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UPMC, Highmark advance different messages about access

Highmark says 80 percent of UPMC doctors will stay in network when their contract ends; UPMC says the figure is “no more” than 56 percent.


Obama urges leaders to act on climate ‘while we still can’

President Barack Obama urges leaders at global summit to combat climate change, pledging that the United States will help with its



Local Dispatch: The painful thing about root canal is ... everything

It’s easy to see the humor in a root canal … long after it’s over.



Fitzgerald presents plans for coming months to county council

In two weeks, Allegheny County executive Rich Fitzgerald presents his proposed county budget, which he said will not include a tax increase.


Nation


Colorado high school students take to streets against censorship

A new conservative school board majority in the Denver suburbs recently proposed a curriculum-review committee.



Street fire destroys memorial to Michael Brown

The site of the memorial has become sacred to many in Ferguson and others nationwide focused on interactions between minorities and police.


 

World


Israeli forces kill 2 suspects in murder of Jewish teens

Israel says it found and killed in a shootout two Hamas-affiliated men who they suspect kidnapped and murdered three Israel teens in June.



Dire prediction made for unchecked Ebola epidemic in W. Africa

As many as 1.4 million Ebola cases may develop by the end of January without strong efforts in West Africa to counter it, the CDC predicted.


 
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Lives in limbo

Kamala Biswa, 19, sits in her neighbor's home in Bildangi II, one of the remaining Bhutanese refugee camps in eastern Nepal, near the Indian border. Kamala, a shy girl, is immigrating to Akron, Ohio.
For a dwindling number of refugees living in sweltering U.N. camps in Nepal, hope for a new life in Pittsburgh is mixed with the pain of missing family members.

Many refugees cannot return home, or are afraid to do so

Divided families in Nepal remain in limbo

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Pennsylvania Senate expected to pass medical marijuana bill

Legislation to permit the medical use of marijuana is poised to clear the state Senate, but the House is expected to slow the movement.



For state Sen. Jim Ferlo, hate crime bill is personal issue

Several lawmakers spoke in favor of the legislation Tuesday, including Sen. Jim Ferlo, D-Highland Park, who said he is gay.


 

Portfolio


Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Historic buildings in East Liberty pose a challenge

Preservationists try to make the case for saving three of East Liberty’s old buildings.



Gary Rotstein’s The Morning File: On the road with Gidget, the dog, discovering America

The Jack Russell terrier, missing from its Philadelphia home for five months, showed up in Oregon. Wonder what she was thinking ...


 

Early Returns


Ferlo: 'I'm gay. Get over it."

State Sen. Jim Ferlo There will be a time ??? perhaps soon ??? when an announcement like the one state Sen. Jim Ferlo made in


Five thoughts on Monday's Wolf-Corbett debate

Gov. Tom Corbett debates challenger Tom Wolf Monday in Hershey. (Matt Rourke / AP photo) The setting ??? the annual dinner for



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