Mentors and students link arms as they recite their Manhood Statement at the beginning of the We Promise Scholars gathering Wednesday at Duquesne University.

Effort aims to help black male students qualify for Pittsburgh Promise

The We Promise program encourages students to improve their grades so they can qualify for Pittsburgh Promise scholarships.

about 3 hours ago

 John McCain

McCain on quest to change shipping industry

Sen. John McCain push to upend a 95-year-old maritime law could impact Pennsylvania barge lines and shipyards.

about 3 hours ago

Obama budget proposal raises discretionary spending above caps

The plan is just the opening salvo in a battle that has become a symbol of congressional dysfunction.

about 3 hours ago

Families plead for lives of Islamic State hostages as swap hopes fade

The extremists had demanded that Jordan release a female al-Qaida prisoner from death row.

about 4 hours ago

EU moves toward tougher Russian penalties over Ukraine conflict

Negotiations involving Ukraine, Russia, rebel representatives and European officials are planned today in Minsk, Belarus.

about 3 hours ago

Senate passes Keystone XL in challenge to Obama

The five-year fight over the oil pipeline has become a proxy for far broader fights over climate change, energy and the economy.

about 4 hours ago

Killings of Iraqi Sunnis blamed on Shiite militias

Security officials in Diyala province had denied that the killings were sectarian executions committed by pro-government Shiites.

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Hezbollah ready to put clash with Israel behind, U.N. says

Israel’s defense minister declined to comment on whether Israel would retaliate further for the killing of its troops.

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Tech advances lower chance that driver will die in car crash

Nine car models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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Obituary: John Hobart Miller Jr. / Custom home developer who rode suburban wave

The developer of homes for the affluent, known as the man who built Pittsburgh’s suburbs, came from humble roots.—

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Storytelling: Neighborly character made new city feel like home

Staple from “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” leaves an impression.

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 Rod McKuen

Obituary: Rod McKuen / Critical acclaim eluded prolific poet and lyricist

His work was prized by readers for its gentle accessibility while being condemned by many critics as facile, tepid and aphoristic.

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Obituary: Charles H. Townes / Physicist helped develop the laser

Mr. Townes’ invention transformed  modern communications, medicine, astronomy, weapons systems and daily life in homes and workplaces.

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Nation briefs: AG nominee advances in Senate

PLUS: Dartmouth liquor ban; Iran sanctions bill; Boy Scouts settle lawsuit; Denver police shooting; another Republican presidential hopeful.

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World briefs: Gunman storms Dutch broadcaster

Plus: Bombings in Sinai kill 26; U.K. summons envoy; 3 Americans slain in Kabul; Malaysian airliner; AirAsia crash.

about 3 hours ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf signs an executive order restoring a moratorium on new drilling leases involving public lands, Thursday, January 29, 2015, at the Benjamin Rush State Park in Philadelphia.

Gov. Wolf bans new leases for drilling on state lands

Gov. Tom Wolf officially ending plans by the Legislature to raise dollars for the budget this fiscal year through new drilling deals.

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 Parents pick up their children from the Propel School in Braddock Hills after someone called the school with a threat.

Propel school closed for the week after threat

Braddock Hills Propel High School, where two guns were found Monday, will reopen next week after employees received a “call of concern.”

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 Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord.

Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord resigns amid possible federal inquiry

Federal investigators have been asking questions about Mr. McCord’s campaign fundraising.

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 Last year’s medical marijuana bill, SB 1182, passed the Senate, 43-7, in September but did not move to the House.

Supporters promise 'comprehensive, strictly regulated' medical marijuana bill in Pennsylvania

With a change in state leadership roles and attitudes, medical marijuana in Pennsylvania may become a reality this year.

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 Cam Howard takes a picture with Babe, the Butler BlueSox baseball team’s mascot.

Fighting rare disease, Hampton second-grader finds acceptance

Cam Howard, 8, has progeria, a rare condition in which children age at a rate much faster than normal.

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Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf to post his working calendar online

The governor is posting it online as part of his efforts to provide transparency in state government.

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 Six members of the "Friendship 9" are shown in 1961, two days after their release from jail. In front, from left, are James Wells, Willie McCleod and Thomas Gaither. In back, from left, are Clarence Graham, Willie D. Massey and David Williamson.

Pittsburgh-area man among 'Friendship 9' activists whose convictions erased in '61 sit-in

Retired professor Thomas Gaither, of Butler County, was arrested for trying to integrate a whites-only lunch counter in Rock Hill, S.C.

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 Loretta Lynch

Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch holds her own at Senate hearing

Now serving as a U.S. attorney in New York, she pledged to retain her independence and restore some frayed relations on Capitol Hill.

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U.S. Supreme Court delays executions of 3 on Oklahoma’s death row

The executions were stayed amid a challenge over the sedative used in the state’s lethal injection drug protocol.

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 President Barack Obama making opening remarks at the House Democratic Issues Conference in Philadelphia.

Obama rouses House Democrats in speech

Obama laid out his opening offer to Congress during remarks in Philadelphia, where House Democrats were gathered for their annual retreat.

about 3 hours ago

 Eric Frein is accused of killing a state police trooper and seriously injuring another Sept. 12.

Frein pleads not guilty in shooting death of Pennsylvania state trooper

The self-styled survivalist who eluded capture for weeks is charged with killing one state trooper and wounding another.

about 3 hours ago

Judge dismisses state suit against NCAA after settlement of Penn State scandal issues

A judge dismissed the suit after the NCAA restored 112 Penn State football wins and agreed to spend a $60 million fine in the state.

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 The Kovalchick Complex at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania's tuition plan will hit students in the wallet

One student who is taking 16 credits expects to see her tuition rise by $1,628 a year to $8,448, an increase of about 24 percent.

1 day ago

Random Acts of Kindness: Woman gave up cell phone to a man in need at airport

Plus: Many offered help to couple on a cold day; Christmas miracle came through gift cards’ return.

1 day ago

 Eric Barron answers questions after a news conference on the announcement of his approval as the new president of Penn State University.

Penn State president: Freeh acted like prosecutor in review

Eric Barron said the report by Louis Freeh created an “absurd,” “unwarranted” picture of students, faculty and others at Penn State.

1 day ago

People trust science but disagree with scientists, Pew says

A new survey shows scientists and the public are divided over climate change, using animals in research and genetically modified foods

about 3 hours ago

 Police have at least one person in custody and a firearm has been recovered at the Propel School in the Braddock Hills Shopping Center.

Wilkinsburg, Propel schools develop security plans

School officials and police are mapping out long-term security plans for area schools after two recent incidents on or near school campuses.

1 day ago

 Uber and its rival ride-share company Lyft moved into the Pittsburgh area last year.

PUC finalizes Uber's two-year experimental license

PUC’s chairman says the long process to reach the agreement illustrated the need for regulatory reforms at the legislative level.

about 3 hours ago

Tractor-trailer crash shuts down lane on Route 22 in Westmoreland

A coal truck collided with a tractor-trailer hauling beer shortly after 4 a.m., according to Westmoreland County emergency officials.

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Wolf eyes 2 temporary picks for state high court

The seven-seat Pennsylvania Supreme Court has two vacancies, with a third seat coming open at the end of the year.

1 day ago

Suits take aim at factory farm air pollution

Federal lawsuits aim to get the EPA to control noxious chemicals and odors produced by factory farms.

1 day ago

 The Old Main building on the campus of Penn State University.

Penn State panel recommends school revamp how sexual misconduct cases handled

The university’s Task Force on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment made its report public today.

about 18 hours ago

 Mechanic Butch Bacvinskas converts a Yellow Cab MV1 to run on propane in the company's garage on Beaver Avenue.

Yellow Cab not happy with Pennsylvania PUC's new mileage rule

The Pennsylvania PUC is imposing a new rule that allows taxis it regulates to be as old as 10 years, but limits mileage at 350,000.

1 day ago

Backpacks for Hunger program eases weekend hunger for kids

Backpacks for Hunger, which provides food each weekend for students, has expanded to a second school in the Fox Chapel Area School District.

1 day ago

Penn Hills school board superintendent resigns

Assistant superintendent Nancy Hines has been named acting superintendent, effective Feb. 1, replacing Thomas K. Washington.

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Gateway School District may consider reorganizing schools

The district also is developing a five-year plan for capital projects.

1 day ago

Breast cancer patients are 'Casting for Recovery'

The nonprofit helps breast cancer patients with education and peer support and with therapy through the sport of fly fishing.

1 day ago

Peters council delays action on gas drilling ordinance

The township will form a working group to gather information and make recommendations to council on the drilling of gas wells.

1 day ago

Obituary: Bill Dwyer / North Side contractor helped to build neighborhood program

Bill Dwyer helped to renovate a former school for The Pittsburgh Project, a program that emncourages youths to help the elderly.

1 day ago

South Fayette again accepts proposals for Star City site

South Fayette continues to look for a developer for Star City property to take the burden off township taxpayers.

1 day ago

West Mifflin school district files lawsuit against former official

The former assistant business manager is said to owe the district $5,174 in tuition reimbursements.

1 day ago

Alzheimer's caregivers share their stories in book

Members of Clergy Against Alzheimer’s have written the book, which is available on Amazon.

1 day ago

 Principal Adam Sikorski, left, and assistant principal Michael Henaghan are duct taped to a wall as part of fundraising efforts for the Peters Township Middle School’s dance-a-thon.

'Sticky situation' aids Peters middle school’s dance-a-thon

Middle-schoolers pay to duct tape administrators to a wall as part of a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Penn Hills planning director, 'dreamer' to retire

Howard Davidson has seen much change during the nearly 40 years he has worked for the municipality.

1 day ago

West Allegheny goes with co-principals at high school

This restructuring is part of districtwide changes and tweaks to build on initiatives identified in the district’s strategic plan.

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