A study found that nearly six of 10 crashes involving teen drivers were preceded by distractions — interactions with other passengers, cell phone use, grooming or looking at something other than the road ahead.

Study asks: Just how distracted are motorists?

Researchers analyzed 1,691 crash videos and observed potential distractions in 58.5 percent of them.

about 22 hours ago

Overnight closures scheduled this week on Parkway West

The outbound side will close at 10 p.m. today and Tuesday from Green Tree to Interstate 79.

about 15 hours ago

Major project to restrict traffic on Route 50 in South Fayette

Reconstruction and other improvements will occur on nearly nine miles from the Washington County line to Millers Run Road.

about 15 hours ago

Route 19 construction continues in McCandless, Ross

Periodic lane closures are possible from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for traffic signal work on Trion Road, Perrymont Road and Washington Boulevard.

about 15 hours ago

Southbound Route 8 restriction planned today in Hampton

A lane closure was scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. between Clearview Road and Murray Avenue.

about 15 hours ago

 The meditation room at Nemacolin Woodland's Holistic Healing Center.

A look inside Nemacolin's Holistic Healing Center

Nemacolin Woodlands is celebrating the first anniversary of its Holistic Healing Center and the end of the resort’s $30 million renovation.

about 22 hours ago

 Jason and Becky Wensel, of Leechburg, have been trying to raise money to cover the medical costs for their 8-month-old son, Leeland. With them is Leeland's sister, Kaylee, 6.

A tale of two fundraisers: one for a baby, one for a dog

Success in online fundraising depends on many factors, according to those who operate such platforms.

about 22 hours ago

 Filmmaker Ken Burns

Ken Burns’ cancer film highlights Pittsburgh research

Pittsburgh breakthroughs are highlighted in “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies,” which will air today through Wednesday on WQED-TV.

about 22 hours ago

 “I know if the mayor says, ‘Boo,’ he has five members on council that would say, ‘Do not make this field Ravenstahl Field,’ ” Councilwoman Darlene Harris said.

Pittsburgh City Council ready to change rules on naming of public property

The bill, up for a final vote Tuesday, cuts the number of members on the Commission on Naming Public Properties to three from 11.

about 22 hours ago

 "They have to have a green infrastructure plan or reduced flow plan," a DEP spokesman said of Alcosan customer municipalities and the city of Pittsburgh.

DEP gives Alcosan customer municipalities more time to deal with sewage overflows

The state Department of Environmental Protection gives Alcosan’s 83 communities an 18-month extension to develop “green” infrastructure.

about 6 hours ago

 Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, left, chairs a meeting of Arab foreign ministers as Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby makes a point, in Sharm el-Sheikh, South Sinai, Egypt, Sunday, March 29, 2015. Arab League member states at a summit in this Red Sea resort have agreed to form a joint inter-Arab military peacekeeping force. (AP Photo/Ahmed Abdel Fatah, El Shorouk Newspaper)

Arab League unveils joint military force

The force is intended to thwart growing Iranian influence in the region.

about 23 hours ago

Nuclear talks with Iran deadlocked

Both sides looking for leverage as they struggle to reach framework for a deal.

about 23 hours ago

Nigeria is tense amid vote-result delay

Tensions high as candidates look to avoid a runoff.

about 23 hours ago

 Authorities investigate the scene of the crash near a gate to Fort Meade, Md., today.

U.S. officials: One dead after car tries to ram Fort Meade gate

An FBI spokeswoman said the incident was not believed to be linked to terrorism.

about 9 hours ago

Hometown pastor says community stands by co-pilot

The family has not yet been questioned in the investigation out of “decency.”

about 23 hours ago

Prosecution rests its case against Boston Marathon bomber

The defense has made it clear that its strategy is not to win an acquittal for Tsarnaev but to save him from the death penalty.

about 9 hours ago

 Some of the hundreds of people who gathered outside the Indiana Statehouse on Saturday, March 28, 2015, for a rally against legislation signed Thursday by Gov. Mike Pence stand on the Statehouse's south steps during the 2-hour-long rally. The law's opponents say it could sanction discrimination against gay people. The law's supporters contend the discrimination claims are overblown and insist it will keep the government from compelling people to provide services they find objectionable on religious grounds. . (AP Photo/Rick Callahan)

Indiana governor defends new law

White House says Gov. Mike Pence is in “damage-control mode.”

about 23 hours ago

 Workers pull a van out of a canal this morning near Moore Haven, Fla. Eight people were killed and 10 injured when the church van ran through a stop sign, crossed all four lanes of a rural highway and crashed into in a canal.

Police: Eight dead, 10 injured when Florida van crashes

Police said there were 18 people on the van; the driver and seven passengers are confirmed dead.

about 16 hours ago

Americans accept semi-public digital life

A Pew study found 9 out of 10 Americans recognize their digital lives aren’t secret.

about 22 hours ago

 The District 4 seat is held by Bill Isler of Squirrel Hill, who has been on the board since 1999 and is not seeking re-election.

East End has first contested Pittsburgh school board race in decades

Two candidates, attorney Kirk Burkley and long-time parent volunteer Lynda Wrenn, are cross-filed for the District 4 seat in Pittsburgh.

about 22 hours ago

Bethlehem-Center superintendent requests first offender's probation on DUI

South Fayette police say Linda Marcolini’s blood-alcohol was more than twice the state’s legal limit after she crashed on Dec. 22.

about 12 hours ago

Case questions school barring American flags on Cinco de Mayo

The justices are considering the ramifications of a California case for free speech.

about 22 hours ago

 A JetBlue computer outage caused long lines at airports across the country, including Boston’s Logan, Tampa, Orlando and Washington, D.C. as passengers were issued handwritten boarding passes.

JetBlue system outage causes delays at some airports

The airline’s ticketing system went down, preventing passengers from checking in with the popular airline.

about 15 hours ago

Sharon Randall: Principal showed principles behind a life well lived

Former high school principal was one example of a life well lived.

about 22 hours ago

 Experts say that GNC's announcement that it will undertake new tseting procedures marks an initial but significant step forward for the $33 billion-a-year supplement industry, which is loosely regulated and plagued by accusations of adulteration and mislabeling.

GNC to add stricter testing of dietary pills

The N.Y. attorney general accused Pittsburgh-based GNC and three other major retailers of selling supplements that could pose health risks.

about 14 hours ago

 Rep. Eli Evankovich, R-Murrysville, is at the center of the charities debate in Harrisburg.

Pennsylvania bill debates definition of taxable charities

A proposed constitutional amendment, backed by nonprofits, purports to give legislators increased power to decide who receives exemptions.

about 22 hours ago

World Briefs: No serious injuries after crash landing

PLUS: Islamic Sate beheads 8, A final farewell to Yew, Pope leads Palm Sunday, Kissinger offers advice.

about 22 hours ago

National briefs: 2 bodies found after explosion

PLUS: A grant for the press, L.A. light rail hits car, Defense tests credibility, 2 dead in plane crash.

about 22 hours ago

 Francis J. Goldcamp

Obituary: Francis J. Goldcamp / WWII vet, steelworker, father of 13

Francis J. Goldcamp completed 38 missions and received four Air Medal oak leaf clusters and two European Theater Bronze Stars.

1 day ago

 Former Democratic congressman Joe Sestak speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Philadelphia. Sestak is planning walk to walk across the state to kick off his campaign to capture the U.S. Senate seat occupied by Republican Pat Toomey.

Joe Sestak on the march toward the Senate

He has to narrow a fundraising gap, confront lingering reservations of some Democrats and allay what he calls a rising skepticism of voters.

1 day ago

 Former NFL running back William Ward Walsh, 66, takes the web-based, game-styled brain health test developed by RC21X, supervised by Mike Schuler. The test results will be used to evaluate Walsh's status for the NFL concussion lawsuit. Walsh played for the Packers and Oilers.

Coraopolis-based program has a new tool to keep tabs on your brain: RC21X

Former WVU player assembles star-studded Pittsburgh team for a brain health tool that aims to become a lifetime wellness aid.

1 day ago

Diplomats, U.N. staff flee Yemen

Diplomats evacuated from Aden; U.N. staff leave Sanaa; gulf Arabs offer Yemeni president support at Egypt summit.

1 day ago

 A Syrian Kurdish boy sits on a destroyed tank Friday in the Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab.

Syria rebels take strategic town of Idlib

The loss came amid recent indications that the Assad regime is struggling to maintain the momentum it won on the battlefield last year.

1 day ago

 A young Nigerian throws water on a campaign poster of Nigeria's main opposition All Progressives Congress presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari as youths try to remove it from near the polling booths where Mr. Buhari planned to cast his vote.

Boko Haram kills 41, prevents hundreds voting in Nigeria

Nearly 60 million people have cards to vote, and for the first time there is a possibility that a challenger can defeat a sitting president.

1 day ago

 Ellen Pao, center, walks to the Civic Center Courthouse in San Francisco on Friday.

In defeat, a woman disrupts how Silicon Valley does business

A gender discrimination lawsuit has blown open a conversation about the shortcomings in the emerging tech industry.

1 day ago

Police officer shot, killed at his home near Philadelphia

The 26-year-old officer had worked part-time for the Darby Borough Police Department for four years.

1 day ago

Young and facing death, but having a say

There are no firm estimates of the number of young patients facing life-threatening diseases at any given time.

1 day ago

 Ron Mallett

Time machine remains his obsession to see late dad

Physicist continues to work every day to build a time machine.

1 day ago

 Reinforced utility poles line Pahoa Valley road in Pahoa, on the big island of Hawaii. Residents of Pahoa have learned to adapt as a slow-moving lava flow menaces their community.

As volcano erupts around them, Hawaiians pledge to ‘go with the flow’

Lava continues to affect the daily lives of Hawaii residents.

1 day ago

 Tina Reese leads a word game for residents at a nursing home in Lancaster, Pa., in 2013. Life insurance firms pitched long-term care policies as the prudent way for Americans to shoulder the cost of staying in nursing homes. But those same companies have found that long-term-care policies are squeezing their profits.

High nursing home bills squeeze insurers, driving rates up

Longer nursing home stays are costing insurers money and affecting their profits.

1 day ago

 CapCon 259

Caption Contest 259 ... and the winners of 258

Stacy Innerst is the artist. You are the caption writer.

1 day ago

 Deborah Todd  Carl Domingo, 21, a senior of Rochester Institute of Technology, works on a computer problem during the first hackathon SteelHacks at the University of Pittsburgh on Saturday, March 28, 2015.

'Make something cool': SteelHacks competition sizzles at Pitt

SteelHacks brought more than 150 students from Pitt, Carnegie Mellon, Duquesne, Chatham and Youngstown State to Oakland to test their

1 day ago

A spirited exchange at CMU: debating faith in scientific worldview

The Veritas Forum gathered in McConomy Auditorium of Carnegie Mellon to debate faith’s role in the scientific worldview.

1 day ago

World Briefs: Deadly siege ends at hotel in Somalia

PLUS: Blogger’s whipping; museum raid victim; Ebola lockdown defied; World Duty Free deal.

1 day ago

National Briefs: Protesters target Ind. religion law

PLUS: Seven shot at party; Hunt for blast victims; Bird flu outbreak; Train crash hurts 21.

1 day ago

GNC adds stricter testing of dietary pills

The Pittsburgh retailer acted in response to an investigation by the New York attorney general.

about 23 hours ago

State trooper hit by own patrol car, severely injured

Police say Sgt. Robert Bemis pulled over to the side of I-81 in Schuylkill County on Friday to help a man whose car had caught fire.

2 days ago

Obituary: Rod 'Hot Rod' Hundley / Outsize basketball personality

He parlayed showmanship on the court with flair at the microphone to become a fan favorite for more than half a century.

2 days ago

Official: Al-Shabab siege at Somali hotel ends, 24 dead

The seige ended more than 12 hours after gunmen from the Islamic rebel group al-Shabab took up positions in the hotel.

2 days ago

 Sherif Abdelhak, former CEO for Allegheny Health, Education and Research Foundation

Obituary: Sherif Abdelhak / Embattled health care CEO died quietly

The CEO of AHERF (Allegheny Health, Education and Research Foundation), once the state’s largest health system, was jailed after its fall.

2 days ago


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