Doctors advise against long-term antibiotic treatment for Lyme disease

Controversy continues, but the science is clear that antibiotic treatments quickly eliminate Lyme disease, even if symptoms persist.

about 6 hours ago

 More than 4,000 people were killed and thousands more were injured when a 7.8 earthquake hit Saturday near Kathmandu, the nation’s capital.

Pittsburgh Nepalese, aid organizations mobilize

Two Nepalese workers at Kobold Expedition Tools, a watch company in Lawrence County, have not yet been located.

about 6 hours ago

Nepalis dig through quake rubble for survivors, toll could reach 10,000

International aid has begun arriving in the Himalayan nation three days after Saturday’s 7.9-magnitude quake, but disbursement is slow.

1 minute ago

 A man throws a brick at police Monday following the funeral of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. Mr. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a Baltimore Police Department van.

National Guard troops move into Baltimore to squelch riots

At least 15 officers were hurt, including six who remained hospitalized late Monday, police said. Two dozen people were arrested.

17 minutes ago

 Mourners comfort one another Monday during the funeral for Freddie Gray at the New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore. Mr. Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switchblade knife April 12 outside the Gilmor Homes housing project on the city’s west side but died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody, according to his attorney.

Baltimore enlists Guard and curfew to halt riots and looting

The violence that shook the city broke out after the funeral of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, the nation’s latest symbol of police brutality.

about 7 hours ago

 Victims of Saturday's earthquake rest Monday inside an Indian Air Force helicopter as they are evacuated from Trishuli Bazar to the airport in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Quake toll tops 4,400; remote areas desperate

Aid workers and officials in remote, shattered villages near the epicenter pleaded Monday for food, shelter and medicine.

about 6 hours ago

 Mariah Aquino-Truss, 8, right, with her sister, Mauriauna, 9.

Jefferson Awards: Girl spreads important message about arthritis

Mariah Aquino-Truss, 9, of Patterson Heights, Beaver County, is a finalist for outstanding volunteer in the 2014 Jefferson Awards.

about 6 hours ago

 Vice President Joe Biden swears in Loretta Lynch as attorney general Monday while husband Stephen Hargrove, second from right, and father Lorenzo Lynch look on at the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. She replaces Eric Holder.

Lynch sworn in as attorney general, and a full agenda awaits

She made history Monday as she became the nation’s first female African-American attorney general.

about 6 hours ago

Gay marriage gets Supreme Court airing today

After rapid changes that have made same-sex marriage legal in all but 14 states, today is a potential watershed moment.

about 7 hours ago

Colorado theater gunman’s sanity debated during trial

District Attorney George Brauchler declared Monday that two psychiatric exams found Colorado theater gunman James Holmes to be sane.

about 7 hours ago

Japan and U.S. set new rules for military cooperation

The former guidelines were geared specifically toward the defense of Japan, but the new rules eliminate any geographic restrictions.

about 7 hours ago

Opposition says 1,000 killed in Angola clash with religious sect

The statement is in contrast to the police report, which said 13 civilians were killed during fighting with members of a Christian group.

about 6 hours ago

U.S. lowers fluoride standard in water

It’s the first change since the government urged cities to add fluoride to water supplies to prevent tooth decay more than 50 years ago.

about 7 hours ago

75% of extreme weather due to climate change, study finds

Heat waves and heavy storms are occurring four times more often than they did before carbon pollution started driving up thermometers.

about 6 hours ago

National briefs: Conferees nearing deal on budget

Plus: Marathon bombing; More poultry tainted; Keys in stolen cars

about 6 hours ago

World briefs: Kerry meets with Iranian counterpart

Plus: Gaza conflict report; Pope to address climate; Afghanistan fighting

about 6 hours ago

 Jeff Wateska, left, and Marty Schiff are partners in UKnowme, a global media distribution company.

Diana Nelson Jones’ Walkabout: A little Spring Hill activity is enough to cause a stir

A video distribution company has turned the lights back on in one of Spring Hill’s few commercial properties.

about 6 hours ago

Health happenings for Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Health events scheduled in the area for the coming week.

about 6 hours ago

Obituary: Maurice “Tito” Braunstein / Passionate about theater, the arts

Attorney Maurice “Tito” Braunstein devoted his time and talent to the stage and music, including starting the Jewish Theatre of Pittsburgh.

about 6 hours ago

 Workers prepare steel beams in March for the next phase in the major rehabilitation of the Parkway West bridges in Carnegie. The Parkway West will close nightly from Green Tree-Crafton to Interstate 79 this week.

Parkway West overnight closures planned this week

The parkway will be closed at 10 p.m. nightly from Green Tree-Crafton to Interstate 79.

about 23 hours ago

Overnight restrictions to continue on Route 28

Lane closures are possible in both directions starting at 8 p.m. daily between the Veterans Bridge on-ramp and the 31st Street Bridge

about 22 hours ago

 Plum Senior High students began protesting just before school started this morning, around 7:30 a.m.

Plum high school students protest, claim censorship

The students said they were taking a stand against the school trying to, as they said, prohibit them from expressing their views.

about 21 hours ago

Gas prices still edging up in Pittsburgh area

The average price for a gallon regular in the Pittsburgh area went up 9.9 cents in the past week to $2.73, according to one tracking site.

about 20 hours ago

 Attorney General Kathleen Kane's testimony before the grand jury was "materially false," the presentment said.

Attorney general’s testimony had ‘inconsistencies,’ newly unsealed document says

The attorney general lied "to divert her attention from her actual role as the principal“ of a leak to the media, the grand jury said.

about 7 hours ago

 A line of Baltimore police officers hold their ground at the corner of Pennsylvania and North avenues during violent protests following the funeral of Freddie Gray.

Riot, looting prompt state of emergency, curfew in Baltimore

The governor declared a state of emergency and called in the National Guard to restore order.

about 9 hours ago

 A Nepalese man carries his belongings from earthquake debris in Bhaktapur, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, today. A strong magnitude earthquake shook Nepal’s capital and the densely populated Kathmandu valley on Saturday devastating the region and leaving tens of thousands shell-shocked and sleeping in streets.

Death toll rises to more than 3,700 in Nepal earthquake

The government and aid groups say that many communities perched on mountainsides are devastated or struggling to cope.

1 day ago

 An advertisement for UKIP, the U.K. Independence Party, on a vehicle.

Anti-immigration sentiment puts UKIP on Britain’s electoral map

Won by the Conservatives in the last election, Thurrock is one of the most hotly contested parliamentary seats this time around.

1 day ago

 Judges on this court serve 10-year terms before going up for retention.

Eight vie for three seats on Allegheny County Common Pleas Court

Judges who sit on this trial-level court can be assigned to four different divisions, including criminal, civil, family and orphan’s.

1 day ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf is scrapping the test that was reinstated in 2012 under his predecessor, Republican Gov. Tom Corbett.

Wolf scrapping controversial assets test for food stamps

Previously, anyone applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program was subject to an “assets” test.

1 day ago

 "The games between UPMC and Highmark must end," Gov. Tom Wolf said in a statement.

State heads to court to resolve UPMC, Highmark differences

The governor said UPMC’s cancellation of its Medicare Advantage plan with Highmark had been “the final straw.”

about 6 hours ago

Baltimore mourners pay respects to man who died in custody

Mourners filed for hours Sunday past the coffin of Freddie Gray, somberly paying respects after a night of violent protests.

1 day ago

 After serving 16 years on the Pittsburgh Public Schools board, North Sider Mark Brentley Sr. isn’t seeking re-election.

Newcomers vie for District 8 Pittsburgh school board seat

After serving 16 years on the Pittsburgh Public Schools board, North Sider Mark Brentley Sr. isn’t seeking re-election.

1 day ago

For-profit Corinthian Colleges to shut down remaining campuses

The Santa Ana, Calif.-based company had been subject to multiple federal and state probes.

1 day ago

 "For some other students, the rising costs could prevent them from completing their degrees," State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said in the report.

Audit says State System students continue to pay for lack of funding

The report is billed as the first modern-day comprehensive performance audit evaluating the effectiveness of the State System.

about 7 hours ago

 A man climbs on top of collapsed buildings Sunday in Bhaktapur, Nepal, a day after parts of the nation were devastated by a 7.8 -magnitude earthquake.

Aid workers scramble as risks persist in Nepal

International aid agencies and governments mobilized Sunday to respond to the devastating temblor, which has killed more than 2,500 people.

1 day ago

Chipotle to stop serving food with genetically modified ingredients

The move to take GMOs out of its products is a first for a major restaurant chain.

1 day ago

Schools shouldn't be bugged about head lice, doctors say

American Academy of Pediatrics reinforces its guidelines, which urges schools to not exclude students from class.

1 day ago

National briefs: 5 missing in Alabama waters

Plus: Bush campaign trail; Colorado shooting trial; Safety flaws found

1 day ago

World briefs: Queen Elizabeth dropped from U.K. rich list

Plus: Pleas for mercy; Syrian jets kill at least 34; Airstrikes in Yemen

1 day ago

 Efforts to reduce official housing discrimination and the rise of the black middle class have led to many more African Americans living in the suburbs.

Levels of housing segregation have changed over past 70 years, sociology professor says

Mary Pattillo of Northwestern University notes a sharp change in housing segregation patterns over the past 70 years.

1 day ago

Plant flares emit more pollutants than previously thought, the EPA reports

Pollution emissions from flares at refineries and chemical plants are higher than previously thought, according to a new federal formula.

1 day ago

France's gay ambassador-nominee poses diplomatic challenge for Pope Francis

France nominated an openly gay man, Laurent Stefanini, in January, but so far the Vatican hasn’t accepted the appointment.

1 day ago

Eyeing Arab ties, Israel to observe nuclear pact meeting

A senior Israeli official said the nation is ending a 20-year absence at the conference in hope of fostering dialogue with Arab states.

1 day ago

McCain renews push to end CIA control of drone strikes

His statements came after an attack on an al-Qaida compound in Pakistan killed two hostages.

1 day ago

Clinton Foundation admits missteps in donor disclosure

Acting chief executive Maura Pally defended the foundation’s work and reaffirmed its commitment to transparency.

1 day ago

Phila. mom faces charges after 4 kids locked in basement for 15 hours

Firefighters broke through a second-floor window to enter the locked home.

about 23 hours ago

 President Barack Obama speaks Saturday while, behind him, comedian Keegan-Michael Key plays “Luther, Obama's anger translator” at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington, D.C.

Obama takes jabs at Republicans at White House correspondents dinner

Entertainer Cecily Strong also took some pointed jabs at the commander in chief.

1 day ago

Finding 1 formula for all schools a hard job, panel told

The commission established by the Legislature is expected to recommend a formula by June 10.

about 7 hours ago

 State data showing rapidly increased gun sales indicate that Pennsylvanians, who have long had a tradition of sports firearms, are increasingly acquiring handguns, the type of weapon traditionally associated with self-protection.

Study: Majority of Americans prefer gun rights over expanded gun control

In Pennsylvania, the rise in gun sales and transfers over the last few years has been dramatic.

2 days ago

 The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Homewood branch hosted the first Buzzword Pittsburgh event on Saturday.

Buzzword Pittsburgh gets the word out in Homewood

An early childhood education program, supported by the PNC Foundation, engages kids to build vocabulary.

2 days ago


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