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Former CMU dean of computer science advising White House Policy Office

Randal E. Bryant is using his yearlong sabbatical to teach White House officials the ins and outs of data science.

about 2 hours ago


Uber becomes second ride-sharing company approved in Allegheny County

Uber joins Lyft as ride-sharing firms operating with permission to operate on an experimental basis for 60 days.

about 2 hours ago


 Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, along with several local insurers, announced the launch of an outpatient recovery center  for pregnant women.

Magee, insurers launch recovery center for drug-addicted pregnant women

The hospital calls it the “first-of-its-kind” center in the country, and West Penn officials say a similar program is in the works there.

about 15 hours ago


 Cecile Springer, center, a community activist, listens to a discussion about HPV vaccination during a news conference Wednesday announcing the formation of a Pittsburgh chapter of Grandmother Power.

Pittsburgh grandmothers band together, help tackle HPV prevention

An international “Grandmother Power” movement is giving grandmothers a new role as activists in local communities.

about 15 hours ago


Superior Court upholds Joan Orie Melvin conviction

The court also agreed that she must write letters of apology to staff and fellow judges.

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Pa. attorney general's office: Agents broke up $1 million drug ring

The AG’s office said members of the group made at least 14 trips to New York City to buy drugs between Oct. 24 and Feb. 19.

about 1 hour ago


 In this Oct. 7, 2013, file photo, provided by Jeremy Writebol, his mother, Nancy Writebol, poses with children in Liberia. Nancy Writebol is one of two Americans working for a missionary group in Liberia who were infected with the Ebola virus.

Two American Ebola patients released from Atlanta hospital

Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol received an experimental treatment called Zmapp, but it’s not known whether the drug helped.

about 3 hours ago


Commission examines Pennsylvania school funding

Speakers noted the difficulty of reaching a formula that could fairly distribute state money to the many types of schools in Pennsylvania.

about 15 hours ago


Chief financial officer says UPMC is holding its own

UPMC is well positioned going into the final months of its contract with Highmark, as it continues to gain share in a shrinking market.

about 15 hours ago




U.S. special forces tried to rescue captive Americans in Syria

Commandos in the first known U.S. ground operation in Syria engaged militants in a fierce firefight.

about 15 hours ago


Holder meets with Ferguson community, investigators

The county prosecuting attorney opened grand jury hearings that he said could be hearing evidence until mid-October.

about 15 hours ago


Obituary: Donald Gruda / One of the area’s best adult soccer players in 1950s and ’60s

Donald Gruda was a skilled soccer player during an era when the game was not as widely popular as it is today.

about 15 hours ago


 James Foley in May 2011

Journalist James Foley, killed by militants, was driven to tell stories of oppressed peoples

James Foley had acknowledged the peril journalists face covering the world’s most dangerous places.

about 15 hours ago


New research: Neaderthals ceased in Europe 40,000 years ago

British radiocarbon analysis finds Neaderthals died out sooner than scientists have previously suggested.

about 15 hours ago


Ebola quarantine roils Liberia

Residents contend that a slum in the capital, Monrovia, is becoming a dumping ground for patients.

about 16 hours ago


Obama weighs broader move on immigration

The move could blunt Republicans’ election-year criticism of the president’s go-it-alone approach to immigration.

about 15 hours ago


Airstrike kills wife, child of Hamas figure

Israel warns that the bombardment of Gaza will continue until rocket fire out of the Palestinian territory stops.

about 16 hours ago


Ukrainian troops advance in Luhansk and Donetsk

The civilian death toll is mounting from sustained artillery strikes, and rebel cities are slipping into a humanitarian disaster.

about 15 hours ago


Obituary: B.K.S. Iyengar / Indian guru helped bring yoga to West

After sur­viv­ing tu­ber­cu­lo­sis, ty­phoid and ma­laria as a child, Mr. Iyen­gar cred­ited yoga with sav­ing his life.

about 15 hours ago


Facebook aiming to flag bogus reports

Facebook this week announced that it’s experimenting with a tag that will mark sites as satire.

about 15 hours ago


Bush takes ALS bucket dousing, then challenges Clinton

Former president tries to offer monetary donation, but his wife soaks him instead.

about 15 hours ago


National briefs: White House tech apparel

Plus: Gulfstream safety; Sullivan wins Alaska primary; Court issues same-sex marriage order.

about 15 hours ago


World briefs: Army chief urges talks

Plus: Afghanistan tells reporter to leave; Thai military chief wants to be PM; Japan landslides kill 36; Tibetan detainee deaths reported.

about 15 hours ago


 Angel Butler, left, and Zyier Gibson, students at Sunnyside Elementary School in Stanton Heights, enjoy lunch.

Pittsburgh Public Schools to offer free lunches to all students, regardless of income

The school district already provides free breakfasts for all students.

about 14 hours ago


 Resident John West, left, hands a rose to a police officer on Tuesday, showing his appreciation with help in cleanup efforts in Ferguson, Mo. Dangerous protests continued overnight as police fired tear gas and rubber bullets, shots were reportedly fired by people in the crowd and crowds failed to disperse.

Panel to hear evidence in Mo. shooting

The St. Louis County prosecutor is preparing for the grand jury as Attorney General Eric Holder arrives in Missouri.

1 day ago


Islamic State shows American’s execution

The Islamic State on Wednesday threatened to execute a second U.S. captive if President Barack Obama didn’t halt the attacks.

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 Tia Ellis, a health careers teacher, and Darcy Tyhonas, an English teacher at Pittsburgh Perry, instruct students in 2013.

Pittsburgh Public Schools' state test scores inch higher

The board of Pittsburgh Public Schools took a first look at 2014 state test scores that show some improvement over the prior year.

about 14 hours ago


 Mylan headquarters in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

Congress may look at ‘inversion’ loophole

Action on so-called inversions is unlikely in a deeply divided Congress, and a crackdown won’t deter companies from reorganizing overseas.

1 day ago


 President Barack Obama makes a statement to the media on the death of American journalist James Foley today.

President Obama: U.S. won't stop confronting Islamic State

Mr. Obama said the entire world is “appalled” by journalist James Foley’s killing.

1 day ago


Summer Memories: Kids could enjoy lovely atmosphere at Pappy’s place

Pappy’s house in the country was a special place to spend summer days and nights.

1 day ago


Grants aimed at reducing runoff into Lake Erie

The money will dent the flow of fertilizer and manure  feeding the algae blooms that threaten the supply of drinking water from Lake Erie.

1 day ago


Police arrest 47 protesters as calm dissolves overnight in Ferguson, Mo.

Protests have been ongoing every night since an unarmed black teen was killed by a white police officer Aug. 9.

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Woodland Hills faces teacher shortage as first day of school approaches

The school district is facing a shortage of four teachers as of Wednesday night due to recent resignations received in the past week.

about 17 hours ago


Outbound Liberty Tunnel to close for three nights

The closures will run from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day beginning today.

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 The state Supreme Court on Tuesday found that a mandatory $75,000 fine imposed upon a poker dealer convicted of stealing $200 from the Rivers Casino on the North Shore is unconstitutional.

Pennsylvania's top court rules $75,000 fine for employee's theft at casino illegal

The state Supreme Court ruled that the $75,000 mandatory fine given a Rivers Casino employee for stealing $200 in poker chips was excessive.

1 day ago


 To extinguish the fire and eliminate the smoke on the left side of this image, the DEP's contractor will pour several million gallons of water and 200 gallons of firefighting foam.

Mine fire near airport will be extinguished

Work is scheduled to begin in September and take a year to complete.

about 16 hours ago


Placement of bike-only lanes changes on Penn Avenue

The city announced that it has changed its plan for installation of bike-only lanes on Penn Avenue because of planned utility work.

about 15 hours ago


 Hashim Khan, from the 2010 documentary "Keep Eye on Ball: The Hashim Khan Story."

Obituary: Hashim Khan / International squash champion led sport's Pakistani dynasty

Mr. Khan, 100, became the world’s greatest squash player after humble beginnings in a Pashtun village, watching British officers play.

1 day ago


Navy kicks out 34 for cheating in nuclear reactor training

At least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the Navy for their roles in an exam cheating ring.

about 15 hours ago


Grand jury to take up death linked to New York City police chokehold

The New York district attorney announced action in the death last month of unarmed Eric Garner while officers struggled to subdue him.

1 day ago


Feds are targeting high-tech car safety

Vehicle-to-vehicle communications technologies in all new passenger car are likely to cut the risk of deadly crashes.

1 day ago


Wiretaps in Trombetta case weren’t illegal, prosecutors say

The brief seeks to counter a motion by Nick Trombetta's legal team seeking dismissal of the indictment or suppression of key evidence.

about 16 hours ago


Gaza rocket attack ends talks on peace

JERUSALEM — Mil­i­tants in Gaza broke a tem­po­rary cease-fire by launch­ing rock­ets at Is­rael on Tues­day, and Is­rael re­sponded with

1 day ago


Wolf campaign continues to hammer Corbett

Fresh Start is bringing its Tomalis protests to Pittsburgh as part of a statewide effort to dog Gov. Tom Corbett.

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Prosecutor says Texas drunk driver did not deserve ‘execution’

David Barajas is accused of fatally shooting Jose Banda in December 2012, minutes after Mr. Banda plowed into his pickup truck.

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Opposition backers by the thousands, split in two camps, storm Pakistan capital's center

Protesters forming behind a cricket star-politician and a cleric both aim to unseat Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

1 day ago


Iraq’s bid to free Tikrit is faltering; militants recover from loss of dam

The army units appeared to withdraw south after dismantling what a defense ministry spokesman said were at least 40 roadside bombs.

1 day ago


World Briefs: Canada rail blame issued

PLUS: Putin and Ukraine's leader to meet; U.S. journalist scrutinized by Afghanistan; China, Russia engage in military drills.

1 day ago


National Briefs: No-fly list to change

PLUS: California teens arrested; grandson shooting; hackers steal data; Texas governor booked.

1 day ago



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