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Retroactive Duquesne degree stirs controversy at Tennessee community college

Departing president’s top assistant had been hired without required credentials.

about 3 hours ago


 Juliann Maier, 46, of Ross, faces trial in Common Pleas Court on multiple charges including reckless endangerment and reckless driving.

Authority fires bus drivers over crash

Port Authority has fired two bus drivers who face criminal charges in connection with a Sept. 22 crash on the Parkway North.

about 3 hours ago


County schools show little change in test scores

The release of test scores for 2013-14 show that scores among the schools for the most part hovered close to where they were a year ago.

about 3 hours ago


 Penguins winger Beau Bennett started showing symptoms two days after he visited Children's Hospital.

Children’s Hospital examining policies on infections

The Pittsburgh Penguins had some concerns about mumps after playing teams with stricken players but visited the hospital anyway.

about 2 hours ago


State review of emails finds no additional improprieties

Other than pornographic emails, a state Supreme Court review found no improper email between the court and Attorney General’s office.

about 3 hours ago


Portfolio: Holiday donation has a nice ring to it

A ring in a Salvation Army kettle goes a long way.

about 3 hours ago


Wolf team announces inaugural festivity plans

Tom Wolf will be sworn as the state’s 47th governor on Jan. 20.

about 3 hours ago


 President Barack Obama speaks at his end-of-the-year news conference in Washington, D.C.

Obama pans Sony on 'The Interview'

The president spoke at his end-of-the-year press conference.

about 3 hours ago


Sony defends shelving of 'The Interview' after Obama criticism

Sony Pictures Entertainment’s chief executive on Friday rebuked the president’s comment that the company made a “mistake.”

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Obama says Cuba deal will eventually help ‘hermetically sealed’ island

President Barack Obama predicted Friday that change will come to Cuba with a thaw in diplomatic relations between the two nations.

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Obama downplays Keystone XL pipeline’s impact

President Barack Obama on Friday cast the Keystone pipeline project as important to Canadian oil producers.

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Pakistan executes militants and bombards tribal areas

Pakistan on Friday executed two convicted terrorists in response to school massacre, its first executions in years.

about 3 hours ago


Panel to advise against penalty for CIA’s computer search

An inquiry into the CIA’s search of a Senate investigative panel’s computers will yield no disciplinary action.

about 3 hours ago


Nation briefs: FBI chides own practices

PLUS: Listeria infections; Oversight for Metlife.

about 3 hours ago


World briefs: Turkey issues warrant for Pa. cleric

PLUS: Mother arrested in killings; Israel hits Gaza; Israeli spy arrested; Iran honors Jews; Putin critic charged.

about 3 hours ago


 Pennsylvania's  Ethics Commission has too few powers to properly monitor legislators' conflicts of interest.

Who polices legislative ethics in Pennsylvania?

The Ethics Commission is in charge of oversight, but it’s largely toothless. Are there solutions to prevent conflicts of interest?

about 22 hours ago


Wolf announces inauguration plans

The program includes open house at the governor’s mansion, a children’s program and an evening “Let’s Get Started” celebration.

about 9 hours ago


 “There’s pent-up demand to go there,” Paul Busang, president of Gulliver's Travels, said of Cuba.

Cuba watchers in Pittsburgh cheer opening of trade relations, easing of travel restrictions

The easing of some restrictions will be “one of the best things to ever happen in the travel industry,” says one travel agent.

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 Lyft cars line up in a parking lot at the Waterfront in Homestead.

Is Lyft too friendly to battle Uber?

Lyft wants its drivers to be quirky and personable, leaving plenty of room for creativity.

about 3 hours ago


Pa. Supreme Court lawyer: No new improprieties in email trove

Seamus McCaffery resigned his high court seat following the disclosure that he sent emails containing pornography to the AG’s office.

about 13 hours ago


 Jerry Sandusky was convicted by a jury of sexual abuse of 10 boys and sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison.

AP: Jerry Sandusky won't get his pension back

Sandusky’s attorney Chuck Benjamin said today that the State Employees’ Retirement System issued a 122-page opinion with the decision.

about 13 hours ago


Winter weather advisory posted for Allegheny County

The advisory was in effect until 9 a.m. with a possible accumulation of ice from freezing drizzle and a trace of snow.

about 21 hours ago


 Jerry Sandusky is escorted from the Centre County Courthouse after his sentencing on child sex abuse in October 2012.

Judge delays January trial on Penn State sanctions

The judge says she needs more time to resolve disagreements about which documents the NCAA must produce.

about 17 hours ago


Sandusky loses legal battle to restore state pension

The former Penn State assistant football coach, convicted of multiple sex offenses, was trying to win back a $4,900-a-month state pension.

about 3 hours ago


Pennsylvania unemployment rate falls to 5.1 percent

The state’s November unemployment rate was the lowest it has been in more than six years.

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 The FBI said in a statement it has enough evidence to conclude that North Korea was behind the punishing breach, which resulted in the disclosure of tens of thousands of leaked Sony emails and other materials.

FBI declares North Korea responsible for Sony hack

The FBI said it has enough evidence to conclude that North Korea was behind the punishing breach of the Hollywood studio.

about 14 hours ago


 Cheswick vendor Denise Gasper of Uncommon Recyclables sells unique, unisex belts made from recycled materials.

Shop Holiday: Fair-trade, eco-friendly and organic gifts

A belt made from recycled materials or a reusable lunch bag are a couple of suggestions.

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 U.S. President Barack Obama announces a shift in policy toward Cuba while delivering an address to the nation.

Obama intends to lift several restrictions against Cuba on his own

President Barack will act as soon as next month to lift curbs on travel, commerce and financial activities with Cuba, despite congressional

1 day ago


Philadelphia-area couple charged in boy's death waives hearing

Jillian Tait and Gary Lee Fellenbaum III are accused of shopping, napping and eating pizza as the boy lay dying in their mobile home.

about 17 hours ago


Sony hacking 'merits an appropriate response,' White House says

The White House calls the Sony movie studios hacking “a serious national security matter.”

1 day ago


Putin cites ‘external factors’ for Russia’s economic woes, tries to reassure public

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday faulted the global oil price drop and Western sanctions.

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Report on White House security: Need higher fence, new leadership

Homeland Security panel decries Secret Service “starved for leadership.’’

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Pakistan grants bail to key suspect in 2008 Mumbai attacks

A court in Pakistan on Thursday authorized the release on $5,000 bail of the militant who coordinated the 2008 terror attacks.

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Obama goes from midterm drubbing to checking off bucket list

Mr. Obama’s recent spree of actions shows he’s using his executive powers “to the hilt” to create a new paradigm.

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Holiday Herald: The bike that rode from Christmas miracle to family infamy

As a child in the 1950s, my brief possession of a 26-inch cobalt blue Schwinn Phantom was a signal event.

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Missouri sues 13 St. Louis suburbs over ‘predatory’ traffic fines

The state attorney general in Missouri has sued 13 St. Louis suburbs, saying they ignored a law limiting revenues derived from traffic

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Obituary: William J. 'Bill' Walter / Westinghouse Electric Corp. executive

William J. Walter overcame a stutter, became a Westinghouse Electric Corp. executive and headed the Service Core of Retired Executives.

1 day ago


 Philip J. Kendall

Former Philadelphia publishing exec killed in Florida accident

Authorities said Philip J. Kendall, 85, former president of Packard Press, and Francine Freedman, 80, had moved to Florida this week.

about 16 hours ago


Icy roads blamed for death of truck driver in Interstate 79 crash

Police said Robert Chafin, 51, of Weirton, died when his tractor trailer rolled over about 11 p.m. Thursday as he was heading north on I-79.

about 20 hours ago


 Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps walks into a courthouse for a trial on drunken driving and other charges on Friday in Baltimore. Documents show that the 29-year-old was leaving Baltimore's Horseshoe Casino Sept. 30 when he was pulled over for speeding and crossing the centerline on a highway.

Gold medalist Michael Phelps pleads guilty to DUI

Phelps, 29, was sentenced to a year in prison, but the prison sentence is suspended. He must be on probation for a year and a half.

about 13 hours ago


National briefs: Boston Marathon bombing case court date

Plus: Feds sue over inmates; ex-governor loses appeal; Obama pardons 12; illness outbreak response; car plows into crowd; high power bills?

1 day ago


World briefs: Kurds retake territory from Islamic State

Plus: Ex-Blackwater chief hired; drug suspect sent to U.S.; doctor dies of Ebola; no fries with that?

1 day ago


Contractor dies after fall from roof in Hazelwood

He was identified by the county medical examiner's office as Joseph McCutcheon Jr., 57, of Greensburg.

about 10 hours ago


 Even before factoring in outside income, lawmakers in Pennsylvania make more than the state’s median household income of $52,007.

Does the Pennsylvania Legislature have a conflict of interest problem?

A state legislator sits on a committee and votes on bills that could affect his outside financial interests. Is this OK?

1 day ago


Ten indicted in connection with Akron dog-fighting ring

Investigators discovered firearms, narcotics and more than $52,000 in cash.

1 day ago


Pennsylvania auditor general weighs in on charitable property tax exemptions debate

Eugene DePasquale put out a report highlighting the $1.5 billion in property taxes charitable organizations don’t pay in 10 counties.

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Pennsylvania lawmakers to face bill banning gift-taking

Lancaster County lawmaker says he’ll introduce bill that would ban nearly all gift to public officials and employees in the state.

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 A car sporting the Lyft mustache drives down a Downtown street in Pittsburgh last summer.

PUC grants ride-share company Lyft experimental license

The terms of the agreement contain specific conditions Lyft must adhere to before the permission takes effect.

1 day ago


 A public health nurse demonstrates drawing flu vaccine from a bottle.

High-dose flu vaccine found more effective for elderly

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine study finds that the frail elderly benefit from the high-dose flu vaccine.

2 days ago


 Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in April 2013.

Lawyer for Boston bombing suspect plans to seek trial delay

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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