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 Search warrants served on the district Tuesday sought student and staff records dating to 2007.

Grand jury hears evidence in Plum High sex inquiry

The grand jury is looking into whether administrators and staff members knew of inappropriate relationships between teachers and students.

about 21 hours ago


 The Federal Railroad Administration has ordered Amtrak to enforce speed limits along the Northeast Corridor after last week’s deadly train derailment in Philadelphia.

Amtrak ordered to enforce speed limits in Northeast

The order requires Amtrak to enforce a 50 mph limit near the Frankford Junction curve, modify signals and enforce speed limits elsewhere.

about 21 hours ago


 Penn State president Eric Barron

Penn State's president puts fraternity life under microscope

PSU president Eric Barron wants the university to raise the stakes for fraternities to model better behavior.

about 21 hours ago


 Nurse Barbara McQuaid, left,  and Jana Medina, both volunteers with the Honor Escorts program, fold up an American flag after a training run through at the Pittsburgh VA Hospital on Friday. The program involves volunteers escorting veterans on an American flag-covered gurney from the room where they die to the facilities' morgue. Volunteers for the program have been training in recent weeks to prepare hospital staff to stand at attention when a deceased patient is escorted through the hallways.

'Honor escort' at Pittsburgh VAs begins new rite when veterans die

A new "Honors Escort" program will include draping an American flag on the gurney carrying a deceased veteran with escorts by its side.

about 7 hours ago


More than 50 sickened in salmonella outbreak in nine states

Ten people have been hospitalized but no deaths have been reported, according to federal health officials.

about 9 hours ago


Militants tighten grip on Palmyra, one of the Mideast's most renowned sites

Islamic State militants who seized the ancient Syrian city made control clear by leaving decapitated bodies of suspected foes in streets.

about 21 hours ago


U.S. to deliver 2,000 anti-tank weapons to Iraq, Pentagon says

The Defense Department said the U.S. is sending the anti-tank rockets as early as next week to counter Islamic State suicide car bombings.

about 21 hours ago


 A family photograph of Charles Johnston with Diana taken on an unknown date. On the back Diana wrote, "I am always thinking of you." He went missing when his B-24 bomber was shot down by the Japanese in New Guinea on April 10, 1944. It would take 70 years for his remains to be found and identified. Johnston was buried in Arlington National Cemetery on Monday, April 2, 2015.

A North Sider's long journey home

Charles Johnston’s plane went missing over New Guinea in 1944. This is how he made his way back home.

about 21 hours ago


Obama defends approach to Islamic State fight but says more is needed

Mr. Obama said the U.S. and its allies aren’t losing against the Islamic State, but more should be done to help Iraq reseize lost territory.

about 21 hours ago


 In this Saturday May 2, 2015 file photo, women and children rescued by Nigeria soldiers from Islamist extremists at Sambisa forest arrive at a camp for the displaced people in Yola, Nigeria. All 275 women, girls and children rescued from Boko Haram and taken to the safety of a northeast Nigerian refugee camp have been taken into military custody amid suspicions that some are aiding the Islamic extremists, a camp official and a Nigerian military intelligence officer said Wednesday May 20, 2015.

Former Boko Haram captives still held by Nigerian military

As young Nigerian women and children are rescued from the clutches of Boko Haram, they face suspicions they may still be in contact.

about 21 hours ago


Complaints shorten Common Core tests

The testing should be shortened by 90 minutes next year.

about 21 hours ago


Chinese warnings to U.S. plane hint of rising stakes over disputed islands

China’s navy has warned a U.S. surveillance plane repeatedly to leave airspace around disputed territory in the South China Sea.

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 Gerald "Jerry" Costanzo has published more than 400 poems, articles and literary essays as well as seven of his own poetry collections.

Newsmaker you should know / CMU professor knew his calling as a child

Gerald “Jerry” Costanzo teaches English at the university and also is founding director of Carnegie Mellon University Press.

about 21 hours ago


Obama names Tunisia major ally to fight surrounding chaos

The United States is set to designate Tunisia as a major non-NATO ally and double its military aid.

about 21 hours ago


Suspect at large in slaying of Missouri woman kept in box

The woman was found killed Thursday, as was her teenage son, and her former boyfriend was being sought to face charges.

about 21 hours ago


Europe calls for tougher limits on super greenhouse gases

The European Commission on Thursday urged more drastic curtailment of greenhouse gases to protect the ozone layer and curb global warming.

about 21 hours ago


Boy Scouts' president calls for end to ban on gay leaders

Robert Gates, also a former defense secretary, made the statement at the organization’s annual meeting.

about 21 hours ago


National briefs: Search broadens for suspect in D.C. slayings

Plus: Democratic lawmakers condemn President Obama’s “jailing” of migrant mothers and children; environmentalists rallying after oil spill.

about 21 hours ago


World briefs: Europe's big energy clashes with Kerry on how to fix climate change

Plus: David Cameron pledges to reduce immigration; U.S., Cuba nearing deal to fully restore diplomatic relations and reopen embassies.

about 21 hours ago


Ex-Pittsburgh superintendent Roosevelt named president-elect of St. John's College in N.M.

Earlier this month, Mr. Roosevelt announced that he was leaving the presidency of Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

about 9 hours ago


 Xiaoxing Xi, chairman of Temple University’s physics department.

Temple U. suspends professor accused of selling sensitive information to China

Xi Xiaoxing, 47, a former professor at Penn State, was awarded a Defense Department grant in 2004 to purchase the device for research.

about 12 hours ago


Mt. Lebanon approves teacher contract extension, budget with tax hike

Taxes will increase by 0.40 mills; the contract extension provides for a raise of 3.17 percent per year.

about 21 hours ago


 Fans claim pieces of Forbes Field after the last game there.

Portfolio / Baseball Lore: Nothing topped Forbes Field, especially on last day

June 28, 1970. A daytime doubleheader against the Cubs. We won both. All was right with the world. And then it hit me ...

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 Residents walk past a sign outside a polling station in Bellevue against the legalization of alcohol sales in the borough. Residents voted Tuesday on the ballot question to legalize alcohol.

North election roundup: Bellevue lifts ban on alcohol sales; Save NA Schools group wins seats

Former Mars Area superintendent William Pettigrew also was nominated to a seat on that board. He retired in 2013 after 26 years in the job.

about 21 hours ago


 Barbara Williard, with the Friends of the Scott Township Public Library, takes orders at the Election Day Bake Sale in the hallway outside of the polls in the Scott Municipal Building. It raises money for the Public Library in Scott Township.

West Election roundup: Primary brings about changes

Some new faces will be on the ballot in the West municipal, school board and district judge elections in the fall.

about 21 hours ago


Ambridge High School seniors raise $14,000 for dog park

Lexi Korol and Lexi Palombo, students at Ambridge Area High School, created a dog park in Walter Panek Park for their senior project.

about 21 hours ago


Democrats hope to regain majority on Westmoreland commissioners board

Republican commissioners Charles Anderson and Tyler Courtney will face Democratic Commissioner Ted Kopas and Gina Cerilli in the fall.

about 21 hours ago


 Dolores Manuel, of Fair Oaks, is the theater director and talks to her students at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart as they rehearse for a production on May 14. The school has been invited to perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School students to perform in Scotland at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The theater department of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School recently learned it has been selected to perform for 90 minutes.

about 21 hours ago


Franklin Regional school directors approve budget with tax hike

Franklin Regional taxes will increase to fund a new budget, which will allow physical improvements to be made to schools.

about 21 hours ago


Incumbent Westmoreland County controller, sheriff to be on ballot in fall

In Westmoreland County, county Controller Jeffrey Balzer and Sheriff Jonathan Held won the Republican nominations on Tuesday.

about 21 hours ago


Four to seek three judicial seats in Westmoreland County

The number of candidates for seats on Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court has been whittled down from the nine who ran in the primary.

about 21 hours ago


 Susie, a Jack Russell terrier owned by Constable Richard Earliwine (left), greets Peg Johnston on Tuesday as she arrives to vote at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum in Chartiers, Washington County.

Incumbents top vote-getters in Washington County races

The three county commissioners will appear on the ballot in November along with Republican Mike McCormick.

about 21 hours ago


Proposed Keystone Oaks budget holds line on taxes

Taxes have been steady at 18.63 mills for three years.

about 21 hours ago


Keystone Oaks summer lunch program begins June 15

The program, to be set up at seven sites, could feed up to 500 children this summer.

about 21 hours ago


 Rick Rechenberg

Resume: A newsmaker you should know / Teacher Richard Rechenberg recognized for more than his plaid shirts

Richard Rechenberg, a teacher at Holy Sepulcher Catholic School, has been honored by the Pennsylvania Council on American Private Education.

about 21 hours ago


West school news: Moon Area and West Allegheny

School news from throughout the west communities.

about 21 hours ago


 “I think it’s just another good amenity to add and see what kind of revenue can be derived,” State Rep. Nick Kotik said.

Could slot machines be headed to Pennsylvania's international airports?

State Rep. Nick Kotik, D-Coraopolis, said he intends to introduce a bill that would allow the installation of slot machines.

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 Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, left, isn't up for re-election until 2017. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, right, is running this year unopposed.

Primary results put spotlight on Pittsburgh area’s short political coattails

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto failed to pull their preferred candidates to victory Tuesday.

1 day ago


 FBI Assistant Director in Charge Andrew McCabe, Washington Field Office, listens during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, where it was announced that four big banks will pay $2.5 billion in fines and plead guilty to criminally manipulating global currency market going back to 2007.

Banks fined more than $5 billion, to plead guilty to market rigging

It was a rare instance in which federal prosecutors have wrung an admission of criminal wrongdoing from a major financial institution.

1 day ago


Holiday weekend may start with frost

The National Weather Service forecast calls for a possibility of frost on Friday night and Saturday morning.

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 TOPSHOTS A Syrian army soldier fires artillery shells towards Islamic State group jihadists in northeastern Palmyra on May 17, 2015.

ISIS fighters seize control of Syrian city of Palmyra and ancient ruins

It is a victory that gives them another strategically important prize five days after the group seized the Iraqi city of Ramadi.

1 day ago


Unions: Amtrak engineer had grueling shift before Philadelphia derailment

The train arrived 26 minutes late, leaving  the engineer about an hour to rest and eat before his trip back to New York.

1 day ago


 West Penn Hospital in Bloomfield and many others around the state are operating in the red.

Many Pennsylvania hospitals aren't getting paid for care they provide, report finds

The most notable Pittsburgh-area hospitals with negative operating margins were West Penn in Bloomfield and Forbes in Monroeville.

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 The findings come less than a year after the suicide of Robin Williams, who had battled depression and was in the early stages of Parkinson’s at the time of his death.

Study suggests depression is precursor to Parkinson’s disease

The more severe the depression, as measured by hospitalizations and other treatment, the higher the risk of Parkinson’s, researchers found.

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 The Pennsylvania Turnpike expects 2.2 million vehicles over the four-day holiday period beginning Friday, a significant increase from last year. The heaviest volume is expected on Friday, with 700,000 vehicles.

Memorial Day weekend travel set to fill roads amid less pump pain

Traffic will be up from last year’s total, AAA and the Pennsylvania Turnpike believe, but gasoline prices will be down nearly $1 a gallon.

1 day ago


5 minor injuries reported after Port Authority buses crash in East End

One Port authority bus struck the rear of another about 2:30 p.m. near the intersection of Penn and Negley avenues.

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 Graduate Robert McConnel asks U.S. President Barack Obama to strike a “James Bond” pose Wednesday during the 134th commencement exercises of the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.

Obama recasts climate change as a more ‘immediate risk’

In a commencement address to the Coast Guard Academy, President Obama tied his urging for action on climate change to national security.

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 Under the Port Authority's preliminary budget, the base bus fare would remain at $2.50.

Better fiscal health leads Port Authority to add service

The $397.8 million preliminary budget extends service for the 20 Kennedy, 44 Knoxville, 56 Lincoln Place and 91 Butler Street routes.

about 21 hours ago


 Lianne Danko.

Ringgold High School latest to be rocked by sex scandal

A former guidance counselor from Rostraver has been charged with three counts of institutional sexual assault.

about 20 hours ago


 President Barack Obama waves as he walks across the South Lawn to the White House from Marine One Wednesday as he returns from Connecticut where he delivered the commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and attended a Democratic National Committee event.

U.S. fast-track trade bill clears key hurdle in Senate

The Senate voted 62-38 to limit debate on a bill granting the White House authority to speed trade deals through Congress.

about 21 hours ago



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