The hip joint

Knee, hip replacement costs a bargain at Pittsburgh area hospitals

Pittsburgh is a low-cost market when it comes to knee and hip replacements, according to a new Blue Cross Blue Shield survey.

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 The bill is opposed by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

Controversial proposal for nonprofit amendment advances in Pennsylvania

The proposal could lead to a constitutional amendment giving the Legislature more authority over determining tax exemptions for nonprofits.

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 Natalia Rudiak

Pittsburgh Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak pushes for city-paid parental leave

The cost of the program proposed by Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak would be negligible, a Pittsburgh personnel official said.

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 The Greenfield Bridge, with the Parkway East passing beneath.

Greenfield Bridge reconstruction to cause months of detours, traffic woes

The Greenfield Bridge will close late this year for repairs.

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13 Corbett selections cleared for vote in Senate

Last week, Gov. Tom Wolf recalled 28 nominations, which he characterized as having been made at the “eleventh hour.”

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Be My Valentine: Nothing’s quite like young love, thank goodness

The love of my life had moved away. While letters with a California postmark in my mailbox made my heart beat a little faster, I missed him.

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 Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu listens as President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting at the White House in October.

Netanyahu talk stirs backlash in Israeli race

Political analysts say attacking Israel’s prime minister for deteriorating relations with Washington, could be a winning message.

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 Cory Batey

Jury convicts 2 ex-Vanderbilt players of raping woman

The jury members rejected claims that they were too drunk to know what they were doing, and that the college culture should be blamed.

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 Yoshihide Suga, Japanese government spokesman chief cabinet secretary, speaks to the media at the prime minister’s office in Tokyo today shortly after the latest online message purportedly from the Islamic State group warmed that Japanese hostage Kenji Goto and a Jordanian pilot the extremists hold have less than “24 hours left to live.”

Secret talks in Jordan try to win release of hostages

The global efforts gained greater urgency with the release of an apparent ultimatum from the Islamic State group.

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Spy agency employee was flying drone that crashed at White House

President Barack Obama says the incident shows that the U.S. must take steps to ensure that commercial and consumer drones are used safely.

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In reprieve to Obama, Senate Democrats agree to wait on Iran sanctions

The 10 lawmakers said they would wait until after a March deadline for finishing the outlines of a deal to curb Tehran’s nuclear program.

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 In this Nov. 12, 2014, file photo, the website, where people can buy health insurance, on a laptop screen is seen in Portland, Ore. Some 9.5 million people have already signed up for 2015 coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law, and the administration is on track to surpass its nationwide enrollment target set last year.

Gov’t says 9.5 million already signed up for 2015 coverage under Obama’s health law

Federal officials’ nationwide health care coverage enrollment targets for 2015 are expected to be surpassed.

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Obituary / William K. Foster Sr.: Banker lived to help others

William K. Foster Sr. worked helping minority communities through banking and agencies such as the Urban League of Pittsburgh.

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Obituary / Darrell Winfield: Marlboro Man persona was real for cowboy

He was  one of the most recognizable Marlboro Men who roamed the  western United States in ads for the cigarette brand.

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Obituary / Steve Katz: Devoted baseball coach built lasting program

Steve Katz loved sports and was a devoted coach and mentor to all.

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World Briefs: Grim warning on Auschwitz anniversary

PLUS: Obama meets Saudi king; Yemen rebels; Ukrainian parliament; Fidel Castro; murdered Mexican students.

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National Briefs: ’61 civil rights arrests in S.C. to be erased

PLUS: Mormon and gay ’fairness’; drug sentences reduced; Facebook service outage.

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 Physical therapy resident Pam Dunlap evaluates Gaige Pavlocak's balance

Allegheny County school districts’ occupational, physical therapists in jeopardy

A $1.1 million deficit has caused the Allegheny Intermediate Unit to turn therapists into independent contractors, some of whom may quit.

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Obama calls for offshore oil and gas drilling on Atlantic coast

His administration’s politically fraught plan also imposed new restrictions on environmentally fragile waters off northern Alaska.

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 Bella Carotto, 9, helps her mother, Loren Carroto, create a flower arrangement at the family business, Monessen Florist.  Bella has pediatric kidney stones.

Doctors treating more children with kidney stones

Last year, Children’s Hospital saw 100 patients who had kidney stones, said Michael Moritz, clinical director of pediatric nephrology.

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 Aided by medications such as insulin, the tight blood-sugar control might reflect an overtreatment of diabetes, according to a recent study.

Can older people raise health risks by controlling their diabetes too tightly?

Tight control isn’t for everyone, and “treatment should be individualized,” according to one Pittsburgh-area doctor.

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 Auschwitz survivor Roman Kent makes a speech at a ceremony today on the site of the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau near Oswiecim. Ceremonies to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the camp are taking place today, with some 300 former Auschwitz prisoners taking part in the commemoration event. In Auschwitz, Nazis killed at least 1.1 million people, mainly Jews, but also prisoners of other ethnicities.

Last survivors recall Auschwitz, ask if lessons learned

Today's gathering in Poland marks perhaps the last major anniversary survivors of the Nazi German camp will be able to attend in numbers.

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 Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Dave Reed, R-Indiana, supports medical marijuana.

Medical marijuana may have new traction at state Capitol

Gov. Tom Wolf, who supported medical marijuana during his campaign, met today with families advocating for its legalization.

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 Christian Urraca uses a snow blower Tuesday to clear a path outside his house on Burncoat Street as his son, Anthony, 5, follows with a shovel in Worcester, Mass.

Storm pummels New England, but spares New York and New Jersey

While the storm failed to live up to predictions in some areas, eastern Long Island north through Maine were expected to fare the worst.

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Pa. Senate advances controversial nonprofits bill

Senate Bill 4 advanced 14-12 and could receive a full floor vote soon.

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 Nolan Burch, 18, died Nov. 14.

Police: WVU fraternity pledge had blood-alcohol level of 0.49

Nolan Burch, a freshman, died in November after an initiation event at the Kappa Sigma fraternity.

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Wilkinsburg School District approves one-time bonuses for elementary principals

Elementary principals Tanya Smith, of Turner Elementary, and Rosalind Fisher, of Kelly Elementary, will receive the one-time bonuses.

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 “In pure form,” the senators' letter says, “overdosing on caffeine is not only easy but virtually unavoidable.”

U.S. senators urge FDA to ban retail sales of caffeine powder

Two deaths have been linked to powdered caffeine, with one teaspoon having the equivalent of about 25 cups of coffee.

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Cal U professor found dead in campus office

Burrell Brown, on the Cal U faculty since 1989, was found dead late Sunday.

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 Lyft cars line up in a parking lot at The Waterfront complex in Homestead last summer.

Ride-share company Lyft to launch in Philadelphia

The San Francisco-based company said it plans to offer its service starting at 6 p.m. Friday

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 Mayor Bill Peduto

Pennsylvania nonprofit amendment proposal spurs debate

The proposed amendment would give the Legislature sole discretion in defining which organizations are charities deserving tax exemptions.

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Travel bans lifted in New York, New Jersey; subways to restart

Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York and Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey lifted the orders in separate announcements.

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Health happenings for the week of Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Health-related events scheduled for the coming week.

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 Fishing boats ride out the storm at dock today in Scituate, Mass. The winter storm packing blizzard conditions spun up the East Coast early todayy, pounding parts of coastal New Jersey northward through Maine with high winds and heavy snow.

National Weather Service to evaluate work after missed call on storm

Parts of Long Island and New England are getting slammed. But many parts of New Jersey received less than 4 inches.

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 Elizabeth Kealey

Obituary: Elizabeth Kealey / Marine Corps pilot didn't waver in wake of challenges

Everyone agrees that Elizabeth “Betsy” Kealey did great things with her life, but to her, it was no big deal.

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 The Honeydripper's crew, from left to right: James Perry, Keita Didi Lee, Jerome Anderson Jr., Nicole and Antonovich Perry.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Homewood grocer produces food the area lacked

Perry’s Honeydripper gives Homewood an uncommon amenity: a hot-food take-out with groceries and produce.

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 A thin layer of ice covers the Allegheny River this morning. The cold and slick roads from Monday's snowfall prompted many school districts in the Pittsburgh area to delay the start of school today.

Pittsburgh-area school districts announce two-hour delays

No snow is expected today. The National Weather Service has forecast a high of 22 and a low of 7 tonight.

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 The outage "was not the result of a third-party attack but instead occurred after we introduced a change that affected our configuration systems," Facebook said in a statement.

Facebook says internal glitch to blame for global outages of its sites

The outage at Facebook appeared to spill over and temporarily slow or block traffic to other major Internet sites.

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Alexis Tsipras: A young, impatient leftist is Greece's defiant new face

The nation is fast running out of money and in need of an infusion from its creditors to avoid a run on its banks before the end of next

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Federal debt will explode over next 10 years, CBO says

The budget deficit is projected to reach its lowest level of the Obama presidency, but the improving deficit numbers are temporary.

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Islamic State flees Kobani battle in Syria

The outcome would be a major victory for the Kurds in a town that became the primary focus of the U.S. aerial campaign.

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 Former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling leaves the Alexandria Federal Courthouse in Alexandria, Va., Monday with his wife, Holly, after being convicted on all nine counts he faced of leaking classified details of an operation to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions to a New York Times reporter.

Ex-CIA officer found guilty of espionage in news leak

The case revolved around a CIA operation in which a former Russian scientist provided Iran with flawed nuclear component schematics.

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Russia defiant after more threats from West over Ukraine

Standard & Poor’s rating agency downgraded Russia’s credit rating to junk, causing the ruble to tumble further.

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Obama administration wants to dramatically change how doctors are paid

It would tie Medicare fees more closely to the quality of care rather than the quantity.

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 Visitors walk by barbed wire fences Monday at the Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, Poland. A decade ago, 1,500 Holocaust survivors traveled to Auschwitz to mark the 60th anniversary of the death camp's liberation. Today, for the 70th anniversary, organizers are expecting 300, the youngest in their 70s.

Holocaust survivors, memories dwindling

As the world moves closer to a post-survivor era, some Jewish leaders fear that people are already starting to forget the Holocaust.

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 The Cortinthia Hotel is seen under attack in Tripoli, Libya, today as gunmen stormed the luxury hotel in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, killing several foreigners and guards, officials said.

Nine killed as gunmen storm luxury hotel in Libyan capital

A worker said the hotel had Italian, British and Turkish guests, but the hotel was largely empty at the time of the attack.

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Autistic siblings have more differences than similarities, study finds

About 30 percent of the 85 sibling pairs in a study reported on Monday shared the same mutation, and about 70 percent did not.

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 Lyft co-founder John Zimmer displays his company's pink "glowstache."

Lyft cars still think pink, but streamline the 'stache

The ride-hailing company has pulled the pink furry mustache and replaced it with a 5-inch-long pink "glowstache" on the dashboard.

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National Briefs: Christie signals intent with PAC

Plus: Russian spy ring case; Kochs eye $900 million; Surveillance on cars?

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World Briefs: Philippines clash strains peace pact

Plus: Yemen drone strike; Mubarak’s sons released; Global warming warning;

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