President Barack Obama delivers a statement today at the White House on the airstrikes in Syria prior to departing for the United Nations in New York.

Obama says Arab support in Syria airstrikes shows 'this is not America's fight alone'

The president said the joint fight against ISIS is vital to the security of the United States, the Mideast and the world.

about 6 hours ago

 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 17 hours ago

PennDOT revises schedule for I-79 ramp closures tonight in Marshall

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

about 5 hours ago

 The Port Authority said today that two buses were driven recklessly on the Parkway North before one of them careened off the highway and down a slope on Monday.

Port Authority bus drivers may have engaged in horseplay before crash

Surveillance video shows the drivers gesturing to each other, possibly in a joking manner, as they raced down the Parkway North on Monday.

about 3 hours ago

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

Corbett, Wolf spar in first of three gubernatorial debates

While the civil debate featured no bombshells, Mr. Corbett was often the low-key aggressor and Mr. Wolf was unfazed by the criticisms.

about 17 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 10 hours ago

Legislators urge action on stalled hate-crimes bills

Several lawmakers spoke in favor of the legislation today, including Sen. Jim Ferlo, D-Highland Park, who said he is gay.

about 3 hours 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.

Filmmaker: Ambush suspect was in my documentary

State police today brought in an armored tactical vehicle outfitted with robotic video cameras.

about 10 hours ago

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

Almanacs predict fair fall, wicked winter for large parts of U.S.

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

about 17 hours ago

Pittsburgh’s Brashear, Sci-Tech celebrate AP gains

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

about 17 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 17 hours ago

 Dr. Joel Montgomery, team leader for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Ebola Response Team in Liberia, is dressed in his personal protective equipment while adjusting a colleague's PPE before entering the Ebola treatment unit in Monrovia, Liberia's capital city in this photo released Sept. 16.

CDC: Ebola cases could reach 1.4 million in four months

CDC emphasized that the projections are based on data available in August.

about 6 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 17 hours ago

 Councilman Dan Gilman is one of two city council members proposing legislation protecting pregnant women.

Pittsburgh City Council considers protections for pregnant women

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

about 17 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 17 hours ago

 Mihir Garimella, 14, with the flying robot on which his project was based. Mihir, a sophomore at Fox Chapel Area High School, earned top honors in the International Google Science Fair.

Fox Chapel Area sophomore earns top honors at Google science competition

Mihir Garimella, of O'Hara, placed highest in the 13-14 age group and in the Computer Science category for his project.

about 2 hours ago

Pennsylvania Game Commission tables vote on recreational permit proposal

A study by the commission's Bureau of Wildlife found that horses, bicycles and snowmobiles can harm habitat and infrastructure.

about 2 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 17 hours ago

 Preservationists are trying to sway the fate of 6012-6018 Penn Ave.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Historic buildings in East Liberty pose a challenge

Preservationists try to make the case for saving three of East Liberty’s old buildings.

about 7 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 17 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 17 hours ago

 "RAD's really important. It really is," Allegheny County Rich Fitzgerald said.

Port Authority uses its share of RAD funding for state matching

Until 2013, RAD had not supported Port Authority. But $3 million helped the transit system unlock $31.5 million in state funds.

about 7 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 17 hours ago

 This 2009 photo shows Omar Gonzalez, who authorities have identified as the man who got into the White House after scaling a fence Sept. 19.

White House intruder called threat

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

about 17 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 17 hours ago

Ebola cases expected to rise in West Africa

Sierra Leone and Liberia expect new Ebola caseloads.

about 17 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 17 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 17 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 17 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 17 hours ago

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

Bill Peduto's proposed budget for Pittsburgh includes property tax hike

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

about 17 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 17 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.

1 day 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.

1 day 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.

1 day 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 11 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.

1 day 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


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