Doctors’ termination, Medicare letters spur action by Pa. officials

The public tiff started with last week’s announcement by Highmark that it was terminating the contracts of nearly 700 UPMC physicians.

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EPA proposes stricter limits on ozone, cites health savings

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing stronger standards that would reduce smog-producing emissions.

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 The Rev. George Duffield

Thanksgiving was once more of a sober, moral reflection

A sermon by the Rev. George Duffield of Detroit delivers a classic Thanksgiving message -- half a tribute to American virtue, half a scold.

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Excerpts from the Thanksgiving sermon: 'A return to the habits of virtue and integrity'

Thanksgiving sermon, “The Religious Character of a People the True Element of Their Prosperity,” by the Rev. George Duffield, Nov. 28, 1839.

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 The former First Presbyterian Church, now The Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit.

About the former First Presbyterian Church in Detroit

The former First Presbyterian Church at 2930 Woodward Ave. in Detroit was designed by architects George Mason and Zachariah Rice in 1899.

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 Elisa McDonnell, right, of McKeesport receives a bag of dried cherries from volunteer Tricia Scott of Port Vue at Founders Hall Middle School in McKeesport. The food drive is part of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank Produce to People program.

In the midst of our overflowing tables, hunger remains a hidden problem

In a land of plenty, about 1 in 7 households did not have enough to eat at some point during 2013.

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Obituary: William Ubinger / Doctor tirelessly studied family medicine, addiction

The family physician made house calls as a family medicine doctor and later worked with veterans addicted to drugs and alcohol.

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 Quincy Swatson, 23, started  The Door Campaign to expose kids to aquaponic systems  where gold fish and basil co-exist in a mutually beneficial relationship.

Manchester man pushes aquaponics, growing food on top of fish tanks

Quincy Swatson looks to expand his high school aquaponics program from Perry Traditional Academy to other Pittsburgh high schools.

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Random Acts of Kindness: A tumble ruined her walk but showed others’ grace

Also: Patrons at the theater helped woman in need; Someone took care of man’s debit card

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Baldwin Borough bridge project extended

A bridge replacement project that has closed a section of Glass Run Road in Baldwin Borough has been extended until Dec. 15.

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Brown family disputes officer’s story as ‘crazy’

The white Ferguson, Mo., police officer and the family of the black teen-ager he fatally shot had separate interviews that aired Wednesday.

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 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recovering after stent implant

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Wednesday had a stent put in her right coronary artery.

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Despite aid push, Ebola is raging in Sierra Leone

In November alone, the World Health Organization has reported more than 1,800 new cases in this country.

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OPEC set to meet amid pressure from falling prices

The price of crude oil is at its lowest level since 2012.

about 23 hours ago

 A group of Great Pyrenees dogs from Great Pyrenees Rescue of Western Pennsylvania.

Thanksgiving holiday brings its own set of hazards for pets

Pets can get into trouble while their owners are distracted by Thanksgiving cooking tasks and visitors.

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Nepal village is set to make world's largest animal sacrifice

A festival honoring a Hindu goddess is drawing close to 1 million people.

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 Pittsburgh's 54th annual Light Up Night brought local families who walked through the Holiday Market in Market Square last week. With Light Up Night and Ferguson-related protests past, officers have returned to their normal shifts.

Pittsburgh police return to normal shifts after overtime

Twelve-hour days come to an end after Light Up Night and the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Mo.

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Ukraine premier warns of war with Russia before winning confirmation vote

The approval cleared an obstacle for aid talks with the IMF as the country grapples with a separatist insurgency in the east.

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Anti-polio health workers slain in Pakistan

Four anti-polio health workers -- three women and a man -- were killed Wednesday by gunmen in southwestern Pakistan.

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Near collisions of drones, airliners surging, FAA says

Drones, many launched by hobbyists or photographers, are increasingly menacing commercial aircraft at takeoff and landings.

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Ebola monitors find no cases in a month

Most arrivals from nations experiencing Ebola have cooperated with a 21-day federal ritual of home isolation and temperature monitoring.

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FBI data show thousands of gun sales beat checks

As more guns are being sold, more gun sales than ever are slipping through the federal background check system.

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 President Barack Obama pardons 49-pound Cheese, the National Thanksgiving Turkey, on Wednesday at the White House. Cole Cooper, left, and Gary Cooper of Cooper Farms in Oakwood, Ohio, provided the turkey. The president — accompanied by his daughters, Malia and Sasha — also spared an alternate turkey, a 47-pounder named Mac, during the annual event. Presidents as far back as Abraham Lincoln have spared turkeys, according to the White House.

National briefs: Missing ex-model found in NYC

Plus: Cleveland shooting; FBI agents shot; Health care signups; Romney still popular

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World briefs: Top U.N. relief official to step down

Plus: Maritime conflicts; Canadian radio host; Guinea has 1 cholera case; Hong Kong protests; Zimbabwe power struggle

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 In this Nov. 18, 2014, photo, a researcher simulates a check done for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System or NICS, at the FBI’s criminal justice center in Bridgeport, W.Va. NICS did about 58,000 checks on a typical day in 2013. That surged to 145,000 on Black Friday.

Black Friday gun sales 'a perfect storm' for background check system

On Black Friday, the rush accelerates to nearly 2 checks a second, testing limits of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

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 Travelers hustle to their planes at Pittsburgh International Airport this morning.

Pittsburgh travelers face flight cancellations as storm hits Northeast

At Pittsburgh International, six arriving flights and 12 departures had been canceled, and four arrivals and 17 departures delayed.

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 Travelers check the flight schedule boards at Pittsburgh International Airport on Wednesday morning. After an initial early-morning rush, crowds at the airport thinned out.

Travel conditions much improved after a sloppy Thanksgiving Eve

After a day of weather-related travel delays, things were back to normal this morning.

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26 coal miners die in fire in north China mine

Another 50 miners were injured in the disaster, which broke out in the complex run by the state-owned Fuxin Coal Corp. in Liaoning province.

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Two FBI agents shot, injured in St. Louis area

The FBI said the shooting, which took place about 5 miles south of Ferguson, was not directly related to the protests.

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 Gas prices at a GetGo station on Route 88 in Bethel Park.  In Pittsburgh, the average price on Tuesday was $3.02, 35 cents below the 2013 price.

Thanksgiving travelers hit the road; today busiest on Pennsylvania Turnpike

AAA says 46.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this holiday; a storm warning has been issued for central and southeast Pa.

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Students cited after airsoft guns fired in Pittsburgh Minadeo school

District spokeswoman Ebony Pugh said the guns were discharged inside a classroom.

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Central, eastern Pa. government offices, schools close ahead of snowfall

Gov. Tom Corbett’s office said it closed government offices in and around Harrisburg, Reading, Wilkes-Barre and Scranton.

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Pennsylvania Sen. Corman wants Penn State sanctions suit moved to mediation

The senator’s attorney, Matthew Haverstick, wrote a letter to the court’s chief clerk making the request on Tuesday.

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 Toronto police said Jian Ghomeshi, 47, surrendered to police today.

Former CBC host Ghomeshi charged with sexual assault

Jian Ghomeshi, 47, had hosted "Q'', a CBC radio show on culture, since 2007.

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Police: Two shot at Reading barber shop

A separate shooting occurred at the same location on Tuesday.

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 Hors d'oeuvre Guy

Holiday Herald: Mom was good at cooking up surprises for family

For one family, everyone had to be careful about what Mom was serving, even on Thanksgiving.

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Governor triples National Guard presence in Ferguson

Gov. Nixon aims to prevent a repeat of violence, arson and mayhem Tuesday night after a grand jury exonerated Officer Darren Wilson.

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PennDOT to install Parkway West sound barriers for Green Tree

Residents along Parkedge and Pennfield roads and East Manilla Avenue will enjoy noise abatement from traffic traveling along Parkway West.

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 Janell Logue-Belden, the new superintendent of the Deer Lakes School District.

Deer Lakes School District hires superintendent

The board has named Avella Area superintendent Janell Logue-Belden, 46, of South Fayette to the post.

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 Chanel Wissner of Brookline talks to fourth-graders at West View Elementary School.  Ms. Wissner is a member of the Tuscarora tribe of North Carolina.

West View students get 'one-on-one' lessons in Native American culture

The North Hills School District’s parent groups funded the unit.

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 Pope Francis addresses the European Parliament on Tuesday during a short visit in Strasbourg, in eastern France. He also addressed the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

Pontiff takes Europe to task

Pope tells European Parliament continent’s energies are sapped by an economic crisis and has lost its way.

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 James Love tends Salvation Army red kettle  in Market Square as Kayla Cook, center, and her mother Ellen Collins, left, prepare to make donations.

Salvation Army lowers goal for iconic Red Kettle fundraising drive

Campaign goals are revised downward due to fewer days of giving between Black Friday and Christmas Eve.

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For Ferguson grand jury, a mass of evidence, much of it conflicting

Jurors hearing testimony in the  fatal shooting seemed, in the end, to put the most stock in testimony by Officer Darren Wilson.

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Mt. Lebanon schools report praises academic outcomes

Annual review of test scores and school performance profiles presents positive picture of district.

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Norwin school board renews superintendent's contract

William Kerr’s current contract will expire June 30. He will receive a five-year contract, with a salary of $158,526 the first year.

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Obituary: Roger Bush / Bank director, auto dealer was a 'man of the community'

Mr. Bush was a longtime Apollo auto dealer and bank director.

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 Peters council members David Ball, left, James Berquist, center, and Frank Arcuri power through Monday's meeting in power was lost due to heavy winds.

Power outage doesn't stop Peters council's action

With winds howling outside up to 40 mph, the power went out about 15 minutes into Monday’s meeting.

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New lights for Keystone Oaks High School auditorium unplugged

School board tables vote on lighting system as price questions remain.

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Peer jury at Keystone Oaks High offers alternative to judicial system

School Police Officer Aaron Vanatta started a peer jury in 2012.

1 day ago

Obituary: Bill Frenzel / Key voice on economics in House

The Republican from Minnesota was respected by both parties for his expertise on trade, tax and budget policy.

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