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Consumers In 'Grandfathered' Health Plans Can Face Higher Costs

Wed, 2015-06-10 04:37

These older policies existed before the health law was enacted in 2010 and haven't change much. They cover about a quarter of insured workers, and aren't subject to the same rules as Obamacare plans.

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Putin, Pope Francis Will Meet At Vatican

Wed, 2015-06-10 04:24

Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to bring up the crisis in Ukraine. The meeting will be the second between the two men.

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U.S. Considers Sending Hundreds More Troops To Iraq

Wed, 2015-06-10 03:02

The troops would beef up the effort to train more Iraqi forces to fight the Islamic State. Some 3,000 American troops are already in Iraq to provide security or to train and advice Iraqi troops.

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How Does A City Stop 4 Million Smokers From Lighting Up?

Wed, 2015-06-10 01:03

A few years ago, smoking was so common in Beijing that doctors, nurses and patients would even puff away in hospital hallways. Now the city is trying — again — to ban smoking indoors. It isn't easy.

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Court Decision On Texas Abortion Law Could Hasten Clinic Closures

Wed, 2015-06-10 01:03

A federal appeals court has upheld sweeping abortion restrictions in Texas that supporters say protect women's health. Opponents say the decision could leave just seven or eight clinics open.

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Raising Graduation Rates With Questionable Quick Fixes

Wed, 2015-06-10 01:02

The nation's high school graduation rate is at a record-high 81 percent. Why? Because states are doing good things ... or using some sleight of hand.

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For Bakers And Restaurants, Egg Supply Is Getting Ugly

Wed, 2015-06-10 01:01

Commercial bakers and restaurants use liquid egg in dozens of foods, from cakes to mayonnaise. But the price has shot up 240 percent since May, as U.S. poultry farms reel from an avian flu outbreak.

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Businesses Are Hanging Up On Voice Mail To Dial In Productivity

Wed, 2015-06-10 01:00

It was a workplace necessity not long ago. Now voice mail is the latest mode of communication to be phased out by the digital age. Companies big and small are cutting it to save time and money.

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Giants Pitcher Chris Heston Throws First No-Hitter Of The Season

Tue, 2015-06-09 21:40

The San Francisco Giants are now the second team in major league history to toss no-hitters in four straight seasons. Pitcher Chris Heston helped the Giants in their 5-1 win over the New York Mets.

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Juan Felipe Herrera Named U.S. Poet Laureate

Tue, 2015-06-09 20:08

Already California's poet laureate, the prolific Chicano writer bears an enduring fascination for his native state — and a passion for teaching that's likely to shape his time in the new role.

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Cleveland Withstands Late Golden State Charge For 2-1 Lead In NBA Finals

Tue, 2015-06-09 19:53

As the playoffs began, the Warriors were viewed as nearly unstoppable, particularly against an inferior Eastern Conference team in the NBA finals. The Cavaliers dominated most of Tuesday's game.

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Sex Pistols Artwork To Be Featured On Virgin Money Credit Cards

Tue, 2015-06-09 19:00

You read that right. And yes, punk rock is dead.

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McKinney Police Officer Seen Pinning Black Girl To The Ground Resigns

Tue, 2015-06-09 15:39

Police were called to break up a fight at a neighborhood pool. One officer ended up forcing a girl to the ground and pulling his gun on two other unarmed teens.

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How Apple Hopes To Take A Bite Out Of The News Business

Tue, 2015-06-09 14:07

With its new News app Apple is doing something that has already been done, but it has an undeniably large built-in consumer base: hundreds of millions of iPhone and iPad users.

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NPR Red Cross Investigation Prompts Call For A Congressional Hearing

Tue, 2015-06-09 13:52

The joint NPR/ProPublica probe found the charity raised nearly half a billion dollars after 2010 Haiti earthquake, but has little to show for it.

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Costs Of Slipshod Research Methods May Be In The Billions

Tue, 2015-06-09 13:43

Up to half of all results from biomedical research laboratories these days can't be replicated by other science teams. Why not? Myriad flubs slow progress in the hunt for cures.

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'Headless Body In Topless Bar' Headline Writer Dies

Tue, 2015-06-09 13:28

Vincent Musetto, who wrote what some consider one of the best headlines of all time, died Tuesday at the age of 74.

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Watchdog Questions Whether TSA Can Do Its Job

Tue, 2015-06-09 12:58

Senators hear from Inspector General and whistleblowers about recent lapses.

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The Trouble That's Brewing In Burundi

Tue, 2015-06-09 12:43

Protesters are marching against the president's plan for a third term. Some 100,000 refugees have fled. The fear is that Burundi, one of the world's poorest countries, could slip back into civil war.

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Search Still On For Two Men Who Escaped A New York Prison Last Week

Tue, 2015-06-09 12:29

It's believed Richard Matt and David Sweat, two convicted murderers, used power tools to drill through obstacles and escape through a large pipe, finally emerging through a manhole.

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