Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond, looks on at a No campaigner Thursday during a walkabout in Ellon, Scotland.

Pittsburgh-area Scots have mixed emotions about vote

For many Pittsburgh-area Scots, pride, history were involved in decision.

about 17 hours ago

Merger discussions advance with Cornell and Moon school districts

Exploration of a possible merger between school districts Cornell and Moon Area will continue as long as both sides show interest.

about 7 hours ago

Part of Pennsylvania Turnpike to close early Sunday morning

The Pennsylvania Turnpike between Butler Valley and Allegheny Valley exits will be closed in both directions for five hours.

about 7 hours ago

HOV lanes opened to relieve congestion from Parkway North crash

State police said one person was taken to Allegheny General Hospital after the four-vehicle crash, which occurred at 7:45 a.m.

about 7 hours ago

 Anna Mae Gorman Lindberg

Obituary: Anna Mae Gorman Lindberg / Made ’32 Olympics swim team as teen from Homestead

The former Olympic swimmer earned her college degree from the University of Pittsburgh at the age of 60,

about 17 hours ago

Sheriff: Fla. man kills 6 grandchildren, daughter

Convicted felon shoots, kills his 6 grandchildren, daughter, himself in small Florida town

about 16 hours ago

Obituary: Robert Charles Todd Jr. / Retired banker was devoted to family, church, community

Top banking executive who always kept family dinner a priority

about 17 hours ago

Ex-chief investment officer cleared

The former chief investment officer of the State Employees’ Retirement System can “move on” now that a probe into his tenure is over.

about 17 hours ago

New Islamic State video features British hostage as group spokesman

New Islamic State video depicts captive British journalist John Cantlie warning against the folly of the coming war effort.

about 17 hours ago

 A police investigator arrives with a shovel at a home at Guildford in suburban Sydney after about 800 federal and state police officers raided more than two dozen properties as part of the operation Thursday.

Islamic State plot in Australia raises questions

Police in Sydney arrest 15 suspects, then free nine of them, in alleged Islamic State-linked plot to carry out beheadings in Australia.

about 17 hours ago

Senators Paul and Grassley challenge climate group's spending on lobbying, parties

Two Republican senators challenge nonprofit climate-change advocacy group’s spending of federal grant money.

about 17 hours ago

Storytelling: People once understood how it paid to be thrifty

People no longer seem to believe thriftiness pays off.

about 17 hours ago

White House, military divided on use of troops against Islamic State

Discord is mounting between President Barack Obama and military leaders over a blanket presidential prohibition on ground combat.

about 17 hours ago

Federal judge accused of assaulting wife is urged to resign

Alabama’s two U.S. senators urged federal judge in their state to step down after he was charged with battery.

about 17 hours ago

Bill seeks fairer treatment for black lung victims

Sens. Bob Casey and Jay Rockefeller jointly offer bill to provide fair treatment to coal miners pursuing black lung benefit claims.

about 17 hours ago

 Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, receives a flu shot from Sharon Bonadies at the conclusion of a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Thursday.

CDC tells healthy adults not to forget flu vaccine

Flu vaccine season has arrived, and that means different shots for different folks.

about 17 hours ago

U.S. Lays Out Strategy to Combat Crisis of Antibiotic Resistance

The White House, by executive order, is offering a national strategy to combat the threat of antibiotic resistance because of overuse.

about 17 hours ago

Obama declines weapons to Ukraine

President Obama spurns request by Ukraine’s president for lethal military aid to counter Russia’s aggression.

about 17 hours ago

 Kamala Biswa, 19, sits in her neighbor's home in Bildangi II, one of the remaining Bhutanese refugee camps in eastern Nepal, near the Indian border. Kamala, a shy girl, is immigrating to Akron, Ohio.

Refugee camps in eastern Nepal: Lives in limbo

Post-Gazette reporter Moriah Balingit and photographer Julia Rendleman traveled to eastern Nepal to report on lives of Bhutanese refugees.

about 5 hours ago

National news briefs: 9/19/14

Agents use body-worn cameras; VA to boost salaries; New York terror alert; Man charged in wildfire; Internet boosts economy

about 17 hours ago

World news briefs: 9/19/14

Alibaba, the e-commerce company started in 1959, cemented its reputation as a symbol of China’s economic emergence by raising $21.8 billion.

about 17 hours ago

 Tiffany Dickson embraces her 7-year-old son Bryon, in front of the casket of her husband, Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson, Thursday at Dunmore Cemetery in Dunmore in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Hunt for suspect in Pennsylvania trooper's death continues

"We gather here in sorrow, disbelief and anger," the Rev. Thomas M. Muldowney told those inside the filled-to-capacity church.

about 9 hours ago

Health Dept.: District too quick with alert

It shows itself with symptoms of fever of more than 101 degrees, runny nose, coughing, sneezing and sometimes rash.

about 17 hours ago

Pittsburgh afternoon commute slowed by subway problems, I-79 crash

A train was having mechanical issues at the Gateway Center subway station and in Washington County by a jack-knifed tractor trailer on I-79.

about 23 hours ago

PennDOT line-painting truck overturned in Beaver County crash

Two people were reported to have been trapped, dispatchers said. Police said at least one person was transported by medical helicopter.

about 23 hours ago

State agrees to new settlements in Pittsburgh prison abuse cases

The new settlements total $132,500 and end lawsuits filed by five corrections officers or supervisors.

1 day ago

House education committee postpones hearings on Pa. version of Common Core

The state Education Department will conduct a public review of the standards as requested by Gov. Tom Corbett.

1 day ago

Allegheny County health officials: Bethel Park schools too quick to release alert on virus

The county Health Department director said the CDC has no confirmed cases of Enterovirus D68 in the region.

about 9 hours ago

 Opponents of Scotland's independence from the United Kingdom celebrate referendum results at a hotel in Glasgow, Scotland, early this morning.

Pro-union camp achieves victory in Scotland

Scotland has opted against breaking up the United Kingdom to become an independent nation. The margin was 55 percent to 45 percent.

about 16 hours ago

 Woodland Hills School District superintendent Alan Johnson announces the proposed closing of Shaffer, Dickson and Fairless elementary schools on Thursday.

Woodland Hills proposes closing three elementary schools

Dickson, Shaffer and Fairless elementaries would close, along with the district administrative building on Greensburg Pike.

about 17 hours ago

 The Clairton coke plant along the Monongahela River.

Despite $1.2B upgrade, Clairton Coke Works still lagging on air pollution, officials say

U.S. Steel Corp. to pay $300,000 penalty for exceeding emissions limit at new coke battery.

1 day ago

 As of mid-August, the Pittsburgh Parking Authority had issued nearly 25,000 fewer tickets than over the first eight months of 2013.

Pittsburgh parking tickets down, revenue up as drivers use pay stations

Pittsburgh Parking Authority says drivers using the pay stations that replaced parking meters two years ago leads to less tickets issued.

about 17 hours ago

Assault charge dismissed against former Pittsburgh official

Kevin Quigley, also a Pittsburgh Democratic ward chairman, had charges dismissed when his girlfriend wouldn’t pursue charges.

about 18 hours ago

 The lone member of the Committee on Governance and Long Range Planning to vote against Thursday's proposal was alumni trustee Anthony Lubrano.

Reorganization would add to Penn State board of trustees

A proposal would provide give representation to students, faculty and the alumni association but also keep the nine alumni board members.

about 17 hours ago

Education department resists expanded audit

The department says Auditor Eugene Depasquale is “succumbing to political tactics.”

about 18 hours ago

Sto-Rox lodges another appeal to block Propel-West

Sto-Rox School District wants Commonwealth Court to block the school because it would take so many students it could kill the district.

1 day ago

Google ponies up $64,657 in funding for area students

The $64,657 worth of donations ranged from paper to microscopes.

about 17 hours ago

 Construction work along Route 30 in Hempfield is scheduled to wrap up in November, according to PennDOT.

Route 30 work on target for November finish

The $8 million project to add center turning lanes to a 1.5-mile section of the highway in Jeannette and Hempfield began in 2012.

1 day ago

Ads coming to North Hills school website

Visitors to the North Hills School District's website soon will be seeing ads for area businesses.

about 20 hours ago

 Supporters for (right) and against Scotland’s independence referendum chat Wednesday during a campaign event. The nation votes today on whether to split from or remain part of the United Kingdom.

Will Scotland’s independence vote transform Britain?

Several opinion polls indicate a razor-thin victory for opponents of separation. But nobody dares predict the result of today’s vote.

1 day ago

Random Acts of Kindness: Example set by church women won many people free hot dogs

Plus: Stricken runner was rescued by CPR and other speedy aid, help received at local casino impressed a non-Pittsburgher.

1 day ago

House approves Obama’s plan to battle Islamic State

The House votes, 273-156, to authorize President Obama’s plan to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels in fight against the Islamic State.

1 day ago

End-of-life care needs sweeping overhaul, panel says

American way of dying is broken, too costly, and not necessarily what patients want, national expert panel finds.

1 day ago

 Children participate in Maria Congelio's kindergarten class at McIntyre Elementary School in Ross. Behind them is the whiteboard with the Class Dojo app, where she can keep a chart for rewards, timers and other tools to help motivate the kids. Ms. Congelio carries her smart phone while teaching and can instantly reward students on the chart with the app.

DoJo used to monitor students at McIntyre Elementary in Ross

Teachers use the application with kindergartners as a digitized version of a behavior chart and allows parents to monitor kids’ behavior.

1 day ago

 A ribbon cutting and dedication last week celebrated the opening of Twin Rivers Primary and Intermediate School in the McKeesport Area School District.

New McKeesport school officially complete

The official grand opening of the Twin Rivers Primary and Intermediate School celebrated the facility’s assets, environment responsibility.

1 day ago

Holder asks Congress for help in fighting Wall Street crime

Justice Department wants Congress’ help to improve prospects for successful criminal prosecutions of Wall Street executives.

1 day ago

With the Islamic State in U.S. crosshairs, 
Syrian government pounces on other foes

Syria’s anti-Assad rebels are being targeted by a fresh wave of attacks and assassinations by the Syrian regime.

1 day ago

Iraqi prime minister against hosting U.S. ground troops

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s new prime minister ruled out stationing U.S. ground troops in his country, chiding the international community Wednesday

1 day ago

House opens Benghazi probe

The State Department says it has reformed its protection strategies for high-risk diplomatic posts in the wake of the attacks in Benghazi.

1 day ago

With no consensus on the issue, surrogacy laws vary across the nation

There is no national consensus on how to handle the highly polarizing and controversial practice of surrogacy.

1 day ago


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