Youngsters hold tiger masks during a reading of “Mr. Tiger Goes Wild” by Peter Brown at the Hyundai Club West Lounge of Heinz Field. The event was an attempt to set a record for the world's largest vocabulary lesson.

Children 'go wild' for record-setting national vocabulary lesson

PNC Grow Up Great celebrated its 10th anniversary with a vocabulary challenge — teaching the same lesson at the same time in 37 cities.

about 8 hours ago

High school students learn about careers in business, politics

City Council members Corey O’Connor and Dan Gilman offer career advice to local high school students through the U Can B program.

about 8 hours ago

Obituary: Jane Fitzpatrick McGough / Her doors were always open

"Everything happened at our house," said her son, attorney W. Thomas McGough. "Our house was the house where everyone flowed to."

about 8 hours ago

 Thomas Menino

Obituary: Thomas M. Menino / Mayor who transformed Boston

Empty warehouses and a decrepit waterfront gave way to glassy condos, corporate offices and upscale restaurants.

about 9 hours ago

Palestinians decry Israel’s closing of holy site after slaying of suspect

Israel barredl access to the Jerusalem Old City holy site Jews call the Temple Mount and Muslims have identified as the Noble Sanctuary.

about 8 hours ago

Storytelling: Grandma’s chicken hands were scent from heaven

Grandma’s ’Chicken No. 5’ was an unforgettable scent.

about 8 hours ago

Burkina Faso army topples government, as country’s president vows to stay on

Army seizes control and dissolves all institutions in Burkina Faso.

about 8 hours ago

Feds approve vaccine against meningitis tied to campus outbreaks

The Food and Drug Administration has now approved a vaccine for the first time for the deadly type of meningitis that affected students

about 8 hours ago

Both parties targeting statehouse monopolies

Republicans now control 23 states, and Democrats, 13, the most states under single-party rule in six decades.

about 8 hours ago

Islamic State fighters execute 220 Iraqi men

Islamic state militants execute at least 220 Iraqi members of a Sunni Muslim tribe west of Baghdad, many of them police or militia members.

about 8 hours ago

7 nations where Americans can study for free (or almost free)

Seven nations, mainly in Europe, let Americans take college courses, in English, either cheaply or free.

about 8 hours ago

Cardinal plans to reorganize New York parishes

New York Catholic archdiocese announces sweeping consolidation of parishes, merging more than 50 of them.

about 8 hours ago

National briefs: Small-plane crash leaves four dead

Plus: Case for oil exports; Bankruptcy plan OK’d; Terrorism guilty plea; Recanting inmate freed.

about 8 hours ago

Sweden recognizes Palestinian State.

Plus: SAT cheating scandal; Presidential palace; Ebola crackdown; Union curbs proposed; U.S. drone strike

about 8 hours ago

 State troopers escort suspect Eric Frein from the Blooming Grove barracks early today in northeastern Pennsylvania. Frein, accused of opening fire on the barracks Sept. 12, killing state police Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II, was arrested Thursday night in an abandoned hangar after a 48-day manhunt.

DA to seek death penalty for Frein in ambush shooting death of Pennsylvania trooper

After a 48-day manhunt, the self-described survivalist surrendered in an abandoned hangar. He’s scheduled to appear in court today.

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 "Nowhere in the text of the provision is there a requirement that Highmark include UPMC in all of its Medicare-Advantage products," Judge Dan Pellegrini wrote.

Highmark plan can exclude UPMC, judge rules

The state argued in court last week that the agreements required Highmark to provide seniors with in-network access to UPMC care.

about 8 hours ago

 Black smoke billows from a building at Mid-Continent Airport, where officials say a plane crashed this morning.

Officials: At least two dead in Kansas airport crash

The airplane, believed to be a twin-engine turboprop, had taken off from the airport and crashed as it tried to return, the FAA said.

about 20 hours ago

 State Sen. LeAnna Washington, D-Philadelphia

Pa. legislator gets house arrest in $200K corruption case; staff worked on 'birthday' fundraiser

The judge said Sen. LeAnna Washington's case is one "that will taint, that will cloud, that will obscure" the works of good legislators."

about 17 hours ago

 President Barack Obama shakes hands Wednesday with Ebola survivor Kent Brantly during an event with American health care workers in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

Obama warns against strict Ebola quarantines

America’s response to Ebola must be based in fact and science, President Barack Obama said Wednesday.

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 The entrance of Posner Tower at UPMC Shadyside Hospital. Unlike many other sectors, job cuts at Western Pennsylvania hospitals have continued since the 2008 recession.

Hospital job cuts continue in Pittsburgh region

Western Pennsylvania hospitals, like most employers, shed jobs in the wake of the 2008 recession, but job losses have continued.

1 day ago

Contractor in rocket explosion had earlier issues with engines

The explosion Tuesday evening marked the first time that a resupply mission contracted by NASA to a private company has failed.

1 day ago

Fed ends bond-buying program — a remedy for Great Recession

The Fed has ended its “QE3” bond purchases but decides to maintain low short-term interest rates to keep spurring jobs market.

1 day ago

Section of Boyce Road in South Fayette to remain closed into December

Pennsylvania American Water will replace a 36-inch water main that ruptured three times this week on Boyce.

about 23 hours ago

 Seamus McCaffery

McCaffery's resignation from Pennsylvania Supreme Court reduces risk to his pension

In stepping down from the state Supreme Court this week, former Justice Seamus McCaffery reduced most risk to his sizable state pension.

1 day ago

 The ramp from northbound Interstate 579 and the Veterans Bridge to Route 28 was to close shortly after 10:30 a.m. today and stay closed around the clock until late November.

Interstate 579, Veterans Bridge ramp to Route 28 closing through November

The ramp closure is the final big hurdle for drivers who have faced more than four years of restrictions and detours.

1 day ago

Halloween canceled in northeastern Pennsylvania as police continue manhunt

Officials in rural Barrett canceled the beloved Halloween ritual and the annual parade because of the police manhunt for Eric Frein.

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 Nurse Kaci Hickox went out on a bike ride today in defiance of the state of Maine's voluntary quarantine for medical workers who have treated Ebola patients.

States struggling over Ebola policy

Governors of both parties are struggling to define public health policies on the virus.

about 8 hours ago

Chancellor, presidents receive raises from State System of Higher Education

Among the 14 presidents, the largest boost was a 13.2 percent, or $29,078, increase awarded to Bloomsburg University president David Soltz.

1 day ago

Woodland Hills school board shows divisions about consolidation plan

Several board members expressed concerns over the lack of specifics outlined to board members about the plan.

1 day ago

Obituary: Leroy 'Lee' Indorato / Pediatrician also ran catering business

Lee Indorato worked with his partners for 40 years to build their pediatric practice and helped to run a catering business on the side.

about 9 hours ago

 Alex Hribal, 16, leaves the Westmoreland County courthouse after a hearing last month.

Hribal seeks trial postponement in Franklin Regional stabbings

He is being held at the Westmoreland County juvenile detention center, where he is receiving mental health treatment.

about 20 hours ago

Random Acts of Kindness: Helper in parking lot donated for homeless

Also: Her angel put purse back into her hands; assisting needy couple meant more than lunch; return of MAC card made for a good day.

1 day ago

 A convoy of peshmerga vehicles is escorted Wednesday by Turkish Kurds in the town of Kiziltepe on their way to the Turkey-Syria border. Iraqi peshmerga fighters arrived in southeastern Turkey en route to the Syrian town of Kobani to try to help fellow Kurds break a siege by the Islamic State.

Peshmergas cheered by fellow Kurds in Turkey

The militiamen made their way toward the Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobani to try to break a siege there by Islamic State militants.

1 day ago

 Guy Scott

Zambian becomes first white African leader in 20 years

Guy Scott takes over for President Michael Sata, who died in a London hospital at age 77.

1 day ago

Democrat playing the race card in Senate campaigns in South

The images and words they are using are striking for how overtly they play on fears of intimidation and repression.

1 day ago

Gas deal still eludes Ukraine and Russia at EU talks Ukraine, Russia try to strike a deal over gas

Officials cancelled an evening news conference at which they had hoped to announce a deal after months of negotiation.

1 day ago

Hundreds feared dead in mudslide in Sri Lanka

A mudslide triggered by monsoon rains buried scores of workers' houses Wednesday at a tea plantation in central Sri Lanka.

1 day ago

Egyptian forces demolish homes for buffer zone along Gaza border

The evacuations of hundreds of houses started Tuesday, part of a sweeping security response by Egypt's government.

1 day ago

Capital mourns Bradlee, and the passing of an era

The legendary editor who helped force out President Richard Nixon and transform U.S. journalism, Mr. Bradlee had passed into icon status.

1 day ago

Police say man decapitates mother, kills himself

Neighbors initially took the woman’s killing as a macabre Halloween prank.

1 day ago

World Briefs: U.N. forces free hostages in Africa

PLUS: French soldier killed; Hong Kong lawmaker; celebrations canceled; oil spill near Stockholm.

1 day ago

National Briefs: Cheyney alums sue for funding

PLUS: Obamacare repeal bid; Georgia lawmaker probed; Cuban migrants rescued.

1 day ago

 A Port Authority bus travels on Forbes Avenue in Oakland in April. Officials said it will take nearly two years and $4 million to complete engineering and environmental reviews for a proposed Bus Rapid Transit system linking Downtown and Oakland.

Oakland-Downtown Pittsburgh transit plan full of promises but short on funding

If all goes ideally, construction could begin in 2017 or 2018, said Port Authority officials.

2 days ago

 Shoshana Roberts, 24, is a CAPA graduate.

Anti-harassment video of Pittsburgh CAPA grad goes viral

The two-minute video, filmed in New York City, was made by the group Hollaback! to raise awareness of street harassment.

1 day ago

Paving to begin this evening on Golden Mile Highway in Monroeville

The work will cause an alternating one-way pattern from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. weeknights through Nov. 6.

2 days ago

 Seamus McCaffery

Quick fix unlikely in bid to fill McCaffery's Pennsylvania Supreme Court seat

Under the state constitution, the governor has authority to nominate someone to fill the seat through next year.

1 day ago

Route 88 traffic restricted today in Castle Shannon

An alternating one-way pattern will be in effect at the Route 88 intersection with Rockwood Avenue and McCully Road.

2 days ago

Obituary: Rochelle Porter / Teen was champion for the underdog

Rochelle Porter, 15, stood up for underdogs and befriended friendless peers.

1 day ago

Student, 15, to face charges for knife incident at Pittsburgh Oliver school

Pittsburgh Public Schools said the 15-year-old girl entered the teachers’ lounge about 9:15 a.m. and grabbed a steak knife.

1 day ago

 In this June 26 photo, Rob King shows off the sensor that attaches to the bottom of a surveillance blimp, a large helium balloon that has cameras attached, at Ohio/Indiana Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center in Clintonville, Ohio. Pennsylvania State Police say they were using the device in the manhunt for Pennsylvania trooper killing suspect Eric Frein.

Unmanned balloon a bust in Pennsylvania manhunt

Trooper Tom Kelly, a state police spokesman, says the agency returned the Mylar balloon to the Ohio Department of Transportation on Tuesday.

1 day ago


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