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In this photo taken on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, Dr. Semyon Galperin speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at Hospital 11 in Moscow, Russia. Dr. Galperin spent a decade in medical research in Russia and as much time in the United States, working at top hospitals and research companies. Despite his expertise, Galperin was recently given a stark ultimatum from the Moscow hospital where he works: Leave or stay on as a lowly hospital attendant. Galperin’s job is being eliminated as part of a sweeping reform in which at least 28 Moscow hospitals are to be closed and up to 10,000 medical staff fired, an overhaul that officials say is needed to modernize a decrepit Soviet-era health system. At the hospital, Galperin is vowing to stay on even if that means working as an attendant: “I can’t leave work because we decided to fight till the end,” he said. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Russian doctor rebellion causes headache for PutinDoctors, patients rebel against Moscow health care reform, creating headache for Putin
The Associated Press14 minutes ago
FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2013 file photo, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg smiles after speaking to the Northern Virginia Technology Council in Reston, Va. A Supreme Court spokeswoman says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been released from the hospital after having a heart stent implanted to clear a blocked artery. Spokeswoman Kathy Arberg says the 81-year-old jurist was sent home Thursday and is expected to be at work when the court hears its next round of oral arguments on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
Ginsburg back at home, expected at court next weekJustice Ginsburg back at home after heart procedure, expected to hear oral arguments next week
The Associated Press16 minutes ago
FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, Democratic Georgia U.S. Senatorial candidate Michelle Nunn concedes the election to Republican David Perdue during her election night in Atlanta. Many Democrats say the way to recover lost ground in the conservative South is to reclaim the party’s lost identity as a champion of the middle class. Georgia Democrats thought legacy candidates were the answer, but Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn, former Sen. Sam Nunn’s daughter, and gubernatorial challenger Jason Carter, former President Jimmy Carter’s grandson, each lost by about 8 percentage points even after well-funded campaigns and ambitious voter-registration drives. (AP Photo/David Tulis, File)
Southern Democrats urge a return to party basicsSore from losing to GOP, Southern Democrats urge a return to familiar economic policies
The Associated Press16 minutes ago
FILE - In this March 28, 2013, file image, taken from video obtained from the Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, fighters from the Syrian Free Army prepare to fire on the regime's army in Dael, less than 15 kilometers (10 miles) from the Jordanian border in Daraa province, Syria. Syrian rebels backed by the United States are making their biggest gains yet south of the capital Damascus, capturing a string of towns from government forces and aiming to carve out a swath of territory leading to the doorstep of President Bashar Assad's seat of power. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video, File)
Rebels push forward in southern SyriaUS-backed Syrian rebels aided by al-Qaida militants push forward on southern front
The Associated Press18 minutes ago
A woman visits the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, as a soldier stands guard in Ankara on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. Pope Francis travels to Turkey this weekend amid new Muslim-Christian tensions and a violent war next door, with Islamic State militants seizing chunks of territory in Iraq and Syria and sending 1.6 million refugees across the border into Turkey. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Pope wades into Mideast turmoil with Turkish visitPope wades into Islamic State turmoil with Turkish visit, and a flap over Erdogan's new home
The Associated Press30 minutes ago
Lignite is pictured at the Vattenfall lignite open-cast mine in Jaenschwalde, eastern Germany, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Lignite, as this form of compressed peat is known, is becoming an increasingly important part of Germany’s effort to phase out nuclear energy. It’s also the reason why Atterwasch, a village that survived the Thirty Years’ War, a Soviet onslaught during the final months of World War II and four hard decades of communist rule will soon be razed. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Energy revolution spells doom for German villageGerman energy revolution spells doom for village sitting on vast coal deposits
The Associated Press44 minutes ago
A man puts gas in his car at a Shell filling station with the electric indicator showing a liter of regular gas price, top, at 148 yen, or $1.25, per liter (554 yen, or $4.69 per gallon) in Tokyo Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. A renewed plunge in oil prices is a worrying sign of weakness in the global economy that could shake governments dependent on oil revenues. It is also a panacea as pump prices fall, giving individuals more disposable income and lowering costs for many businesses. Partly because of the shale oil boom in the U.S., the world is awash in oil but demand from major economies is weak so prices are falling. The latest slide was triggered by OPEC’s decision Thursday to leave its production target at 30 million barrels a day. Member nations of the cartel are worried they’ll lose market share if they lower production. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
Oil plunge a panacea for crude-reliant AsiaOil price plunge a panacea for crude-reliant Asia but negatives loom for some countries
The Associated Press1 hour ago
Ferguson protests move to Target, Wal-Mart storesFerguson-related protests interrupt holiday shoppers inside area Target, Wal-Mart stores
The Associated Press1 hour ago
In this Nov. 26, 2014 photo, volcanic smoke billows from Mount Aso, Kumamoto prefecture, on the southern Japanese main island of Kyushu. The volcano is blasting out chunks of magma in the first such eruption in 22 years, causing flight cancellations and prompting warnings to stay away from its crater. The Japan Meteorological Agency said Friday, Nov. 28 that Mount Aso had spewed out lava debris and smoke, shooting plumes of ash a kilometer (3,280 feet) into the sky. The observatory does not expect the eruption to increase in scale. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT
Volcano in south Japan erupts, disrupting flightsVolcano in southern Japan blasting magma in first eruption in 22 years, disrupting flights
The Associated Press1 hour ago
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  • Johnstown works to ease pain of steel's demise 40 years ago

    Johnstown's leaders realized major changes would accompany the loss of Bethlehem Steel Corp. and U.S. Steel Corp. So, they bonded together: Louis Galliker, Daniel Glosser, Frank Pasquerilla, Walter Krebs, Robert Gleason, Andrew Koban, Charles Kunkle, Howard Picking and others. Their goal was to shape the region's post-steel identity through the Johnstown Area Regional Industries. Pocono Record, Sun, Nov 23 2014 @ 11:06 AM
  • Suit calls state school funding arbitrary and irrational

    In 1999, the state Supreme Court ruled that the question of state school funding was a political issue for the Legislature, not one for the judiciary. Now, a new lawsuit filed in Commonwealth Court last week once again seeks a judicial order, this time armed with state test results showing schools failing to meet state academic standards and a study commissioned by the Legislature quantifying the disparity in resources. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sun, Nov 23 2014 @ 12:10 AM
  • Asiago's Tuscan Italian opens on the North Shore

    Asiago's Tuscan Italian opened for lunch on Thursday at 381 North Shore Drive next to Jerome Bettis Grille 36 in a nearly 8,000-square-foot space formerly occupied by the Pittsburgh Grille Sports Bar. Owner Rick McQuaide opened the restaurant as the second location for Asiago's after the original in Johnstown, Cambria County. Business Journal, Thu, Nov 20 2014 @ 05:46 PM
  • Casting Complete for Sweeney Todd in Concert Benefit

    The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies and the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center will present Sweeney Todd in Concert Feb. 15, 2015, at 2 PM at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center in Johnstown, PA. The cast will feature Scott Logsdon as Sweeney, Liz McCartney as Mrs. Lovett and Mary Setrakian as the Beggar Woman. Playbill, Thu, Nov 20 2014 @ 12:03 PM
  • Mickey and friends: Disney show takes the stage in Johnstown, audience encouraged to play along

    Disney Live! "Mickey's Music Festival" is coming to Cambria County War Memorial on Saturday for three shows at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Courtesy photo The cast of "Disney Live! Mickey's Music Festival" performs. The show will be at the Cambria County?War Memorial in Johnstown on Saturday. Altoona Mirror, Thu, Nov 20 2014 @ 12:32 AM
  • Vatican eases ban on married Eastern Catholic priests

    Reversing a century's worth of precedents, forged in disputes that split immigrant churches in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, the Vatican has granted most of the world's Eastern Catholic bishops authority to ordain married priests. The new rules - formalized months ago but only announced in recent days - will give the Eastern bishops in the Americas and Australia the same discretion to ordain married priests that their Old World counterparts have had for centuries. Post-gazette.com, Tue, Nov 18 2014 @ 12:03 AM
  • Judge orders priest held in child-sex case

    A federal judge is reversing an earlier order to grant home detention to a Pennsylvania priest and is ordering him held until trial on charges of traveling to Honduras to solicit sex with poor street children during missionary trips. U.S. District Judge Kim Gibson in Johnstown reversed the decision after a detention hearing Friday for the Rev. Pocono Record, Fri, Nov 14 2014 @ 11:08 PM
  • Judge orders Pa. priest held in child-sex case

    A federal judge reversed an earlier decision to grant home detention to a Pennsylvania priest and on Friday ordered him held until trial on charges of traveling to Honduras for sex with poor street children during missionary trips. The judge cited new allegations against the Rev. Philly.com, Fri, Nov 14 2014 @ 09:16 PM
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