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After Checking Blood Pressure, Kiosks Give Sales Leads To Insurers

Wed, 2014-01-15 13:00

People like the convenience of checking their blood pressure at free machines in pharmacies and supermarkets. But at least one company is selling the contact information of people who use its machines to health insurers seeking new customers.

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Why The GOP Is Winning The Statehouse War

Wed, 2014-01-15 12:37

In an increasing number of states, one party controls both chambers of the legislature and the governor's office. While both parties have contributed to the trend, the Republicans have had a lot more success with it. Reporter Nicholas Confessore credits the foresight of GOP strategists.

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Reports Of New Video Showing U.S. Soldier Held In Afghanistan

Wed, 2014-01-15 12:19

U.S. officials have reportedly received a new "proof-of-life" video of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the first to emerge in years.

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U.S. Official: Afghanistan Could Become 'Narco-Criminal State'

Wed, 2014-01-15 12:00

Despite a $7 billion effort to rid the country of opium production, more land than ever before is being used for the illicit trade, says John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction.

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5 Years Ago Sully Landed On The Hudson And Twitter Took Off

Wed, 2014-01-15 11:49

On Jan. 19, 2009, Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and his crew successfully ditched their crippled U.S. Airways jet in the river off Manhattan. The 155 people on board were saved. A photo of the floating plane went up minutes later on Twitter. That "changed everything" for the social media site.

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What's America's Problem? 1 In 5 Says It's The Government

Wed, 2014-01-15 11:48

In a monthly Gallup poll of American attitudes, dissatisfaction with the political leadership topped all other issues among Democrats, Republicans and Independents. But dissatisfaction with the government was down from a peak of 33 percent last October.

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Blood Pressure Ruckus Reveals Big Secret In Medicine

Wed, 2014-01-15 11:46

Although it may be uncomfortable for patients to learn that there are profound disagreements among doctors about medicine, these differences of opinion are common. What is rare is to have these differences explicitly acknowledged, as is happening now with treatment guidelines for high blood pressure.

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How Virtual Currency Could Make It Easier To Move Money

Wed, 2014-01-15 10:41

It isn't just Bitcoin. You can now choose from more than 70 virtual currencies, and people are using them partly because it could be a free way of transferring money online. Given more time and widespread use, that could change the playing field for companies like Western Union and banks.

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The 'Downton Abbey Law' Would Let British Women Inherit Titles

Wed, 2014-01-15 10:24

British hereditary peers have always been able to pass down titles and estates to their male relatives. But now Parliament is considering a bill that would allow daughters to inherit as well.

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Bipartisan Report Calls Benghazi Attacks 'Preventable'

Wed, 2014-01-15 09:46

The Senate Intelligence Committee points to a failure by the State Department to provide adequate security. The panel also says that some members of Congress have mischaracterized the Obama administration's statements in the days immediately after the 2012 attacks.

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Biceps Curls And Down Dogs May Help Lower Diabetes Risk

Wed, 2014-01-15 09:24

Aerobic exercise reduces the risk of diabetes. But it looks like muscle-strengthening exercises help, too, according to the Nurses Health Studies. Even supposedly lighter forms of exercise like yoga and stretching reduced women's risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

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Ariel Sharon, Whose Life And Career Shaped Israeli History, Dies

Wed, 2014-01-15 09:09

The former prime minister, who had been in a coma after suffering a massive stroke in 2006, died on Saturday. Sharon's career spanned the birth of the nation and most of its essential turning points. Israelis had a love-hate relationship with him that was beginning to soften only shortly before his death.

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Quick Question: Time To Leave Smokers Alone?

Wed, 2014-01-15 08:11

Half a century after the surgeon general's report linking smoking and cancer, the debate rages on.

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$500M From Kuwait Among Pledges For Syrians Affected By War

Wed, 2014-01-15 08:07

Donor nations gathered in Kuwait City pledged tens of millions for those displaced by the more than 2-year-old civil war. The U.S. pledged $380 million, but Secretary of State John Kerry urged a political solution to the conflict.

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Feds Extend Coverage For People In High-Risk Insurance Pools

Wed, 2014-01-15 08:00

The insurance pool for people with expensive pre-existing conditions will stay open until the end of March, after another extension by the federal government. Starting this year, the Affordable Care Act bars insurers from rejecting people because of health problems, but they may need more time than originally thought to sign up for coverage.

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Piracy On High Seas At Lowest Level In 6 Years, Report Says

Wed, 2014-01-15 07:55

The International Maritime Bureau says there has been a 40 percent drop in piracy worldwide since 2011, and that much of the drop was due to fewer attacks off the Somali coast.

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Where In The World Is The Best Place For Healthy Eating?

Wed, 2014-01-15 07:52

Researchers ranked countries in terms of how easy it is to get a balanced, nutritious diet. The U.S. didn't even make the top 20, even though it has the greatest abundance of cheap food in the world. Western Europe nearly swept the top 10. Guess which country was No. 1?

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Where In The World Is The Best Place For Healthy Eating?

Wed, 2014-01-15 07:52

Researchers ranked countries in terms of how easy it is to get a balanced, nutritious diet. The U.S. didn't even make the top 20, even though we have the greatest abundance of cheap food available anywhere in the world. Western Europe nearly swept the top 10. Guess which country came out No. 1?

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VIDEO: Springsteen, Fallon Do 'Gov. Christie Traffic Jam'

Wed, 2014-01-15 07:43

The New Jersey governor gets skewered by NBC's late-night comic and The Boss. Check out their "Born to Run" parody about the scandal surrounding Christie's staff.

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Videos Show Asiana Crash Victim Was Run Over Despite Warnings

Wed, 2014-01-15 06:57

Emergency personnel had known a Chinese teenager was lying on the ground at San Francisco International Airport near the wreckage. But as they spread foam on the area, she was covered up. Tragically, two fire trucks later ran over the girl. A coroner says those blows caused her death.

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