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 Earpeace's high-fidelity earplugs protect concertgoers' hearing while preserving the sound of the music they listen to. They sell for between $12.95 and $17.95.

High-fidelity earplugs can preserve your hearing at concerts

Typical foam earplugs disproportionately muffle some pitches more than others, so the music gets garbled.

about 19 hours ago


PennDOT does U-turn on Parkway West closure tonight

The outbound lanes will be closed from the Green Tree-Crafton exit to Interstate 79 starting one hour after the Pirates game.

about 8 hours ago


Lime Hollow Road in Penn Hills to close for sewer work

The closure was scheduled to start at 7:30 a.m. The project is scheduled to continue until May 22.

about 12 hours ago


 MedExpress Logo

Optum buys clinic operator MedExpress

The deal appears to align with a national trend that has insurers investing in such freestanding clinics.

about 19 hours ago


Yemen airstrike carnage mounts

A Saudi-led airstrike Monday in Sanaa, Yemen’s capital, is said to have killed at least 25 people, and over 350 were reported to be hurt.

about 19 hours ago


 Pittsburgh Councilman Ricky V. Burgess speaks during a candidate forum Thursday at the Homewood branch of the Carnegie Library.

Incumbent councilman Ricky Burgess says he won't participate in debates

After confrontation during election forum last week, Pittsburgh Councilman Ricky Burgess says he won’t participate in further debates.

about 19 hours ago


 Local residents and rescue workers help a migrant woman after a boat carrying migrants sank Monday off the island of Rhodes in southeastern Greece.

EU vows more aid for migrants as peril in Mediterranean grows

Officials were mobilizing Monday to an emergency meeting after what was feared may be the deadliest Mediterranean migrant loss of life.

about 19 hours ago


 Daniel Berehulak, a photographer for The New York Times, is the winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography, announced Monday at Columbia University in New York City. This Sept. 5, 2014, photo shows James Dorbor, 8, suspected of being infected with Ebola, being carried by medical staff to an Ebola treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia. The boy, who was brought in by his father, lay outside the center for at least six hours before being seen.

South Carolina newspaper wins key Pulitzer Prize

The Post and Courier, a small-circulation newspaper in Charleston, S.C., on Monday won the Pulitzer Prize for public service, journalism’s

about 19 hours ago


6 men charged with planning to join Islamic State

6 Somali-American men from Minnesota were charged Monday with planning to join the Islamic State and fight for the militant group in Syria.

about 19 hours ago


 Gov. Tom Wolf.

Wolf administration fights fast-tracking of hearing on Pa. email-deletion policy

News organizations believe the state's email practices violate due process rights of people seeking release of public documents.

about 5 hours ago


Was Ebola lying in wait?

Evidence suggests that the Ebola virus has been in the West African rain forest for years before last year’s deadly epidemic broke out.

about 19 hours ago


 The funding lawsuit was brought in November by six school districts, parents and other groups.

Pennsylvania's Commonwealth Court dismisses school funding lawsuit

The court said the level of annual funding needed for each student to meet educational standards is a decision for the Legislature.

about 6 hours ago


 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane walks from the state Supreme Court room March 11 in Philadelphia. The court heard arguments on the legality of a special prosecutor who led a grand jury investigation. The grand jury has recommended charges against her.

Ex-agent sues Attorney General Kane over sting case

The agent says Kathleen Kane falsely told the public he had said the operation had a racial agenda, targeting blacks and exempting whites.

about 12 hours ago


 Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian

Washington Post reporter held in Iran on 4 counts, his lawyer states

A lawyer for incarcerated Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian says he has been charged with four serious crimes including espionage.

about 19 hours ago


World briefs: S. China Sea war games underway

Plus: Japan defense trade show; Gazprom charge looms; FBI director’s remarks

about 19 hours ago


New law to strip Social Security numbers from Medicare cards

New law President Obama signed last week will end Medicare’s insurance cards with Social Security numbers.

about 19 hours ago


 District 13 candidate Dan Connolly.

Two candidates vie for Allegheny County Council District 13 seat

Dan Connolly and Denise Ranalli Russell were raised in Allegheny County suburbs but now live in one of the county's most diverse districts,

about 19 hours ago


National briefs: Google beginsphone, tabletsearch tweaks

Plus: Police custody death; Breast cancer rise seen; TSA tightens rules

about 19 hours ago


 Bishop Robert Finn in November 2011. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Finn, who pleaded guilty to failing to report a suspected priestly child abuser.

U.S. bishop in child pornography case resigns, Vatican says

Bishop Robert W. Finn, 62, was the only U.S. Roman Catholic bishop to be convicted for not reporting suspicion of child abuse.

about 11 hours ago


Health happenings for Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Health-related events scheduled for the region.

about 19 hours ago


 The Joncaire Street steps are "an important [link] from Junction Hollow [trail] to the central campus" of Pitt, said Pat Hassett of city’s Department of Public Works.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Joncaire Street steps project in Panther Hollow makes a bike-friendly link

The 135 steps will be wider and include runnels — flat channels alongside for bikes to be walked up and down. It’s a model for the future.

about 8 hours ago


Obituary: Roland S. Catarinella / Homebuilder in eastern suburbs

Roland S. Catarinella’s concrete legacy lies in the thousands of homes he developed around Pittsburgh’s eastern suburbs since World War II.

about 19 hours ago


 L. Van  Dauler.

Obituary: L. Van V. Dauler Jr. / Respected executive, philanthropist

Mr. Dauler, chairman of Neville Chemical Co. supported a wide range of cultural and health-related charities in the region, died Sunday.

about 19 hours ago


 Hummelstown Police officer Lisa Mearkle arrives at the West Hanover office of District Justice Lowell Witmer with her attorney Brian Perry today.

Judge rules that no decision needed yet regarding video of officer shooting man in Dauphin County

Lisa Mearkle, a police officer in Hummelstown, was charged with killing David Kassick, who the police say was unarmed.

about 3 hours ago


 Former FBI director Louis Freeh speaks about the Penn State-commissioned Freeh Report during a news conference in Philadelphia in 2012.

Seven Penn State trustees want access to records used for Freeh report

The petition seeks to force the school to let them see everything the Freeh team reviewed, gathered and produced.

about 12 hours ago


Obituary: Robert P. Griffin / Senator who urged Nixon to quit

As a member of the U.S. House, the Republican co-sponsored one of the nation’s most rigorous laws to fight corruption in unions.

about 18 hours ago


 Children play inside a bomb shelter on the outskirts of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.

Doctor who studied in Pittsburgh aids people in embattled eastern Ukraine

Physician Yakiv Rogalin has focused the work of his foundation on civilians affected by the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine.

1 day ago


Parkway West closures continue this week

Outbound traffic will be restricted to one lane starting one hour after the Pirates and Penguins games have ended.

1 day ago


 Capitol Police officers load a small helicopter onto a trailer Wednesday, after a man landed on the West Lawn of the Capitol in Washington.

Gyrocopter pilot is frustrated message isn’t getting through

Doug Hughes, who landed a gyrocopter on the U.S. Capitol lawn last week, had hoped to raise awareness about big money in politics.

1 day ago


 A vehicle is refueled at a gas station in New Orleans on Monday, April 6, 2015.

Pittsburgh region sees steady rise in gas prices

National prices are also on the way up -- rising 6.6 cents per gallon in the last week.

1 day ago


Overnight lane closures scheduled on Route 28

The restrictions will occur after 8 p.m. and before 5 a.m. between the Veterans Bridge and the 31st Street Bridge.

1 day ago


 Former Clairton police Officer Jim Kuzak, who was wounded in the line of duty, gets some attention from therapy dogs Monday at a fundraiser at the South Hills Country Club in Whitehall. The service dogs — trained through Canine Angles, based in Myrtle Beach, S.C. — are assigned to veterans with disabilities, and first-responders such as police officers are also eligible to apply.

Family of war hero, CMU grad touts service dogs for veterans

A golfing fundraiser will help Canine Angels train more dogs. “There is a large gap, and this can start to bridge the gap,” says his wife.

about 20 hours ago


Greentree Road resurfacing continues this week

Work will occur between Pocono Drive and McKinney Lane with traffic limited to one lane in both directions.

1 day ago


 Brother Bernard Hartman

Former North Catholic teacher faces trial in Australia on child abuse charges

Brother Bernard Hartman, a former North Catholic teacher, goes on trial in Australia on charges of abusing children there.

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 Federal law enforcement depends on thousands of informants to help with criminal cases. But a review of 154 recent federal acquittals nationally found that 1 in 6 involved informant problems.

Justice officials launch another investigation of DEA payments to informants

The agency’s spending on secret sources has increased much faster than its overall budget.

1 day ago


 Pope Francis delivers his speech from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's square during the Regina Coeli midday prayer, at the Vatican.

Hundreds feared dead in Mediterranean

The incident could be the Mediterranean’s deadliest known migrant tragedy and intensified pressure on the European Union to act.

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 La’Tasha D. Mayes, 33, founder and executive director of the nonprofit New Voices Pittsburgh.

Community activist contends with incumbent for Pittsburgh City Council District 7 seat

La’Tasha D. Mayes, head of the nonprofit New Voices Pittsburgh, is taking on incumbent Deborah Gross in District 7.

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 Nina Jablonski  and her husband and collaborator, George Chaplin, go over their map of predicted skin color.

Research shows our skin color is the evolutionary gateway to vitamin D

The vitamin is important for bone health, safe pregnancies and a strong immune system.

1 day ago


 Marijke Hecht, project manager and director of education for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, works at the drill site at the Frick Park Environmental Center in Squirrel Hill.

Drilling in Frick Park mines heating source for new center

The new Frick Park Environmental Center is taking shape in Squirrel Hill as Pittsburgh’s newest green building.

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 Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli contain the anticancer molecule sulforaphane.

Broccoli sprout extract could help prevent some cancers

The University of Pittsburgh plans to begin clinical trials this year to determine if the extract can block head and neck cancers.

1 day ago


Security confiscates handgun at Pittsburgh International Airport

The firearm was the fourth discovered in carry-on bags at the airport this year.

about 20 hours ago


 This undated image made from a video released Sunday by Islamic State militants appears to show the killing of a group of captured Ethiopian Christians in Libya.

Islamic State releases video of executions of Ethiopians

The attack widens the circle of nations affected by the group’s atrocities while showing its growth beyond a self-declared caliphate.

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Critical report prompts actions at Philadelphia VA office

The changes are in response to a scathing report the VA Office of Inspector General released last week.

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 Rescuers help children disembark in the Sicilian harbor of Pozzallo, Italy, early today. About 100 migrants, including 28 children, were rescued Sunday by a merchant vessel in the Sicilian Strait while they were trying to cross. Another smuggler's boat crammed with about 700 people overturned off Libya's coast Saturday as rescuers approached, causing what could be the Mediterranean's deadliest known migrant tragedy.

More migrant boats issue distress calls as search for survivors continues off Libya

Officials estimate that 700 people may have drowned when a ship sank in the Mediterranean Sea Saturday night.

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FBI acknowledges flawed testimony in decades of trials

The admissions mark a watershed in one of the country’s largest forensic scandals.

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Some Democrats call for competition

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley led the call for a competitive primary, appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

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 This Sept. 5, 2014, photo by New York Times photographer Daniel Berehulak shows James Dorbor, 8, suspected of being infected with Ebola, being carried by medical staff to an Ebola treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia. The boy, who was brought in by his father, lay outside the center for at least six hours before being seen.  Berehulak is the winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography, announced today at Columbia University in New York.

S.C. newspaper wins Pulitzer Prize for series on domestic abuse in state

Also, the Seattle Times won the award in breaking news for its digital coverage of a mudslide in Washington that killed 43 people.

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 Boston Marathon winner Lelisa Desisa, left, of Ethiopia, and women's division winner Caroline Rotich, of Kenya, pose with a trophy after today's race.

Ethiopia's Desisa, Kenyan Rotich triumph in Boston Marathon

Two years after bombs killed three and wounded 260 more, the world’s most prestigious marathon took tentative steps back toward normal.

1 day ago


China’s Xi to seal deals in Pakistan

The deals will extend Beijing’s reach to the mouth of the Persian Gulf and allow China to supplant the U.S. as Pakistan’s biggest investor.

1 day ago


Mexican police killed 16 protesters in January, reports say

The accounts appeared to contradict an account by the federal government that the deaths could have been caused by friendly fire.

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