Karen Hacker, director of the Allegheny County health department, smiles Tuesday as she presents the Plan for a Healthier Allegheny during a news conference.

Officials draw up plan for a healthier Allegheny County

The plan is the result of a yearlong community assessment that identified the county’s key health concerns.

about 6 hours ago

 A man is comforted Tuesday after finding out that a relative drowned in her truck in Houston. Storms during the holiday weekend dumped record rainfall on Texas, causing major flooding throughout the state, and spawned tornadoes.

Floodwaters deepen in Houston after city gets more rain

Holiday weekend storms in Texas and Oklahoma killed 14 people, with at least 13 still missing.

about 6 hours ago

 A May 18 study led by Jeffrey Bridge, a pediatric expert at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, found that 657 children aged 5 to 11 have committed suicide since 1993.

Suicide rates increase sharply among African-American children

As suicide rates of black children under 11 soar nationwide, city experts urge caregivers to ask children about suicide.

about 6 hours ago

China, updating military strategy, puts focus on projecting naval power

The strategy paper comes at a time of growing Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea.

about 6 hours ago

 Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum

Santorum to return to his roots for ‘major’ announcement

Will Rick Santorum announce tonight that he again is running for president?

about 6 hours ago

Summer Memories: Cross-country camper trailer could be a real trip

A camper trailer provided all the highs and lows of a boy’s vacations.

about 6 hours ago

Texas flood causes ‘utter devastation’ for Pittsburgh native

The storms in Texas have passed, but Pittsburgh native Stan Starrett is left with the debris of the home he has lived in since 1998.

about 6 hours ago

Obituary: Richard Page / Clarinetist was always ready to make instrument repairs

Mr. Page’s love for music impacted everything he did in life, his wife said.

about 6 hours ago

 In this May 12 photo, emergency personnel work the scene of a train wreck involving an Amtrak train that was headed to New York City, but derailed and crashed in Philadelphia. Amtrak says it will install video cameras inside locomotive cabs that record the actions of train engineers.

Amtrak to install long-sought cameras in locomotive cabs

A crash earlier this month in Philadelphia left eight people dead and about 200 injured.

about 6 hours ago

Brother of U.S. journalist on trial in Iran calls case ‘outside the bounds’

The mother and wife of journalist Jason Rezaian were not permitted in the courtroom, his brother, Ali Rezaian, said.

about 6 hours ago

 In this April 13, 2014, file photo, the Internal Revenue Service Headquarters building is seen in Washington, D.C.

IRS says thieves stole tax info from 100,000

The thieves accessed a system called “Get Transcript,” where taxpayers can get tax returns and other filings from previous years.

about 6 hours ago

 In this March 2, 2015, photo, family members of Klara Balogova, a Slovakian Roma woman who was lured to travel to Britain for a sham marriage with a Pakistani man, are photographed in their home in a Roma settlement in eastern Slovakia.

European women lured for sham marriages

Klara Balogova was 18, penniless and pregnant when she rode thousands of miles from Slovakia to England to marry a man she had never met.

about 6 hours ago

World Briefs: Asia migrant crisis may begin to ease

Plus: PM weighs in on migration; activist denied entry; 96 killed in Nigeria; and more.

about 6 hours ago

National Briefs: Court deals immigration plan a setback

Plus: Lassa fever patient dies; justice to hear redistricting case; 2 die in Wal-Mart shooting; more to enter presidential race; and more.

about 6 hours ago

Keystone Ride Project: Get prepared

Pittsburgh fitness experts provide training strategies to get ready for the MS 150 Keystone Ride in July.

1 day ago

 “I lost 7 percent of my weight,” said Mark Crisci, a Bayer Corp. employee who participated in the University of Pittsburgh healthy lifestyle intervention program with fellow employees.

Lunch-hour program helps employees lose weight, get active

University of Pittsburgh researchers say Bayer employees in the Group Lifestyle Balance program cut their risk of diabetes, heart disease.

1 day ago

 The inbound Parkway West will close from Interstate 79 to Parkway Center from 10 p.m. today until 6 a.m. Wednesday, with outbound traffic restricted to a single lane starting one hour after the Pirates game ends.

Parkway West overnight closures resume tonight

The inbound side will close from Interstate 79 to Parkway Center from 10 p.m. today until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

about 21 hours ago

 Gretchen Shipley, a San Diego attorney who has created a practice around education and technology, said there have always been student-teacher relationships, but it's been a more of a growing problem because of social media and "the ease with which you can talk with each other.”

School districts tighten social media contacts among teachers, students

Teacher-student sex scandals in Plum and elsewhere have prompted a review of the use of social media and texting by educators.

1 day ago

Crack sealing may slow traffic on I-79, Route 910

Work on I-79 will cause occasional lane closures starting at 6 p.m. today through Friday.

about 22 hours ago

Nighttime tunnel work to cause minor Red Line delays in Mt. Lebanon

The inbound side of the tunnel will close around 8 p.m. weeknights, causing single-tracking in the outbound tunnel.

about 21 hours ago

Swedish study suggests cases of autism have not been rising

Research led by Sebastian Lundstrom and others at the University of Gothenburg suggests autism cases have stayed steady for years.

1 day ago

 This is not partisanship. This is simple good sense,” Gov. Tom Wolf said.

Governor ties early childhood education to crime prevention

The governor says a $120 million increase for early childhood education would boost graduation rates, reduce prison population.

about 6 hours ago

Paving resumes tonight on Greentree Road in Scott, Green Tree

Restrictions will occur between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m., with single-lane traffic and alternating one-way traffic.

about 21 hours ago

 The Port Authority of Allegheny County has drafted new guidelines to determine where to shift service needs.

Port Authority unveils guidelines for service improvements, additions

The guidelines call for an annual service report that evaluates every route for efficiency, effectiveness and equity.

about 6 hours ago

 Plum superintendent Timothy Glasspool

Plum School District creates safety committee

The school board took a step to try to prevent inappropriate relationships between staff and students.

about 6 hours ago

 The Kappa Delta Rho fraternity at Penn State.

Penn State fraternity stripped of recognition, shut down for three years

The decision against the Kappa Delta Rho chapter was based on “a persistent series of deeply troubling activities.”

about 6 hours ago

Gas line replacement to restrict traffic on Mansfield Avenue in Green Tree

Work will occur between Doubletree Drive and School Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through Sept. 30.

about 22 hours ago

 Pennsylvania had a moment in the political sun in the 2008 election cycle, when the primary calendar and the protracted Democratic battle between then-Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton gave the state roughly six weeks of national attention undiluted by other states' contests.

Could Pennsylvania's presidential primary be moved up to March?

State Rep. Keith J. Greiner, R-Lancaster, says a mid-March primary next year would give state voters a bigger say in presidential nominees.

1 day ago

Thoms Run Road in Collier to reopen today

A section of the road was closed April 15 and traffic has been detoured during a $300,000 bridge replacement project.

about 19 hours ago

 In this May 12 photo, emergency personnel work the scene of a train wreck when an Amtrak train headed to New York City derailed and crashed in Philadelphia. Amtrak says it will install video cameras inside locomotive cabs that record the actions of train engineers.

Amtrak to install long-sought cameras in locomotives

The NTSB has been recommending that passenger and freight train cabs have audio recorders since the late 1990s.

about 18 hours ago

 An Indian man rests on Monday under a transport vehicle on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

More than 500 people killed as heat wave bakes parts of India

Soaring temperatures have gripped parts of southern and northern India in the extreme heat wave.

1 day ago

 Using a graphic novel theme, Carnegie Mellon University students have developed a game called "Decisions that Matter" that focuses on the choices bystanders make when a sexual assault might take place. This is a frame from the game.

CMU interactive 'game' focuses on sex assault bystanders

The game puts the player in the scene as a bystander at a sex assault, allows them to make decisions and then has different outcomes.

1 day ago

 A sign urging people to vote for Barbara Daly Danko for Allegheny County Council sits outside the Darlington Street entrance to the Jewish Community Center May 19.

Allegheny County seeks applicants for Danko's East End council seat

Democrats have until noon Friday to submit resumes and interest letters to replace the late Barbara Daly Danko on Allegheny County Council.

about 18 hours ago

Biden reassures Iraqi PM amid harsh criticism

His call followed harsh criticism from Iraqi and Iranian quarters after the U.S. defense secretary questioned the Iraqi military.

1 day ago

Director addresses sensitive question: Why do Indian-American kids dominate the National Spelling Bee?

Indian-American kids have placed a stranglehold on the bee, winning it now for seven years in a row and all but four of the last 15 years.

1 day ago

Researcher earns grant for autism therapy research

The University of Pittsburgh’s Shaun Eack will receive $3.2 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health.

1 day ago

Japan to join U.S., Australia war games amid growing China tensions

The move was a sign of growing security links between the three countries as tensions fester over China’s island building.

1 day ago

Sanders appeals to party’s Warren wing

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders aims to ignite a grass-roots fire among left-leaning Democrats wary of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

1 day ago

Inmates’ mental health advocate begins today

Lynn Patrone’s position grew out of a federal lawsuit challenging the treatment of state prison inmates with mental health issues.

1 day ago

Amtrak crash survivors, victims' families up against federal cap on damages

Family members and survivors in a 2008 Calif. crash sought to pressure Congress to lift the $200 million liability cap per rail accident.

about 19 hours ago

National briefs: Hospitals encourage breastfeeding

Plus: 6 planes threatened, B.B. King poisioned?, Illinois Dems’ budget, Protester leaves Shell ship

1 day ago

World briefs: U.S., Turkey discuss rebel air support

Plus: British PM outlines referendum voting, Russia stages exercise, Olmert prison sentence

1 day ago

Health happenings

Health- and fitness-related events for the week following Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

1 day ago

Obituary: Donald Neeper / Sales rep was a colorful and caring dad

The Forest Hills resident’s love for music and dedication to volunteering in his community were unsurpassed, his daughter says.

1 day ago

 Iraqi security forces and paramilitaries deploy Tuesday in the al-Nibaie area, northwest of Baghdad, during an operation aimed at cutting off Islamic State fighters.

Iraq announces operation to besiege Ramadi

The fall of Ramadi marked a major defeat for Iraqi forces, which had been making steady progress against the extremists.

about 6 hours ago

Cleveland police accept use of force limits in Justice Department deal

Federal authorities saw a pattern of unconstitutional policing and excessive use of force, people briefed on the case said.

about 7 hours ago

 Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto's trip to Cuba was originally planned for March but had to be rescheduled for this week.

Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto in Cuba to increase business relations, 'build new ties'

Catalyst Connection, an Oakland manufacturing consulting firm, organized the mission. It began Sunday and ends Wednesday.

about 7 hours ago

How the University of Pittsburgh healthy lifestyle research worked

Details of the Group Lifestyle Balance research involving Bayer employees and related research coming out of the University of Pittsburgh.

1 day ago

 Bill Seiler, left, who has been missing since 1958, with his baby brother Dan and younger brother Bob.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Family still wonders about man missing since 1958

Family hopes to resurrect cold case of missing man.

1 day ago

 Hundreds of displaced citizens of Ramadi make their way into Baghdad.

ISIS faces battle in Iraq, Syria; children among those executed by terrorist group

ISIS has killed at least 217 people execution-style, including children, since it moved into the Palmyra area, say human rights groups.

1 day ago


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