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Pittsburgh Health Care Giants Take Fight To Each Other's Turf

Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center worked together for decades. But tensions have prompted a split and uncertainty in Pittsburgh's health care market.

Officers Ned Bandoske (left) and Ernest Stevens are part of San Antonio's mental health squad — a six-person unit that answers the frequent emergency calls where mental illness may play a role. Jenny Gold/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Mental Health Cops Help Reweave Social Safety Net In San Antonio

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Mental Health Cops Help Reweave Social Safety Net In San Antonio

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The headquarters for University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield dominate the Pittsburgh skyline much as they organizations have dominated health care in the region for decades. Jeff Brady/NPR hide caption

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Pittsburgh Health Care Giants Take Fight To Each Other's Turf

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Pittsburgh Health Care Giants Take Fight To Each Other's Turf

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Goats and Soda

'Shadow' And 'D-12' Sing An Infectious Song About Ebola

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'Shadow' And 'D-12' Sing An Infectious Song About Ebola

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The Two-Way

Iconic TV Announcer Don Pardo Dies At 96

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Iconic TV Announcer Don Pardo Dies At 96

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A picture taken with a smart phone shows Syrian refugees queuing at one of the many UNHCR (United Nations Refugee Agency) registration centers in Lebanon. At the same time that civil wars and the Ebola outbreak are plaguing countries in Africa, Syrian and Iraqi refugees are seeking help from agencies. Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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World's Aid Agencies Stretched To Their Limits By Simultaneous Crises

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Louis E. Pratt, master ivory cutter for Pratt, Read & Co., shows off eight ivory tusks, April 1, 1955. Courtesy of Deep River Historical Society hide caption

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Science

Elephant Slaughter, African Slavery And America's Pianos

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Elephant Slaughter, African Slavery And America's Pianos

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Lenox Mall, in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta, used to be the site of a country home estate and is now a traditional indoor mall with two anchor stores. Madeline Veira/Youth Radio hide caption

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America's Changing Mall Culture

Teens And Mall Culture: The Fading Love Affair?

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Teens And Mall Culture: The Fading Love Affair?

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Chaske Spencer plays Virgil First Raise in the film adaptation of James Welch's Winter in the Blood. KBD Photography/Ranchwater Films hide caption

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A Native American Story That Leaves 'Feathers Or Leather' Cliches Behind

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