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Bill Of The Month: Estimate For Cost Of Hernia Surgery Misses The Mark

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 12:07

Patients are often told to be smart consumers and shop around for health care before they use it. But even when you do so, estimates from insurers, hospitals and doctors can be unreliable.

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Whatever Happened To ... The Kids Whose Lead Levels Were Off The Charts?

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 10:57

They live in the lead-contaminated village of Kabwe, Zambia. A World Bank loan for lead clean-up offered reason for hope. A new report assesses the current situation.

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Iranian Rocket Launch Ends In Failure, Imagery Shows

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 10:57

An Iranian space rocket appears to have exploded on the launch pad at the Imam Khomeini Space Center. It would be the third such failure this year.

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DOJ: Comey Violated Policy On His Trump Memos — But Won't Be Prosecuted

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 10:34

An inspector general investigation concluded that former FBI Director James Comey broke rules governing the handling of documents that described his now-famous exchanges with President Trump.

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Hurricane Dorian Heads Toward Florida Coast, Expected To Bring 125-MPH Winds

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 09:22

Every forecast model says Dorian will "begin strengthening again soon, and rapid intensification could occur," the National Hurricane Center says.

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Like The Empire Itself, The British Pound Is Not What It Used To Be

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 07:07

The pound was long the symbol of Britain's economic might. The chaos surrounding Brexit, the country's 2016 decision to leave the European Union, has sent the currency falling sharply.

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Many Britons React With Anger Over Suspension Of Parliament

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 05:46

The leader of Britain's House of Commons called those opposed to the move "phony" and questioned whether lawmakers have the "courage or the gumption" to bring down the government.

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Debate Stage Cut In Half For 1-Night September Showdown

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 05:00

Three candidates have dropped out in the past two weeks as it became clear they wouldn't make the debate stage. Others who didn't are vowing to fight and say the rules are unfair.

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Duped In The Deli Aisle? 'No Nitrates Added' Labels Are Often Misleading

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 05:00

Consumer groups are urging the USDA to change labeling rules for processed meats. They argue that 'Uncured' and 'No nitrates added' labels may falsely lead people to believe these meats are healthier.

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Amid Backdrop Of Hong Kong Protests, China Conducts 'Routine' Changing Of The Guard

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 02:47

In reporting on the annual rotation of People's Liberation Army forces in Hong Kong, Xinhua said they "are determined to resolutely protect national sovereignty, security and development interests."

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Second Death At West Virginia VA Hospital Ruled As Homicide

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 23:15

An attorney for one of the victim's families says the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Veteran Affairs is investigating up to 10 insulin injection-related deaths.

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Last Strike For Bowling Alley That Helped Anchor Many Veterans

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 20:31

The bowling alley at Naval Support Activity Bethesda helped many veterans transition back into civilian life and was a place where they felt accepted. Its closure leaves them hurt and angry.

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Montana Men Who Lied About Military Service Ordered To Wear 'I Am A Liar' Signs

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 19:47

Two men pretended they had served in the military to have their cases transferred to veterans courts with the aim of getting more lenient sentences after having violated probation. It didn't work.

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Federal Agency Accuses Vermont Hospital Of Forcing A Nurse To Assist In An Abortion

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 18:34

The Trump Administration's Office For Civil Rights put a hospital in Vermont on notice that it violated federal rules by forcing a nurse to help with an abortion. The hospital denies the charge.

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New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Drops Out Of 2020 Presidential Race

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 17:56

"It's important to know when it's not your time," Gillibrand said. She had failed to qualify for September's Democratic primary debate.

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Trump Administration Opens Door To Dropping Florida's Key Deer From Endangered List

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 16:20

U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials recommended that Key Deer be "delisted due to recovery," but advocates say the Key Deer population was hard hit by Hurricane Irma and its aftermath.

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'Why Don't Y'all Let That Die?' Telling The Emmett Till Story In Mississippi

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 16:20

Emmett Till's 1955 murder propelled the civil rights movement, but telling his story underscores a reluctance for some in Mississippi "to come to grips with its history of racial brutality."

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Charlottesville Victims Use Post-Slavery KKK Law To Go After Hate Groups

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 15:40

Two years ago, a rally in Charlottesville exposed the violence of the nation's white nationalist movement. Now, victims of that violence want the courts to hold the organizers accountable.

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Costco Opens In Shanghai, Shuts Early Owing To Massive Crowds

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 15:18

Costco said it is now limiting the number of customers in its warehouse to 2,000. Local police were helping to manage the crowds, and photos from the store showed long lines.

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Costco Opens In Shanghai, Shuts Early Owing To Massive Crowds

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 15:18

Costco said it is now limiting the number of customers in its warehouse to 2,000. Local police were helping to manage the crowds, and photos from the store showed long lines.

(Image credit: Aly Song/Reuters)