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How Medigap Coverage Turns Medicare Into A Health Care Buffet

Thu, 2014-01-09 06:58

Supplemental insurance plans shield millions of people from Medicare's deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs. Some health economists have criticized these so-called Medigap plans for inflating health care spending by encouraging people to seek care they don't really need.

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The Case Against Clemency: Expert Says Snowden's Leaks Hurt Security

Thu, 2014-01-09 06:41

Former NSA general counsel Stewart Baker tells Morning Edition that Edward Snowden "did the crime — he should do the time" for leaking classified material to the media.

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More Slow-But-Steady News: Fewer Jobless Claims Filed

Thu, 2014-01-09 06:04

It's the last bit of employment news before Friday's report about job growth and the jobless rate in December. Economists expect to hear that the unemployment rate stayed at 7 percent and that 195,000 jobs were added to payrolls.

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An 'Embarrassed And Humiliated' Gov. Christie Apologizes

Thu, 2014-01-09 05:00

The New Jersey governor and potential 2016 GOP presidential contender says he was lied to by a top aide, whom he now has fired, about a dirty trick. Aides sought to punish a Democratic mayor by causing traffic problems in his city. The U.S. attorney in New Jersey is looking into what happened.

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A Rain Forest Begins With Rain, Right? Is This A Trick Question?

Thu, 2014-01-09 04:08

This is a "Which came first?" riddle. Not chicken vs. egg. This one is about rain forests. When rain forests begin, do they start with rain ("Yes!" say I) or trees ("No! That's ridiculous!" say I)? I should warn you: Sometimes nature has a sense of humor.

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'I Had Been Drinking,' Rodman Says In Apology For Comments

Thu, 2014-01-09 03:45

The former basketball player, during his latest trip to the communist country, unleashed an obscenity-laced rant on CNN when asked about an American who is imprisoned in North Korea. He implied that the man deserved his punishment. Now Rodman is saying he's sorry for what he said.

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Legal Loopholes Leave Some Kids Without Dental Insurance

Thu, 2014-01-09 00:40

Dental coverage is a required benefit for children under the Affordable Care Act. But it's not turning out to be quite that simple. For one thing, there are no federal subsidies to help pay for stand-alone dental policies.

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There She Blew! Volcanic Evidence Of The World's First Map

Thu, 2014-01-09 00:38

Some archaeologists have long suspected that a faded painting from the ruins of the 9,000-year-old village known as Catalhoyuk might be a map — of a settlement at the foot of an erupting volcano. Others said no. Now geologists have evidence that the volcano indeed erupted around that time.

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The Fruits Of Free Trade: How NAFTA Revamped The American Diet

Thu, 2014-01-09 00:37

Signed 20 years ago this month, the landmark trade agreement radically altered the way we get our fruits and vegetables, encouraging year-round imports from Mexican farms. That's why it's now no big deal to find, say, raspberries in winter. But critics say it also has trained consumers to value convenience over flavor and has dulled knowledge of where food comes from.

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Blending Red Wine With Porter Ale: A Crossover Beer Worth The Buzz?

Thu, 2014-01-09 00:36

Two of mankind's oldest beverages are being mashed together in a new generation of brews. These beer-wine blends, boasting layered, complex flavors, are part of a broader trend of experimentation, as craft brewers seek to distinguish themselves in a crowded field.

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Loehmann's To Liquidate; Macy's Cuts Jobs In Reorganization

Wed, 2014-01-08 23:51

Going-out-of-business sales will begin Thursday at 93 Loehmann's stores. And on Wednesday, Macy's Inc. announced 2,500 employees will be laid off.

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Ease Up On 'No Tolerance' Policies, U.S. Agencies Tell Schools

Wed, 2014-01-08 18:09

A move by the Education and Justice departments comes after years of complaints from civil rights groups and others who say the policies are ineffective and take an unfair toll on minorities.

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McCain Lays Al-Qaida Surge In Iraq At Obama's Feet

Wed, 2014-01-08 15:42

Al-Qaida has gained control in an area where 1,300 U.S. troops lost their lives during the Iraq War. Troops who came home are now wondering whether it was all in vain, the Arizona Republican says. He says the total withdrawal of troops from Iraq left a vacuum that's being filled by America's enemies.

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Solar Flare Will Hit Earth Thursday; Northern Lights May Expand South

Wed, 2014-01-08 15:34

Tired of reading about intensely cold temperatures? How about an intense solar flare that's being blamed for disrupting a NASA mission? The good news is that the flare is also expected to expand the viewing field of the aurora borealis.

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News Or Ad? Online Advertisers Hope You'll Click To Find Out

Wed, 2014-01-08 15:07

The New York Times' new Web redesign includes "native advertising": articles written by people working for the paper's advertisers. BuzzFeed and other outlets have already embraced the ads, but critics say the lines between paid and original content are sometimes just too blurry.

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As Temps Drop, Gas Prices Rise, Along With Demand For Fuel

Wed, 2014-01-08 14:45

The country is producing more natural gas than it can burn, but frigid weather has made it harder for companies to deliver that gas to those who need it, especially in densely populated areas in the Northeast. As a result, prices have skyrocketed.

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White House Defends War Policy Against Memoir's Harsh Critique

Wed, 2014-01-08 14:11

Press secretary Jay Carney responds to a new book by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, saying disagreement is a welcome part of a "robust" policymaking process.

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As Rebels Fight Rebels, Grim Reports From A Syrian City

Wed, 2014-01-08 14:11

Syria's civil war keeps getting more complicated. In the latest twist, fractious rebel groups have united to fight extremists linked to al-Qaida. Both sides oppose the Syrian government, but for now they are pointing their guns at each other and a nasty battle is taking place in the northern city of Raqqa.

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Coal-Mining Area Grapples With How To Keep 'Bright Young Minds'

Wed, 2014-01-08 14:11

Residents of Martin County, Ky., where President Johnson traveled to promote his War on Poverty in 1964, say they need jobs more than government aid. Coal mines are shutting down, and many local college grads say they have to leave the county if they want to make a living.

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Gallup: Record Number Of Americans Identify As Independents

Wed, 2014-01-08 13:47

The uptick reflects a trend in recent years toward eschewing party labels. It's a shift that's hurt the GOP more than the Democratic Party.

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