The Parkway West outbound will close between the Fort Pitt Bridge, including the Fort Pitt Tunnel, and Interstate 79 from 9 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday.

TRAFFIC: Parkway West outbound closures scheduled this weekend

The highway will close between the Fort Pitt Bridge, including the tunnel, and Interstate 79 from 9 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday.

about 8 hours ago

 Companies, including Downtown-based insurer Highmark, want about $2.87 billion to help cover their first-year losses from online insurance marketplaces.

Affordable Care Act aid could take years to reach insurers

Highmark and other health insurers may wait years for government assistance promised under the Affordable Care Act.

about 17 hours ago

 Sen. Bob Casey said supporters of his legislation had not identified a funding source but could collaborate across party lines to do so.

Sen. Casey pushes to halt premium increases expected under Medicare Part B

Seniors at risk of facing higher Medicare costs next year would avoid the increases under Senate legislation, the senator said.

about 4 hours ago

 Angelo Cammarata.

Obituary: Angelo H. Cammarata / Ross man proudly held the record for longest-serving bartender

Guinness World Records recognized him with a certificate in 1999, when he was 84 and in his 66th year of his career.

about 3 hours ago

PennEnvironment going forward with suit against ArcelorMittal coke plant

PennEnvironment executive director David Masur said today that the company only recently offered to discuss the violations.

about 4 hours ago

 A civil defense member holds an injured boy inside an ambulance after what activists say were cluster bombs dropped by the Russian air force Wednesday in Syria.

Russia fires cruise missiles into Syria

The two countries launch their first coordinated action to hold onto territory.

about 17 hours ago

 A sign welcomes students back to Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore. The campus reopened Monday on a limited basis for the first time since last Thursday.

Obama to visit Oregon town reeling from gun massacre

This Friday, President Barack Obama is traveling to the town where 10 died in last week’s college shooting.

about 17 hours ago

 Aziz Sancar is a professor at the University of North Carolina.

Trio wins Nobel Prize for mapping how cells fix DNA damage

Their work has already inspired new cancer treatments.

about 19 hours ago

 Chad Shields walks through his parent’s flooded home Wednesday in Summerville, S.C. The state experienced record rainfall amounts over the weekend and officials expect the damage from the flood to be in the billions of dollars.

South Carolina still on edge from floods

Cleanup costs could exceed $1 billion, and a university is forced to relocate a home football game 700 miles away.

about 20 hours ago

Coast Guard abandons search for 33 missing crew members

The cargo ship went down during Hurricane Joaquin in the Bahamas.

about 19 hours ago

 Operation Safety Net founder, Dr. Jim Withers, hands medicine to a homeless man while making the rounds in Downtown Pittsburgh in 2011.

Jim Withers, founder of Operation Safety Net for homeless, named one of CNN's 'Heroes'

Dr. Jim Withers founded Pittsburgh Mercy Health System's Operation Safety Net in 1992.

about 8 hours ago

Obama issues apology for strike on Afghan clinic

Doctors Without Borders still seeks an independent investigation.

about 20 hours ago

WVU hires Penn State administrator to rebuild Greek life

A student’s death and an earlier alcohol-fueled disturbance involving another frat prompted WVU to suspend most Greek activities last fall.

about 6 hours ago

 Michael Kelly

Former Upper St. Clair lifeguard faces new rape charges

Judge makes the ruling after hearing testimony from a woman that worked at the township’s recreation center.

about 1 hour ago

National briefs: Senate OKs massive defense bill

Plus: Threat of auto strike, VW cancels sales, New air pollution bill, Man arrested for bomb threats

about 17 hours ago

World briefs: FBI interrupts nuclear smugglers

Plus: Netanyahu cancels visit to Germany, Visit by U.S. Commerce Secretary, Truce violation wounds 4, Migrant smuggling ring broken up

about 17 hours ago

Obituary: Megan Barron / Advocate for people with disabilities

She founded the Duke Disability Alliance, a student advocacy organization, on the university’s campus.

about 7 hours ago

Pa.'s state-owned universities ponder price flexibility plans; get warning about higher costs

The pricing programs would affect California University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, Mansfield and Shippensburg universities.

about 6 hours ago

Three men found guilty in Homestead heroin case stemming from FBI wiretap case

Uptown Crew also acquitted on other charges in the alleged kidnapping and beating of another drug dealer.

about 2 hours ago

State moves to close Butler County residential treatment facility

Glade Run Lutheran Services in Zelienople will close, effective in 30 days, according to state officials.

about 1 hour ago

 House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., walks away from the podium after announcing that he had withdrawn his candidacy to replace John Boehner, second from right, as House speaker.

McCarthy withdraws candidacy for House speaker, GOP vote postponed

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was heavily favored to win his GOP colleagues’ endorsement for the post.

about 4 hours ago

Random Acts of Kindness: Plenty of helpers came for a woman locked out

Plus: Credit card returned via Facebook effort, World War II vet honored by special meal, Joe was at her service when tire trouble arose

about 17 hours ago

 Belarusian journalist and writer Svetlana Alexievich during her awarding ceremony of the German Book Trade Peace Prize in Frankfurt in 2013.

Svetlana Alexievich of Belarus wins Nobel literature prize

Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich, 67, chronicled the great tragedies of the Soviet Union and its collapse.

about 10 hours ago

Clinton opposes Pacific trade deal in major break with Obama

She joins the rest of announced Democratic candidates, although Joe Biden is backing it.

about 19 hours ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf's tax proposal is being debated today in the state House of Representatives at the state Capitol in the first-term Democrat's effort to break Pennsylvania's 3-month-old budget impasse.

Pa. House rejects Gov. Wolf's proposal to raise taxes on personal income, gas drilling

Nine Democrats join their Republican counterparts in disapproving of yet another failed budget plan.

1 day ago

Expect major delays on Parkway West this weekend

Parkway West reconstruction this weekend will feature work in both directions and come with new detour routes.

about 19 hours ago

 The auditor general said he found scant evidence of work by former special adviser on higher education Ron Tomalis.

State audit finds special adviser on higher education 'did little work'

Eugene DePasquale blasts the Department of Education for lack of oversight on advisers and help for academically struggling districts.

1 day ago

 Developer Continental Real Estate may get an extension on purchasing land it needs to construct a proposed 250-unit apartment complex between PNC Park and Hyatt Place on the North Shore.

North Shore developer may get delay on apartment construction

The city stadium authority board is expected to vote today on whether to give Continental Real Estate Companies more time.

about 19 hours ago

Crash, roasted chicken close lane of Turnpike

A tractor-trailer caught fire at mile marker 50 in Plum about 4 p.m.

about 18 hours ago

 Kevin McCarthy

Candidates jockey for House Speaker Boehner's job

Jason Chaffetz is challenging heir apparent Kevin McCarthy for the U.S. House speakership.

1 day ago

UPMC, Highmark collide in Supreme Court

The health giants contested language in a consent decree about how Highmark’s Medicare Advantage members should be covered.

1 day ago

State-owned universities might get cash advances if budget impasse endures

The money would come from the State System of Higher Education's investment portfolio.

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 “This gift provides a permanent stream of critically needed resources to attract and support talented faculty and students,” Subra Suresh said.

Hillman Foundation helps Carnegie Mellon create endowed chair

CMU says the fund will provide the school with more flexibility to attract and retain top-notch faculty and a diverse cohort of students.

about 19 hours ago

 This undated photo from a MySpace page that appeared to belong to Chris Harper Mercer.

Oregon police fired three times at college gunman before he shot himself

Latest report says officers hit Chris Harper-Mercer with one shot in Umpqua Community College rampage.

1 day ago

Caterpillar that's new to Pennsylvania causing skin rashes

Many cases of the skin rash have been reported in State College and other parts of central Pennsylvania.

1 day ago

Jury deliberating in case against four alleged members of Homestead heroin gang

The Uptown Crew were among 34 people indicted in 2013 after a wiretap investigation by the FBI, ATF and others.

1 day ago

Motorcycle, car collide in Beaver County

A motorcyclist was airlifted after colliding with a car in Beaver County today, state police with the Turnpike Commission said.

1 day ago

Allegheny County, Mount Oliver police investigate shooting of 24-year-old

After being shot, the man ran five blocks to the police station.

1 day ago

Top EU court strikes down major data sharing pact between U.S. and Europe

The European Court of Justice found that European data is not sufficiently protected in the United States.

1 day ago

Zeke's roastery and drive thru closed for food safety violations

The Allegheny County Health Department cited Zeke's for operating without a permit and other violations.

1 day ago

U.S. to release 6,000 prisoners as part of sentencing-overhaul campaign

The move implements a decision last year to slash the number of incarcerated drug offenders by nearly half.

1 day ago

 Professor Sara Snogerup Linse, left  explains why the laureates were awarded during a news conference at the Royal Swedish Academy in Stockholm, today. Sweden's Tomas Lindahl, American Paul Modrich and U.S.-Turkish scientist Aziz Sancar won the Nobel Prize in chemistry.

3 scientists win Nobel chemistry award for work on DNA repair

Swedish scientist Tomas Lindahl, American Paul Modrich and U.S.-Turkish national Aziz Sancar shared the $960,000 award.

1 day ago

South Carolina cleans up, but worries remain amid floods

So far, at least 17 people have died in the floods in the Carolinas, some of them drowning after trying to drive through high water.

1 day ago

Pentagon calls Afghan hospital strike a mistake, seeks accountability

New comments are the most direct acknowledgement yet by the U.S. government that the strike on the hospital was carried out by U.S. forces.

1 day ago

 Ronna L. Edelstein at PNC Park.

Baseball Lore: A fan’s memory of dad ties together 1960 and 2015

There’s a sense of a bond between 1960 and 2015 when it comes to Pirates and father.

1 day ago

Obama makes pitch to win support for Pacific trade pact

He urged farmers to push their lawmakers to approve what he said would boost their sales in a fast-growing region.

1 day ago

 Kathleen Carson

Obituary: Kathleen Carson / Caring cook at UPMC St. Margaret

Longtime cook at UPMC St. Margaret knew her regulars’ names, faces and food preferences and always served them with a smile.

1 day ago

Pioneering DNA database helping suburban Philadelphia police link, solve crimes

Bucks County officials said today it’s the first county in the nation with multiple police departments to create such a database.

1 day ago

Highlights of Gov. Wolf's revised tax agenda

Highlights of Gov. Tom Wolf’s newly revised tax agenda and how it is different from the original plan he proposed in March.

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TRAFFIC: North Shore lots, garage open at 4 p.m. for tonight's Pirates game

Also, the Roberto Clemente Bridge and Federal Street are closed due to the Pirates game tonight.

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