“Treadmill injuries actually are quite common,” said Louis H. Alarcon, medical director of trauma surgery at UPMC Presbyterian.

UPMC, Allegheny Health Network experts warn of treadmill dangers

The treadmill death of a Facebook exec’s husband highlights their dangers, especially for those distracted by electronics and smart phones.

25 minutes ago

 Given the weather, it’s not surprising that the state spent 34 percent more than it had expected. Much of the state exceeded average snowfall totals for the season, including Pittsburgh, which had 47.5 inches, about 6 inches above normal.

Final figures are in from last winter: Pa. led the way in snow removal costs

The state exceeded its budget for winter maintenance by $69 million, or 34 percent.

25 minutes ago

 Sgt. Greiner will be awarded the Silver Star in North Carolina today for displaying "extraordinary bravery and complete disregard for his own safety.

North Hills native to receive Silver Star for heroics in Afghanistan

Air Force Tech Sgt. Matthew Greiner and two others will receive medals today for their roles in protecting 80 colleagues in September.

25 minutes ago

 Denise O'Connor, a lactation consultant, left, is starting Three Rivers Mothers' Milk Bank and Dr. Alan Lantzy, a neonatologist at West Penn Hospital, who is on the board of the bank, pose in one of the hospital's neonatal  Dr. Lantzy joins other doctors at the hospital in starting the funding for the milk bank.

Pittsburgh breast milk bank could open by fall

The Pittsburgh-based breast milk bank will service neonatal intensive care units in Pennsylvania and West Virginia from the Strip District.

25 minutes ago

 The lives of six police officers in Baltimore will never be the same, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., said Tuesday in a speech sympathetic to law enforcement.

Toomey sides with police in speech

Senator says a lot of social ills are being blamed on police instead of on broken family structures, criminal behavior and poverty.

25 minutes ago

Komen Race online deadline today

The 23rd annual Komen Pittsburgh Race for the Cure expects to draw 23,000 participants on Mother’s Day.

25 minutes ago

 Mary D’Angelo Reutzel

I Remember Mama: There was a lot to like about Mom’s final months

We were stunned when she was able to sustain her good spirits — and very grateful!

25 minutes ago

 President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominates Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., center, as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, right, to be vice chairman during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House.

Obama nominates Marine general as Joint Chiefs chairman

The president signaled that the battles against al-Qaida and Islamic State militants remain top priorities for the nation’s military.

25 minutes ago

 Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohammed on Tuesday at the airport in Mogadishu in a show of solidarity with the Somalian government trying to defeat al-Qaida-allied militants and end decades of war in the African country. He is the first secretary of state ever to visit the country.

Kerry talks diplomatic ties on surprise visit to Somalia

The United States will begin the process of reestablishing a diplomatic mission in Somalia after a more than 20-year break, he said.

25 minutes ago

Lawmakers in France move to vastly expand surveillance

The bill, in the works since last year, now goes to the Senate, where it seems likely to pass.

25 minutes ago

 In this photo made available by the Nigerian military taken last Wednesday, a Nigerian soldier speaks to a woman and children that were allegedly rescued by the Nigerian military after being taken by Islamic extremists in Sambisa Forest, Nigeria.

Nigerian troops who fled Boko Haram now have them on the run

Nigerian soldiers are rescuing hundreds of kidnapped girls and women from the last forest stronghold of the Islamic insurgents.

25 minutes ago

 This May 10, 2013, file photo shows the world’s oldest complete copy of the Ten Commandments, written on one of the Dead Sea Scrolls in Jerusalem.

Oldest complete copy of Ten Commandments displayed in Israel

The 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scroll has never before been publicly displayed in Israel, said Pnina Shor of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

25 minutes ago

World Briefs: Art looted during WWII returned

Plus: Burundi high court rules; family squabble; child soldiers to be freed; and more.

25 minutes ago

National Briefs: Clinton touts immigration

Plus: Lynch visits Baltimore; Charlie Hebdo honored; arrest in cold case; and more.

25 minutes ago

 Mayor Bill Peduto spent Tuesday at the state Capitol lobbying for municipal pension reform.

Peduto lobbies for municipal pension reform in Harrisburg

The Pittsburgh mayor acknowledges he erred in criticizing Democratic legislators.

25 minutes ago

 Kristi Reynolds plays a game with her three boys, Isaac, 8, Timothy, 2 months, and Noah 6. Mrs. Reynolds had Timothy via C-section at West Penn Hospital in February.

Can Pittsburgh hospitals offer 'gentler' C-sections?

Many hospitals are embracing new procedures, including placing babies with their mothers within minutes of birth, as “a culture change.”

1 day ago

 Dr. Oscar Lopez, Alzheimer's researcher at the University of Pittsburgh

Pitt researchers find some hope in Alzheimer's studies

The new research is examining both treatment and prevention, using the latest technology of imaging a person’s brain.

1 day ago

 Former Arkansas Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks at the Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua, N.H. last month.

Huckabee declares 2016 GOP presidential candidacy, running as conservative populist

To an unusual degree, strategists for Huckabee are counting on his likability to break through the pack of competitors.

56 minutes ago

Gunmen who attacked Texas event likely inspired by Islamic State, officials say

Two gunmen were killed after wounding a security guard at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas.

about 1 hour ago

West Carson Street to close Thursday night

Traffic will be detoured via the McKees Rocks Bridge and Route 65 during the closure, which is scheduled to start 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday.

about 1 hour ago

Route 51 in Moon restricted today

Bridge inspection will cause the restriction from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

about 1 hour ago

 A plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H.

Study connects emission cuts to reduction of early deaths

Peer-reviewed study finds health co-benefits would result from implementing the controversial federal Clean Power Plant Rule

1 day ago

 Fifty-four years ago in Montgomery, Ala., police beat John Lewis and other Freedom Riders as they got off a bus.

Allegheny College hails moment as nation’s most civil at ceremony

Fifty-four years ago in Montgomery, Ala., police beat John Lewis and other Freedom Riders as they got off a bus.

1 day ago

Expense records sought from Elizabeth Forward board president's past employers

The D.A.’s office seeks travel expense records for Elizabeth Forward Board president and Wilkinsburg business manager Phil Martell

1 day ago

 Seven young Pittsburgh-area residents who are a part of the “ADA generation" participated in a panel discussion Monday night.

The ADA at 25: Pittsburgh-area disabled adults say act made difference in their lives

But advocates are stressing the need for further progress.

1 day ago

University of Pittsburgh finds zinc to be important in brain signaling

University of Pittsburgh and MIT say zinc helps modulate neural signaling in the brain, adding a new tool to help understand brain diseases.

1 day ago

Health happenings for Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Excela Health and the Latrobe Rotary will hold a a Wellness Check diagnostic screening Saturday at the Latrobe Municipal Building.

1 day ago

Four hurt in Downtown crash involving Port Authority bus

The 48 Arlington bus was headed outbound toward the Smithfield Street Bridge when a car collided with the right side of it.

about 14 hours ago

Googling on mobile devices surpasses PCs in U.S. for first time

Google’s mobile search requests are outstripping requests in nine other countries as well.

about 11 hours ago

 Mary Ellen Quinn

Obituary: Mary Ellen Quinn / Built family around church, activism

Despite raising nine children, Mary Ellen Quinn of McCandless found time to be active in her church and peace movements.

1 day ago

 Donald Kaelin

Obituary: Donald Kaelin / Franklin Park farmer had passion for growing flowers, relationships

Donald Kaelin helped to turn his family’s farming equipment business in Franklin Park into a retail farming and greenhouse operation.

1 day ago

Diversity of GOP field widens as more launch campaigns

Former Hewlett-Packard exec Carly Fionina and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson joined the growing ranks of 2016 GOP presidential contenders.

1 day ago

Obama confronts unrest

President Barack Obama on Monday spoke about the plight of disadvantaged minorities and how recent protests over policing relate to that.

1 day ago

Pentagon to Texas: Obama not invading

Pentagon rebuts Internet conspiracy-theorist claims that a military exercise this summer is really a covert plan for a takeover of Texas.

1 day ago

Israel vets shed light on Gaza war policies

An Israeli veterans group’s survey of soldiers documents lax rules of engagement.

1 day ago

Yemen says Aden troops were locals trained in the Gulf

Special forces troops fighting the Houthi militia in Aden were Yemenis, not foreign troops.

1 day ago

Syrian forces kill attackers in Damascus

Rare attack in Damascus, Syria’s capital, results in the deaths of attackers, including one who detonated explosives.

1 day ago

Quake toll adds to dearth of young men in Nepal

Nepal can ill afford the losses of many young men.

1 day ago

World briefs: U.S. group said to planvisit to Iran

Plus: Spy agency defended; Burundi unrest persists; Kerry buoys Kenya; Report perturbs China.

1 day ago

National briefs: NYC officer dies 2 days after shooting

Also: Texas suspect was well-known; Bill Clinton to keep speaking; Hillary Clinton to testify; Bridge scandal pleas; Boston bomber cries.

1 day ago

 A view down Smithfield Street, Downtown.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Upgrade of Smithfield Street could be a dream come true

CMU design students hatch a grand boulevard plan for Smithfield Street Downtown.

1 day ago

 The Pirates’ Jackie Hunter displays the team’s environmentally friendly cotton rally towel distributed to guests of Pirates Charities. It’s made of 100 percent organic cotton, and environmentally conscious dyes are used to print the Jolly Roger logo.

Pirates handing out 'eco-rally' towels to special guests

The Pirates’ rally towel is a 100-percent organic cotton product that helps promote the club’s commitment to the environment at PNC Park.

1 day ago

 Britain's Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and their newborn baby princess, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, wave to the public as they leave St. Mary's Hospital's exclusive Lindo Wing in London on Saturday.

Britain's new princess named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

The princess is the second child of Prince William and his wife, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.

1 day ago

Liberty Bridge inspections to close lanes this week

Inspections will close lane closures from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today through Friday in both directions, with all ramps remaining open.

1 day ago

Greentree Road resurfacing continues this week

Work will occur between Chatham Park Drive and McKinney Lane starting at 7 p.m. today through Friday.

1 day ago

Parkway West overnight closures continue this week

The outbound side will close at 10 tonight from Green Tree-Crafton to Interstate 79, with inbound traffic restricted to a single lane.

1 day ago

Bridge inspections to curb traffic on Route 65

Work will occur in both directions, one direction at a time, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. between Kendall and Millerton avenues.

1 day ago

 Demonstrators cheer in the intersection of West North and Pennsylvania Avenues in Baltimore on Saturday, May 2, 2015, one of the sites of Monday's rioting, as they march a day after charges were announced against the police officers involved in Freddie Gray's death.

Baltimore begins de-escalation

The move signaled an end to the extraordinary measures taken to ensure public safety amid an outcry over police practices.

2 days ago

 Ben Carson

Retired surgeon Ben Carson announces bid for presidency

He has become a conservative favorite on the strength of his motivational life story and strong opposition to President Barack Obama.

2 days ago

 Lexie Bouchard, a seventh-grader at Pittsburgh Brookline PreK-8, gets excited as she works on math skills with third-grader Sophia Diaz, 9, Thursday. Lexie, who has brittle bone disease, has served as a student mentor for the past several months.

Pittsburgh teen with brittle bone disease honored for inspiring others

Pittsburgh Brookline PreK-8 third-graders have forged a bond with mentor Lexie Bouchard, a seventh-grader battling the congenital condition.

2 days ago


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