At Albert Schweitzer Hopital in Haiti, Marie Roline Castor Roline prepares to lead a morning education session with patients as they wait to be seen at the Deschapelles dispensary.

Haiti's Hopital Albert Schweitzer strives to be an 'engine of care'

Changes are afoot at Hopital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti as it moves toward the long-term goal: having the hospital administered by Haitians.

about 5 hours ago

 Kindergarten teacher Lindsay McKee, right, helps her new students get acquainted by asking them to match uppercase and lowercase letters at Cornell Schools' Kindergarten Boot Camp three weeks before school was to begin. The staff and students all wore camouflage shirts.

School districts struggle to decide how small is too small

Small school districts struggle to provide upper-level classes but some parents say the small size allows more student involvement.

about 5 hours ago

Work on I-79 kicks on in the north and south

Work on I-70 in Marshall kicks into high gear this week.

about 5 hours ago

 BabyBackups, a new product created by Steve and Megan DeFrancesco, are hypoallergenic, absorbent wedge shaped pads that easily attach to any diaper brand, stopping any spillage from the diaper.

Couple create product to avert diaper disaster

Megan and Steve DeFrancesco of Franklin Park have invented “Baby Backups” product to help prevent diaper blowouts.

about 5 hours ago

 SCI-Fayette County, a state maximum security prison, is located just below the large,  fly-ash dump in LaBelle.

Groups say fly ash near state prison in Fayette County leads to health problems

A study by environmental groups finds inmate health problems at State Correctional Institution Fayette, which is next to a fly ash dump.

about 5 hours ago

East Allegheny teachers to strike today

The teachers have been without a contract since June 2012 and failed to reach a deal with the East Allegheny School Board over the weekend.

about 5 hours ago

 Beverly Ann Lewandowski

Obituary: Beverly Ann “Bev” Lewandowski / Devoted wife, mother opened home to all

Beverly Ann Lewandowski of Mt. Lebanon was the wrestling version of a soccer mom for her sons enjoyed being a hostess at her home.

about 5 hours ago

 Msgr. Francis X. Frey

Obituary: Francis X. Frey / Monsignor lived a vocation of joy

Monsignor Francis X. Frey is recalled for more than half a century as a priest in Texas and beyond.

about 5 hours ago

 Gerri Kay

Gerri Kay: September 10, 1943 - September 1, 2014

Her early career involved social work at what was then Reizenstein Middle School, the school that pioneered in desegregation.

about 5 hours ago

Health happenings for Sept. 2, 2014

Health- and fitness-related events calendar for Sept. 2, 2014.

about 5 hours ago

Snowboarding without snow

Seven Springs instructors will bring equipment to teach snowboarding without snow to Sportsworks at the Carnegie Science Center Saturday.

about 5 hours ago

All Fat Is Bad? Not So Fast

Study finds diets with more fat and fewer carbohydrates lose more body fat.

about 5 hours ago

NATO to create a rapid-response force for eastern Europe, officials say

President Barack Obama is heading to the region this week ahead of a meeting with alliance members.

about 6 hours ago

Nude celebrity hack may be iCloud Breach in run-up to new iPhone

The FBI said it is investigating the allegations regarding photos of Jennifer Lawrence, among others.

about 5 hours ago

 From left, Brad Yoder, Julie Pezzino and Fred Kraybill at Grow Pittsburgh’s Shiloh Peace Garden.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: New energy enlivens a corner lot

Property owner and Grow Pittsburgh team up to create what’s likely the greenest corner lot in the city.

about 4 hours ago

Tiny islands may hold key to Scotland’s independence

But in the Shetland Islands, residents have a seemingly ambiguous and largely hidden reaction to Scotland’s referendum.

about 5 hours ago

Pakistan's Sharif clings to power as protesters step up assault

World keeping an eye on possible military intervention in the situation

about 5 hours ago

U.N. rights council looks at Islamic State abuses in Iraq

The group is also looking into targeted killings in the region.

about 5 hours ago

Parents who took ill son abroad fight order to return to Britain

The boy’s mother and father have not been charged.

about 5 hours ago

There’s stage of life when nothing beats licking grandpups

Licking on grandpups is a wonderful way to spend time.

about 4 hours ago

Chris Christie’s trip to Mexico doubles as a foreign policy test

The New Jersey governor is seeking to boost his understanding of global affairs.

about 5 hours ago

Ferguson police start wearing cameras

The town’s police chief said the force is “enjoying” their use.

about 5 hours ago

Economic disaster looms for Atlantic City

With casinos set to close, thousands of jobs are drying up in the gambling hub.

about 5 hours ago

World briefs: Parent kills 3 students

PLUS: U.S. requests detainees; Iran’s Zarif ’optimistic’; Syrian army, rebels fight; Libyan ministries siezed.

about 5 hours ago

Nation briefs: Judge haults abortion law

PLUS: 5 dead in plane crash; Female bikers increase; Iliad pursues T-Mobile; At issue: drivers on pot.

about 5 hours ago

 Children arrive on buses for classes at Penn Hills Elementary Center.

Declining rolls lead Allegheny County school districts to adjust

As school districts face declining enrollments and increasing financial pressures, the era of neighborhood elementary schools is fading.

1 day ago

 Garment workers at the Nishat Complex, a Ha-Meem Group factory, sew pockets for blue jeans in early July.

Long days a staple of garment industry in Bangladesh

At That’s It Sportswear, apparel makers for Pittsburgh’s American Eagle Outfitters, workers say they routinely work over 60 hours a week.

1 day ago

 Greg Robes gives Tim Flanigan, 55, of Baldwin, a flu shot earlier this year at the Allegheny County Health department's vaccination clinic in Oakland.

Risk of bad flu season raises need for shots

Severity of the upcoming influenza season could hinge on our old acquaintance H1N1.

1 day ago

Obituary: Jeffrey E. Cortopassi Sr. / Mylan scientist, loving father

Mr. Cortopassi, a scientist at Cecil-based generic drug giant Mylan Inc., died Thursday at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

1 day ago

Boston Bridge inspection to restrict traffic on Tuesday

Restrictions will occur from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

1 day ago

 Iraqi security forces and Iraqi Shi'ite volunteers react after breaking a siege by the Islamic State extremist group on Amerli Sunday.

Obama formally notifies Congress of ordering air strikes in Iraq

Mr. Obama has to notify Congress of the authorization under the the War Powers Resolution.

about 16 hours ago

Holiday closings for Labor Day

All City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, state and federal offices and courts are closed today for the Labor Day holiday.

1 day ago

 The Baroness Philippine de Rothschild of Chateau Mouton Rothschild in France in 2005.

Obituary: Philippine de Rothschild / 'Grande dame' of family's wine dynasty

Philippine de Rothschild gave up an acting career to run the family’s wine business at a time when few women were in the industry.

1 day ago

US airstrikes help free trapped Iraqis

Iraqi troops and militias opened up a humanitarian corridor to thousands of Shiite Turkmen who had under siege in Amerli from Sunni

1 day ago

Both parties criticize Obama foreign policy

Key lawmakers suggested that the administration should be more assertive in addressing conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine.

1 day ago

Putin urges ‘statehood’ talks for Eastern Ukraine

It was a a vague and provocative turn of phrase he used while demanding Ukrainian government negotiate directly with pro-Russian

1 day ago

San Francisco exhales during ‘Burning Man Exodus’

Its resident who don’t attend the festival in Nevada discover that the city’s hot spots become more accessible.

1 day ago

 Activists demonstrate for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo.

Ferguson's flashpoint sparks national outrage

Demonstrations fueled by a sense of injustice have rolled across cities, regardless of whether the shootings took place last week or last

1 day ago

Detroit’s bankruptcy heads to court for crucial hearing

The city’s feud with its holdout financial creditors will take center stage. starting Tuesday.

1 day ago

Obituary: Ahmed Seif / He was tortured in Egypt and became rights defender

His contrarian nature, for good and ill, defined his career.

1 day ago

Obituary: Werner Franz / Survivor of the Hindenburg’s crew

He was a 14-year-old cabin boy aboard the airship that exploded as it approached its mooring site in New Jersey in 1937.

1 day ago

 In this photo taken during a tour offered to onlookers and journalists by the Dawn of Libya militia on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, damage is seen in the front yard of a building at the U.S. Embassy compound in Tripoli, Libya, after weeks of violence between rival militias over control of the capital.

Islamist militia now guards US Embassy in Libya

The breach of a deserted U.S. diplomatic post likely will reinvigorate debate in the U.S. over its role in Libya,

1 day ago

China limits options for Hong Kong election

The decision makes it virtually certain that Hong Kong will soon have large-scale protests and acts of civil disobedience.

1 day ago

Gary Rotstein's The Morning File: Shoot, it’s never too early to start firing

What do 9-year-old girls like these days? Chuck E. Cheese? Bowling? How about a trip to the shooting range?

1 day ago

National news briefs: 9/1/14

4 in family found dead, Wildfires slow down, Napa Valley aftershock, Pilot search called off, Celebrity chef gets DWI, 3 dead in plane

1 day ago

World news briefs: 9/1/14

U.N. troops held in Syria, Violence in Pakistan, British hostage, 12 killed in attack, 12 killed in attack, Anti-euro party wins seat    ,

1 day ago

 French President Francois Hollande addresses the media at the end of an EU summit in Brussels, early on Aug. 31 The European Union is giving Russia a one-week ultimatum to scale back its intervention in Ukraine or face additional economic sanctions.

EU sets Russia ultimatum, threatens sanctions

Despite tough rhetoric decrying Russia over Ukraine, EU leaders stopped short of imposing new sanctions against Moscow right away.

2 days ago

 Third-graders read books after a tour at the library during the first day of school at Highcliff Elementary School in Ross. Instead of two larger and five smaller elementary schools, North Hills School District has four comparably sized, renovated elementary schools where the district can offer similar academic opportunities, better balance class sizes and have room for full-day kindergarten as well as separate spaces for art, music and library.

Allegheny County school districts resize, close schools as population shifts

Most school districts face the challenge of declining enrollment. There are no easy solutions as school boards look for cuts.

2 days ago

 Data submitted by oil and gas operators on the amount of drilling cuttings and fracking fluid sent to Pittsburgh-area landfills don’t match up to reporting required of landfills. The DEP has opened an investigation into drillers’ under-reporting of the landfill waste.

Shale drillers’ landfill records don’t match those of Pennsylvania DEP

Shale drillers are under-reporting how much waste they send to landfills. The DEP has launched an investigation to standardize reporting.

2 days ago

U.S. airstrikes target militants besieging northern Iraq town

The Pentagon announced the expanded strikes as well as airdrops of food, water and humanitarian aid to the town of Amerli.

2 days ago


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