Health


 Nurse Barbara McQuaid, left, and Jana Medina, both volunteers with the Honor Escorts program, fold up an American flag after a training run through at the Pittsburgh VA Hospital on Friday. The program involves volunteers escorting veterans on an American flag-covered gurney from the room where they die to the facilities' morgue. Volunteers for the program have been training in recent weeks to prepare hospital staff to stand at attention when a deceased patient is escorted through the hallways.
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Nurse Barbara McQuaid, left, and Jana Medina, both volunteers with the Honor Escorts program, fold up an American flag after a training run through at the Pittsburgh VA Hospital on Friday. The program involves volunteers escorting veterans on an American flag-covered gurney from the room where they die to the facilities' morgue. Volunteers for the program have been training in recent weeks to prepare hospital staff to stand at attention when a deceased patient is escorted through the hallways.

'Honor escort' at Pittsburgh VAs begins new rite when veterans die

A new "Honors Escort" program will include draping an American flag on the gurney carrying a deceased veteran with escorts by its side.


More than 50 sickened in salmonella outbreak in nine states

Ten people have been hospitalized but no deaths have been reported, according to federal health officials.



 West Penn Hospital in Bloomfield and many others around the state are operating in the red.

Many Pennsylvania hospitals aren't getting paid for care they provide, report finds

The most notable Pittsburgh-area hospitals with negative operating margins were West Penn in Bloomfield and Forbes in Monroeville.



 The findings come less than a year after the suicide of Robin Williams, who had battled depression and was in the early stages of Parkinson’s at the time of his death.

Study suggests depression is precursor to Parkinson’s disease

The more severe the depression, as measured by hospitalizations and other treatment, the higher the risk of Parkinson’s, researchers found.


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Nation


State Dept. releases Clinton emails on Libya and Benghazi attacks

Nearly 900 pages of emails from Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private account provide little apparent fuel for a Republican probe of her actions.



Obama set to strengthen federal role in clean water regulation

Environmentalists have praised the new rule, but it has attracted fierce opposition from several business interests.


 

World


Gay marriage brings Irish out in numbers as #hometovote trends

Polls show overwhelming support to change the law in what was once among the most devout Catholic societies in Europe.



Islamic State claims responsibility for bombing at Saudi mosque

The Saudi Health Ministry said at least 21 people had been killed and more than 120 others injured.


 
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State


Pa. considering photo-enforcement system to catch work zone speeders

Work zone speed cameras have slowed traffic down in Maryland, and may be coming to Pennsylvania.



Amtrak ordered to enforce speed limits in Northeast

The order requires Amtrak to enforce a 50 mph limit near the Frankford Junction curve, modify signals and enforce speed limits elsewhere.


 

Early Returns


Crystal Ball says we're leaning towards Toomey

A reason for Pat Toomey to smile. (Associated Press photo) Underwhelmed by the effort thus far of Democrats to win back the U.S.


Breakfast Sausage: 5 stories to read today

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto listen to a speech Downtown in February 2015.



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