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What Else Disappears If The ACA Is Overturned?

Mon, 12/16/2019 - 05:00

Though it has been on the books for nearly a decade, the Affordable Care Act faces a big court challenge right now that could overturn it. Here's what happens if the federal health law goes away.

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Fewer Students Are Going To College. Here's Why That Matters

Mon, 12/16/2019 - 05:00

College enrollment continues to decline, according to data released Monday. Small colleges have been forced to close; others are getting creative when it comes to finding and keeping students.

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House Slated To Impeach Trump This Week — How It Will Work And What Comes Next

Mon, 12/16/2019 - 05:00

The full House is expected to approve two articles of impeachment against the president. The GOP-led Senate is already making plans for what leaders hope will be a quick trial in January.

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Anna Karina, Acclaimed French New Wave Actress, Dies At 79

Sun, 12/15/2019 - 18:04

Danish-born Karina hitchhiked to Paris at the age of 17. Before long, she would establish herself as one of the most prominent actors in the French New Wave film scene of the 1960s.

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Hallmark Channel Embroiled In Controversy After It Pulls Ad With Lesbian Brides

Sun, 12/15/2019 - 17:44

The ad for the wedding planning site Zola shows two women kissing after saying "I do." Hallmark had been pressured to drop the spot by a group that said the ad promoted homosexuality.

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U.N. Climate Summit Goes To Extra Time, But Ends With Major Questions Unresolved

Sun, 12/15/2019 - 14:30

The talks showed deep divisions, as small countries highly vulnerable to rising seas and powerful storms were at odds with wealthy, high-emitting countries like the United States.

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House Democrat Who Opposed Impeachment Plans To Switch To The Republican Party

Sun, 12/15/2019 - 11:25

Rep. Jeff Van Drew's decision to join the Republican ranks illustrates the challenging political calculus facing moderate Democrats who represent swing districts ahead of the impeachment vote.

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As Iowa Grows More Diverse, Democratic Candidates Are Taking Notice

Sun, 12/15/2019 - 09:21

Iowa is more than 90% white. But the state's demographics are slowly changing, and the 2020 campaigns have expanded their efforts to court Latino, Asian and black voters there.

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Researchers Explore A Drug-Free Idea To Relieve Chronic Pain: Green Light

Sun, 12/15/2019 - 07:01

Researchers are looking into a surprisingly simple technique that shows promise in easing certain kinds of chronic pain, including migraine headaches.

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Powered By Faith, Religious Groups Emerge As A Conduit For A Just Solar Boom

Sun, 12/15/2019 - 07:00

The solar industry may be booming, but clean energy's financial perks still aren't reaching communities that need them most. Religious institutions are stepping up to bridge the gap.

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Laid-Off Workers In Indonesia Just Won A Battle For $4 Million In Severance Pay

Sun, 12/15/2019 - 07:00

They're beneficiaries of incredibly generous severance laws. But those laws may soon change.

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Massachusetts Case Probes The Role Schools Play In Teen Suicide Prevention

Sun, 12/15/2019 - 07:00

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for teenagers. Schools increasingly are seen as key to keeping them safe, but suicide prevention training for school staff across the U.S. is hit or miss.

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Sunday Deadline Looms For Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment

Sat, 12/14/2019 - 18:12

The Health and Human Services Secretary tweeted a reminder: "If you decide that purchasing coverage through is the right decision for you, make sure you select coverage by this Sunday."

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California Rejects State's Largest Utility's Bankruptcy Plan

Sat, 12/14/2019 - 13:49

Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to expedite the beleaguered PG&E bankruptcy case in time for next year's wildfire season. But Newsom said the utility's plan "falls woefully short" of what is needed.

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Divers Search Contaminated Water For Body Of New Zealand Volcano Victim

Sat, 12/14/2019 - 13:25

Monday's devastating eruption killed at least 15 people, many of them tourists visiting White Island. Authorities are trying to recover bodies, even under the threat of another eruption.

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Life Along Pakistan's Mountain Highway Where China Is Investing Billions Of Dollars

Sat, 12/14/2019 - 09:00

The Karakoram Highway revamp is a key part of China's trade and infrastructure initiative in the region, and local communities' expectations are high.

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Opinion: Should It Be Illegal To Sleep Outside?

Sat, 12/14/2019 - 08:04

Laws making it illegal to sleep outside favor relocation over resolving the problems that force people into the streets.

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They're The Bravest, Humblest Civil Servants In Pakistan

Sat, 12/14/2019 - 07:00

The global program Integrity Icon aims to "name and fame" instead of "name and shame." This week, Pakistan honored government employees who did everything from track down killers to evict squatters.

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Holiday Parties Make You Squirm? Here's How To Conquer Social Anxiety

Sat, 12/14/2019 - 07:00

People with social anxiety disorder fear their "fatal flaws" will be exposed by a wayward comment or other social misstep. If holiday parties send you spiraling, try these tips.

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On Verge Of Impeachment Vote, First-Term, Moderate Democrats Weigh A Political Risk

Sat, 12/14/2019 - 07:00

Moderate Democrats are facing one of the most difficult political decisions in their careers. And the stakes couldn't be higher for their freshman class.

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