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Stat-MD on call for Pittsburgh health crises

Airlines internationally consult with UPMC’s STAT-MD to treat ill patients during flights or divert the flight for medical emergencies.

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Obama hits midterm election trail

Gubernatorial candidates are eager for the star power he still brings when it comes to firing up the core constituencies in the party.

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July 12, 1921 - Oct. 16, 2014

The Bridgeville native died Thursday at St. Clair Hospital.

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 A typical housing development in Markham has homes packed close together with small lawns, because land is at such a premium

An Asian magnet suburb is Canada's most diverse city

Ethnic Chinese residents comprise 40 percent of the population in Markham, Ontario.

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State studies on shale-site air emissions incomplete, according to court documents

The state’s oft-cited shale gas air pollution studies do not include data on some pollutants, according to depositions from DEP employees.

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 Tom Fodi

Minister challenges incumbent Ravenstahl for House seat

Republican Tom Fodi of Bellevue said Adam Ravenstahl hasn’t shown much leadership, but Mr. Ravebnstahl said that’s because the GOP is in

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Alert: principal on board to promote safety

The Faison principal is riding school buses to emphasize proper behavior.

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Gary Rotstein’s The Morning File: Run the ‘Life Expectancy Calculator’ and rejoice

There’s just so much good news about death in America.

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 Anthony Fauci, director of The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington, as the House Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations conducted a hearing to examine the response to the Ebola outbreak and whether America’s hospitals and health care workers are adequately prepared for Ebola patients.

CDC to revise protocol for Ebola treatment

And the Pentagon announced it was forming a team to assist medical staff in the U.S., if needed.

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 Pope Francis waves in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Sunday after he celebrated the beatification ceremony of Pope Paul VI and a mass for the closing of a two-week synod on family issues.

Pope Francis beatifies Pope Paul VI

Pope Paul VI died in 1978 after shepherding the church through a period of internal overhaul amid an era of social and political change.

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Friction abounds at Jerusalem’s holiest site

Clashes have flared repeatedly in the past few weeks as increasing numbers of Jews have visited the sacred area during the Jewish holidays.

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U.S. airdrops arms to Kurds in Syrian town of Kobani

The airdrops Sunday were the first of their kind and followed weeks of coalition airstrikes in and near the town on the Turkish border.

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Power plants seek to extend life of nuclear reactors

Nuclear proponents say that extending plants’ lifetimes is more economical than building new plants. But the idea is striking.

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Elections bolster India’s PM Modi

The optimism follows on the heels of Mr. Modi’s Saturday move to scrap controls on diesel prices and increase natural gas tariffs.

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Urban migration of college graduates expanding

When young college graduates decide where to move, they are not just looking at the usual suspects.

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World Briefs: Sides remain far apart in Hong Kong

PLUS: Russia balks in talks; China eyes changes; Catalans call for elections;

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 Deepak Gupta, head of the Applied Research and Innovation Centre at Centennial College in Ontario, says from his experience, the American immigration system works better for professionals like him.​

Indian immigrant says Canadian system better than U.S.

A chemical engineer with experience living in the U.S. and Canada gives high marks to Canada's immigration laws.

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National Briefs: Met Opera faces protest for opening

PLUS: Officials observe remains; comet passes Mars; N.H. festival mayhem; man arrested for 3 killings

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 A youthful group of pedestrians crosses the corner of Yonge and Dundas streets in Toronto. Nearly a third of the region's residents are under 20, compared with 22 percent in Pittsburgh.

Toronto: 'most multicultural city in the world'

Pittsburgh has a foreign-born population of just 4 percent, while nearly half of the Toronto area’s residents were born in another country.

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 Gov. Tom Corbett speaks to the media during the announcement of of redevelopment plans for the Almono-Hazelwood site in Pittsburgh last week.

For Corbett, an uphill battle for a second term

Gov. Tom Corbett has been polling behind challenger Tom Wolf, but Republicans point with excitement to two polls showing the gap narrowing.

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 Stan Franzos at the Duquesne Club billiard room, where he frequently photographed events.

Obituary: Stanley Lawrence Franzos / His passion for photography reflected passion for subjects

Mr. Franzos was the cheerleading Pitt panther in college days and, forsaking the family’s butcher business, became a respected photographer.

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 Pittsburgh's skyline and bridges often are revered for their beauty. But the Pittsburgh accent? Not so much, according to a Gawker.com contest.

Pittsburgh trumps Scranton for 'America's ugliest accent' title

Pittsburgh finished with 10,404 votes to Scranton's 8,748 to win by a margin of 54 percent in the Gawker.com contest.

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Obama opposes Africa travel ban

President Barack Obama said Saturday that Americans “can’t give in to hysteria or fear” about the spread of the virus.

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No consensus at Vatican as synod ends

Catholic synod of bishops watered down the warm and welcoming language about gays and divorced coupled that appeared ina preliminary report.

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Supreme Court allows Texas to use voter ID law

The measures can be used in the November elections.

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Obama says sealing off region could worsen Ebola epedemic

He urged Americans not to give into “hysteria” as Republicans question his newly appointed czar.

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Iraqi parliament approves defense, interior ministers

Iraqi parliament approves defense, interior ministers as part of a unity government to help tackle Islamic insurgents.

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Fighting intensifies in besieged Kurdish town

U.S.-led coalition jets pounded suspected Islamic State targets at least six times in the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Saturday.

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Two Ohio residents being watched for Ebola

The Putnam County residents were in contact with the Texas nurse being treated for the disease.

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Ferguson police officer tells investigators he feared for his life during struggle

The policeman who fatally shot an unarmed teen in a St. Louis suburb in August said he was pinned in his vehicle as they struggled over his

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New York's registry of mentally ill people barred from having firearms draws heavy criticism

The database was established after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012.

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Nation briefs: Social security gets boost

PLUS: Ebola patient’s memorial; Hurricane passes Hawaii; RC endorses HIV pill.

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World briefs: Violent clashes in Hong Kong

PLUS: Rare rhino dead in Kenya; Hurricane hits Bermuda; Militants attack in Nigeria.

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 Jian Ghomeshi has become a celebrity in Canada as the host of Q, an interview program on the arts and public issues. But his identity has been strongly shaped by being a first-generation Iranian immigrant, he says.

Canada's 'Q' host Jian Ghomeshi speaks of life as an immigrant

Radio host Jian Ghomeshi, whose heritage is Iranian, is an immigrant who was born in England and arrived in Canada at age 7 in the mid-’70s.

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Survey shows Wolf's lead over Corbett cut to seven percentage points

A new survey shows a closer race in Pennsylvania between Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and his challenger, Democrat Tom Wolf.

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Major airlines say Ebola not affecting bookings

“I’m not afraid of the disease but the overreaction to it,” said one man flying Saturday night to Africa.

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 Eric Frein

Pennsylvania police say fugitive may have been spotted

A woman walking near Pocono Mountain East High School in Swiftwater spotted a man matching Eric Frein’s description around 9 p.m. Friday.

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Feds approve rules for campuses to report sex assults

Federal regulations require colleges to step up efforts to report and prevent crime and help victims navigate reporting systems.

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Coyotes are hunt clubs’ elusive new prey

Hard-to-catch coyotes have supplanted disappearing foxes as hunting clubs’ quarry.

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 Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., speaks at a news conference at UPMC Presbyterian about funding for the Hospital Preparedness Program and the region’s preparedness for an infectious outbreak as Donald Yealy, UPMC chair of emergency medicine, listens.

Ebola risk ‘very, very low’ for Pittsburgh region, officials say

Carlene Muto, UPMC director of infection prevention, said one effort to improve response is an Ebola executive committee to organize care.

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Sluggish Pa. employment persists in September

Pennsylvania’s economic recovery is slower than the rest of the nation.

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EDMC enrollment, shares fall

The for-profit education company has not seen profits in the last three years.

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Obituary: David S. Shrager/ Criminal defense attorney who empathized with clients

David S. Shrager, a criminal defense attorney for nearly 40 years, died Thursday at the age of 67.

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 Michael Dunn is led away after his sentencing Friday at the Duval County Courthouse in Jacksonville, Fla. Dunn, convicted of first-degree murder in a retrial in September for fatally shooting 17-year-old Jordan Davis in November 2012 in an argument over loud music outside a Florida convenience store, was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Loud music killing nets life sentence

Fla. man gets life in prison in loud music killing, in a case that to some mirrored the Trayvon Martin case.

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Many unable to meet a deductible or the doctor

It’s a trade-off, insurers say, for keeping premiums for the marketplace plans relatively low.

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Hong Kong protesters defy police

Police used pepper spray and batons as they sought to disperse demonstrators who stormed across barricades.

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 Alleged missing girls abducted in Nigeria are shown in this image released by the Boko Haram Islamic extremist group in May. Nigerian government officials announced Friday that more than 200 girls will be released by the group.

Schoolgirls to be released, Nigeria says

Nigeria said it agreed a cease-fire with Boko Haram militants, but some doubt the government announcement.

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Christie signs law allowing betting on sports in N.J.

But legal challenges could stall the roll-out.

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U.N. paper says WHO failed in Ebola response

In a draft document, the World Health Organization blamed factors including incompetent staff and a lack of information.

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Prison term reductions before California voters

Support for the ballot initiative is uniting billionaires on opposite ends of the political spectrum.

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