Braddock Hills Propel school steps up security after gun scare

School officials will install metal detectors, ban backpacks and large purses, and hire an armed, off-duty officer to increase security.

about 10 hours ago

 Confetti flies over New York's Times Square as the clock strikes midnight during the New Year's Eve celebration as seen from the balcony of the Marriott Marquis hotel, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011.

Times Square crowds come at a cost

Some say Times Square is far too crowded now for anyone to want to be there.

about 10 hours ago

 This image from video shows Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight, right, walking into the Los Angeles County Sheriffs department early Friday morning in connection with a hit-and-run incident that left one man dead and another injured.

Ex-rap mogul 'Suge' Knight arrested in deadly hit-and-run

Death Row Records founder Suge Knight was arrested early Friday in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident near Los Angeles.

about 12 hours ago

Strained allies: Obama, Netanyahu go sour

In the newest contretemps between U.S. and Israeli leaders, senior officials in both countries appear not to be trying to repair the breach.

about 10 hours ago

Apartheid-era killer granted parole

Eugene de Kock, who had been convicted and sentenced in 1996 to two life terms plus 212 years, is being paroled.

about 10 hours ago

Nations back force to fight Boko Haram

The African Union on Friday endorsed creating a 7,500-member continental force to fight the Nigerian militant extremist Boko Haram group.

about 10 hours ago

Obama seeks gene research funds to develop fine-tuned medical care

President Obama touted a new federal “precision medicine initiative” that would aim to help develop treatments for individual patients.

about 10 hours ago

Islamic State attacks Iraq’s oil-rich northern city of Kirkuk

Islamic State militants attack points on defense perimeter of northern Iraq’s oil hub, killing at least seven Kurdish peshmerga fighters.

about 10 hours ago

Most Americans back climate action, poll shows

A New York Times-Stanford University poll finds most Americans endorse federal action to counteract global warming.

about 10 hours ago

Federal agencies to plan for rising seas

By President Obama’s executive order, federal agencies must adopt stricter building and siting standards.

about 10 hours ago

National briefs: Arabs may get census recognition

PLUS: Motorcyclists may be their own worst enemy on the road; The murder trial against Pedro Hernandez begins

about 10 hours ago

World briefs: Pakistan: Death toll in bombing at Shiite mosque rises to 49

Plus: Ukrainian fighting rages; Sinai attack;  Nazi concentration camps; Chevron drops shale exploration in Poland; and Japan’s wartime

about 10 hours ago

Obituary: James Davis Morton / Attorney was early investor for the Pittsburgh Penguins

Mr. Morton’s love of sports went beyond the hockey rink. A passionate fan of the Steelers and Pitt athletics, attending countless games.

about 10 hours ago

 Christina Cassotis, the new CEO of the Allegheny County Airport Authority, began work Jan. 15.

New Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO sees ‘more opportunity’ in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh may not be a hub again, but it can attract more traffic and could support more nonstop flights, according to Christina Cassotis.

about 10 hours ago

 Mentors and students link arms as they recite their Manhood Statement at the beginning of the We Promise Scholars gathering Wednesday at Duquesne University.

Effort aims to help black male students qualify for Pittsburgh Promise

The We Promise program encourages students to improve their grades so they can qualify for scholarships, worth up to $40,000.

1 day ago

Union files petition seeking NLRB election for adjunct faculty at Robert Morris University

The Adjunct Faculty Association says course-load limitations placed on adjuncts mean that their maximum yearly campus income is $12,600.

about 10 hours ago

Bomb blast at Shiite Muslim mosque in Pakistan kills 56

Officials said the explosion in the southern city of Shikarpur went off as worshippers were gathering for midday prayers today.

1 day ago

 The Pittsburgh skyline rises against the red morning light with the snow laying near Grandview Avenue on Mount Washington.

Winter forecasts and two-hour delays bedevil school superintendents

Snowstorms add a special level of pressure for school superintendents who have to decide whether to call a school delay or cancellation

1 day ago

 NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks takes place Sunday at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

Arizona tries to contain measles outbreak before Super Bowl

“Measles is wildly infectious, which is why it is so important that we identify cases quickly,” said health official Bob England of Arizona.

1 day ago

 John McCain, R-Ariz., had proposed an amendment to the Senate’s version of the Keystone XL authorization bill.

McCain's quest to change maritime law could impact Pennsylvania shipping industry

U.S. Sen. John McCain is advocating for changes to the 95-year-old Merchant Marine Act, calling it “an archaic law.”

1 day ago

Liquor Control Board joins Gov. Wolf in banning gifts to employees

The board's move was voluntary; the PLCB is an independent administrative board not technically under the governor’s jurisdiction.

about 18 hours ago

 Vice President Joe Biden speaks to members of the House Democratic Caucus in Philadelphia today.

In Philadelphia, Biden urges Dems to take credit for stimulus, U.S. recovery

“This is our story, the Democratic Party's story,” Mr. Biden said at a Democratic policy retreat.

about 19 hours ago

 Former Pennsylvania state treasurer Rob McCord.

Former Pa. Treasurer McCord to plead guilty to federal charges

A statement from his attorney said Mr. McCord will plead guilty to federal charges related to “taking advantage” of potential contributors.

about 17 hours ago

 Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at Mississippi State University Wednesday. Mr. Romney has discovered that many past major fundraisers and donors in key states have defected to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Romney says he will not run for president in 2016

Romney jumped back into the presidential discussion on Jan. 10, when he told a group of former donors he was eyeing another White House run.

about 10 hours ago

 Law enforcement officers salute as the honor guard arrives for the funeral of Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson on Sept. 18.

Lawmaker proposes naming I-84 exit after slain state trooper

Cpl. Bryon Dickson was shot to death in September at a state police barracks about a mile away from Exit 30.

about 19 hours ago

 Snow laden trees in Downtown Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Winter storm watch issued for Pittsburgh region this weekend

The National Weather Service is forecasting up to 6 inches of snow for Allegheny and surrounding counties.

about 21 hours ago

Obama budget proposal raises discretionary spending above caps

The plan is just the opening salvo in a battle that has become a symbol of congressional dysfunction.

1 day ago

Families plead for lives of Islamic State hostages as swap hopes fade

The extremists had demanded that Jordan release a female al-Qaida prisoner from death row.

1 day ago

EU moves toward tougher Russian penalties over Ukraine conflict

Negotiations involving Ukraine, Russia, rebel representatives and European officials are planned today in Minsk, Belarus.

1 day ago

Senate passes Keystone XL in challenge to Obama

The five-year fight over the oil pipeline has become a proxy for far broader fights over climate change, energy and the economy.

1 day ago

Killings of Iraqi Sunnis blamed on Shiite militias

Security officials in Diyala province had denied that the killings were sectarian executions committed by pro-government Shiites.

1 day ago

Hezbollah ready to put clash with Israel behind, U.N. says

Israel’s defense minister declined to comment on whether Israel would retaliate further for the killing of its troops.

1 day ago

Tech advances lower chance that driver will die in car crash

Nine car models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

1 day ago

Obituary: John Hobart Miller Jr. / Custom home developer who rode suburban wave

The developer of homes for the affluent, known as the man who built Pittsburgh’s suburbs, came from humble roots.—

1 day ago

 Audrey Roth as Miss Paulificate on "Mister Rogers Neighborhood."

Storytelling: Neighborly character made new city feel like home

A staple from “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” leaves an impression.

1 day ago

 Rod McKuen

Obituary: Rod McKuen / Critical acclaim eluded prolific poet and lyricist

His work was prized by readers for its gentle accessibility while being condemned by many critics as facile, tepid and aphoristic.

1 day ago

Obituary: Charles H. Townes / Physicist helped develop the laser

Mr. Townes’ invention transformed  modern communications, medicine, astronomy, weapons systems and daily life in homes and workplaces.

1 day ago

 Pediatrician Charles Goodman, left, explains to Frank Fierro, the father of 1-year-old Cameron Fierro, the need of getting the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, or MMR vaccine, at his practice in Northridge, Calif., on Thursday.

Some doctors won't see patients with anti-vaccine views

The tough-love approach raises questions about doctors’ ethical responsibilities.

1 day ago

National briefs: AG nominee advances in Senate

Plus: Dartmouth liquor ban; Iran sanctions bill; Boy Scouts settle lawsuit; Denver police shooting; another Republican presidential hopeful.

1 day ago

World briefs: Gunman storms Dutch broadcaster

Plus: Bombings in Sinai kill 26; U.K. summons envoy; 3 Americans slain in Kabul; Malaysian airliner; AirAsia crash.

1 day ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf signs an executive order restoring a moratorium on new drilling leases involving public lands, Thursday, January 29, 2015, at the Benjamin Rush State Park in Philadelphia.

Gov. Wolf bans new leases for drilling on state lands

Gov. Tom Wolf officially ending plans by the Legislature to raise dollars for the budget this fiscal year through new drilling deals.

1 day ago

2015 Carnegie Science Awards announced

Carnegie Science Center announces winners of awards recognizing achievements in science, technology and education in the Pittsburgh region.

about 22 hours ago

 Parents pick up their children from the Propel School in Braddock Hills after someone called the school with a threat.

Propel school closed for the week after threat

Braddock Hills Propel High School, where two guns were found Monday, will reopen next week after employees received a “call of concern.”

1 day ago

 Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord.

Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord resigns amid possible federal inquiry

Federal investigators have been asking questions about Mr. McCord’s campaign fundraising.

1 day ago

 Last year’s medical marijuana bill, SB 1182, passed the Senate, 43-7, in September but did not move to the House.

Supporters promise 'comprehensive, strictly regulated' medical marijuana bill in Pennsylvania

With a change in state leadership roles and attitudes, medical marijuana in Pennsylvania may become a reality this year.

2 days ago

 Cam Howard takes a picture with Babe, the Butler BlueSox baseball team’s mascot.

Fighting rare disease, Hampton second-grader finds acceptance

Cam Howard, 8, has progeria, a rare condition in which children age at a rate much faster than normal.

2 days ago

Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf to post his working calendar online

The governor is posting it online as part of his efforts to provide transparency in state government.

1 day ago

 Six members of the "Friendship 9" are shown in 1961, two days after their release from jail. In front, from left, are James Wells, Willie McCleod and Thomas Gaither. In back, from left, are Clarence Graham, Willie D. Massey and David Williamson.

Pittsburgh-area man among 'Friendship 9' activists whose convictions erased in '61 sit-in

Retired professor Thomas Gaither, of Butler County, was arrested for trying to integrate a whites-only lunch counter in Rock Hill, S.C.

2 days ago

 Loretta Lynch

Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch holds her own at Senate hearing

Now serving as a U.S. attorney in New York, she pledged to retain her independence and restore some frayed relations on Capitol Hill.

2 days ago

U.S. Supreme Court delays executions of 3 on Oklahoma’s death row

The executions were stayed amid a challenge over the sedative used in the state’s lethal injection drug protocol.

2 days ago


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