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 Employers added 209,000 jobs in July, which was also seasonally adjusted.

Unemployment up slightly in July as more look for work

In a case of good news at first looking bad, the national unemployment rate rose slightly in July to 6.3 percent from 6.2 percent in June.

about 10 hours ago


 Ron Tomalis

Gov. Corbett says Ron Tomalis is not a 'ghost employee'

The department did not order a nameplate for his office door until Tuesday, two days after a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story raised questions.

about 4 hours ago


Section of East Busway to close this weekend

The busway will be closed between East Liberty Garage and East Liberty Station.

about 9 hours ago


Red Line weekend detours announced

Track repairs in Beechview will cause detours in both directions on the Red Line on Saturday and Sunday, the Port Authority announced.

about 9 hours ago


McKnight Road repairs to restrict traffic tonight, Saturday

The restriction will be in place from 9 tonight until 5 p.m. Saturday between Kentzel Road and Patrick Place.

about 12 hours ago


Drug ring underling files motion to reduce 30-year sentence

Omari Patton’s motion says his sentence was based on an improperly calculated amount of cocaine.

about 2 hours ago


Obituary: Nathan M. Cochran, O.S.B. / Teacher, mentor at Saint Vincent College

Brother Nathan M. Cochran was a teacher, student mentor, registrar at Saint Vincent in Latrobe, but is best-known for his love for the arts.

about 19 hours ago


Widening project to restrict Cumberland Road in McCandless

The work will occur near the McKnight Road intersection from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today through Tuesday.

about 12 hours ago


 Ron Tomalis

Pennsylvania senator calls for inquiry of education adviser

Former secretary of education Ron Tomalis was appointed special adviser in June 2013, but was permitted to keep his cabinet-level salary.

about 19 hours ago


 Sen. Joe Manchin, left, D-W.Va., and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., speak in April about background checks for gun purchases. The pair’s proposal was ultimately rejected, but their new bipartisan compromise requires more background checks for public school employees.

Senate bill would require school background checks

Congress may find it easier to require background checks for teachers than for weapons purchasers.

about 18 hours ago


Allegheny County manager suggests consolidation of departments

Allegheny County could save $250,000 annually if it “co-mingled” its real estate department with its Office of Property Assessments.

about 19 hours ago


Report argues for Pennsylvania Medicaid expansion

Families USA report says more than half of Pennsylvanians who would benefit from Medicaid expansion have jobs.

about 19 hours ago


Ramp from Forward Avenue to outbound Parkway East closed

PennDOT announced the one-month closure about 30 minutes before it was scheduled to take effect on Thursday.

about 19 hours ago


Inbound Liberty Tunnel to close long-term on Tuesday

Painting will close the tunnel from 8 p.m. Tuesday until 6 a.m. Aug. 22.

about 19 hours ago


Writing has power to create a miracle, if it all goes right

For a writer, it’s a gift to know someone reads your writing.

about 19 hours ago


 In this undated photo released by the Center for Disease Control, a Aeromedical Biological Containment System which looks like a sealed isolation tent for Ebola air transportation is shown.

U.S. warns against traveling to Ebola-hit countries

The White House said it is looking into options for bringing back two American aid workers sick with Ebola in Liberia.

about 19 hours ago


Both sides in Mideast agree to 3-day cease-fire

Israel, Hamas sending delegations to negotiations in Cairo that may pave way to end more than three weeks of carnage.

about 19 hours ago


FDA to regulate new diagnostic tests for safety, reliability

The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that it plans to begin regulating certain diagnostic tests developed by laboratories.

about 19 hours ago


Veterans Affairs revamp passes Congress, but other bills hang in balance ahead of recess

After Senate approved VA reforms, it also passed highway funding, but its Republicans scuttled a border funding bill.

about 19 hours ago


Forensic team in Ukraine finally reaches jet crash site

The Dutch-led expert team recovered DNA samples from 25 victims and personal items of 27.

about 19 hours ago


Islamist militias claim control of Benghazi

Libyan hard-liners amid violent backlash against rival militias as new parliament is about to be seated in Tripoli.

about 19 hours ago


Executive order pushes contractors to follow labor laws

President Barack Obama moved Thursday to require federal contractors to give their workers more rights in labor disputes.

about 19 hours ago


CIA admits spying on Senate intelligence panel

The report by the CIA inspector general found that its officers created a fake online identity.

about 19 hours ago


National briefs: Key rulings in Wisconsin

Plus: GM told of Cobalt crash; Obama donor probed; Executive shoots boss; Silver Star awarded; Railroad tracks blamed.

about 19 hours ago


World briefs: Stocks fall in Argentina

Plus: Death of ex-KGB officer; NATO unprepared; Kerry in India; Pakistani army; Gay activists in China

about 19 hours ago


Additional overnight restrictions planned on Route 28

Crews will install pavement reflectors from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily through Monday morning.

1 day ago


Resurfacing project to restrict Route 19 traffic in McCandless

The restriction will be in effect from 7 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Monday between Longvue Avenue and Cumberland Road.

1 day ago


 Members of the United Mineworkers of America wave signs and chant in support of loosening environmental regulations on coal and carbon emissions. They clashed briefly with supporters of the regulations Thursday on Liberty Avenue, Downtown.

EPA hearings on controversial carbon emissions regulations continue in Pittsburgh

More than 135 individuals spoke at Thursday’s hearing with a similar number of people scheduled to speak during today’s session Downtown.

about 19 hours ago


State GOP leaders cancel next week's House session

The House had been scheduled to return to the Capitol on Monday and continue work on Tuesday and Wednesday.

about 19 hours ago


 Carnegie Mellon University researchers have been working to remove the veil of secrecy from the Tor Project, a free software program that allows users to anonymously surf the Internet on various devices, including smartphones like above.

Carnegie Mellon engineers aim to unmask anonymous surfing software

Governments in the U.S., Russia and Britain have worked for years to reveal the users of the covert Tor Project.

1 day ago


State police officials say agency does not discriminate against women

The federal government seeks a court order that would require state police to stop using certain physical fitness tests.

1 day ago


Peace Corps pulls volunteers from West Africa due to Ebola

A Peace Corps spokesperson said two volunteers were isolated and under observation after being exposed to a person who later died of Ebola.

1 day ago


Senate debates measure to defuse immigration crisis at border

Senate Democrats emergency measure for young migrant border crisis differs substantially from House version.

1 day ago


Study finds we’re still not eating enough produce

Analysis of 16 studies finds produce eaters reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease, but no appreciable association with reduced

1 day ago


 FILE - This March 1, 2014 file photo shows part of the website for HealthCare.gov, photographed in Washington.  Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer woes that paralyzed the president's new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in testimony released Wednesday. After a months-long investigation, the Government Accountability Office found that the administration lacked "effective planning or oversight practices" for the development of HealthCare.gov, the online portal to coverage for millions of uninsured Americans. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)

Probe exposes flaws behind government’s health website rollout

GAO says chaotic planning and lax oversight contributed to cost increases as well as website delays and malfunctions.

1 day ago


Bonds could save Pennsylvania's pension problem, but come with a risk

Actuaries found that infusing the systems with $9 billion from pension obligation bonds could reduce employer contributions $24.5 billion.

1 day ago


House approves $17 billion for VA upgrades

The $17 billion bipartisan measure would create 27 new VA medical facilities and let veterans access care at non-VA hospitals and clinics.

1 day ago


Fighting political Islam, Arab states become allied with Israel

Led by Egypt, coalition including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan is aligned against Hamas during this current Mideast

1 day ago


With urbanization as goal, China moves to change registration rules

Household registration system had hindered economic growth and reinforced inequities between rural and urban populations.

1 day ago


 FILE - In this May 22, 2013 file photo, Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner refuses to answer questions as the House Oversight Committee holds a hearing to investigate the extra scrutiny the IRS gave Tea Party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lerner, a former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party controversial called Republicans "crazies" and more in newly released emails. Lerner used to head the IRS division that handles applications for tax-exempt status. In a series of emails with a colleague in November 2012, Lerner made two disparaging remarks about members of the GOP, including one remark that was profane. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., released the emails Wednesday as part of his committee's investigation. Camp says the emails show Lerner's disgust with conservatives. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Ex-IRS official called conservatives 'crazies'

A former IRS official at the center of the agency’s Tea Party controversy referred to some right-wing Republicans as “crazies” and more in

1 day ago


Random Acts of Kindness: A savior in the the Squirrel Hill Tunnel

Plus: A co-pay gets paid, a driver gets personal directions in Greensburg, a young man makes a couple’s anniversary.

1 day ago


House GOP votes to sue Obama

On nearly party-line vote -- all Democrats and five Republicans opposing it -- House asserts that president violated the Constitution,

1 day ago


UN accuses Israel of violating international law in Gaza school shelling

Wednesday’s violence elicits condemnations from the United Nations and the United States.

1 day ago


National briefs: Air Force calls for lower costs

PLUS Boy killed by stray bullet; Ohio man gets life; Police corruption case; Pipe break floods UCLA

1 day ago


World Briefs: Iraq Shiite militia executes Sunnis

PLUS Fighting blocks crash site; Libyans flee fighting; Dozens die in mudslide; Venezuela officials barred

1 day ago


 United Airlines passengers check in at San Francisco International Airport.

United Airlines ending daily nonstop Pittsburgh-to-Los Angeles service

Charles Hobart, a United spokesman, said the airline was dropping its Pittsburgh-to-L.A. flight because it “wasn’t meeting expectations.”

1 day ago


Notices of possible faculty layoffs go out at five of Pa's 14 state-owned universities

The professor cuts, if they happen, would occur at the close of the 2014-15 academic year. Possible numbers have not been decided.

2 days ago


Races to close Parkway North HOV and Downtown streets

The closure is scheduled from 7 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday for the 17th annual Pittsburgh Triathlon and Adventure Race.

2 days ago


Temple making standardized tests optional

Temple University announced it will move to test-optional admissions, the first public research university in the Northeast to do so.

2 days ago


 From left: Dutch VanKirk, Navigator; Paul Tibbets, Pilot; Tom Ferebee, bombardier.

Obituary: Theodore “Dutch” VanKirk / WWII airman whose crew dropped atomic bomb on Japan

Mr. VanKirk, a Northumberland, Pa., native was the last surviving member of the crew that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

2 days ago



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