Customers arrive Thursday at SouthSide Works Cinema to watch "The Interview," as security personnel stands by.

Pittsburgh screening of 'The Interview' attracts patriotic crowd

The movie about the assassination of North Korea’s leader has netted tepid reviews but strong response after attempts to shut it down.

about 10 hours ago

 New York Police Department policemen Tuesday use motorbikes to create a cordon as protesters, demonstrating decisions by grand juries in New York and Missouri not to indict white police officers in the killings of unarmed black men, hold placards while marching down Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

U.S. police struggle to uncover threats on social media

Police need more data analytics and mining software to monitor social media sites, say law enforcement officials and security experts.

about 2 hours ago

 Ashley Merritt packs an order for shipping at the Amazon fulfillment center earlier this month in Lebanon, Tenn., the world’s biggest Internet retailer, hired more workers and opened new distribution centers, extending its reach to get goods to customers faster.

Online holiday retail sales hit record

Online shopping is on pace to rise 16 percent to $61 billion for the November to December period, according to researcher ComScore Inc.

34 minutes ago

 J.D. Fleming, of Indiana, Pa., piles his delivery of Christmas trees in Bethel Park.  Mr. Fleming is the owner of  Fleming Christmas Tree Farms.

Christmas trees accepted at Allegheny County parks for recycling

Trees can be dropped off through Jan. 17. The trees will be mulched and used in the county parks.

about 1 hour ago

Sony's 'Interview' draws U.S. moviegoers who trumpet free speech

The film opened in more than 300 independent movie theaters Christmas Day, drawing many sell-out audiences.

about 3 hours ago

Philadelphia transit officers help mother deliver baby on train

The officers coached the woman through the delivery, unwrapped the umbilical cord from the baby’s neck and placed the boy in her arms.

about 3 hours ago

 A shopper walks on the logo of Sony's PlayStation 4 at an electronics store in Tokyo on Christmas Day. Sony's online PlayStation store and Microsoft's Xbox site suffered disruptions to users on Christmas Day in the latest possible cyber-attacks on the companies.

Hacking group claims credit for Xbox, PlayStation network woes

Thursday’s incidents are the latest part of a series of escalating attacks against Sony.

about 10 hours ago

 Two young girls play at the edge of Lake Erie on Huntington Beach in Bay Village, Ohio in May.

Great Lakes water levels surge from rainfall, runoff

Water levels in lakes Superior, Huron, Michigan, Erie and Ontario are all above seasonal averages for the first time in 16 years.

about 10 hours ago

College counselors in short supply at U.S. schools

Nationally, the student-counselor ratio in large public high schools is nearly 500-to-1.

about 11 hours ago

Peacekeepers leaving Darfur despite surge in violence

The move comes even though new fighting there has chased more people from their homes this year than during any other in the past decade.

about 11 hours ago

Chinese hit back against a foreign intrusion — Christmas

As fervor for the trappings of Western-style Christmas enveloped this nation, the defenders of traditional Chinese culture have fought back.

about 11 hours ago

 “They knew I wanted to do this,” said Andy Pugh, who returned from Sierra Leone on Dec. 15.

Squirrel Hill aid worker helped manage Ebola response in Sierra Leone

Andy Pugh managed a child protection program and then an Ebola treatment center.

about 10 hours ago

Francis and Elizabeth, in Christmas messages, focus on harmony

The pope emphasized the plight of children in areas of conflict, while Britain’s monarch advocated reconciliation, especially in Scotland.

about 11 hours ago

Lawmakers promise to help strapped oil-patch towns

Tens of thousands of workers have been drawn to the region’s shale oil boom in recent years.

about 10 hours ago

Chicago firm to review Baltimore police

The investigation comes as that department and others around the nation are accused of brutality.

about 10 hours ago

Female veterans battling PTSD from sexual trauma fight for redress

They and their advocates call it “the second battle” — with a bureaucracy they say is stuck in the past.

about 11 hours ago

Sharon Randall: Nothing eventful happened this year ... or did it?

Life’s too short to be anything but real. Besides, fakery never fools anybody.

about 10 hours ago

Tips for tackling Christmas gift returns

Even Santa Claus gets it wrong sometimes, hence the throng of customers who flock to shopping malls after Christmas.

16 minutes ago

 The Kathy Davis card display at the Wegman's in the Shops at Valley Square in Warrington, Pa.

A quarter century of greeting cards success, and more, for Kathy Davis

More than 400 million of Kathy Davis’ greeting cards have sold. Lately, that amounts to $100 million in annual sales.

about 10 hours ago

Ag-tech in Silicon Valley could change how the world eats

Dozens of companies are creating technology to make farmland more productive and farming more efficient.

about 10 hours ago

Apples recalled amid listeria outbreak

Plus: Police shoot 2 suspects; Bush in ’’great spirits’’; N.J. casino-sale dispute; Storms bring snow.

about 10 hours ago

World briefs: Attack wounds Israeli girl, 11

Plus: Jordanian pilot; Saudis plan spending; Somalia base attacked.

about 10 hours ago

 In this image provided by the Imperial War Museum, World War I German and British soldiers stand together on the battlefield near Ploegsteert, Belgium, in December 1914.

In 1914, World War I soldiers took a real Christmas break

Men who for months had been trying to kill each other traded gifts, drank and even played soccer on the no man’s land between the trenches.

1 day ago

Obituary: Albert C. Van Dusen / Administrator raised Pitt’s international profile

Albert C. Van Dusen was a University of Pittsburgh administrator who forged international ties.

1 day ago

Random Acts of Kindness: Stranger covered sick cat’s treatment

PLUS: Man readily supported fellow postal customer; bicyclist got down, dirty to help avoid street flood.

1 day ago

Utica gas well in Ohio back under control

Utica Shale gas well “blowout” in southeast Ohio that caused evacuation earlier this month is capped

1 day ago

 A woman uses the Uber app on a Samsung smartphone in September.

Uber slapped with suit by 45 Philadelphia taxi companies

The suit also names 18 individuals, including Uber drivers it says are operating illegally in the city.

about 17 hours ago

 Tom Frieden, far left, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, testifies at an October hearing, which examined the government’s response to contain Ebola, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Ebola exposure feared in mistake at CDC lab

The error occurred Monday when a high-security lab in Atlanta sent samples that should have been inactivated to another CDC laboratory.

1 day ago

 A woman who said she was the girlfriend of 18-year-old Antonio Martin leaves a message on a makeshift memorial Wednesday outside the gas station where he was fatally shot by a police officer in Berkeley, Mo.

White police officer kills black teen in Mo.

The shooting reignited tensions that have lingered since the death of Michael Brown in neighboring Ferguson.

1 day ago

Islamic State captures Jordanian F-16 pilot

He was the first captive taken from the U.S.-led coalition battling the extremist group.

1 day ago

Palestinian sniper attack sets off clash at border

The day’s action further strained a tenuous cease-fire that ended a 50-day war over the summer.

1 day ago

Ukraine cuts power to Crimea amid dispute with Russia

The electricity shut-off came as Moscow threatened a greater rift with the West if Ukraine attempted to make good on its NATO intentions.

1 day ago

Obama seeks to close Gitmo

The Obama administration is preparing to move dozens of inmates out of the prison in coming months.

1 day ago

Policy critic weighs states’ challenge to Obama’s loosened immigration rules

Justice Department lawyers urged the court to preserve the executive order allowing 4 million undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S.

1 day ago

Millions in cash lost in Hong Kong spill

After new notes fell from a security van, onlookers were presented with a Christmas Eve test of whether to be good for goodness’ sake.

1 day ago

Iran warns West to keep nuke hopes realistic

Iran says its nuclear activities are peaceful, but the West fears that it may lead to developing nuclear weapons.

1 day ago

World Briefs: Christmas dawns in the Holy Land

PLUS: Rebels kill 70 in India; S. Korea indicts Uber CEO; Ebola survival rate; Abe named Japanese PM.

1 day ago

National Briefs: Sony releases ‘Interview’ for online viewing after major theater chains drop movie

PLUS: Gun in NYC killing traced; organ trafficker’s release; wet, warm Christmas Eve; ex-inmate to get back pay.

1 day ago

Transit officers help deliver baby on train in Philly

Officials said the mother and baby were taken to a hospital in good condition.

about 14 hours ago

CDC technician may have been exposed to ebola

A plate with material from an Ebola experiment was sent from a high-security biosafety laboratory to a less-secure facility at the agency’s

1 day ago

 The first Allegheny Tunnel, which currently carries westbound traffic, was built in the late 1930s and the second opened in 1965.

Pa. Turnpike considers plans to replace Allegheny Tunnels in Somerset County

Three options call for new tunnels; three others would carve an open highway into the mountain.

2 days ago

 The Fifth Avenue Place headquarters of Highmark and the U.S. Steel Tower offices of UPMC are seen in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Binding arbitration for UPMC, Highmark

The UPMC-Highmark in-network contract expires Dec. 31.

1 day ago

 Police try to control a crowd early this morning in the parking lot of a gas station following a shooting Tuesday night in Berkeley, Mo. St. Louis County police say a man who pulled a gun and pointed it at an officer has been killed.

Police: Officer in Missouri shoots, kills 18-year-old who pulled gun

Berkeley is near Ferguson, where white police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year-old, on Aug. 9.

1 day ago

 Assistant professor Dan Reed teaches automotive service technology students at the Community College of Philadelphia. The Labor Department said today that applications for unemployment benefits dropped 9,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 280,000.

Applications for unemployment benefits fall to 7-week low

The Labor Department said today that applications dropped 9,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 280,000.

2 days ago

 A security guard stands at the entrance of United Artists theater during the premiere of the film "The Interview" in Los Angeles.

Sony streams 'The Interview' through YouTube, Google, Xbox, Sony site

In the Pittsburgh area, the SouthSide Works Cinema and the Dependable Drive-In in Moon will show the film.

1 day ago

 David Welborn, 7, sits in the lost luggage line at the Delta Airlines desk at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport Tuesday, with his trusty stuffed dog.

Travel headaches for some across country into Christmas Day

National Weather Service meteorologists predicted rain that would turn into snow for some parts of Missouri to Michigan.

2 days ago

 Holiday travelers make their way through Philadelphia International Airport.

Clouds cause more delays at Philadelphia International Airport

Dozens of flights arriving at or departing from the airport have already been delayed or cancelled this morning.

2 days ago

 Brennan McCann , a senior at South Fayette High School, talks about the problems during production of "swarf," long curly metal remains. Students from Upper St. Clair and South Fayette high schools joined together to try to solve real-world problems for local companies.

Upper St. Clair, South Fayette students aim to 'change the world' through STEAM

The high school students collaborated to suggest to Cecil cookware maker ways to improve technology and save resources.

2 days ago

 A building is severely damaged near Columbia, Miss., after a tornado touched down Tuesday afternoon.

Severe weather slams southern U.S., four killed

A survey team will be sent today to determine whether a tornado was responsible. Storm spotters said it was.

2 days ago

 New York City police officers embrace Tuesday as they visit a makeshift memorial at the site where two of their fellow officers were fatally shot in Brooklyn.

Across New York, Pausing to Honor Police Officers

New York City citizens took a moment Tuesday to silently honor two fallen officers savagely killed three days before on a Brooklyn corner.

2 days ago


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