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Despite Decline, Elective Early Births Remain A Medicaid Problem

December 8, 2014 - 1:47pm

The rate for early elective delivery for women covered by Medicaid has fallen since 2007. Still, the early births remain common and are a potential source of health trouble for mothers and babies.

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Ebola, Schmebola — You Still Have To Look Good!

December 8, 2014 - 1:13pm

Liberians aren't letting a brutal epidemic put a crimp in their amazing sense of fashion. The streets are still full of stylish folks, because as the local saying goes, "Looking good is business."

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Fringe No More: 'Ancient Grains' Will Soon Be A Cheerios Variety

December 8, 2014 - 1:05pm

General Mills helped define the industrial era of American breakfasting with its ringlets of processed oats. Soon, it'll put out a version with "ancient grains," which aren't, actually, very ancient.

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Supreme Court Rejects BP's Challenge To Gulf Oil Spill Settlement

December 8, 2014 - 12:51pm

The oil giant had hoped to limit how much it will pay under a 2012 settlement with people and businesses on the Gulf Coast. BP originally estimated it would pay $7.8 billion to settle claims.

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When A Stray Dog's In Trouble, Katmandu's Canine Rescuers Jump To It

December 8, 2014 - 11:43am

The city is home to some 20,000 strays. They roam the streets, they beg for food, they howl and fight at night and they often need medical help.

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IOC Unveils Changes Including Lower Bidding Costs, More Sports At Olympics

December 8, 2014 - 11:31am

The changes adopted today at a two-day meeting in Monaco include a new Olympic channel. They are all part of biggest change in decades to the International Olympic Committee.

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Democratic Mayors Back Obama's Immigration Plan, Citing Economic Benefits

December 8, 2014 - 11:23am

Some 20 U.S. mayors meeting in New York hope to persuade some 4 million undocumented residents to come forward and apply for deferred action.

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Doctors Are Slow To Adopt Changes In Breast Cancer Treatment

December 8, 2014 - 11:20am

There's not much evidence that radiation increases survival in older women with early-stage breast cancer, but doctors are still prescribing it. It can be hard to get doctors to change protocols.

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Typhoon Death Toll Rises In Philippines, Though Devastation Less Than Feared

December 8, 2014 - 10:19am

Hagupit, now a tropical storm, forced more than a million people into shelters when it hit. At least 21 people are dead. But it spared the Philippines the devastation of last year's Typhoon Haiyan.

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Bay Area Protests Turn Violent For Second Night In A Row

December 8, 2014 - 9:48am

Demonstrators vandalized businesses and blocked traffic on a freeway. The protests came in the wake of police killings in Missouri and New York.

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Kids' Drawings Speak Volumes About Home

December 8, 2014 - 9:25am

A first-grader's quick doodle can tell researchers plenty about what's happening — or not happening — at home.

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Peaceful Protest Turns Chaotic In California's East Bay

December 8, 2014 - 5:51am

For a second straight night, a police brutality protest that started in Berkeley ended in arrests, this time after moving to Oakland and descending into vandalism and looting.

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Medicine's Subtle Art Gives A Man The Chance To Breathe Again

December 8, 2014 - 5:08am

When Bob Smithson could no longer breathe on his own and surgeons wanted to operate, his doctor decided to take a chance on a different treatment. That decision gave Bob another chance at life.

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Landrieu's Loss Flips Lingering Holdout Of Democrats' 'Solid South'

December 8, 2014 - 4:57am

In her runoff against Republican Bill Cassidy, incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu, D.-La., didn't just lose — she was walloped. The win gave the GOP complete dominance of the Deep South in the Senate.

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Their Senate, Their Rules: GOP May Allow Blocking Of Nominees Again

December 8, 2014 - 4:57am

A year after Democratic Senators invoked a "nuclear option" to stop GOP filibusters of confirmation votes, Republicans are debating whether to switch back. Some say they're sick of the fighting.

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Their Senate, Their Rules: GOP May Allow Blocking Of Nominees Again

December 8, 2014 - 4:57am

A year after Democratic Senators invoked a "nuclear option" to stop GOP filibusters of confirmation votes, Republicans are debating whether to switch back. Some say they're sick of the fighting.

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New 'New Republic': A 'Vertically Integrated Digital Media Company'

December 8, 2014 - 4:57am

The magazine saw an exodus of 50 top contributors in the days after billionaire owner Chris Hughes, formerly of Facebook, announced The New Republic was going to move to New York and transform.

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Justice Department Moves To Further Rein In Racial Profiling

December 8, 2014 - 4:57am

New guidelines being unveiled today will broaden rules for the FBI, ATF, DEA and other federal agencies, that will ban — or nearly ban — profiling by race, gender, religion or sexual orientation.

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Burnt Remains Of Missing Mexican Student Identified; 42 Still Not Found

December 8, 2014 - 4:57am

DNA testing confirmed that bone fragments from Mexico match relatives of Alexander Mora Venancio, one of a group of students from a rural college who officials say were abducted in September.

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Old And Overmedicated: The Real Drug Problem In Nursing Homes

December 8, 2014 - 4:57am

Way too many residents of U.S. nursing homes are on antipsychotic drugs, critics say. It's often just for the convenience of the staff, to sedate patients agitated by dementia. That's illegal.

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