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 preserve hearing

High-fidelity earplugs preserve listeners’ hearing as well as the integrity of music.

about 4 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 4 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 4 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.

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 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.

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 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.

S.C. paper wins key Pulitzer Prize

The small-circulation newspaper in Charleston, S.C., on Monday won the Pulitzer Prize for public service, journalism’s top award.

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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.

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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 4 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 4 hours ago

World briefs: S. China Sea war games underway

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

about 4 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 4 hours ago

 District 13 candidate Dan Connolly.

Two candidates vie for Allegheny County Council 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 3 hours ago

National briefs: Google beginsphone, tabletsearch tweaks

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

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Health happenings for Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Health-related events scheduled for the region.

about 4 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,

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 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.

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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 3 hours ago

 King retrieves a driver after trainer Rick Kaplan threw the club in an open field.

Fundraiser in memory of CMU grad and war hero will place dogs with veterans

A fundraising golf outing will help Canine Angels train additional service dogs for donation and placement to veterans.

about 4 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.

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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.

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 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.

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 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.

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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.

about 21 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.

about 21 hours 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.

1 day ago

 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.

1 day ago

 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.

1 day ago

 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.

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 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.

1 day ago

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.

about 14 hours ago

 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.

about 17 hours ago

FBI acknowledges flawed testimony in decades of trials

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

1 day ago

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.

about 21 hours 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.

1 day ago

Secret Service arrests person for attempting to scale White House fence

The agency has been beset by a series of security lapses, including an incident in which a man jumped a fence and ran inside the White

about 20 hours ago

 Britt McHenry on the job last year, courteously interviewing a Baltimore Raven after a Steelers game.

Gary Rotstein's Morning File: Beware when Pretty Skinny Blond Women attack

Pretty Skinny Blond Women are ruining the world, one rant at a time.

1 day ago

Central Pennsylvania police officer waives hearing in man’s death

Lisa Mearkle, an officer in Hummelstown, was charged in the shooting death in February of David Kassick, who police say was unarmed.

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National briefs: Sen. Manchin says will seek re-election

PLUS: New cancer drug studied; Man dies week after arrest; Lynch vote likely this week.

1 day ago

World briefs: Afghan police complaints suppressed

PLUS: Progress on trade talks; No nuclear inspections; WHO admits Ebola failings.

1 day ago

Police officer charged with fatal shooting in Dauphin County waives preliminary hearing

Lisa Mearkle, an officer in Hummelstown, was charged in the shooting death in February of David Kassick, who the police say was unarmed.

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 The funeral train with the body of President Lincoln in Harrisburg. It arrived the evening of April 21, 1865, and left the next day.

Harrisburg to observe Lincoln funeral train on Tuesday

National Park Service will mark the anniversary of that somber stop with an event at the state Capitol featuring Lincoln actor Fritz Klein.

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 Students walk through a bright blue entryway that is part of Mt. Lebanon High School's $110 million renovation. When complete, the high school will include a fine arts wing. a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) wing, a cafeteria with a composting program and a separate aquatic and physical education building. The project is the result of years of community meetings that included planning and feedback.

A $110 million upgrade at Mt. Lebanon High School

The high school offers new labs, music, art, academic and athletic facilities to its 1,700 students.

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Police officer charged with homicide in shooting death in Dauphin County

Two months before a police officer shot a South Carolina motorist in the back, David Kassick was killed by a Pennsylvania officer.

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