Police typically cannot tell whether drivers are texting or dialing a phone.

Pennsylvania texting ban proves tough to enforce

Police typically cannot tell whether a driver is texting or dialing a phone, making enforcement of the texting ban problematic.

21 minutes ago

Obama to renew Asia 'rebalance'

He will seek to reassure jittery allies that America remains committed to bolstering its security and economic ties to the region.

30 minutes ago

National Briefs: General Mills scraps plan

PLUS: Everest jump canceled; Gas at 13-month high; An ethereal Easter.

31 minutes ago

 From left, Melissa Barcic, director of nursing; Dennis Biondo, executive director of all Kane Regional Centers; Neil Bowser, administrator; and Vince Klingensmith, environmental services manager, try out the seating Friday in the dining and activity room in the new Memory Care Unit, due to open in May at Kane Scott Regional Center.

2nd Kane dementia unit ready in Scott

Kane Scott, one of four county-owned nursing facilities, is opening a new "Memory Care Unit," next month.

44 minutes ago

Clearfield residents challenge EPA on permit process

The appeal of the EPA well approval automatically halted construction.

47 minutes ago

World Briefs: Pakistan crash kills dozens

PLUS: Algerian convoy ambushed; Iran set to redesign plant; Abdullah retains lead; French journalists home.

32 minutes ago

Photos connect Russia, unrest

Its role has a critical bearing on the agreement reached in Geneva among Russian, Ukrainian, U.S. and European diplomats to ease the crisis.

40 minutes ago

Crime syndicates endanger dwindling elephants

Broad swaths of Zimbabwe are at risk of becoming fronts for ivory poaching, according to a nonprofit research group's report.

32 minutes ago

A shale-oil boom beckons in some of Mexico's most violent areas

A landmark energy bill approved by Mexico's Congress in December is opening the country's oil industry to private and foreign investment.

33 minutes ago

Transcript reveals confusion on ferry

Sixty-one bodies have been recovered, and about 240 people are still missing.

33 minutes ago

Lane to close today on Route 30 in N. Braddock

One lane will close on eastbound Route 30 at the bridge over Electric Avenue in North Braddock starting today, PennDOT announced.

about 1 hour ago

 Actor Russell Crowe on the set of ‘Fathers & Daughters’ in Pittsburgh

Gary Rotstein's The Morning File: If making a movie in Pittsburgh, try for accurate story

Russell Crowe's new movie filmed in Pittsburgh could do itself proud by creating script out of the headlines.

34 minutes ago

 This 2009 file photo shows equipment inside a pilot plant in Scotland, S.D., that turns corn cob into cellulosic ethanol, a precursor to a commercial-scale biorefinery planned for Emmetsburg, Iowa. Biofuels made from corn leftovers after harvest are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study has found, challenging the Obama administration’s conclusions that they are a cleaner oil alternative from the start and will help climate change.

Biofuel falls short as an alternative, researchers report

Biofuels made with corn residue release 7 percent more greenhouse gases in the early years, though they are better in the long run.

38 minutes ago

Bridge project to close Saxonburg Boulevard

Replacement of a bridge on Saxonburg Boulevard in Indiana Township was scheduled to begin today, PennDOT announced.

about 1 hour ago

South Fayette schools criticized for prosecuting young victim of bullying

State Rep. Jesse White, D-Cecil, plans to amend the wiretap law to make an exception for bullying.

20 minutes ago

Public smoke-out marks pot holiday in Colorado

Tens of thousands of revelers raised a defiant toast during a weekend of cannabis-themed 4/20 festivals and entertainment.

28 minutes ago

New district pits two Democratic state legislators

Democrats Readshaw, Molchany vie in Legislative race.

about 1 hour ago

Pennsylvania denies 75 percent of welfare applicants

About 75 percent or more applicants for cash assistance are turned down every month -- leaving needy families without aid, advocates say.

17 minutes ago

Pope Francis celebrates Easter with huge crowd, calls for peace

He issues a plea for peace and dialogue and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home.

27 minutes ago

Navy OKs changes for sleep schedules of submarine sailors

Staggered schedules give way to 24-hour cycles, keeping a sleep pattern in line with the body's natural rhythm.

29 minutes ago

About a third of seafood imported to U.S. caught illegally, study finds

Such fishing is a major concern of scientists because the world's oceans can barely sustain legal seafood harvests.

30 minutes ago

 In this Jan. 29, 2004 photo, former boxer, Rubin, "Hurricane" Carter, holds up the writ of habeas corpus that freed him from prison, during a news conference held in Sacramento, Calif. Carter died at his home in Toronto, Sunday.

Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76

Carter had been stricken with prostate cancer in Toronto, the New Jersey native’s adopted home.

about 11 hours ago

Obituary: Dr. Robert Pontius / Pioneering heart surgeon at Children's Hospital

A year after coming to Children's Hospital in 1957, he performed the first successful open-heart operation using a pump-oxygenator.

1 day ago

Creeping landslide devouring part of Wyo. town

No one can say precisely when the mountainside collapsing into resort town of Jackson will give way.

1 day ago

World Briefs: U.S. deepening Europe footprint

PLUS: Pakistan journalist wounded; 13th guide's body found; China to build Jeep models; Egypt candidate bows out.

1 day ago

Pro-Russian forces tighten grip

Pressure mounted on political dissenters and the media in ways that are commonplace in Russia but had not been in Ukraine until now.

1 day ago

Battles raging in hotbed of Syrian insurgency

Insurgents and anti-government activists reported near-continuous bombardment of the Old City enclaves and the nearby neighborhood of Waer.

1 day ago

Disputed enclave with Soviet mentality is dreaming of entering Putin's embrace

Trans-Dniester, also known as Transnistria, is a sliver of territory that runs along the border of Moldova and Ukraine.

1 day ago

National Briefs: Missing boy's body found

PLUS: Fox executive fired; $14M awarded in suit; care site Heartbleed woes; space robot finds its legs

1 day ago

GOP's next wedge issue emerges

The national education standards have incited intense resistance on the right in the belief that it will lead to a federal takeover of

1 day ago

Documents: Another delayed GM recall

The company waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints.

1 day ago

More bodies found inside sunken ferry by divers

Rescuers finally gained access to the inside of the ship following three days of failure and frustration.

1 day ago

When delight turns to reality, it's goodbye, Easter Bunny

Rabbits require as much care as dogs, and they must be litter-box trained and spayed or neutered to be effective house pets.

1 day ago

 Abbie Hoffman, December 1969

Abbie Hoffman's presence echoes decades later

They still remember Hoffman at the Apple Jack bar in Point Pleasant, where he once shot pool and flirted with women.

1 day ago

 Taking part in Workout Wednesday, a program run by Homewood Children’s Village are, from left, Kim Adams of Homewood; Kristi Burry, director of the Office of Child and Community Health for the village; Donna Bundy Ford of Wilkinsburg; Raylynn Bundy, 5, holding hands with Sandra Bundy Simmons of East Hills; and Rachel Bundy of Homewood.

Program focuses on the children of Homewood

The concept -- "it takes a village to raise a child" -- takes hold in Homewood to repair the neighborhood's social fabric.

1 day ago

First spa trip can get under a man's skin

Peter Leo basks in the afterglow, somewhat, of a visit to the Omni Bedford Springs spa.

1 day ago

Congressional report: e-cigarette makers targeting youth

The inquiry was conducted as the FDA prepares a package of rules that would place e-cigarettes under federal regulation for the first time.

1 day ago

 Sara Stahlman of Pennsylvania Sea Grant shows a goldfish captured in Presque Isle Bay. Non-natives and invasives reduce native species’ food supplies and can dramatically impact the quality of fishing.

Anglers among first to be impacted by undesirable aquatic plants and animals

Yet sometimes it's anglers who introduce invasive and non-native species

1 day ago

Western Pennsylvania to get taste of Tennessee-style for-profit health care

Barbecue and country music many be Tennessee’s best-known exports, but its biggest is for-profit hospital administration.

1 day ago

Police chase ends in multi-car pileup on Parkway West, one arrest

A police chase out of North Fayette resulted in a crash involving about six or seven cars, state police reported.

1 day ago

4 French journalists abducted in Syria freed, safe; others remain held

French President Francois Hollande’s office said in a statement that he felt “immense relief” over the release.

1 day ago

Road work to affect major arteries, including Squirrel Hill Tunnel, Route 51

Road work is planned for Squirrel Hill Tunnel, Route 51, I-376, I-279, Route 65 and Washington Road area.

1 day ago

Colorado deaths stir pot worries

Cookies, candy and other pot edibles can be exponentially more potent than a joint.

2 days ago

From Clinton to Obama, many parallels

Thousands of pages of documents from Clinton's White House years appear to be strikingly similar to issues now confronting Obama.

2 days ago

Man vs. train: Winner is never in doubt

Four people have been hit and killed by freight trains in the Pittsburgh area in the past month.

1 day ago

U.S. delays pipeline decision

In a surprise announcement Friday, the State Department said federal agencies will have more time to weigh in on the politically fraught

2 days ago

Obituary: Gerald E. Hart / Super salesman, NFL official was football fanatic

Gerald E. Hart, who officiated NFL games for 10 years after playing football at Notre Dame and West Point, died of natural causes at age 83.

2 days ago

 Paige Widmer

Search continues for bodies in Lake Erie

Both Amy Santus and Paige Widmer died of drowning, according to autopsies by the Lucas County coroner.

2 days ago

Gas drilling wastewater leak found in Amwell

"Significant" waste water leak discovered at a Range Resources impoundment in Washington County.

2 days ago

World news briefs: 4/19/14

Japan to resume whale hunting, Obama heads for Asia; Syria's chemical weapons; Algerian president reelected; Quake shakes Mexico.

2 days ago


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