School delayed for dozens of Pittsburgh-area districts

The National Weather Service’s winter weather advisory remains in effect until 1 p.m. today.

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 Sister Daniela Bronka, principal at St. Bernard School, laughs this month as she greets students and parents before the start of school.

Principal strengthens school's 'Catholic identity' while proving nuns can be fun

Sister Daniela Bronka, principal of St. Bernard School, shows her students that nuns don’t have to be old or intimidating.

about 6 hours ago

 From left, Maci Lee, 11, sits with her father, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee; mother, Kristen; and brother, Jaxon. Maci nearly died and her growth was stunted because of steroids for allergies and asthma.

Study indicates use of nasal steroids can stunt growth in children

The study led by an Allegheny Health Network researcher is to be published in the journal Pediatrics.

about 6 hours ago

 Crawford Village public housing complex.

Budget cuts put a big hole in housing authority security

Second of two parts. Housing authorities nationally maintain police forces, guard contracts and pacts with police despite budget cuts.

about 6 hours ago

 Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers president Nina Esposito-Visgitis.

Pittsburgh teachers’ pay schedule examined as contract talks begin

With the Pittsburgh teachers contract set to expire in June, talks are likely to focus on performance-based pay and other recent programs.

about 6 hours ago

 Volunteer students from the Shady Side Academy help make rain barrels at the Kingsley Center in Pittsburgh's Larimer neighborhood as part of the school's Day of Service to celebrate Martin Luther King Day.

Using art to control water flow in Larimer

Green infrastructure advocates and water artists say timing’s perfect for stormwater management to merge with a new development in Larimer.

about 6 hours ago

Pittsburgh Public Schools program turns teachers into pupils

Leader Teacher 2s are positions that provide extra pay and responsibilities for teachers.

about 6 hours ago

Obama to seek wilderness designation for Alaska refuge

The state’s elected officials oppose the proposal.

about 7 hours ago

Rebels press Ukraine offensive

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama promises steps against Russian-backed ’’aggression.’’

about 6 hours ago

In India, Obama aims to improve countries’ ties

The president was given a warm reception by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

about 7 hours ago

Reid’s eye surgery is a crucial moment in a long career

How he responds to the procedure could determine the future of his personal and professional lives.

about 6 hours ago

Boko Haram attacks northeastern Nigerian city, scores killed

The violence comes amid U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to the country Sunday.

about 7 hours ago

Greek radical left wins election, threatening market turmoil

Alexis Tsipras and his Syriza party bitterly opposed the terms of the 2010 bailout of the country.

about 7 hours ago

Koch event draws 2016 hopefuls Rubio, Paul, Cruz, Walker

Some potential presidential candidates were on hand for a panel discussion organized by the powerful conservative donors.

about 7 hours ago

California Supreme Court’s decision on Scout affiliation renews debate

Impartiality of the state’s judiciary comes under scrutiny.

about 6 hours ago

Obituary: Madeleine Hershey / Massage therapist was advocate for transgender youth

A woman who fulfilled her life’s purpose, Madeleine Hershey is celebrated for her authentic nature and attention to people.

about 6 hours ago

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: My fellow Americans, can you pass the America test?

If only we could all be forced to take a national civics/citizenship test...

about 6 hours ago

Nation briefs: Northeast snowstorm looms

Plus: Boehner sets focuses; Two dead in store shooting; Gas prices due to rise.

about 6 hours ago

World briefs: Protesters killed on anniversary of Egypt uprising

Plus: Video changes demands; Talks to end crisis fail; Citizens offer allegiance.

about 6 hours ago

 A 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing UH-1Y Huey helicopter crashed while conducting training aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif. A Marine Corps pilot and Indiana, Pa. native Capt. Elizabeth Kealey died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Marine pilot from Indiana, Pa. dies in helicopter crash

Capt. Elizabeth Kealey was deployed twice with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

about 7 hours ago

 A Big Belly Solar waste and recycling station on Smithfield Street near Sixth Avenue is one of 10 stations in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Big Belly stations are trash cans of the future

A $65,000 Alcoa Foundation grant funded 10 of the stations throughout Downtown in late November.

about 7 hours ago

Joe Biden's touch endears him to Tim Murphy's family

At the State of the Union, the vice president and GOP rep had a heart-to-heart talk. It was about Mr. Murphy's cancer-stricken sister.

1 day ago

 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to reporters after a Cabinet meeting early today at his official residence in Tokyo.

Japan’s PM seeks release of Islamic State captive

In recent years, Japan has moved toward the U.S. government's hard line against paying ransoms to terrorists who kidnap Americans.

1 day ago

As Vatican revisits divorce, faithful long for acceptance

Pope Francis, who will make his first trip to the U.S. as pontiff in September, has acknowledged the concerns of divorced Catholics.

1 day ago

Anti-vaccine parents found to stick together as their ranks grow

More parents are leery about vaccinating their children.

1 day ago

Chaos in Yemen forces U.S. to halt fight against terrorists

American  officials say the growing chaos in Yemen has resulted in a steady erosion in intelligence-gathering efforts against al-Qaida.

1 day ago

 U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during the Freedom Summit on Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa.

Possible GOP candidates pitch ideas at a conservative forum

Former governors Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush were notably absent from the Iowa gathering.

1 day ago

Vanderbilt gang-rape defense points to campus culture

The trial hints at challenge facing colleges as they try to establish campuses where students are safe and everyone understands the rules.

1 day ago

Atlanta airport reopens after no bombs found on threatened planes

The planes were operated by Delta Airlines and Southwest Airlines. The military briefly scrambled war planes into the skies over Georgia.

1 day ago

 Counter-demonstrators protest against a nearby gathering of pro-Pegida activists, who in Berlin call themselves "Baergida" and were demonstrating against the Islamization of Germany and other woes last week in Berlin.

New German far-right push against immigrants hits streets

Since the movement was founded in October, refugee advocates say the number of aggressive acts against foreigners has sharply increased.

1 day ago

The Next Page: Price of cyberattacks against America is like paying for 9/11 every year

Cybersecurity expert Christopher Mellon says that unless we do much better at prevention, the worst is yet to come.

1 day ago

National Briefs: Alabama seeks a stay on gay unions

Plus: “American Sniper” threats; militant teen sentenced; e-cigarette air warning.

1 day ago

World Briefs: Leftists lead final polls in Greece

Plus: Obama alters itinerary; 4 held in plot; Brits urged to stay in EU; Iraq’s Islamic State fight; ruling party’s pick wins; dozens freed.

1 day ago

Pizza driver robbed by gunman in East Allegheny

Pittsburgh police responded at 12:39 p.m. to Tripoli and Chestnut streets.

about 8 hours ago

 Frank A. Koren

Obituary: Frank A. Koren / Funeral director in Pittsburgh for over five decades

Mr. Koren had a full career at the prominent Pittsburgh funeral home H. Samson. Upon retirement, he joined Patrick Lanigan in East Hills.

1 day ago

 Photograph of Thomas Merton by John Howard Griffin. Used with Permission of the Merton Legacy Trust and the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University.

Why Thomas Merton 'continues to captivate'

A century after his birth, Catholic monk Thomas Merton still exerts wide influence here and abroad.

1 day ago

Kids-for-Cash youth detention co-owner disbarred

One of the main figures in a northeastern Pennsylvania juvenile justice scandal has been disbarred from the practice of law.

1 day ago

 Pittsburgh Police Zone One Commander RaShall Brackney stands alongside Marcus Alvarez, 16, of Northview Heights.

Police, community meet in East Liberty for racism summit

When the police give you an order, you might want to consider not only your rights, but also certain realities.

1 day ago

ISIS video claims beheading of one Japanese hostage

A Japanese hostage captured by Islamic State militants was said to have been killed.

1 day ago

 Eric Frein is accused of killing a state police trooper and seriously injuring another Sept. 12.

Judge to rule on release of Frein police shooting video

Several media outlets are opposing a motion filed by the Pike County district attorney that seeks to seal the Eric Frein shooting video.

1 day ago

 In this Jan. 6, 2015, file image released by the Saudi Press Agency, Crown Prince Salman gestures during a session at the Shura Council. On early Friday, Saudi state TV reported King Abdullah died at the age of 90. Saudi Arabia’s new king, Salman, is a veteran of the country’s top leadership.

Saudi king buried as new ruler sets succession

King Salman moved quickly after Friday’s burial of the late ruler, Abdullah, to put a younger generation of his family closer to the throne.

2 days ago

 Renderings of new signs for rail stations and bus stops that bear much more information than is currently provided

Port Authority plans new signs to make riding easier

The existing rail system maps will be replaced by more elaborate maps that also depict major bus routes with a guide to connecting to them.

2 days ago

Pro-Russian rebels reject peace deal, launch new offensive

The separatists’ moves upended recent European attempts to mediate an end to the fighting.

2 days ago

 Bishop Dorsey McConnell

Episcopal bishop urges action on racial inequality

Bishop McConnell issued “A Pastoral Letter on Race,” decrying racial oppression and suggesting ways to move toward reconciliation.

2 days ago

 In Miami, SkyRise, shown here in an artist's rendering, will feature a “sky plunge” jumping experience, a nightclub and other attractions.

Cities get a rise out of iconic buildings

Miami is backing SkyRise, a $430 million hairpin tower, as tourism races skyward.

2 days ago

 Yemeni protesters gather during a demonstration to show their support for Houthi Shiite rebels in Sanaa, Yemen, on Friday. Thousands of protesters demonstrated Friday across Yemen, some supporting the Shiite rebels who seized the capital and others demanding the country’s south secede after the nation’s president and Cabinet resigned. Arabic on the posters reads, “God is great. Death to America. Death to Israel. A curse on the Jews. Victory to Islam.”

Yemen's Shiite rebels try to avoid overstepping amid protest

The Houthis made no public attempt to fill the vacuum created by the resignations of the president, his prime minister and cabinet.

2 days ago

Supreme Court to hear case on execution drugs

The challenge focuses on Oklahoma, even though the justices declined last week to stop an execution there that used the contested chemicals.

2 days ago

 In this Nov. 12, 2014 file photo, the website, where people can buy health insurance, is seen on a laptop screen, shown in Portland, Ore.  The Obama administration is reversing itself after an outcry over consumer privacy on, the government’s health insurance website. The Associated Press confirms that the administration made changes to the website to scale back release of consumers’ personal information to private companies that analyze Internet performance and sell ads.

Obama administration scales back release of consumer data from health insurance website

The personal details included age, income, ZIP code, tobacco use and whether a woman is pregnant.

2 days ago

 Signs at two gas stations advertise unleaded gasoline for $1.68 in Oklahoma City on Friday. For the first time since 2009, most Americans are paying less than $2 a gallon.

With $2 gasoline, good times keep rolling at the pump

Gasoline under $3 was shocking. Now it's under $2. Will it ever end?

2 days ago

Vanderbilt gang-rape defense points to campus culture

The former football players’ lawyers have sought to put the elite southern university on trial for warping the young men’s judgment.

2 days ago


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