Mentors and students link arms as they recite their Manhood Statement at the beginning of the We Promise Scholars gathering Wednesday at Duquesne University.

Effort aims to help black male students qualify for Pittsburgh Promise

The We Promise program encourages students to improve their grades so they can qualify for scholarships, worth up to $40,000.

about 18 hours ago

Union files petition seeking NLRB election for adjunct faculty at Robert Morris University

The Adjunct Faculty Association says course-load limitations placed on adjuncts mean that their maximum yearly campus income is $12,600.

about 4 hours ago

 Today, Pittsburgh has 142 daily flights to 36 nonstop markets, down from 633 flights to 114 destinations in the hub’s heyday.

New Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO sees 'more opportunity' in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh may not be a hub again, but it can attract more traffic and could support more nonstop flights, according to Christina Cassotis.

about 9 hours ago

Bomb blast at Shiite Muslim mosque in Pakistan kills 56

Officials said the explosion in the southern city of Shikarpur went off as worshippers were gathering for midday prayers today.

about 11 hours ago

School districts announce closings, two-hour delays in Pittsburgh area

Current temperatures in the 20s are expected to fall to around 15 degrees through the day, according to the National Weather Service.

about 12 hours ago

 NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks takes place Sunday at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

Arizona tries to contain measles outbreak before Super Bowl

“Measles is wildly infectious, which is why it is so important that we identify cases quickly,” said health official Bob England of Arizona.

about 10 hours ago

 John McCain, R-Ariz., had proposed an amendment to the Senate’s version of the Keystone XL authorization bill.

McCain's quest to change maritime law could impact Pennsylvania shipping industry

U.S. Sen. John McCain is advocating for changes to the 95-year-old Merchant Marine Act, calling it “an archaic law.”

about 18 hours ago

Liquor Control Board joins Gov. Wolf in banning gifts to employees

The board's move was voluntary; the PLCB is an independent administrative board not technically under the governor’s jurisdiction.

about 2 hours ago

 Vice President Joe Biden speaks to members of the House Democratic Caucus in Philadelphia today.

In Philadelphia, Biden urges Dems to take credit for stimulus, U.S. recovery

“This is our story, the Democratic Party's story,” Mr. Biden said at a Democratic policy retreat.

about 4 hours ago

 Rob McCord

Former Pa. Treasurer McCord to plead guilty to federal charges

A statement from his attorney said Mr. McCord will plead guilty to federal charges related to “taking advantage” of potential contributors.

about 1 hour ago

 Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at Mississippi State University Wednesday. Mr. Romney has discovered that many past major fundraisers and donors in key states have defected to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Romney says he will not run for president in 2016

Romney jumped back into the presidential discussion on Jan. 10, when he told a group of former donors he was eyeing another White House run.

about 3 hours ago

 Law enforcement officers salute as the honor guard arrives for the funeral of Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson on Sept. 18.

Lawmaker proposes naming I-84 exit after slain state trooper

Cpl. Bryon Dickson was shot to death in September at a state police barracks about a mile away from Exit 30.

about 3 hours ago

 Snow laden trees in Downtown Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Winter storm watch issued for Pittsburgh region this weekend

The National Weather Service is forecasting up to 6 inches of snow for Allegheny and surrounding counties.

about 5 hours ago

Obama budget proposal raises discretionary spending above caps

The plan is just the opening salvo in a battle that has become a symbol of congressional dysfunction.

about 18 hours ago

Families plead for lives of Islamic State hostages as swap hopes fade

The extremists had demanded that Jordan release a female al-Qaida prisoner from death row.

about 19 hours ago

EU moves toward tougher Russian penalties over Ukraine conflict

Negotiations involving Ukraine, Russia, rebel representatives and European officials are planned today in Minsk, Belarus.

about 18 hours ago

Senate passes Keystone XL in challenge to Obama

The five-year fight over the oil pipeline has become a proxy for far broader fights over climate change, energy and the economy.

about 19 hours ago

Killings of Iraqi Sunnis blamed on Shiite militias

Security officials in Diyala province had denied that the killings were sectarian executions committed by pro-government Shiites.

about 19 hours ago

Hezbollah ready to put clash with Israel behind, U.N. says

Israel’s defense minister declined to comment on whether Israel would retaliate further for the killing of its troops.

about 18 hours ago

Tech advances lower chance that driver will die in car crash

Nine car models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

about 18 hours ago

Obituary: John Hobart Miller Jr. / Custom home developer who rode suburban wave

The developer of homes for the affluent, known as the man who built Pittsburgh’s suburbs, came from humble roots.—

about 18 hours ago

 Audrey Roth as Miss Paulificate on "Mister Rogers Neighborhood."

Storytelling: Neighborly character made new city feel like home

A staple from “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” leaves an impression.

about 18 hours ago

 Rod McKuen

Obituary: Rod McKuen / Critical acclaim eluded prolific poet and lyricist

His work was prized by readers for its gentle accessibility while being condemned by many critics as facile, tepid and aphoristic.

about 18 hours ago

Obituary: Charles H. Townes / Physicist helped develop the laser

Mr. Townes’ invention transformed  modern communications, medicine, astronomy, weapons systems and daily life in homes and workplaces.

about 18 hours ago

 Pediatrician Charles Goodman, left, explains to Frank Fierro, the father of 1-year-old Cameron Fierro, the need of getting the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, or MMR vaccine, at his practice in Northridge, Calif., on Thursday.

Some doctors won't see patients with anti-vaccine views

The tough-love approach raises questions about doctors’ ethical responsibilities.

about 9 hours ago

National briefs: AG nominee advances in Senate

Plus: Dartmouth liquor ban; Iran sanctions bill; Boy Scouts settle lawsuit; Denver police shooting; another Republican presidential hopeful.

about 18 hours ago

World briefs: Gunman storms Dutch broadcaster

Plus: Bombings in Sinai kill 26; U.K. summons envoy; 3 Americans slain in Kabul; Malaysian airliner; AirAsia crash.

about 18 hours ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf signs an executive order restoring a moratorium on new drilling leases involving public lands, Thursday, January 29, 2015, at the Benjamin Rush State Park in Philadelphia.

Gov. Wolf bans new leases for drilling on state lands

Gov. Tom Wolf officially ending plans by the Legislature to raise dollars for the budget this fiscal year through new drilling deals.

about 18 hours ago

2015 Carnegie Science Awards announced

Carnegie Science Center announces winners of awards recognizing achievements in science, technology and education in the Pittsburgh region.

about 6 hours ago

 Parents pick up their children from the Propel School in Braddock Hills after someone called the school with a threat.

Propel school closed for the week after threat

Braddock Hills Propel High School, where two guns were found Monday, will reopen next week after employees received a “call of concern.”

about 18 hours ago

 Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord.

Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord resigns amid possible federal inquiry

Federal investigators have been asking questions about Mr. McCord’s campaign fundraising.

about 18 hours ago

 Last year’s medical marijuana bill, SB 1182, passed the Senate, 43-7, in September but did not move to the House.

Supporters promise 'comprehensive, strictly regulated' medical marijuana bill in Pennsylvania

With a change in state leadership roles and attitudes, medical marijuana in Pennsylvania may become a reality this year.

1 day ago

 Cam Howard takes a picture with Babe, the Butler BlueSox baseball team’s mascot.

Fighting rare disease, Hampton second-grader finds acceptance

Cam Howard, 8, has progeria, a rare condition in which children age at a rate much faster than normal.

1 day ago

Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf to post his working calendar online

The governor is posting it online as part of his efforts to provide transparency in state government.

1 day ago

 Six members of the "Friendship 9" are shown in 1961, two days after their release from jail. In front, from left, are James Wells, Willie McCleod and Thomas Gaither. In back, from left, are Clarence Graham, Willie D. Massey and David Williamson.

Pittsburgh-area man among 'Friendship 9' activists whose convictions erased in '61 sit-in

Retired professor Thomas Gaither, of Butler County, was arrested for trying to integrate a whites-only lunch counter in Rock Hill, S.C.

1 day ago

 Loretta Lynch

Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch holds her own at Senate hearing

Now serving as a U.S. attorney in New York, she pledged to retain her independence and restore some frayed relations on Capitol Hill.

1 day ago

U.S. Supreme Court delays executions of 3 on Oklahoma’s death row

The executions were stayed amid a challenge over the sedative used in the state’s lethal injection drug protocol.

1 day ago

 President Barack Obama making opening remarks at the House Democratic Issues Conference in Philadelphia.

Obama rouses House Democrats in speech

Obama laid out his opening offer to Congress during remarks in Philadelphia, where House Democrats were gathered for their annual retreat.

about 18 hours ago

 Eric Frein is accused of killing a state police trooper and seriously injuring another Sept. 12.

Frein pleads not guilty in shooting death of Pennsylvania state trooper

The self-styled survivalist who eluded capture for weeks is charged with killing one state trooper and wounding another.

about 18 hours ago

Judge dismisses state suit against NCAA after settlement of Penn State scandal issues

A judge dismissed the suit after the NCAA restored 112 Penn State football wins and agreed to spend a $60 million fine in the state.

1 day ago

 The Kovalchick Complex at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania's tuition plan will hit students in the wallet

One student who is taking 16 credits expects to see her tuition rise by $1,628 a year to $8,448, an increase of about 24 percent.

1 day ago

Random Acts of Kindness: Woman gave up cell phone to a man in need at airport

Plus: Many offered help to couple on a cold day; Christmas miracle came through gift cards’ return.

1 day ago

 Eric Barron answers questions after a news conference on the announcement of his approval as the new president of Penn State University.

Penn State president: Freeh acted like prosecutor in review

Eric Barron said the report by Louis Freeh created an “absurd,” “unwarranted” picture of students, faculty and others at Penn State.

1 day ago

People trust science but disagree with scientists, Pew says

A new survey shows scientists and the public are divided over climate change, using animals in research and genetically modified foods

about 18 hours ago

 Police have at least one person in custody and a firearm has been recovered at the Propel School in the Braddock Hills Shopping Center.

Wilkinsburg, Propel schools develop security plans

School officials and police are mapping out long-term security plans for area schools after two recent incidents on or near school campuses.

1 day ago

 Uber and its rival ride-share company Lyft moved into the Pittsburgh area last year.

PUC finalizes Uber's two-year experimental license

PUC’s chairman says the long process to reach the agreement illustrated the need for regulatory reforms at the legislative level.

about 18 hours ago

Tractor-trailer crash shuts down lane on Route 22 in Westmoreland

A coal truck collided with a tractor-trailer hauling beer shortly after 4 a.m., according to Westmoreland County emergency officials.

1 day ago

Wolf eyes 2 temporary picks for state high court

The seven-seat Pennsylvania Supreme Court has two vacancies, with a third seat coming open at the end of the year.

1 day ago

Suits take aim at factory farm air pollution

Federal lawsuits aim to get the EPA to control noxious chemicals and odors produced by factory farms.

1 day ago

 The Old Main building on the campus of Penn State University.

Penn State panel recommends school revamp how sexual misconduct cases handled

The university’s Task Force on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment made its report public today.

1 day ago


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