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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.

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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

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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.

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 Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

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.

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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.

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Obituary: Michael A. D’Errico / Roofer from New Castle was master craftsman with metal

Michael A. D’Errico erected creations that ranged from gleaming crosses atop church steeples to flower boxes for a small windowsill.

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Obituary: Robert E. Poli / Leader of strike by air traffic controllers in 1981

The action prompted President Reagan to fire 11,500 controllers — a pivotal moment in the decline of organized labor.

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 Pamona High School students Ciana Vrtikapa, left, and Tori Suyak engage with passing motorists in a intersection near their school during a multischool protest Tuesday in Arvada, Colo.

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.

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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.

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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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 A fire burns Tuesday at a memorial in Ferguson, Mo., on the site where a Missouri police officer fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson says the cause is under investigation. He says the first officer to arrive tried to extinguish the blaze but couldn’t. The fire department eventually put it out.

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.

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Startling sight where blasts are the norm

The allied airstrikes in the Syrian city Raqqa, the Islamic State’s ostensible capital, dealt a serious blow to much of what it had built.

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White House intruder’s ex-neighbors cite paranoia

The White House intruder was known as big-hearted until recently, when he became increasingly disturbed.

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Campaign against Islamic State draws broadest U.S.-Arab coalition since 1991

The Arab allies are seeking to rein in militants who have threatened them as well.

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 A man identified as Sulaiman Abu Ghaith appears in this still image taken from an undated video address.

Bin Laden adviser receives life in prison for terror assist

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith was accused of giving voice to bin Laden’s recruitment drive for new young suicide bombers.

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More insurers line up to sell Obamacare plans

The Obamacare marketplace is expecting a 25 percent rise in insurers selling coverage for the upcoming 2015 enrollment period.

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World Briefs: Palestinian to push for Israel exit

PLUS: Syria fighter jet downed; Iran sees accord soon; Obama presses for rights; Karzai slams U.S. policy; life term for scholar.

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National Briefs: Population in federal prisons falls

PLUS: Google, Lobbyist split; ex-UPS worker kills 2; killer of 7 called 911; transgender care suit; missing college student.

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 A sample of 19th and 20th century newspaper nameplates.

27 newspaper nameplates from Pittsburgh's past

The lineage back to The Pittsburgh Gazette is long and circuitous. These nameplates have appeared atop the newspaper over 228 years.

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 Barbara Walter,  67, of Fairview, Erie County was cured of hepatitis C that she contracted from a blood transfusion in 1976. Diagnosed in 2000, she was cured last summer with a dual-drug combination that cost $144,000.

Could hepatitis C eventually be a rare disease?

New drugs can cure hepatitis C, but their prohibitive cost makes them unavailable through Medicare and health-insurance plans.

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 Residents inspect damaged buildings in what activists say was a U.S. strike Tuesday in Kfredrian, Idlib province, Syria.

Terror cell in Syria hit by air raid

The president said the joint fight against ISIS is vital to the security of the United States, the Mideast and the world.

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PennDOT revises schedule for I-79 ramp closures tonight in Marshall

The ramps will close at 7 p.m. and reopen by 6 a.m. Wednesday during paving.

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 Emergency crews work the scene Monday where a bus drove off the southbound side of Interstate 279 in the North Hills, flipped down a hillside and finally came to a rest on Evergreen Road.

Bus drivers may have been racing before crash off parkway

Surveillance video shows the drivers gesturing to each other, possibly in a joking manner, as they raced down the Parkway North on Monday.

about 1 hour ago

 State Sen. Jim Ferlo sits in the conference room of his Lawrenceville office during a meeting.

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.

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 Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, left, and Democrat Tom Wolf shake hands at the end of the Monday debate hosted by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry in Hershey.

Corbett, Wolf spar in first of three gubernatorial debates

While the civil debate featured no bombshells, Mr. Corbett was often the low-key aggressor and Mr. Wolf was unfazed by the criticisms.

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Brownsville Road paving to restrict traffic in Carrick

The work will take several days during milling and resurfacing, the city Public Works Department announced.

about 17 hours ago

 A Pennsylvania state trooper draws his weapon Sunday in a wooded area on Snow Hill Road in Price, Monroe County, during a massive manhunt for Eric Frein , a suspect in the killing of a state police trooper Sept. 12.

Filmmaker: Ambush suspect was in my documentary

State police today brought in an armored tactical vehicle outfitted with robotic video cameras.

about 17 hours ago

 A canoe passes under early-turning fall leaves at North Park Lake last year.

Almanacs predict fair fall, wicked winter for large parts of U.S.

For now, relax and enjoy what will be a colorful, crisp fall season.

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Pittsburgh’s Brashear, Sci-Tech celebrate AP gains

There’s a particular emphasis on taking AP science, math and English courses.

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University of Pittsburgh study says hepatitis C will be a rare disease by about 2036 and possibly sooner

More screening and the availability of curative but expensive drugs ideally could make hepatitis C rare by 2026

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 Dr. Joel Montgomery, team leader for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Ebola Response Team in Liberia, is dressed in his personal protective equipment while adjusting a colleague's PPE before entering the Ebola treatment unit in Monrovia, Liberia's capital city in this photo released Sept. 16.

CDC: Ebola cases could reach 1.4 million in four months

CDC emphasized that the projections are based on data available in August.

about 13 hours ago

Wilkinsburg school board fires human resources director

The board voted without discussion to fire human resources director Andrea Williams, who has been off on leave for much of the past year.

about 2 hours ago

Pittsburgh Public Schools volunteer recognized for effort to keep students safe in Hazelwood

Maurice Cole Sr.  took quick action when gun shots rang out near a bus stop two weeks ago was recognized tonight.

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Health happenings for Tuesday, Sept. 23

Life Service Providers is sponsoring a Senior Health and Wellness Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Galleria of Mt. Lebanon.

1 day ago

 Councilman Dan Gilman is one of two city council members proposing legislation protecting pregnant women.

Pittsburgh City Council considers protections for pregnant women

Measure would require “reasonable accommodations” for pregnant city employees and companies that do business with the city.

1 day ago

Obituary: Milton H. Dalbow / Cancer researcher, veteran of two wars

In the 1970s, Pittsburgh was home to the largest comprehensive cancer center in the nation.

1 day ago

 Mihir Garimella, 14, with the flying robot on which his project was based. Mihir, a sophomore at Fox Chapel Area High School, earned top honors in the International Google Science Fair.

Fox Chapel Area sophomore earns top honors at Google science competition

Mihir Garimella, of O'Hara, placed highest in the 13-14 age group and in the Computer Science category for his project.

about 1 hour ago

Pennsylvania Game Commission tables vote on recreational permit proposal

A study by the commission's Bureau of Wildlife found that horses, bicycles and snowmobiles can harm habitat and infrastructure.

about 9 hours ago

 Polly Bergen, left, 1963

Obituary: Polly Bergen / Versatile actress, singer

The Emmy winner was best known for her portrayal of Helen Morgan in “Playhouse 90.”

1 day ago

City schools' STEAM plan could save Pittsburgh Woolslair

If grant money comes through Woolslair  will be repurposed into a partial magnet school.

about 2 hours ago

 Preservationists are trying to sway the fate of 6012-6018 Penn Ave.

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.

about 15 hours ago

U.S. air raids hit jihadis in Syria

U.S military expands war against Islamic State by airstrikes with warplanes and missiles on its headquarters city in Syria.

1 day ago

Companies take action to reduce climate footprint

Investors and companies are disinvesting in fossil fuels, perhaps the most tangible action on global warming.

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 "RAD's really important. It really is," Allegheny County Rich Fitzgerald said.

Port Authority uses its share of RAD funding for state matching

Until 2013, RAD had not supported Port Authority. But $3 million helped the transit system unlock $31.5 million in state funds.

about 15 hours ago

Ukraine to withdraw its artillery

Ukraine is pulling back its artillery as truce violations fail to halt momentum toward a settlement of its conflict.

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 This 2009 photo shows Omar Gonzalez, who authorities have identified as the man who got into the White House after scaling a fence Sept. 19.

White House intruder called threat

White House fence-jumper had 800 rounds of ammunition, two hatchets and a machete in his car.

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U.S. holds 3 AWOL Afghan officers

State police: 3 Afghan Army officers missing from US base in custody at Canadian-US border.

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Ebola cases expected to rise in West Africa

Sierra Leone and Liberia expect new Ebola caseloads.

1 day ago

Support for gay marriage may be ebbing, survey says

Backing for gay marriage has dropped 5 points to 49% in polling by Pew.

1 day ago

America ramping up nuclear arms renewal

Modernization and expansion plan comes during tenure of a president who campaigned for a “nuclear-free world.”

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