Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald responds  to charges by Controller Chelsa Wagner.

Fitzgerald, Wagner try to bury the hatchet over lunch

Both described the meeting as an effort to forge a more productive approach to the issues of county government.

about 14 hours ago

 In this Nov. 1, 2014, file photo, an American Ethanol label is shown on a NASCAR race car gas tank at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.

Latest U.S. proposal for ethanol could have political fallout

The Obama administration’s latest plan on ethanol, the corn-based renewable fuel, probably will not have a major effect on pump prices.

about 14 hours ago

Moon residents lobbying for Port Authority bus ‘‍tweak’

Groups in Moon want to have it both ways: Port Authority bus service that picks up passengers rather than running empty on return trips.

about 14 hours ago

Crawford County hit hard by tornadoes since 1900

It’s the county’s relatively flat terrain combined with unstable air above that may stoke thunderstorms into tornadoes.

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 Thomas Hildebrandt, director of reproduction management at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife in Berlin, speaks Thursday at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

Pittsburgh Zoo honors expert in elephant conservation

Thomas Hildebrandt is the first recipient of the Pittsburgh Zoo’s Conservation Legacy Award.

about 14 hours ago

UPMC must get new attorneys in wrongful death suit, judge rules

An attorney representing UPMC improperly advised a witness for the person who filed the lawsuit, Judge R. Stanton Wettick decides.

about 14 hours ago

Repairs to close lane on outbound Route 28

Work will occur from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Obituary: Michael Bishop Jr. / Tireless educator lived for his family, students

With a critical ear and constant smile, North Hills music educator Michael Bishop Jr. struck the right note with those he met.

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Hastert case is said to be linked to decades-old sexual abuse

Federal prosecutors on Thursday announced the indictment of former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert.

about 14 hours ago

FBI: DNA lab errors extend to 1999

The FBI is telling crime labs that forensic data for thousands of cases may have errors related to DNA.

about 14 hours ago

U.S. swimming pools ban long breath-holding after deaths

This summer, New York City is putting up warning signs at all public pools prohibiting prolonged breath-holding.

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Will Baltimore’s troubles handicap O’Malley’s White House hopes?

Former Baltimore Mayor and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is expected to announce his Democratic presidential nomination campaign today.

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Patriot Act’s future uncertain as Sunday night Senate vote looms

President Barack Obama warned that U.S. intelligence agencies could be left in the dark.

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 Rohingya migrant children from Myanmar carry their meals Thursday at a confinement area in Bayeun in the Indonesian province of North Sumatra.

Talks on Asia’s migration crisis end with plans to target root causes

Delegates from more than 17 governments agreed to create job incentives, provide training and enhance “a sense of security and belonging.”

about 14 hours ago

Water revolution in Israel overcomes any threat of drought

Desalination, recycling and conservation in the wake of a drought that began in 2005 have now given Israel all the water it says it needs.

about 14 hours ago

Bill Clinton defends namesake foundation

It was part of a stepped-up effort to undermine criticism of the organization that has emerged since his wife announced her candidacy.

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 In this April 27, 2015, file photo, Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks during a news conference in New York.

Chinese weaponry spotted on artificial island, U.S. says

The Defense Department says China had brought two large artillery vehicles to artificial islands it is creating in the South China Sea.

about 14 hours ago

World Briefs: Islamic State claims Iraq, Saudi attacks

Plus: Americans held in Yemen; Vatican official probed; Silk Road prison sentence; and Japan volcano erupts.

about 14 hours ago

National Briefs: Deaths drop in teenage car crashes

Plus:  skin problems and tattoos; anthrax probe; floods kill at least 24; federal probe dropped in hanging; autism case; gay marriage

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 Dr. Thomas Julian  of Allegheny Health Network and assistant medical director of the NSABP.

Study finds safer drug to prevent return of breast cancer

The study found anastrozole more effective to prevent additional episodes of cancer in post-menopausal women already treated for DCIS.

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Chinese national charged in test-taking scam released on bond in Boston

A magistrate released Siyuan Zhao on a $25,000 bond on GPS monitoring and ordered that he be sent to Pittsburgh to face trial.

about 4 hours ago

Mercer County school district among 28 to win technology grant

The grant was announced today to help further support STEAM — science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics — projects.

about 22 hours ago

Greentree Road repaving to restrict traffic, close parkway ramp

Traffic will be reduced to a single lane in both directions between Manilla Avenue and McKinney Lane starting at 7 p.m.

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 Participation in Medicaid, the state-run health insurance plan for the poor and disabled, has grown by about 10 million in the U.S. over the last 18 months.

Pennsylvania moves to keep pace with increase in Medicaid

Proposed regulations, issued this week, represent the first major update to federal Medicaid guidelines since 2002.

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 Commonwealth Court President Judge Dan Pellegrini —  Orders the two health care giants to make no change in their business relations, “no matter how small,” without court approval.

Judge rules UPMC must accept Highmark Medicare Advantage members

The judge ordered that the health care giants make no change to their business relations, "no matter how small," without court approval.

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 Some in the group of 15 are accused of posing as others to take the exams for a fee, sometimes up to $6,000.

Chinese national charged in test-taking scam to appear in Boston court

He was among a group of Chinese citizens in the U.S. and China named in an indictment brought by the U.S. attorney's office in Pittsburgh.

1 day ago

Parkway West weekend closure cut short by weather forecast

The highway will close from 10 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday from Interstate 79 to Parkway Center.

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Hulton Bridge to close for two weeks in June

The closure is one of two planned for the bridge as a $64.8 million PennDOT project to replace the bridge with a four-lane span continues.

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 The 19-day-old peregrine falcon chick is observed during  its first exam at the Cathedral Of Learning.

Peregrine falcon chick passes physical, but not with flying colors

The National Aviary in Pittsburgh has a live camera focused on the nest, and observers have seen a series of developmental issues.

about 15 hours ago

Rash of suspicious fires reported at Pitt

Campus police are searching for a suspect, who they described as a white male, about 5 feet 11 inches tall of medium build with shaggy hair.

1 day ago

More storms lash Texas after severe weather kills 16

The National Weather Service was issuing a flash-flood watch Thursday for parts of Texas already reeling from torrential rains.

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Residents to appeal move toward gas drilling near Mars Area schools

Middlesex on Wednesday approved new zoning rules that open up more than 90 percent of the township for gas drilling and development.

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 Cara Zanella, of North Huntingdon, practices May 7 at Center Ice Arena with her ice dance partner, Lance Holton of Seven Springs.

Skating brings North Huntingdon woman freedom from pain of arthritis

“It puts me into such a peaceful state of mind,” said Cara Zanella, who skates in part for the physical therapy it offers.

1 day ago

FIFA President Sepp Blatter faces growing pressure to resign

FIFA President Sepp Blatter faced calls to resign Thursday from politicians and sports figures, but maintained an air of implacability in

1 day ago

U.S. to 'fine tune' Iraq strategy in light of Ramadi debacle

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the U.S. military is seeking ways to improve training and arming of Iraq’s Sunni tribes.

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Section of turnpike to close early Sunday

A detour will be in place starting at midnight.

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Gateway School District may furlough at least five teachers

Declining enrollment and budget constraints are the reasons for the reduction

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Russian political activist is hospitalized with mysterious illness

The wife of a Russian opposition activist hospitalized with a mysterious ailment is urging he be treated elsewhere in Europe or Israel.

1 day ago

Baltimore gets bloodier as arrests drop post-Freddie Gray

Baltimore has had 38 homicides so far this month, its deadliest in 15 years.

1 day ago

West Carson restriction at tunnel continues

The restriction was scheduled to end today but will continue through June 9.

about 14 hours ago

Women in Tunisia tell of decades of police cruelty, violence and rape

Women in now-democratic Tunisia have been offering compelling public testimony about decades of abuses under the prior two dictatorships.

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Ex-House speaker Dennis Hastert indicted over alleged secret payments

He was indicted Thursday on federal charges he violated banking laws to pay $3.5 million to an unidentified person to mask “misconduct.”

1 day ago

Fathers Know Best: When on course with Dad, it wasn’t about the golf

Playing golf with father was all about Dad, not the golf.

1 day ago

Obituary: Rev. Gary Denning / Pastor of First Baptist Church was ‘not afraid to take risks’

Rev. Denning retired from First Baptist in 2013 after suffering an earlier stroke. He was 65.

1 day ago

 Chris Patton, a senior at Sto-Rox High School, applies sealer to one of the Adirondack chairs.

Sto-Rox Students' Adirondack chairs to raise funds for teacher's son

Sto-Rox High School construction technology students built the chairs, which will be auctioned to benefit a boy who has Batten disease.

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 Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky enters the Centre County Courthouse for his sentencing on 45 counts of child sex abuse.

Former recruit says Sandusky assaulted him at Penn State camp

The alleged victim says he attended a football camp at Penn State University in 1988 as a recruit and "guest of the university."

1 day ago

Board, administration comes under fire for sale of Penn Hebron school

Penn Hills plans to use the school building site for a new municipal building.

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North Allegheny directors working to avoid tax increase

The board is expected to vote on the final budget June 24.

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Low-income students in McKeesport to receive Bridge Foundation scholarships

The Bridge Foundation, U.S. Steel and elected officials donated $60,000 for low-income families to send their children to private schools.

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Avonworth hires new assistant superintendent

An Avonworth High School principal will take on the new position of assistant superintendent.

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