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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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New Nordic Food Gods Loosen Up On Strictly Local Cuisine

Wed, 2014-01-15 06:55

The New Nordic chefs have helped make the flavors of Scandinavia — from reindeer to foraged fungi — among the most revered in the food world. But lately they've started talking about evolving their cooking beyond local ingredients.

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Danish Tourist Reportedly Gang-Raped, Robbed In New Delhi

Wed, 2014-01-15 06:37

The attack in the heart of the city is the latest bringing global focus to sexual violence in India. Police say the 51-year-old woman had asked for directions from a group of men, who lured her to a secluded place and then robbed, beat and sexually assaulted her at knife-point.

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Strike Up The Band! Minnesota Orchestra Lockout Ends

Wed, 2014-01-15 05:29

After 15 months, management and the musicians have agreed on a contract that will settle their dispute. The performers agreed to pay cuts and to pay more of their health care expenses. Management did not get concessions that were as large as they first sought.

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Extending Jobless Benefits Likely Delayed Again

Wed, 2014-01-15 05:00

Senators couldn't reach agreement Tuesday on a way to restore benefits for 1.3 million people who have been out of work for extended periods. With the Senate planning to go on a recess next week, it's looking like any action will be put off.

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NSA Reportedly Can Monitor 100,000 Computers Worldwide

Wed, 2014-01-15 04:00

Circuit boards and USB cards were implanted surreptitiously in the computers when they were shipped overseas from the manufacturers, The New York Times reports. The program, called Quantum, allows intelligence agencies to alter data and insert malware.

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Kuwait Announces $500 Million Pledge To Syria

Wed, 2014-01-15 02:02

Kuwait pledged $500 million and the U.S. promised $380 million to alleviate the suffering of Syrians affected by the country's civil war. Kuwait is hosting an international fundraising conference to help Syrians affected by the war.

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'Pretty Good' Budget Deal Looks Good Enough To Avoid Shutdown

Wed, 2014-01-15 00:06

The so-called "omnibus" package of all 12 annual spending bills has more money in it than what Congressional Republicans wanted, but less than what President Obama had asked for. There is some disappointment with the measure on both sides of the aisle, but this time nobody is talking about forcing another government shutdown.

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Soon To Be Big In Japan, Jim Beam's Roots To Stay In Kentucky

Wed, 2014-01-15 00:05

In a deal worth some $16 billion, Japanese beverage giant Suntory is buying Beam Inc., maker of Jim Beam bourbon and owner of well-known American brands such as Maker's Mark. Industry leaders say it's a reflection of bourbon's exploding popularity in Asian markets, but some wonder if the new owners will preserve bourbon's Kentucky heritage.

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Russia Aims To Implement The Tightest Security In Olympic History

Wed, 2014-01-15 00:04

Russian officials say high-tech surveillance and the deployment of tens of thousands of troops are part of the most extensive Olympic security measures ever. The region surrounding host city Sochi is home to Europe's deadliest insurgency, and Islamist militants have proven their ability to strike.

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A Woman Comes To Terms With Her Family's Slave-Owning Past

Wed, 2014-01-15 00:03

Kate Byroade had always known her ancestors were slave owners, but she had been told their slaves were treated well. Understanding the truth took her on a difficult lifelong journey. Americans are shy "about calling out the great wickedness of slavery," she says. "We should not be."

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Report: NSA Maps Pathway Into Computers

Tue, 2014-01-14 23:33

The National Security Agency has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world that allows the U.S. to conduct surveillance on those machines, The New York Times reported Tuesday. The software was not implanted in computers in the U.S.

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Minn. Orchestra And Union Musicians End Bitter Lockout

Tue, 2014-01-14 22:50

The Minnesota Orchestra and union musicians ratified a new contract Tuesday, ending a 15-month lockout that saw renowned Finnish maestro Osmo Vanska quit as conductor last fall. The three-year agreement takes effect Feb. 1.

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Supreme Court Considers Legality Of Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones

Tue, 2014-01-14 21:01

Do boundaries meant to protect patients and staff outside abortion clinics violate the free speech rights of anti-abortion protesters? In 2000, the Supreme Court said no in a case involving "floating" buffer zones. But the issue is back before the court — which now has more conservative justices.

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Battery Problem Reported On Boeing Dreamliner In Japan

Tue, 2014-01-14 17:46

Reports of white smoke from a battery compartment have temporarily grounded a Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Japan, nearly a year after all the new airliners were grounded due to a problem with batteries overheating. Tuesday's incident happened on an airliner at Tokyo's Narita Airport that had no passengers aboard.

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