Pa. Sen. John Blake, D-Lackawanna.

Pennsylvania lawmakers taking another look at openness at state-related universities

Senate Bill 412, introduced by state Sen. John Blake, D-Lackawanna, is part of an effort to revamp Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law.

about 3 hours ago

 A masked, black-clad militant, who has been identified by the Washington Post newspaper as a Briton named brandishes a knife in this still image from a 2014 video obtained from SITE Intel Group February 26, 2015.

'Jihadi John' is a Kuwaiti-born Londoner named Mohammed Emwazi

The profile emerging of the English-speaking masked jihadist in the Islamic State execution videos is a disturbingly familiar one.

about 3 hours ago

History repeats in Iraq, Syria

The Islamic State has now seized close to 300 Assyrian Christians in Syria.

about 3 hours ago

Bin Laden lieutenant found guilty of plotting to attack Americans

A Saudi man has been convicted in for his role in the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.

about 3 hours ago

 An elderly woman drags a cart with belongings on the outskirts of Debaltseve, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. After weeks of relentless fighting, which inflicted severe damage to most buildings the embattled Ukrainian rail hub of Debaltseve fell last week to Russia-backed separatists. (AP Photo / Vadim Ghirda)

Ukraine, rebels start pulling back heavy weapons in country’s east

Heavy weapons are being pulled back from the front line in Ukraine as the truce is mostly holding.

about 3 hours ago

 House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio responds to reporters about the impasse over passing the Homeland Security budget because of Republican efforts to block President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The House voted last month to end Homeland Security funding on Saturday unless Obama reverses his order to protect millions of immigrants from possible deportation. After Democratic filibusters blocked the bill in the Senate, the chamber's Republican leaders agreed this week to offer a "clean" funding measure, with no immigration strings attached.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House GOP weighs new approach on Homeland Security

House Republicans agreed to vote on short-term funding for the Department of Homeland Security.

about 3 hours ago

 Zak Holland opens up a computer at a store on the Northern Arizona University campus in Flagstaff, Ariz., Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Much of the region was experiencing an Internet and phone outage that was linked to vandalism of a fiber-optic line. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)

Vandalism in Arizona shows the Internet’s vulnerability

Vandals cutting a fiber-optic cable that took out Internet service, landlines, cellphones, computers, ATMs and 911 systems across Arizona.

about 3 hours ago

 Mr. Wolf’s office announced Thursday that his team has identified $109 million it believes it can save in the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

Wolf 's search for inefficiencies in state government finds $109 million in savings

Gov. Tom Wolf’s cabinet secretaries have identified $109 million they believe the state can save in the next fiscal year.

about 3 hours ago

 Seventh grader Tiffany Ponticel looks through the interior of the art project of the likeness of the 100-year-old St. Philip School.  The art and replica of the school is exposed to  several black lights.

St. Philip School in Crafton celebrates centennial

Since the project was unveiled on Jan. 27, more than 500 people from the community have walked through a replica of the school.

about 3 hours ago

Moon Area to retain Hyde name on school building

The school board voted unanimously Monday to keep the name after a petition was circulated to that effect.

about 3 hours ago

Conservatives take turns slamming Obama, Hillary Clinton — even Jeb Bush

It was difficult for GOP presidential hopefuls to determine which arch-enemy to target at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

about 3 hours ago

Obituary: Carmen Tedesco / Chef thrilled race fans with creative food

Carmen Tedesco was someone everyone knew.

about 3 hours ago

Mt. Lebanon to extend consent order on sewers

Communities required to to develop a wet-weather control plan in conjunction with Alcosan.

about 3 hours ago

Mt. Lebanon School District will not build new rifle range for high school

In 2011, the board decided not to include rebuilding the range as part of a $109 million renovation.

about 3 hours ago

Obituary: Herman Rosenblat / Holocaust love story was beautiful but false

The story brought Mr. Rosenblat national recognition, especially after he was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey.

about 3 hours ago

Obituary: Irving Kahn / Wall Street's oldest stockbroker

Irving Kahn had watched the markets since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

about 3 hours ago

Winter Musings: Sweet memory lingers from tapping local syrup

The sweet memory of tapping Mt. Lebanon’s maple trees for syrup helps in surviving the harsh season.

about 3 hours ago

West Allegheny to introduce full-day kindergarten

The district also will offer a “Book Bus” or traveling library for children through age 5.

about 3 hours ago

Bethel Park backs new education funding formula

The school board is supporting the efforts of Campaign for Fair Education Funding, urging state legislators to establish such a formula.

about 3 hours ago

Moss Side Middle Schoolers learn drumming, culture

The program is funded through a matching grant from the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts.

about 3 hours ago

Penn Hills charter school seeks board approval for expansion

Imagine Entrepreneur Charter School wants to open a second location at 10700 Frankstown Road.

about 3 hours ago

Peters school budget may increase taxes

The district has an anticipated deficit of $2.8 million, which likely will lead to a tax increase above the state-mandated 2.03-mill cap.

about 3 hours ago

 Glassport Mayor Rosemary Bradley.

Spur-of-the-moment decision to run lands her in mayor's seat in Glassport

Rosemary Bradley, 72, knows of no other female Glassport mayor since the borough was founded in 1902.

about 3 hours ago

 Alejandro Diaz as the Prince, left, hands a rose to Alexandra Kochis as the Beauty in the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre production of "Beauty and the Beast."

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre stages 'Beauty and the Beast' for sensory-sensitive audience

Specially adapted performance gives those with sensory sensitivities a chance to experience a theater production.

about 3 hours ago

 FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, file photo, a sign directs students to a clinic at Matthew Knight Arena on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, Ore., where students can get vaccinated for a blood stream infection that can cause a form of meningitis. The University of Oregon is planning to start a mass vaccination of the 22,000-person student body starting on March 2, according to The Register-Guard. A federal panel is recommending that two new meningitis vaccines only be used during outbreaks and not be given routinely to teens and college students. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Andy Nelson, File)

Panel: Use new meningitis vaccines only for outbreaks

Two new meningitis vaccines should be used just for rare outbreaks, a federal panel recommends.

about 3 hours ago

Deadly diarrhea disease C. difficile infects almost 500,000 in U.S. each year

Cdiff bacterial deaths have more than doubled since 2007, and more than 80 percent of the deaths are among people 65 and older.

about 3 hours ago

Chilean girl with cystic fibrosis wants to die

Plus: British sex offenderl; China drops U.S. tech firms; Court voids adultery law; Ransom demanded for missionary; eagle owl terrorizes

about 3 hours ago

National Briefs: Obama to send 2 to AIPAC conference

Plus: Amazon hires Carney; Facebook gender options; D.C. pot controversy; Scruggs to move on; Tyson to be honored; Mo. official kills self

about 3 hours ago

 Southwest is offering introductory fares as low as $89 one way from Pittsburgh as part of the launch of its new daily nonstop service to Dallas.

Southwest Airlines announces daily nonstop Pittsburgh-to-Dallas flights

Southwest is offering introductory fares as low as $89 one way from Pittsburgh as part of the launch.

about 15 hours ago

PennDOT announces overnight lane closures on Parkway West

A lane will close in both directions between Interstate 79 and Green Tree, starting at 10 p.m. and will end by 6 a.m. each day.

about 14 hours ago

 House Bill 466 is similar to a liquor privatization bill that passed the House, but not the Senate, in 2013.

Pennsylvania House votes to privatize liquor sales

Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, opposes disbanding the state alcohol sales business.

about 4 hours ago

 Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak, left, applauds after Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced the FCC ruling on net neutrality today in Washington.

In historic vote on Internet, split FCC OKs regulation

The FCC is scheduled to vote on a proposal to reclassify broadband Internet as a telecommunications service.

about 12 hours ago

 New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton speaks at a news conference Wednesday where he discussed the arrest of three Brooklyn men who allegedly plotted to travel to Syria to join ISIS.

ISIS suspects operated, worked at mall kiosks in Philadelphia

Abror Habibov, who was arrested in Florida, sold kitchenware and offered cellphone repair services at the kiosks, investigators said.

about 17 hours ago

 Helga Stokes of Dormont is an English language tutor for the Baha'i Institute of Education's virtual university, which teaches members of the Baha'i faith in Iran.

Iranian students risk prison with online classes taught by Pittsburghers

Two Pittsburgh-area women give on-line instruction to students in Iran who are barred from college because of their Baha’i faith.

1 day ago

Bridges in McKeesport, North Braddock to be restricted today

The inspections affect the Jerome Street Bridge and the Tassey Hollow Bridge.

about 20 hours ago

Penn-Trafford paraprofessional charged with assaulting student

Police said charges of simple assault and harassment were filed against Sharon Kosko, a 59-year-old aide at Penn Middle School in Jeannette.

about 15 hours ago

Mon Incline returns to service

Port Authority blamed a computer problem for the incline’s closure on Wednesday.

about 20 hours ago

 Terry Gerigk Wolf, former Medical Center Director and CEO of the Pittsburgh VA Healthcare System.

Families, congressional leaders angered by revelations in ex-VA director's appeal case

Congressional leaders and family members upset by revelations in former Pittsburgh VA director’s appeal file.

1 day ago

 "A failure to list a reportable asset on the FAFSA is considered fraud," said Lynnette Khalfani Cox, CEO of and author of “College Secrets: How to Save Money, Cut College Costs and Graduate Debt Free.”

Grandparents’ college help, even savings plans, could end up hurting students

Students could become less eligible for federal financial aid when grandparents help them pay college expenses.

1 day ago

Judge orders Harrisburg to stop enforcing 3 gun ordinances

A new state law designed to give gun owners and gun rights groups a chance at dismantling illegal municipal firearms ordinances.

about 21 hours ago

Rudiak announces candidacy for city controller

Natalia Rudiak, 35, of Carrick is a two-term council member.

about 6 hours ago

Ex-W.Va. highway official sentenced in corruption case

Edward Matthew Tuttle, 39, of Buckhannon, had pleaded guilty in August in U.S. District Court.

about 18 hours ago

 FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2015, file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in his Jerusalem office. Netanyahu on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, turned down an invitation to meet privately with Senate Democrats next week during his visit to Washington, saying the session "could compound the misperception of partisanship" surrounding his trip. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, Pool, File)

U.S.-Israel quarrel intensifies

U.S.-Israel rift grows over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress next week against any nuclear deal with Iran.

1 day ago

NATO commander offers bleak outlook for Ukraine

Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove said Putin’s success in destabilizing Ukraine would spur him to raise similar conflicts elsewhere.

1 day ago

Islamic State seizes 100 Iraqi Sunni tribesmen

Islamic State militants abducted 100 Sunni Muslim tribesmen near Tikrit in Iraq, even as they moved dozens of Assyrian Christian hostages

1 day ago

House GOP still torn over Homeland Security funding

As the Senate progressed on a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security before its money runs out Friday night, it was still unclear

1 day ago

 Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, left, accompanied by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, speaks Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., before the committee voted to advance the nomination of Loretta Lynch.

U.S. Senate panel backs Loretta Lynch as attorney general

The 20-member panel voted 12-8 in favor of Lynch, a career prosecutor who is the top federal prosecutor in Brooklyn.

about 4 hours ago

Supreme Court seems set to side with Muslim woman in head scarf case

A young Muslim woman’s job interview while wearing a headscarf provoked a discrimination case that made it all the way to the Supreme Court

1 day ago

 Deby Kyle, mother of Chris Kyle, leaves court after the capital murder trial of former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh at the Erath County, Donald R. Jones Justice Center in Stephenville, Texas, on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015.  Routh, 27, of Lancaster, was convicted of the 2013 deaths of Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Michael Ainsworth, Pool)

As in ‘‍Sniper’ trial, insanity often is unsuccessful defense

In states such as Texas, where the test for an insanity defense is knowing right from wrong, it is difficult for murder defendants to meet

1 day ago

Obituary: Patricia MacDonald / Advocate started her own feminist magazine

McCandless resident was passionate about women’s issues and once started her own newspaper devoted to women of Pittsburgh.

1 day ago


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