Carolyn De La Cruz is a plastic surgeon who specializes in breast reconstruction for cancer patients. She now also performs surgery to relieve fluid buildup in lymphedema cases.

Outpatient treatments can remove fluid buildup in soft tissue

New microsurgical technique at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC lessens the impact of lymphedema, a complication from cancer surgery.

about 17 hours ago

Inbound Parkway West traffic restricted tonight

The restriction was scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. and be lifted by 6 a.m. Wednesday.

about 6 hours ago

 Protesters take pictures in front of the burning Juanita's Fashion R Boutique in St. Louis, Mo. early today. Protesters set fire to buildings and cars and looted businesses in the area where Michael Brown was fatally shot after a grand jury declined to indict white police Officer Darren Wilson in Brown's death.

St. Louis suburb smolders after racially charged riots

About a dozen buildings in suburban Ferguson, Mo., burned overnight and police fired tear gas and flash-bang canisters at protesters.

about 8 hours ago

 A Port Authority spokesman said fareboxes will be upgraded sometime next year.

Port Authority fareboxes not always charging correctly

Fareboxes now have to be reset manually by Port Authority drivers to prevent riders from paying too much when they use ConnectCards.

about 17 hours ago

Liberty Bridge inspections to restrict traffic

The work will occur on both sides of the bridge from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All ramps will be open.

about 9 hours ago

Chartiers Creek Bridge in Carnegie, Scott to reopen this evening

Chartiers Creek Bridge No. 6 has been closed since July during a $1.6 million rehabilitation project.

about 5 hours ago

 Uber has declined to disclose how many drivers it has in the Pittsburgh area.

Deal between Uber, Airport Authority concerning fines falls through

Uber drivers had been cited by Allegheny County police for picking up passengers at Pittsburgh International Airport.

about 2 hours ago

 Andy, a four-wheeled robot designed to explore the moon and designed at Carnegie Mellon University, was unveiled on Monday.

CMU, Astrobotic hope Andy is a handy rover for the moon

CMU debuts its newest rover for the $20 million Google Lunar XPrize race to the moon.

about 17 hours ago

PennDOT announces restrictions on Lebanon Road in West Mifflin

The road will be limited to an alternating one-way pattern until 3 p.m. today and again from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., PennDOT said.

about 6 hours ago

 Pittsburgh Public Schools superintendent Linda Lane said enrollment declines in the city create a population density issue similar to that in rural districts.

Pittsburgh schools superintendent calls for changes in state education funding formula

Linda Lane called on the state to consider enrollment as well as equity, recognizing it costs more to educate some children than others.

about 17 hours ago

Pennsylvania Turnpike says 11 workers disciplined over porn on agency's email system

A spokesman said today the punishment ranged from suspension for the most serious violations to letters of reprimand.

about 5 hours ago

Winter storm warning issued for Laurel Highlands

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the Laurel Highlands and much of central and southeastern Pennsylvania.

about 1 hour ago

 New FDA rules released today require chain restaurants and large vending machine operators to disclose calorie counts on menus to make people more aware of the risks of obesity posed by fatty, sugary foods.

New FDA rules to put calorie counts on menus, supermarket meals, movie popcorn

Under the rules, calories must be displayed on all menus and menu boards.

about 6 hours ago

Philadelphia one of three finalists to host Democratic convention

New York City and Columbus are also hoping to host the Democratic National Convention in 2016.

about 17 hours ago

 “The one thing magnesium is reported to do is to help with blood pressure,” said Ronald M. Glick, medical director for the Center for Integrative Medicine at UPMC Shadyside.

Magnesium deficiency linked to several health problems

Magnesium deficiency in the American diet can lead to high blood pressure and cholesterol and heart problems, among other health issues.

about 17 hours ago

Avonworth, teachers extend contract to 2017-18

Under the extension, Avonworth teachers with a masters degree and 18 years of service will see pay increase from $92,050 to $95,025.

20 minutes ago

 Jeffrey Raymond Wheeler sits Monday in the back of a mathematics class taught by his son Jeffrey Paul Wheeler at the University of Pittsburgh.

W.Va. veteran with cancer gets wish to see son lecture at Pitt

Jeffrey Wheeler, retired U.S. Marine Corps sergeant, always wanted to see his son teach a class at the University of Pittsburgh.

about 17 hours ago

Casey calls for tax incentives to encourage donations to food banks

The senator’s proposed bill would make permanent the tax incentives for individuals and small to medium-sized businesses.

about 3 hours ago

O'Hara Elementary School closed due to power outage

The Fox Chapel Area School District said, however, that parent-teacher conferences will take place as scheduled.

about 10 hours ago

Dissection often needed of axillary lymph node

Research is underway to reduce the number of lymph nodes that are removed to improve long-term outcome, ease side effects.

about 17 hours ago

Health happenings: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Health events scheduled in the coming week.

about 17 hours ago

 North Siders celebrate the third annual "Friendsgiving" at the Elks Club.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: A community gathers to give thanks for friendship

Annual ’Friendsgiving’ brings North Siders together for turkey, strengthens neighborhood ties and contributes to a food pantry.

about 17 hours ago

Ferguson grand jury does not indict, but probes continue in Washington

Two U.S. Justice Department investigations related to the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., are still continuing.

about 17 hours ago

 A protester scuffles Monday with police during a march toward Times Square in New York after the announcement of the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old.

Timeline: Ferguson, Mo., police shooting and investigation

A St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict a Ferguson, Mo., police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager.

about 9 hours ago

Security veterans are poised to fill secretary of defense seat

Michele Fournoy and Ashton Carter are being considered as likely successors to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

about 17 hours ago

Alzheimer's risk almost double for aging blacks

Older blacks almost twice as likely as white to develop Alzheimer’s disease.

about 17 hours ago

Iran nuclear negotiators risk backlash

As a deadline passes for an Iran nuclear accord, the U.S. and its allies as well as officials in Tehran agree to extend the talks.

about 17 hours ago

University of Virginia to hold special meeting after report of gang-rape at fraternity

An allegation of frat house gang-rape at University of Virginia and a mishandled administrative response spur emergency meeting.

about 17 hours ago

Israeli leader delays divisive measure

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agrees to stall a controversial nationality bill while a more moderate compromise measure is drafted.

about 17 hours ago

Finland feels vulnerable amid Russian provocations

Nonaligned and peaceable Finland fears that it could become Russia’s next target for military acquisition.

about 17 hours ago

 A woman visits the permanent exhibition of the Museum of Fine Arts Bern in May. The museum said it was shocked to learn that Cornelius Gurlitt, the son of a Nazi-era art dealer, had left it a disputed hoard of priceless paintings — some thought to have been plundered from Jews. One day after the death of Cornelius Gurlitt, his lawyer told the Museum of Fine Arts in the western Swiss city of Bern that it was the sole heir of the German's spectacular collection.

Swiss gain Nazi-era art

A museum in Bern, Switzerland, has accepted a priceless bequest of masterworks from the late son of a Nazi-era art dealer.

about 17 hours ago

Lawmakers still negotiating tax-break extension plan

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew criticizes lawmakers contemplating an extension of business tax breaks without doing the same for individuals.

about 17 hours ago

 Firefighters respond to a small fire early this morning on the Robert Morris University campus in Moon.

Small dorm fire reported at Robert Morris University campus

The fire, which was reported shortly after 5:30 a.m., was in Washington Hall.

about 6 hours ago

A look at what's ahead in the Ferguson case

A look at some of the likely next steps in Ferguson:

about 14 hours ago

What's covered in new menu labeling rules

The menu labeling rules take effect in one year for restaurants.

about 5 hours ago

 This undated photo released by the St. Louis County prosecuting attorney's office on Monday shows Ferguson, Mo., police Officer Darren Wilson during his medical examination after he fatally shot black teen Michael Brown.

Highlights of testimony in the Michael Brown shooting

Officer Darren Wilson said he drew his gun and threatened to shoot if Michael Brown didn’t move back.

about 8 hours ago

National briefs: Storm on the menu this holiday in some areas

Plus: Obama awards 18 medals; FDA releases new rules; Calif. suspect confessed; ‘Casablanca’ piano sold

about 17 hours ago

World briefs: Bomb kills 2 foreigners in troop convoy

Plus: Armenian-Azeri dispute; reprisal hits al-Ashabab; Boko Haram raids town;human-trafficking report; pope to target Europe.

about 17 hours ago

 Brittany Ferrell, of St. Louis, chants "hands up don't shoot" while marching through the streets protesting the August shooting of Michael Brown, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in St. Louis. Ferguson and the St. Louis region are on edge in anticipation of the announcement by a grand jury whether to criminally charge officer Darren Wilson in the killing of 18-year-old Brown. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Unrest erupts outside Missouri police site

Gunshots were heard and bottles thrown in Ferguson, Mo.

about 16 hours ago

Highlights from the Ferguson grand jury document release

Highlights of the grand jury documents from its review of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer.

30 minutes ago

 A protester scuffles with police during a march toward Times Square in New York City after the announcement of the grand jury decision not to indict a Ferguson, Mo., police officer in the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown.

Protesters fill streets around the country after Ferguson, Mo., grand jury decision

Thousands rallied in U.S. cities to protest the grand jury decision in the police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

about 17 hours ago

 The Wilkinsburg school board is set Tuesday to approve an agreement with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit to place disruptive students in AIU alternative education programs.

Wilkinsburg schools ramp up discipline

In the wake of two violent incidents, the district has moved quickly on new procedures for alternative education and detention.

1 day ago

Bridge on Old Steubenville Pike in North Fayette to reopen

The bridge, closed for repairs since July 16, will reopen at 5 p.m.

1 day ago

 Lesley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown, left standing on the top of a car, reacts as she listens to the announcement of the grand jury decision Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.

Cars vandalized, gunshots heard in Ferguson as Obama calls for peace

Crowds gathered across the nation after the decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson was announced.

about 18 hours ago

Lane on Wood Street in Downtown Pittsburgh to close nightly

The closure will begin at 10 p.m. daily through late December, with the lane reopening by 6 a.m. daily.

1 day ago

 U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel , center, announces his resignation Monday as President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden look on during a news conference at the White House.

Hagel submits resignation as defense chief under pressure

Mr. Hagel, 68, a former Republican senator, has served as Pentagon chief since early 2013.

about 17 hours ago

 Tammy Martin of the North Side joins a crowd gathered outside the courthouse on Grant Street Downtown Pittsburgh Monday evening.

Grand jury reaches decision in Ferguson shooting

Many had thought a grand jury decision would be announced Sunday, based partly on a stepped-up police presence in the preceding days.

about 22 hours ago

Glass Run Road closure in Baldwin Borough extended to Dec. 15

PennDOT spokesman Steve Cowan said the project was extended because of a utility relocation issue.

1 day ago

 Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Dwayne Woodruff

Ex-Steelers corner Woodruff to run for Pa. Supreme Court

The 57-year-old played in the NFL from 1979 to 1990, and was on the squad that beat the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl XIV.

1 day ago

Proposal declares Jewish homeland

The measure was decried by critics as racist and a threat to democracy.

1 day ago


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