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 An honor guard carries the casket of Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson from St. Peter's Cathedral Thursday in Scranton.

Thousands honor slain Pennsylvania state trooper as hunt for killer continues

"We gather here in sorrow, disbelief and anger," the Rev. Thomas M. Muldowney told those inside the filled-to-capacity church.

about 5 hours ago


Pittsburgh afternoon commute slowed by subway problems, I-79 crash

A train was having mechanical issues at the Gateway Center subway station and in Washington County by a jack-knifed tractor trailer on I-79.

about 1 hour ago


PennDOT line-painting truck overturned in Beaver County crash

Two people were reported to have been trapped, dispatchers said. Police said at least one person was transported by medical helicopter.

about 2 hours ago


State agrees to new settlements in Pittsburgh prison abuse cases

The new settlements total $132,500 and end lawsuits filed by five corrections officers or supervisors.

about 4 hours ago


House education committee postpones hearings on Pa. version of Common Core

The state Education Department will conduct a public review of the standards as requested by Gov. Tom Corbett.

about 7 hours ago


Bethel Park high school student has confirmed case of Enterovirus D68

The Allegheny County Health Department has been notified and is trying to get more information, county spokeswoman Amie Downs said.

about 1 hour ago


Woodland Hills plan would close three schools

Dickson, Shaffer and Fairless elementaries would close, along with the district administrative building on Greensburg Pike.

about 4 hours ago


 The Clairton coke plant along the Monongahela River.

Despite $1.2B upgrade, Clairton Coke Works still lagging on air pollution, officials say

U.S. Steel Corp. to pay $300,000 penalty for exceeding emissions limit at new coke battery.

about 19 hours ago


Assault charge dismissed against former Pittsburgh official

Kevin Quigley, also a Pittsburgh Democratic ward chairman, had charges dismissed when his girlfriend wouldn’t pursue charges.

about 5 hours ago


 As of mid-August, the Pittsburgh Parking Authority had issued nearly 25,000 fewer tickets than over the first eight months of 2013.

Pittsburgh parking tickets down, revenue up as drivers use pay stations

Pittsburgh Parking Authority says drivers using the pay stations that replaced parking meters two years ago leads to less tickets issued.

about 7 hours ago


 The lone member of the Committee on Governance and Long Range Planning to vote against today's proposal was alumni trustee Anthony Lubrano.

Penn State trustees plan to restructure the board's composition

A proposal would provide give representation to students, faculty and the alumni association but also keep the nine alumni board members.

about 5 hours ago


Auditor general, state education department at war over words

The department says Auditor Eugene Depasquale is “succumbing to political tactics.”

about 8 hours ago


Sto-Rox lodges another appeal to block Propel-West

Sto-Rox School District wants Commonwealth Court to block the school because it would take so many students it could kill the district.

about 19 hours ago


Google grants classroom requests for dozens of Pittsburgh-area teachers

The $64,657 worth of donations ranged from paper to microscopes.

about 5 hours ago


 Construction work along Route 30 in Hempfield is scheduled to wrap up in November, according to PennDOT.

Route 30 work on target for November finish

The $8 million project to add center turning lanes to a 1.5-mile section of the highway in Jeannette and Hempfield began in 2012.

about 19 hours ago


 Supporters for (right) and against Scotland’s independence referendum chat Wednesday during a campaign event. The nation votes today on whether to split from or remain part of the United Kingdom.

Will Scotland’s independence vote transform Britain?

Several opinion polls indicate a razor-thin victory for opponents of separation. But nobody dares predict the result of today’s vote.

about 19 hours ago


Random Acts of Kindness: Example set by church women won many people free hot dogs

Plus: Stricken runner was rescued by CPR and other speedy aid, help received at local casino impressed a non-Pittsburgher.

about 9 hours ago


House approves Obama’s plan to battle Islamic State

The House votes, 273-156, to authorize President Obama’s plan to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels in fight against the Islamic State.

about 19 hours ago


End-of-life care needs sweeping overhaul, panel says

American way of dying is broken, too costly, and not necessarily what patients want, national expert panel finds.

about 19 hours ago


 Children participate in Maria Congelio's kindergarten class at McIntyre Elementary School in Ross. Behind them is the whiteboard with the Class Dojo app, where she can keep a chart for rewards, timers and other tools to help motivate the kids. Ms. Congelio carries her smart phone while teaching and can instantly reward students on the chart with the app.

DoJo used to monitor students at McIntyre Elementary in Ross

Teachers use the application with kindergartners as a digitized version of a behavior chart and allows parents to monitor kids’ behavior.

about 19 hours ago


 A ribbon cutting and dedication last week celebrated the opening of Twin Rivers Primary and Intermediate School in the McKeesport Area School District.

New McKeesport school officially complete

The official grand opening of the Twin Rivers Primary and Intermediate School celebrated the facility’s assets, environment responsibility.

about 19 hours ago


Holder asks Congress for help in fighting Wall Street crime

Justice Department wants Congress’ help to improve prospects for successful criminal prosecutions of Wall Street executives.

about 19 hours ago


With the Islamic State in U.S. crosshairs, 
Syrian government pounces on other foes

Syria’s anti-Assad rebels are being targeted by a fresh wave of attacks and assassinations by the Syrian regime.

about 19 hours ago


Iraqi prime minister against hosting U.S. ground troops

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s new prime minister ruled out stationing U.S. ground troops in his country, chiding the international community Wednesday

about 21 hours ago


House opens Benghazi probe

The State Department says it has reformed its protection strategies for high-risk diplomatic posts in the wake of the attacks in Benghazi.

about 19 hours ago


With no consensus on the issue, surrogacy laws vary across the nation

There is no national consensus on how to handle the highly polarizing and controversial practice of surrogacy.

about 19 hours ago


Desperate Gazans flee to Europe in risky trips

In the past two months, more than 1,300 Gazans are believed to have gone to Egypt.

about 21 hours ago


Blue Devils marching band show to mark 20th year in Mt. Lebanon

Mt. Lebanon High School’s festival of bands will take place this weekend, coordinated by nearly 100 volunteers and featuring nine bands.

about 19 hours ago


Low expectations as Obama, Rouhani head to U.N.

Few expect there will be a meeting between President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

about 21 hours ago


Getting into N. Korea a powerful temptation for some Americans

Americans have slipped illegally into poor, deeply suspicious, fervently anti-American North Korea.

about 21 hours ago


2nd U.S. space group seeks alternative to Russian engines

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is teaming with Boeing and Lockheed Martin in a bid to develop a U.S. alternative to Russian-made rocket engines.

about 19 hours ago


Olweus anti-bullying program starts another year at Chartiers Valley schools

The theme for this year’s program is “Peace by Piece,” signifying that each individual is responsible for peaceful decision-making.

about 19 hours ago


National briefs: Hackers from China targeting U.S.

Plus: Anti-aging competition; Bill would end ATF; Structures threatened; Ebola recovery expected.

about 19 hours ago


World briefs: Saudi clerics decry jihadi terrorism

Plus: Arrest spooks billionaires; Afghan journalist killed; Chinese leader in India; Nigerian terrorists strike; Nurse contracts Ebola

about 19 hours ago


 The U.S. flag is reflected in the window of a Pennsylvania State Police vehicle in Scranton for the viewing of Cpl. Bryon Dickson. Trooper Dickson was killed on Friday night in an ambush shooting at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove.

Pa. residents on edge as manhunt continues for 'survivalist' who killed trooper

Some area school districts decided not to open, including Pocono Mountain district, where alleged shooter Eric M. Frein was once a student.

about 21 hours ago


Thompson Run Road restrictions start today

The traffic restrictions are scheduled to last from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from today though Sept. 26.

1 day ago


Enterovirus reaches Pennsylvania; at least six cases reported in Erie, Philly

Health officials say 12 states, including Pennsylvania, now have respiratory illnesses caused by enterovirus 68, an uncommon virus.

1 day ago


 Sen. Jane Orie

State Supreme Court refuses to hear Orie appeal

Former state Sen. Jane Orie wanted the state Supreme Court to review her conviction on forgery, theft of services and other charges.

about 21 hours ago


Goodbye Rosedale Technical Institute; hello Rosedale Technical College

Non-profit school says it is changing its name to better reflect its impact on workforce development.

1 day ago


Controller seeks more information on county vehicles

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner said she has not received a complete inventory of county-owned and leased cars, as requested.

1 day ago


Port Authority announces weekend T detours

Crews will replace the crossing at Potomac Avenue.

1 day ago


Wilkinsburg School District plans to fire human resources director

The district would not specify why it was terminating its contract with Andrea Williams, who has been on full-time leave since March 28.

1 day ago


Pennsylvania House votes to rename Department of Public Welfare

Advocates have long pushed for the switch to the Department of Human Services.

about 21 hours ago


Dispute over Tomalis emails may not be resolved soon

The state Department of Education moves to block the release of emails of former Education Secretary Ron Tomalis.

1 day ago


State, corrections union investigate health at prisons by coal sites

The reviews come after two human rights groups found substantial cancer rates at SCI Fayette, built next to a fly ash dump.

1 day ago


Consultant raps city on payroll audit data

The meeting detailed the latest chapter in the clash between Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority and the city over a new payroll system.

1 day ago


Obituary: Richard Leo Welsh / A “giant” in the field of vision services

Richard Welsh left the seminary to spend a lifetime helping the blind and vision-impaired, becoming a nationally recognized leader.

1 day ago


 President Barack Obama is sending 3,000 U.S. military as emergency aid in West Africa’s fight against burgeoning Ebola outbreak.

Obama's Ebola response: Is it enough and in time?

President Barack Obama is sending 3,000 U.S. military as emergency aid in West Africa’s fight against burgeoning Ebola outbreak.

1 day ago


Ground forces an option in Iraq

Joint Chiefs chairman leaves door open if a U.S.-led coalition with “no U.S. boots on the ground” proves insufficient to defeat ISIS.

1 day ago


Child mortality falling short of two-thirds reduction

Six-point-three million children died last year, mostly from preventable causes, the U.N. children’s agency said Tuesday.

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