MILWAUKEE — On a clear August day in 2011, NASA launched a cube perched atop an Atlas V rocket that unfurled into a probe the size of a basketball court, complete with three whirling solar arrays.
Michelle Obama was greeted by traditional dancers wearing red, white and blue as she arrived on Monday in Liberia — the first stop of a three-nation tour promoting girls’ education around the world, the cause she plans to carry on after she leaves the White House in January.
WASHINGTON — The Democrats on the House Benghazi committee released their final conclusions from the inquiry into attacks on Americans in that Libyan city in 2012, and in the report they say, once again, that the investigation is a politically motivated sham aimed at damaging the reputation of Hillary Clinton.
FALLUJAH, Iraq — Dozens of homes were looted and burned as Fallujah was liberated from the Islamic State group, and Iraqi government forces Monday accused the retreating militants. Some provincial police, however, blamed the fires on Shiite militias operating with the federal police.
LONDON — Britain on Monday accelerated its possible date with destiny outside the European Union, bringing forward the selection of its new prime minister by a month in a move expected to help assuage European demands for a more rapid withdrawal.
JERUSALEM — Israel and Turkey struck a broad reconciliation pact Monday that will restore full diplomatic relations after six years of animosity between the once-close Mideast powers.
RAINELLE, W.Va. — When the torrential rains stopped in the tiny West Virginia town of Rainelle, the volunteers started showing up.
CINCINNATI — While co-campaigner Elizabeth Warren savaged Republican Donald Trump as a “money-grubber,” presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Monday pitched a populist message in Ms. Clinton’s third trip to Ohio in 15 days.
Volkswagen’s price tag to settle lawsuits in the U.S. over its rigging of diesel emissions tests has jumped to more than $15 billion — $5 billion more than previously reported — on the eve of a settlement to be filed today in a San Francisco court.
As the bee population continues to decline, PennEnvironment says it is taking the checkered tradition of picnicking down with it.
In a big win for abortion-rights advocates, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Texas abortion law that required clinics to meet hospital-like surgical standards and doctors to get admitting privileges at a local hospital.
During a campaign stop Monday at the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on the North Shore, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey said the June 12 mass shooting in Orlando, Fla., showed that “we are a nation at war” — and he called on his Democratic challenger, Katie McGinty, to join him in arming police to fight it.
ROME — Leaders of gay Catholic groups on Monday praised Pope Francis for saying that all Christians and the Roman Catholic Church owed an apology to gays for previous mistreatment, even as the groups called on the church to take more concrete steps to repudiate past teachings and condemn anti-gay violence.
Port Authority is embarking on a seven-year project to review more than 7,000 bus stops to eliminate those that are too close together or don’t serve enough riders.
Zika had barely cracked the national consciousness last year when the Katyals had their McCandless yard sprayed for pests.
Logic might dictate that unmanned drones could better deliver vaccines in developing countries when compared with ground-based transportation.
Years ago, Sunday mornings in Jean Lederman Fineman’s Squirrel Hill home were not for rest, but for reading.
People have few excuses nowadays to avoid being screened for colorectal cancer — the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States behind lung and bronchial cancers.
NEW YORK — It’s going to be a busy holiday weekend on the nation’s highways.
WASHINGTON — A unanimous Supreme Court on Monday threw out the bribery conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell in a ruling that could make it tougher to prosecute elected officials accused of corruption.
Dr. Anupam B. Jena, of Harvard Medical School, calls them “opioid naive.”
They are the patients who walk through a hospital’s doors having never taken narcotics. They are also the patients, Dr. Jena and his colleagues found, who walk out of those doors after treatment about 15 percent more likely to receive a second opioid prescription within the next seven days.
Dr. Jena, along with Dr. Dana Goldman of Stanford and Dr. Pinar Karaca-Mandic of the University of Minnesota, analyzed 623,957 cases where “opioid naive” Medicare beneficiaries received narcotics for the first time during a hospital visit. Of those patients, 92,882 received a second prescription within seven days; 32,731 received another prescription after 90 days.
According to Dr. Jena, those numbers, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), suggest that some doctors sustain patients’ dependence on opioids after a first-time treatment.
“There’s really no understanding [of opioid prescribing practices] aside from what you read about ‘pill-mill’ doctors,” Dr. Jena said. Though these doctors receive more media attention, Dr. Jena explained, they account for a minority of prescriptions — patients are more likely to receive opioids during emergency room visits.
The Pittsburgh Public Schools board will hold a special meeting Wednesday to provide an update on the controversy surrounding the incoming superintendent, two days before he is set to begin that job.
This fall runners will have the opportunity to race in a 5K on the grounds and taxiways near hangars and aircraft at the Pittsburgh International Airport, the Pittsburgh marathon organizers and the Allegheny County Airport Authority announced today. The airport will host its first-ever 5K race at 10 a.m. on Oct.1, followed by a 1-Mile Run at 10:45 a.m.
HARRISBURG — A bill that would forbid natural gas producers from paying leaseholders a smaller royalty than the state minimum 12.5 percent moved out of a House committee on Monday.
The region’s second largest integrated health care network will continue its transition into a physician-led system, the new CEO said Monday.