West Hardies Road to reopen tonight in Hampton

West Hardies Road in Hampton, which has been closed since July 21, is scheduled to reopen tonight, weather permitting.

about 5 hours ago

 Tom Wolf, Democratic candidate for governor, talks Friday during a break in a tour of  the Bidwell Training Center on the North Side.

Wolf says he would consider a traditional Medicaid expansion

Democratic nominee for governor took a tour Friday of the Bidwell Training Center on the North Side.

about 14 hours ago

 Sunset against at the Pittsburgh Skyline as viewed from the overlook in Schenley Park.

Pittsburgh is nation's 19th-most liberal city, study finds

The Steel City leans, if even just a bit, further left than the Mile High City. Yes, you read that right, er, correctly.

about 15 hours ago

Obituary: Burkart Holzner / Former head of Pitt University Center for International Studies

The German-born scholar of sociology, dedicated to global understanding, came to Pitt in 1960 and served for 20 years as head of UCIS.

about 15 hours ago

UN urges US to stop police brutality after Missouri shooting

The United Nations’ racism watchdog on Friday urged the United States to halt the excessive use of force by police.

about 15 hours ago

 The UPMC logo atop of the U.S. Steel Tower.

UPMC staff working in clinical areas will be required to get flu shots

Employees who decline vaccination for medical or religious reasons would be required to wear a mask within six feet of patients or staff.

about 14 hours ago

 An image grab taken from a video uploaded on Thursday shows young men in underwear being marched barefoot along a desert road before being allegedly executed Wednesday by Islamic State militants at an undisclosed location in Syria's Raqa Province.

Obama: No plan for Islamic State

Instead, the president said in a White House news conference, he has asked the Pentagon to prepare options.

1 day ago

 NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

NFL takes tougher stand on domestic violence

The about-face by Roger Goodell, the most powerful executive in U.S. sports, was stunning in its earnestness and clarity.

1 day ago

 Pro-Russian separatists walk past an unmarked grave Thursday at Savur-Mohyla, a hill east of the city of Donetsk.

Russia sends tanks, troops into eastern Ukraine

Russian tanks and troops fired their way into eastern Ukraine on Thursday and seized a strategic gateway town.

1 day ago

 Former Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Ron Tomalis

Pennsylvania eyes purchasing email archiving system

Documents would be preserved for litigation and Right-to-Know reviews.

1 day ago

East Allegheny teachers to strike Tuesday

The district said the school calendar will be adjusted, including a move of the planned June 12 commencement.

about 15 hours ago

 Shooting instructor Charles Vacca stands next to a 9-year-old girl at the Last Stop shooting range in White Hills, Ariz., on Monday. The girl accidentally shot and killed her shooting instructor with an Uzi when the weapon's strong recoil caused her to lose control of her aim, police said.

Gun experts: Arizona instructor didn’t follow protocol in fatal incident

But firearms safety experts say there’s no reason children cannot be taught how to safely handle a firearm.

1 day ago

 Cars travel along the lower PJ McArdle Roadway.

Weather, traffic to heat up Labor Day weekend

Heading into the last holiday weekend of summer, the temperature in Pittsburgh has yet to reach 90 degrees. Will that change?

1 day ago

Sharon Randall: Savor family time all the more for craziness

All families are crazy, which is all the more reason to savor the memories.

1 day ago

Raves: High school football takes joy of parents to a whole new level

There’s something special about Western Pennsylvania high school football.

1 day ago

Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association says permanent email deletions should stop now

About 5 million emails pass through the 47 agencies across the state’s executive branch weekly.

about 15 hours ago

Online list released of water wells Pennsylvania regulators found harmed by drilling

The 243 cases, from 2008 to 2014, include some where a single drilling operation impacted multiple water wells.

1 day ago

 A Lyft car takes to the road.

Pennsylvania lawmakers push PUC for ride sharing

Ride-sharing issues raised by Uber and Lyft were discussed at a Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission hearing in Harrisburg on Thursday.

1 day ago

 Famed opera singer Frances Yeend and her husband, pianist, conductor and vocal coach James Benner, in their New York apartment in the 1950s. The couple's vast collection of art and antiques will be auctioned off today and tomorrow in Fairmont, W.Va., by Joe R. Pyle Auctions.

Acclaimed opera singer's antiques go on the auction block

Frances Yeend and her husband, James Benner, antiques and art collection is up for auction this weekend in Fairmont, W. Va.

1 day ago

Obituary: Margaret M. 'Peg' Fitzgerald / Navy veteran, former nun served as nurse at county jail

Margaret M. “Peg” Fitzgerald’s entire working life was composed of service: to God, her country and to the inmates at the county jail.

1 day ago

VA secretary orders training review after 'Oscar the Grouch' incident

Secretary Robert McDonald apologized for a benefits office guide that depicted veterans as Sesame Street character “Oscar the Grouch.”

1 day ago

Mounting fracking foes have oil industry concerned

Texas drillers are ignoring noise plaints, but in Colorado the industry is cutting back on rumbling trucks and trying to curb pollution.

1 day ago

 Rosa Parks’ Presidential Medal of Freedom, left, and her Congressional Gold Medal are displayed at Guernsey’s auction house, in New York. Howard G. Buffett told The Associated Press that his foundation plans to give the items, which include Ms. Parks’ Presidential Medal of Freedom, to an institute he hasn’t yet selected.

Buffett heir buys Rosa Parks archive

Howard Buffett said he will give the civil rights icon’s items to the museum because “it’s just not right” that they were in a warehouse.

1 day ago

U.N.: Ebola cases could hit 20,000 in West Africa

The WHO unveiled a new road map for containing the virus, and scientists are fast-tracking efforts to find a treatment or vaccine.

1 day ago

Shell seeks Alaskan Arctic drilling again

While the plan is just a first step in the pro­cess, it re­flects the en­ergy po­ten­tial in the Arc­tic.

1 day ago

Satellite phone call may alter search zone for missing Malaysian jet

Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said teams continued to refine the search area.

1 day ago

Intersection reopens on Valley Brook Road

Valley Brook Road in Peters reopened Thursday after a $4.9 million, 15-month project to reconstruct and realign the intersection.

1 day ago

Immigration confrontation looms

An Obama executive action on immigration may provoke a GOP federal shutdown.

1 day ago

China can't allow 'perfect democracy' in Hong Kong, government adviser says

Hong Kong is set to pick its top of­fi­cial, the chief ex­ec­u­tive, by a pop­u­lar vote start­ing in 2017.

1 day ago

FDA gives 2 startups OK for smartphone heart tracking

The devices could detect serious heart conditions by mobile device readings.

1 day ago

World Briefs: Peacekeepers held in Syria

PLUS: European role in Gaza?; missing U.S. student; Turkey’s new president; vote audit extended; Tory lawmaker defects.

1 day ago

National Briefs: Clinton laments shooting, unrest

PLUS: GOP leader chal­lenged; trou­bled ex­e­cu­tion; Army gen­eral forced out; woman killed at fes­ti­val; DQ hit by hack­ers

1 day ago

Outbound Liberty Tunnel down to one lane tonight

The restriction will be in place from 10 p.m. tonight until 5 a.m. Friday.

2 days ago

DEP publishes official determinations of damaged water supplies related to oil and gas operations

The determination letters, made available for the first time Thursday, show 248 incidents where drilling has contaminated water supplies.

1 day ago

 The view of Downtown from the  roof of the Fort Pitt Tunnel.

Safe passage: Day in and day out, crews labor to keep Pittsburgh tunnel traffic trouble-free

It’s no simple task -- keeping motorists moving safely through the area’s many tunnels.

2 days ago

 Gov. Tom Corbett, left, and Tom Wolf, his Democratic challenger in the November election, stand together for a photo Aug. 13 before they took the stage for individual stand-up routines at the Pittsburgh Improv at The Waterfront in Homestead. The event raised money for Allegheny County's Department of Human Services' programs for underprivileged children.

Poll finds Wolf maintaining wide lead over Corbett in Pennsylvania governor's race

The survey shows Tom Wolf favored by 49 percent of registered voters, Gov. Tom Corbett backed by 24 percent and 25 percent undecided.

1 day ago

I-79 ramps to close tonight for paving

The northbound on-ramp at Carnegie and the northbound off-ramp to the inbound Parkway West will close at 9 p.m. and reopen by 5 a.m. Friday.

2 days ago

Economy rebounded more strongly than initially thought in second quarter

Details of a report released today point to sustainable underlying strength.

2 days ago

 Gov. Tom Corbett plan would offer subsidies to 500,000 low-income Pennsylvanians to purchase private insurance.

Federal regulators approve Gov. Corbett's 'Healthy PA' Medicaid overhaul

Pennsylvania’s working poor -- as many as 600,000 may be eligible -- could start receiving subsidized health insurance as early as Jan. 1.

1 day ago

 A rendering of the completed $4.9 million reconstruction of Valley Brook Road at Route 19 in Peters.

Ceremony to celebrate reopening of Valley Brook Road in Peters

The $4.9 million project reconstructed the interchange, with a new ramp from westbound Valley Brook Road to Route 19.

2 days ago

 People gather as officials hand out food aid Wednesday at West Point in  Monrovia, Liberia, an area that has been hit hard by the Ebola virus.

World Health Organization says Ebola cases may eventually hit 20,000

The agency today published new figures saying 1,552 people have died from the virus so far in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria.

2 days ago

 The knee defender is  attached to the airline seat’s tray table.

Flap over reclining seat on plane raises societal questions

The “Knee Defender,” a $22 device that can force a seat to remain upright, highlights different views about reclining seats on airplanes.

2 days ago

 A Slippery Rock University psychology professor sued the school today, claiming he has been subjected to gender discrimination.

Psychology prof at Slippery Rock University claims gender discrimination

Christopher Niebauer of Butler, the only man in the eight-member department, claims in a federal suit he has been bypassed for promotion.

2 days ago

Former Pennsylvania Turnpike employee pleads guilty in child pornography case

John S. Longo, 58, faces a mandatory minimum 15-year prison term when U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer sentences him, set for Jan. 22.

2 days ago

 A Yellow Cab travels on Liberty Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Pa. cab companies call ride-share services 'unfair' competition

Two taxi operators from Philadelphia tell the PUC that ride-sharing service Lyft doesn’t have insurance or fare restrictions they have.

2 days ago

Teachers union: Poor school districts hurt most by funding cuts

A PSEA report says poor school districts have fared worse than wealthy ones in state funding and student performance.

2 days ago

Obituary: Frans Brüggen / Pioneer in early music

He was co-founder and conductor of the influential Orchestra of the 18th Century and a virtuoso recorder player.

2 days ago

 Andy Odum, Toledo Zoo assistant director of animal programs and curator of herpetology, photographs Emerson, a Galapagos tortoise, as he is delivered and unboxed Wednesday at the Toledo Zoo in Toledo, Ohio. Emerson is a wild-born tortoise estimated at 100 years old. He is being donated by the San Diego Zoo.

Toledo Zoo welcomes a Galapagos tortoise

Later this year, the zoo also will receive three 2-year-old Galápagos tortoises from the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas.

2 days ago

Keystone Oaks hires principal for Dormont Elementary

The school board voted Thursday to appoint Brian Werner as principal of Dormont Elementary School at a salary of $92,000 per year.

1 day ago

Obituary: Valeri Petrov / Bulgaria's most prominent poet and translator of Shakespeare

Besides poems, novels and translations from Russian, Italian and English, Mr. Petrov authored numerous film scripts and plays.

2 days ago


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