Dominic Rizzo poses for a photograph with Toni DiPippa, Samantha DiPippa and Hannah Ranalli during a prom for special need students inside the Grand Ballroom at the William Penn Hotel.

Pittsburgh special needs students dance the morn away at their daytime prom

More than 150 students from 13 area high schools crowded the dance floor Wednesday morning.

4 minutes ago

Nonprofits’ impact touted at Pittsburgh briefing centering on Wolf budget

As legislators gear up to hammer out next state budget, nonprofit officials gather to find out how their services may be impacted.

4 minutes ago

Drought feared to raise food prices in Western U.S.

Washington state has declared a drought emergency as Nevada, parts of Oregon and other Western states also deal with a lack of water.

4 minutes ago

Random Acts of Kindness: Motorist helps with tire

Plus: Return of lost phone says a lot about city; man gives big assist after a car accident.

4 minutes ago

Obituary: Walter Byers | Former NCAA leader who rued corruption

Mr. Byers was one of the 20th century’s most powerful sports figures.

4 minutes ago

Obituary: Matthew Frank Antonin Sevcik | Radiologist pushed back against his early dementia

Radiologist Matthew Sevcik, 50, of Sewickley died five years after being diagnosed with early-onset fronto-temporal dementia.

4 minutes ago

 Queen Elizabeth II is accompanied by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, as they pass through the Royal Gallery Wednesday during the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster in London.

U.K.’s Cameron outlines EU vote plan in Queen’s Speech

Pomp met politics in the 62nd time the 89-year-old monarch has delivered the annual Queen’s Speech.

4 minutes ago

Nebraska abolishes death penalty

The Cornhusker State became the first conservative state since 1973 to abolish the death penalty.

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 FILE - In this May 14, 2015 file photo, security forces defend their headquarters against attacks by Islamic State extremists during a sandstorm in the eastern part of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, Iraq.

Islamic State suicide attacks in Iraq’s Anbar kill 17 troops

As Iraqi forces gathered for an offensive to try to take back the sprawling Sunni heartland of Anbar, Islamic State militants struck first.

4 minutes ago

U.S. military mistakenly ships live anthrax to labs in 9 states

The Pentagon said there was no known suspected infection or risk to the public.

4 minutes ago

Threat to Texas dam subsides as flood recovery continues

The death toll continues to rise as authorities struggle to recover from punishing rains that unleashed floods throughout the state.

4 minutes ago

World hunger falls to 25-year low on China, Brazil’s ascent

There are 795 million hungry people in the world, down from 821 million from 2010-2012 and 216 million fewer than in 1990-92.

4 minutes ago

World Briefs: Airstrikes kill at least 75 in Yemen

Plus: President praises security; Amnesty condemns Hamas; Allies increase pressure; and more.

4 minutes ago

National Briefs: FBI says spy tools in jeopardy

Plus: Theater gunman’s writings; IS sympathizers threaten airlines; financial vulnerability; Clinton emails.

4 minutes ago

 Councilwoman Darlene Harris

Councilwoman Darlene Harris questions renovations at city department

Darlene Harris opened a new front Wednesday in her feud with the Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections.

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 Karen Hacker, director of the Allegheny County health department, smiles Tuesday as she presents the Plan for a Healthier Allegheny during a news conference.

Officials draw up plan for a healthier Allegheny County

The plan is the result of a yearlong community assessment that identified the county’s key health concerns.

1 day ago

Inbound Parkway West to close for weekend

The closure from Interstate 79 to Parkway Center will begin at 10 p.m. Saturday and end by 6 a.m. Monday.

about 15 hours ago

 Drew Zoldak, suspended as a teacher at Plum Senior High School, center, listens as his attorney, Alexander H. Lindsay Jr., right, speaks to the media following Mr. Zoldak's preliminary hearing this morning in Plum. At left is Mr. Zoldak's wife. He was held for trial on two counts of intimidating a victim in a sexual assault involving another teacher at the high school.

Plum teacher held for trial over intimidating sex scandal witness

Drew Zoldak, 40, is charged with intimidating one of his students, who is alleged to be the victim of sexual assault by another teacher.

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 A man is comforted Tuesday after finding out that a relative drowned in her truck in Houston. Storms during the holiday weekend dumped record rainfall on Texas, causing major flooding throughout the state, and spawned tornadoes.

Floodwaters deepen in Houston after city gets more rain

Holiday weekend storms in Texas and Oklahoma killed 14 people, with at least 13 still missing.

1 day ago

 A May 18 study led by Jeffrey Bridge, a pediatric expert at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, found that 657 children aged 5 to 11 have committed suicide since 1993.

Suicide rates increase sharply among African-American children

As suicide rates of black children under 11 soar nationwide, city experts urge caregivers to ask children about suicide.

1 day ago

 Andrew Adams and his daughter, Avery, 8, of Saxonburg cheer for Rick Santorum during Wednesday’s rally.

Republican Rick Santorum launching second White House run

Courting voters who he said had been abandoned by both parties, he pledge to battle the allied abuses of big government and big business.

45 minutes ago

China, updating military strategy, puts focus on projecting naval power

The strategy paper comes at a time of growing Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea.

1 day ago

 Sunrise student Denise Smith cries in her mother's arms when AIU board vice president Joyce Snell told her she could not address the board before it voted on staff cuts.

AIU vote to cut 20 special education jobs draws criticism

The cuts come from three centers Sunrise in Monroeville, Mon Valley in Jefferson Hills and Pathfinder in Bethel Park.

27 minutes ago

Pittsburgh school board names chief of safety

The board named George Brown, who has been serving as acting chief of school safety, as its chief of school safety.

about 3 hours ago

Pittsburgh school board OKs $2 million in contracts

The contracts are aimed at keeping Empowering Effective Teachers program and other initiatives going when grant money runs out.

about 3 hours ago

New Clean Water Rule will benefit Pennsylvania resources

Federal officials say the new Clean Water Rule extends regulations that had covered drinking water sources for only one in three Americans.

22 minutes ago

Sale of vacant Penn Hills school criticized

Penn Hills school board members and administrators are drawing sharp criticism for the sale of the former Penn Hebron elementary school.

about 2 hours ago

Summer Memories: Cross-country camper trailer could be a real trip

A camper trailer provided all the highs and lows of a boy’s vacations.

1 day ago

Texas flood causes ‘utter devastation’ for Pittsburgh native

The storms in Texas have passed, but Pittsburgh native Stan Starrett is left with the debris of the home he has lived in since 1998.

1 day ago

 The consent decrees between Highmark and UPMC set rules for the coverage of various patient groups.

UPMC, Highmark decline invitation to negotiate

An attorney for UPMC said the hearing was about whether UPMC would be found in contempt for a violation of the consent decree.

31 minutes ago

Hundreds of Jefferson Hospital patients’ personal data may have been compromised

Affected patients are being notified in writing that their records may have been released.

about 14 hours ago

 From top left: Jeffrey Webb, Jose Maria Marin, Nicolas Leoz. From bottom left: Eugenio Figueredo, Jack Warner, Eduardo Li

U.S. indicts 14 world soccer officials, alleging $150 million in kickbacks

The U.S. government launched an attack on what it called deep-seated and brazen corruption in soccer’s global governing body.

19 minutes ago

First National Bank's parent company to buy Pa. branches from Bank of America

F.N.B. Corp. said it would acquire two branches in Berks County, two branches in Lancaster County and one in Chester County.

about 14 hours ago

Obituary: Richard Page / Clarinetist was always ready to make instrument repairs

Mr. Page’s love for music impacted everything he did in life, his wife said.

1 day ago

FBI, IRS raid soccer headquarters in Miami Beach

The raid on the organization that regulates soccer in North and Central America came hours after 7 officials were indicted.

about 16 hours ago

Lane closures will occur on West End Bridge

The work will occur from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays through June 5.

about 1 hour ago

 In this May 12 photo, emergency personnel work the scene of a train wreck involving an Amtrak train that was headed to New York City, but 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 locomotive cabs

A crash earlier this month in Philadelphia left eight people dead and about 200 injured.

1 day ago

 Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum's family moved to Butler County when he was in elementary school.

Santorum to return to Pennsylvania roots for ‘major’ announcement

Will former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, a Republican, announce today that he’s running for president again?

1 day ago

Brother of U.S. journalist on trial in Iran calls case ‘outside the bounds’

The mother and wife of journalist Jason Rezaian were not permitted in the courtroom, his brother, Ali Rezaian, said.

1 day ago

 In this April 13, 2014, file photo, the Internal Revenue Service Headquarters building is seen in Washington, D.C.

IRS says thieves stole tax info from 100,000

The thieves accessed a system called “Get Transcript,” where taxpayers can get tax returns and other filings from previous years.

1 day ago

 In this March 2, 2015, photo, family members of Klara Balogova, a Slovakian Roma woman who was lured to travel to Britain for a sham marriage with a Pakistani man, are photographed in their home in a Roma settlement in eastern Slovakia.

European women lured for sham marriages

Klara Balogova was 18, penniless and pregnant when she rode thousands of miles from Slovakia to England to marry a man she had never met.

1 day ago

World Briefs: Asia migrant crisis may begin to ease

Plus: PM weighs in on migration; activist denied entry; 96 killed in Nigeria; and more.

1 day ago

National Briefs: Court deals immigration plan a setback

Plus: Lassa fever patient dies; justice to hear redistricting case; 2 die in Wal-Mart shooting; more to enter presidential race; and more.

1 day ago

 State Sen. Matt Smith, D-Mt. Lebanon, who is resigning within the month, was Wednesday named president of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, a news release from the chamber said.

Matt Smith will leave Senate for Pittsburgh chamber

Matt Smith was named president of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, a news release from the chamber said.

about 1 hour ago

 Former Penn State University head football coach Bill O’Brien was the institution’s top compensated employee in 2013, making $3.4 million

Ex-football coach O’Brien was Penn State’s top money earner in 2013

Bill O’Brien earned total compensation of $3,440,352 in his final year at Penn State.

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.

2 days 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.

2 days 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.

1 day 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.

2 days 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.

1 day ago


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