Fireworks launch over Pittsburgh Saturday for the Fourth of July celebration, as seen from the top of the Carnegie Science Center.

Fabulous fireworks light up the Point as Pittsburgh celebrates Independence Day

“Nothing compares to this,” said one woman of the annual fireworks display over Point State Park in Pittsburgh.

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 Concertgoers dance before Nick Jonas’ performance June 13 during Pittsburgh’s Pride celebration, Downtown. Some are asking for a clearer picture of the finances of Delta Foundation, a tax-exempt nonprofit that organizes the annual Pride event and works on behalf of the region’s LGBT community.

Critics say Delta finances lack transparency

Delta Foundation’s Pride events have been a success, but there are questions about how the nonprofit spends its nearly $1 million budget.

1 day ago

 Image of Jan Hus at Bethlehem Chapel in Prague.

Czech priest who was pivotal in Protestant history is remembered

Jan Hus was burned at the stake 600 years ago, but his influence continued over the centuries.

1 day ago

Police investigate animal abuse in Fayette County

State Police at Uniontown are searching for an unknown person who broke into a Fayette County barn late Saturday night and abused a pig.

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 Members of the Brentwood Library parade entry reach up to grab red, white and blue beads thrown their way during Brentwood's Fourth of July Parade.

Partly cloudy skies, no rain, predicted for holiday weekend

The day is forecast to reach a high of 78 degrees and a low of 62 degrees with either mostly or partly cloudy skies throughout the day.

1 day ago

 Tatum Gretz, 11, from Connelsville practices.

World Cup a big kick for young Pittsburgh players

Young men and women are taking a keen interest in Sunday’s championship match between the U.S. and Japan for the Women’s World Cup.

2 days ago

 Last month was the eighth-wettest June on record, according to the National Weather Service.

Rainy weather could have an impact on Pittsburghers’ wellness

With more showers forecast, the trend might continue; it’s advised for anyone feeling down because of the weather to stay active.

2 days ago

 Feeding Pennsylvania says that former energy industry executive Jane Clements-Smith has been named its executive director. Feeding Pennsylvania is a collaborative effort of eight Feeding America affiliated food banks.

Feeding Pennsylvania appoints executive director

Former natural gas executive Jane Clements-Smith became executive director of hunger relief nonprofit Feeding Pennsylvania this week.

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 Maritza Mosquera with her "Body of Water" inject print at Assemble in Garfield on Friday. "Aqui," the exhibit Ms. Mosquera curated, runs through July at 5125 Penn Ave.

Garfield exhibit showcases 'diverse array' of Latino art

Maritza Mosquera presents “Aqui” with work from 13 Latino artists at Assemble in Bloomfield-Garfield for Cafe Con Leche.

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 The state game commission preliminarily passed a measure Tuesday to raise the fine to $2,500 for killing bald or golden eagles, which are protected under state and federal law even though they aren’t considered an endangered or threatened species in Pennsylvania.

State proposes raising fines for killing bald or golden eagles

In time for July 4, the Pennsylvania Game Commission proposed raising fines for killing bald eagles to $2,500 for a first offense.

2 days ago

 Guy Beresteanu, 14, and his sister Maya Beresteanu, 9.

Teenage fencer to represent U.S. at Maccabi games

Guy Beresteanu, 14, has been a fencer for eight years, but he will be a member of the U.S. Juniors male fencing team in Berlin this month.

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 Olivia Anderson, 4, plays in the sand Friday as her brother Elliott Anderson, 5, both of Upper St. Clair, does cartwheels at the Travel to the Beach Kids Korner of the Three Rivers Regatta in Point State Park.

Three Rivers Regatta cancels all water-based activities this weekend

Land-based activities, including musical performances and Saturday’s fireworks display, will go on as scheduled.

2 days ago

 At Motordrome Speedway in Smithton, Pa.  Red white and blue had a small presence with only one Confederate Flag license plate, as a small crowd gathered waits for the rain to stop. The races were cancelled.

Confederate flag is far away from Smithton track

The only flags that NASCAR fans at the Motordrome Speedway in Smithton cared about Friday night were the American flags.

2 days ago

 The view of Pittsburgh's Fourth of July fireworks show from last year is quite grand along Grandview Avenue on Mount Washington.

Independence, fireworks: Fourth of July holiday weekend has arrived

Officials are urging caution and common sense during what one group calls “the most dangerous holiday weekend of the year.”

3 days ago

 The Federal Trade Commission has approved the acquisition of the Family Dollar chain by rival Dollar Tree.

Dollar Tree purchase of Family Dollar approved

Some Pittsburgh Family Dollar locations will be affected.

3 days ago

Episcopalians, Mennonites differ on same-sex marriage

Both denominations took up the issue at their national gatherings this week.

3 days ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf and House Majority Leader Dave Reed, R-Indiana, said new meetings would begin next week. Aides said the meetings Monday would include only staff.

Pennsylvania's governor, legislators plan new round of budget talks

Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, and the Republican majorities in the House and Senate brought starkly opposing ideas to the bargaining table.

4 days ago

W.Va. woman gets six months in Nigeria-based counterfeiting scheme

Linda Walker said she got involved in the counterfeiting scam after she lost her job.

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 Crew workers from Interstate Amusements of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., install the "Wheel of Light," in Point State Park on June 30, 2015. The attraction will be open to the public Thursday thru Sunday and cost $5 per ride.

Three Rivers Regatta takes over the Point this weekend

America’s largest inland regatta is back on Pittsburgh’s shores for its 38th year.

4 days ago

Commission to consider at-large Allegheny County Council seat

Ed Kress, R-Shaler, sponsored the motion to be considered by the nine-member Government Review Commission.

4 days ago

 County Councilwoman Heather Heidelbaugh speaks at a news conference Tuesday at the county courthouse.

Outgoing Allegheny County councilwoman pushes changes

The Republican asked the group studying county government to consider several options, including eliminating the part-time council.

5 days ago

 Ed Kress, R-Shaler,

Allegheny County Council considers independent seat

Ed Kress, R-Shaler, said such a seat would reflect the growing number of voters who identify as neither Republican nor Democrat.

5 days ago

Pennsylvania AG's office files suit against nursing home chain

The Commonwealth Court suit said the chain, with four homes in Western Pa., misled consumers by failing to provide basic services.

4 days ago

 Mario Grisom.

Homestead man indicted on sex-trafficking charges

The case apparently stems from the arrests of adult prostitutes at Station Square in May.

4 days ago

5-year-old falls out of window in Fayette

The child's condition was not immediately known.

4 days ago

Body found in burned car in Slippery Rock

It was not clear whether the person died before or during the fire, State police from New Castle are handling the investigation.

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 “They don’t know what’s going to happen,” said Rev. Saranto Serviou of Franklin Park, shown here on the right in 1950.

Greeks in Pittsburgh worry about economic situation back home

Banks in Greece stayed closed Monday, announcing they would limit people to withdrawals of just 60 Euro -- $67.40 -- per day from ATMs.

6 days ago

State System expecting enrollment decline

Enrollment now is expected to fall by 1,697 students this fall, a bigger dip than the 862 forecast before student commitments were received.

5 days ago

 High winds brought down a tree from its roots in front of 1217 Monterey Street on Tuesday night at around 6 p.m. The tree landed on a parked car and spanned the street.

Thunderstorms sweep through Pittsburgh region

A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for some areas until 6:30 p.m. A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for the region until 8 p.

5 days ago

United Church of Christ calls for divestment in message to Israel

Advocates for Palestinians say the divest and sanction movement is a non-violent way to pressure Israel into ending human rights abuses.

5 days ago

 "I not only oppose the $5 ConnectCard fee, I believe we should be getting a discount for using them," said Edward Wagner of Brighton Heights.

$5 Port Authority ConnectCard fee runs into opposition

About 350,000 ConnectCards have been issued for free since the authority launched the system in 2012.

5 days ago

 After speaking about childhood hunger and the Grub Up program at Cowley Park in Troy Hill, U.S, Sen. Bob Casey, right, took some time to look at what the children were doing with the Roving Art Cart programs. Here he talks with Pittsburgh resident Jiannah Hood, 8.

Casey visits Pittsburgh to raise awareness of summer feeding programs

Nearly 90 percent of children eligible for free or reduced-rate school lunches are not receiving summer meals under the federal program.

5 days ago

Lane closures start tonight on Fort Pitt Bridge

Work will occur between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. daily through July 10, but no restrictions will occur on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

5 days ago

 Teachers, parents and supporters march past the front of the Allegheny Intermidiate Unit (AIU) building at The Waterfront, May 27, 2015, in a demonstration protesting reported cuts in the teaching staff.

Allegheny Intermediate Unit's closed-door meetings raising questions

AIU is bound by the state’s open-meeting law, although it rarely holds public discussions about its operations or spending.

1 week ago

New program aims to help reduce recidivism in Allegheny County

The program will focus on 20 people with mental illness  who have cycled in and out of the criminal justice and homeless services systems.

1 week ago

Gas prices take dip in Pittsburgh region

A check of more than 700 gas stations in the area found prices down 0.5 cents per gallon to an average of $2.97.

6 days ago

 Evan Wolfson

Father of same-sex marriage reflects on long battle he led

Squirrel Hill native Evan Wolfson has led the national fight for same-sex marriage for more than 30 years.

1 week ago

 Two Union re-enactors leave the field Saturday at Hartwood Acres as opposing forces square off in the background.

Confederate re-enactors say battle flag is part of 'living history'

Confederate re-enactors offer a look at “living history” as they marched out under a controversial battle flag at Hartwood Acres.

1 week ago

 Dana Ventriglia, left, and Lee Grice embrace after exchanging vows during their wedding ceremony in March. The wedding was at Mansions on Fifth in Shadyside.

For long-term couples, same-sex decision comes after long wait

Many same-sex couples watched as the Supreme Court did something they thought they would never live to see.

1 week ago

 Tom Huffman cleans up what remains of his 60-foot tall maple tree Sunday morning from his Chaparral Drive home in the Timberline subdivision of Cranberry.

Cranberry cleans up after 'mild' tornado over the weekend

The region saw unusually cool weather Sunday, a day after the funnel cloud touched down in Cranberry Saturday.

1 week ago

Woman injured in Indiana County shooting

A 22-year-old woman was accidentally shot at an apartment complex in Indiana County, state police said Sunday.

1 week ago

‘Minimal’ Cranberry tornado confirmed

The late-afternoon tornado touched down on Chaparral Drive and traveled a mile toward North Boundary Road at 70 mph.

1 week ago

 Deb Whitewood, left, son Landon, 4, her partner Susan Whitewood, and daughter, Katie, 16, right.

Reactions to gay marriage ruling vary widely; rifts within faith groups continue

Religious leaders who oppose same-sex marriage lamented the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges.

1 week ago

Ohioans rush to exchange marriage vows

Ohio was one of the states that did not recognize same-sex marriages until Friday’s Supreme Court ruling.

1 week ago

 Rainbow-colored lights shine on the White House to celebrate Friday's Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage.

Same-sex marriage now a nationwide right

The 5-4 ruling ends a lengthy legal and political journey through courts and legislatures that began more than 30 years ago.

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 Balloons spell out the word "love" over the Supreme Court in Washington today.

Obama, Wolf, others react to Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage

President Barack Obama called the decision “a big step in our march toward equality.”

1 week ago

 The Rev. James Callozzo

Orthodox priest charged with sex crime in Ohio

The Rev. James Callozzo, 73, of Brookline faces a third-degree misdemeanor charge of sexual imposition.

1 week ago

Penn State says it was victim of cyber attack

Following two cyberattacks on Penn State's College of Liberal Arts, the university is resetting passwords on its college-issued accounts.

1 week ago

Foreign national indicted on charges of defrauding IRS in UPMC data breach

The ring sought about $2.2 million in fraudulent refunds but received only $1.4 million.

1 week ago

Arizona woman convicted as Pittsburgh meth source

Racquel Sanchez, 35, who has homes in Tucson and in Florida, was convicted of conspiracy to distribute meth.

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