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Audit finds Highmark big part of UPMC's revenue

The health giant says 31 percent of its revenue comes from Highmark reimbursement payments.

about 12 hours ago


 One of the most infamous spills in the state’s Marcellus history took place in May 2010 on land Don Johnson, above, and his wife, Carol Johnson, own. The couple spotted a leak from an East Resources well site on their Tioga County cattle farm. They and the state feared that some of the small herd of cattle drank some of the salty-tasting hydraulic fracturing flowback fluid that leaked from the well site, and the state quarantined the herd.

Trial and error approach leaves Marcellus Shale wounds

“Sometimes you need to learn from your mistakes,” said Scott Perry, a deputy secretary for the Pennsylvania DEP.

about 12 hours ago


 Mayor Bill Peduto will present his first budget today to the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, the city’s state-appointed financial overseer.

Peduto to submit first Pittsburgh budget to state oversight group today

Mayor Bill Peduto was mum on the details, but he called the new spending plan “truth in budgeting.”

about 12 hours ago


 The fast food protest movement, which is backed financially by the Service Employees International Union and others, has gained national attention at a time when the wage gap between the poor and the rich has become a hot political issue.

Anti-business movements unlikely to change politics

Historians and political experts say “anti-business” sentiment is unlikely to translate into votes for this fall’s congressional midterms.

about 12 hours ago


 A Pennsylvania state trooper stands guard along a section of Snow Hill Road in Price, Monroe County in Eastern Pennsylvania.

Gov. Corbett vows suspect in trooper's killing will be caught

State police say: “We are pushing him hard, he is no longer safe and I am confident that he will be apprehended.”

about 1 hour ago


Ramp to I-79 in Marshall to close overnight

The ramp will close at 7 p.m. today and reopen by 6 a.m. Tuesday.

about 4 hours ago


 Adviser Maureen Anderson checks Bryce Johnson's tie as the City Charter High School's SEED (Students Encouraging Environmentalism Downtown) team prepares to rehearse its winning presentation for its appearance at the Pittsburgh School Board. The group won second place in the Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship's (SAGE) worldwide competition in Moscow last summer.

Pittsburgh Charter High School thrives in international competition

A recycling business developed by the school’s Students for Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship team took second in a world competition.

about 12 hours ago


Pennsylvania Turnpike service plaza in Bedford County to be rebuilt

The plaza was scheduled to close at 7 a.m. and remain shuttered until May.

about 5 hours ago


Game Commission to hear comments on recreational riding proposal

The recommendation would apply only to cyclists, snowmobilers and equestrians.

about 12 hours ago


 Gidget, in Oregon last week, a long way from home in Philly

Gary Rotstein’s The Morning File: On the road with Gidget, the dog, discovering America

The Jack Russell terrier, missing from its Philadelphia home for five months, showed up in Oregon. Wonder what she was thinking ...

about 12 hours ago


Pilot program allows Pennsylvania schools to use snow days for digital instruction

Up to five days in a school year can be counted, if certain requirements are met, state officials said.

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 State police investigate the scene of a fatal crash on Route 115 in Effort, Monroe County Saturday in which four children were killed.

Police say four kids killed in crash were not restrained

The Saturday crash killed five, including the 23-year-old woman driving the car in which the children were riding, state police said.

about 2 hours ago


Ex-investigator sues Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

Cheryl Williams, 56, of Penn Hills, worked as an investigator at the agency from 1999 until she said she was forced to quit last January.

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Lane closure scheduled on Boulevard of Allies

The right lane was to close for repairs to an adjacent building between Gist and Miltenberger streets.

about 5 hours ago


Throngs demand climate change action

New York City’s People’s Climate March drew more than 310,000 people this weekend, organizers said, tripling the original forecast.

about 11 hours ago


 A man throws stones toward Turkish security forces who were using teargas and water cannons to disperse protesting local people as several hundred Syrian refugees waited, at the border in Suruc, Turkey, on Sunday.

Islamic State closes in on Syrian town, refugees flood into Turkey

The United Nations said the number of Syrian Kurds fleeing into neighboring Turkey may have topped 100,000 and was likely to go much higher.

about 12 hours ago


 In this 2013 photo from a video produced by the Los Angeles Police Department, officers ride on an armored medical rescue vehicle in a drill simulating a terrorist attack in downtown Los Angeles.

Feds censure local police, yet give lethal weapons

The lack of communication between two Cabinet agencies adds to questions about a military surplus gear program under review.

about 13 hours ago


Rebels jolt Yemen’s feeble government

In the face of violence, the military showed signs of splitting apart and the prime minister abruptly resigned.

about 13 hours ago


Ahmadzai named winner of Afghan election

It set the stage for President Hamid Karzai’s departure from office and a deal allowing U.S. troops to remain there after this year.

about 13 hours ago


British Prime Minister David Cameron shifts tack on constitutional shake-up to mollify Scots

Scottish leader Alex Salmond accused Cameron and other politicians of tricking Scots out of independence.

about 12 hours ago


More drought forecast next year across West

Below-normal precipitation and normal or above-normal temperatures are forecast in the week ahead, the National Weather Service said.

about 13 hours ago


Global rise reported in 2013 greenhouse gas emissions

The 2.3 percent jump was the latest indication that the world remains far off track in its efforts to control global warming.

about 13 hours ago


White House security may check tourists blocks away

The Secret Service is considering screening visitors at checkpoints before they enter the public areas in front of the White House.

about 13 hours ago


World Briefs: Sierra Leone on lockdown

PLUS: Pope rebukes extremists; China, Iran naval exercises; oil ministry in trouble.

about 12 hours ago


National Briefs: Wildfire wreaks destruction

PLUS: U.S gas prices fall; UAW pay changes to come; celebrities photos leak

about 12 hours ago


 Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Health Department Director Dr. Karen Hacker announce Live Well Allegheny, a long-term program to encourage proactive steps to improve residents' health, in January.

Allegheny County begins health assessment meetings tonight

The Allegheny County Health Department will hold 13 public meetings for the public to provide input on health issues.

about 12 hours ago


Intelligence officials warn of dangers beyond Islamic State

Another Syrian group, led by a figure who was once among Osama bin Laden’s inner circle, poses a more direct threat to America and Europe.

1 day ago


Corbett and Wolf to meet in first debate of governor's race Monday

Democratic challenger Wolf will not be under pressure to do much more than avoid any major mistakes. For Mr. Corbett, the stakes are higher.

1 day ago


 Flares burn while police stand between pro-union and nationalist protesters during a demonstration at George Square in Glasgow.

Does defeat of referendum like in Scotland signal a movement's end?

Quebec has had two referendums, with the threat of more. They call this the “Neverendum” — a term also raised in Scotland the morning after.

1 day ago


 Ron Tomalis

Tomalis spent time in NYC advising private equity investors

During nearly 15 months, officials at some of the state’s key institutions say they never shared a moment of Ron Tomalis’ time.

1 day ago


 A fire and spill in March 2010 at an Atlas Resources well site in Washington County sent a large plume of smoke into the air.

Pa. system for tracking compliance at Marcellus Shale well sites in disrepair

The Post-Gazette analyzed every paper record for every Marcellus well incident that resulted in fines through June 1, 2014.

1 day ago


 U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton

U.S. attorney to attack fraud in health care

U.S. Attorney David Hickton is ramping up a team — backed by the FBI — whose focus will be fighting crime in the medical industry.

1 day ago


Sludge spill under investigation in Little Mingo Creek

Authorities said the spill into Little Mingo Creek appeared to be contained Saturday, two days after it was discovered.

about 20 hours ago


Five killed in northeastern Pennsylvania crash

The crash happened Saturday on Route 115 in Effort, in Monroe County, about 35 miles north of Allentown

1 day ago


 Gilbert "Gil" Peisakoff

Obituary: Gilbert Peisakoff / Founder of discount chain Gil's, born businessman

Mr. Peisakoff, who built a chain of two dozen discount stores that were ahead of their time, started in retail at the age of 8.

1 day ago


 Post-Gazette publisher and editor-in-chief  John Robinson Block tries the newly installed Washington Press, now on display at the newspaper's facility in Clinton

Vintage press restored on display at PG's new facility

Prolific, powerful and portable, the vintage press is a reminder of how technology advanced democracy.

1 day ago


 The pressmen pose for a portrait on the first night on the new presses Sunday, Sept. 8, in Clinton.

Post-Gazette operations unified at a single plant

The new presses weigh more than 600 tons and are supported on a concrete pad that is four feet thick.

1 day ago


Water restored at Carnegie Mellon University campus

Service was restored by noon, but students were warned the water might appear discolored and could remain so for several hours.

about 18 hours ago


 The Post-Gazette's new facility in Clinton houses all of the newspaper's operations except editorial.

A new -- and renewed -- commitment to journalism in Pittsburgh

A letter to our readers from David M. Shribman and John Robinson Block.

1 day ago


 A 1955 drawing shows John Scull and Joseph Hall putting out the first edition of The Pittsburgh Gazette in 1786.

A distinguished history of journalism here since 1786

Now, 228 years later, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is being published at a state-of-the-art printing facility in Clinton.

1 day ago


 Archbishop-Designate Blase Cupich, right, greets Cardinal Francis George during a news conference on Saturday in Chicago. Bishop Cupich, who served as bishop in Spokane, Wash., will succeed Cardinal George, who has been fighting a long battle with cancer, to become the ninth archbishop of Chicago. This is the first time in the history of the Chicago Archdiocese that a new leader has been appointed while the former is still alive.

Chicago archbishop selected

As the leader of two American dioceses, Roman Catholic Bishop Blase Cupich has staked out a firm position in the middle of the road.

1 day ago


 A Syrian Kurd carries an elderly woman Saturday after crossing the border between Syria and Turkey near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province. Thousands of Syrian Kurds began crossing into Turkey on Friday fleeing Islamic State fighters who advanced into their villages and prompting warnings of massacres from Kurdish leaders.

60,000 Syrian Kurds flee to Turkey in 24 hours

Islamic State militants seized dozens of villages close to the border.

1 day ago


 Shiite gunmen stand on their vehicle as they patrol their frontline village of Taza Khormato, in the northern oil rich province of Kirkuk, Iraq.

Islamic State fighters are drawing on oil assets for funding and fuel

A tiny drop in the sea of petroleum globally, the oil tapped by the Islamic State has given it a revenue source most extremist groups lack.

1 day ago


 Afghan President Hamid Karzai, center, and Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah, right, listen to the national anthem during a ceremony Saturday to mark the third anniversary of the assassination of Islamic scholar and political leader Burhanuddin Rabbani, at the loya jirga hall in Kabul. The former head of the High Peace Council, Mr. Rabbani was assassinated by a suicide bomber entering his home in Kabul.

Afghan presidential rivals finally agree on a power-sharing deal

Under the deal, the top vote-getter would become president but would grant significant powers to the loser.

1 day ago


 Ukrainian troops patrol in an armored vehicle in Donetsk region on Saturday. NATO's top military commanders met in Lithuania today to discuss relations with Russia as the warring sides in Ukraine agreed to pull back troops under a new peace plan reached overnight in Belarus.

Explosion racks fragile cease fire in Ukraine; warring sides agree to create a buffer zone

Although shelling and other violence continues daily, both sides maintain that the agreement is still in force.

1 day ago


Hidden costs in health care blindside patients

But in an increasingly common practice, assistants, consultants and other hospital employees are charging patients or their insurers hefty

1 day ago


Islamic State releases 49 hostages to Turks

The move ended a crisis that officials said had blocked the NATO ally from fully joining the U.S.-led battle against the Islamic State.

1 day ago


Now boarding at a Venezuelan airport: cocaine

Venezuela’s main international airport, Maiquetia, has developed something of a bad reputation in recent years.

1 day ago


Congress tightens rules for hospices

Hospice agencies must subject themselves to government inspections at least once every three years under new legislation OK’d by Congress.

1 day ago


Dems look to elders for impact on vote

Democrats are being spurred by polls showing the party has regained some support lost in the Obama years.

1 day ago



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