Pope Francis

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.

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 Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

Grand jury report criticizes Western Psych handling of sexual assaults

The report does not recommend criminal charges, it does make recommendations for training, as well as suggested changes to state law.

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Big money to fight big donors

Mayday’s odd alliance will spend $12 million to help elect lawmakers who back curbing influence of wealthy donors.

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Global force seeking to reach crash site is repulsed by fighting

Fierce fighting on Monday gripped a dozen towns in eastern Ukraine, blocking an international police force from reaching the wreckage of

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 FILE - In this Dunday, July 27, 2014 file photo, people inspect the destroyed old Mosque of The Prophet Jirjis in central Mosul, Iraq. The revered Muslim shrine was destroyed on Sunday by militants who overran the city in June and imposed their harsh interpretation of Islamic law. he fear, anger and sadness was palpable across Mosul on Saturday, July 26, 2014 as rumors made their way across Iraq’s second-largest city. The militants who had taken over and purged it of some of its most cherished landmarks were eyeing their next target: al-Hadba minaret, an 842-year old tower that leans, like Italy’s Tower of Pisa _ one of the country’s most famous structures which decorates the 10,000 dinar bill until today.(AP Photo, File)

Residents defy extremists, save landmark

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

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Paid leave encourages female employees to stay

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

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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.

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Poll: Minorities support regulating pollution

Poll shows minority voters very aware of climate change issues and supportive of political candidates who make the issue a priority.

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 Steve Craig, of Lawrence County, chariman of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, leads a meeting of the commission Monday. The SPC, the region's forum for collaboration, planning and public decision-making, is responsible for planning and prioritizing the use of all state and federal transportation funds allocated to the city of Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene Indiana, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

Roadwork plan increases Pittsburgh regional spending by 52 percent

The region will see a 52 percent increase in spending on roads, bridges and transit.

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News Obituary: Edward G. Polak / Standout athlete, coach

The standout athlete at the former Homestead High School died Sunday.

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National briefs: Airlines win battle on fares

PLUS: Southwest Airlines faces fine; surveillance programs criticized; Virginia's same-sex marriage ban overturned; sex-abuse suspect

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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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PHEAA warns of rise in financial aid scams

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

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Obituary: Samuel Elkind / Musician who played with PSO

Samuel Elkind spent 47 years as a violinist with the PSO.

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Health happenings for July 29, 2014

A stroke prevention and rehabilitation talk at UPMC, Monroeville, is among this week’s health events.

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UPMC is finding ways to squeeze savings, prevent waste

With tight margins and a tough operating environment, UPMC is finding ways to cut costs.

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 Prescription drugs.

In state, data-sharing prescription drug legislation stalls

Pennsylvania legislation is pending to allow data sharing of prescription drugs among doctors and pharmacists, but the ACLU opposes it.

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 Dozens of prescription pill bottles

Medical professional 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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 Mihir Garimella with the flying robot on which his project was based. He was one of the 90 Google Science Fair regional finalists and 15 Computer Science Award nominees in the world.

Local student a finalist in Google Science Fair for his flying robot, inspired by fruit flies

Mihir Garimella, an incoming freshman at Fox Chapel Area High School, is one of 90 finalists in a global competition.

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Convicted dealer pleads guilty in second drug case

Troy Dawkins, 46, who has addresses in Aliquippa and on the North Side, admitted to conspiracy to distribute heroin.

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 NCAA President Mark Emmert.

Congressmen urge NCAA to lift Penn State sanctions

Letter asks NCAA President Mark Emmert to rescind the remaining sanctions because of the harm they’re causing student-athletes.

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Forcible extraction of inmates from cells exposed

Cell extraction is the forcible removal of a prisoner from a cell by a tactical team armed with less-lethal weapons such as Tasers.

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 A Lyft car seen in a car's sideview mirror.

PUC sets hearing dates for Lyft, Uber permanent licenses

Lyft's hearing before a panel of administrative law judges will be Aug. 7 and 8; Uber's hearing will be Aug. 18 and 19.

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Israel girds for long conflict

Israel will press its air and ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday.

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Post-Gazette reporter to discuss Poor Health series at noon

A repeat of the show will repeat at 8 tonight.

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Medics respond to Wilkinsburg crash involving Port Authority bus, vehicle

The wreck occurred shortly before 9:45 a.m.

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Maliki’s party in search of alternative candidate to lead Iraq

The prime minister of eight years is feeling pressure from multiple fronts.

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 A man reads a newspaper on a Lagos street with the headline Ebola Virus kills Liberian in Lagos.

Ebola kills Liberian doctor, 2 Americans infected

Officials fearful of the virus outbreak spreading to Nigeria.

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Fighting complicates Ukraine crash probe, U.S., EU prepare Russia sanctions

U.S. also says rockets were fired from Russia into eastern Ukraine.

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Dozens killed in Benghazi, Tripoli clashes

France on Sunday called for its nationals to evacuate the country.

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China’s navy shows off massage techniques in soft-power display

The vessel is part of the Rim of the Pacific exercise of Hawaii.

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Tentative deal reached on VA reform

House and Senate leaders’ plan calls for more clinics, doctors and nurse.

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Nation briefs: Salmonella trial to begin in Ga.

PLUS: Phila. hospital shooting; Lightning strike kills 1; Spider-Man fights police.

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 Costumed characters walk outside of the convention center on at the Comic-Con International Convention on Thursday in San Diego.

Comic-Con's dark side: Harassment amid the fantasy

One group is pushing the convention to adopt a formal anti-harassment policy.

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Texas senator expects U.S. House to pass 'skinnied-down' border bill

Democrats and Republicans weigh how much of President Barack Obama’s supplemental request to allocate.

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California governor hoping to get Mexico to grow green

Jerry Brown will lead a group of more than 100 lawmakers, administration officials, lobbyists and business leaders this week.

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World briefs: Militants hit Cameroon

PLUS: Air Algerie black boxes sent to Paris; Costa Concordia’s journey ends; Norway threat reduced; Catalan leader confesses.

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 Physician Jeannette South-Paul speaks with patient Myrtis Henderson at the Matilda Theiss Health Center in the Hill District. Dr. South-Paul, a professor of family medicine, helped expand the clinic in 2002.

PG special report: Access to specialty health care out of reach for many in region

Proposed solutions, like affiliations between health centers, networks, ensure uninsured and under-insured don’t fall through the cracks.

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Gary Rotstein’s The Morning File: Pittsburghers, why are you so unhappy?

According to the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, you are miserable.

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Obituary: Bel Kaufman / Told what school was really like

Bel Kaufman’s best-seller “Up the Down Staircase” has sold more than 6 million copies.

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 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.

State budget worries halt plans

Gov. Corbett cited the gap in revenue projections earlier this month when he vetoed $65 million in funding for the General Assembly and $7.

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Lack of funding leaves void in mentoring, academic services

The Delany Scholars Program, a district initiative that provided mentoring and academic help, ended last month when funding ran out.

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 Actors dressed as Russian soldiers re-enact the 1914 Battle of Tannenberg Sunday in Szkotowo, Poland, marking the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I.

Changing times draw scant notice to WWI milepost

American students don‘‍t know much about World War I even though teachers are trying.

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Obituary: Robert Roe / Congressman who led passage of transportation law

He also had a legislative interest in the environment and clean water.

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Luzerne County woman dies in house fire

A house fire in Luzerne County in northeastern Pennsylvania has claimed the life of a 65-year-old woman.

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 Ron Tomalis

Role remains ambiguous for Tom Corbett's higher education adviser, Ron Tomalis

The governor's adviser on higher education keeps a low profile and an open schedule.

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World briefs: Rocket kills children in Egypt

Plus: Turkish police arrested; Black boxes found in Mali; Tunisian soldiers killed; Pope slams mafia again; Unrest in Nigeria

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If voter turnout is key, why is it so low?

In 15 of the 25 states with statewide primaries, turnout was the lowest ever.

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Israel extending truce to late today

The extended pause was to last until midnight today.

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U.S. Embassy in Libya evacuated as militias do battle

About 150 U.S. personnel were taken to safety in neighboring Tunisia.

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