic State extremists.

1 day ago

Food additives on the rise as FDA scrutiny wanes

Chemical preservatives, flavorings and thickening agents are streaming into food supply, and, in hundreds of cases, federal regulators

1 day ago

 Palestinians flee their destroyed neighborhood to head to a United Nations school to take refuge for the night Monday in the northern Gaza Strip city of Beit Hanun. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Israel will hit back hard if Palestinian rocket attacks from Gaza resume, speaking just hours before the midnight expiry of a five-day ceasefire.

Israelis and Palestinians agree to keep talking in effort to win long-term Gaza truce

More Palestinians die from injuries suffered in clashes with Israelis.

1 day ago

Credibility concerns in Missouri shooting probe

Local residents and black leaders worry about attorney’s impartiality in a case involving a white officer fatally shooting a black teenager.

1 day ago

Thieves steal car in convoy carrying Saudi prince

Police said raid appeared to be by well-informed attackers who seized private documents and $335,000.

1 day ago

Protesting crowd has diverse agendas

Some in the crowd in the St. Louis suburb are militants, while others are peaceful, and still others are just there for the looting. While

1 day ago

 Ukrainian soldiers load a Grad missile during fighting with pro-Russian separatists close to Luhansk, eastern Ukraine on Monday.

Ukraine separatists accused of striking civilian convoy; dozens dead

Security officials say death toll unknown, but Grad rocket strike set line of cars and buses from Luhansk ablaze, incinerating the

1 day ago

 Anna Misiaszek stands with her daughter Natalie Misiaszek outside their new Alfred's Deli & Market in Polish Hill.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Polish Hill market gives itself new look like neighborhood

Old World deli finds new lease on life in Polish Hill, where more residents want local produce, vegan and gluten-free fare.

1 day ago

Less shake from artificial quakes, fed study says

U.S. Geological Survey says man-made temblors caused by high-tech energy drilling are generally 16 times weaker than those of the same

1 day ago

World briefs: U.N. boosts Iran on nukes

Plus: India calls off peace talks; Pakistan's political crisis grows; Assange refuge becomes muddled.

1 day ago

 President Barack Obama, left, and Attorney General Eric Holder speak today about the situation in Ferguson, Mo., where nightly riots have occurred following the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by police.

Missouri governor sends National Guard, lifts curfew in Ferguson

Gov. Jay Nixon said the National Guard will have “immediate and limited” responsibilities as protests over black teen’s death continue.

1 day ago

 Former Pittsburgh Mayor Sophie Masloff speaks in her Squirrel Hill apartment in 2007 shortly before her 90th birthday.

Former mayor Sophie Masloff remembered as 'the embodiment of our city'

Sophie Friedman Masloff, who made history as Pittsburgh’s first woman mayor, died Sunday morning at age 96.

2 days ago

Federal officials boost Missouri role

Authorities on Sunday imposed a midnight curfew for the second night a row in the tense St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

2 days ago

 Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters participate in an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants Sunday in the town of Makhmur, southwest of the Kurdish city of Arbil.

Kurds, U.S. reverse jihadi gains

Kurdish forces took control of most of Iraq’s largest dam Sunday amid the largest U.S. deployment of air power in the campaign.

2 days ago

 A Port Authority bus travels on Forbes Avenue in Oakland.

Port Authority seeks public's help naming new bus-tracking system

So far, earnest responses have outnumbered the flippant ones, but entries are still welcome at through Aug. 31.

2 days ago


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