An Internet video distributed today purports to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, pictured above in an undated photo, by the Islamic State militant group. Mr. Sotloff was last seen in Syria in August 2013.

Islamic State video purports to show beheading of U.S. journalist Sotloff

A masked figure in the video also issued a threat against a British hostage.

about 7 hours ago

 At Albert Schweitzer Hopital in Haiti, Marie Roline Castor Roline prepares to lead a morning education session with patients as they wait to be seen at the Deschapelles dispensary.

Haiti's Hopital Albert Schweitzer strives to be an 'engine of care'

Changes are afoot at Hopital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti as it moves toward the long-term goal: having the hospital administered by Haitians.

about 22 hours ago

Two toy guns found with Pittsburgh Liberty K-5 students

A Friday complaint said a fourth-grader had discharged a toy pellet gun, resulting in another student being hit in the book bag and leg.

about 5 hours ago

Breast cancer survival rates are no better after double mastectomy, study finds

In 2011 alone, 33 percent of women with cancer in one breast under age 40 opted to remove both breasts, compared to 3.6 percent in 1998.

about 5 hours ago

 Kindergarten teacher Lindsay McKee, right, helps her new students get acquainted by asking them to match uppercase and lowercase letters at Cornell Schools' Kindergarten Boot Camp three weeks before school was to begin. The staff and students all wore camouflage shirts.

School districts struggle to decide how small is too small

Small school districts struggle to provide upper-level classes but some parents say the small size allows more student involvement.

about 22 hours ago

Work on I-79 kicks on in the north and south

Work on I-70 in Marshall kicks into high gear this week.

about 22 hours ago

 BabyBackups are hypoallergenic, absorbent, wedge shaped pads that easily attach to any diaper brand, stopping any spillage from the diaper.

Franklin Park couple come up with solution to 'diaper disasters'

Megan and Steve DeFrancesco have invented “Baby Backups” to help parents avoid those messy diaper blowouts.

about 22 hours ago

 SCI-Fayette County, a state maximum security prison, is located just below the large,  fly-ash dump in LaBelle, Fayette County.

Groups say fly ash near state prison in Fayette County causing health problems

“The number of cancer deaths, reported cancers and undiagnosed tumors raise an alarm,” says one of the authors of the report.

about 22 hours ago

East Allegheny teachers go on strike today

The teachers have been without a contract since June 2012 and failed to reach a deal with the East Allegheny School Board over the weekend.

about 15 hours ago

Nail polish date-rape test called misguided

Hype over new nail polish to protect against date rape frustrates sexual assault prevention experts who say it doesn’t address the problem.

about 22 hours ago

 Beverly Ann Lewandowski

Obituary: Beverly Ann “Bev” Lewandowski / Devoted wife, mother opened home to all

Beverly Ann Lewandowski of Mt. Lebanon was the wrestling version of a soccer mom for her sons enjoyed being a hostess at her home.

about 22 hours ago

 Msgr. Francis X. Frey

Obituary: Francis X. Frey / Monsignor lived a vocation of joy

Monsignor Francis X. Frey is recalled for more than half a century as a priest in Texas and beyond.

about 22 hours ago

 Gerri Kay

Gerri Kay: September 10, 1943 - September 1, 2014

Her early career involved social work at what was then Reizenstein Middle School, the school that pioneered in desegregation.

about 22 hours ago

State police: 13 people killed on Pennsylvania highways over holiday weekend

Police said 70 crashes, including two of the fatal crashes, were alcohol related.

about 9 hours ago

Health happenings for Sept. 2, 2014

Health- and fitness-related events calendar for Sept. 2, 2014.

about 22 hours ago

Snowboarding without snow

Seven Springs instructors will bring equipment to teach snowboarding without snow to Sportsworks at the Carnegie Science Center Saturday.

about 22 hours ago

All fat is bad? Not so fast

Study finds diets with more fat and fewer carbohydrates lose more body fat.

about 22 hours ago

NATO to create a rapid-response force for eastern Europe, officials say

President Barack Obama is heading to the region this week ahead of a meeting with alliance members.

about 22 hours ago

Nude celebrity hack may be iCloud Breach in run-up to new iPhone

The FBI said it is investigating the allegations regarding photos of Jennifer Lawrence, among others.

about 22 hours ago

 From left, Brad Yoder, Julie Pezzino and Fred Kraybill at Grow Pittsburgh’s Shiloh Peace Garden.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: New energy enlivens a corner lot

Property owner and Grow Pittsburgh team up to create what’s likely the greenest corner lot in the city.

about 21 hours ago

Tiny islands may hold key to Scotland’s independence

But in the Shetland Islands, residents have a seemingly ambiguous and largely hidden reaction to Scotland’s referendum.

about 22 hours ago

Pakistan's Sharif clings to power as protesters step up assault

World keeping an eye on possible military intervention in the situation

about 22 hours ago

U.N. rights council looks at Islamic State abuses in Iraq

The group is also looking into targeted killings in the region.

about 22 hours ago

Parents who took ill son abroad fight order to return to Britain

The boy’s mother and father have not been charged.

about 22 hours ago

There’s stage of life when nothing beats licking grandpups

Licking on grandpups is a wonderful way to spend time.

about 21 hours ago

Chris Christie’s trip to Mexico doubles as a foreign policy test

The New Jersey governor is seeking to boost his understanding of global affairs.

about 22 hours ago

Ferguson police start wearing cameras

The town’s police chief said the force is “enjoying” their use.

about 22 hours ago

Economic disaster looms for Atlantic City

With casinos set to close, thousands of jobs are drying up in the gambling hub.

about 22 hours ago

World briefs: Parent kills 3 students

PLUS: U.S. requests detainees; Iran’s Zarif ’optimistic’; Syrian army, rebels fight; Libyan ministries siezed.

about 22 hours ago

Nation briefs: Judge haults abortion law

PLUS: 5 dead in plane crash; Female bikers increase; Iliad pursues T-Mobile; At issue: drivers on pot.

about 22 hours ago

Lawsuit over height of Pittsburgh parking meters settled

Federal regulations indicate that the “operable parts” of meters should be no more than 48 inches above ground.

about 7 hours ago

 Children arrive on buses for classes at Penn Hills Elementary Center.

Declining rolls lead Allegheny County school districts to adjust

As school districts face declining enrollments and increasing financial pressures, the era of neighborhood elementary schools is fading.

1 day ago

 Garment workers at the Nishat Complex, a Ha-Meem Group factory, sew pockets for blue jeans in early July.

Long days a staple of garment industry in Bangladesh

At That’s It Sportswear, apparel makers for Pittsburgh’s American Eagle Outfitters, workers say they routinely work over 60 hours a week.

1 day ago

 Greg Robes gives Tim Flanigan, 55, of Baldwin, a flu shot earlier this year at the Allegheny County Health department's vaccination clinic in Oakland.

Risk of bad flu season raises need for shots

Severity of the upcoming influenza season could hinge on our old acquaintance H1N1.

1 day ago

Obituary: Jeffrey E. Cortopassi Sr. / Mylan scientist, loving father

Mr. Cortopassi, a scientist at Cecil-based generic drug giant Mylan Inc., died Thursday at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

1 day ago

Boston Bridge inspection to restrict traffic on Tuesday

Restrictions will occur from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

1 day ago

 Iraqi security forces and Iraqi Shi'ite volunteers react after breaking a siege by the Islamic State extremist group on Amerli Sunday.

Obama formally notifies Congress of ordering air strikes in Iraq

Mr. Obama has to notify Congress of the authorization under the the War Powers Resolution.

1 day ago

Holiday closings for Labor Day

All City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, state and federal offices and courts are closed today for the Labor Day holiday.

1 day ago

 The Baroness Philippine de Rothschild of Chateau Mouton Rothschild in France in 2005.

Obituary: Philippine de Rothschild / 'Grande dame' of family's wine dynasty

Philippine de Rothschild gave up an acting career to run the family’s wine business at a time when few women were in the industry.

1 day ago

US airstrikes help free trapped Iraqis

Iraqi troops and militias opened up a humanitarian corridor to thousands of Shiite Turkmen who had under siege in Amerli from Sunni

1 day ago

Both parties criticize Obama foreign policy

Key lawmakers suggested that the administration should be more assertive in addressing conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine.

1 day ago

Putin urges ‘statehood’ talks for Eastern Ukraine

It was a a vague and provocative turn of phrase he used while demanding Ukrainian government negotiate directly with pro-Russian

1 day ago

San Francisco exhales during ‘Burning Man Exodus’

Its resident who don’t attend the festival in Nevada discover that the city’s hot spots become more accessible.

1 day ago

 Activists demonstrate for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo.

Ferguson's flashpoint sparks national outrage

Demonstrations fueled by a sense of injustice have rolled across cities, regardless of whether the shootings took place last week or last

1 day ago

Detroit’s bankruptcy heads to court for crucial hearing

The city’s feud with its holdout financial creditors will take center stage. starting Tuesday.

1 day ago

Obituary: Ahmed Seif / He was tortured in Egypt and became rights defender

His contrarian nature, for good and ill, defined his career.

1 day ago

Obituary: Werner Franz / Survivor of the Hindenburg’s crew

He was a 14-year-old cabin boy aboard the airship that exploded as it approached its mooring site in New Jersey in 1937.

1 day ago

 In this photo taken during a tour offered to onlookers and journalists by the Dawn of Libya militia on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, damage is seen in the front yard of a building at the U.S. Embassy compound in Tripoli, Libya, after weeks of violence between rival militias over control of the capital.

Islamist militia now guards US Embassy in Libya

The breach of a deserted U.S. diplomatic post likely will reinvigorate debate in the U.S. over its role in Libya,

1 day ago

China limits options for Hong Kong election

The decision makes it virtually certain that Hong Kong will soon have large-scale protests and acts of civil disobedience.

1 day ago

Gary Rotstein's The Morning File: Shoot, it’s never too early to start firing

What do 9-year-old girls like these days? Chuck E. Cheese? Bowling? How about a trip to the shooting range?

1 day ago


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