President Barack Obama shakes hands Wednesday with Ebola survivor Kent Brantly during an event with American health care workers in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

Obama warns against strict Ebola quarantines

America’s response to Ebola must be based in fact and science, President Barack Obama said Wednesday.

about 8 hours ago

 A shot from the Hill District overlooks the Children's Hospital in Lawrenceville. Unlike many other sectors, job cuts at Western Pennsylvania hospitals have continued since the 2008 recession, with regional hospitals collectively reporting a sixfold increase in reductions last fiscal year.

Hospital job cuts continue in Pittsburgh region

Western Pennsylvania hospitals, like most employers, shed jobs in the wake of the 2008 recession, but job losses have continued.

about 8 hours ago

Contractor in rocket explosion had earlier issues with engines

The explosion Tuesday evening marked the first time that a resupply mission contracted by NASA to a private company has failed.

about 8 hours ago

Fed ends bond-buying program — a remedy for Great Recession

The Fed has ended its “QE3” bond purchases but decides to maintain low short-term interest rates to keep spurring jobs market.

about 8 hours ago

Section of Boyce Road in South Fayette to remain closed into December

Pennsylvania American Water will replace a 36-inch water main that ruptured three times this week on Boyce.

18 minutes ago

 Seamus McCaffery

McCaffery's resignation from Pennsylvania Supreme Court reduces risk to his pension

In stepping down from the state Supreme Court this week, former Justice Seamus McCaffery reduced most risk to his sizable state pension.

about 8 hours ago

 The ramp from northbound Interstate 579 and the Veterans Bridge to Route 28 will close shortly after 10:30 a.m. today and stay closed around the clock until late November.

Interstate 579, Veterans Bridge ramp to Route 28 closing through November

The ramp closure is the final big hurdle for drivers who have faced more than four years of restrictions and detours.

about 8 hours ago

Chancellor, presidents receive raises from State System of Higher Education

Among the 14 presidents, the largest boost was a 13.2 percent, or $29,078, increase awarded to Bloomsburg University president David Soltz.

about 8 hours ago

Woodland Hills school board shows divisions about consolidation plan

Several board members expressed concerns over the lack of specifics outlined to board members about the plan.

about 8 hours ago

Random Acts of Kindness: Helper in parking lot donated for homeless

Also: Her angel put purse back into her hands; assisting needy couple meant more than lunch; return of MAC card made for a good day.

about 8 hours ago

 A convoy of peshmerga vehicles is escorted Wednesday by Turkish Kurds in the town of Kiziltepe on their way to the Turkey-Syria border. Iraqi peshmerga fighters arrived in southeastern Turkey en route to the Syrian town of Kobani to try to help fellow Kurds break a siege by the Islamic State.

Peshmergas cheered by fellow Kurds in Turkey

The militiamen made their way toward the Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobani to try to break a siege there by Islamic State militants.

about 8 hours ago

 Guy Scott

Zambian becomes first white African leader in 20 years

Guy Scott takes over for President Michael Sata, who died in a London hospital at age 77.

about 8 hours ago

Democrat playing the race card in Senate campaigns in South

The images and words they are using are striking for how overtly they play on fears of intimidation and repression.

about 8 hours ago

Gas deal still eludes Ukraine and Russia at EU talks Ukraine, Russia try to strike a deal over gas

Officials cancelled an evening news conference at which they had hoped to announce a deal after months of negotiation.

about 8 hours ago

Hundreds feared dead in mudslide in Sri Lanka

A mudslide triggered by monsoon rains buried scores of workers' houses Wednesday at a tea plantation in central Sri Lanka.

about 8 hours ago

Egyptian forces demolish homes for buffer zone along Gaza border

The evacuations of hundreds of houses started Tuesday, part of a sweeping security response by Egypt's government.

about 8 hours ago

Capital mourns Bradlee, and the passing of an era

The legendary editor who helped force out President Richard Nixon and transform U.S. journalism, Mr. Bradlee had passed into icon status.

about 8 hours ago

Police say man decapitates mother, kills himself

Neighbors initially took the woman’s killing as a macabre Halloween prank.

about 8 hours ago

World Briefs: U.N. forces free hostages in Africa

PLUS: French soldier killed; Hong Kong lawmaker; celebrations canceled; oil spill near Stockholm.

about 8 hours ago

National Briefs: Cheyney alums sue for funding

PLUS: Obamacare repeal bid; Georgia lawmaker probed; Cuban migrants rescued.

about 8 hours ago

 A Port Authority bus travels on Forbes Avenue in Oakland in April. Officials said it will take nearly two years and $4 million to complete engineering and environmental reviews for a proposed Bus Rapid Transit system linking Downtown and Oakland.

Oakland-Downtown Pittsburgh transit plan full of promises but short on funding

If all goes ideally, construction could begin in 2017 or 2018, said Port Authority officials.

1 day ago

 Shoshana Roberts, 24, is a CAPA graduate.

Anti-harassment video of Pittsburgh CAPA grad goes viral

The two-minute video, filmed in New York City, was made by the group Hollaback! to raise awareness of street harassment.

about 2 hours ago

Paving to begin this evening on Golden Mile Highway in Monroeville

The work will cause an alternating one-way pattern from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. weeknights through Nov. 6.

1 day ago

 Seamus McCaffery

Quick fix unlikely in bid to fill McCaffery's Pennsylvania Supreme Court seat

Under the state constitution, the governor has authority to nominate someone to fill the seat through next year.

about 22 hours ago

Route 88 traffic restricted today in Castle Shannon

An alternating one-way pattern will be in effect at the Route 88 intersection with Rockwood Avenue and McCully Road.

1 day ago

Obituary: Rochelle Porter / Teen was champion for the underdog

Rochelle Porter, 15, stood up for underdogs and befriended friendless peers.

about 21 hours ago

Student, 15, to face charges for knife incident at Pittsburgh Oliver school

Pittsburgh Public Schools said the 15-year-old girl entered the teachers’ lounge about 9:15 a.m. and grabbed a steak knife.

about 20 hours ago

 In this June 26 photo, Rob King shows off the sensor that attaches to the bottom of a surveillance blimp, a large helium balloon that has cameras attached, at Ohio/Indiana Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center in Clintonville, Ohio. Pennsylvania State Police say they were using the device in the manhunt for Pennsylvania trooper killing suspect Eric Frein.

Unmanned balloon a bust in Pennsylvania manhunt

Trooper Tom Kelly, a state police spokesman, says the agency returned the Mylar balloon to the Ohio Department of Transportation on Tuesday.

about 19 hours ago

Ramp from northbound I-79 to turnpike to close tonight

The ramp will close at 7 p.m. and reopen by 6 a.m. Thursday.

about 23 hours ago

 Nicholas Kristof speaks at the Vital Voices Global Awards ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington on April 2, 2013.

Author, journalist Nicholas Kristof stresses ‘empathy gap’ in appearance at Pitt

The Pulitzer Prize winner was one of several speakers at Tuesday’s Salk Symposium at the University of Pittsburgh.

1 day ago

 Bill Shaffer of Brother's Brother Foundation stacks medical supplies at the warehouse in North Side.

Ebola outbreak fails to generate donations for emergency aid

Relief organizations say donations for Ebola are down because the virus doesn’t spark the same connection as hurricanes or earthquakes.

1 day ago

U.S. rocket explosion probed; space station resupplied

Tuesday’s disaster was the first since NASA turned to private operators to run cargo to the space station.

about 19 hours ago

 Brian Hensel, head football coach at Central Bucks West High School in Bucks County, Pa., hugs his wife, Dana, in Doylestown Tuesday after a Central Bucks School board meeting following the hazing scandal that caused the cancellation of the 2014 football season.

Philadelphia-area school supporters blast cancellation of football season over hazing

Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler said Tuesday he had so far been presented with no evidence of criminal conduct.

about 22 hours ago

FTC sues AT&T over claims in its unlimited data plans

AT&T is sued for millions of dollars by the Federal Trade Commission.

1 day ago

Let's Talk About Birds: Migrating birds

This time of year you can see many birds under the influence of zugunrhue, the restless behavior associated with migration.

1 day ago

Sharon Randall: Even worst Halloweens are worth remembering

Even the worst of Halloweens carries special memories decades later.

1 day ago

Obama rejects quarantine for Ebola medics

President rejects returning medical workers’ quarantine as undermining efforts to fight Ebola in West African zone where outbreak began.

1 day ago

Officials: Secret Service prostitution investigator resigns after own incident

The investigator who led Homeland Security Department internal review of Secret Service prostitution scandal in 2012 has quietly resigned..

1 day ago

Iraqi peshmerga fighters head for Syria

Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga troops heading to Turkey, then Syria to aid fellow Kurds besieged by Islamic State militants in Kobani.

1 day ago

 Patrice Cottrell, of Penn Hills, smokes a cigarette Tuesday along Wood Street in Downtown.

Pa. legislation targets secondhand smoke loopholes

Smoking is banned in most state workplaces, with efforts continuing to block smoking at all drinking establishments, like casinos.

1 day ago

Southern Baptists tell pastors: Hold line on gays

Evangelicals gather in Nashville for three-day conference to bolster those who preach that gay relationships are sinful.

1 day ago

India slides, U.S. gains in gender equality ranking

The World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap Index finds United States in 20th place, Nordic nations at top, and India falling behind.

1 day ago

Traffic restrictions set for Oakland and Bloomfield

Utility work on three state-maintained roads in Oakland and Bloomfield will cause rolling traffic restrictions for the next two nights.

1 day ago

Pope Francis says evolution is real and God is no wizard

Pope Francis says the Catholic Church sees no contradiction between believing in God and in the Big Bang theory and evolution.

1 day ago

Connecticut father sues over school’s Ebola fear of daughter

Stephen Opayemi said he and his 7-year-old daughter returned to the U.S. Oct. 13.

about 20 hours ago

 Kaci Hickox, the nurse who says her quarantine in New Jersey after returning from West Africa was “constitutionally unjust,” says she will take her fight to court if restrictions aren’t lifted by the state of Maine, where she is now staying.

Maine nurse fights Ebola quarantine

The saga of nurse Kaci Hickox illustrates how U.S. states are struggling to protect against the virus.

about 9 hours ago

Other schools investigating hazing incidents

The Philadelphia-area Cheltenham School District said members of the boys’ soccer team dangled players from their underwear.

about 22 hours ago

World Briefs: Kim reported to have had ankle surgery

Plus: Japan to restart reactors; S. Korean spy service; Yasukuni Shrine; Russia’s cyberwars;

1 day ago

National Briefs: 3rd conviction in Boston bombing case

Plus: NYC correction officials; Courthouse shooting; Gregory to join Couric; African lions threatened

1 day ago

 Despite the fact Australia is headed into summer, Jonathan Northall remains devoted to his favorite ice hockey team.

New Penguins fan club rises in Australia

A diehard supporter moved from Great Britain, and now tries to find more team followers in his new country.

1 day ago


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