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 Terri Thieret, holding the family cat Nutmeg, spent three months in the hospital after contracting a severe case of H1N1 flu last winter.

Dramatic treatment gave AGH nurse back her life from H1N1 flu

Allegheny General Hospital nurse Terri Theiret spends nine months recovering from H1N1 flu, aided by ECMO system and medically induced coma.

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Test may detect lung cancer in its earliest stages

West Penn Hospital is offering free lung cancer screening to long-term smokers as part of a pilot study on its life-saving effects.

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Post-Gazette sues state over email retention practice

Lawyers for the newspaper said the state’s practice violates the due process rights of the public seeking release of public records.

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 A sign is displayed at the front entrance of UPMC Mercy along Locust Street in Oakland.

Pittsburgh Mercy toughens efforts against tobacco usage

The policy is meant to improve employee health rather than exact punishment.

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Pennsylvania to lend itself up to $1.5B because of low cash flow

Legislative Democrats say the borrowing is a bad sign for the state’s fiscal health.

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 Brittany Brown, left, a rehab aide at UPMC Sports Medicine who was in a recent bicycle accident, is examined by Anne Mucha, clinical coordinator of vestibular therapy for the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program. The test is for visual motion sensitivity.

New test detects concussion impairments that may be overlooked

University of Pittsburgh researchers have developed a new test for diagnosing concussions called vestibular/ocular motor screening.

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 Janet Bungard, 64, sits next to her Cardiomems in her home in Harrison. The machine works with an implanted censor in her pulmonary artery to manage heart failure by monitoring the buildup of fluid in her lungs.

Implanted sensor helps heart failure patient manage serious condition

Allegheny Health Network is part of a new clinical trial investigating if remote monitoring of heart failure can cut hospitalizations.

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Pitt study uncovers prostate cancer mystery

Pitt study identifies gene mutations that signal aggressive form of prostate cancer.

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Health happenings for September 16. 2014

A list of health- and fitness-related events for the coming week.

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Pennsylvania House Republicans seek new limits on spending for debt projects

They are trying to limit the state’s capital debt spending, and said Harrisburg now has a “blank check” when it comes to big projects.

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 Hank Kuzma, 2009

Obituary: Henry J. Kuzma / He coached storied 1965 Midland basketball team

His 1965 team, considered one of the greatest in Western Pennsylvania history, contained future pros Simmie Hill and Norm Van Lier.

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Obituary: Paul M. Bernstein / Psychologist and counselor who loved his profession

Mr. Bernstein for many years maintained a private psychology practice Downtown, moving it to Aspinwall in more recent years.

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 Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron gestures during a speech Monday in Aberdeen, Scotland. He issued a warning that Thursday’s referendum is a “once and for all” decision as he made a last-ditch trip north to urge voters to save the union.

Patriotism could play large role in Scottish referendum

Scots living in Scotland will go to the polls Thursday to decide whether to break away from the United Kingdom.

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 A view from the first floor of the Paramount Film Exchange.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Paramount building’s sequel is a new start Uptown

The Paramount Pictures building Uptown is back among the living, and that calls for a party.

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Kerry wooing Iran on Mideast

Iran wants no part of any anti-Islamic State coalition that won’t have it as a charter member.

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700 feared dead at sea migrating from crises

Two loaded boats wrecked in past week, killing 700 people trying to flee Africa for Europe.

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GM expert says 19 deaths eligible for compensation

GM’s compensation chief confirms 19 wrongful death claims in faulty ignition switch cases are eligible for payments.

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 President Barack Obama bestows the Medal of Honor on retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins on Monday in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

Decades later, Vietnam soldiers get Medal of Honor

Medals of Honor given to two Vietnam-era soldiers, one posthumously. An act of Congress was needed to honor them both so belatedly.

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No D.C. gridlock for gay marriage, legal marijuana

Two liberal causes that have moved forward during President Barack Obama’s tenure are gay marriage and legalization of marijuana.

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Maker to cut cost to Third World for its hepatitis C drug treatment

Generic deal will bring cheaper hepatitis C treatment to poor nations.

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 Mexican soldiers Monday try to stop people from looting a convenience store, which was destroyed by Hurricane Odile in Los Cabos, Mexico.

Hurricane Odile slams Mexico peninsula

Baja California in Mexico is hit hard by a Category 3 hurricane, leaving behind disaster zones and crumbled resorts.

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Tiny Qatar plays outsize role in U.S. war strategy

Qatar has pivotal role in struggle against global terrorists.

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National briefs: Bond firm agrees to Detroit deal

Plus: ’Net neutrality’ comments; 3 states pass on food aid; Georgia minority voting push; shooting range death

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World briefs: Shells mar Ukraine’s cease-fire

Plus: Death sentences upheld; Dissident writer arrested; Plan to save Barrier Reef; Air France flights canceled.

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Teachers, parents applaud Pittsburgh’s decision to cut back on K-5 student testing

Pittsburgh Public Schools announced it is reducing the amount of time students in K-5 spend taking required tests this school year.

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 Scotland is close to Queen Elizabeth’s heart. Her mother was Scottish, and she spent much of her childhood there. Her late sister Margaret was born there.

Queen Elizabeth urges Scots to 'think very carefully about the future'

Queen Elizabeth II has broken her silence over the Scottish independence vote Thursday, which would divide the kingdom.

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Is pension overhaul languishing in state Legislature?

Harrisburg lawmakers are expected to take up several bills during their month-long stint before the election.

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 Gov. Tom Corbett

Corbett, other Republican governors oppose proposed greenhouse gas controls

The standards proposed would cut carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels and set individual goals for states.

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Gary Rotstein’s The Morning File: Roger Goodell, lend me your ear

Roger,  I’m writing out of concern for the image and future of a league without which it would be hard to imagine life in Pittsburgh.

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Seven Catholic high schools in Pittsburgh Diocese make national honor roll

There were 71 schools from 26 states who were named a School of Excellence.

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 Betty Ann Loresch in the 1940s as a fashion model.

Obituary: Betty Ann Loresch / Chair of Allegheny Valley Bank, former model, supporter of Lawrenceville

Betty Ann Loresch gracefully broke glass ceilings at community bank.

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 Allegheny County Council member Sue Means at the Allegheny County Courthouse.

Allegheny County Councilwoman Means asks the tough questions

Republican Allegheny County Councilwoman Sue Means of Bethel Park asks tough questions and pushes conservative issues with modest success.

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 A cyclist travels the new two-way bike lanes along Panther Hollow Road crossing into Schenley Park in Oakland.

Pittsburgh cyclists concerned about redesign of Schenley Drive in Oakland

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is in the process of redesigning the road through Schenley Park, part of a program to reduce storm runoff.

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 Democratic candidate for governor Tom Wolf, left, talks with Greg Taranto, center, principal at Canonsburg Middle School, and seventh-grade social studies teacher Robert Stone.

Wolf again hits Corbett on education funding

During a campaign stop, Democrat Tom Wolf said he wants a severance tax on natural gas drilling to fund schools  if he becomes governor.

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Obituary: Alan Van Dine / Advertising executive known for his wit

Alan Van Dine was a highly regarded advertising executive and beloved humorist.

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 Kristin Saunders, Pittsburgh's new bicycle and pedestrian coordinator.

Pittsburgh’s new bike and pedestrian coordinator ready to roll

Kristin Saunders, 30, joins city government from an architecture firm in San Francisco, where she worked on public space design.

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 A Pennsylvania State Trooper walks into a wooded area Sunday across the street from the Blooming Grove barracks. Cpl. Byron Dickson was killed in a Friday night attack.

Police: Rifle used to ambush Pa. troopers

Authorities also said the gunman might have had formal firearms training through the military or law enforcement.

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 Rolls of toilet paper printed with a portrait of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin stand for sale at a vendor's stall Sunday in Lviv, Ukraine. Sporadic fighting is continuing in eastern Ukraine between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian army. Many people in Ukraine doubt the current cease-fire overtures will lead to an end to the war and blame Mr. Putin for stoking the violence.

Ukraine fighting prompts U.S., Russia to meet as field training exercises begin

Pro-Russian rebels continued to clash with Ukraine troops in several locations including the Donetsk airport.

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 A still image taken from a purported Islamic State video released on Saturday of British captive David Haines before he is beheaded. Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video on Saturday that purported to show the beheading of British aid worker Haines. Reuters could not immediately verify the footage. However, the images were consistent with that of the filmed executions of two American journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, in the past month. Mr. Haines, a 44-year-old father of two from Perth in Scotland, was kidnapped last year while working for the French agency ACTED.

Coalition aims to target Islamic State in airstrikes

While no Arab states have publicly committed to military action, several told the U.S. privately they are willing to join in airstrikes.

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 Sen. Bernie Sanders, independent of Vermont.

Liberal Bernie Sanders emerges as Democratic contender for presidency

The Vermont senator could pose a challenge from the left to Hillary Clinton, seen as the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nod.

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Scotland independence vote leaves response to beheading in limbo

British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged Sunday to take “whatever steps are necessary” to confront the Islamic State.

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States collaborate to track students into workforce

Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Hawaii recently participated in a pilot project to share data on student outcomes.

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Wealth gap putting the squeeze on state funds

As income for the affluent has accelerated, it’s barely kept pace with inflation for most other people. That trend can mean a double-whammy.

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Health law has caveat on renewal of care coverage

Millions of consumers will soon receive notices from health insurance companies stating that their coverage is being automatically renewed.

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Immigration isn't gaining any midterm traction

The hot-button issue Congress has debated for the last 18 months is increasingly becoming a hot potato.

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Baby born to woman fatally shot in Philadelphia dies

Doctors were able to deliver the baby by emergency cesarean section, but a hospital spokesman said this morning that the child had died.

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World Briefs: North Korea sentences U.S. citizen

PLUS: Sweden shifts in election; hurricane threatens Baja; military threatens vets

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National Briefs: Agencies curb Calif. wildfire

PLUS: Low angina rate for stent; Detroit cop faces trial; man dies making bomb; 6 injured in shooting.

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Hulton Bridge to close this weekend

Workers will install water and sewer lines along Hulton Road on the Oakmont side of the Allegheny River.

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 Pittsburgh transplant surgeons say they support a possible revamping of the liver distribution policy aimed at getting more organs to the sickest patients — and cutting waiting-list deaths — across the country.

National changes in liver transplant protocols favored by Pittsburgh doctors

But other transplant centers are at odds over suggested changes in liver distribution aimed at getting more organs to the sickest patients.

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