Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in April 2013.

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tsarnaev appears in court for first time since 2013

Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when two bombs exploded near the finish line of the April 2013 marathon.

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McConnell aims to fight tighter coal regulations

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged Wednesday to do all he can to stop President Barack Obama’s coal plant regulations

about 10 hours ago

Swap of Cuban who spied for U.S. is at the heart of exchange package

Key U.S. “intelligence asset” imprisoned in Cuba for nearly two decades was swapped for three Cuban spies.

about 10 hours ago

Child agencies found failing

At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the United States in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities.

about 10 hours ago

Report: Wealth gap widens

The wealth gap between middle- and upper-income households has widened to the highest level on record.

about 10 hours ago

Congress ends feds’ ban on medical pot

Congress’ spending bill passage effectively ended federal ban on medical marijuana.

about 10 hours ago

National briefs: 4 charged in chemical spill

Plus: Recount affirms GOP win; actor admits sex abuse; Alcatraz escape study; Johns Hopkins snafu; death penalty dropped; rapper is

about 10 hours ago

Justices to Ariz: Issue driver’s licenses

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday let stand a ruling requiring Arizona to issue driver’s licenses to young immigrants spared

about 10 hours ago

14 who worked for pharmacy held in fatal meningitis

BOSTON — Fourteen employees of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy were charged Wednesday in connection with a fungal meningitis outbreak

about 10 hours ago

 Emiliano Cabrera is an undocumented immigrant from Honduras who is applying for legal protection under President Barack Obama's recent executive action. A 53-year-old construction worker who lives in Carnegie, Mr. Cabrera is shown here with his American-born daughter, Emily Cabrera Vindel, 8.

Obama’s executive action clouds long-term immigration changes

Will the president's immigration action lead to gridlock -- or will it trigger piecemeal progress?

1 day ago

 A security guard stands at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los Angeles Thursday.

NYC premiere of North Korea comedy 'The Interview' canceled after threats

The hackers warned people to stay away from cinemas showing the film and darkly reminded moviegoers of the Sept. 11 attacks.

1 day ago

 Cuban students march in a street of Havana Wednesday after Washington released three Cuban spies -- heroes in Cuba-- who had been in a U.S. prison since 2001. The United States and Cuba brought their bitter Cold War stand-off towards a historic close Wednesday, agreeing to revive diplomatic ties and to ease a five-decade U.S. trade embargo.

Change in U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations ignites political debate over ties with communist nation

Obama administration officials had considered Alan Gross' imprisonment an impediment to improving relations with Cuba.

about 11 hours ago

New York bans fracking after health report calls it unsafe

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the decision on whether to allow this kind of drilling in New York was up to New York’s environmental commissioner.

about 11 hours ago

For GOP, Jeb Bush's decision to explore presidential bid scrambles 2016 field

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Tuesday that he is actively exploring a 2016 presidential run, shaking up the GOP field.

1 day ago

Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirms $151M ruling against Wal-Mart

The case concerns unpaid wages from work during breaks and in other circumstances.

1 day ago

 Teachers and students listen to a live, nationally broadcast speech by Cuba's President Raul Castro today about the country's restoration of relations with the United States, at a school in Havana, Cuba.

Florida's Cuban-Americans rejoice at U.S. policy overhaul

Florida is home to roughly 80 percent of the country's Cuban-American population.

about 21 hours ago

Threatening emails sent over Sony movie

Sony Pictures hackers threaten 9/11-style terror against theaters showing the studio’s new comedy, “The Interview.”

1 day ago

Nation briefs : Survey says teen e-cigarette use increasing

Plus: Apple wins suit; Mars rover finding; Obama pick confirmed; Alaska leasing ban.

1 day ago

Research shows Americans are still divided on immigration

Surveys done by the Pew Research Center show that three-quarters of Americans think the immigration system needs to undergo major changes.

1 day ago

Newtown families sue rifle manufacturer, distributor and seller for wrongful death

Newtown school shooting victims’ kin have sued the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle.

2 days ago

 Andrew Achilleos, a British citizen who is graduating from Carnegie Mellon University, hopes to get an H-1B visa to start a custom suit company in Pittsburgh.

H-1B work visa full of uncertainties for immigrants

The H-1B program: Is America shortchanging itself, or are we exploiting foreign-born students?

2 days ago

 Pittsburgh Public Schools prepare for another year of the Summer Dreamers Academy in 2014.

Pittsburgh summer learning programs boost math scores, not other outcomes

The Wallace Foundation invested more than $50 million into the Rand study to determine how well the summer enrichment programs work.

2 days ago

 "Congress’ lawmaking power is not subject to presidential supervision or control," Judge Arthur J. Schwab wrote of President Obama's immigration action.

Federal judge in Pittsburgh declares Obama's immigration action unconstitutional

U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab issued the opinion in a criminal case involving a Honduran man who re-entered the country illegally.

1 day ago

Police altering tactics after killings, protests

Amid racial tensions, police across the nation are changing procedures to curtail use of deadly force in a bid to ease public distrust and

2 days ago

Obama's surgeon general nominee Vivek Murthy, opposed by gun lobby, confirmed

The Senate approved his nomination, 51-43

2 days ago

National briefs: ‘Culture’ named word of the year

Plus: Obama visits troops; Texas detention center; Arizona abortion ruling; Tenn. expands Medicaid; Amazon threat.

2 days ago

 Sony Pictures Entertainment headquarters in Culver City, Calif. The FBI is investigating a hacking attack at Sony Pictures Entertainment last month that caused major internal computer problems at the film studio last week.

Sony asks media to destroy leaked data as Sharpton meeting looms

The Sony Corp. unit is widening its efforts to stem damage from the release of employee salaries, health records, movie stars’ fees and

3 days ago

Health care services gap narrows between whites and African-Americans

While the gap in quality health care is shrinking, differences in health outcomes between whites and African-Americans persist.

3 days ago

Spending deal may not offer 2015 Congress road map

The dynamics that tamed both parties’ ideological wings will change next year, handing new challenges to congressional leaders.

3 days ago

U.S. taxpayers help fund oil-train boom amid safety concerns

States and the federal government have handed out tens of millions in public dollars to rail companies and government agencies.

3 days ago

YouTube in key legal battle over anti-Muslim video

Garcia v. Google has been catapulted into one of the most closely watched legal battles in years.

3 days ago

Cheney leads defense of CIA techniques

The report released last week by the Dem-led Senate Intelligence Committee revived a decade-old coercive interrogation techniques debate.

3 days ago

Black churches pray in protest of police slayings

Congregants in African-American churches across the country wore black to Sunday services and prayed over the men in attendance.

3 days ago

Obituary: Sy Berger / Creator of the modern baseball trading card

Baseball cards date to the 19th century, but for Sy Berger, the decade after World War II was the perfect time to revitalize them.

3 days ago

Sony hacking highlights challenge to CEO Hirai's 'One Sony' vision

The Japanese conglomerate is heading for its fifth net loss in six years, raising questions about its ability to hold on to businesses.

3 days ago

National briefs: Obama nominee vote canceled

Plus: Jeb Bush to release emails; Va. students speak; Sony hack fallout; health care deadline; undocumented immigrants.

3 days ago

 Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, talks to reporters after the Senate vote. Mr. Cruz argued against the bill’s provisions on immigration and his move led to the unraveling of an informal agreement to delay the bill through the weekend.

Senate OKs $1.1 trillion budget bill

The Senate voted 56-40 on Saturday for the long-term funding bill, the main item left on Congress’ year-end agenda.

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 A man is wrapped in chains Saturday as people march in  the National March Against Police Violence, organized by National Action Network, through the streets of Manhattan in New York City. A march was also held in Washington, D.C.

Families of slain black men share stage in protest

Marchers rally in Washington to decry deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police

4 days ago

CIA’s power remains formidable despite scandals and criticism

Accounts of torture are a blow to the agency’s reputation, yet it is expected to emerge from the investigatory rubble with its role intact.

4 days ago

Records detail court’s shutdown of Bush-era spy program in 2007

Civil liberties advocates lauded the government’s release of the material, but said it should have been done years ago.

4 days ago

 A bearded vulture, shown here in the zoo of Frankfurt, Germany.

South Africa’s last bearded vultures seek survival in Dragon Mountain home

Plans for a 42-turbine wind farm endangers a shrinking habitat for the 350 surviving vultures, scientists say.

4 days ago

Rape case questions if wife with dementia can say yes to husband

Woman’s ability to give consent under scrutiny.

4 days ago

National briefs: NYC police upset with de Blasio

Plus: More rain for California; Oregon shooting arrest; Ferguson evidence; unions win email ruling.

4 days ago

Senate set to pass $1.1 trillion spending legislation

The bipartisan budget agreement passed by the House would keep most of the government operating through the fiscal year.

5 days ago

Obituary: Michel du Cille / Prizewinning photographer

He won his first Pulitzer for spot news in 1986 for coverage of the eruption of Colombia’s Nevado del Ruiz volcano in 1985.

4 days ago

 A worker stands atop a pile of rock and mud Thursday after a mudslide overtook at least eight homes during heavy rains in Camarillo Springs, Calif.

Even a superstorm falls short of quenching California drought

The deluge, expected to taper off Friday, was the strongest so far this season and may be the state’s biggest in the past four to 10 years.

5 days ago

$577 billion defense bill allocates $64 billion for conflicts

The legislation authorizes American training for Iraqi and Syrian forces fighting Islamic State rebels.

5 days ago

National Briefs: Four shot outside Ore. high school

PLUS: Reporter won’t be forced; FBI will probe hanging; Tamir’s death a homicide; execution drugs ruling.

5 days ago

 From left, Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, rush to the Senate floor Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington for a procedural vote to advance the $585 billion defense bill.

House narrowly passes budget; Obama joins Republicans

The 219-206 vote cleared the way for a final showdown in the Senate on the bill — the last major measure of this session of Congress.

6 days ago

 Specialist Meric Greenbaum, left, and trader Gordon Charlop work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday. U.S. stocks are opening modestly lower as indexes in Europe and China recover from a slump the previous day.

Trade deficit with China costing U.S. jobs, report finds

The loss of 3.2 million jobs includes 122,600 in Pennsylvania, with most of the positions in manufacturing.

6 days ago


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