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Despite Law, Health Plans Refuse Medical Claims Related To Suicide

Tue, 2014-02-18 07:34

Under the federal health law and 2006 regulations, insurers can't deny medical coverage for an individual's injuries because they resulted from a medical condition such as depression, even if it wasn't diagnosed before the injury.

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There's A Clown Shortage: Who Will Fill Those Big Shoes?

Tue, 2014-02-18 07:14

Coulrophobics may be happy. But fans of the red-nosed jesters have cause for concern. What if there's a call to send in the clowns and no one's there to answer?

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In Bobsled, 'You Learn As You Go'

Tue, 2014-02-18 07:00

The Olympic event was all-male until 2002. Often, the "brakemen" are plucked off a land sport, like track and field. "It's not like you get a tutorial or something, or you grow up doing bobsled," says American Aja Evans.

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Before Northeast Thaws, Thundersnow Will Roll Through

Tue, 2014-02-18 05:45

Weeks of frigid temperatures and snowstorms will give way to warmer weather this week. But first, there's one more round of snow coming through. It's expected to be accompanied by thunder and lightning.

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Jimmy Fallon, 'Your Host ... For Now,' Takes Over 'Tonight'

Tue, 2014-02-18 04:56

The new host's first show is getting good reviews. He pledged to "do the best I can" and collected on some "bets" from friends such as Robert De Niro, Lady Gaga and Stephen Colbert who had supposedly bet he'd never take over from Jay Leno.

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Pussy Riot's Nadya And Masha Detained In Sochi, Then Released

Tue, 2014-02-18 04:00

The activists say they have been taken into custody each of the past three days, then later released. They want to perform a protest song in Sochi. They were convicted of "hooliganism" for performing a "punk prayer" in Moscow in 2012. Just before the games began, the women were freed from prison.

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Battling Blight: Detroit Maps Entire City To Find Bad Buildings

Tue, 2014-02-18 00:33

The city has a lot of abandoned buildings, and to decide which ones should be demolished, the federal government and some major foundations started a massive, high-tech mapping project. The new mayor says that's just what he needs to improve the neighborhoods.

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Mayor Wants To Drive Horse-Drawn Carriages Out Of NYC

Tue, 2014-02-18 00:30

Carriage drivers say many of their horses have been rescued from abusive situations; animal rights activists argue that the rides are inherently inhumane. Now, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to replace the horses — with vintage electric cars.

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College Applicants Sweat The SATs. Perhaps They Shouldn't

Tue, 2014-02-18 00:29

Many students who don't ace the SAT and ACT tests apply to schools that make standardized test scores optional. A new study shows those students do just as well in college as those who submit their scores.

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Oklahoma Pharmacy Won't Provide Drug For Missouri Execution

Mon, 2014-02-17 23:12

A Tulsa pharmacy has agreed not to provide Missouri with a made-to-order drug for an inmate's execution scheduled for later this month. According to court documents filed Monday, The Apothecary Shoppe will not prepare or provide pentobarbital or any other drug for use in Michael Taylor's execution.

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Las Vegas Sands Websites Restored 1 Week After Hacking

Mon, 2014-02-17 22:45

Casino giant Las Vegas Sands Corp. pulled down its sites Feb. 13 after hackers defaced them with images condemning comments CEO Sheldon Adelson had made about using nuclear weapons on Iran.

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Mary Grace Canfield, Ralph Monroe On 'Green Acres,' Dies At 89

Mon, 2014-02-17 22:30

Canfield appearanced on a number of TV shows during a four-decade career, including General Hospital and The Hathaways. She was Harriet Kravitz on four episodes of the 1960s series Bewitched. But she was best known as the handywoman in some 40 episodes of Green Acres, which ran from 1965 to 1971.

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Longtime Pair Take Home First American Ice Dancing Gold

Mon, 2014-02-17 13:00

Ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the gold medal Monday night in ice dancing. They earned a silver medal in the last Winter Games in Vancouver, and they entered competition favored to win in Sochi.

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Bronze In Bobsled For A Team Of Steves

Mon, 2014-02-17 13:00

U.S. men competed in bobsledding on Monday, pinning their hopes on Steve Holcomb, who has medaled before. Holcomb entered competition as the top bobsled racer in the world this year, and he and Steven Langton won a bronze medal in the two-man bobsled event. They weren't the only points of interest on the track this year: A Russian team won gold, and the Jamaican team attracted plenty of attention, as well.

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Demographic Shifts Contribute To The Changing Face Of Retail

Mon, 2014-02-17 13:00

With jobs and populations growing in the cities, it's no surprise that retailers, including Wal-Mart and Target, are trying to adapt their models to suit urban areas. Competition from online stores is also contributing to a changing retail landscape.

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Hurting For Cash, Online Porn Tries New Tricks

Mon, 2014-02-17 13:00

Online pornography was the cutting edge of e-commerce during the Internet's early days, but its heyday is over. To recoup some of those costs, one porn empire in San Francisco is using data analytics, lifestyle events and new products to keep customers loyal.

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Olympics Set To Transform Rio — But For Better Or Worse?

Mon, 2014-02-17 13:00

Rio de Janeiro is racing to ready itself for the 2016 Summer Olympics. But it's facing difficulties: ballooning budgets, pollution, questions about the development plans and rising crime. Some wonder whether ordinary Brazilians will benefit.

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A Heinrich Himmler Documentary, In His Own Words

Mon, 2014-02-17 13:00

The film premiered a week ago at the Berlin Film Festival and is based on previously undiscovered letters and diaries. The documentary offers an uncomfortable insight into the mind and emotions of the Gestapo and SS chief.

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Digging Graves The Old-Fashioned Way: 'This Ain't No Easy Job'

Mon, 2014-02-17 13:00

"I've dug graves when it was 10 below zero and the wind blowing and snowing, and I've dug graves when it was 90 degrees and hotter than hell. I remember all of them," says Everard Hall, who's been digging with a pickax and a shovel for 48 years. This summer, he'll start digging his own grave.

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DIY Houses In The Internet Age: Some Assembly Required

Mon, 2014-02-17 13:00

Remember the Sears kit houses from the early 1900s, ordered from a catalog and assembled on-site? Now, online designers around the world are building WikiHouses out of plywood pieces that fit together like a puzzle. No nails, no fasteners, no adhesives. Just slot-together joints and the Internet.

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