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 Work on the inbound Fort Pitt Tunnel has been rescheduled for this weekend, starting at 10 p.m. Friday.

Inbound Fort Pitt Tunnel to close this weekend

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

about 15 hours ago


 Willie Thomas "W.T." Massey, one of the members of a group of black civil rights protesters nicknamed the "Friendship Nine," reacts during proceedings today in a Rock Hill, S.C., courthouse in which the nine had their convictions from a 1961 sit-in erased

Famed S. Carolina protesters cleared of 1961 civil rights sit-in crimes

The eight college students and one civil rights organizer were convicted 54 years ago of trespassing and protesting at a variety store.

about 2 hours ago


 Gov. Tom Wolf signs two executive orders at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg.

Gov. Tom Wolf to reinstate moratorium on drilling in parks, forests

Wolf plans to reinstate a moratorium on leasing new oil and gas wells in the state’s forests and parks, thus fulfilling a campaign pledge.

about 2 hours ago


Metal detectors to be used at Propel's Braddock Hills High

Classes will resume tomorrow at the high school, which has been closed since a gun incident Monday.

about 5 hours ago


 “These authorities have enabled our region to achieve many strides in economic development, but they run on taxpayer money,” Chelsa Wagner said in a statement.

Allegheny County controller threatens legal action to audit four authorities

Controller Chelsa Wagner is getting no cooperation from the Airport, Port, Sanitary and the Sports and Exhibition authorities.

16 minutes ago


 According to the survey, hip replacement variation in Pittsburgh was 32 percent (a range of $19,456 and $25,696).

Replacing knee, hips a bargain at Pittsburgh-area hospitals

Pittsburgh is a low-cost market when it comes to knee and hip replacements, according to a new Blue Cross Blue Shield survey.

about 23 hours ago


Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission adopts gift ban for employees

The ban applies to all Turnpike employees, though it doesn't take effect for several weeks, Turnpike spokesman Carl DeFebo said.

about 6 hours ago


 Senate Bill 4 is opposed by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, right, and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

Controversial proposal for nonprofit amendment advances in Pennsylvania

The proposal could lead to a constitutional amendment giving the Legislature more authority over determining tax exemptions for nonprofits.

about 23 hours ago


 Gov. Tom Wolf speaks with those attending an Equality Pennsylvania networking breakfast this morning in Harrisburg. He's urging passage of a anti-discrimination bill.

Gov. Wolf Wolf asks legislators to send him LGBT bills

In the last legislative session, a bill to add LGBT protections to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act attracted 90 House sponsors.

50 minutes ago


 Travis Kalanick, CEO of Uber, speaks during a session of the LeWeb 2013 event in December 2013.

PUC petition to subpoena Uber boss Kalanick denied

The decision by two administrative law judges leaves open the chance that the PUC’s enforcement bureau could subpoena another Uber official.

about 7 hours ago


Pittsburgh children get into Guinness World Records with a vocabulary lesson

More than 200 children in Pittsburgh were part of a group of 2,845 participants who took part in the record-setting vocabularly lesson.

about 8 hours ago


 Natalia Rudiak

Pittsburgh Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak pushes for city-paid parental leave

The cost of the program proposed by Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak would be negligible, a Pittsburgh personnel official said.

about 23 hours ago


 The 94-year-old Greenfield Bridge will close for replacement beginning in mid-October.

Months of detours, traffic woes on tap to repair one of Pittsburgh's 'biggest eyesores'

The $19 million project to replace the Greenfield Bridge will begin later this year.

about 23 hours ago


 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, above, had recalled 28 nominations made by former Gov. Tom Corbett, but Senate Republicans confirmed them Tuesday. Jeffrey Sheridan, a spokesman for Mr. Wolf, said the governor objected to the process of the nominations but had never said the particular nominees could not be considered.

13 Corbett selections cleared for vote in Senate

Last week, Gov. Tom Wolf recalled 28 nominations, which he characterized as having been made at the “eleventh hour.”

about 23 hours ago


One killed in Parkway East crash near Squirrel Hill Tunnel

State police said the crash, which occurred around noon, took place inbound just past the parkway on-ramp in Squirrel Hill.

about 5 hours ago


Be My Valentine: Nothing’s quite like young love, thank goodness

The love of my life had moved away. While letters with a California postmark in my mailbox made my heart beat a little faster, I missed him.

about 23 hours ago


 Anwar Tarawneh, right, the wife of Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kasaesbeh, and his sister, center, weep Wednesday after listening to a statement released by Islamic State while in front of the Royal Palace in Amman. The pilot is being held by Islamic State militants.

All-but-forgotten prisoner in Jordan at center of swap demand by Islamic State

The Jordanian government agreed that it was prepared to trade for the freedom of a pilot reportedly shot down over Syria last month.

21 minutes ago


 Placards promoting Philadelphia as the host city of the Democratic National Convention in 2016 are distributed while the Democratic National Committee was touring the city in August.

DNC visits Philadelphia as decision on 2016 convention nears

Columbus, Ohio, and New York City’s Brooklyn borough are also in the running to host the 2016 convention.

about 14 hours ago


 Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu listens as President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting at the White House in October.

Netanyahu talk stirs backlash in Israeli race

Political analysts say attacking Israel’s prime minister for deteriorating relations with Washington, could be a winning message.

about 23 hours ago


 Cory Batey

Jury convicts 2 ex-Vanderbilt players of raping woman

The jury members rejected claims that they were too drunk to know what they were doing, and that the college culture should be blamed.

about 23 hours ago


 Yoshihide Suga, Japanese government spokesman chief cabinet secretary, speaks to the media at the prime minister’s office in Tokyo today shortly after the latest online message purportedly from the Islamic State group warmed that Japanese hostage Kenji Goto and a Jordanian pilot the extremists hold have less than “24 hours left to live.”

Secret talks in Jordan try to win release of hostages

The global efforts gained greater urgency with the release of an apparent ultimatum from the Islamic State group.

about 23 hours ago


Spy agency employee was flying drone that crashed at White House

President Barack Obama says the incident shows that the U.S. must take steps to ensure that commercial and consumer drones are used safely.

about 23 hours ago


In reprieve to Obama, Senate Democrats agree to wait on Iran sanctions

The 10 lawmakers said they would wait until after a March deadline for finishing the outlines of a deal to curb Tehran’s nuclear program.

about 23 hours ago


 In this Nov. 12, 2014, file photo, the HealthCare.gov website, where people can buy health insurance, on a laptop screen is seen in Portland, Ore. Some 9.5 million people have already signed up for 2015 coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law, and the administration is on track to surpass its nationwide enrollment target set last year.

Gov’t says 9.5 million already signed up for 2015 coverage under Obama’s health law

Federal officials’ nationwide health care coverage enrollment targets for 2015 are expected to be surpassed.

about 23 hours ago


 President Barack Obama speaks to a crowd at Boise State University during a visit to Boise last week. He's set to address fellow Democrats this week at a House Democrats' policy retreat in Philadelphia.

Dems' retreat brings Obama, Biden to Philadelphia

The meetings come as House Democrats try to build a new message that can better connect with voters over the next two years.

about 10 hours ago


Obituary / William K. Foster Sr.: Banker lived to help others

William K. Foster Sr. worked helping minority communities through banking and agencies such as the Urban League of Pittsburgh.

about 23 hours ago


Obituary / Darrell Winfield: Marlboro Man persona was real for cowboy

He was  one of the most recognizable Marlboro Men who roamed the  western United States in ads for the cigarette brand.

about 23 hours ago


Obituary / Steve Katz: Devoted baseball coach built lasting program

Steve Katz loved sports and was a devoted coach and mentor to all.

about 23 hours ago


World Briefs: Grim warning on Auschwitz anniversary

PLUS: Obama meets Saudi king; Yemen rebels; Ukrainian parliament; Fidel Castro; murdered Mexican students.

about 23 hours ago


National Briefs: ’61 civil rights arrests in S.C. to be erased

PLUS: Mormon and gay ’fairness’; drug sentences reduced; Facebook service outage.

about 23 hours ago


 Physical therapy resident Pam Dunlap evaluates Gaige Pavlocak's balance.

Allegheny County school districts’ occupational, physical therapists in jeopardy

A $1.1 million deficit has caused the Allegheny Intermediate Unit to turn therapists into independent contractors, some of whom may quit.

about 23 hours ago


Obama calls for offshore oil and gas drilling on Atlantic coast

His administration’s politically fraught plan also imposed new restrictions on environmentally fragile waters off northern Alaska.

about 23 hours ago


 Bella Carotto, 9, helps her mother, Loren Carroto, create a flower arrangement at the family business, Monessen Florist.  Bella has pediatric kidney stones.

Doctors treating more children with kidney stones

Last year, Children’s Hospital saw 100 patients who had kidney stones, said Michael Moritz, clinical director of pediatric nephrology.

1 day ago


 Aided by medications such as insulin, the tight blood-sugar control might reflect an overtreatment of diabetes, according to a recent study.

Can older people raise health risks by controlling their diabetes too tightly?

Tight control isn’t for everyone, and “treatment should be individualized,” according to one Pittsburgh-area doctor.

1 day ago


 Auschwitz survivor Roman Kent makes a speech at a ceremony today on the site of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau near Oswiecim. Ceremonies to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the camp are taking place today, with some 300 former Auschwitz prisoners taking part in the commemoration event. In Auschwitz, Nazis killed at least 1.1 million people, mainly Jews, but also prisoners of other ethnicities.

Last survivors recall Auschwitz, ask if lessons learned

Today's gathering in Poland marks perhaps the last major anniversary survivors of the Nazi German camp will be able to attend in numbers.

1 day ago


 The latest bipartisan proposal in the Pennsylvania Senate would allow certain patients with a doctor's recommendation to purchase and use marijuana sold at licensed centers.

Medical marijuana may have new traction at state Capitol

Gov. Tom Wolf, who supported medical marijuana during his campaign, met Tuesday with families advocating for its legalization.

1 day ago


 Christian Urraca uses a snow blower Tuesday to clear a path outside his house on Burncoat Street as his son, Anthony, 5, follows with a shovel in Worcester, Mass.

Storm pummels New England, but spares New York and New Jersey

While the storm failed to live up to predictions in some areas, eastern Long Island north through Maine were expected to fare the worst.

about 23 hours ago


Pa. Senate advances controversial nonprofits bill

Senate Bill 4 advanced 14-12 and could receive a full floor vote soon.

1 day ago


 Nolan Burch, 18, died Nov. 14.

Police: WVU fraternity pledge had blood-alcohol level of 0.49

Nolan Burch, a freshman, died in November after an initiation event at the Kappa Sigma fraternity.

1 day ago


Wilkinsburg School District approves one-time bonuses for elementary principals

Elementary principals Tanya Smith, of Turner Elementary, and Rosalind Fisher, of Kelly Elementary, will receive the one-time bonuses.

1 day ago


 “In pure form,” the senators' letter says, “overdosing on caffeine is not only easy but virtually unavoidable.”

U.S. senators urge FDA to ban retail sales of caffeine powder

Two deaths have been linked to powdered caffeine, with one teaspoon having the equivalent of about 25 cups of coffee.

1 day ago


Cal U professor found dead in campus office

Burrell Brown, on the Cal U faculty since 1989, was found dead late Sunday.

about 23 hours ago


 Lyft cars line up in a parking lot at The Waterfront complex in Homestead last summer.

Ride-share company Lyft to launch in Philadelphia

The San Francisco-based company said it plans to offer its service starting at 6 p.m. Friday

1 day ago


 Mayor Bill Peduto

Pennsylvania nonprofit amendment proposal spurs debate

The proposed amendment would give the Legislature sole discretion in defining which organizations are charities deserving tax exemptions.

1 day ago


Travel bans lifted in New York, New Jersey; subways to restart

Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York and Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey lifted the orders in separate announcements.

1 day ago


Health happenings for the week of Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Health-related events scheduled for the coming week.

1 day ago


 Fishing boats ride out the storm at dock today in Scituate, Mass. The winter storm packing blizzard conditions spun up the East Coast early todayy, pounding parts of coastal New Jersey northward through Maine with high winds and heavy snow.

National Weather Service to evaluate work after missed call on storm

Parts of Long Island and New England are getting slammed. But many parts of New Jersey received less than 4 inches.

1 day ago


 Elizabeth Kealey

Obituary: Elizabeth Kealey / Marine Corps pilot didn't waver in wake of challenges

Everyone agrees that Elizabeth “Betsy” Kealey did great things with her life, but to her, it was no big deal.

1 day ago


 The Honeydripper's crew, from left to right: James Perry, Keita Didi Lee, Jerome Anderson Jr., Nicole and Antonovich Perry.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Homewood grocer produces food the area lacked

Perry’s Honeydripper gives Homewood an uncommon amenity: a hot-food take-out with groceries and produce.

1 day ago


 A thin layer of ice covers the Allegheny River this morning. The cold and slick roads from Monday's snowfall prompted many school districts in the Pittsburgh area to delay the start of school today.

Pittsburgh-area school districts announce two-hour delays

No snow is expected today. The National Weather Service has forecast a high of 22 and a low of 7 tonight.

1 day ago



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