Associated Press en Obama Touts Manufacturing, Access For Entrepreneurs In Pittsburgh Stop <p>American manufacturing was the focus of President Obama’s visit to Pittsburgh Tuesday.</p><p>The president stopped at TechShop in Bakery Square, a facility that allows start-up businesses, tinkerers and hobbyists to use high-end instruments they may not otherwise have access to. Obama said part of continuing the manufacturing boom in the country will be finding ways to make resources of the federal government more available to the general public.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:20:21 +0000 Deanna Garcia & Associated Press 31102 at Obama Touts Manufacturing, Access For Entrepreneurs In Pittsburgh Stop Heroin Ring in Monroeville Wore 'Bricks R Us' Shirts <p>Federal prosecutors and the FBI say they've charged 44 people in a suburban Pittsburgh heroin ring that brazenly sold drugs while wearing T-shirts with the slogan, "Bricks R Us."</p><p>U.S. Attorney David Hickton and the FBI say the group was supplied out of Newark, New Jersey. They say the ring sold drugs in Pittsburgh and several of its south and east suburbs.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 20:10:38 +0000 Associated Press 30067 at Vegas Company Bets $465 Million on Meadows <p>An eastern Pennsylvania company that owns the real estate of Penn National Gaming Inc. is buying The Meadows Racetrack &amp; Casino near Pittsburgh for $465 million.</p><p>Gaming and Leisure Properties of Wyomissing plans to keep The Meadows buildings and real estate, but will sell its gaming licenses and other assets to a company that will continue to operate the harness racing track and casino.</p><p>The Meadows, about 15 miles south of Pittsburgh, has been owned by Cannery Casino Resorts LLC, of Las Vegas, since 2006.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 10:36:52 +0000 Associated Press 29251 at Suit Says Parking Meters Too High <p>A woman has sued the Pittsburgh Parking Authority, saying that its new electronic parking meters are too tall for her to reach from her wheelchair.</p><p>Fifty-three-year-old Debra J. Stemmler filed the class action lawsuit in U.S. District Court, claiming that the parking authority is violating the Americans With Disabilities Act. Her lawsuit says the new meters have working parts more than 48 inches above the ground, including coin slots.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 19:28:54 +0000 Associated Press 28968 at Suit Says Parking Meters Too High Taliban Suspends Talks On Prisoner Exchange The Taliban has suspended talks over a possible exchange of Taliban and U.S. prisoners due to the "complexity" of the situation in Afghanistan, the militant group said on Sunday.<p>"Due to the political complexity of the current situation in the country, the leadership of the Islamic Emirate has decided to suspend the issue for some time," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an email to media organizations, using the name the Taliban gave their 1996-2001 government.<p>"Therefore, the prisoner exchange process has been delayed until further notice," Mujahid said. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 06:01:00 +0000 Associated Press 24858 at One Dead, 28 Sickened By Carbon Monoxide At New York Mall A 55-year-old restaurant manager died and more than two dozen others were taken to hospitals Saturday after being overcome by carbon monoxide at a New York mall, police said.<p>Suffolk County police identified the man who died as Steven Nelson, a manager at the Legal Sea Foods restaurant at the Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station on Long Island.<p>Police said 28 others affected by carbon monoxide were taken to area hospitals.<p>Three officers were among those overcome by carbon monoxide at the mall, which is about 35 miles east of New York City, police said. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 05:40:00 +0000 Associated Press 24857 at Allegheny Health Network, Johns Hopkins to Collaborate on Cancer Care, Research <p>Allegheny Health Network and Johns Hopkins Medicine have announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding between their two cancer centers.</p><p>When finalized, Allegheny Health Network and the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center will collaborate on several initiatives, share research and participate in joint projects, among other things.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 19:28:54 +0000 Deanna Garcia & Associated Press 23188 at Allegheny Health Network, Johns Hopkins to Collaborate on Cancer Care, Research PA Casinos Suffer Revenue Hit Despite Table Games <p>Revenue from Pennsylvania’s 12 casinos dipped 1.4 percent in 2013 to $3.1 billion. That’s the first time the industry has experienced an overall decline in revenue since casino play began in 2006.</p><p>“We saw a little up, we saw a little down,” said Doug Harbach, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. “Table games continue to be a growing segment. We saw their revenue go up around 6 percent. A slight decrease in slot machines, but that’s not unexpected.”</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:52:49 +0000 Deanna Garcia & Associated Press 22977 at Boeing Machinists Approve Contract To Secure 777X Work The stakes were high and the vote was close as Boeing production workers agreed to concede some benefits in order to secure assembly of the new 777X airplane for the Puget Sound region.<p>Washington Gov. Sat, 04 Jan 2014 12:08:00 +0000 Associated Press 22334 at Boeing Machinists Approve Contract To Secure 777X Work 'Fast & Furious' Star Dies In Car Crash Paul Walker, the star of the "Fast & Furious" movie series, died Saturday in a car crash that killed one other person north of Los Angeles, his publicist said. He was 40.<p>Walker died Saturday afternoon, Ame Van Iden told the Associated Press.<p>A statement on the actor's Facebook page said he was a passenger in a friend's car, and that Walker was in the area to attend a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide.<p>"We ... Sun, 01 Dec 2013 05:52:00 +0000 Associated Press 20629 at 'Fast & Furious' Star Dies In Car Crash Lottery Bid Extended Again <p>Gov. Tom Corbett's keeping his option alive for at least two more months to hire a private manager for the $3.7 billion Pennsylvania Lottery.</p><p>The administration said Tuesday that the British national lottery operator, Camelot Global Services, agreed to extend the company's bid through Dec. 31.</p><p>Corbett began searching for a private manager in April 2012, but Attorney General Kathleen Kane rejected the contract with his eventual choice, Camelot, as illegal.</p><p>Corbett hasn't said whether he's asking state lawmakers for help or whether he'll resubmit the contract to Kane.</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 21:35:54 +0000 Associated Press 18948 at Judge to Decide Later on Paterno Family Lawsuit <p></p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 19:24:02 +0000 Associated Press 18933 at Judge to Decide Later on Paterno Family Lawsuit Effort to Curb Cell Phone Theft Comes to Pennsylvania <p>Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has joined top prosecutors in San Francisco and New York in a nationwide initiative to thwart smartphone&nbsp;thefts by rendering the devices useless after a robbery.</p><p>The “Secure Our Smartphones” initiative was introduced in Pennsylvania by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman this week. It’s a collaboration among attorneys general and municipal leaders asking cell phone manufacturers to develop a “kill switch” for stolen phones.</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 17:05:59 +0000 Deanna Garcia & Associated Press 18916 at ACLU Threatens Robinson Twp. <p>The American Civil Liberties Union is threatening to sue a Pittsburgh suburb for allegedly singling out Republican campaign signs in a crackdown to remove such items from public rights of way.</p><p>The ACLU sent a letter Wednesday to Robinson Township officials. Township manager Jeffrey Silka says he isn't commenting because "it is a legal issue and a subject of potential litigation."</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 18:10:46 +0000 Associated Press 18686 at Judge to Decide if UPMC Has Any Employees <p>A federal judge says she's likely to put on hold a civil rights lawsuit over Pittsburgh's challenge to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's tax-exempt status.</p><p>Meanwhile, in the related state case, attorneys wrangled Monday over whether UPMC has employees.</p><p>The city sued UPMC in earlier this year, saying the medical center shouldn't be treated like a charity because it doesn't act like one.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 11:36:38 +0000 Associated Press 18526 at Judge to Decide if UPMC Has Any Employees Former Pittsburgh Police Chief Harper Pleads Guilty <p>Former city police Chief Nathan Harper has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he conspired to steal police funds deposited into unauthorized credit union accounts and willfully failed to file income tax returns.</p><p>The guilty plea was entered Friday in a hearing before U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon and is the latest incident in a remarkable fall from grace for Harper who joined the city's police force in 1977 and rose through the ranks before being appointed chief in 2006 by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.</p><p>Harper, who is 60-years-old, will be sentenced Feb. 25.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 18:55:14 +0000 Associated Press 18374 at Former Pittsburgh Police Chief Harper Pleads Guilty Edinboro University Won't Cut B.A. Music Program <p>Officials with Edinboro University say the school won't cut bachelor degree programs in music and music education as it works to address a budget deficit. In July, the state system of higher education school had said that it might cut the music programs because there were only 70 students enrolled in them. Now, the school's interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, Michael Hannan, said the music department will not be cut, but will be restructured a bit.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 18:48:36 +0000 Deanna Garcia & Associated Press 18373 at Three U.S. Economists Win Nobel Prize Americans Eugene Fama, Lars Peter Hansen and Robert Shiller won the Nobel prize for economics on Monday for developing new methods to study trends in asset markets.<p>The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the three had laid the foundation of the current understanding of asset prices.<p>While it's hard to predict whether stock or bond prices will go up or down in the short term, it's possible to foresee movements over periods of three years or longer, the academy said.<p>"These findings, which might seem surprising and contradictory, were made and analyzed by this year's laureates," the ac Mon, 14 Oct 2013 11:29:00 +0000 Associated Press 18096 at