Palestinians gather in the streets of Gaza City on Tuesday to celebrate the long-term truce agreed between Israel and the Palestinians.

Israel and Hamas agree to a cease-fire

The deal brokered by Egypt put both sides back where they were at the end of fighting in 2012.

about 5 hours ago

Pittsburgh drivers at bottom of pile for accidents

An Allstate insurance report shows Pittsburgh was 187th among the 200 largest U.S. cities for safe driving.

about 5 hours ago

10 Russian paratrooper capture in Ukraine

It made for an awkward summit Tuesday evening between the presidents of the two big nations.

about 5 hours ago

U.S. assembling coalition of allies to take on Islamic State

President Barack Obama is nearing a decision to OK expanding airstrikes and airdrops to free up and aid a besieged northern Iraq town.

about 5 hours ago

 One of the hives atop the Duquesne Club, Downtown.

Will Pittsburgh’s Duquesne Club get stung on hives?

Officials say the club, hasn’t gotten the zoning variance and permit it needs to keep the four hives on its sixth- floor roof.

about 5 hours ago

 The new bike lanes in the eastbound lane Penn Avenue from 6th Street to 16th Street will be closed to motor vehicle traffic.

Pittsburgh to start work on bike-only lanes next week

The city expects to have the lanes open for a national convention of bicycling and pedestrian advocates starting on Sept. 8.

about 5 hours ago

 Pittsburgh rocker Joe Grushecky

Raves: Grushecky’s music can offer inspiration not to ever give up

Joe Gru­shecky’s voice is, and al­ways has been, a voice to be reck­oned with!

about 5 hours ago

State determines wastewater from gas drilling contaminated drinking water in Westmoreland County

Department of Environmental Protection says tests found drinking water was contaminated by an impoundment near Stahlstown.

about 5 hours ago

Education circuit riders coming to Pennsylvania

Eleven educators will meet with officials to discuss school funding.

about 5 hours ago

Inspection to close lanes in Fort Pitt Tunnel Wednesday night

The inspection will close the left lanes in both directions from 10 tonight until 5 a.m. Thursday.

about 5 hours ago

Pittsburgh to get lowest interest rate ever for bonds, director says

City’s $50.4 million bond sale will finance infrastructure work, such as roads and bridges.

about 5 hours ago

 Victoria Minella

Obituary: Victoria Minella / Chef at Bridgeville family restaurant

To many growing up in the coal mining communities around Bridgeville, Victoria Minella’s restaurant was their home away from home.

about 5 hours ago

Study seeks to determine if there is a link between fracking, birth defects

Preliminary research has found that fracking has potential health risks for babies born near wells.

about 5 hours ago

 Burning Man participants bike on Monday during the annual Burning Man festival in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev. Rare rain showers forced crowds to leave the area due to muddy conditions and resume the festival at a local Wal-Mart on Tuesday.

Bizarre and remote Burning Man fest starts by getting soaked

The annual weeklong free-expression rave in the Nevada desert soggily shifted to the parking lot of a Reno Wal-Mart.

about 5 hours ago

 FILE - A Jan. 26, 2009 photo from files showing Roger Stone, leader of Rotherham Council who has stepped down with "immediate effect" Tuesday Aug. 26, 2014, after accepting responsibility on behalf of the council for failings detailed in a report which found around 1,400 children were sexually exploited in the town over a 16-year period. The report on events in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, between 1997 and 2013 found that in more than a third of these cases the youngsters were already known to agencies. It said there had been "blatant" collective failures by Rotherham council's leadership. (AP Photo/PA, Anna Gowthorpe, File)  UNITED KINGDOM OUT  NO SALES  NO ARCHIVE

1,400 children sexually exploited in one British town

It was a damning account of “collective failures” by authorities to prevent victims as young as 11 from being beaten, raped and trafficked.

about 5 hours ago

 Supporters and plaintiffs of gay marriage greet each other after attending a hearing before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on the challenges to Indiana and Wisconsin's gay marriage ban Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Chicago. Federal appeals judges bristled Tuesday at arguments defending gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee comparing them to now-defunct laws that once outlawed weddings between blacks and whites. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Ind., Wis. gay marriage bans face blistering appeal judge queries

One Republican-appointed judge compared same-sex marriage ban to once-outlawed weddings between blacks and whites.

about 5 hours ago

Obama administration seeks climate change pact, but without Congress' OK

The agreement would be a sweeping accord to “name and shame” nations into cutting their planet-warming fossil-fuel emissions.

about 5 hours ago

Obama pledges to American Legion he'll overhaul veterans' health system

A new re­port doc­u­mented “un­ac­cept­able and trou­bling lapses” in med­i­cal treat­ment.

about 5 hours ago

Section of Chartiers Avenue to close this morning

Emergency storm drainage work is needed.

about 5 hours ago

Lane closures possible on Route 51 southbound

The work will occur from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

about 5 hours ago

U.S. confirms death of American fighting for Islamic State

Douglas McCain moved back and forth from Minneapolis to San Diego and then abroad, where records of his movements ran cold.

about 5 hours ago

 Gomolemo Motswaledi, opposition leader of the Umbrela for Democratic Change party, died in a road accident on July 30.

Suspicions emerge in Motswaledi death

The opposition leader’s death has highlighted tensions in Botswana.

about 5 hours ago

Section of Commercial Street to close during cleanup

The closure will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the next three days.

about 5 hours ago

West Carson Street access to Corliss Tunnel to close

The right turn into the Corliss Tunnel will be blocked starting at 7 a.m.

about 5 hours ago

Stabbed Franklin Regional security guard fired

A security guard who helped end the stabbing spree at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville in April was fired without cause.

about 5 hours ago

World Briefs: Afghan election audit stalled

PLUS: Inciting youths to fight; Silva surges in polls; French Cabinet shuffled; U.N. copter shot down; job cuts expected

about 5 hours ago

National Briefs: House suit has high cost

PLUS: Crist wins Fla. primary; Louis Freeh crash; casino closings; range shooting; in-flight feud.

about 5 hours ago

 Different pharmacy chains have different policies about the sale of syringes. A CVS spokesperson said that the 2009 change in regulation was for the express purpose of ensuring clean needle access, and that the company would look into the matter if a customer complained.

Missing the point: Clean needles can control the added health risks of drug users

Clean syringes are still hard to obtain from Pennsylvania pharmacies, despite state rules allowing them to be sold without prescription.

1 day ago

Milling, paving to start tonight on I-79 in Collier, Scott, Robinson

One lane of traffic will be maintained both directions starting at 8 p.m. between the Bridgeville exit and the Campbells Run Road overpass.

about 12 hours ago

CMU unfolds BrainHub research effort

The University of Pittsburgh will join the “major hub for brain research across the globe” on brain circuitry, function, diseases and

about 5 hours ago

Armed robbery near Grove City College leads to lockdown; 1 suspect arrested, no one injured

Grove City College’s campus was locked down for about three hours this morning and a convocation was postponed after a nearby armed robbery.

about 16 hours ago

 James Patrick and Jolene Dames at Stonehenge.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Pittsburgh couple's route to dream lifestyle is global house-sitting

Some people have dream jobs, some have dream vacations. You would be lucky to have both, but dreams are all about interpretation.

1 day ago

 CMU master's student Thomas Healy has started Headstart Labs, a company trying to revolutionize the study of impact on football helmets.

CMU punter, engineering student researches helmet safety

Thomas Healy has formed a company to develop a helmet to reduce head injuries.

1 day ago

Wilkinsburg School District offers new honors classes for students

The district met the requirements for the courses, that will be offered in the revamped curriculum for the merged middle and high school.

about 7 hours ago

Officials report Libya incursion

The United Arab Emirates and Egypt have carried out a series of airstrikes in the Libyan capital Tripoli, U.S. officials said Monday.

1 day ago

 Film director Spike Lee takes a picture of a black St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap atop of Michael Brown's casket on Monday during the funeral at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis.

Mourners remember Michael Brown, urge black Americans to take action

The mourners filled an enormous church to remember Michael Brown — recalling him as a “gentle giant.”

1 day ago

 This Monday Nov. 3, 2008, file photo shows one of Pacific Gas and Electric's Diablo Canyon Power Plant's nuclear reactors in Avila Beach on California's central coast.

Expert calls for California nuclear plant closure

A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California’s last operating nuclear plant.

1 day ago

State schools emerge as backers of Obama’s college ratings

State universities are backing President Obama’s proposed scorecard for colleges in the hope that it will steer more federal aid to them.

1 day ago

Health happenings for August 26, 2014

Health-related events for the coming week in the Pittsburgh region.

1 day ago

PSU president staying out of restructuring fray

Penn State president Eric Barron is not saying if he supports one of the restructuring plans under consideration.

1 day ago

Traffic restrictions planned on Route 286 in Monroeville

Crews will seal cracks and joints through Sept. 13.

about 22 hours ago

Pavement repairs to restrict traffic on Butler Street

Crews will work from 49th to 62nd streets from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through Sept. 6.

about 22 hours ago

I-79 paving project begins tonight in Marshall

The $7.7 million project will resurface nearly 3.5 miles of the highway between Route 910-Wexford and the Butler County line.

about 21 hours ago

 Former FBI director Louis Freeh.

Ex-FBI director Louis Freeh injured in Vermont car crash

In 2011, Penn State hired Mr. Freeh to examine the handling of child sex abuse complaints involving football coach Jerry Sandusky.

about 21 hours ago

Syria continues to bedevil Washington amid mixed signals on potential strikes

The Syrian government warned the United States against launching unilateral attacks against Islamic State extremist group on its territory.

1 day ago

Obituary: Alexander 'Alex' Gavula / Broadcast buff founded his college's radio station

Alexander Gavula was one of the technical people upon whom broadcasts depend.

1 day ago

Obituary: Leonard Fein / Provocative writer on Jewish affairs

He founded a magazine and organizations to combat hunger and illiteracy.

1 day ago

Obituary: John Sperling / Founder of University of Phoenix

The for-profit college that John Sperling founded to serve working adults made him a billionaire.

1 day ago

Napa rushes to fix quake damage as drought means early harvest

Wineries and hospitality businesses rushed to clean up rubble and broken glass ahead of the expected influx of tourists.

1 day ago

 Army Maj. Gen. Stephen Lyons speaks at the base in Fort Lee, Va., today.

Army soldier dies after shooting herself at Fort Lee base

The base reopened and normal operations resumed within an hour of the morning shooting, Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lyons said.

1 day ago


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