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 A man spreads out a Canadian Flag near the National War Memorial near Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Canadians are mourning the loss of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the army reservist who was shot dead as he stood guard before the Tomb of the Unknown soldier on Wednesday.

After last week's attacks in Canada, a 'loss of ignorance'

The nation is not a land of innocence. But last week's attacks on soldiers and Parliament brought a new dose of reality.

about 5 hours ago


 Joe McGurk checks to make sure that Leah has swallowed her vitamin pill before giving her other medications. Leah has Dravet syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy. To get her brain to stop seizures, Leah takes six medications a day.

Beaver Falls family hopes for legalization of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania

The McGurk family advocates for medical marijuana law in Pennsylvania to help their two girls with severe epilepsy.

about 5 hours ago


Rights groups condemn Iranian execution

Reyhaneh Jabbari was executed Saturday after being convicted of killing a physician who she said tried to rape her.

about 7 hours ago


2 states to isolate workers returning from Ebola hot zones

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announce new quarantine policies.

about 5 hours ago


 Gerrit Butter meeting Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, at a gathering of Dutch consuls from the United States. Mr. Butter was the Dutch honorary consul in Pittsburgh from 1956 to 1981.

Obituary: Gerrit Butter / Banker and Pittsburgh's honorary consul for Holland

Mr. Butter, born in Amsterdam, came to Pittsburgh in 1955 to work for Mellon Bank and spent the rest of his life here.

about 5 hours ago


 David Drake, Associate Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, stands next to Nine Mile Run in Frick Park as he addresses a traveling workshop from the Wildlife Society's annual conference in Pittsburgh.

City life and wildlife: Pittsburgh's urban conservation on display

The 2014 national convention of the Wildlife Society gives Pittsburgh a chance to display some animal magnetism.

about 5 hours ago


The Top 10 tight U.S. Senate races

Here are 10 key races to watch in the battle for party control over the U.S. Senate.

about 5 hours ago


 Obama speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC.

In U.S. Senate races, it's all about Obama

In their effort to hold onto the U.S. Senate, Democrats are running against the GOP — and their own unpopular president.

about 5 hours ago


 Actor David Conrad, artist-in-residence at the Kiski School, a private boarding school for boys in Saltsburg that is his alma mater, coaches students during one-on-one session Wednesday. The students are rehearsing the play "Goldstar, Ohio" by Michael Tisdale. The play is about true stories of families from Ohio who who were killed in the Al Anbar province of Iraq.

Kiski student play gets some star power from David Conrad

David Conrad leaves behind the lights of Hollywood to work with drama students at his alma mater The Kiski School.

about 5 hours ago


 Dr. Jonas Salk with Salk polio vaccine at one of several press conferences in Pittsburgh hospital in Oakland.

Symposium on Jonas Salk focuses on his work in sustainability

Salk Symposium celebrates 100th anniversary of Jonas Salk’s birth, focusing on his work on sustainability.

about 5 hours ago


 A doctor for tropical medicine and a nurse demonstrate the decontamination procedure as part of Ebola treatment at Station 59 at Charite hospital in Berlin, Germany. The specialized quarantine unit at Station 59 is among a handful of facilities in Germany nationwide that are capable of handling Ebola cases.

Ebola cases in Germany test plans made long ago

Despite quarantine centers set up 10 years ago, Ebola treatment still presents challenges.

about 5 hours ago


 Former FBI director Louis Freeh, the author of the report investigating the Sandusky scandal at Penn State.

Bid to reopen Freeh report stands before Penn State board

Some trustees who accuse the Freeh report in the Jerry Sandusky scandal of unfairly tarnishing Penn State, finally could get their wish.

about 5 hours ago


Islamic State beaten in fight at key town, Iraqis claim

Capture of Jurf al-Sakhar would be the first major success for Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, who took power in September.

about 7 hours ago


 Marysville School District security checks cars lined up Saturday along 108th Street NE arriving at Marysville Pilchuck High School to pick up students' belongings Marysville, Wash. Parents and guardians received phone calls and emails saying that they could retrieve belonging Saturday morning that were left at the school when students were evacuated Friday.

Teacher tried to stop Washington state shooting

The first-year social studies teacher intercepted the gunman trying to reload in the lunchroom at Seattle-area high school.

about 7 hours ago


 Frank Mankiewicz, center.

Obituary: Frank Mankiewicz / Legendary Democratic strategist

Frank Mankiewicz, who was Sen. Robert F. Kennedy’s press secretary and directed George McGovern’s 1972 campaign, died Thursday.

about 5 hours ago


Syrian’s kidnapping shows IS reach into Turkey

Deep roots have already been established with Syrian immigrants in Turkey.

about 5 hours ago


Britain’s attention shifts to rights for England

The English are irked by what many see as a sweetheart deal for the Scots that will come at England’s expense.

about 5 hours ago


 Gov. Tom Corbett, left, and Democrat Tom Wolf shake hands at the end of a gubernatorial debate hosted by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Sept. 22, 2014, in Hershey, Pa.

Pa. governor's race may pivot on turnout by party faithful

Polls continue to show Corbett facing tough odds; they disagree on just how tough.

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 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, center, speaks at a news conference Friday in New York. Dr. Howard Zucker acting commissioner of the New York State Department of Health and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie also attended the conference. The governors announced a mandatory quarantine for people returning to the United States through airports in New York and New Jersey who are deemed "high risk." In the first application of the new set of standards, the states are quarantining a female health care worker returning from Africa who took care of Ebola patients.

Few details offered on quarantines over Ebola

Nurse who treated stricken patients in Sierra Leone says she was treated like a criminal during quarantine process.

about 7 hours ago


Afghan mullah who raped girl in mosque gets 20 years

The mullah was successfully prosecuted under a 2009 law meant to fight violence against women.

about 5 hours ago


National briefs: Same-sex marriage states rise

PLUS: Sports betting blocked; Capsule splashes down; Utah man charged; NYC attacker radical

about 5 hours ago


World briefs: Egyptian leader vows retribution

PLUS: 16 killed in coal mine; S. Korea leaflets launch; Israeli troops kill teen

about 5 hours ago


UberX launches in Philly amid uncertainty over taxis

UberX has been available in Pittsburgh since March, but just rolled into Philadelphia this weekend.

about 10 hours ago


 Dr. Amesh A. Adalja

Pittsburgh Ebola expert Amesh Adalja in demand all over the world

A senior associate at the UPMC Center for Health Security, Dr. Adalja has become the go-to expert for media to talk about Ebola.

1 day ago


State sets Ebola monitoring protocol

The Allegheny Department of Health will be responsible to monitor travelers from West Africa who arrive here for signs of Ebola infection

1 day ago


WVU study links mountaintop mining to lung cancer

A new study at West Virginia University strengthens mountaintop coal mining’s link to high cancer rates in nearby communities.

1 day ago


Pennsylvania website seeks public feedback on what students should learn

The website cost $249,559 to build, with Team Pennsylvania Foundation paying $215,000.

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Section of East Busway to be closed today

A section of the Martin Luther King Jr. East Busway will be closed today for construction near East Liberty Station, detouring the P1 East

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Militant group said to be using chlorine bombs

Iraq officials say Islamic State militants are using chlorine gas as a weapon there, and Syrian officials say the extremists also have been

1 day ago


Deputy killed, 3 others hurt in Calif. shooting

A couple was arrested near Sacramento, Calif., after a sheriff’s deputy was killed and two other deputies were wounded in a shooting spree

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 Mayor Bill de Blasio takes the subway Friday on his route to City Hall in New York City.

Doctor fights Ebola; nurse recovers

Health officials in Maryland amazed by Nina Pham’s recovery.

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Nation briefs: N.Y. officers wounded in hatchet attack

PLUS: Virginia student’s remains identified; Teen bride acknowledged; New Chicago security check; Radio host convicted.

1 day ago


World briefs: Two attacks in Egypt kill more than 30

Plus: Rights chief faults Mexico; EU hikes Britain’s fees; Dominique Strauss-Kahn business partner dies; Ex-Hong Kong leader speaks.

1 day ago


Northbound I-79 ramp in Cranberry to close tonight

The northbound I-79 off-ramp to Route 19 in Cranberry Township will close to traffic tonight, weather permitting.

about 20 hours ago


 Barbara Smith, a registered nurse with Mount Sinai Health Systems, demonstrates the proper technique for donning protective gear during an Ebola educational session for health care workers in New York City.

Protocol outlined for Pennsylvania Ebola monitoring

Travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea will be required to take their temperature twice a day and report results to health

1 day ago


 Rivets line the interior of the bridge in September.

Partnership to replace 558 bridges in Pa., dozens of small ones in Allegheny County

Under the agreement, the consortium will design and construct the bridges and maintain them for 25 years; PennDOT will retain ownership.

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 Cars pass Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital where Craig Spencer, a Doctors Without Borders physician who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, was rushed to Thursday.

New York doctor diagnosed with Ebola as three quarantined; CDC 'go' team on site

The emergency medicine doctor at Columbia University-New York Presbyterian Hospital was working in Guinea with Doctors Without Borders.

1 day ago


Section of East Busway to close Saturday in East Liberty

The detour will be in effect from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday.

1 day ago


Mount Washington Transit Tunnel to close early Saturday

Buses will detour inbound via Allentown and outbound using the Wabash Tunnel. Rail service will use the tunnel but with delays.

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 Students comfort each other at a church Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, where students were taken to reunite with parents following a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash.

Police identify gunman in school attack near Seattle

Police were going room by room, searching the Marysville school about 30 miles north of Seattle, to make sure it was safe.

1 day ago


 Some 90,000 Pennsylvania women are at risk of losing access to the free family planning and women’s health-care coverage they now receive through a special Medicaid program.

Thousands of Pennsylvania women could lose some health coverage

Some 90,000 women now receive free family planning and women’s health coverage through a special Medicaid program that will soon end.

2 days ago


 Dr. Doug Reed, associate professor of immunology at University of Pittsburgh.

Video series / Pitt doctor sheds light on commonly asked Ebola questions

Dr. Doug Reed is an associate professor of immunology from the Center for Vaccine Research at the University of Pittsburgh.

1 day ago


New survey details vast scope of teen dating abuse

U.S. teens are both victims and perpetrators in pervasively abusive dating practices, says new federal survey.

2 days ago


WHO: Five more Ebola vaccines to be tested in March

The agency warned it's not clear whether any of them will work against the deadly virus that has already killed more than 4,800 people.

1 day ago


Pennsylvania students get new tests after ACTs lost in mail

Parents whose children took the test continue to express anger that the company did not alert them to a problem earlier.

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State ​DEP fines Wilkinsburg-Penn Joint Water Authority for safe drinking water violations

The $114,000 fine is the largest the DEP's Safe Drinking Water Program in the Southwest Region has levied in 20 years.

1 day ago


Allegheny County Health Department updates guidelines for controlling Legionella

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation paid $60,000 to RAND Corp. to compile the guidelines.

2 days ago


 Sen. Mike Stack, the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor.

Pa. senator may hold seat, despite lieutenant governor nomination

Wolf’s running mate considers double duty; might retain Senate seat if elected.

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 The Port Authority board voted without dissent to approve an 18-month agreement with Aetna Inc., which outbid Highmark and UPMC.

Port Authority OKs health plan that will save agency $6.5 million

The agreement preserves employee access to doctors in the Highmark, UPMC and independent networks

1 day ago


Women's health advocates denounce Komen Foundation's partnership with Baker Hughes

The groups said they plan to protest outside Heinz Field on Sunday before Baker Hughes CEO Martin Craighead delivers a $100,000 check.

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