The Department of Labor expects to formally publish the rule regarding overtime pay this week, opening a 60-day comment period. Congressional approval is not required, said Cecilia Munoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.

Could new rule mean overtime for more salaried workers?

The new labor rule would require employers to pay time-and-a-half wages to salaried workers earning up to $50,440 a year.

about 17 hours ago

 The Donora-Webster Bridge disappears into a cloud of smoke as it drops into the Monongahela River this morning.

Donora Webster Bridge imploded

A contractor dropped the 107-year-old structure into the Monongahela River with explosives this morning.

about 6 hours ago

 UPMC will partner with other institutions on additional research aimed at determining whether the results of bariatric surgery last even longer than three years, perhaps five or seven.

Study: Bariatric surgery, lifestyle changes can control Type 2 diabetes

The new study is important because it shows the positive effects lasting as long as three years, according to the lead author.

about 6 hours ago

 This photo of Henry Phipps Hoffstot Jr. was taken recently at the Pittsburgh Golf Club at a party marking the 70th wedding anniversary of Elsie and Henry Hillman.

Obituary: Henry Phipps Hoffstot Jr. / A lawyer and gentleman from the old school

Mr. Hoffstot died Monday at his Shadyside home, a 21-room mansion built in 1914 for industrialist Andrew Moreland.

about 17 hours ago

 State records show an employee of the attorney general’s office received a promotion and $11,000 raise after the publication of an opinion piece she wrote defending Attorney General Kathleen Kane from criticism.

Employee defended Attorney General Kane, got promotion

Spokesman Chuck Ardo said there was “absolutely no connection at all.”

about 17 hours ago

Pittsburgh teacher named top biology teacher in the state

Edwina Kinchington of Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy 6-12 won the award from the National Association of Biology Teachers.

about 2 hours ago

Chevron to continue sponsoring STEM program at Carnegie Science Center

Chevron Corp. and Carnegie Science Center announced the company will donate $900,000 over the next three years for the STEM center.

about 4 hours ago

 Plum Senior High School teacher Joseph Ruggieri is accused of having a sexual relationship with a female student.

Judge revokes bond for Plum teacher accused of having sex with student

Judge Jeffrey Manning ordered that Joseph Ruggieri, 40, remain jailed and undergo a behavior clinic evaluation.

about 3 hours ago

United Church of Christ calls for divestment in message to Israel

The action follows a 2014 vote by the Presbyterian Church to pull investments from three firms connected to the West Bank occupation.

about 17 hours ago

 President Barack Obama talks about the United States' relations with Cuba, while Vice President Joe Biden looks on, in the Rose Garden at the White House today.

U.S., Cuba to reopen embassies July 20

U.S. Interests Section chief Jeffrey DeLaurentis arrived at the Cuban Foreign Ministry in Havana this morning to hand-deliver the message.

about 7 hours ago

Gateway to the Arts merges with Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Gateway to the Arts provides arts education and artist training in the Pittsburgh region.

about 6 hours ago

Pennsylvania AG's office files suit against nursing home chain

The Commonwealth Court suit said the chain, with four homes in Western Pa., misled consumers by failing to provide basic services.

about 1 hour ago

 Pete Seeger at a 1986 concert in Pittsburgh.

Local Dispatch: July 4 is a day to sing praises of Pete Seeger and Mom

Voices of Pete Seeger and Mom would make for a great July Fourth holiday.

about 17 hours ago

Former UPMC supervisor arraigned on fraud charges

Francine Priestas, 47, of Armstrong County, was indicted June 9 on 11 counts of health care fraud and wire fraud.

about 8 hours ago

Deadline extended on Iran nuke talks

Iran and world powers agreed Tuesday to extend the deadline for a comprehensive nuclear deal by another week, to July 7.

about 17 hours ago

Obituary: Jon Philip ‘Phil’ Andrews / Accomplished architect had interest in high design and art, autos, boats

The prominent Pittsburgh architect loved his craft because it combined his fascination with art and engineering, said Lana Andrews, his

about 17 hours ago

Officials: Infant fractures skull after fall from nurse's grasp

No charges have been filed in the incident at Uniontown Hospital.

about 5 hours ago

Struggling Greece misses critical payment

Greece at midnight Tuesday missed making a key payment to the International Monetary Fund, the first developed nation to do so.

about 17 hours ago

 Security forces and rescue teams examine the wreckage of an Indonesian military C-130 Hercules transport plane Tuesday after it crashed into a residential area in the North Sumatra city of Medan, Indonesia

Indonesian plane with 113 aboard crashes into city

A transport turboprop carrying 12 military personnel and 101 family members crashed Tuesday in a residential neighborhood.

about 17 hours ago

Mentally ill often hit by police gunfire

Police nationwide so far in 2015 have shot and killed 123 people exhibiting mental or emotional crisis, a Washington Post analysis found.

about 17 hours ago

Justices to consider union dues case during next term

The Supreme Court said it would determine whether public employees should be forced to pay dues to a union they don’t want to join.

about 17 hours ago

 Glenn and Buzz were rescued from a sea tunnel in England. Jack Russell Glenn cannot see and is guided by best friend, Staffordshire Bull Terrier Buzz, who acts as his eyes.

Two stray dogs share unique, inseparable bond

Story of bull terrier’s friendship with blind Jack Russell terrier creates demand for their adoption.

about 17 hours ago

World briefs: U.S., Cuba set to reopen embassies

Plus: Cuba’s medical milestone; New Ebola case; Japanese bullet train

about 17 hours ago

National briefs: Bush releases 33 years of tax returns

Plus: Escapee conducted dry run; NSA can monitor calls; Commandments ousted; KKK to hold rally; Vaccination measure; CPR campaign urged

about 17 hours ago

 County Councilwoman Heather Heidelbaugh speaks at a news conference Tuesday at the county courthouse.

Outgoing Allegheny County councilwoman pushes changes

The Republican asked the group studying county government to consider several options, including eliminating the part-time council.

about 17 hours ago

 Ed Kress, R-Shaler,

Allegheny County Council considers independent seat

Ed Kress, R-Shaler, said such a seat would reflect the growing number of voters who identify as neither Republican nor Democrat.

about 17 hours ago

 Janet McKee, with freshly picked strawberries,  and farm manager Kevin Keslar have started a "veganic" farm on a historic property in Donegal Township, Westmoreland County.

Holistic health counselor aims for better nutrition through vegan-inspired farming

Veganic farming is rare in America, but Janet McKee uses it to maximize nutrition on her Westmoreland County farm.

1 day ago

 The liquor privatization plan would allow about 14,000 beer-sales license holders — retailers, restaurants, grocery stores and others — to pay a higher fee for permission to also sell wine, liquor or both.

Pennsylvania Senate approves budget, liquor privatization bills

The Senate passed a budget bill late this afternoon, after earlier approving a bill that allows privatization of liquor sales.

about 22 hours ago

Lane closures start tonight on Fort Pitt Bridge

Work will occur between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. daily through July 10, but no restrictions will occur on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

1 day ago

 "They put this in without us knowing anything about it. ... It’s sort of a mess," said Fred Aheimer, president and owner of Raff Printing on St. Mary Street on the South Side.

City Council, businesses at odds over South Side parking permit area

The parking district between 16th and 25th streets lets non-residents park for two hours between noon and midnight.

1 day ago

Health roundup: Vitamin D linked to healthy immune response to HIV, Penn State-South Africa study says

Sun exposure and vitamin D supplements are linked to stronger immune response in South African study led by Penn State researcher.

1 day ago

 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, speaks at state Capitol in Harrisburg on Tuesday.

'This budget is simply not balanced': Gov. Wolf vetoes Republican spending plan

The governor said he would review the companion bills on liquor sales and pensions and respond to the GOP today.

about 17 hours ago

 The Wilkinsburg school board hired former Gateway superintendent Joseph Petrella as the district’s deputy superintendent.

Wilkinsburg school board hires former Gateway superintendent

The board hired Joseph Petrella as the district’s deputy superintendent and heir apparent to the permanent top job.

about 18 hours ago

 The contracts for teachers, paraprofessionals and clerical-technical workers represented by the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers expire today without new contracts in place.

Pittsburgh teachers, support staff to continue working after contracts expire today

Pittsburgh Public Schools and Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, continue to negotiate terms to replace a contract approved in 2010.

1 day ago

 “They don’t know what’s going to happen,” said Rev. Saranto Serviou of Franklin Park, shown here on the right in 1950.

Greeks in Pittsburgh worry about economic situation back home

Banks in Greece stayed closed Monday, announcing they would limit people to withdrawals of just 60 Euro -- $67.40 -- per day from ATMs.

1 day ago

 Google has agreed to add the nation’s 250,000 railroad crossings to its mapping and mobile applications.

Getting on track: Google set to add U.S. railroad crossings to apps, online maps

Crashes and deaths rose at rail crossings last year, reversing a long trend of decreases.

1 day ago

 This undated photo provided by Covidien shows their stent used to clear blood clots in the brain that cause strokes. The American Heart Association has endorsed using removable stents to open clogged arteries causing a stroke. It's the first new stroke treatment to be backed by the group in nearly 20 years and the first device ever recommended for this purpose. (AP Photo/Covidien, Stan Sholik)

New guidelines back device for treating strokes

The American Heart Association approved Monday the use of a removable stent to clear blood clots in the brain that cause strokes.

1 day ago

Auditor general reforms include management of pensions by Pennsylvania

State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale delivered a series of “realistic and responsible reforms” to the governor Tuesday.

about 17 hours ago

United Church of Christ calls for divestment in message to Israel

Advocates for Palestinians say the divest and sanction movement is a non-violent way to pressure Israel into ending human rights abuses.

1 day ago

 Firefighters and military personnel inspect the site where an Air Force cargo plane crashed in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, today. An Indonesian Air Force Hercules C-130 plane with 113 aboard crashed into a residential neighborhood in the country's third-largest city.

Indonesia military transport plane carrying 113 crashes; 74 dead

Air force officials say the C-130 Hercules carrying 113 people appeared to develop engine trouble shortly after takeoff.

1 day ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf's office has said that the GOP budget is not balanced and does too little to increase funding for education, perhaps Mr. Wolf’s foremost campaign promise.

Budget standoff continues as GOP moves legislation Wolf plans to veto

GOP leaders plan to submit a budget that Gov. Tom Wolf says he will veto.

1 day ago

State System expecting enrollment decline

Enrollment now is expected to fall by 1,697 students this fall, a bigger dip than the 862 forecast before student commitments were received.

about 18 hours ago

Downtown drivers license center closed today

A water main break has resulted in the closing of the center at 708 Smithfield St.

1 day ago

 A group of 30 rabbis and other citizens hold a #MoralTakeover fast and public prayer on the steps of the Capitol in Harrisburg to draw attention to and improve public school funding in Pennsylvania.

State considers new plan to take over poorly performing schools

The Achievement School District would be run by a board appointed by the governor and Senate and House leaders.

1 day ago

 Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.

Toomey launches first ad in re-election campaign

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey isn’t running for re-election until next year, but his first re-election television commercial begins airing today.

1 day ago

Two dead, 26 injured in attack on NATO troops in Afghanistan

The Taliban sent a text message to The Associated Press claiming responsibility for the attack.

1 day ago

Supreme Court won't take jurisdiction of state email case

Commonwealth Court will hear the case of whether state offices should retain email, pushed by media outlets including the Post-Gazette.

1 day ago

 Republican presidential candidate Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey gets a kiss from a supporter Tuesday after he formally announced his campaign for the 2016 nomination during a kickoff rally at Livingston High School in Livingston, N.J.

Christie announces run, pledging strength and truth

Christie reintroduces himself to a national audience that has seen him fade from favor among Republicans.

about 17 hours ago

 "I not only oppose the $5 ConnectCard fee, I believe we should be getting a discount for using them," said Edward Wagner of Brighton Heights.

$5 Port Authority ConnectCard fee runs into opposition

About 350,000 ConnectCards have been issued for free since the authority launched the system in 2012.

about 18 hours ago

 Parent and Graduate PLUS loan interest rates will go down to 6.84 percent, instead of 7.21 percent for loans issued last year.

Student loan rates to drop for coming year

Starting Wednesday, new federal loans will have lower rates than loans taken out last year. But they likely will creep back up in 2016-2017.

1 day ago