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Medical professionals and politicians seek ways to prevent prescription addiction

Addiction to opioids can be insidious for patients, but new Pennsylvania guidelines can give doctors more tools to ward off problems.


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Philadelphia archbishop confident Pope Francis will visit in 2015

Although Pope Francis’ people aren’t confirming it yet, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput said the pontiff has accepted an invitation.



New traffic pattern to debut on inbound Route 28

The traffic split will be removed but the right lane will continue to be an exit-only lane at East Ohio Street.



Global force seeking to reach crash site is repulsed by fighting

Fierce fighting gripped a dozen towns, blocking an international police force from reaching the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.


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Report finds Medicare finances improving partly due to Obamacare, hospital expenses

Annual trustees forecast of two largest entitlement programs shows forces reining in health care spending are extending Medicare funds.



Paid leave encourages female employees to stay

The small dip is adding to concerns about the strength of the economic recovery.


 

World


Iraqis defy extremists, save landmark minaret

Islamic State fighters sought to blow up 840-year-old leaning tower, but residents formed human chain to guard it, and militants backed



World briefs: Rebels ambush Muslim pilgrims

PLUS: China targets church symbols; oil fire rages in Libya; Liberia borders nearly closed; U.S.: Russia violated pact; Russia loses Yukos


 
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UPMC is finding ways to squeeze savings, prevent waste

With tight margins and a tough operating environment, UPMC is scrutinizing every part of the supply chain to save pennies in multiples.



PHEAA warns of rise in financial aid scams

As state financial aid application deadlines approach, scammers are targeting college students and families.


 

Early Returns


Tax policy? It depends.

The details of tax policy, more than almost anything else in politics, make people???s eyes glaze over. It???s a shame that


Education cuts? It depends

So, did Governor Corbett cut state spending on education? Or did he increase it? Well, it depends. Education is the most



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