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Doctors warned about spreading cancer during hysterectomies

A device used to cut uterine tissue or remove fibroid tumors may harm women if it slices undetected tumors, which spreads cancer cells.

about 2 hours ago


Pa. lottery sales expanded to record $3.8 billion

Sales in fiscal year 2013-14 were $99.9 million more than in the previous year, the lottery said.

about 3 hours ago


Many Malaysia Airlines jet crash victims may still be buried in wreckage

At least 200 recovered corpses have been sent by refrigerated rail car to a northern Ukrainian city, en route to the Netherlands.

about 3 hours ago


U.S., Euro airlines suspend Tel Aviv flights after airport rocketing

FAA says suspension could last 24 hours, despite tourist season.

about 3 hours ago


Obama signs new job-training law

Obama cites ‘‍skills gap,’‍ signs law intended to reduce bureaucracy while helping workers gain prepare for new jobs.

about 3 hours ago


 FILE - This June 25, 2014, file photo shows a group of  immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are stopped in Granjeno, Texas. The influx at the border is largely families with children or by minors traveling alone. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Big issues loom for Congress as recess nears

August recess looms, but issues such as highway funding and veterans care must be dealt with first.

about 3 hours ago


Senate Democrats cut $1 billion from Obama border fund plan

Appropriations panel‘‍s plan would fund president’‍s proposal through year‘‍s end, but without changes to trafficking law.

about 3 hours ago


More Pa. judges sought for black lung cases

Pittsburgh needs three more administrative law judges to reduce a backlog and to handle appeals being re-filed by miners and their widows.

about 4 hours ago


Britain plans to tighten laws designed to protect girls

New research shows victim numbers are twice as high as previously thought.

about 3 hours ago


Britain announces inquiry into killing of ex-KGB officer

Home secretary says investigators will explore whether Russian leaders had role in fatal poisoning eight years ago.

about 3 hours ago


Nation briefs: GOP newcomer wins in Georgia runoff

PLUS: Koch brothers‘‍ gift fuels debate; Wash. slide unpredictable, report says; Mich. killings probed; N.J. casino robbed.

about 4 hours ago


 Caren Glotfelty

Allegheny County Parks Foundation board selects chief

Caren Glotfelty, 67, is the new executive director of the foundation, which raises money for special projects at Allegheny County‘‍s parks.

about 4 hours ago


Obituary: George Robert Knapp / Brought analytical mind to city firms for decades

Many relied on George Knapp for his guidance and wisdom, said Ken Moritz, who worked with him closely for the past 13 years at Stonewood.

about 4 hours ago


 The new Goodwill Southwest Pennsylvania in Heidelberg.

Amid Goodwill’s probe of possible data theft, local branch said no evidence of breach

Local Goodwill stores believe they were not hit by a security breach that may involve credit card data theft at franchise stores elsewhere.

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"Summer Memories" essay: Lemonade stand added up to little by dad's account

Daria L. Svaline: Every time I pass by one I am thrown — like spinning through a time machine — back to the very early 1950s.

about 2 hours ago


 Don Kretschmann, owner of Kretschmann Family Organic Farm, cleans carrots at his farm in Rochester, Pa.

Beaver County farmer says Marcellus compressor threatens farm's future

A Community Supported Agriculture organic farm operation will fight tonight against a permit for a Marcellus Shale compressor nearby.

about 4 hours ago


2 courts, 2 vastly different opinions about Affordable Care Act

This debate surrounding the ACA calls into question the legality of financial assistance enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians.

about 2 hours ago


 A Yellow Cab travels on Liberty Ave. in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Yellow Cab readies app for ride shares

As Lyft and Uber settle in Pittsburgh, Yellow Cab is preparing to launch a ride sharing app of its own.

about 6 hours ago


 Baby fairy bluebirds at the National Aviary.

Let's Talk About Birds: Baby birds

What hatches out of a bird’s egg can be homely and helpless or capable and cute, depending on what kind of bird it is.

about 3 hours ago


World briefs: Taliban strike police fortress

PLUS: Iraq to elect new president; Obama aide in Germany; Nigerian president meets with parents of kidnapped; Populist wins Indonesian

about 4 hours ago


Wolf takes shots at Corbett over Pa. credit downgrade

Tom Wolf, the Democratic nominee for governor, called the downgrade a “verdict on the lack of management and leadership in Pennsylvania.”

about 4 hours ago


 Jay Paterno and Bill Kenney were not retained as assistant coaches by Penn State coach Bill O’Brien in January 2012.

Jay Paterno, Bill Kenney sue Penn State for 'improper termination'

In the complaint, they claim the university damaged their reputation through press releases.

about 4 hours ago


 A bus shelter near Vernon Avenue in Swissvale was damaged during an overnight shooting at the East Busway stop.

Man shot at East Busway stop in Swissvale

Spokeswoman Heather Pharo said a man was shot in the side and wrist and taken to a hospital around midnight.

about 19 hours ago


 Inbound traffic on the Parkway West.

Parkway West lane and shoulder closures begin tonight

The lane closures will be delayed until two hours after the end of the Pirates games.

about 20 hours ago


 Drilling-related water impacts

DEP: Oil and gas operations damaged water supplies 209 times since end of ’07

The DEP will mark the first time it has released an official accounting of drilling-related pollution and diminution cases on its website.

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Russia trying to spin tragedy

Rus­sia pre­sented a com­bi­na­tion of con­cil­i­a­tion and blus­ter Mon­day over its han­dling of the downed Ma­lay­sia Airlines jet.

1 day ago


 Leonard Scheinholt

Obituary: Leonard L. Scheinholtz / Successful labor law attorney who helped develop Reed Smith into global force

Leonard L. Scheinholtz was a foodie before anyone knew what that was.

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 A destroyed house that was hit by a rocket fired by Palestinians militants from Gaza in Yahud, central Israel.

As lopsided Mideast casualty count mounts, Israel faces dilemma

Israeli officials are struggling with a more distilled version of the dilemma it has faced in repeated rounds against Hamas.

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 A Malaysian investigator takes the flight recorder from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on Monday as it is handed over from Donetsk People's Republic officials to Malaysian representatives in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine jet-downing crisis eases

Broader investigator access to site of downed Malaysian jet is promised after days of resistance.

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 A foreign activist holds up a placard at a protest against the war in Gaza, in Beirut on Monday.

Europe rallies seek to isolate Israel internationally

Demonstrations were mostly peaceful expressions, but some were with an anti-Semitic tinge, in support of Palestinians.

1 day ago


World Briefs: Islamic State thwarts Assad

PLUS: Controversial Hungary statue; rhino move considered; China food scandal; shiny, happy people.

1 day ago


 Phil Axelrod with his wife, Post-Gazette theater and online features editor Sharon Eberson.

Obituary: Phil Axelrod / Longtime Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sports writer

Phil Axelrod dreamed of playing second base for the Pirates, but instead became a writer and built a career that spanned four decades.

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Study says beef a heavy polluter

Raising beef for the dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says.

1 day ago


Retaliation at VA bared

The watchdog group Project on Government Oversight cited complaints from medical professionals coast to coast.

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 In this courtroom sketch, defendant Azamat Tazhayakov, foreground center, a college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, stands between his attorneys as the verdict is read in his federal trial Monday in Boston.

Boston bomb cover-up trial gets conviction

The Boston bomb suspect’s classmate has been convicted of trying to hide evidence that could incriminate his friend.

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 Gov. Rick Perry speaks during a news conference in the governor's press room Monday in Austin, Texas. He announced that he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border.

Texas guardsmen to bolster border

Rick Perry says Texas is being overwhelmed by influx of Central American children, and criminals are exploiting the crisis.

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 This photo taken July 8, 2014, shows the East Baltimore Medical Center, a community practice affiliated with Johns Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore. Johns Hopkins Hospital has agreed to a $190 million settlement with more than 8,000 patients of Dr. Nikita Levy, a gynecologist who secretly photographed and videotaped women's bodies in the examining room with a pen-like camera he wore around his neck, lawyers said Monday, July 21, 2014. Levy was working at the East Baltimore Medical Center when the allegations came to light. (AP Photo)

Johns Hopkins to pay $190 million in hidden camera scandal

Ni­kita Levy was fired af­ter 25 years with the Johns Hop­kins Health System in Bal­ti­more in Feb­ru­ary 2013.

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Agency reduces Pennsylvania’s debt rating

Moody‘‍s Investors Service cited pensions and one-time revenue sources for cutting the state’‍s bond rating to Aa3 from Aa2.

1 day ago


National Briefs: 3 held in killings of homeless

PLUS: Job protection for gays; Arizona execution legal battle; firefighting improves in Wash. state; Neil Armstrong honored.

1 day ago


Boost in state budget will keep disabled at home

An additional $7.2 million in the state’‍s budget means it will be able to eliminate a waiting list for nearly 300 people with disabilities.

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Overnight repaving on I-79 begins this week in Bridgeville, Marshall

Two projects will resurface more than eight miles of Interstate 79 starting this week.

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Obituary: Rev. Christian Oravec / He was the face of St. Francis University

The Franciscan friar of more than half a century served as president of St. Francis from 1977 to 2004.

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Report criticizes state's longwall mining regulations

The state Department of Environmental protection‘‍s application process for long-wall mining is deficient, a new report says.

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 From left, Israel Centeno, Gisela Romero and Carolina Arnal, who carries words for installation on houses.

Diana Nelson Jones’ Walkabout: Words, art and homes merge in appealing display on North Side

One day last week, I heard people speaking Spanish outside my screen door and bounded to the sidewalk for an opportunity to practice.

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 Illustration by Daniel Marsula

Hospitals hope relaxed labor guidelines can reduce nation's rate of cesarean births

“Evidence now shows labor actually progresses slower than we thought in the past, so many women might just need a little more time.”

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Advocates continue push to rename Pennsylvania’‍s Department of Public Welfare

The new Department of Human Services would more accurately reflect what the department does, supporters say.

1 day ago


Health happenings for July 22, 2014

A calendar of health and fitness events for the coming week.

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Eye color linked to pain tolerance in pilot study at Pitt

New research at the University of Pittsburgh uncovers a possible link between eye color and responses to pain.

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Moon votes to close Hyde Elementary

Board members, ignoring the protests of a furious parents, voted Monday night to close R. Hyde Elementary School in an effort to save money.

1 day ago


 The Downtown facade of the Liberty Tunnels.

Inbound Liberty Tunnel closures begin tonight

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced that the inbound tunnel will close at 8 p.m. today through Friday.

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