The tug and barge 64 Express working at Norfolk International Terminals on the Elizabeth River in Virginia.

Shippers look to the rivers to move more freight

Containers — multicolored units that look like railroad boxcars without the wheels — aren’t typically shipped on rivers. That may change.

about 12 hours ago

 Wilkinsburg High students are dismissed on Friday.

Penn Hills, Woodland Hills won’t take Wilkinsburg students

The Wilkinsburg district is set to meet officials of Pittsburgh Public Schools, also a bordering district, later this month.

about 12 hours ago

 A boy watches as people and security forces gather at the scene of a car bomb explosion in Habibya in eastern Baghdad on Friday. A series of bombings ripped through Baghdad Friday, mainly targeting public places and killing and wounding civilians, officials said.

Iraqi officials believe Saddam’s top deputy killed

He was the last member of Saddam Hussein’s inner circle still on the run.

about 12 hours ago

 Rep. Bill Shuster

Legislation tainted by Rep. Bill Shuster's relationship with airline lobbyist, critics say

By night, the House Transportation chairman wined and dined a top airline lobbyist whose employer was a big campaign donor.

about 12 hours ago

 Andrew Beck, 13, left, and David Luoni, 15, test their strength Friday in an arm-wrestling bout at Assumption School in Bellevue.

School partnership creates a bond stronger than students’ disabilities

Students from the Assumption School and The Day School at the Children’s Institute have a special bond.

about 12 hours ago

Nashville teen arrested for bomb threat at Pittsburgh Brashear High

The teen, who was not identified, also is accused of sending threats to schools in Nashville; Brockton and Whitman, Mass.; and Burke, Va.

about 12 hours ago

 The full space suit of American astronaut Kenneth Bowersox, who returned to Earth in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft after the 2003 space shuttle Columbia disaster grounded the other shuttles

Bonhams sale offers items that have been to the moon and back

The space-collectibles sale includes a strap with moon dust, a spacesuit and a Gemini 4 checklist for the first U.S. space walk.

about 12 hours ago

 Cardinal Francis George on Nov, 17, 2014, at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago.

Obituary: Cardinal Francis George / Key voice in Catholic orthodoxy and former archbishop of Chicago

He played a key role in the church’s response to the clergy sex abuse scandal and led the U.S. bishops’ fight against Obamacare.

about 13 hours ago

Study finds that surgery can lower disability in stroke patients

The study is affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh and confirms that endovascular surgery works.

about 12 hours ago

Allentown, Pa., mayor seeks Democratic nod for U.S. Senate

Allentown’s Mayor Ed Pawlowski, a Democrat, says he’s running for Republican Pat Toomey’s Senate seat.

about 12 hours ago

Republicans blast Wolf pick for Pa. state department

Pedro Cortes presided over the department during the time when Kermit Gosnell was found guilty of killing three babies in botched abortions.

about 12 hours ago

Pittsburgh Parking Authority looks to refinance debt

The authority estimates that the moves could save up $6 million over the next decade in interest.

about 12 hours ago

BMW recalling 91,800 Mini Coopers to fix air bag problem

The problem affects the 2005 to 2008 models of the Mini Cooper and Cooper S.

34 minutes ago

Gibsonia Road work set to begin Monday

Gibsonia Road improvements will bring traffic restrictions starting Monday near Babcock Boulevard in Pine.

about 1 hour ago

 Afghan security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack near a bank branch in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan.

Afghan suicide bombing claimed by Islamic State kills 33

The attack in Jalalabad, capital of eastern Nagarhar province, targeted a crowd of soldiers and civilians gathered outside the bank.

about 2 hours ago

DA to hold off on showing video in police shooting of driver in Dauphin County

Authorities allege that Hummelstown police officer Lisa Mearkle shot 59-year-old David Kassick twice in the back during a traffic stop.

14 minutes ago

Bugs start to crawl into Americans’ diet

An increasing number of “entopreneurs” are launching businesses to feed a growing appetite for crickets, mealworms and other edible insects.

about 12 hours ago

 In this photo from 2010, an oil-drenched bird struggles to climb onto a boom out of the waters of Barataria Bay, La., which are filled with oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Gulf health 5 years after BP spill: Resilient yet scarred

There’s more than surface shimmering blue and emerald to the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon spill. And it’s not as pretty a picture.

about 12 hours ago

Obama praises bill that gives Congress a vote on Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday praised a Senate bill giving Congress a vote on an Iran nuclear deal as a “reasonable

about 12 hours ago

 Meredith Barber poses with her daughter Gabrielle Schwager, 10, on Thursday at their home in Penn Valley, Pa.

Opt-out movement accelerates amid Common Core testing

The scattered but growing “opt-out” movement is defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance.

about 12 hours ago

GOP hopefuls swarm New Hampshire for first candidate forum

GOP rivals at a party gathering tested out new lines of attack on the overwhelming favorite for the Dem nomination — and on each other.

about 12 hours ago

U.N. calls on Western nations to shelter Syrian refugees

The war in Syria is creating the worst global refugee crisis in decades.

about 12 hours ago

Constitutional or not? Court weighs Obama’s deportation deferrals

The president’s executive action on immigration seeks to shield up to 5 million people from deportation.

about 12 hours ago

 In this Sept. 7, 2012, file photo, Yanomami Indians dance in their village called Irotatheri in Venezuela's Amazon region.

Unprecedented germ diversity found in remote Amazonian tribe

Friday’s study raises tantalizing questions about the microbial diversity of our ancestors.

about 12 hours ago

World Briefs: U.S. Army trainers arrive in Ukraine

Plus: Greece’s creditor woes; fight against racism; Pope may visit Cuba; and more.

about 12 hours ago

National Briefs: U.S. pushes more oil train inspections

Plus: Boston Marathon bombing case; deputy says he had sufficient training; White House fence jumper; Bloomberg data terminals crash.

about 12 hours ago

 Jeff Kozar of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry, helps volunteers plant a tree seedlings in April 2012 at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Stonycreek, Somerset County. Three years later, hundreds of volunteers are planting more seedlings today and Saturday at the site.

Hundreds planting 22,000 seedlings at Flight 93 memorial to reforest strip mine

About 22,000 seedlings will be planted today and Saturday at the site in Stonycreek Township.

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 Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Blair, speaks Tuesday at the American Road and Transportation Builders Association's Federal Issues Program and Transportation Construction Coalition Fly-In event in Washington.

Rep. Bill Shuster admits to ‘personal relationship’ with lobbyist

The House Transportation chairman acknowledged dating the vice president of government affairs for Airlines for America.

1 day ago

Obituary: Joseph David Hughes / Longtime political activist

Joseph David Hughes, longtime leftist political activist who dressed as Uncle Sam.

about 22 hours ago

Sto-Rox middle school students to be dismissed on time after evacuation

Students and staff returned to Sto-Rox Middle School hours after being evacuated this afternoon, Superintendent Terry DeCarbo said.

about 21 hours ago

 The Richard family helps Boston Mayor Marty Walsh reveal a banner at the site of one of the two 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, along Boylston Street in Boston Wednesday. The Richards, whose 8-year-old son, Martin, was killed in the attack, and daughter, Jane, was injured, have made a public plea to prosecutors to stop seeking the death penalty for the bomber.

Parents of boy killed in Boston bombing oppose death penalty for Tsarnaev

Martin Richard, who was 8, was with his family cheering on the runners before the bombs went off.

about 22 hours ago

Route 51 ramp to close tonight in Jefferson Hills

The ramp will close from 6 p.m. today to 6 a.m. Saturday.

1 day ago

Parkway North HOV closed by power outage

There was no word on when they might reopen.

1 day ago

Three killed in car bomb near U.S. consulate in northern Iraq

One of the injured was American, Kurdish news agency Rudaw said.

about 23 hours ago

 A multi-vehicle crashes snarls traffic this morning on Saw Mill Run Boulevard (Route 51) between the Liberty Tunnels and the Parkway West.

Four injured in Route 51 multi-vehicle crash

The crash was reported in the 800 block of Saw Mill Run Boulevard (Route 51) between the Liberty Tunnels and the Parkway West.

1 day ago

Lanes to close today on Route 60 in Robinson, Kennedy

Work will occur from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

1 day ago

 Indiana University of Pennsylvania students leave the student union in January 2014.

IUP to hold off on per-credit tuition rate

The planned new rate would have charged about $264 per credit.

about 13 hours ago

 Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's order, issued Wednesday, calls for a government response by Monday.

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito gives Pittsburgh, Erie dioceses birth control opt-out win

The order follows an appeals court ruling that had ruled the government could enforce the mandates in the Roman Catholic dioceses.

about 13 hours ago

Paving to restrict Route 51 in McKees Rocks, Stowe

Work will start at 6 p.m. daily.

1 day ago

 “You might be talking a dollar a day at some of these lots,” Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said.

Could Port Authority start charging for parking at park-n-ride lots?

The Port Authority has 49 park-n-ride lots, some of which it owns and some that are owned by private entities.

1 day ago

Temporary section of Glenbury Street to close for weekend tonight

A short detour begins at 7 p.m. today.

1 day ago

 American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten hears of the success of Pittsburgh's Woolslair School during her visit to Pittsburgh Wednesday. At right is Pittsburgh School Director Sylvia Wilson from District 1.

National teachers union leader celebrates success at Pittsburgh Woolslair

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said Pittsburgh Woolslair PreK-5 parents set an example for others.

1 day ago

Lawmakers optimistic on more money for education

State Sen. Jay Costa, D-Forest Hills, said he is “optimistic” a deal can be reached.

1 day ago

 Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner, left, and challenger Mark Patrick Flaherty speak Thursday during their appearances in front of the Post-Gazette's editorial board.

County controller candidates Wagner, Flaherty spar before PG editorial board

The candidates clash on who would allow politics to sully the controller’s office.

1 day ago

Judge says Carnegie woman must repay Keystone Oaks school for theft

A judge ordered the woman, who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $90,000 at Keystone Oaks High School, to serve jail time.

1 day ago

Penn Hills school district seeks permission to borrow $18 million

The money is needed to keep the district open until the end of the year, officials say.

1 day ago

Girl hit by school van suffered broken pelvis, other injuries

The girl remains in critical condition after the Thursday afternoon incident in the Arlington section of Pittsburgh.

1 day ago

Rogers Primary students adjusting well in temporary home at Burchfield Primary School

The students in grades K-3 are attending another school in the Shaler Area School District after an April 4 fire in their own building.

1 day ago

 New signs in Dormont, including this one on Potomac Avenue, urge motorists to use a parking app on their smart phones to pay for and manage their parking in the borough.

'Smart' parking arrives in Dormont

The borough now has a system that allows motorists to download an application to pay for parking by using their smart phones.

1 day ago

 Avalon Elementary School sixth graders Alyssa Pearson, left, and Melanie Reese created a video to show the reality of what teenagers go through with cyber-bullying, the most prevalent form of bullying among students.

Avalon students' anti-bullying video goes viral

Melanie Reese and Alyssa Pearson, sixth-graders at Avalon Elementary School, created the video

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