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 says motorists aren’t paying attention

A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that nearly 60 percent of teen crashes came after a distraction.

about 2 hours ago

 Rep. Eli Evankovich, R-Murrysville

Pennsylvania Senate Bill 4 debates definition of taxable charities

A proposed change to Pennsylvania’s constitution could open a Pandora’s box of questions about tax exemptions.

about 2 hours 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.

about 16 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.

1 day 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

Proposed Medicare overhaul would affect doctors, some beneficiaries

The House passed a measure that would create a new payment formula for doctors and charge higher premiums to some Medicare beneficiaries.

2 days ago

 The proposed 28-word amendment aims to cement the role of the Pennsylvania Legislature in defining “purely public charities.”

Proposed Pennsylvania tax-exemption amendment stalls

Senate Bill 4, a proposed state constitutional amendment, faces scrutiny in the House and may not make fall ballot.

3 days ago

Swarthmore group breaks from Hillel

Hillel has attempted to stop local chapters from hosting events that involve speakers or groups deemed to be anti-Israel.

3 days ago

 In this 2008 file photo, former Democratic House Whip Mike Veon arrives in handcuffs for his preliminary arraignment in Harrisburg, Pa.

Ex-legislator Mike Veon due for parole

Mike Veon, a top former Pennsylvania House Democrat from Beaver County serving prison sentences for corruption, may be a free man soon.

2 days ago

Authorities: Huntingdon County woman who posed as lawyer almost became partner

Kimberly Kitchen, 45, of James Creek, was charged Thursday with forgery and unauthorized practice of law.

2 days ago

Pope Francis to visit Obama at White House Sept. 23

The White House said Obama and the pope plan to discuss “caring for the marginalized and the poor; advancing economic opportunity for all.”

3 days ago

 The Kappa Delta Rho fraternity on the Penn State campus has been suspended for a year and is being ordered by its national organization to reorganize in the wake of a police investigation into a secret Facebook page the frat had featuring nude women.

Some women pictured on Penn State frat's Facebook page come forward

The new developments emerged Wednesday as protesters marched to the house and called for the school to shut down the fraternity permanently.

3 days ago

Teen gets up to 80 years for attempted rape, killing of Lehigh student

Prosecutors say Sanchez-Osorio broke into the 23-year-old student’s bedroom, tore off her underpants and choked her until she turned blue.

3 days ago

 A program is underway to return the once-dominant lake sturgeon to Lake Erie. While fishing for perch in 2009, Dick Brozell of McKean County caught and released one off Presque Isle.

Will sturgeon ever come back to Lake Erie?

Once the biggest predator in the Great Lakes, the lake sturgeon was driven to the brink of extinction.

5 days ago

 Emily Selke, a graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia, died with her mother in the Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps.

Victim of jet crash in French Alps remembered for work at Pittsburgh festival

Emily Selke, one of the three Americans presumed dead in a Tuesday plane crash in the southern French Alps, worked in Pittsburgh.

3 days ago

 The home where a fire killed seven children is viewed in the Midwood neighborhood in Brooklyn.

Sabbath cooking a safety worry for observant Jews

The death of seven children in New York City due to an overheated hotplate used for Sabbath no-work guidelines has Jews reviewing safety.

5 days ago

 Acting State Police Commissioner Marcus Brown.

Officials probe racist letter to Pennsylvania State Police nominee

The letter was placed Monday evening in the mailbox of acting State Police Commissioner Marcus Brown, state police confirmed.

4 days ago

Pennsylvania man gets $7 million lottery ticket in get well card

Joseph Amorese had just undergone surgery. A few scratches later on the “$7 million Golden Ticket,” and he was feeling great.

4 days ago

 Senate Republican leader Jake Corman

Senate leader links pension overhaul, vote on new budget

Senate Republican leader Jake Corman wants to recast two statewide pension systems in ways that Gov. Tom Wolf opposes.

6 days ago

 Snow highlights  a thin layer of ice on the Allegheny River , heading toward  the Pittsburgh skyline.

Drought watch issued for 27 Pennsylvania counties

Recent snow melt has failed to adequately recharge the groundwater under a large swath of Pennsylvania.

5 days ago

Dauphin County officer charged with killing unarmed driver lying facedown

Authorities accused Hummelstown police Officer Lisa J. Mearkle of shooting David Kassick, 59, twice Feb. 2 without legal justification.

5 days ago

Feds’ report raps trigger-happy cops in Philadelphia

The U.S. Justice Department has faulted Philadelphia’s police for inadequate training and a secret shooting-review process,

6 days ago

 The Fifth Ave Place headquarters of Highmark and the U.S. Steel Tower offices of UPMC are seen in Downtown Pittsburgh.

AG's office sets up UPMC-Highmark helpline for consumers

The Attorney General’s office will contact UPMC or Highmark on behalf of consumers “depending on the nature of the conflict.”

6 days ago

 "He has all the qualifications I think you'd want," Gov. Tom Wolf said of Marcus Brown.

Pennsylvania troopers oppose Wolf’s nominee to lead state police

The Democratic governor’s nominee, Marcus Brown, has come under intense criticism in recent weeks.

6 days ago

 Students and others demonstrate on the Penn State campus last week in support of female students who police said were depicted on Kappa Delta Rho fraternity's private Facebook pages.

Penn State president to form panel to examine Greek life

The action comes after last week’s suspension of a fraternity investigated for maintaining a Facebook page with photos of nude PSU co-eds.

6 days ago

 Pennsylvania discharges more nitrogen into tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay than any other state.

EPA gives poor marks to Pa. on protecting Chesapeake Bay watershed

Report gives state’s Chesapeake Bay cleanup program failing grade; 30 percent of farms have manure management and runoff reduction plans.

1 week ago

Pennsylvania counties seek to keep impact fee on shale wells

Gov. Tom Wolf is proposing to replace the fee on Marcellus Shale natural gas wells with a flat annual payment.

6 days ago

 The National Insurance Crime Bureau says black market air bags can sell for $50 to $200 each, while new air bags from a dealer or repair shop can cost $1,000 or more.

Philadelphia police searching for suspects in latest air bag smash and grabs

Police say repairs to targeted vehicles can cost thousands of dollars.

6 days ago

Pennsylvania unemployment rate seen as plus in February

The 5.2 percent rate was slightly higher than January’s, even though 2,000 more people reported that they had jobs.

1 week ago

Natural gas industry criticizes Pennsylvania DEP

Trade groups at an advisory board meeting Friday said they are being held to stricter standards than those that apply to similar industries.

1 week ago

 Col. Marcus L. Brown previously led the Maryland state police.

Republicans ask Gov. Wolf to ditch nominee for state police commissioner

The nominee, Marcus Brown, apologized for tearing down signs that were critical of him.

1 week ago

 Students and others show their support during a rally in State College today for female students whose nude pictures were on Kappa Delta Rho fraternity's private Facebook pages.

Penn State students protest against frat over nude photo posts

Some female students say women cannot feel safe at fraternities and they’re taking part in the rally to help change that culture.

1 week ago

 Pennsylvania State Police nominee  Col. Marcus Brown.

Pennsylvania's top police officer: Removing signs critical of him was a mistake

Some retired troopers criticize Col. Marcus Brown for wearing the state police uniform because he did not attend the State Police Academy.

1 week ago

 “I can’t imagine anybody that’s not appalled by the alleged behavior,” Penn State president Eric Barron said about a fraternity's posting of photos of naked women on a private Facebook page.

Penn State president says fraternity system may need review

Kappa Delta Rho was suspended for a year over allegations that members shared frat house photos of nude and partly nude women online.

1 week ago

Commonwealth Court grants injunction to Pennsylvania teachers union

Home addresses of public school employees are private for now.

1 week ago

Penn State continues probe of professor who went on plane rant

Karen Bettez Halnon was arrested in Miami over the weekend after going on an hours-long rant about U.S.-Venezuela relations on an airplane.

1 week ago

Giant Eagle recalls seasonal cookies due to milk allergen

The supermarket has issued a voluntary recall of seasonal cookies baked and sold through March 18.

1 week ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf delivers his budget address March 3 in Harrisburg.

Gov. Tom Wolf: Billions in revenue from proposed sales tax

The categories projected to bring in the most money include cable television, and higher education meal plans and other fees.

1 week ago

 Former Penn State President Graham Spanier and two other former school officials are awaiting a criminal trial.

Ex-Penn State president Spanier files defamation suit against Freeh

The lawsuit accuses Louis Freeh of damaging Graham Spanier’s reputation through the report his firm prepared for PSU trustees in 2012.

1 week ago

 Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Robert J. Colville says  he will not raise funds or accept campaign contributions for his upcoming primary for a seat on Pennsylvania’s Superior Court.

Colville won't take contributions in Superior Court bid

Allegheny County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert J. Colville said rules about judges avoiding outside influences could mean campaign money.

1 week ago

 Twelve-packs, 15-packs, 18-packs and 20-packs are now legal at beer distributors, reinterpreting — and in effect, overturning — decades of state law that required distributors to sell full cases of beer or large individual units, such as half-kegs and quarter-kegs.

12-packs, 18-packs hitting Pennsylvania beer distributor shelves

Rivertowne Brewing, which helped overturn the decades-old rules on beer sales, is among the first to market with a 12-pack.

1 week ago

Pennsylvania House panel hears from Fitzgerald on 911 funding

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald on Wednesday took his concerns about funding for 911 dispatching to Harrisburg.

1 week ago

 State Rep. Scott Petri, R-Bucks County, opens a hearing about municipal pensions held Monday in Pittsburgh City Council chambers by the state House Urban Affairs Committee. Seated in front of him are City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak, left, and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto.

State, local officials address pension-funding inequities at Pittsburgh hearing

Monday’s hearing was the first of a series of statewide meetings that will tackle the issues surrounding state and municipal pensions.

1 week ago

Penn State professor arrested in Miami after rant on plane

Officials say Karen Halnon started a rant about U.S-Venezuela relations about halfway through a Saturday flight from Nicaragua to Miami.

1 week ago

 Two bills proposed in Harrisburg would permit school districts to furlough teachers based on the economic needs of the district.

Pennsylvania lawmakers try again to change laws governing teacher layoff

House, Senate bills call for school districts to be able to consider performance and economic needs when laying off teachers.

1 week ago

 Gov. Wolf’s proposal for Pennsylvania government also includes cutting business taxes and increasing education funding while meeting rising costs for items such as pensions.

Senate Republicans grill governor's budget secretary on tax proposals

The governor’s proposal includes cutting business taxes and increasing education funding while meeting rising costs for state pensions.

1 week ago

 The Kappa Delta Rho fraternity at Penn State has been suspended.

Penn State frat suspended over Facebook page showing nude pictures

A former member of Kappa Delta Rho told police the page had been used to share photos of “unsuspecting victims, drug sales and hazing.”

1 week ago

 Temple University football players Dion Dawkins, left, and Hasson Reddick are charged with attacking a fellow student on Jan. 17 at a party in Philadelphia's Northern Liberties section.

Temple U. suspends football players arrested in assault

Police said Dion Dawkins and Haason Reddick were involved in a fight Jan. 17 at a party in Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties section.

1 week ago

 The corporate headquarters of health insurer Anthem in Indianapolis. The Blue Cross Blue Shield insurer suffered a major data hack affecting nearly 80 million customers.

Health care files a rich trove for identity thieves

Pittsburgh breaches have been minor, but UPMC, Highmark and others strive to fend off hackers hungry for health care data.

2 weeks ago

 Gov. Tom Wolf speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in his Capitol offices.

Pennsylvania may do more for frail elderly living at home

Gov. Tom Wolf wants to add another 5,500 slots for the frail elderly to remain at home and avoid costly nursing home placements.

2 weeks ago


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