John Meeker, 51, of Nottingham, has his knee worked on by physical therapist Mike Degregorio at Allegheny Health Network Outpatient Care Center in McMurray.  Mr. Meeker had a total knee replacement and was discharged the same day as his surgery.

Some hip, knee replacement patients heading home within hours of surgery

Allegheny Health Network patients having hip and knee replacements can now be discharged on the same day as their operation.

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 The study, including researchers and data from the Netherlands, found that a person’s perception alone that he or she lives in a bad neighborhood is associated with shorter telomeres — the protective caps on chromosomes that diminish with age and more aggressively so from stress.

Stress in neighborhood may be linked to faster aging

A Pitt-Netherlands study finds that telomeres, the end caps of chromosomes, shrink due to the stress of life in a bad neighborhood.

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Saxonburg Boulevard restrictions begin today in O'Hara

Work will occur between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays.

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 The bill would retain the examinations but allow states to decide how much weight to give them when evaluating schools.

Senate to begin overhaul of No Child Left Behind Act

A proposed bill would prohibit the federal government from mandating controversial national education standards.

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 Barbara Daly Danko

Democratic candidates for Danko county council seat to appear Wednesday

Four Democrats want the nomination for Allegheny County Council to replace Barbara Daly Danko, who died before the primary but won anyway.

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 Larry Schweiger

PennFuture picks Pittsburgh native as CEO

Larry Schweiger replaces former president and CEO Cindy Dunn, who now heads the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

about 9 hours ago

Journal has package on breast cancer

JAMA medical journal articles continue discussion of issues involved with breast cancer screening, including overdiagnosis and cancer risk.

about 9 hours ago

Merkel warns Greece time running out to save place in euro

A key emergency meeting of European finance ministers is to be followed today by a summit of the continent’s leaders.

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 The bill, introduced by Rep. Brandon Neuman, D-Washington County, would speed up DNA testing on sexual assault evidence kits, more commonly referred to as rape kits.

Bill set to speed up sexual assault investigations

The Neuman Bill will establish timelines for the testing of sexual assault evidence kits and use the data to convict repeat offenders. …

about 9 hours ago

In Syria, the weaknesses of Islamic State and U.S. strategy on display

President Obama met with military leaders at the Pentagon and cited recent gains in Syria as progress in the fight against Islamic State.

about 9 hours ago

In Ecuador, Pope Francis appeals for more inclusive Church

Pope Francis at first Mass of his South American tour seeks support for family themes that are the focus of an October synod of bishops.

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South Carolina Senate casts first vote to remove Confederate flag

A final vote is pending and the outcome for the measure in the state House is uncertain.

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Iran talks hit potential snag over arms embargo

The negotiations with Tehran over its nuclear intentions snagged Monday over the lifting of sanctions and may stretch past today’s deadline.

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Simple bill to help vets shows things in Congress aren’t so simple

The U.S. House is amid work on a bill to create a uniform I.D. card for military veterans.

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Health happenings

Health- and fitness-related events for week following Tuesday, July 7, 2015.

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San Francisco shooting death inflames debate over illegal immigration

The Obama administration accused local officials of releasing the suspected shooter in defiance of efforts to deport him.

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10 killed, 55 wounded in Fourth of July gun violence in Chicago

The toll was lower than last year but was marked by an intense stretch of gun violence over eight hours on one of the nights this weekend.

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World briefs: Mexico troopskill 6 near U.S. border

Plus: Nearly 100 killed in airstrikes across Yemen; extremist violence in Nigeria kills more than 60; and more news from around the world.

about 9 hours ago

Hearing set in newest Sandusky sex assault case

The latest accuser came forward in early June and alleged that Sandusky sexually assaulted him at a football camp in 1988, when he was 16.

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 GTECH staffers Gavin White, left, and Lydia Kramer clear weeds in new Propel Northside charter school lot.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Grant program helps give vacant lots a future use

A weedy lot near the Propel Northside charter school will become a classroom when students return.

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Obituary: Jim Schafer / Loved to capture nature with his camera

Jim Schafer, an architectural and nature photographer, died of a heart attack. He was 64.

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 “It’s a good move to make,” U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy said.

Pennsylvania expands education benefits for veterans

Eligible veterans will pay in-state tuition at public colleges and universities under a state law no matter how recently they moved here.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed Republican-backed budget legislation last week.

GOP criticizes budget veto in letter to Wolf

Republican legislative leaders claimed the Democratic governor's rejection of the full budget bill "puts politics above governing."

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Gas prices fall nearly 2 cents per gallon in Pittsburgh region

Prices at the pump, however, both nationally and in Pittsburgh are slightly above where they were a month ago.

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 Allegheny County had an average of about 107 asbestos-related deaths a year for the 15 years studied, the highest of any county in the state.

Study: Asbestos deaths in Allegheny County, Pa. much higher than national average

Asbestos, called the “hidden killer” because illnesses take decades to develop, still causes diseases despite not being made in the U.S.

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 Veteran Tim Hornik, 35, undergoes guide dog training in Queens on Wednesday. Mr. Hornik and his guide dog, Black Jack, have been working together for nearly two weeks. Mr. Hornik's vision was damaged after he was shot in the face by a sniper in Iraq in 2004.

UPMC exploring future of eye transplants

Acknowledging the years of work still to come, a University of Pittsburgh researcher forges ahead on an experimental eye transplant program.

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 Dr. David H. Perlmutter

Scientific director at Children's Hospital named dean at Washington University

Dr. David H. Perlmutter also is a distinguished professor and the Vira I. Heinz Endowed Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Pitt.

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 Point Park has 3,737 full- and part-time students, school President Paul Hennigan said.

Point Park lets go of nearly three dozen employees

The job cuts represent 3 percent of the university's total workforce, President Paul Hennigan wrote in a memo.

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Greek finance minister Varoufakis quits after 'no' vote

Yanis Varoufakis, a self-proclaimed “erratic Marxist" economist, accuses Greece’ creditors of "terrorism.”

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Reddit CEO Pao under fire as users protest removal of executive

The popular website experienced wide blackouts over the weekend as moderators spoke up.

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 City Councilman Corey O'Connor said the ordinance, backed by the nonprofit Pittsburgh United, a coalition of community organizations, religious groups and labor unions, will produce “benefits for workers, benefits for businesses and benefits for the public health of the region.”

Pittsburgh council to introduce paid sick-leave legislation

The draft ordinance says about 40 percent of Pittsburgh private sector workers and 77 percent of service workers have no paid sick time.

1 day ago

Bridge inspection work planned for I-279 bridge

The work will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., weather permitting, and restrictions will be in both directions on Interstate 279 north.

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 Pope Francis is welcomed by children Sunday as he arrives at the Mariscal Sucre international airport in Quito, Ecuador.

Pope comes 'home' to South America to defend planet and the poor

The pontiff highlighted the country’s biodiversity as he continued to advocate for more action on climate change.

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Hope for a more moderate Congress

A former congresswoman from California is hoping to bring about change in the way states draw their district borders.

1 day ago

Airstrike hits market in Yemen, more than 45 killed

Yemen's exiled government said it expects a deal shortly on a humanitarian ceasefire that would run through the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday.

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Nation briefs: Man dies in fireworks incident

Plus: Haley rebukes flag; 2 killed in accident in Ohio River; Deck collapse at N. Carolina beach house

1 day ago

Bombs at Nigeria mosque, restaurant kill 44

Officials said 67 other people were wounded in the attacks Sunday night that was blamed on the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.

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Facebook eyes potential for growth across Africa

With growth stymied elsewhere, the social network wants to open up the continent for its “next billion users.”

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Pennsylvania Department of Corrections train prison staff to recognize mental illness

After a lawsuit for mistreating mentally ill inmates, the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections has trained all 15,000 employees.

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Kerry warns Iran of hard choices needed for nuclear deal

A Tuesday deadline looms for international negotiators to reach a deal on Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

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U.S.-led coalition’s airstrikes pound IS stronghold in Syria

The attack on the Islamic State’s de facto capital was rare in its intensity, officials said.

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Southbound Lincoln Way to close in White Oak

The closure is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. today until July 19.

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National briefs: Buffett donates $2.8 billion

Plus: Eric Holder returns to law firm; the world’s oldest person celebrates her birthday in New York; and more news from around the country.

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Obituary: Minerva Maiers / A career woman who was ahead of her time

Minerva Maiers, skilled secretary and tireless volunteer for Catholic causes in Bellevue dies at 98.

1 day ago

 A great spot for Super Bowl LVII.

Gary Rotstein’s Morning File: Dream about Super Bowl coming here in 2023

Bringing Super Bowl here is something worth dreaming about for the next eight years.

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Blinded veterans say not enough research money goes toward vision injuries

Congress has supplied $10 million in special vision research funding in the budget, but advocates have been unable to increase that figure.

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 A supporter of the “No” vote waves a Greek flag in front of the parliament Sunday after the results of the referendum at Syntagma square in Athens, Greece.

Greeks reject bailout terms

Greeks delivered a shocking rebuff to Europe’s leaders on Sunday, decisively rejecting a deal offered by the country’s creditors.

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 Entertainer Bill Cosby pauses during a news conference last year. Cosby admitted in a 2005 deposition that he obtained Quaaludes with the intent of using them to have sex with young women.

Bill Cosby admitted in 2005 to getting drugs to give women for sex

The AP went to court to compel the release of the documents; Cosby’s lawyers objected on the grounds that it would embarrass their client.

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GOP to choose nominee for state Senate election

Republican officials will choose their nominee for a South Hills state Senate special election on Saturday.

about 10 hours ago

 A Confederate flag flies at a confederate monument in front of the South Carolina State House in Columbia, South Carolina on July 4, 2015.

South Carolina Senate advances bill to remove Confederate flag

At least three senators spoke in favor of keeping the flag flying.

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