Mary Marazita,  associate dean of research at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, with one pod of a 3-D camera system used to record images of human faces.

Researchers find health risks lie hidden in the cleft palate gene

The Pitt School of Dental Medicine lands an $11.8 million NIH grant to continue research on the genetics of cleft lips and palates.

about 17 hours ago

Traffic restrictions scheduled today and Wednesday in Moon, Robinson

Alternating one-way traffic will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days on Beaver Grade Road.

about 10 hours ago

Afghanistan, U.S. sign security pact allowing 9,800 U.S. troops to remain in country

Hamid Karzai, the outgoing president, had refused to approve the deal, which is intended to help Afghan security forces combat the Taliban.

about 10 hours ago

 The Lund family, from left, Don, Brian (in front), Nikki, Catie, Donna and Donny, is the focus of the documentary, "The Family Next Door," which explores the challenges, grace and determination of living with Brian's and Donny's autism.

Pittsburgh-area family shares autism story in film

“The Family Next Door” is a new documentary that highlights the challenges and triumphs of an Upper St. Clair family dealing with autism.

about 17 hours ago

Economist: Public benefits aid startups for immigrants

Children’s health insurance gave immigrants the confidence to start businesses and succeed, Harvard researcher says.

about 17 hours ago

 A U.S. Marshal patrols Monday along Mill Creek near Clarks Road in Barrett Township, Pa., as the search for Eric Frein continues since the Pennsylvania State Police shooting at Blooming Grove Sept. 12.

Pennsylvania police on manhunt find pipe bombs in woods

State police searching for a man accused of killing a state trooper say they found two pipe bombs in the woods during their manhunt.

about 2 hours ago

 Gov. Tom Corbett announces the start of a $28.5 million repair project on the Birmingham Bridge on Tuesday.

In visit to Pittsburgh bridge, Corbett touts transportation improvements

The governor said the 250 projects underway by the end of 2014 would not have been possible without the transportation bill of last year.

about 4 hours ago

Part of Pitcairn Road in Monroeville to reopen after slide repair

The section between Monroeville and Stroeschein roads has been closed since May because of a landslide.

about 8 hours ago

 The district attorney wants the state Supreme Court to delay former Justice Joan Orie Melvin’s entire campaign corruption sentence — not just the requirement that she apologize to every judge in the state — while she appeals her conviction and sentence.

DA says court should stay Orie Melvin's entire sentence

Orie Melvin was convicted in 2013 for using her staff and the staff of her sister, ex-state Sen. Jane Orie, to run her election campaigns.

about 6 hours ago

Allegheny County schools make national Blue Ribbon list

Elementary schools in Pine-Richland and West Allegheny are among the 337 schools honored.

about 1 hour ago

Two charged in Pennsylvania Turnpike scandal allowed to complete diversion program

Dennis Miller and Jeffrey Suzenski will have charges against them dropped, if they successfully complete a two-year diversion program, a

about 2 hours ago

 State police ride on an armored vehicles patrol Bear Town Road in Barrett, Monroe County, in eastern Pennsylvania  Monday as the search for suspect Eric Frein continues since the fatal shooting of a state trooper Sept 12.

Survival expert: Frein's challenge is to survive and evade

The search areas through the dense woods appear to have shifted daily as the manhunt wears on.

about 10 hours ago

Pittsburgh panel submits recommendations for expanding early childhood education

The panel convened by Mayor Bill Peduto is submitting ideas to the state in an effort to get part of $250 million in federal funds.

about 5 hours ago

 Nick Trombetta, founder of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, was unsuccessful in blocking the public from a hearing today on his motion to dismiss charges that he siphoned some $1 million from the Midland-based school through a collection of corporate entities he controlled.

Judge: Hearing to remain open for cyber-charter school founder

Nick Trombetta is charged with siphoning $1 million from the Midland-based school through a collection of corporate entities he controlled.

about 5 hours ago

Somerset County man arrested after loaded gun found at Baltimore-Wash. airport

The federal Transportation Security Administration says its officers found the .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun in a carry-on Monday.

about 6 hours ago

 Uniformed Secret Service officers walk along the fence on the north side of the White House last week. The Secret Service has boosted security outside the White House following a security breach in which an intruder with a knife scaled the White House fence, dashed across the lawn and made it all the way inside before agents managed to stop him.

Secret Service director takes onus for White House security breach

Lawmakers will question the Secret Service director following revelations a White House intruder got further inside than previously thought.

about 7 hours ago

 A customer checks out his iPhone 6 Plus Sept. 19 outside an Apple store in Pasadena, Calif.

Apple aims to provide medical history in the palm of your hand

From counting calories to monitoring blood pressure, your medical history can be as close as your cell phone.

about 17 hours ago

 In the Pittsburgh region, this year’s open enrollment is anything but typical.

Employers face unusual market for health insurance; open enrollment period to begin

The Affordable Care Act and the Highmark-UPMC breakup mean the normal open-enrollment period dynamics have been turned on their heads.

about 17 hours ago

Safety concerns lead to overnight Parkway West closures during construction near Carnegie

PennDOT has been using lane closures during the $72.8 million reconstruction project, but it said there have been too many close calls.

about 3 hours ago

 Maddie Manning of the Oakland Transportation Management Association leads Sara Klein, a Pitt senior, and Nicole Barnett of the Allegheny County Health Department across Forbes Avenue in Oakland during a pedestrian safety event Monday.

Oakland college students get lessons on traffic safety

The weeklong program encourages students at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and Carlow University to pay attention.

about 17 hours ago

 Authorities say Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has been arrested on a DUI charge in Maryland.

Olympian Michael Phelps arrested on DUI charge in Baltimore

Maryland Transportation Authority Police said Michael Phelps was going 84 mph in a 45-mph zone.

about 5 hours ago

Obituary: Robert L. Kasperik / Connected with community at family pharmacy in Derry

Robert L. Kasperik followed his father into the family pharmacy business in Derry, but he also made his own mark as a civic leader.

about 17 hours ago

Allegheny Regional Asset District eyes largest-ever budget

The county sales tax fund is 5.2 percent ahead of where it was this time last year, a boost RAD officials have attributed to auto sales.

about 17 hours ago

Two charged in Pa. Turnpike scandal due in court today

Two men charged last year in the Pennsylvania Turnpike “pay-to-play” scandal could have charges against them dropped.

about 17 hours ago

Facts about cleft lips and palates

Clefts are one of the most common birth defects worldwide with a long impact on medicine, culture and literature.

about 17 hours ago

UPMC physician designations come into question

Family physician Malcolm Harris says his name was wrongly included in a UPMC listing of 1,600 doctors who will not be in Highmark’s network.

about 17 hours ago

Obituary: Deborah Cavendish / Dowager Duchess of Devonshire

Deborah Cavendish was the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire and the last of the six eccentric Mitford sisters.

about 19 hours ago

Insiders detail deep intrusion at White House

White House intruder ran through much of the main floor, overpower one Secret Service officer.

about 17 hours ago

 The Neighborhood Flea bills itself as a high-quality flea market with vintage clothing, dinnerware and the best food trucks in town. This Sunday market was held in a parking lot at 23rd Street and Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh's Strip District.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Brookline woman's flea markets have been crafted to succeed

Crafter in search of opportunities to sell jewelry creates marketplace that grows to become her full-time job.

about 17 hours ago

Afghan president sworn in; pact with U.S. to be signed

New Afghan president’s inauguration sets stage for signing new accord with the U.S. guaranteeing a continuing U.S. military presence.

about 17 hours ago

Netanyahu reiterates Iran danger amid hostile Islamic State, Hamas

Israeli leader Benjaimin Netanyahu aligns the Palestinian Hamas movement with Islamic State militants.

about 17 hours ago

1st reports of Islamic State generated little interest

The Islamic State threat and Iraqi troops’ deteriorating effectiveness eluded not only the intelligence community, but also the White House.

about 17 hours ago

Hong Kong protesters prepare for long haul

Pro-democracy protester ranks in Hong Kong swell ahead of Chinese National Day and fears that riot police will again become aggressive.

about 17 hours ago

Studies fault warming in much of 2013 wild weather

Scientists in 22 studies find man-made global warming having an impact on more than half of 16 extreme weather instances globally last year.

about 17 hours ago

Volcano death toll now 36 in Japan

Poison gases hamper rescue effort for hikers caught by Japan’s volcanic eruption.

about 17 hours ago

California enacts sex consent for campuses

The  legislation directs colleges that receive state financial-aid money to make students responsible for getting affirmative consent.

about 17 hours ago

Supreme Court blocks order to restore Ohio early voting

Supreme Court, on 5-4 ideological split, blocked appeals court ruling that maintained Ohio’s seven days of early voting.

about 17 hours ago

CDC confirms first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the diagnosis.

12 minutes ago

National briefs: Trial to begin in New York cat kicking

Plus: Cheating trial begins; Arias jury selection; FAA looking into delays; New Windows in works

about 17 hours ago

World briefs: Syria OK with allied bombings

Plus: Obama hosts India’s PM; Teens sentenced to death; Lloyds makes adjustments; Argentina in contempt

about 17 hours ago

 Michael Jacus, a junior bioengineering student at the University of Pittsburgh, prepares specimens for isolating strands of DNA for the upcoming iGEM competition at MIT while team instructor Jason Lohmueller observes.

Competition spurs genetics research from Pitt, CMU students

This year’s International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition is focusing on finding a useful function from bacteria.

1 day ago

 Cy Thao was the first Hmong-American to serve in Minnesota’s Legislature. He is also a noted artist who painted a history of his ethnic group on 50 canvases.

Pittsburgh’s New Immigrants: Hmong artist paints his people’s history

A politician, painter and businessman, Hmong American Cy Thao has accomplished many firsts in Minnesota.

1 day ago

 Pennsylvania State Police block the entrance to Buck Hill Falls in Monroe County in eastern Pennsylvania, where the search for Eric Frein continues. Mr. Frein is a suspect in the fatal shooting of a state trooper earlier this month.

Manhunt for Pennsylvania trooper shooting suspect escalates near state forest

The hunt for suspect Eric Frein has narrowed to a rural neighborhood bordering a state forest in Monroe County in eastern Pennsylvania.

1 day ago

Old Freeport Road in O'Hara closing for bridge repairs

The road was scheduled to close for one week starting at 6 a.m.

1 day ago

Lane to close on northbound Route 19 in Pine

The closure is scheduled from 9 a.m. today through 3 p.m. Saturday between Route 910 and North Chapel Road.

1 day ago

 Planned Parenthood lead clinician Katherine Schott holds a copper-based ParaGard IUD, left, and a hormone-releasing Mirena IUD.

Pediatrics group says IUDs teens’ best birth control choice

Most women and girls still use inexpensive birth control pills, but the group’s statement might trigger a shift.

1 day ago

 Traffic stands still Sunday as tens of thousands of protesters jam the main street leading to the financial central district outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong.

Police forces crack down on Hong Kong protesters

The rallies appeared to pose the greatest test yet for China’s “one country, two systems” approach to governing the ex-British protectorate.

1 day ago

 Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto

Some say Pittsburgh mayor’s school panel on system overhaul lacks focus

As it prepares for its third meeting, the task force is still developing goals.

1 day ago

Traffic restrictions start today on 10th Street Bridge

The restrictions will be in place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today through Friday.

1 day ago

Glenbury Street in Overbrook closure starts today

The road will remain closed until Oct. 20 between Route 51 and Aaron Avenue.

1 day ago


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