- Police said a Brookline man left his five kids home alone in squalid conditions while he robbed a convenience store.
- The fate of health care and pensions of thousands of coal miners is taking center stage this week as Congress struggles to pass a funding bill by Friday to keep the government open for the next four months.
Allegheny County passes budget with slight cost-of-living increase, money for parks and bridges and no property tax increasesAllegheny County’s operating and capital budget for 2017 passed Tuesday, with property taxes maintained at current levels.
- SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A report from an international human rights organization concludes many public schools are still hostile environments for LGBT students.
The lengthy report from Human Rights Watch, released Wednesday in Sioux Falls, was based on interviews primarily with current and former high school students, parents, administrators and teachers in Alabama, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas and Utah.
It documented several challenges lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender students
- To read more about "A Life on the Hill: The journey of Sala Udin mirrors the experience of many African-American Pittsburghers," please visit http://newsinteractive.post-gazette.com/life-on-the-hill/#chapterSix
- PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA/AP) – Today marks the 75th anniversary of the day President Franklin Roosevelt said would “live in infamy.”
It was on Dec. 7, 1941 that Imperial Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, drawing the United States into World War II. Today, survivors are gathering to honor the more than 2,300 service people killed in the raid.
Andy Masich, president and CEO of the Heinz History Center, tells “The KDKA Morning News” that like the
- For the second time in four months, Port Authority bus drivers and mechanics have reached a tentative four-year contract agreement that would grant drivers raises of 11.25 percent.
- Two students at Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship were sickened today when one brought a test tube with anticoagulant substances to school and opened it, police said.
- PITTSBURGH (AP) – Police say a Pittsburgh man left his five kids home alone in squalid conditions while he robbed a convenience store.
Police say 36-year-old Anthony Heard robbed the CoGo’s early Tuesday, then returned to buy something wearing the same hat and shoes while officers were interviewing the victimized clerk.
Police say they arrested Heard after the clerk recognized his clothing, and Heard protested that he couldn’t go to jail because his wife had been arrested the d
- PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — Pittsburgh Police are looking for a man who set fire to a trash can in a laundry mat in South Oakland last month.
The incident happened around 7:25 a.m. on Nov. 22 at the business located in the 3200 block of Kennett Square.
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According to police, the fire spread from the trash can to a laundry tub. The business and apartments above it sustained extensive smoke damage.
People were in the upstairs apartments at the time the fire b
- CBS Local – Eating the most at the holiday table is a classic Power-Dad move. When everyone else quits on their second plate, there’s always the one person to grab that third dish and it’s usually a man.
A study conducted by the Cornell Food and Brand Lab has found that men are at risk at overeating, simply because of their ego.
“Even if men aren’t thinking about it, eating more than a friend tends to be understood as a demonstration of virility and strength,&r
- PITTSBURGH (AP) – Ride-sharing company Uber wants the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to delay policy recommendations that govern the testing of driverless cars.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says Uber, which has been testing the driverless cars in Pittsburgh for weeks, wants PennDOT to wait for legislation to be passed before it attempts to regulate such testing.
PennDOT’s proposed guidelines, which were released Tuesday, would let the state access Uber’s data about
- PENN HILLS (KDKA) — Police, firefighters and paramedics have been called to an elementary school in Penn Hills.
According to emergency dispatchers, they were called to the former Washington Elementary school, now called the Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship, on Main Street after 10 a.m.
Sources tell KDKA several students have become sickened and one woman is unresponsive.
Students are reportedly being moved to the gym as a precaution.
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- PENN HILLS (KDKA) — Two students were rushed to the hospital from a charter school in Penn Hills after an unknown substance in a test tube caused some alarm.
Police, firefighters and paramedics were called to the former Washington Elementary school, now called the Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship, on Main Street after 10 a.m.
According to officials, a second grader brought the test tube to school after obtaining it during a visit to some type of lab.
The substance inside was b
- PITTSBURGH (KDKA/CBS) – Residents in Siberia are checking for damage after a violent meteor rocked the region.Witnesses in the Khakasiya region say a meteor streaked overhead then a loud explosion was heard.Videos posted to social media show the sky illuminated briefly, followed by a loud explosion.The official website for the town of Sayanogorsk described the suspected meteor as a falling “celestial body.”
CBS News reports: “At about 18:37 a flying shining object was see
- Pittsburgh police are asking the public’s help in identifying an arson suspect in connection with a South Oakland incident.
- JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — State police say a domestic disturbance suspect is in critical condition after being shot by police officers overnight in Washington County.
Police were called to a home on Bethel Ridge Road in Avella just before 12:30 a.m. for a domestic dispute.
According to police, the suspect’s mother told police her son, 20-year-old Steven Ward, was “out of control, damaging property and being physical with family members.”
State police say Ward, who was a
- MILLERSVILLE, Pa. (AP) – A central Pennsylvania university student already accused of trying to abort his girlfriend’s pregnancy by putting bleach in her water has now been charged with trying to kill her in the process.
LNP reports Lancaster County prosecutors added the attempted homicide charge Tuesday against 20-year-old Theophilous Washington, of Washington, D.C.
The former Millersville University student is already awaiting trial on attempted homicide and reckless endangerment c
- Police shot a Washington County man involved in an overnight domestic disturbance, critically wounding him.
- CBS Tampa (Jacksonville, FL) – Going to the grocery store is surely a chore, just something that needs to get done. Conversely, most of the time at least, going and grabbing drinks is a treat to be looked forward to. Well, what happens when a Florida grocery store tries to imbue a little of the latter with the former?
It’s true– at Lucky’s Market in Jacksonville, Florida, customers can purchase a pint of beer for $3 or a glass of wine for $2, throw it in their&n
- WASHINGTON (AP) – Time magazine on Wednesday named President-elect Donald Trump its Person of the Year.
“It’s a great honor. It means a lot,” Trump said in a telephone interview on NBC’s “Today” show.
Time editor Nancy Gibbs said on the program that Democrat Hillary Clinton was the No. 2 finalist. Gibbs said the choice of Trump this year was “straightforward.”
“When have we ever seen a single individual who has so defied expectations, b
- Pittsburgh police are investigating an attempted child luring in West Oakland.
- By Danny Cox
When the 2016 NFL regular season started, many expected the Denver Broncos, the defending Super Bowl champions, would contend for the AFC West crown. While they’re definitely still in the race at 8-4, the Broncos are third in the division, behind the Oakland Raiders (10-2) and Kansas City Chiefs (9-3).
This week’s Thursday Night Football matchup between the Raiders and Chiefs promises to be one of the season’s most important and most exciting. The AF
- This week, Rania Harris is making her 499th appearance in the Pittsburgh Today Live kitchen. On this special occasion (and just in time for the holiday season), she making one of her classic recipes, an Apricot Nut Torte!
Apricot Nut Torte
1 box dried apricots
1 cup sugar
4 cups chopped walnuts
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 sticks sweet butter
4 cups flour
1 small cake yeast
1/4 c. Warm water
1/4 c. Milk
4 egg yolks
In a small pot, bring apricots, sugar and enough wa
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- PennDOT is closing a lane along northbound Route 65/Ohio River Boulevard today for drilling work.
- PITTSBURGH (AP) – A Pittsburgh couple being treated for heroin addiction has been charged with endangering their infant son who overdosed on methadone, a drug used to treat addicts.
The 2-month-old boy wasn’t breathing and had to be revived with Narcan, a drug used to revive overdose victims in October.
Police say 38-year-old Lorie Adkins told them she took methadone shortly before breastfeeding the boy, and believes she might have passed the drug to him that way. But Allegheny Count
- WEST MIFFLIN (KDKA) — Allegheny County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a man suspected of kidnapping and raping a woman.
George Holiday, 26, of Duquesne, was wanted on three separate warrants.
The Sheriff’s Office says a tip sent them to the Monview Housing complex in West Mifflin. Sheriff’s deputies searched two apartments there and found Holiday hiding behind a dryer.
He was taken into custody.
Police have been looking for Holiday since an incident at a gas station in
- HARRISBURG, Pa. (KDKA/AP) – Pennsylvania’s auditor general says the state should rein in what he called questionable spending of some of the hundreds of millions of dollars in fees from a natural gas drilling boom that have swelled local government coffers under a nearly five-year-old state law.
In a new report, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, a Democrat, said the program needs better spending guidelines, improved reporting requirements and more rigorous state oversight. He also s
- A 26-year-old Duquesne man wanted on several charges, including kidnapping and rape, was apprehended in West Mifflin late Tuesday.
- BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) – Police are looking for the woman who stole the baby Jesus statue from a Nativity scene in Bethlehem.
Surveillance cameras captured the theft from Payrow Plaza early Sunday.
Police say the statue was recovered, along with an incoherent note, in neighboring Bethlehem Township.
The woman was seen walking a dog before she drove off.
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- In her second year as board president of the Pittsburgh Public Schools, Regina Holley said she wants the nine-member body to focus on the district’s strategic plan and on disparities in student achievement.
- After more than five years and numerous design changes, Riverlife said Tuesday it has received the final pot of money needed to begin building a bike and pedestrian ramp from the Smithfield Street Bridge to the Monongahela Wharf.
- Pittsburgh City Council is putting bias against women under a citywide microscope.
- Several residents on Lombard Street say a small street that runs beside and behind their homes, Nigh Way, is crumbling and full of potholes, while an adjacent area is being landscaped and getting new sidewalks and streets.
- Smile: Pittsburgh’s electronic eyes are more likely these days to capture the world passing by.
- Police have charged a South Side couple after their 2-month-old boy overdosed, nearly fatally, on methadone in October.
- Police have charged a South Side couple after their 2-month-old boy nearly died from being poisoned by methadone in October.
- Homer City, one of the largest power plants in Pennsylvania, is fighting against bankruptcy, low energy prices and, now, its largest coal supplier, Consol Energy Inc.
- OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Investigators said Tuesday a warehouse fire in Oakland that killed 36 people did not appear to have been set intentionally and may have been caused by a refrigerator or other electrical appliance.
Details about a possible cause emerged as fire crews nearly completed their search for bodies in the most lethal building fire in the U.S. in more than a decade. The death toll remained at 36 and was not expected to go higher.
Tearful family members visited the scene and ex
- ROBINSON TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Members of some local singing groups teamed up for a choral flash mob at a local mall Tuesday night.
More than 100 singers from the Pittsburgh Concert Chorale, the Washington & Jefferson College Choir and individuals from local church choirs sang the “Hallelujah Chorus” at the Mall at Robinson.
Susan Medley, the music director of the Pittsburgh Concert Chorale and the director of choirs at Washington & Jefferson College, organized the flash mo
- PITTSBURGH (AP) – Isaiah Still converted a layup with 15 seconds left and Clive Allen hit four straight free throws as Robert Morris held off Duquesne, 64-60 in the Colonials at PPG Paints Arena Tuesday night.
Mike Lewis II hit a 3-pointer with 3:32 left to tie the game at 55-55 and hit a layup with :30 left to give the Dukes a 59-58 lead.
For the first time Robert Morris plays two games in Pittsburgh, 17 miles from its home in Moon Township. The second is December 21 against Buffalo.
- via Pittsburgh NewsIt's a crime that's becoming more common, but also increasingly being caught on tape. With holiday-gift orders at their peak, package thieves are out in full-force.
- WYOMING, Pa. (AP) – A mother bear and three cubs have been found dead in a Pennsylvania church parking lot.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission calls the deaths of the sow and the cubs “highly suspicious” and is seeking information.
Wildlife conservation officers responded Tuesday to a report of dead bears in the parking lot of St. Monica’s Church in West Wyoming. They discovered a nearly 300-pound female bear and the cubs.
The bears showed no signs of bullet wounds or exter
- PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Winners of this year’s sing-off competition set the tone, as the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced activities for Highmark First Night Pittsburgh, this New Year’s Eve.
“With this year’s theme, ‘Pittsburgh, the next two hundred years,’ this will leave First Nighters hopeful about the 200 years that lie ahead,” said Highmark spokesman Evan Frazier.
More than a hundred events are scheduled. Cheryl Capezzuti’s towering puppe
- ROBINSON TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Four deserving families got a helping hand, and then some, from a local furniture store, but the biggest surprise of all was saved for last.
It was door-to-door service, as four low-income families stepped out of a luxury coach, and into Bob’s Discount Furniture in Robinson Township. Thanks to Bob’s and the Salvation Army, they were about to receive free beds, one for each family member.
“And the icing on the cake was when we told the kids they
- PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — With apps for just about everything, maybe it’s no surprise there’s now a brand new app to order your drink at a busy bar.
“Order drinks through the phone.Come here straight to the bar.We’re able to make it for them, and the idea is that you get your drinks a lot quicker than normal,” says bartender Craig Newham at the Rivertowne Bar North Shore.
No more standing at the bar waving your hands to get attention — just use your phone and
- CONNELLSVILLE (KDKA) — A woman in Connellsville is accused of tearing up her ex-boyfriend’s yard with her car and hitting anything in her path, including a pool.
Forty-seven-year-old Mary Jo Smith, of Brownsville, was apparently an angry ex of one of the victims, and according to state police, her sole aim in showing up at the Connellsville home was to run over anything she possibly could.
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The yard at 512 Amity Drive is covered with tire tracks from a Jeep SUV th
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