“Knee Defender” — a $22 device that can force a seat to remain upright.

Flap over reclining seat on plane raises societal questions

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

about 1 hour ago

 Lyft cars line up in a parking lot at the Waterfront in Homestead to prepare to parade around town in a showing of solidarity.

Cab companies call Lyft 'unfair' competition

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

about 1 hour 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.

about 1 hour 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.

about 2 hours 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.

about 1 hour 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.

about 2 hours ago

Obituary: John Fellows Akers / Oversaw IBM during move to PCs

John Akers was with the company for 33 years, serving for six years as CEO beginning in 1985, which was a difficult and challenging time.

about 2 hours ago

Obituary: Regis J. Zern / Operated tiny news shop in Wilkinsburg

Zern’s News, while tiny, harbored a wide selection of newspapers, magazines and books for sale during a 20-year run in Wilkinsburg.

about 1 hour ago

Random Acts of Kindness: The history and purpose of the column

May 8, 2005, marked the first appearance of a random act of kindness in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

about 1 hour ago

 New students and their families check out one of two newly remodeled Pre-K classrooms at the open house  at J.W. Burkett Elementary School in Robinson.

West back to school roundup

Renovated classrooms, different teachers, upgraded technology and expanded programs greeted West students who returned to classes this week.

about 7 hours ago

 People are seen at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range where instructor Charles Vacca was accidentally killed.

Deadly shooting of instructor by 9-year-old girl stirs debate over children and guns

9-year-old girl couldn’t handle recoil of Uzi submachine gun on full automatic, and she accidentally short the instructor in the head.

about 1 hour ago

Let's Talk About: Space sugar

Outer space is a rather impressive domain if you have a sweet tooth.

about 1 hour ago

Mother of U.S. journalist pleads for jihadis to free him

Steven Sotloff’s mother pleads with Islamic State’s leader to free her son.

about 1 hour ago

Police: "Drug nexus" in abductions of three men, killing of two

A “drug nexus” is at the center of a brutal abduction that left two men dead in the Schuylkill River on Wednesday and a third in critical

about 1 hour ago

Russia opening new, third front in eastern Ukraine war

Tanks and artillery have crossed from Russia into an area where there has not been previous fighting, intending to divert Ukraine forces

about 1 hour ago

Vicious Israel, Hamas war ends with 4 civilian deaths

Cease-fire appears to be holding in peace retreading one in 2012. Last four deaths before the truce reflect the conflict’s indiscriminate

about 1 hour ago

Islamic State builds a shadow government

Islamic State leader has handpicked his middle-aged deputies from among Saddam Hussein's military.

about 1 hour ago

Islamist rebels seize crossing point in Golan Heights, on Israel's border

Al-Qaida-linked Nusra front was among groups in the battle against troops of Syrian President Bashar Assad for the crossing.

about 1 hour ago

National Briefs: Lt. Cushing gets Medal of Honor

PLUS: Brown family donations; Texas dad acquitted in shooting;  Jet crashes in Virginia; ’Cops’ crew member killed.

about 1 hour ago

World Briefs: U.N. finds brutality, depravity on all sides in Syrian carnage

PLUS: Afghan election recount; Ebola outbreak; study abroad programs; IMF chief investigated.

about 1 hour ago

West Jefferson Hills removes D'Alessandro as board's first vice president

Board President Anthony Angotti said Shauna D'Alessandro shared a report from a private session and didn’t share information from a meeting.

about 9 hours ago

Inbound Liberty Tunnel to be closed overnight

The closure will start at 8 p.m. and end by 6 a.m. Thursday, PennDOT said.

about 11 hours ago

 Palestinians gather in the streets of Gaza City on Tuesday to celebrate the long-term truce agreed between Israel and the Palestinians.

Israel and Hamas agree to a cease-fire

The deal brokered by Egypt put both sides back where they were at the end of fighting in 2012.

1 day ago

Pittsburgh ranks among worst for frequency of crashes

An Allstate insurance report shows Pittsburgh was 187th among the 200 largest U.S. cities for safe driving.

1 day ago

10 Russian paratroopers captured in Ukraine

It made for an awkward summit Tuesday evening between the presidents of the two big nations.

1 day ago

U.S. assembling coalition of allies to take on Islamic State

President Barack Obama is nearing a decision to OK expanding airstrikes and airdrops to free up and aid a besieged northern Iraq town.

1 day ago

 One of the hives atop the Duquesne Club, Downtown.

Will Pittsburgh’s Duquesne Club get stung on beehives?

Officials say the club hasn’t gotten the zoning variance and permit it needs to keep the four beehives on its roof.

1 day ago

 A rendering of the bike lane on Penn Avenue in the Cultural District, Downtown.

Pittsburgh to start work on bike-only lanes next week

The city expects to have the lanes open for a national convention of bicycling and pedestrian advocates starting on Sept. 8.

1 day ago

 Pittsburgh rocker Joe Grushecky

Raves: Grushecky’s music can offer inspiration not to ever give up

Joe Gru­shecky’s voice is, and al­ways has been, a voice to be reck­oned with!

1 day ago

State determines wastewater from gas drilling contaminated drinking water in Westmoreland County

Department of Environmental Protection says tests found drinking water was contaminated by an impoundment near Stahlstown.

1 day ago

Education circuit riders coming to Pennsylvania

Eleven educators will meet with officials to discuss school funding.

1 day ago

Parental approval key toward predicting childhood alcohol sipping, Pitt study finds

The study included 452 Allegheny County children (238 girls and 214 boys) who were either 8 or 10 years old, along with their families.

about 1 hour ago

McKeesport Area teacher fired for having sex in classroom reinstated

Commonwealth Court ruled the district wrongfully terminated Angela DiBattista after promising her immunity to testify about the incident.

about 1 hour ago

Furloughed city schools employees return

By the time the board of Pittsburgh Public Schools voted on nine furloughs, all but one part-time teacher already had been called back.

about 3 hours ago

Inspection to close lanes in Fort Pitt Tunnel Wednesday night

The inspection will close the left lanes in both directions from 10 tonight until 5 a.m. Thursday.

1 day ago

 Sam Mullet.

U.S. appeals court in Ohio overturns hate crime convictions of 16 Amish

Prosecutors had contended the crimes were motivated by religious disputes between Samuel Mullet Sr. and other Amish religious leaders.

about 1 hour ago

Pittsburgh to get lowest interest rate ever for bonds, director says

City’s $50.4 million bond sale will finance infrastructure work, such as roads and bridges.

1 day ago

 A Time Warner Cable truck parked in New York.

Time Warner Cable suffers outages nationwide

The outage sparked widespread complaints on social networks.

about 15 hours ago

 Victoria Minella

Obituary: Victoria Minella / Chef at Bridgeville family restaurant

To many growing up in the coal mining communities around Bridgeville, Victoria Minella’s restaurant was their home away from home.

1 day ago

Study seeks to determine if there is a link between fracking, birth defects

Preliminary research has found that fracking has potential health risks for babies born near wells.

1 day ago

 Burning Man participants bike on Monday during the annual Burning Man festival in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev. Rare rain showers forced crowds to leave the area due to muddy conditions and resume the festival at a local Wal-Mart on Tuesday.

Bizarre and remote Burning Man fest starts by getting soaked

The annual weeklong free-expression rave in the Nevada desert soggily shifted to the parking lot of a Reno Wal-Mart.

1 day ago

 Roger Stone, leader of Rotherham Council, in 2009. He has stepped down after accepting responsibility on behalf of the council for failings detailed in a report which found around 1,400 children were sexually exploited in the town over a 16-year period.

1,400 children sexually exploited in northern English city

It was a damning account of “collective failures” by Rother­ham authorities to prevent victims as young as 11 from being beaten and raped.

1 day ago

 Supporters and plaintiffs of gay marriage greet each other after attending a hearing before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on the challenges to Indiana and Wisconsin's gay marriage ban Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Chicago. Federal appeals judges bristled Tuesday at arguments defending gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee comparing them to now-defunct laws that once outlawed weddings between blacks and whites. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Ind., Wis. gay marriage bans face blistering appeal judge queries

One Republican-appointed judge compared same-sex marriage ban to once-outlawed weddings between blacks and whites.

1 day ago

Obama administration seeks climate change pact, but without Congress' OK

The agreement would be a sweeping accord to “name and shame” nations into cutting their planet-warming fossil-fuel emissions.

1 day ago

Section of Chartiers Avenue to close today

Emergency storm drainage work is needed.

about 18 hours ago

Obama pledges to American Legion he'll overhaul veterans' health system

A new re­port doc­u­mented “un­ac­cept­able and trou­bling lapses” in med­i­cal treat­ment.

1 day ago

Lane closures possible on Route 51 southbound

The work will occur from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

1 day ago

U.S. confirms death of American fighting for Islamic State

Douglas McCain moved back and forth from Minneapolis to San Diego and then abroad, where records of his movements ran cold.

1 day ago

Section of Commercial Street to close today through Friday

The closure will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the next three days.

about 17 hours ago

 Gomolemo Motswaledi, opposition leader of the Umbrela for Democratic Change party, died in a road accident on July 30.

Suspicions emerge in Motswaledi death

The opposition leader’s death has highlighted tensions in Botswana.

1 day ago


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