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 Southwest is offering introductory fares as low as $89 one way from Pittsburgh as part of the launch of its new daily nonstop service to Dallas.

Southwest Airlines announces daily nonstop Pittsburgh-to-Dallas flights

Southwest is offering introductory fares as low as $89 one way from Pittsburgh as part of the launch.

about 7 hours ago


PennDOT announces overnight lane closures on Parkway West

A lane will close in both directions between Interstate 79 and Green Tree, starting at 10 p.m. and will end by 6 a.m. each day.

about 5 hours ago


 House Bill 466 is similar to a liquor privatization bill that passed the House, but not the Senate, in 2013.

Pennsylvania House votes in favor of selling off state liquor system

Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, opposes disbanding the state alcohol sales business.

about 3 hours ago


 Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak, left, applauds after Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced the FCC ruling on net neutrality today in Washington.

FCC regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers

The new rules require that any company providing a broadband connection to your home or phone must act in the “public interest.”

about 3 hours ago


 New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton speaks at a news conference Wednesday where he discussed the arrest of three Brooklyn men who allegedly plotted to travel to Syria to join ISIS.

ISIS suspects operated, worked at mall kiosks in Philadelphia

Abror Habibov, who was arrested in Florida, sold kitchenware and offered cellphone repair services at the kiosks, investigators said.

about 9 hours ago


 Helga Stokes of Dormont is an English language tutor for the Baha'i Institute of Education's virtual university, which teaches members of the Baha'i faith in Iran.

Iranian students risk prison with online classes taught by Pittsburghers

Two Pittsburgh-area women give on-line instruction to students in Iran who are barred from college because of their Baha’i faith.

about 19 hours ago


Bridges in McKeesport, North Braddock to be restricted today

The inspections affect the Jerome Street Bridge and the Tassey Hollow Bridge.

about 11 hours ago


Penn-Trafford paraprofessional charged with assaulting student

Police said charges of simple assault and harassment were filed against Sharon Kosko, a 59-year-old aide at Penn Middle School in Jeannette.

about 7 hours ago


Mon Incline returns to service

Port Authority blamed a computer problem for the incline’s closure on Wednesday.

about 12 hours ago


 Terry Gerigk Wolf, former Medical Center Director and CEO of the Pittsburgh VA Healthcare System.

Families, congressional leaders angered by revelations in ex-VA director's appeal case

Congressional leaders and family members upset by revelations in former Pittsburgh VA director’s appeal file.

about 18 hours ago


 "A failure to list a reportable asset on the FAFSA is considered fraud," said Lynnette Khalfani Cox, CEO of AskTheMoneyCoach.com and author of “College Secrets: How to Save Money, Cut College Costs and Graduate Debt Free.”

Grandparents’ college help, even savings plans, could end up hurting students

Students could become less eligible for federal financial aid when grandparents help them pay college expenses.

about 19 hours ago


Judge orders Harrisburg to stop enforcing 3 gun ordinances

A new state law designed to give gun owners and gun rights groups a chance at dismantling illegal municipal firearms ordinances.

about 12 hours ago


Ex-W.Va. highway official sentenced in corruption case

Edward Matthew Tuttle, 39, of Buckhannon, had pleaded guilty in August in U.S. District Court.

about 10 hours ago


Rudiak announces candidacy for city controller

Natalia Rudiak, 35, of Carrick is a two-term council member.

about 10 hours ago


 FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2015, file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in his Jerusalem office. Netanyahu on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, turned down an invitation to meet privately with Senate Democrats next week during his visit to Washington, saying the session "could compound the misperception of partisanship" surrounding his trip. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, Pool, File)

U.S.-Israel quarrel intensifies

U.S.-Israel rift grows over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress next week against any nuclear deal with Iran.

about 19 hours ago


NATO commander offers bleak outlook for Ukraine

Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove said Putin’s success in destabilizing Ukraine would spur him to raise similar conflicts elsewhere.

about 19 hours ago


Islamic State seizes 100 Iraqi Sunni tribesmen

Islamic State militants abducted 100 Sunni Muslim tribesmen near Tikrit in Iraq, even as they moved dozens of Assyrian Christian hostages

about 19 hours ago


House GOP still torn over Homeland Security funding

As the Senate progressed on a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security before its money runs out Friday night, it was still unclear

about 19 hours ago


 Loretta Lynch is sworn in to testify Jan. 28 before a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on her nomination to be U.S. attorney general on Capitol Hill in Washington.

U.S. Senate panel backs Loretta Lynch as attorney general

The 20-member panel voted 12-8 in favor of Lynch, a career prosecutor who is the top federal prosecutor in Brooklyn.

about 7 hours ago


Supreme Court seems set to side with Muslim woman in head scarf case

A young Muslim woman’s job interview while wearing a headscarf provoked a discrimination case that made it all the way to the Supreme Court

about 19 hours ago


 Deby Kyle, mother of Chris Kyle, leaves court after the capital murder trial of former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center in Stephenville, Texas, on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015.  Routh, 27, of Lancaster, was convicted of the 2013 deaths of Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Michael Ainsworth, Pool)

As in ‘‍Sniper’ trial, insanity often is unsuccessful defense

In states such as Texas, where the test for an insanity defense is knowing right from wrong, it is difficult for murder defendants to meet

about 19 hours ago


Obituary: Patricia MacDonald / Advocate started her own feminist magazine

McCandless resident was passionate about women’s issues and once started her own newspaper devoted to women of Pittsburgh.

about 19 hours ago


Obituary: Ron Tassone / Broadway dancer and Point Park professor

Long-time performer established the dance program’s jazz major at what is now Point Park University in Pittsburgh.

about 19 hours ago


Random Acts of Kindness: Stranger offered comfort when a van slid off road

Also: Plenty of angels helped a woman who fell in lot; Steelers fan returned phone lost before game.

about 19 hours ago


World Briefs: Avalanches kill scores in Afghanistan

PLUS: Drones puzzle French, Cuba seeks U.S. shifts, Turkey detentions.

about 19 hours ago


National Briefs: Marijuana now legal in D.C.; GOP congressional leaders object

Plus: Big tobacco settles smoking lawsuits; new safer train design; Georgia delays execution; FCC set to pass Internet rules; 2016 election

about 19 hours ago


Former head of Horizons Hospice indicted for false billings

Mary Ann Stewart, the former chief operating officer at Horizons, is charged with health care fraud and lying to a federal grand jury.

about 3 hours ago


Avalanches kill at least 120 in Afghanistan; humanitarian crisis feared

Officials warned of an imminent humanitarian emergency in areas most severely hit by the bad weather.

1 day ago


 A bill sponsored by state Sen. John Blake, D-Lackawanna, is intended to give the public greater insight into the workings of taxpayer-funded universities, such as the University of Pittsburgh, except in one key area: individual salaries.

Pennsylvania legislation could shield some of the largest public university salaries from disclosure

Senate Bill 412, introduced this month by state Sen. John Blake, is part of an ongoing effort to revamp Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law.

about 22 hours ago


Monongahela Incline expected to remain out of service through this evening

Shuttles are available through the duration of the outage for $2.50, the same 1 zone fare that the incline costs.

1 day ago


Watchdog groups report Islamic State abducts at least 70 Christians in Syria

It was one of the largest recent abductions against religious minorities by the extremists.

1 day ago


 A Philadelphia developer is seeking a $10 million state grant to convert two floors of the Macy's building into a 155-room hotel. The department store would take up four floors and apartment units would be added to the other floors.

Development plans in Allegheny County built around wish list for Pennsylvania aid

A total of 57 projects in Allegheny County are seeking more than $235 million in state redevelopment capital assistance this year.

1 day ago


 "For too long the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania hasn't been a place where businesses want to come, invest and grow," Gov. Tom Wolf, center, said. "Country-leading high corporate tax rates have slowed existing businesses from expanding and entrepreneurs from growing new ideas here."

Wolf seeks to halve Pennsylvania's corporate tax rate, close loopholes

The governor unveiled pieces of his economic plan to Lehigh Valley business leaders today.

about 19 hours ago


 “The main thing is, this is supposed to be a full-time job,” said State Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Penn Hills.

DeLuca bill would put limit on Pennsylvania lawmakers’ outside income

For the third time, the Democrat representative from Penn Hills is trying to limit lawmakers’ outside income.

1 day ago


McConnell plan moves Senate closer to deal on Homeland Security funding

But the proposal faced an uncertain future in the House, where Republican leaders conspicuously refused to embrace it.

1 day ago


Parents can get stipend for city Pittsburgh school activities

The board voted to reimburse parents up to $10 per day for "reasonable and necessary expenses" for certain school activities.

about 21 hours ago


Pittsburgh schools board approves Planned Parenthood role for sex education

A proposal to set up a memo of understanding with Planned Parenthood for sex education of middle school students won approval tonight.

about 21 hours ago


 Commuters depart a train bound for the North Shore at the Gateway station. Rides between the North Shore and Downtown have been free, mostly underwritten by the Steelers.

Free North Shore T service expected to survive without Steelers as sponsor

The Port Authority is exploring other sponsors to keep subway service between Downtown Pittsburgh and the North Shore free to riders.

1 day ago


$785,000 grant accepted Pittsburgh Public Schools' Summer Dreamers Academy

The board of Pittsburgh Public Schools tonight accepted a $785,000 grant from the Wallace Foundation for the 2015 Summer Dreamers Academy.

about 21 hours ago


U.S. charges three with conspiring to support ISIS, planning attacks

The two of the men also had expressed a willingness to carry out attacks on U.S. soil on behalf of Islamic State, according to officials.

about 18 hours ago


Charter school's application rejected for second time by Pittsburgh school board

The board  rejected its only application for a new charter school this fall, the Robert L. Vann Charter School.

about 21 hours ago


Pittsburgh school board in line for discount on telecommunications contract

The board approved a $4.1 million, five-year contract for wide area network services, but it is expected to cost the district $411,750.

about 21 hours ago


Water main breaks close Quaker Valley High, two Pittsburgh schools

Quaker Valley High School is closed due to a break in front of the school, according to the school district.

1 day ago


Fearing lawsuit, Philadelphia-area town latest to repeal gun laws

Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Harrisburg and other cities have already been sued under a state law passed last year.

1 day ago


 Wisconsin forward Frank Kaminsky, left, shoots against Maryland forward Damonte Dodd in the first half of Tuesday's game in College Park, Md.

Wisconsin basketballers spend night in Pittsburgh after Maryland loss, emergency landing

The Badgers lost a Big 10 conference game Tuesday night at Maryland in College Park, 59-53.

1 day ago


Parkway West to close again tonight for sign work

Parkway West will be closed between Interstate 79 and Green Tree from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. for the second night in a row.

1 day ago


Four Wesleyan students arrested in party drug hospitalizations

Eleven Wesleyan students received medical attention over the weekend; two students were still being treated Tuesday, police said.

1 day ago


 A view of the sidewalk leading up to the Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin.

County Airport gets $2.9 million state grant

It was the biggest of six grants announced for smaller airports by PennDOT.

1 day ago


Pa. death row inmate gets five to 10 years for hitting lawyer in court

The 47-year-old apologized and said he wanted to resolve his assault charges so he could focus on appealing his murder conviction.

1 day ago


Local Dispatch: In gratitude to cancer, for all it’s done for me

A couple of cool things have happened since the surgery. And I became Mr. Ecumenism by accident.

1 day ago



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