Mary Marazita, associate dean of research at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, looks into one of the freezers which hold research samples.

Researchers find health risks lie hidden in the cleft palate gene

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

about 7 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.

20 minutes 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.

55 minutes 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 7 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.

24 minutes ago

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 7 hours ago

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 7 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 7 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 on 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 9 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 7 hours ago

 The third Neighborhood Flea was held Sunday in the Strip District.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Her 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 hours ago

Volcano death toll now 36 in Japan

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

about 7 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 7 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 7 hours 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 7 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 7 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.

about 16 hours 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.

about 23 hours 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.

about 23 hours ago

Gary Rotstein’s Morning File: Give foreigners a true ’Burgh education

Though the size of our international population remains paltry, The Morning File is a strong supporter of assisting their assimilation.

1 day ago

Sharon Randall: A nana’s heart feels bigger with young ones near

When a 4-year-old grandson spends the night, the magic happens in the most ordinary of events.

1 day ago

Penn State student-driver dead in hotel van crash

The student was driving a shuttle van for the Penn Stater, one of two hotels owned and operated by the university.

about 22 hours ago

 The Rev. Letha Wilson-Barnard, vicar of Holy Apostles Episcopal Church in St. Paul, Minn., leads worship there this summer in a service that mixes the English and Hmong languages.

Hmong worshippers revitalize congregation

A displaced group of Hmong Christians has found a new home in Holy Apostles Episcopal Church.

1 day ago

Pitt gets federal funds to build regional public health training center

The center also will serve as the health informatics training center for the entire country.

about 9 hours ago

 State Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks at the Jewish Community Center about the importance for parents to understand their children's electronic devices.

Pennsylvania's top judge warns of more fallout from porn emails

Chief Justice Ronald Castille asks Attorney General Kathleen Kane for more information about email exchanges her office described last week.

about 8 hours ago

 Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, D.C., greets people before the dedication of a high school named in his honor Sunday afternoon in Cranberry.

Cardinal Wuerl blesses school bearing his name

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School, a $70 million facility, was dedicated Sunday.

1 day ago

Allegheny County Council to weigh open fire regulations

County Council will soon consider new open burning regulations from the Allegheny County Health Department.

1 day ago

 Dennis McCormack, of Rockaway, N.J., checks the departure board only to find out that his flight to Newark, N.J., has been canceled at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Friday after a fire at a suburban air traffic control facility sent delays and cancellations rippling through the U.S.

FAA: Two weeks to reopen sabotaged Chicago-area air traffic control center

The FAA said Sunday it hopes to return the facility to full service by Oct. 13.

about 21 hours ago

Parents should practice baby talking, not baby talk

Allegheny County has launched a campaign encouraging people to talk to their babies and young children to nurture development.

1 day ago

 Gov. Tom Corbett speaks today about a newly announced grant to redevelop the former Saks Fifth Avenue Department Store at Mellon Square in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Gov. Corbett announces redevelopment grant for former Saks site, Oliver building

The project will remake both Smithfield Street structures into mixed use developments.

about 8 hours ago

Former Consol Energy Mine managers try to save benefits

Consol retirees who became managers say losing some of their benefits will hurt them financially.

1 day ago

 Louis Anthony Guarino Sr.

Obituary: Louis Anthony Guarino Sr. / Music producer who ‘could put it all together'

Mr. Guarino never played an instrument but, as co-owner of Calico Records and other labels, he had a keen ear for what worked.

1 day ago


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