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 The Port Authority of Allegheny County has drafted new guidelines to determine where to shift service needs.

Port Authority unveils guidelines for service improvements, additions

The guidelines call for an annual service report that evaluates every route for efficiency, effectiveness and equity.

about 9 hours ago


Keystone Ride Project: Get prepared

Pittsburgh fitness experts provide training strategies to get ready for the MS 150 Keystone Ride in July.

about 21 hours ago


 “I lost 7 percent of my weight,” said Mark Crisci, a Bayer Corp. employee who participated in the University of Pittsburgh healthy lifestyle intervention program with fellow employees.

Lunch-hour program helps employees lose weight, get active

University of Pittsburgh researchers say Bayer employees in the Group Lifestyle Balance program cut their risk of diabetes, heart disease.

about 21 hours ago


 The inbound Parkway West will close from Interstate 79 to Parkway Center from 10 p.m. today until 6 a.m. Wednesday, with outbound traffic restricted to a single lane starting one hour after the Pirates game ends.

Parkway West overnight closures resume tonight

The inbound side will close from Interstate 79 to Parkway Center from 10 p.m. today until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

about 13 hours ago


 Gretchen Shipley, a San Diego attorney who has created a practice around education and technology, said there have always been student-teacher relationships, but it's been a more of a growing problem because of social media and "the ease with which you can talk with each other.”

School districts tighten social media contacts among teachers, students

Teacher-student sex scandals in Plum and elsewhere have prompted a review of the use of social media and texting by educators.

about 21 hours ago


Crack sealing may slow traffic on I-79, Route 910

Work on I-79 will cause occasional lane closures starting at 6 p.m. today through Friday.

about 14 hours ago


Nighttime tunnel work to cause minor Red Line delays in Mt. Lebanon

The inbound side of the tunnel will close around 8 p.m. weeknights, causing single-tracking in the outbound tunnel.

about 12 hours ago


Swedish study suggests cases of autism have not been rising

Research led by Sebastian Lundstrom and others at the University of Gothenburg suggests autism cases have stayed steady for years.

about 21 hours ago


 This is not partisanship. This is simple good sense,” Gov. Tom Wolf said.

DAs, law enforcement back Wolf's pre-kindergarten plan

The governor says a $120 million increase for early childhood education would boost graduation rates, reduce prison population.

about 8 hours ago


Paving resumes tonight on Greentree Road in Scott, Green Tree

Restrictions will occur between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m., with single-lane traffic and alternating one-way traffic.

about 12 hours ago


 Shiite militiamen arrive in Khalidiya Saturday to support Sunni tribal fighters and local policemen as they defend their city against Islamic State group militants about 60 miles) west of Baghdad, Iraq.

Iraq launches operation to drive ISIS from Anbar

The fall of Ramadi marked a major defeat for Iraqi forces, which had been making steady progress against the extremists.

about 6 hours ago


 The Kappa Delta Rho fraternity at Penn State.

Penn State fraternity Kappa Delta Rho loses recognition for three years

The fraternity has been stripped over a private Facebook page with photos of nude, semi-nude and incapacitated female students.

45 minutes ago


Gas line replacement to restrict traffic on Mansfield Avenue in Green Tree

Work will occur between Doubletree Drive and School Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through Sept. 30.

about 14 hours ago


 Pennsylvania had a moment in the political sun in the 2008 election cycle, when the primary calendar and the protracted Democratic battle between then-Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton gave the state roughly six weeks of national attention undiluted by other states' contests.

Could Pennsylvania's presidential primary be moved up to March?

State Rep. Keith J. Greiner, R-Lancaster, says a mid-March primary next year would give state voters a bigger say in presidential nominees.

about 21 hours ago


Thoms Run Road in Collier to reopen today

A section of the road was closed April 15 and traffic has been detoured during a $300,000 bridge replacement project.

about 10 hours ago


 In this May 12 photo, emergency personnel work the scene of a train wreck when an Amtrak train headed to New York City derailed and crashed in Philadelphia. Amtrak says it will install video cameras inside locomotive cabs that record the actions of train engineers.

Amtrak to install long-sought cameras in locomotives

The NTSB has been recommending that passenger and freight train cabs have audio recorders since the late 1990s.

about 10 hours ago


 An Indian man rests on Monday under a transport vehicle on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

More than 500 people killed as heat wave bakes parts of India

Soaring temperatures have gripped parts of southern and northern India in the extreme heat wave.

about 21 hours ago


 Using a graphic novel theme, Carnegie Mellon University students have developed a game called "Decisions that Matter" that focuses on the choices bystanders make when a sexual assault might take place. This is a frame from the game.

CMU interactive 'game' focuses on sex assault bystanders

The game puts the player in the scene as a bystander at a sex assault, allows them to make decisions and then has different outcomes.

about 21 hours ago


 A sign urging people to vote for Barbara Daly Danko for Allegheny County Council sits outside the Darlington Street entrance to the Jewish Community Center May 19.

Allegheny County seeks applicants for Danko's East End council seat

Democrats have until noon Friday to submit resumes and interest letters to replace the late Barbara Daly Danko on Allegheny County Council.

about 9 hours ago


Biden reassures Iraqi PM amid harsh criticism

His call followed harsh criticism from Iraqi and Iranian quarters after the U.S. defense secretary questioned the Iraqi military.

about 23 hours ago


Director addresses sensitive question: Why do Indian-American kids dominate the National Spelling Bee?

Indian-American kids have placed a stranglehold on the bee, winning it now for seven years in a row and all but four of the last 15 years.

about 21 hours ago


Researcher earns grant for autism therapy research

The University of Pittsburgh’s Shaun Eack will receive $3.2 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health.

about 21 hours ago


Japan to join U.S., Australia war games amid growing China tensions

The move was a sign of growing security links between the three countries as tensions fester over China’s island building.

about 21 hours ago


Sanders appeals to party’s Warren wing

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders aims to ignite a grass-roots fire among left-leaning Democrats wary of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

about 21 hours ago


Inmates’ mental health advocate begins today

Lynn Patrone’s position grew out of a federal lawsuit challenging the treatment of state prison inmates with mental health issues.

about 21 hours ago


Amtrak crash survivors, victims' families up against federal cap on damages

Family members and survivors in a 2008 Calif. crash sought to pressure Congress to lift the $200 million liability cap per rail accident.

about 11 hours ago


National briefs: Hospitals encourage breastfeeding

Plus: 6 planes threatened, B.B. King poisioned?, Illinois Dems’ budget, Protester leaves Shell ship

about 21 hours ago


World briefs: U.S., Turkey discuss rebel air support

Plus: British PM outlines referendum voting, Russia stages exercise, Olmert prison sentence

about 21 hours ago


Health happenings

Health- and fitness-related events for the week following Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

about 21 hours ago


Cleveland reaches settlement with Justice Department over police conduct

Federal authorities saw a pattern of unconstitutional policing and excessive use of force, people briefed on the case said Monday.

about 15 hours ago


Obituary: Donald Neeper / Sales rep was a colorful and caring dad

The Forest Hills resident’s love for music and dedication to volunteering in his community were unsurpassed, his daughter says.

about 21 hours ago


 Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto's trip to Cuba was originally planned for March but had to be rescheduled for this week.

Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto in Cuba to increase business relations, 'build new ties'

Catalyst Connection, an Oakland manufacturing consulting firm, organized the mission. It began Sunday and ends Wednesday.

about 11 hours ago


How the University of Pittsburgh healthy lifestyle research worked

Details of the Group Lifestyle Balance research involving Bayer employees and related research coming out of the University of Pittsburgh.

about 21 hours ago


 Bill Seiler, left, who has been missing since 1958, with his baby brother Dan and younger brother Bob.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Family still wonders about man missing since 1958

Family hopes to resurrect cold case of missing man.

about 21 hours ago


 Hundreds of displaced citizens of Ramadi make their way into Baghdad.

ISIS faces battle in Iraq, Syria; children among those executed by terrorist group

ISIS has killed at least 217 people execution-style, including children, since it moved into the Palmyra area, say human rights groups.

1 day ago


 A Port Authority of Allegheny County committee last week approved a 30-day public comment period starting June 1 on the subject of a fee for ConnectCards, which currently are issued for free.

Port Authority considers charging one-time fee for ConnectCards

The Allegheny County agency will seek public input as it conducts a top-to-bottom review of its fare policies.

1 day ago


 Jeremy Steele, left, Ric Jaime, center, and Keith McNabb salvage belongings Sunday at their friend Mike Cook's house near Wimberley, Texas. About 350 homes in the town of Wimberley were washed away by flash floods.

Flash floods in Texas, Oklahoma kill 2

This May is already the wettest on record for several cities in the southern Plains states, with days still to go and more rain on the way.

1 day ago


 Iraqi government forces walk next to a trench Sunday in the Jurf al-Sakher area, about 30 miles south of Baghdad, to protect the area from further advancement by the Islamic State militant forces.

Iraq regains ground from Islamic State; mass deaths reported in Palmyra

The fall of Ramadi and Palmyra were the militant group's biggest successes since a U.S.-led coalition launched an air war to stop them.

1 day ago


Cleveland police say 71 people arrested overnight in protests

Protesters took to the streets after Officer Michael Brelo, 31, was acquitted on charges of voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault.

1 day ago


Mass graves of suspected trafficking victims found in Malaysia

According to media reports, the mass graves were believed to contain the bodies of hundreds of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh.

1 day ago


Greek minister raises alarm on IMF repayments

They were the most explicit remarks yet from Athens about the likelihood of default if talks fail.

1 day ago


Gay couples awaken to new Ireland, hope to wed by Christmas

The Irish people voted with a surprisingly strong 62 percent “yes” to enshrine the right to gay marriage in the country’s 1937 constitution.

1 day ago


Prosecutors face difficult task in Texas biker gang shootout

After a fight between rival gangs outside a crowded restaurant left nine dead, police rounded up everyone on the scene wearing biker vests.

1 day ago


 Klaus Genuit, a psycho-acoustics professor at the RWTH Aachen University in Germany, analyzes sounds in Point State Park on Wednesday. Mr. Genuit was in the city for the Acoustical Society of America conference at the Wyndham Grand Hotel, Downtown.

Acoustics experts assess Pittsburgh’s ‘soundscape’

A German acoustics expert says Point State Park and Market Square were designed with no regard for sound pollution.

1 day ago


 U.S. activist Gloria Steinem, sixth from right, Nobel Peace Prize laureates Mairead Maguire, from Northern Ireland, second from right, and Leymah Gbowee, from Liberia, third from right, and other activists march to the Imjingak Pavilion on Sunday with South Korean activists along the military wire fences near the border village of Panmunjom, in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea.

Women activists cross from North to South Korea, say divide can be bridged

But the women — led by Gloria Steinem, the pioneering American feminist — did not walk across the demilitarized zone, as they had hoped.

1 day ago


Delta Air Lines restricts access to flight data

It’s part of a bigger trend in the airline industry that has made it harder for travelers to comparison shop for flights.

1 day ago


Monk, called ‘Buddhist bin Laden,’ targets Myanmar’s persecuted Muslims

Ashin Wirathu thinks he has more in common with the world’s most famous fictional spy, James Bond.

1 day ago


Iran sets conditions to allow U.N. inspection of military sites

Access by the United Nations nuclear agency to some of Iran’s military sites has been a sticking point in negotiations Iran’s nuke program.

1 day ago


 President Barack Obama, accompanied by Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, left, commander of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, and with the aid of Sgt. 1st Class John C. Wirth, lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns today at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

Obama pays tribute to fallen service members at Arlington

Speaking to 5,000 people at Arlington National Cemetery, Obama called the burial place “more than a final resting place for fallen heroes.”

1 day ago


 In this Nov. 6, 2003, file photo, Jerry Stiller, left, and his wife Anne Meara pose on the set of "The King of Queens," at Sony Studio in Culver City, Calif. Meara, whose comic work with husband helped launch a 60-year career in film and TV, has died. She was 85.

Obituary: Anne Meara / Actress, comedian, wife of Jerry Stiller and mom of Ben

She was a loopy, lovable comedian who launched a standup career with husband Jerry Stiller in the 1950s and found success as an actress.

1 day ago



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