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 Hundreds of displaced citizens of Ramadi make their way into Baghdad.

ISIS faces battle in Iraq, Syria; children among those executed by terrorist group

ISIS has killed at least 217 people execution-style, including children, since it moved into the Palmyra area, say human rights groups.

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 A Port Authority of Allegheny County committee last week approved a 30-day public comment period starting June 1 on the subject of a fee for ConnectCards, which currently are issued for free.

Port Authority considers charging one-time fee for ConnectCards

The Allegheny County agency will seek public input as it conducts a top-to-bottom review of its fare policies.

about 19 hours ago


 Jeremy Steele, left, Ric Jaime, center, and Keith McNabb salvage belongings Sunday at their friend Mike Cook's house near Wimberley, Texas. About 350 homes in the town of Wimberley were washed away by flash floods.

Flash floods in Texas, Oklahoma kill 2

This May is already the wettest on record for several cities in the southern Plains states, with days still to go and more rain on the way.

about 20 hours ago


 Iraqi government forces walk next to a trench Sunday in the Jurf al-Sakher area, about 30 miles south of Baghdad, to protect the area from further advancement by the Islamic State militant forces.

Iraq regains ground from Islamic State; mass deaths reported in Palmyra

The fall of Ramadi and Palmyra were the militant group's biggest successes since a U.S.-led coalition launched an air war to stop them.

about 19 hours ago


Cleveland police say 71 people arrested overnight in protests

Protesters took to the streets after Officer Michael Brelo, 31, was acquitted on charges of voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault.

about 19 hours ago


Mass graves of suspected trafficking victims found in Malaysia

According to media reports, the mass graves were believed to contain the bodies of hundreds of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh.

about 19 hours ago


Greek minister raises alarm on IMF repayments

They were the most explicit remarks yet from Athens about the likelihood of default if talks fail.

about 19 hours ago


Gay couples awaken to new Ireland, hope to wed by Christmas

The Irish people voted with a surprisingly strong 62 percent “yes” to enshrine the right to gay marriage in the country’s 1937 constitution.

about 20 hours ago


Prosecutors face difficult task in Texas biker gang shootout

After a fight between rival gangs outside a crowded restaurant left nine dead, police rounded up everyone on the scene wearing biker vests.

about 19 hours ago


 Klaus Genuit, a psycho-acoustics professor at the RWTH Aachen University in Germany, analyzes sounds in Point State Park on Wednesday. Mr. Genuit was in the city for the Acoustical Society of America conference at the Wyndham Grand Hotel, Downtown.

Acoustics experts assess Pittsburgh’s ‘soundscape’

A German acoustics expert says Point State Park and Market Square were designed with no regard for sound pollution.

about 19 hours ago


 U.S. activist Gloria Steinem, sixth from right, Nobel Peace Prize laureates Mairead Maguire, from Northern Ireland, second from right, and Leymah Gbowee, from Liberia, third from right, and other activists march to the Imjingak Pavilion on Sunday with South Korean activists along the military wire fences near the border village of Panmunjom, in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea.

Women activists cross from North to South Korea, say divide can be bridged

But the women — led by Gloria Steinem, the pioneering American feminist — did not walk across the demilitarized zone, as they had hoped.

about 19 hours ago


Delta Air Lines restricts access to flight data

It’s part of a bigger trend in the airline industry that has made it harder for travelers to comparison shop for flights.

about 5 hours ago


Monk, called ‘Buddhist bin Laden,’ targets Myanmar’s persecuted Muslims

Ashin Wirathu thinks he has more in common with the world’s most famous fictional spy, James Bond.

about 19 hours ago


Iran sets conditions to allow U.N. inspection of military sites

Access by the United Nations nuclear agency to some of Iran’s military sites has been a sticking point in negotiations Iran’s nuke program.

about 20 hours ago


 President Barack Obama, accompanied by Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, left, commander of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, and with the aid of Sgt. 1st Class John C. Wirth, lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns today at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

Obama pays tribute to fallen service members at Arlington

Speaking to 5,000 people at Arlington National Cemetery, Obama called the burial place “more than a final resting place for fallen heroes.”

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 In this Nov. 6, 2003, file photo, Jerry Stiller, left, and his wife Anne Meara pose on the set of "The King of Queens," at Sony Studio in Culver City, Calif. Meara, whose comic work with husband helped launch a 60-year career in film and TV, has died. She was 85.

Obituary: Anne Meara / Actress, comedian, wife of Jerry Stiller and mom of Ben

She was a loopy, lovable comedian who launched a standup career with husband Jerry Stiller in the 1950s and found success as an actress.

about 19 hours ago


 Men throw soil over the body of Zedi Feruzi, the head of opposition party UPD, on Sunday during his funeral in Bujumbura, Burundi.

Burundi’s crisis deepens as assassinated opposition leader is buried

Observers fear the small central African nation is sliding dangerously toward another civil war.

about 19 hours ago


Gary Rotstein’s Morning File: Refusal to test students deserves an A

Standardized tests sometimes deserve a flunking grade.

about 19 hours ago


Nation briefs: Koch brothers to fund GOP candidates

Plus: Clinton email ‘witch hunt’, Officer shot to death, Protester leaves Shell ship

about 19 hours ago


World briefs: Italian coast guard rescues 70 migrants

Plus: Landslide in Nepal, Putin signs law, Poland presidential vote

about 19 hours ago


 Two U.S. F-15 fighter jets escorted an Air France plane to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport today after an anonymous threat was made against the flight, according the U.S. military.

Planes searched at NYC airport after threats made

The FBI says it believes the same caller made the threats and the airliners were being screened as a precaution.

about 5 hours ago


 Kathy Kerestes

Obituary: Kathy Kerestes / Affable trailblazer in newscasting, proud of Mon Valley roots

Kathy Kerestes, first female reporter for WTAE Radio who established “Women of Spirit” awards at Carlow University, dies at 61.

about 19 hours ago


 Residents stand outside their homes as damaged cars are seen after a tornado hit the town of Ciudad Acuna in Mexico across the Texas border this morning.

Twister kills at least 13 in Mexico border city

In Texas, crews searched for people believed to be missing after a vacation home was swept away by a river swollen from a line of storms.

about 7 hours ago


Study: pollutant levels high in Ohio area with fracking

Researchers took air samples in Carroll County, Ohio, where there are 480 permitted wells — the most in any of the state’s 88 counties.

about 19 hours ago


 Time Warner Center in New York City. A series of mergers is remaking the market for broadband Internet and cable television in the United States.

Report: Charter nears $55 billion deal for Time Warner Cable

The combined companies could have as many as 23 million customers, just behind Comcast's 27.2 million customers.

about 4 hours ago


Three Homewood sites to redirect storm water runoff

The $1 million project is designed to prevent sewage overflows from eastern neighborhoods and suburbs into Nine Mile Run at Frick Park.

about 19 hours ago


 Kelli Deister, shown in her Sunbury, Pa., apartment, is legally blind suffers from retinitis pigmentosa.

Can embryonic stem cells help stop blindness?

From electronic implants to stem cells, University of Pittsburgh researchers and others seek ways to halt blindness.

1 day ago


 Aniya Mike, at front, a Steel City Squash student from St. Benedict the Moor School in the Hill District, gets instruction at Chatham University from Kathryn Brummer, a tutor/coach visiting from CitySquash in New York City. Bianca Troche, left, is a CitySquash student from Aquinas High School in the Bronx.

Steel City Squash: The path to college runs through a squash court

The new Pittsburgh program mixes athletic training with academic rigor to give inner-city students a gateway to graduation.

1 day ago


 Peter Walker, Dean of Chatham University’s Falk School of Sustainability, leads a tour of the hoophouse, where students grow a variety of vegetables year-round, on Eden Hall campus in Richland Township.

Chatham's North Hills campus readies for first students this fall

A flexible master plan has allowed a relatively small school to sustainably develop nearly 400 acres of farmland in Richland Township.

1 day ago


 In March 2002, John Nash, left, and his wife Alicia arrive at the 74th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Mr. Nash, the Nobel Prize-winning mathematician whose struggle with schizophrenia was chronicled in the 2001 movie "A Beautiful Mind,” died in a car crash along with his wife in New Jersey on Saturday.

John Nash, portrayed in 'A Beautiful Mind,' killed in NJ car crash

Mr. Nash, who attended Carnegie Mellon, was killed along with his wife, Alicia, in a crash on Saturday.

about 19 hours ago


 Caption Contest No. 263

Caption Contest No. 263 ... and the winners of No. 262!

Stacy Innerst is the artist. You are the caption writer.

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El Salvador’s Romero is beatified

Oscar Romero was the Catholic archbishop of San Salvador, whose slaying as he said Mass became emblematic of El Salvador’s civil war.

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 FILE In this June 6, 2013 file photo, a sign stands outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. The Justice Department warned lawmakers that the National Security Agency will have to wind down its bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the end of the week if Congress fails to reauthorize the Patriot Act. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

NSA winds down once-secret phone-records collection program

Senate Republicans blocked a bill that would have allowed the NSA to search the records held by phone companies on a case-by-case basis.

1 day ago


Decade after Katrina, pointing finger more firmly at Army Corps

A pending article in the peer-reviewed journal Water Policy sets out to refine some  early versions of the factors that led to the disaster.

1 day ago


Threat to nation's parks seen as Congress stalls on renewing fund

The federal Land and Water Conservation Fund has been used for 50 years to acquire land of special historical or environmental significance.

1 day ago


National briefs: Ruptured pipeline had no automatic shut-off switch

Plus: Senate approves stop-gap to extend funding for highways; water lost in California after dam vandalized; and more.

1 day ago


World briefs: Saudi Arabian authorities identify suicide bomber

Plus: Burundi opposition leader fatally shot; Somalia towns captured; and more.

1 day ago


 Peter Leo

Peter Leo: Visit to Hungary proves unsettling but inspiring

Hungarians have the mindset of an occupied people, we are told, which hasn’t changed all that much since the fall of Communism.

1 day ago


Obituary: Angelo S. Runco / pediatrician from Larimer

He continued to make house calls even after it had become a thing of the past in medicine, his family recalls.

1 day ago


 Wilderness Voyageurs fishing guide Ryan McCauley holds a nice Youghiogheny rainbow.

Cooperation among trout-stocking groups could improve research

Philosophies vary on numerous fronts: more small fingerlings or fewer catchable trout to marking trout for future research or not?

1 day ago


 Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale Law School, at the Allegheny HYP Club.

Yale scholar offers insights on Obama and constitutional change

Akhil Reed Amar spoke in Pittsburgh on his new book, “The Law of the Land,” which shows how regionalism helped shape the Constitution.

1 day ago


Court documents raise questions about role of former DEA agent in mortgage fraud case

Now retired, Barry A. Baldwin was known to his Drug Enforcement Administration colleagues as “The Wizard” for his expertise in wiretaps.

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 Math teacher Ro Casciato, center, goes over a calculus problem in class at Pittsburgh Allderdice High School on May 19. Working with her are juniors Dawill Holc, 17, and Sofia Vidic, 17. Seeing the class was part of a tour to show how Gates grant money was being used to improve the learning environment. At left is senior Nadeem Demian, 17.

Pittsburgh schools to get less than $78 million in announced grants

Strict rules on spending grant money limit its use. “I think the money enabled us to try some different things,” said the union leader.

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State Dept. releases Clinton emails on Libya and Benghazi attacks

Nearly 900 pages of emails from Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private account provide little apparent fuel for a Republican probe of her actions.

2 days ago


 Mary King, an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher at Pittsburgh Colfax K-8 refuses to give state standardized tests in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh teacher stands alone by refusing to give tests

Mary King, an English as second language teacher at Pittsburgh Colfax K-8, drew attention when she refused to give the PSSA tests.

2 days ago


 Lamar Advertising company’s famous 32-foot-tall, 225-foot-long neon sign on Mount Washington.

Pittsburgh has dim view of ads on sign above Point

Picture this scrolling hundreds of feet above the iconic confluence of Pittsburgh’s three rivers: “Chipped ham, $1.39 a pound.”

2 days ago


Pa. considering photo-enforcement system to catch work zone speeders

Work zone speed cameras have slowed traffic down in Maryland, and may be coming to Pennsylvania.

2 days ago


 Gina McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, says a new clean water rule is intended “to protect critical streams and wetlands that are currently vulnerable to pollution and destruction.”

Obama set to strengthen federal role in clean water regulation

Environmentalists have praised the new rule, but it has attracted fierce opposition from several business interests.

2 days ago


Plum teachers investigation kept private

Judge denies WPXI's request for Plum documents.

2 days ago


Portfolio: Scrabble updates revive war of words

Pwn (8 points, to dominate an opponent). Thanx (15 points, thanks). Bezzy (18 points, several meanings, not all of which are printable).

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