Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, left, and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf share a laugh during their debate at "Breakfast with the Candidates" event at today in Philadelphia.

Sparks fly at second Corbett, Wolf campaign debate

Both argue over taxes and school funding during the one-hour “Breakfast with the Candidates” event.

about 3 hours ago

Northbound I-79 off-ramp at Warrendale to close tonight

PennDOT will close the northbound Interstate 79 off-ramp to Warrendale Bayne Road at Exit 75 tonight for paving.

about 2 hours ago

Section of West Carson Street to close tonight, Thursday night

The inbound closures, to allow installation of electrical equipment, will begin at 8 p.m. today and Thursday.

about 2 hours ago

 T.J. Lane, the suspect in the shooting of five students at the high school in Chardon, Ohio, wears a bulletproof vest as he is escorted Tuesday from juvenile court.

Educators, experts told vigilance key in preventing violent attacks in schools

“I got a lot of letters saying why are you doing this to our kids. This is never going to happen here. But it did,” one official said.

about 14 hours ago

CMU, Pitt receive grants to pick people’s brains

Carnegie Mellon University receives a $5 million BrainHub grant while the University of Pittsburgh studies traumatic brain injury.

about 14 hours ago

Moon Area School District takes dispute with Moon Transportation Authority to residents

School district officials say authority has “improperly amassed millions of school district dollars.”

about 2 hours ago

 A police car drives past the entrance to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Tuesday. A patient in the hospital has been diagnosed with the Ebola virus and is being kept in strict isolation.

Officials: Man in Dallas with Ebola initially sent home with antibiotics

The man, whose name wasn’t released, is the first case of the deadly viral infection to be diagnosed outside of Africa.

about 6 hours ago

Obituary: Francis J. Rifugiato / Veteran, educator over decades with lifelong passion for learning

The son of an Italian immigrant family, Francis J. Rifugiato knew the value of an education.

about 14 hours ago

 Mumia Abu-Jamal is serving a life term for the 1981 killing of Philadelphia police Officer Daniel Faulkner.

Vermont college invites convicted killer Abu-Jamal to address students

Mumia Abu-Jamal is serving a life term for the 1981 killing of Philadelphia police Officer Daniel Faulkner.

about 6 hours ago

Skies darken for new airline PEOPLExpress

Three months after taking to the skies, PEOPLExpress has been grounded with both of its planes out of commission.

about 14 hours ago

Convicted murderer gets a 'chance at some life'

Man originally sentenced to life without parole will now be eligible for parole after 34 years.

about 14 hours ago

Central Pennsylvania man among Carnegie Heroes

The commission said Andrew Calvin Zimmer, 50, of Emporium, Cameron County, saved a disabled woman from burning in a house fire there in

about 1 hour ago

 Attorney Fred Rabner

Ford's attorney: Officer who shot him under federal investigation

Monte Rabner wrote that two agencies are “looking into whether to charge [Pittsburgh officer David] Derbish criminally.”

about 14 hours ago

Obituary: Michael Harari / Israeli agent likened to James Bond

He led the hit squad that was sent to avenge the murders of 11 Israeli athletes by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Olympic Games.

about 15 hours ago

Storytelling: Teen’s perception of mom all changed with a pizza

Never underestimate the power of pizza.

about 14 hours ago

1st case of Ebola found in U.S.

First case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States is found in Dallas in man who flew in from Liberia.

about 14 hours ago

Iraqi Kurds win major victory at Syrian border, gain Sunni aid

Iraq’s Kurdish peshmerga forces retake control of the Syria border crossing at Rabia from Islamic State militants.

about 14 hours ago

 A student protester rests next to a defaced cutout of Hong Kong’s chief executive, Leung Chun-ying, at one of their protest sites around the government headquarters Tuesday in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong simmers as its leader celebrates

Hong Kong chief executive refuses to meet pro-democracy protesters as ceremony marking China’s National Day begins.

about 14 hours ago

 Secret Service director Julia Pierson prepares to testify Tuesday to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the White House perimeter breach

Secret Service chief on hot seat for WH breach

Secret Service director admits failures during intense House questioning.

about 14 hours ago

U.S., Afghanistan agree on new deal

New Afghanistan government signs bilateral security agreement with the United States.

about 14 hours ago

 Alton Nolen

Oklahoma man charged with murder in beheading; no extremist links found

An Oklahoma man was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the beheading of a co-worker.

about 14 hours ago

Survivors ran for lives from Japan volcano

Luck and instinct determined fates of hikers caught in Japan’s volcanic eruption.

about 14 hours ago

California becomes 1st state to ban plastic bags

California enacts 1st U.S. statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at supermarkets, groceries, convenience stores and pharmacies.

about 14 hours ago

Small Vermont college invites convicted cop killer to speak

Mumia Abu-Jamal, serving a life term for the killing of a Philadelphia police officer, is set to address 20 graduates at Goddard College.

about 14 hours ago

World briefs: Obama, Modi tout joint efforts

Plus: Ebola outbreaks under control; European Union targets Apple model; Ukraine truce pressured

about 14 hours ago

National briefs: Holder asks tech firms for access

Plus: Teacher faces charges;  U.S. oil heads to S. Korea; Firing for pot  in court; Calif. over fire budget; Disabled vet memorial to open.

about 14 hours ago

 Mary Marazita,  associate dean of research at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, with one pod of a 3-D camera system used to record images of human faces.

Researchers find health risks lie hidden in the cleft palate gene

The Pitt School of Dental Medicine lands an $11.8 million NIH grant to continue research on the genetics of cleft lips and palates.

1 day ago

Traffic restrictions scheduled today and Wednesday in Moon, Robinson

Alternating one-way traffic will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days on Beaver Grade Road.

1 day ago

Afghanistan, U.S. sign security pact allowing 9,800 U.S. troops to remain in country

Hamid Karzai, the outgoing president, had refused to approve the deal, which is intended to help Afghan security forces combat the Taliban.

1 day ago

 The Lund family, from left, Don, Brian (in front), Nikki, Catie, Donna and Donny, is the focus of the documentary, "The Family Next Door," which explores the challenges, grace and determination of living with Brian's and Donny's autism.

Pittsburgh-area family shares autism story in film

“The Family Next Door” is a new documentary that highlights the challenges and triumphs of an Upper St. Clair family dealing with autism.

1 day ago

Economist: Public benefits aid startups for immigrants

Children’s health insurance gave immigrants the confidence to start businesses and succeed, Harvard researcher says.

1 day ago

Safety concerns lead to overnight Parkway West closures during construction near Carnegie

PennDOT has been using lane closures during the $72.8 million reconstruction project, but it said there have been too many close calls.

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 State police show a pipe bomb they found Tuesday in woods in eastern Pennsylvania during their manhunt for shooting suspect Eric Frein, accused of killing a trooper last month. The bombs were not deployed, but they were fully functional and had both trip wires and fuses, Lt. Col. George Bivens said

Hunting banned in manhunt search for Pennsylvania shooting suspect

State police urged the suspect, Eric Frein, to surrender: “You are clearly stressed. You are making significant mistakes.”

about 1 hour ago

 Gov. Tom Corbett announces the start of a $28.5 million repair project on the Birmingham Bridge on Tuesday.

In visit to Pittsburgh bridge, Corbett touts transportation improvements

The governor said the 250 projects underway by the end of 2014 would not have been possible without the transportation bill of last year.

about 15 hours ago

Part of Pitcairn Road in Monroeville to reopen after slide repair

The section between Monroeville and Stroeschein roads has been closed since May because of a landslide.

1 day ago

 The district attorney wants the state Supreme Court to delay former Justice Joan Orie Melvin’s entire campaign corruption sentence — not just the requirement that she apologize to every judge in the state — while she appeals her conviction and sentence.

DA offers sharp reply to bid by Orie Melvin for reduced sentence

Orie Melvin was convicted in 2013 for using her staff and the staff of her sister, ex-state Sen. Jane Orie, to run her election campaigns.

about 15 hours ago

Allegheny County schools make national Blue Ribbon list

Elementary schools in Pine-Richland and West Allegheny are among the 337 schools honored.

about 21 hours ago

Two charged in Pennsylvania Turnpike scandal allowed to complete diversion program

Dennis Miller and Jeffrey Suzenski will have charges against them dropped, if they successfully complete a two-year diversion program, a

about 22 hours ago

 State police ride on an armored vehicles patrol Bear Town Road in Barrett, Monroe County, in eastern Pennsylvania  Monday as the search for suspect Eric Frein continues since the fatal shooting of a state trooper Sept 12.

Survival expert: Frein's challenge is to survive and evade

The search areas through the dense woods appear to have shifted daily as the manhunt wears on.

1 day ago

Pittsburgh panel submits recommendations for expanding early childhood education

The panel convened by Mayor Bill Peduto is submitting ideas to the state in an effort to get part of $250 million in federal funds.

about 15 hours ago

 Nick Trombetta, founder of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, was unsuccessful in blocking the public from a hearing today on his motion to dismiss charges that he siphoned some $1 million from the Midland-based school through a collection of corporate entities he controlled.

Judge: Hearing to remain open for cyber-charter school founder

Nick Trombetta is charged with siphoning $1 million from the Midland-based school through a collection of corporate entities he controlled.

1 day ago

Somerset County man arrested after loaded gun found at Baltimore-Wash. airport

The federal Transportation Security Administration says its officers found the .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun in a carry-on Monday.

1 day ago

 Uniformed Secret Service officers walk along the fence on the north side of the White House last week. The Secret Service has boosted security outside the White House following a security breach in which an intruder with a knife scaled the White House fence, dashed across the lawn and made it all the way inside before agents managed to stop him.

Secret Service director takes onus for White House security breach

Lawmakers will question the Secret Service director following revelations a White House intruder got further inside than previously thought.

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 A customer checks out his iPhone 6 Plus Sept. 19 outside an Apple store in Pasadena, Calif.

Apple aims to provide medical history in the palm of your hand

From counting calories to monitoring blood pressure, your medical history can be as close as your cell phone.

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 In the Pittsburgh region, this year’s open enrollment is anything but typical.

Employers face unusual market for health insurance; open enrollment period to begin

The Affordable Care Act and the Highmark-UPMC breakup mean the normal open-enrollment period dynamics have been turned on their heads.

1 day ago

 Maddie Manning of the Oakland Transportation Management Association leads Sara Klein, a Pitt senior, and Nicole Barnett of the Allegheny County Health Department across Forbes Avenue in Oakland during a pedestrian safety event Monday.

Oakland college students get lessons on traffic safety

The weeklong program encourages students at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and Carlow University to pay attention.

1 day ago

 Authorities say Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has been arrested on a DUI charge in Maryland.

Olympian Michael Phelps arrested on DUI charge in Baltimore

Maryland Transportation Authority Police said Michael Phelps was going 84 mph in a 45-mph zone.

1 day ago

Obituary: Robert L. Kasperik / Connected with community at family pharmacy in Derry

Robert L. Kasperik followed his father into the family pharmacy business in Derry, but he also made his own mark as a civic leader.

1 day ago

Allegheny Regional Asset District eyes largest-ever budget

The county sales tax fund is 5.2 percent ahead of where it was this time last year, a boost RAD officials have attributed to auto sales.

1 day ago

Two charged in Pa. Turnpike scandal due in court today

Two men charged last year in the Pennsylvania Turnpike “pay-to-play” scandal could have charges against them dropped.

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