Ahmad Ali and his wife, Ghalzal, of Portland, Maine, look to get in line to pay for three flat-screen televisions while shopping at a Target store just after midnight on Black Friday.

How much will Thanksgiving shopping hurt Black Friday?

The National Retail Federation forecasts holiday sales will grow 4.1 percent to $616.9 billion — the biggest jump since 2011.

about 15 hours ago

 Civil War-era clothing, such as this wool-cotton dress, is on display in the Monterey Pass Battlefield Museum.

New Franklin County museum details battle following Gettysburg

Few people had ever heard of the Battle of Monterey Pass, the second-biggest Civil War action fought in Pennsylvania.

about 22 hours ago

Holiday parade Saturday; park free in city garages

The parade follows Liberty Avenue, Grant Street, Fifth Avenue, Stanwix Street and the Boulevard of the Allies.

about 10 hours ago

 Mathew Johnson, left, a junior at Carrick High School, discusses the meaning of a literary term with Dylan Lawther during AP English language and composition class, which is his first AP course.

Pittsburgh program pushes black students to take advanced high school courses

Pittsburgh Public Schools and the College Board are working to increase minorities in advanced classes, where they are the smallest group.

about 22 hours ago

Oil plunge a panacea for much of world economy

OPEC member nations are worried they’ll lose market share if the cartel lowers production.

about 12 hours ago

Police: Wilkes-Barre woman stabs beau who ate Thanksgiving meal early

Officers found the woman’s boyfriend inside the house holding a towel to his chest. He was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

about 9 hours ago

Stocks fluctuate after OPEC's decision not to cut output

Exxon Mobil and Chevron, the oil and gas stocks with the biggest weighting on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, lost more than 3.5 percent.

about 12 hours ago

 Former state Rep. Bill DeWeese of Greene County was convicted of corruption charges in 2012 and released from state prison on March 30.

Ex-Pennsylvania lawmaker DeWeese seeks new trial

The filing contends that former state Rep. Bill DeWeese’s trial attorney didn’t represent him effectively.

about 9 hours ago

 Police tape marks off the scene after authorities shot and killed a man who they say opened fire on the Mexican Consulate, police headquarters and other downtown buildings early today in Austin, Texas.

Austin police: More than 100 rounds fired in downtown shootout

Police said the shooter was a man about 50 years old and with a criminal record.

about 7 hours ago

 A Whiting Petroleum Co. pump jack pulls crude oil from the Bakken region of the Northern Plains near Bainville, Mont. on Nov. 6, 2013.

OPEC maintains output of oil

The plunge in prices in recent months that has indicated the diminishing clout of the organization.

about 23 hours ago

 Ray Rice arrives with his wife Janay Palmer for an appeal hearing of his indefinite suspension from the NFL, Nov. 5 in New York.

Ray Rice wins appeal; NFL suspension vacated immediately

A judge said Commissioner Roger Goodell's decision to change Rice's original suspension from two games to indefinite was "arbitrary."

about 7 hours ago

Police arrest 118 globally for flight ticket fraud

Europol said the arrests were made during two days of coordinated action this week at more than 80 airports in 45 countries.

about 12 hours ago

 The Official White House Christmas Tree arrives at the White House today. This year's White House Christmas Tree, which will be on display in the Blue Room, is an 18-foot white fir was grown by tree farmers Chris Botek and Francis Botek of Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Pa.

Official Christmas tree arrives at White House from Pennsylvania

The 18-foot white fir was grown by tree farmers Chris Botek and Francis Botek of Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Pa.

about 9 hours ago

British panel urges increased powers for Scotland

The proposed deal is meant to address concerns that helped drive a Scottish attempt to secede from the United Kingdom in September.

about 23 hours ago

 People pray at a church during a Thanksgiving Day service Thursday in Ferguson, Mo.

Calm comes to troubled Ferguson

Protests also dwindled elsewhere in the United States as the Thanksgiving Day holiday and wintry weather kept many indoors.

about 22 hours ago

Obama’s action fuels worry about immigration scams

Advocates barely waited for the president to finish speaking about sweeping changes to the U.S. system to start warning about rip-offs.

about 23 hours ago

Family of Hispanic man shot dead by New York officer wins lawsuit

The case could set the stage for the family of slain teenager Michael Brown.

about 22 hours ago

World briefs: Police overhaul promised

PLUS: Taliban strike Kabul; EU pols target Google; major Kashmir attack.

about 22 hours ago

National briefs: U.S. marks the holiday amid woes

PLUS: Justice Ginsburg released; Clinton cost highlighted; free hips, knees for needy; hackers hijack U.S. site

about 22 hours ago

Doctors’ termination, Medicare letters spur action by Pa. officials

The public tiff started with last week’s announcement by Highmark that it was terminating the contracts of nearly 700 UPMC physicians.

1 day ago

EPA proposes stricter limits on ozone, cites health savings

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing stronger standards that would reduce smog-producing emissions.

1 day ago

 The Rev. George Duffield

Thanksgiving was once more of a sober, moral reflection

A sermon by the Rev. George Duffield of Detroit delivers a classic Thanksgiving message -- half a tribute to American virtue, half a scold.

1 day ago

Excerpts from the Thanksgiving sermon: 'A return to the habits of virtue and integrity'

Thanksgiving sermon, “The Religious Character of a People the True Element of Their Prosperity,” by the Rev. George Duffield, Nov. 28, 1839.

1 day ago

 The former First Presbyterian Church, now The Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit.

About the former First Presbyterian Church in Detroit

The former First Presbyterian Church at 2930 Woodward Ave. in Detroit was designed by architects George Mason and Zachariah Rice in 1899.

1 day ago

 Elisa McDonnell, right, of McKeesport receives a bag of dried cherries from volunteer Tricia Scott of Port Vue at Founders Hall Middle School in McKeesport. The food drive is part of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank Produce to People program.

In the midst of our overflowing tables, hunger remains a hidden problem

In a land of plenty, about 1 in 7 households did not have enough to eat at some point during 2013.

1 day ago

Obituary: William Ubinger / Doctor tirelessly studied family medicine, addiction

The family physician made house calls as a family medicine doctor and later worked with veterans addicted to drugs and alcohol.

1 day ago

 Quincy Swatson, 23, started  The Door Campaign to expose kids to aquaponic systems  where gold fish and basil co-exist in a mutually beneficial relationship.

Manchester man pushes aquaponics, growing food on top of fish tanks

Quincy Swatson looks to expand his high school aquaponics program from Perry Traditional Academy to other Pittsburgh high schools.

1 day ago

Random Acts of Kindness: A tumble ruined her walk but showed others’ grace

Also: Patrons at the theater helped woman in need; Someone took care of man’s debit card

1 day ago

Baldwin Borough bridge project extended

A bridge replacement project that has closed a section of Glass Run Road in Baldwin Borough has been extended until Dec. 15.

1 day ago

Brown family disputes officer’s story as ‘crazy’

The white Ferguson, Mo., police officer and the family of the black teen-ager he fatally shot had separate interviews that aired Wednesday.

1 day ago

 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recovering after stent implant

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Wednesday had a stent put in her right coronary artery.

1 day ago

Despite aid push, Ebola is raging in Sierra Leone

In November alone, the World Health Organization has reported more than 1,800 new cases in this country.

about 23 hours ago

OPEC set to meet amid pressure from falling prices

The price of crude oil is at its lowest level since 2012.

1 day ago

 A group of Great Pyrenees dogs from Great Pyrenees Rescue of Western Pennsylvania.

Thanksgiving holiday brings its own set of hazards for pets

Pets can get into trouble while their owners are distracted by Thanksgiving cooking tasks and visitors.

1 day ago

Nepal village is set to make world's largest animal sacrifice

A festival honoring a Hindu goddess is drawing close to 1 million people.

1 day ago

 Pittsburgh's 54th annual Light Up Night brought local families who walked through the Holiday Market in Market Square last week. With Light Up Night and Ferguson-related protests past, officers have returned to their normal shifts.

Pittsburgh police return to normal shifts after overtime

Twelve-hour days come to an end after Light Up Night and the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Mo.

1 day ago

Ukraine premier warns of war with Russia before winning confirmation vote

The approval cleared an obstacle for aid talks with the IMF as the country grapples with a separatist insurgency in the east.

about 23 hours ago

Anti-polio health workers slain in Pakistan

Four anti-polio health workers -- three women and a man -- were killed Wednesday by gunmen in southwestern Pakistan.

1 day ago

Near collisions of drones, airliners surging, FAA says

Drones, many launched by hobbyists or photographers, are increasingly menacing commercial aircraft at takeoff and landings.

1 day ago

Ebola monitors find no cases in a month

Most arrivals from nations experiencing Ebola have cooperated with a 21-day federal ritual of home isolation and temperature monitoring.

1 day ago

FBI data show thousands of gun sales beat checks

As more guns are being sold, more gun sales than ever are slipping through the federal background check system.

1 day ago

 President Barack Obama pardons 49-pound Cheese, the National Thanksgiving Turkey, on Wednesday at the White House. Cole Cooper, left, and Gary Cooper of Cooper Farms in Oakwood, Ohio, provided the turkey. The president — accompanied by his daughters, Malia and Sasha — also spared an alternate turkey, a 47-pounder named Mac, during the annual event. Presidents as far back as Abraham Lincoln have spared turkeys, according to the White House.

National briefs: Missing ex-model found in NYC

Plus: Cleveland shooting; FBI agents shot; Health care signups; Romney still popular

1 day ago

World briefs: Top U.N. relief official to step down

Plus: Maritime conflicts; Canadian radio host; Guinea has 1 cholera case; Hong Kong protests; Zimbabwe power struggle

1 day ago

 In this Nov. 18, 2014, photo, a researcher simulates a check done for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System or NICS, at the FBI’s criminal justice center in Bridgeport, W.Va. NICS did about 58,000 checks on a typical day in 2013. That surged to 145,000 on Black Friday.

Black Friday gun sales 'a perfect storm' for background check system

On Black Friday, the rush accelerates to nearly 2 checks a second, testing limits of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

2 days ago

 Travelers hustle to their planes at Pittsburgh International Airport this morning.

Pittsburgh travelers face flight cancellations as storm hits Northeast

At Pittsburgh International, six arriving flights and 12 departures had been canceled, and four arrivals and 17 departures delayed.

2 days ago

 Travelers check the flight schedule boards at Pittsburgh International Airport on Wednesday morning. After an initial early-morning rush, crowds at the airport thinned out.

Travel conditions much improved after a sloppy Thanksgiving Eve

After a day of weather-related travel delays, things were back to normal this morning.

1 day ago

26 coal miners die in fire in north China mine

Another 50 miners were injured in the disaster, which broke out in the complex run by the state-owned Fuxin Coal Corp. in Liaoning province.

2 days ago

Two FBI agents shot, injured in St. Louis area

The FBI said the shooting, which took place about 5 miles south of Ferguson, was not directly related to the protests.

2 days ago

 Gas prices at a GetGo station on Route 88 in Bethel Park.  In Pittsburgh, the average price on Tuesday was $3.02, 35 cents below the 2013 price.

Thanksgiving travelers hit the road; today busiest on Pennsylvania Turnpike

AAA says 46.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this holiday; a storm warning has been issued for central and southeast Pa.

2 days ago

Students cited after airsoft guns fired in Pittsburgh Minadeo school

District spokeswoman Ebony Pugh said the guns were discharged inside a classroom.

2 days ago


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