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VIDEO: Could Horseball gain Olympic glory?

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-01 06:33
Horseball, a mix of rugby and basketball, was invented in France in the 1970s, and now there are attempts to get it into the Olympics, as the BBC's Ollie Williams reports.

Google 'discourages' old browser use

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-01 06:28
Google has started showing old versions of its search page to people using out-of-date versions of web browsers.

VIDEO: 'Hero' cat saves owner from fire

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-01 06:16
A tabby cat has been hailed a hero after she woke up her owner to alert him to a fire which destroyed his home in Melbourne, Australia.

Libya militias 'seize ministries'

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-01 06:06
Libya's militias capture most government ministries in the capital, Tripoli, the government says, as the prime minister is reappointed.

Pro-Russia Rebels Say They Will Settle For Autonomy In Ukraine

NPR News - Mon, 2014-09-01 05:38

It's a step back from the full independence they were seeking and may reflect a Russian desire to end the crisis, which has led to Moscow's worst ties with the West since the end of the Cold War.

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VIDEO: Dog rescued after 10 days on a cliff

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-01 05:28
A dog was rescued by the RNLI on Sunday after going missing for nearly 10 days in a chance sighting close to Foreland Point, in North Devon.

VIDEO: Cabbies clamp down on illegal taxis

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-01 04:39
Some black cab drivers have formed 'hit squads' to track down and block illegal minicab drivers in London, according to the BBC's Inside Out programme.

British Wildlife Photography Awards

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-01 04:23
Winners of the 2014 British Wildlife Photography Awards

Insurers find wiggle room in requirement to cover all

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-09-01 04:00

It’s September, which means the enrollment period to get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is practically around the corner.

If you're signing up later this fall, you should consider this: despite provisions under the health law to guarantee coverage for all, some insurance policies are still designed to keep the sick away.

We all know thanks to the ACA, the days when insurers denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions are over. Cherry picking the healthiest among us is one of the ways many insurers used to make their money. Even though the law has changed, former state insurance commissioner Joel Ario says some companies haven’t.

“We have not eliminated discrimination from insurer DNA yet. So you are still going to see remnants of insurers using strategies that are trying to drive away risk than manage risk,” he says.

One of those strategies is to make drugs for high cost conditions like HIV or multiple sclerosis more expensive through hefty deductibles. Another is to limit the network of doctors and hospitals. If consumers want somebody out of that network, they pay through the nose.

The University of Pennsylvania’s Tom Baker says to thrive in today’s insurance climate companies must accept that sick people are part of the mix. “The health insurance companies that are trying to have fewer of those people, just want to have fewer,” he says.

Baker says the insurers who find the sweet spot between healthy and less healthy will be the ones at the top of the industry.

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