Gov. Wolf announced on Feb. 13 that he was instituting a moratorium on the death penalty in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court to take death penalty moratorium case

No one has been executed in Pennsylvania since 1999. Terrance Williams was scheduled for lethal injection today.

about 16 hours ago

 In this Nov. 25, 2014 file photo, police officers watch protesters as smoke fills the streets in Ferguson, Mo., after a grand jury's decision in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

Justice Department clears officer in Ferguson case, criticizes police force

“It is time for Ferguson’s leaders to take immediate, wholesale and structural corrective action,” Attorney General Eric Holder said.

about 2 hours ago

 Dementia is not a disease, but rather a group of symptoms that affect mental tasks like memory and reasoning.

For those with dementia, ‘springing’ power of attorney debated

Cognitive impairment can have a huge impact on a person’s ability to look after their own money.

about 16 hours ago

 Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane applauds senior scholars at the "We Promise Scholars" gathering at Duquesne University in January.

Pittsburgh schools superintendent Lane 'pleased' with Gov. Wolf's budget proposal

The school district's budget for 2015 calls for spending $556.7 million, with $245.1 million of the revenue coming from state sources.

about 4 hours ago

 Spirit Airlines flights from Arnold Palmer Regional Airport near Latrobe to Chicago begin May 7.

Starting in May, you can fly directly from Latrobe to Chicago

The afternoon flight will connect with other Spirit flights to Denver, Dallas, Minneapolis and Houston.

about 4 hours ago

 Workers for Swank contractors secure under decking beneath the Parkway West bridges Tuesday in Carnegie as the nearly yearlong construction season gets underway.

Parkway West full closures scheduled for weekend

Crews will relocate pavement striping and move construction barriers, creating a new traffic pattern.

about 7 hours ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf delivers his budget address for the 2015-16 fiscal year to a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate on Tuesday  in Harrisburg, Pa.

Reaction swift to Gov. Wolf's budget proposals

Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal brought passionate responses from politicians, the business sector and advocacy groups Tuesday.

about 16 hours ago

Raves: Osher classes enthuse older adults for new learning

Not even frigid temperatures and brutal wind can prevent a group of dedicated seniors from bundling up and trudging to our classes.

about 16 hours ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf delivers his budget address for the 2015-16 fiscal year to a joint session of the state House and Senate in Harrisburg on Tuesday.

Wolf delivers on his promise to boost Pennsylvania education spending

In his first budget proposal, the governor promises to increase support for school districts, community colleges and public universities.

about 16 hours ago

 Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Suspect's lawyer admits client carried out Boston Marathon bombing

The trial that begins today is expected to be one of the most closely watched terror cases in years.

about 4 hours ago

Charter schools bill gets approval in Pennsylvania House

The bill would create a commission that would develop a funding formula based on actual costs for cyber charter schools.

about 1 hour ago

A Personal Journey: The 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March

Pittsburgher Jennifer Saffron returns to the heart of the civil rights movement to reconnect with Selma and recount her experiences.

about 16 hours ago

 Joe Sestak

Sestak to challenge Sen. Toomey again

Retired Admiral Joe Sestak formally announce his bid in Philadelphia today to oust U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, who won 51 to 49 percent in 2010.

about 16 hours ago

 More veto showdowns could await President Obama in the final two years of his term.

Senate fails to override Obama's veto of Keystone XL pipeline bill

It was the first of many possible veto showdowns possible in Mr. Obama’s final term.

about 1 hour ago

Wolf: Severance tax ‘not a partisan idea’

Wolf’s budget projects that a new tax on the volume and value of gas flowing from Pennsylvania wells will take effect on Jan. 1, 2016.

about 16 hours ago

Police say Aliquippa student will be charged in school attack on video

Aliquippa police Capt. Douglas Edgell said the aggressor is being charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment.

about 4 hours ago

 Ira H. Gordon

Obituary: Ira H. Gordon / Businessman invested time in community

Ira H. Gordon spent much of his life in Pittsburgh helping others in his community, through his business and his philanthropy.

about 16 hours ago

Bus driver in Delhi gang rape blames victim

Authorities in India have ordered that the documentary featuring the bus driver not be broadcast in their country.

about 16 hours ago

 A boy walks past a memorial for Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by Ferguson, Mo., police Officer Darren Wilson last summer, on Tuesday in the St. Louis suburb.

Officials say U.S. report finds racial bias in Ferguson police

The suburb’s police department commanded national attention after one of its officers shot and killed an unarmed black man last summer.

about 16 hours ago

Boko Haram’s new video shifts from speeches to beheadings

With its latest video, posted online Monday, it appears to have borrowed at least some elements from the Islamic State’s recent postings.

about 16 hours ago

World Briefs: Iraq forces try to seal off extremists

Plus: Russia sanctions hinted; paying respects to Nemtsov; Chile volcano erupts; and more.

about 16 hours ago

National Briefs: West Virginia governor vetoes abortion bill

Plus: Boston jury selected; Clinton email controversy; reversal in Alabama; and more.

about 16 hours ago

 Chicago White Sox outfielder Orestes "Minnie" Minoso poses in batting position at Al Lopez Field in Tampa, Fla.

Obituary: Minnie Minoso / Major league baseball’s 1st black Latino star

The seemingly ageless “Cuban Comet” helped clear the way for generations of minority ballplayers

about 18 hours ago

 Rachel Lauver, 19, of PittServes and a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh, sorts clothes at the William Pitt Union in Oakland on Tuesday.

Pitt 'Give a Thread' campaign collects record number of clothing donations

The clothing was collected through PittServes and will be given to charities including an on-campus shop, Thriftsburgh, opening next month.

about 16 hours ago

 The purse of Sienna Williams-Van Balen, 8, of Castle Shannon, includes several EpiPens, two different inhalers and methylprednisolone steroids in case of anaphylactic shock due to her peanut allergy.

Parents, doctors confounded by reversal of advice on peanut allergies

The switch on medical recommendations to ward off peanut allergies comes too late for many Pittsburgh children and their families.

1 day ago

 Bobbie Jo Wendel leads her "Begin to Win" running group along Beaver Street in Sewickley as they start their Sunday morning run.

Marathon Ready: A race entered to support her mom turns novice on to her running prowess

After shedding 180 pounds, Bobbi Jo Wendel trains for her first full marathon in Pittsburgh.

1 day ago

Obama says Iran must halt key nuclear work for at least a decade

His comment about the time frame for a freeze represents one of the U.S. government's strongest signals yet of its red line for a deal.

1 day ago

 In higher education, Gov. Tom Wolf proposes increasing funding for the State System of Higher Education by $45 million.

Gov. Wolf's budget plan focuses on Pennsylvania's middle class, education

“Our state is never going to get stronger as long as we make our schools weaker,” Mr. Wolf said in his prepared remarks.

about 17 hours ago

 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint meeting of Congress on Tuesday in the House chamber in Washington, D.C. During his speech, Mr. Netanyahu said negotiations with Iran will not “block Iran’s path to the bomb; it paves Iran’s path to the bomb.”

Netanyahu warns that nuclear deal ‘paves Iran’s path’ to a bomb

The speech before a joint meeting of Congress gave the Israeli prime minister a rare platform for confronting President Obama.

about 17 hours ago

 Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, takes the stage Monday to address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference in Washington, D.C.

Pittsburgh area's Jewish leaders have mixed reactions to Netanyahu

They are concerned about a GOP-Obama rift on the Israeli prime minister’s speech to Congress today.

1 day ago

 “I am as outraged and frustrated as you at the lawless and unconstitutional actions of this president,” House Speaker John Boehner told his caucus, according to aides.

Congress sends Homeland bill to Obama without conditions

The outcome averted a partial agency shutdown that would have begun Friday. It was a major victory for Mr. Obama and the Democrats.

about 17 hours ago

Clinton emails at State Department draw scrutiny

The ex-secretary of state may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record.

1 day ago

 Richard Haynes, president and founder of the Carlow Chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, reads statements written on the Free Speech Wall at Carlow University in Oakland.

Carlow University 'wall' encourages free speech

Young Americans for Liberty at Carlow University encouraged students to write on two outdoor poster-boards, part of a national project.

1 day ago

 Solicitor John Rushford said the resignation of Dormont borough manager Jeffrey Naftal was a personnel matter.

Dormont manager abruptly resigns

Jeffrey Naftal's resignation was effective Feb. 26, according to a two-paragraph letter to council members.

about 17 hours ago

Sharon Randall: Life and love lead to unexpected places, fortunately

Follow your heart, and the rest will fall into place.

1 day ago

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Police tensions serve as starting topic in Pittsburgh

Relationships between the police and African-American communities need to go beyond conversations and marches.

1 day ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf's budget projects that a new tax on the volume and value of gas flowing from Pennsylvania wells will take effect on Jan. 1, 2016.

Wolf says Pennsylvania severance tax ‘not a partisan idea’

The proposal would raise about $765.3 million for the state’s general fund and another $225 million to replace a Marcellus Shale impact fee

about 17 hours ago

 “This is an unfortunate, though not completely unexpected ruling.” said Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action.

Stay issued on NRA suit against Pittsburgh

Common Pleas Senior Judge Judith Friedman’s one-sentence order means the city’s law remains in force, at least for now.

1 day ago

Earthquake strikes off Indonesia island; no reports of damage

The quake was felt by people on land, but there was no panic, Indonesia's disaster agency said.

1 day ago

 Programs targeting employee health with various incentives and promotions have become popular as companies try to rein in health care costs

Are worker wellness plans best for business?

A new national journal’s article recommends that employers abandon these programs.

1 day ago

Health happenings: March 3, 2015

Health-related events for the coming week.

1 day ago

Tensions flare as picket lines crossed in U.S. refinery strike

Money is tight as strike pay from the United Steelworkers union is a fraction of normal wages.

1 day ago

Obituary: Rod H. Altmeyer / Used his broadcasting background to promote his home furnishings business

Rod H. Altmeyer Sr. took over Altmeyer’s Bed, Bath & Home from his father and moved stores from small downtown area to shopping centers.

1 day ago

 William Thomas McKinley in 1985.

Obituary: William Thomas McKinley / Jazz-loving composer born in New Kensington

Mr. McKinley, 76, was “one of our most important Pittsburgh artists of any kind,” said composer David Stock, a classmate at Carnegie Tech.

1 day ago

 Former Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during the Freedom Summit on Jan. 24 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Likely GOP presidential candidates to speak at NRA annual meeting

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania is among the speakers slated for the April event.

1 day ago

 Gen. David Petraeus.

Petraeus reaches deal to plead guilty to misdemeanor; likely won’t face prison

David Petraeus is a retired four-star general, who won renown in Iraq and Afghanistan, before going on to briefly lead the CIA.

about 17 hours ago

 Anna Duritskaya

Woman with slain Putin critic says she didn’t see his killer

Her emotional account came amid a swirl of speculation about who was responsible for the assassination, and what it means for Russia.

1 day ago

War court judge orders Pentagon to replace USS Cole trial overseer

He ruled that a since-revoked requirement for judges to live at Guantanamo until a trial is over appeared to be unlawful influence.

1 day ago

Termites are guardians of the soil

Their habitats are key to a multitude of ecosystems, from deserts and rain forests to your neighborhood park.

1 day ago

Massive Iraqi assault begins to retake Tikrit from Islamic State

Many see it as a test of the central government’s ability to retake and hold much of the territory lost to the militant group last summer.

1 day ago


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