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 The purse of Sienna Williams-Van Balen, 8, of Castle Shannon, includes several EpiPens, two different inhalers and methylprednisolone steroids in case of anaphylactic shock due to her peanut allergy.

Parents, doctors confounded by reversal of advice on peanut allergies

The switch on medical recommendations to ward off peanut allergies comes too late for many Pittsburgh children and their families.

about 23 hours ago


 Bobbie Jo Wendel leads her "Begin to Win" running group along Beaver Street in Sewickley as they start their Sunday morning run.

Marathon Ready: A race entered to support her mom turns novice on to her running prowess

After shedding 180 pounds, Bobbi Jo Wendel trains for her first full marathon in Pittsburgh.

about 23 hours ago


Obama says Iran must halt key nuclear work for at least a decade

His comment about the time frame for a freeze represents one of the U.S. government's strongest signals yet of its red line for a deal.

about 23 hours ago


 In higher education, Gov. Tom Wolf proposes increasing funding for the State System of Higher Education by $45 million.

Gov. Wolf's budget plan focuses on Pennsylvania's middle class, education

“Our state is never going to get stronger as long as we make our schools weaker,” Mr. Wolf said in his prepared remarks.

8 minutes ago


 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint meeting of Congress on Tuesday in the House chamber in Washington, D.C. During his speech, Mr. Netanyahu said negotiations with Iran will not “block Iran’s path to the bomb; it paves Iran’s path to the bomb.”

Netanyahu warns that nuclear deal ‘paves Iran’s path’ to a bomb

The speech before a joint meeting of Congress gave the Israeli prime minister a rare platform for confronting President Obama.

4 minutes ago


 Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, takes the stage Monday to address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference in Washington, D.C.

Pittsburgh area's Jewish leaders have mixed reactions to Netanyahu

They are concerned about a GOP-Obama rift on the Israeli prime minister’s speech to Congress today.

about 23 hours ago


 “I am as outraged and frustrated as you at the lawless and unconstitutional actions of this president,” House Speaker John Boehner told his caucus, according to aides.

Congress sends Homeland bill to Obama without conditions

The outcome averted a partial agency shutdown that would have begun Friday. It was a major victory for Mr. Obama and the Democrats.

3 minutes ago


Clinton emails at State Department draw scrutiny

The ex-secretary of state may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record.

about 23 hours ago


 Richard Haynes, president and founder of the Carlow Chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, reads statements written on the Free Speech Wall at Carlow University in Oakland.

Carlow University 'wall' encourages free speech

Young Americans for Liberty at Carlow University encouraged students to write on two outdoor poster-boards, part of a national project.

about 23 hours ago


 Solicitor John Rushford said the resignation of Dormont borough manager Jeffrey Naftal was a personnel matter.

Dormont manager abruptly resigns

Jeffrey Naftal's resignation was effective Feb. 26, according to a two-paragraph letter to council members.

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Sharon Randall: Life and love lead to unexpected places, fortunately

Follow your heart, and the rest will fall into place.

about 23 hours ago


Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Police tensions serve as starting topic

Relationships between the police and African-American communities need to go beyond conversations and marches.

about 23 hours ago


Wolf says Pennsylvania severance tax ‘not a partisan idea’

The proposal would raise about $765.3 million for the state’s general fund and another $225 million to replace a Marcellus Shale impact fee

16 minutes ago


 “This is an unfortunate, though not completely unexpected ruling.” said Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action.

Stay issued on NRA suit against Pittsburgh

Common Pleas Senior Judge Judith Friedman’s one-sentence order means the city’s law remains in force, at least for now.

about 23 hours ago


Earthquake strikes off Indonesia island; no reports of damage

The quake was felt by people on land, but there was no panic, Indonesia's disaster agency said.

about 16 hours ago


 Programs targeting employee health with various incentives and promotions have become popular as companies try to rein in health care costs

Are worker wellness plans best for business?

A new national journal’s article recommends that employers abandon these programs.

about 23 hours ago


Health happenings: March 3, 2015

Health-related events for the coming week.

about 23 hours ago


Tensions flare as picket lines crossed in U.S. refinery strike

Money is tight as strike pay from the United Steelworkers union is a fraction of normal wages.

about 16 hours ago


Obituary: Rod H. Altmeyer / Used his broadcasting background to promote his home furnishings business

Rod H. Altmeyer Sr. took over Altmeyer’s Bed, Bath & Home from his father and moved stores from small downtown area to shopping centers.

about 23 hours ago


 William Thomas McKinley in 1985.

Obituary: William Thomas McKinley / Jazz-loving composer born in New Kensington

Mr. McKinley, 76, was “one of our most important Pittsburgh artists of any kind,” said composer David Stock, a classmate at Carnegie Tech.

1 day ago


 Former Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during the Freedom Summit on Jan. 24 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Likely GOP presidential candidates to speak at NRA annual meeting

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania is among the speakers slated for the April event.

about 14 hours ago


 Gen. David Petraeus.

Petraeus reaches deal to plead guilty to misdemeanor; likely won’t face prison

David Petraeus is a retired four-star general, who won renown in Iraq and Afghanistan, before going on to briefly lead the CIA.

10 minutes ago


 Anna Duritskaya

Woman with slain Putin critic says she didn’t see his killer

Her emotional account came amid a swirl of speculation about who was responsible for the assassination, and what it means for Russia.

about 23 hours ago


War court judge orders Pentagon to replace USS Cole trial overseer

He ruled that a since-revoked requirement for judges to live at Guantanamo until a trial is over appeared to be unlawful influence.

about 23 hours ago


Termites are guardians of the soil

Their habitats are key to a multitude of ecosystems, from deserts and rain forests to your neighborhood park.

about 23 hours ago


Massive Iraqi assault begins to retake Tikrit from Islamic State

Many see it as a test of the central government’s ability to retake and hold much of the territory lost to the militant group last summer.

about 23 hours ago


State redistricting is under scrutiny at Supreme Court

The justices raised tough questions Monday in a case crucial for political operators and reformers in Arizona, California and beyond.

about 23 hours ago


World Briefs: Latest clashes in Ukraine kill hundreds

Plus: 40 Americans return from Syria; Twitter threats probed; donated Pakistan vaccines wasted; and more.

about 23 hours ago


 At the Capitol on Monday, Republicans and Democrats said they expected something big from Gov. Tom Wolf’s first budget proposal.

Wolf wants Pennsylvania income, sales tax increase

The new governor’s plan also calls for dramatically reducing school district property taxes.

about 23 hours ago


National Briefs: Report says cybersecurity lacking at FAA

Plus: 8 Amish resentenced; Nebraska same-sex ruling; Tamir Rice lawsuit; and more.

about 23 hours ago


 Nationally, gas prices were up 12 cents in the past week to hit an average of $2.42 cents per gallon.

Gas prices keep ticking upward in Pittsburgh region

Gas rose 8.8 cents per gallon in the past week in the Pittsburgh area.

1 day ago


 Woodland Hills School District superintendent Alan Johnson: “I could send out a directive this afternoon: Thou shalt not suspend any more students in grades K-3. I don’t want to do that.”

Superintendent: 'We're trying to change the culture. ... we’re starting to be successful'

2011-12 study put the Woodland Hills district’s K-6 suspension rate at 23.8 percent -- top 10 nationally -- but the 2013-14 rate was 16.48

1 day ago


 Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald “Better Jobs, Better Future” is chaired by Mike Mikus, who managed Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald’s successful 2011 campaign.

Fitzgerald's top political foes face stern challenge

A new political committee is working with the Allegheny County executive to replace fellow Democrats who oppose his policies.

1 day ago


 Philadelphia and Pittsburgh base layoffs on certification and seniority, so seniority is critical when job cuts are being made.

Lawsuit challenging Philadelphia union officials as 'ghost teachers' mirrors Pittsburgh

The lawsuit by The Fairness Center claims teachers out of the classroom for years on union duties still get raises and public pensions.

1 day ago


 A city of Pittsburgh fire truck collided with a pickup truck on Centre and 6th avenues, Downtown, this morning due to icy roads.

Flood advisory issued for Allegheny County

Slick roads caused numerous crashes and school delays in the Pittsburgh area today.

about 23 hours ago


Therapists balk at limitations under new AIU contract

The Allegheny Intermediate Unit changed therapists from salaried to hourly employees Feb. 1 to save money.

1 day ago


U.S. judge rules Nebraska same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

Federal Judge Joseph Bataillon called the state's ban an “unabashedly gender-specific infringement of the equal rights of its citizens.”

1 day ago


 Parkway West on-and-off ramps in Carnegie will be closed at 10 tonight and remain closed through late December for the second year of a $72.8 million parkway reconstruction project.

Parkway West closures begin tonight

The project will cause a variety of traffic shifts, narrowed lanes, lane closures and full overnight and weekend detours.

1 day ago


Eight charged after brawl near Cal U campus

Two of the men police said were involved in the brawl at 525 Second St. around 2:30 a.m. Sunday are facing more serious charges.

1 day ago


 Forbes today said that Bill Gates's net worth rose to $79.2 billion in 2015 from $76 billion last year.

Bill Gates again tops Forbes' list of billionaires

In second place is Mexican telecommunications mogul Carlos Slim Helu, with a net worth of $77.1 billion. He had topped the list in 2013.

1 day ago


Gary Rotstein's Morning File: This news quiz will determine your recent attention level

It’s March. While you have been hibernating, the world has been marching on. Get up to speed, right here:

1 day ago


Netanyahu arrives in U.S., signs of easing of tensions over Iran speech

Policy differences over the negotiations with Iran remained firm, however, as Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in the U.S.

1 day ago


 Anne Gensheimer and her husband, Bud.

Obituary: Anne Gensheimer / Retired school nurse who never stopped giving

Anne Gensheimer “put her money where her mouth was” in her endless efforts to help those in need, according to friend Jim DelBianco.

1 day ago


Tens of thousands show their anger at Putin

Sadness and pragmatism prevailed over their outrage, and few of them appeared to be ready for radical action.

1 day ago


Obituary: Carole Morgan Connors / IBM programmer who loved maps

Carole Connors of Upper St. Clair resented when people started ignoring maps in favor of GPS systems.

1 day ago


High court case threatens independent electoral map drawers

The Supreme Court is being asked to let raw politics play an even bigger role in the drawing of congressional district boundaries.

2 days ago


Iraq says launches offensive on Islamic State

The operation against the extremists in Salahuddin province targets a stronghold of the radical Islamist fighters north of Baghdad.

1 day ago


Republicans on defensive over Homeland Security funding

But the House leaders also promised to continue trying to use funding of the Department of Homeland Security.

1 day ago


Venezuela orders U.S. embassy to reduce staff in Caracas

U.S. officials who remain will be required to obtain approval for any meetings in Venezuela as tensions mount between the two countries.

2 days ago


Obama invoking civil rights struggles past and present

The president plans a speech Saturday from the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., the site of one of the movement’s stirring moments.

2 days ago



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