Joni Rabinowitz holds a sign during a rally on Grant Street by people advocating for a single payer health care system. About 75 people took part in the rally, which began outside UPMC headquarters and ended at Highmark.

Activists celebrate 50 years of Medicare

Organizers with labor unions and other groups vowed to lobby again to dismantle commercial insurers.

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Route 28 ramp to 31st Street Bridge closing tonight

The ramp will close from 8 tonight until 8 a.m. Saturday for pavement repairs.

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Route 51 construction to stall traffic this weekend

Delays are possible starting at 7 p.m.

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 More lanes like this one heading into Downtown are planned for Oakland.

More bike lanes coming to Oakland streets

Seeking to accommodate an increasing number of bicycle riders, Pittsburgh plans to install new bike facilities this summer.

about 11 hours ago

Experts attempt to link debris to missing Malaysian airliner

Investigators caution that it will take more time to determine if the debris is from vanished flight MH370.

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 Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing, second from left, appears before Judge Megan Shanahan at Hamilton County Courthouse Thursday for his arraignment in the shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose in Cincinnati.

Former officer pleads not guilty in campus shooting death

People in the courtroom erupted into cheers and clapped when officer Ray Tensing’s bond was set at $1 million, drawing the ire of the judge.

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 Howard Fineman, right, with his son, Nick, at PNC Park before throwing out the first pitch at Sunday’s Pirates game.

Local Dispatch: Why Pittsburgh remains my home plate

Pittsburgh native and national journalist Howard Fineman tossed the first pitch at PNC Park Sunday. His love for his hometown ever deepens.

about 11 hours ago

 Woodland Hills High School

Woodland Hills recognized for discipline policies

The superintendent and members of the staff were chosen to participate in a day-long White House school discipline summit.

about 11 hours ago

Afghan Taliban confirms Mullah Omar’s death, appoints his successor

The Afghan Taliban Shura, or Supreme Council, chose Mullah Omar’s deputy, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, as its new leader.

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Senate passes a highway bill, but only for three months

Some senators expressed dismay that they were approving another short-term solution — instead of passing a long-term highway spending bill.

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 Matt Peters of Hazelwood joins about 100 people for a Pittsburgh Chapter of the Sierra Club rally to support the EPA's Clean Power Plan on Thursday in the courtyard of the Allegheny County Courthouse, Downtown.

Rally urges elected officials to support Obama's Clean Power Plan

Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is expected to be announced Monday.

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U.S.-trained anti-Islamic State commander kidnapped in Syria

The reported kidnapping is likely to be a new blow to the troubled  program, which in its first year has trained only about 60 fighters.

about 11 hours ago

Trump’s plan to deport 11 million faces obstacles

Donald Trump has never said how he intends to find the illegal immigrants he wishes to deport.

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Nation briefs: Pentagon plans to arm more stateside troops

Plus: Ruling on detainees, Lion killing investigated, Biden pushes Iran deal, Rapidly spreading brushfire in Calif.

about 11 hours ago

Federal government to make inmates eligible for Pell grants

In 1994, Congress amended the Higher Education Act to eliminate Pell Grant eligibility for inmates in federal and state prison.

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Zimbabwe calls for extradition of Cecil the lion's killer

Walter Palmer, a dentist in the Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington, has admitted killing the 13-year-old predator.

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Donaldson's Crossroads Sewage plant set for facelift

A new plan for the 50-year old Peters township plant would increase capacity by about 45 percent.

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Collier commissioners say no to rezoning proposal

They denied a request by Woodville Associates to rezone 24 acres of land for a townhouse plan.

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Obituary: Mary Alice Smith / Longtime voice at area religious services

In the 1960s, Mary Alice Smith was half of the singing Bel Canto Duo and the voice behind religious services all around Pittsburgh.

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New restrooms to be installed at Steel Valley's Park Elementary

At their meeting Monday, the Steel Valley School District approved new restrooms that will be more accessible to students with disabilities.

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 John Turchek is a professor of computer and information systems at RMU.

Newsmaker you should know / IBM bestows faculty award on Robert Morris professor

This is the second time John Turchek has received the honor, which grants him $40,000 to spend at the university.

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Highmark initiative helps patients find 'Dr. Right'

Two hundred South Hills residents were on hand, along with many physicians in a variety of specialties.

about 11 hours ago

Mt. Lebanon starts awareness campaign for drivers, bikers — and walkers

The commission held a meeting to address developing a safer environment for all three.

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Genealogy courses at La Roche College attract people from all over the U.S.

More than 160 people from all over the country and Canada gathered last week at La Roche College to learn about genealogy.

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West school news: Montour, Moon Area, South Fayette, Sto-Rox

School news from Pittsburgh region’s west communities.

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Lane restrictions possible on Parkway North

Restrictions will occur from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in both directions between Perrysville Avenue and a point one mile north of Camp Horne Road.

about 11 hours ago

Bridge on W. Ohio Street to be closed for part of day

The West Ohio Street Bridge in the city’s Allegheny West neighborhood will be temporarily closed today.

about 11 hours ago

Long-term traffic shift starts on McKnight Road

Traffic will be restricted to a single lane in both directions on a section of McKnight Road in McCandless.

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 U.S. Sen Bob Casey, D-Pa., has stepped up inspections of railroad bridges. There are more than 70 railroad bridges in Allegheny County.

Sen. Casey calls for more federal rail bridge inspectors

Casey’s office said only one inspector is assigned to 919 train bridges in Pennsylvania.

about 18 hours ago

 Pittsburgh City Council President Bruce Kraus ntroduced the legislation.

Noise ordinance for Pittsburgh neighborhoods headed for passage

The new law extends protections to all residential properties, whereas the existing law covers only residential zones.

1 day ago

 Rep. Dan Frankel talks about the stalemate with the state budget in Harrisburg. He spoke at  the Allegheny County Courthouse.

Democratic leaders warn of consequences if Pennsylvania budget impasse isn't resolved

The budget impasse could stanch the flow of $33 million per month to human services providers, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said.

1 day ago

 The Pennsylvania School Boards Association supports a delay in using the Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement.

Testing under scrutiny in Pennsylvania House hearing

A panel heard hours of testimony raising concerns about testing requirements.

1 day ago

 Stephanie McMahon said she's "extremely humbled and privileged" to join the board.

WWE's Stephanie McMahon joins Children's Hospital Foundation board

Ms. McMahon and WWE became involved with Children's Hospital after meeting 8-year-old Connor Michalek, a Hampton child battling a rare

about 23 hours ago

 Yellow Cab at a parking lot.

PUC denies Yellow Cab’s requested surcharge

The fare increase would have been Yellow Cab's first since 2008, according to the PUC filing.

about 14 hours ago

 Alan Lesgold has been at Pitt since 1971.

Long-serving dean of Pitt's education school to step down

Alan Lesgold worked to increase collaborations between the school and Pitt’s Learning Research and Development Center.

about 11 hours ago

World briefs: India hangs only man sentenced to die for 1993 Mumbai blasts

Plus: U.S. sanctions Russia, PKK hits Turkish forces, Ai WeiWei to travel to Berlin, Pacific talks at impasse

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University of Cincinnati officer charged with murder in motorist’s shooting

A white campus officer has been indicted on a murder charge in the fatal shooting of a black man amid a minor traffic stop.

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 A 1927 version of "The Everyday Song Book", part of the University of Pittsburgh's Special Collections, is the "smoking-gun" evidence that the 1893 ditty "Happy Birthday to You" should be free for public use and not subject to copyright restrictions, lawyers say.

Pitt library songbook key to lawsuit over ‘Happy Birthday’ rights

A songbook found at Pitt shows that “Happy Birthday” isn’t copyrighted, lawyers say, calling it the “smoking gun” in a long legal dispute.

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Congress poised to avert highway fund shutdown, for now

The U.S. House on Wednesday approved a short-term bill to keep federal highway money flowing for three months.

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Colorado shooter's mom: Silence was his loudest cry for help

James Holmes’ parents insisted at the sentencing phase of his trial that they had no inkling that he was having homicidal thoughts.

1 day ago

U.S. official: Debris in photo belongs to Boeing 777

Investigators believe that debris found on an Indian Ocean island is a wing component unique to a Boeing 777.

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Zimbabwe hunting guide charge in killing of lion

A farm owner and guide who aided an American dentist’s kill of a protected lion in Zimbabwe faced a court hearing Wednesday.

1 day ago

Russia vetoes Security Council proposal on MH17 tribunal

Russia scuttled a Security Council effort to prosecute the culprits in the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet in Ukraine last year.

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Obituary: Sister Michele Ransil / Dedicated to serving community through faith-based efforts

For several years, Sister Michele had been regularly visiting homeless people beneath bridges in Pittsburgh to bring food and socialize.

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Random Acts of Kindness: Resident saves day for free film in park

Plus: Strong, helpful man lifted mom into SUV; Special gesture boosted spirits of cancer patient.

1 day ago

Obituary: Fred Slatten / Shoe designer to the stars

Mr. Slatten made fantasy footwear, adorning his designs with rhinestones, peacock feathers, decals and the  images of celebrities’ faces.

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 Jessica Goeller, mother of 2-year old liver recipient Lucas Goeller, hugs Ed Atwood outside Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC on Wednesday in Lawrenceville. Mr. Atwood organized a bike ride from Monroeville in honor of Lucas to deliver gifts to children at the hospital.

Motorcyclists take a ride to support transplant recipient Lucas Goeller

Motorcyclists ride from Monroeville to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC to show support for liver recipient Lucas Goeller.

1 day ago

National briefs: Health records revamped

Plus: Boehner ouster sought; United Airlines hacked; Windows 10 released.

1 day ago

World briefs: Migrants descend on tunnel

Plus: Turkey escalates airstrikes; Greek prime minister; Iran’s president invited to France; West Bank unrest; war in Yemen; Pacific trade.

1 day ago

Parkway East repair work to cause lane closures

Repair work on the inbound Parkway East will restrict traffic the next three nights.

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