Barbara Walter,  67, of Fairview, Erie County was cured of hepatitis C that she contracted from a blood transfusion in 1976. Diagnosed in 2000, she was cured last summer with a dual-drug combination that cost $144,000.

Could hepatitis C eventually be a rare disease?

New drugs can cure hepatitis C, but their prohibitive cost makes them unavailable through Medicare and health-insurance plans.

about 8 hours ago

Two I-79 ramps at Warrendale to close tonight

The ramps will close at 7 p.m. and reopen by 6 a.m. Wednesday during paving.

about 1 hour ago

 Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, left, and Democrat Tom Wolf shake hands Monday at the end of a gubernatorial debate hosted by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry in Hershey, Pa.

Corbett, Wolf spar in first of three gubernatorial debates

The first of their three scheduled debates featured uniformly civil exchanges and offered no bombshells.

about 8 hours ago

Brownsville Road paving to restrict traffic in Carrick

The work will take several days during milling and resurfacing, the city Public Works Department announced.

about 1 hour ago

 A Pennsylvania State Trooper draws his weapon Sunday in a wooded area on Snow Hill Road in Price, Monroe County, during a massive manhunt for Eric Frein , a suspect in the killing of a state police trooper Sept. 12.

Tensions high as suspect in Pennsylvania trooper's killing evades capture

Schools in the 9,500-stu­dent Po­cono Moun­tain School Dis­trict, where the search is tak­ing place, re­mained closed for the fourth day.

about 1 hour ago

 A canoe passes under early-turning fall leaves at North Park Lake last year.

Almanacs: fair fall, wicked winter

For now, relax and enjoy what will be a colorful, crisp fall season

about 8 hours ago

Pittsburgh’s Brashear, Sci-Tech celebrate AP gains

There’s a particular emphasis on taking AP science, math and English courses.

about 8 hours ago

University of Pittsburgh study says hepatitis C will be a rare disease by about 2036 and possibly sooner

More screening and the availability of curative but expensive drugs ideally could make hepatitis C rare by 2026

about 8 hours ago

Health happenings for Tuesday, Sept. 23

Life Service Providers is sponsoring a Senior Health and Wellness Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Galleria of Mt. Lebanon.

about 8 hours ago

Pittsburgh council considers protections for pregnant women

Measure would require “reasonable accommodations” for pregnant city employees and companies that do business with the city.

about 8 hours ago

Obituary: Milton H. Dalbow / Cancer researcher, veteran of two wars

In the 1970s, Pittsburgh was home to the largest comprehensive cancer center in the nation.

about 8 hours ago

 Polly Bergen, left, 1963

Obituary: Polly Bergen / Versatile actress, singer

The Emmy winner was best known for her portrayal of Helen Morgan in “Playhouse 90.”

about 9 hours ago

U.S. air raids hit jihadis in Syria

U.S military expands war against Islamic State by airstrikes with warplanes and missiles on its headquarters city in Syria.

about 8 hours ago

Companies take action to reduce climate footprint

Investors and companies are disinvesting in fossil fuels, perhaps the most tangible action on global warming.

about 8 hours ago

Ukraine to withdraw its artillery

Ukraine is pulling back its artillery as truce violations fail to halt momentum toward a settlement of its conflict.

about 8 hours ago

White House intruder called threat

White House fence-jumper had 800 rounds of ammunition, two hatchets and a machete in his car.

about 8 hours ago

U.S. holds 3 AWOL Afghan officers

State police: 3 Afghan Army officers missing from US base in custody at Canadian-US border.

about 8 hours ago

Ebola cases expected to rise in West Africa

Sierra Leone and Liberia expect new Ebola caseloads.

about 8 hours ago

Support for gay marriage may be ebbing, survey says

Backing for gay marriage has dropped 5 points to 49% in polling by Pew.

about 8 hours ago

America ramping up nuclear arms renewal

Modernization and expansion plan comes during tenure of a president who campaigned for a “nuclear-free world.”

about 8 hours ago

World briefs: Turkey breaks up crowds at Syrian border

Plus: More Scottish powers; Peace talks to resume; Hong Kong students rally; 2 killed in China blasts.

about 8 hours ago

National briefs: Wesleyan orders frats to go coed

Plus: iPhone rollout: 10 million; tour bus crash probed; reporter quits on TV; bank linked to terror;

about 8 hours ago

 Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto's budget proposal for 2015 reflects $23.2 million in additional spending.

Proposed city budget includes property tax hike

The proposed budget includes a 0.5-mill real estate tax increase that would generate an additional $8 million.

about 8 hours ago

Audit finds Highmark big part of UPMC's revenue

The health giant says 31 percent of its revenue comes from Highmark reimbursement payments.

1 day ago

 One of the most infamous spills in the state’s Marcellus history took place in May 2010 on land Don Johnson, above, and his wife, Carol Johnson, own. The couple spotted a leak from an East Resources well site on their Tioga County cattle farm. They and the state feared that some of the small herd of cattle drank some of the salty-tasting hydraulic fracturing flowback fluid that leaked from the well site, and the state quarantined the herd.

Trial and error approach leaves Marcellus Shale wounds

“Sometimes you need to learn from your mistakes,” said Scott Perry, a deputy secretary for the Pennsylvania DEP.

1 day ago

 The fast food protest movement, which is backed financially by the Service Employees International Union and others, has gained national attention at a time when the wage gap between the poor and the rich has become a hot political issue.

Anti-business movements unlikely to change politics

Historians and political experts say “anti-business” sentiment is unlikely to translate into votes for this fall’s congressional midterms.

1 day ago

Ramp to I-79 in Marshall to close overnight

The ramp will close at 7 p.m. today and reopen by 6 a.m. Tuesday.

1 day ago

 Adviser Maureen Anderson checks Bryce Johnson's tie as the City Charter High School's SEED (Students Encouraging Environmentalism Downtown) team prepares to rehearse its winning presentation for its appearance at the Pittsburgh School Board. The group won second place in the Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship's (SAGE) worldwide competition in Moscow last summer.

Pittsburgh Charter High School thrives in international competition

A recycling business developed by the school’s Students for Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship team took second in a world competition.

1 day ago

Pennsylvania Turnpike service plaza in Bedford County to be rebuilt

The plaza was scheduled to close at 7 a.m. and remain shuttered until May.

1 day ago

More than 500 bridges in Pa. to be replaced

PennDOT will pick a private-sector team that will replace hundreds of structurally deficient bridges in the state.

about 8 hours ago

Game Commission to hear comments on recreational riding proposal

The recommendation would apply only to cyclists, snowmobilers and equestrians.

1 day ago

 Gidget, in Oregon last week, a long way from home in Philly

Gary Rotstein’s The Morning File: On the road with Gidget, the dog, discovering America

The Jack Russell terrier, missing from its Philadelphia home for five months, showed up in Oregon. Wonder what she was thinking ...

1 day ago

 A winter storm seen atop Mount Washington in Pittsburgh in February.

Pilot program allows Pennsylvania schools to use snow days for digital instruction

Up to five days in a school year can be counted, if certain requirements are met, state officials said.

about 20 hours ago

 State police investigate the scene of a fatal crash on Route 115 in Effort, Monroe County Saturday in which four children were killed.

Police say four kids killed in crash were not restrained

The Saturday crash killed five, including the 23-year-old woman driving the car in which the children were riding, state police said.

about 22 hours ago

Ex-investigator sues Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

Cheryl Williams, 56, of Penn Hills, worked as an investigator at the agency from 1999 until she said she was forced to quit last January.

about 20 hours ago

Lane closure scheduled on Boulevard of Allies

The right lane was to close for repairs to an adjacent building between Gist and Miltenberger streets.

1 day ago

 Mayor Bill Peduto will present his first budget today to the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, the city’s state-appointed financial overseer.

Peduto to submit first Pittsburgh budget to state oversight group today

Mayor Bill Peduto was mum on the details, but he called the new spending plan “truth in budgeting.”

1 day ago

 A Port Authority driver was injured after her bus veered off the Parkway North, went over an embankment and landed on its side on Evergreen Road about 2:10 p.m. Monday on the southbound side of the highway north of the exit to Venture Street, authority spokesman Jim Ritchie said.

Driver injured when bus veers off highway, goes over embankment

Carrying no passengers, the bus went down an embankment and came to rest on its side on Evergreen Road. The injured driver was taken to AGH.

about 2 hours ago

Throngs demand climate change action

New York City’s People’s Climate March drew more than 310,000 people this weekend, organizers said, tripling the original forecast.

1 day ago

Paving to restrict traffic on Montour Run Road in Moon, Robinson

Crews will work from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily through Friday morning.

about 17 hours ago

 A man throws stones toward Turkish security forces who were using teargas and water cannons to disperse protesting local people as several hundred Syrian refugees waited, at the border in Suruc, Turkey, on Sunday.

Islamic State closes in on Syrian town, refugees flood into Turkey

The United Nations said the number of Syrian Kurds fleeing into neighboring Turkey may have topped 100,000 and was likely to go much higher.

1 day ago

 In this 2013 photo from a video produced by the Los Angeles Police Department, officers ride on an armored medical rescue vehicle in a drill simulating a terrorist attack in downtown Los Angeles.

Feds censure local police, yet give lethal weapons

The lack of communication between two Cabinet agencies adds to questions about a military surplus gear program under review.

1 day ago

Rebels jolt Yemen’s feeble government

In the face of violence, the military showed signs of splitting apart and the prime minister abruptly resigned.

1 day ago

Ahmadzai named winner of Afghan election

It set the stage for President Hamid Karzai’s departure from office and a deal allowing U.S. troops to remain there after this year.

1 day ago

British Prime Minister David Cameron shifts tack on constitutional shake-up to mollify Scots

Scottish leader Alex Salmond accused Cameron and other politicians of tricking Scots out of independence.

1 day ago

More drought forecast next year across West

Below-normal precipitation and normal or above-normal temperatures are forecast in the week ahead, the National Weather Service said.

1 day ago

Global rise reported in 2013 greenhouse gas emissions

The 2.3 percent jump was the latest indication that the world remains far off track in its efforts to control global warming.

1 day ago

White House security may check tourists blocks away

The Secret Service is considering screening visitors at checkpoints before they enter the public areas in front of the White House.

1 day ago

 A Pennsylvania state trooper draws his weapon Sunday in a wooded area on Snow Hill Road in Price, Monroe County, in Eastern Pennsylvania during a massive manhunt for suspected killer Eric Frein.

Police narrow search for man accused in barracks ambush

Heavily armed police — from New York, New Jersey as well as Pennsylvania — continued Monday to scour two rural townships in Monroe County.

about 9 hours ago

World Briefs: Sierra Leone on lockdown

PLUS: Pope rebukes extremists; China, Iran naval exercises; oil ministry in trouble.

1 day ago


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