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 A rendering shows the proposed design for the Chautauqua Amphitheater.

At Chautauqua Institution, a civilized showdown over preserving 'the Amp'

The debate over how to modernize while respecting historic integrity shows how an influential institution is roiled by modernization.

about 22 hours ago


 Erik Harker, an operations manager for Enrich Products in Wilkinsburg, demonstrates the Einrich Products Ionization system.

Rush to blame copper-silver water treatment for Legionella?

Health agencies back away from copper-silver water disinfection systems to prevent Legionella, despite being exonerated in investigations.

about 22 hours ago


Buffalo's revival recipe includes millennials, Elon Musk's SolarCity factory and wide collaboration

Once the snow clears ... the city is banking on a plan that Mayor Byron Brown says will bring 12,000 jobs in the next three years.

1 day ago


Obama’s action on immigration leaves millions still facing deportation

About half of the people in California who are in the country without authorization are eligible for relief, well over 1 million are not.

about 22 hours ago


National news briefs: Sharpton seeks probe in shooting

Plus: UVA frats suspended; boy with fake gun shot; tribal murder-suicide; police ambushed at fire; Obama golfs with Jeter.

about 22 hours ago


Finally time for repairs at Capitol Dome

Workers are in the midst of a $60 million effort to fix 1,300 cracks in the 150-year-old cast iron as well as scour and repaint its surface.

about 22 hours ago


GOP fights Obama’s action on immigration

The White House pledged to forcefully sell the overhauls to the American people, while many Republicans vowed to derail his efforts.

1 day ago


Robotic leg braces help Marine get Bronze Star

Capt. Derek Herrera had vowed to walk at the event that also marked his retirement after 8½ years in the military.

1 day ago


Man killed by officer in NYC called ‘‍total innocent’

A rookie New York City police officer shot and killed an unarmed 28-year-old man in a darkened stairwell in Brooklyn late Thursday night.

1 day ago


World briefs: Extremists’ Kobani fight is blunted

PLUS: Russia-China rail sought; China cracks down; Docs show U.K. spying; S. Africa moves rhinos

1 day ago


National briefs: Ferguson awaits report by grand jury

PLUS: Newtown shooting; Buffalo faces flooding; renewable fuels.

1 day ago


House GOP sues Obama administration over health care law

GOP lawmakers filed the suit the morning after the president announced unilateral executive actions to expand protections for immigrants.

2 days ago


Agency: Newtown shooter's mental health issues were accommodated, not appropriately treated

Adam Lanza’s social isolation and obsession with mass killings have been detailed by police reports.

2 days ago


 Lori Weishaar shovels snow from around her vehicle on Thursday after the catastrophic snowstorm in Buffalo, N.Y.

As snow turns to rain in Buffalo, flood threat grows

The next threat will be rain and higher temperatures that threaten to produce flooding and add more weight to overstressed structures.

2 days ago


Holder urges calm in Ferguson; negotiations to reduce tensions at protests

Police in Ferguson have told residents to expect a grand jury decision on Sunday.

2 days ago


Package from Florida State shooter found in Texas

Authorities said today the package and others mailed by Florida State alumnus Myron May could contain a video and journals.

2 days ago


 U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly

Western Pennsylvania Republicans criticize president

Critics characterized the president’s approach on immigration as amnesty

2 days ago


 Police arrest a demonstrator Thursday night in Ferguson, Mo., who was protesting the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9. A grand jury is expected to decide this month if the police officer who fired the shots killing Mr. Brown should be charged in the shooting.

More arrests as Missouri protesters await Ferguson grand jury decision

A grand jury is deciding whether to charge officer Darren Wilson in the slaying of 18-year-old Michael Brown in a St. Louis suburb.

2 days ago


 Toyota is recalling nearly 423,000 Lexus luxury brand cars in the U.S. to fix fuel leaks that can cause fires. The recalls affect the 2006 to 2011 GS, 2007 to 2010 LS and the 2006 to 2011 IS models. Above is a 2011 Lexus IS F.

Toyota recalls nearly 423,000 Lexuses for fuel leaks

The recalls affect the 2006 to 2011 GS, 2007 to 2010 LS and the 2006 to 2011 IS models.

2 days ago


Immigration tests GOP leaders' ability to control conservative response to Obama

The Republican congressional leadership, fearing any stable period of GOP-majority governance may be doomed.

2 days ago


Maker of defective airbags dodges recall question at Senate hearing

Official of defective airbag manufacturer equivocates to senators about the need for a nationwide recall.

2 days ago


Nation briefs: Gay unions in S.C. get justices’ OK

Plus: Gay-affection study; Florida State gunman.

2 days ago


 New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo talks with National Guard members who are helping stranded motorists today in Cheektowaga, N.Y.

Second storm dumps more snow on Buffalo

The surrounding communities along Lake Erie are trying to recover as yet another storm nears.

3 days ago


 A Tallahassee police officer talks to several students outside the Strozier library on the Florida State University campus, where a shooting occurred Thursday.

Official says Florida State University gunman was alumnus

Students in the library described a chaotic scene where they heard shots, followed by students barricading themselves or taking cover.

3 days ago


 Braeden Attig, 11, removes snow Wednesday from a buried car along Powers Road in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Buffalo, N.Y., area snowed under, with more on the way

The Buffalo area was buried under 5½ feet of snow Wednesday, with another storm expected to bring 2 to 3 more feet by late Thursday.

3 days ago


 President Barack Obama is shown on a large screen Thursday as he delivers his immigration speech from the White House before the start of the 15th Annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas.

Obama to defer deportations for immigrants

President Barack Obama justifies his executive actions to change immigration laws as a step to deport “felons, not families.”

2 days ago


 Sue Radka helps shovel out a friend's driveway Wednesday in Lancaster, N.Y. Lake-effect snow pummeled areas around Buffalo for a second straight day, leaving residents stuck in their homes as officials tried to clear massive snow mounds with another storm looming.

Eight deaths blamed on lake-effect snowstorm in western N.Y.

Buffalo-area residents were already buried under as much as 5½ feet of snow Wednesday, but awoke today to more heavy snow.

3 days ago


 Inbound traffic backs up on the Parkway West  (Interstate 376) near the Carnegie/Heidelberg exit to Route 50.

About 46 million travelers to hit the road this Thanksgiving

It is the highest number since 2007, according to travel agency and car lobbying group AAA. It’s a 4 percent increase over last year.

3 days ago


 Former ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer and director Mike Nichols arrive at the AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards honoring Mr. Nichols in 2010 in Culver City, Calif.

Award-winning stage, movie director Mike Nichols dies at 83

Mike Nichols was a nine-time Tony Award winner on Broadway and the Oscar-winning director of films such as “The Graduate.”

3 days ago


 An abandoned car sits infront of a snow covered Ralph Wilson Stadium home of the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y. on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014.  A ferocious lake-effect storm left the Buffalo area buried under 6 feet of snow Wednesday, trapping people on highways and in homes, and another storm expected to drop 2 to 3 feet more was on its way.

Buffalo Bills game against Jets could be relocated

New York Governor calls it 'impractical' for Bills to play Jets on Sunday because of snowstorm.

3 days ago


 In a 22-page letter sent Thursday to the Environmental Protection Agency, Sen. Bob Casey makes clear he supports broad goals of combating global warming and agrees an EPA plan is necessary.

Sen. Bob Casey: Obama climate plan unfair to Pennsylvania

A 22-page letter is Mr. Casey’s first formal comment on the issue since the EPA released its proposal in June.

3 days ago


 Joseph Clancy, acting director of the U.S. Secret Service, testifies Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee.

Man with rifle held outside White House

Earlier, agency director Joseph Clancy told lawmakers on Capitol Hill that the agency had renewed its emphasis on training and hiring.

3 days ago


 Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby loses two TV slots after new accusation

NBC has scrapped a Bill Cosby comedy that was under development, and TV Land will stop airing reruns of “The Cosby Show.”

3 days ago


Grand jury's decision could prompt nationwide protests

A Missouri grand jury is set to decide whether to indict a white police officer who killed an unarmed black teenager.

3 days ago


Safety regulators want recall of up to 30 million autos for defective airbags

The announcement regarding driver’s side airbags could lead to one of the nation’s largest-ever automobile recalls.

3 days ago


National Briefs: Heating costs heading up as cold returns

PLUS: health care benefits; Warhog fighter jets; auto safety chief picked; Obama signs child care bill; same-sex marriage ban.

3 days ago


Immigration clash intensifies

President Barack Obama will announce his intention to use his executive powers to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation.

3 days ago


Lawyers for the NFL defend concussion settlement

The proposed settlement calls for the NFL to pay $4 million to the families of those who died from CTE before July 7, 2014.

4 days ago


 A massive band of lake effect snow moves through the south of Buffalo, N.Y., Tuesday. Several feet of snow paralyzed the Buffalo area, stranding motorists on a 132-mile stretch of the state Thruway in western New York.

Eight deaths blamed on N.Y. snowstorm; stretch of Thruway closed

The storm came in so fast and furious it trapped 150 vehicles on the state Thruway in western New York that remained closed today.

4 days ago


 A high school graduation photo of Michael Brown rests on top of a snow-covered memorial Monday, more than three months after the black teen was shot and killed nearby by a white policeman in Ferguson, Mo.

Ferguson, Mo. remains on edge ahead of grand jury report

A grand jury has been meeting for nearly three months, considering whether to indict a Ferguson police officer in the death of a teenager.

4 days ago


 Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and the Keystone XL oil pipeline bill sponsor, turns from a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.

'No' on Keystone pipeline -- but GOP vows replay

The 59-41 Senate vote was one short of the 60 needed to clear the House-passed measure.

4 days ago


Vatican eases ban on married Eastern Catholic priests

The Vatican has granted Eastern Catholic bishops worldwide authority to ordain married priests.

5 days ago


Democrats seek details from major U.S. banks on data breaches

Letters were sent to Citigroup, PNC, Bank of America, Bank of NY Mellon, Deutsche Bank, Fidelity, GE, and Wells Fargo, among others.

5 days ago


 More than 100 rec­om­men­da­tions were high­lighted by Supreme Court Justice De­bra Todd at a Cap­i­tol news con­fer­ence Monday.

Pa. high court recommends ways to protect seniors in legal system

A Supreme Court task force on elder abuse has put forth a number of recommendations.

5 days ago


 A high school graduation photo of Michael Brown rests on top of a snow-covered memorial Monday, more than three months after the black teen was shot and killed nearby by a white policeman in Ferguson, Mo.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon activates National Guard in advance of Ferguson grand jury decision

He’s ordered a “unified command” of state, county and St. Louis metropolitan police to protect against potentially violent protests.

5 days ago


Sierra Leone doctor, who received experimental drug, dies of Ebola in US

The second U.S. death from Ebola highlights a critical need in fighting the virus: the ability to quickly and accurately diagnose.

5 days ago


 A band of storm clouds moves across Lake Erie and into Buffalo, N.Y., today. Three feet of snow fell in parts of New York Monday night into today and forced the closure of a 132-mile stretch of the state Thruway.

Four deaths blamed on New York snowstorm

National Weather Service meteorologist Tony Ansuini said the storm was dumping 3 to 4 inches of snow per hour.

5 days ago


Nation briefs: Democrats push Obama on immigration

Plus: Pipeline voting push; global warming aid; college-admission bias.

5 days ago


 A study by Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC that's being released today provides the first solid research into cyberdating abuse among teens. Most commonly, victims reported that abusive partners were using mobile apps, texting and other social networks to repeatedly contact them to see where they were and whom they were with.

New research finds sexting is the ‘new norm’ for teens

Two in five teens surveyed had experienced cyberdating abuse in the context of a dating relationship in the past three months.

6 days ago


 Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott and President Barack Obama meet a pair of koalas before the start of the first G-20 meeting Saturday in Brisbane, Australia.

Obama heads home after ‘pretty good week’

President Barack Obama on Sunday wrapped up what was arguably the best week he’s had in years.

6 days ago



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