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 DEP regulators took this photo of a puddle of fuel on fire near an oil or gas well head during an inspection of the well site.

At well sites across Pa., pictures help tell the story

Industry says photos don’t represent standard practices but rather show moments where regulators appropriately enforced existing rules.

about 11 hours ago


 The funeral train with the body of President Lincoln in Harrisburg. It arrived the evening of April 21, 1865, and left the next day.

Harrisburg to observe Lincoln funeral train on Tuesday

National Park Service will mark the anniversary of that somber stop with an event at the state Capitol featuring Lincoln actor Fritz Klein.

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 Students walk through a bright blue entryway that is part of Mt. Lebanon High School's $110 million renovation. When complete, the high school will include a fine arts wing. a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) wing, a cafeteria with a composting program and a separate aquatic and physical education building. The project is the result of years of community meetings that included planning and feedback.

A $110 million upgrade at Mt. Lebanon High School

The high school offers new labs, music, art, academic and athletic facilities to its 1,700 students.

about 11 hours ago


Raising 'free-range kids': bad parenting or good life lessons?

Case of “free-range” parents in Maryland sparks discussion on childhood freedoms.

about 11 hours ago


 Gov. Tom Wolf speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in March.

Pennsylvania hospitals worried about Gov. Wolf's budget plan

Medicare payments to hospitals now cover less than 90 percent of cost of care, according to the American Hospital Association.

about 11 hours ago


 Blanche Kiesel

Obituary: Blanche Kiesel / Steelers talk show caller known as 'Babe from Penn Hills'

“I guarantee you that she knew what she was talking about,” said radio host and former Steeler Tunch Ilkin of Ms. Kiesel, 90.

about 11 hours ago


FDA to revisit its policies on regulating homeopathic remedies

Should the FDA regulate homeopathic remedies such as Cold-Eeze the same way it does over-the-counter drugs such as Advil?

about 11 hours ago


China ruling golf out of bounds

In recent reports, state-run news outlets have depicted gofg as yet another temptation that has led Communist Party officials astray.

about 13 hours ago


Court allows victim’s blink, seen on video, as evidence in Maryland murder trial

Attorneys for the defendant  argued that the video should be banned because it denies his Sixth Amendment right to confront his accuser.

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Sale of U.S. arms fuels the wars of Arab states

The proxy wars in Middle East have resulted in a boom for U.S. defense industry from overseas sales at a time of shrinking Pentagon budgets.

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Warrior pose: Yoga catching on as therapy for veterans’ PTSD

Yoga is being increasingly embraced by the Department of Veterans Affairs and military looking to wean veterans off addictive painkillers.

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Islamic State tied to Afghan attack that killed 35

A motorcycle-riding suicide bomber attacked a line of people waiting outside a bank Saturday in eastern Afghanistan.

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Failings on pilot fitness are exposed at German airline

Lufthansa did not, from everything known about the case, pursue any plan to ensure that Andreas Lubitz was getting appropriate treatment.

about 13 hours ago


John Kasich tests the GOP waters in New Hampshire

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who grew up in McKees Rocks, speaks to Republican activists.

about 11 hours ago


National Briefs: Man slain in attack on police

Plus: Teachers’ pact reached; Mini Coopers recalled; eagles nesting in NYC; gas pipeline blast.

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World Briefs: Finance leaders see some gloom

Plus: Battle over refinery; tax revenue accord; Putin’s U.S. outreach.

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 The tug and barge 64 Express working at Norfolk International Terminals on the Elizabeth River in Virginia.

Shippers look to the rivers to move more freight

Containers — multicolored units that look like railroad boxcars without the wheels — aren’t typically shipped on rivers. That may change.

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 Wilkinsburg High students are dismissed on Friday.

Penn Hills, Woodland Hills won’t take Wilkinsburg students

The Wilkinsburg district is set to meet officials of Pittsburgh Public Schools, also a bordering district, later this month.

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 A boy watches as people and security forces gather at the scene of a car bomb explosion in Habibya in eastern Baghdad on Friday. A series of bombings ripped through Baghdad Friday, mainly targeting public places and killing and wounding civilians, officials said.

Iraqi officials believe Saddam’s top deputy killed

He was the last member of Saddam Hussein’s inner circle still on the run.

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 Rep. Bill Shuster

Legislation tainted by Rep. Bill Shuster's relationship with airline lobbyist, critics say

By night, the House Transportation chairman wined and dined a top airline lobbyist whose employer was a big campaign donor.

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 Amber Bufalini, 14, left, a student at the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh, gets some reading help Friday from Monica Brunner, 13, an eighth-grader at Assumption School.

School partnership creates a bond stronger than students’ disabilities

Students from the Assumption School and The Day School at the Children’s Institute have a special bond.

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Nashville teen arrested for bomb threat at Pittsburgh Brashear High

The teen, who was not identified, also is accused of sending threats to schools in Nashville; Brockton and Whitman, Mass.; and Burke, Va.

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 The full space suit of American astronaut Kenneth Bowersox, who returned to Earth in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft after the 2003 space shuttle Columbia disaster grounded the other shuttles

Bonhams sale offers items that have been to the moon and back

The space-collectibles sale includes a strap with moon dust, a spacesuit and a Gemini 4 checklist for the first U.S. space walk.

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 Cardinal Francis George on Nov, 17, 2014, at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago.

Obituary: Cardinal Francis George / Key voice in Catholic orthodoxy and former archbishop of Chicago

He played a key role in the church’s response to the clergy sex abuse scandal and led the U.S. bishops’ fight against Obamacare.

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Study finds that surgery can lower disability in stroke patients

The study is affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh and confirms that endovascular surgery works.

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Allentown, Pa., mayor seeks Democratic nod for U.S. Senate

Allentown’s Mayor Ed Pawlowski, a Democrat, says he’s running for Republican Pat Toomey’s Senate seat.

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Republicans blast Wolf pick for Pa. state department

Pedro Cortes presided over the department during the time when Kermit Gosnell was found guilty of killing three babies in botched abortions.

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Pittsburgh Parking Authority looks to refinance debt

The authority estimates that the moves could save up $6 million over the next decade in interest.

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BMW recalling 91,800 Mini Coopers to fix air bag problem

The problem affects the 2005 to 2008 models of the Mini Cooper and Cooper S.

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 Afghan security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack near a bank branch in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan.

Afghan suicide bombing claimed by Islamic State kills 35

The attack in Jalalabad, capital of eastern Nagarhar province, targeted a crowd of soldiers and civilians gathered outside the bank.

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Gibsonia Road work set to begin Monday

Gibsonia Road improvements will bring traffic restrictions starting Monday near Babcock Boulevard in Pine.

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Attorney seeks to bar release of video in police shooting in Dauphin County

Authorities allege that Hummelstown police officer Lisa Mearkle shot 59-year-old David Kassick twice in the back during a traffic stop.

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 Monica Martinez of San Francisco’s La Cocina sorts meal worms prior to baking them.

Bugs start to crawl into Americans’ diet

An increasing number of “entopreneurs” are launching businesses to feed a growing appetite for crickets, mealworms and other edible insects.

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 In this photo from 2010, an oil-drenched bird struggles to climb onto a boom out of the waters of Barataria Bay, La., which are filled with oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Gulf health 5 years after BP spill: Resilient yet scarred

There’s more than surface shimmering blue and emerald to the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon spill. And it’s not as pretty a picture.

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Obama praises bill that gives Congress a vote on Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday praised a Senate bill giving Congress a vote on an Iran nuclear deal as a “reasonable

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 Meredith Barber poses with her daughter Gabrielle Schwager, 10, on Thursday at their home in Penn Valley, Pa.

Opt-out movement accelerates amid Common Core testing

The scattered but growing “opt-out” movement is defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance.

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GOP hopefuls swarm New Hampshire for first candidate forum

GOP rivals at a party gathering tested out new lines of attack on the overwhelming favorite for the Dem nomination — and on each other.

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U.N. calls on Western nations to shelter Syrian refugees

The war in Syria is creating the worst global refugee crisis in decades.

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Constitutional or not? Court weighs Obama’s deportation deferrals

The president’s executive action on immigration seeks to shield up to 5 million people from deportation.

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 In this Sept. 7, 2012, file photo, Yanomami Indians dance in their village called Irotatheri in Venezuela's Amazon region.

Unprecedented germ diversity found in remote Amazonian tribe

Friday’s study raises tantalizing questions about the microbial diversity of our ancestors.

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World Briefs: U.S. Army trainers arrive in Ukraine

Plus: Greece’s creditor woes; fight against racism; Pope may visit Cuba; and more.

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National Briefs: U.S. pushes more oil train inspections

Plus: Boston Marathon bombing case; deputy says he had sufficient training; White House fence jumper; Bloomberg data terminals crash.

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 Jeff Kozar of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry, helps volunteers plant a tree seedlings in April 2012 at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Stonycreek, Somerset County. Three years later, hundreds of volunteers are planting more seedlings today and Saturday at the site.

Hundreds planting 22,000 seedlings at Flight 93 memorial to reforest strip mine

About 22,000 seedlings will be planted today and Saturday at the site in Stonycreek Township.

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 Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Blair, speaks Tuesday at the American Road and Transportation Builders Association's Federal Issues Program and Transportation Construction Coalition Fly-In event in Washington.

Rep. Bill Shuster admits to ‘personal relationship’ with lobbyist

The House Transportation chairman acknowledged dating the vice president of government affairs for Airlines for America.

2 days ago


Obituary: Joseph David Hughes / Longtime political activist

Joseph David Hughes, longtime leftist political activist who dressed as Uncle Sam.

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Sto-Rox middle school students to be dismissed on time after evacuation

Students and staff returned to Sto-Rox Middle School hours after being evacuated this afternoon, Superintendent Terry DeCarbo said.

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 The Richard family helps Boston Mayor Marty Walsh reveal a banner at the site of one of the two 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, along Boylston Street in Boston Wednesday. The Richards, whose 8-year-old son, Martin, was killed in the attack, and daughter, Jane, was injured, have made a public plea to prosecutors to stop seeking the death penalty for the bomber.

Parents of boy killed in Boston bombing oppose death penalty for Tsarnaev

Martin Richard, who was 8, was with his family cheering on the runners before the bombs went off.

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Route 51 ramp to close tonight in Jefferson Hills

The ramp will close from 6 p.m. today to 6 a.m. Saturday.

2 days ago


Parkway North HOV closed by power outage

There was no word on when they might reopen.

2 days ago


Three killed in car bomb near U.S. consulate in northern Iraq

One of the injured was American, Kurdish news agency Rudaw said.

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