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Trump plans to halt subsidies to health insurers, further undermining Obamacare

The federal government will cease crucial federal payments to health insurers that provide coverage to low-income Americans, the White House announced late Thursday in a move that threatens to send health insurance premiums skyrocketing for millions of Americans and destabilize markets across the...
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U.S. is separating immigrant parents and children to discourage others, activists say
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:00:00 +0100
Thousands of parents who crossed illegally into the U.S. in recent years have been held with their children at immigration detention centers. But the case of a Brazilian woman and her son illustrates what migrant advocates call a harsher approach to immigration...
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An amateur astronomer testing a new camera happens to catch a supernova as it's being born
Thu, 22 Feb 2018 03:45:00 +0100
Peering at a distant galaxy, an amateur astronomer in Argentina managed to capture a star in the act of going supernova. The chances of this discovery, scientists say, are 1-in-a-million at best. This lucky find, described in the journal Nature, offers...
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Trump suggests arming schools in emotional meeting with gun violence survivors and parents
Thu, 22 Feb 2018 02:20:00 +0100
President Trump hosted an extraordinarily emotional debate over guns and schools at the White House on Wednesday, listening for more than an hour as student survivors and grieving parents parried ideas to prevent firearms deaths, their gentle disputes...
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American women win first gold medal in cross-country skiing
Thu, 22 Feb 2018 01:45:00 +0100
In the same sprint free relay where Norway cross-country skier Marit Bjoergen became the most decorated athlete in Winter Olympics history, the U.S. women won the gold medal. It’s hard to say which is the more impressive feat. A Norwegian woman winning...
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American figure skater Mirai Nagasu embraces her Japanese roots
Thu, 22 Feb 2018 01:45:00 +0100
On property of the First United Methodist Church in San Gabriel stands a modest-sized house that serves as a Japanese school classroom. Notices to the parents of students are posted on a whiteboard near the front door. For several days, a picture of Mirai...
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Olympics' new big air snowboarding takes extreme sports to the extreme — and the athletes are scared
Thu, 22 Feb 2018 01:20:00 +0100
With big air snowboarding making its Olympic debut at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, the riders vying for gold this week can make what they do look graceful and, at times, utterly natural. Don't be fooled - they are scared.
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Conspiracy theories about Florida school shooting survivors have gone mainstream
Thu, 22 Feb 2018 01:15:00 +0100
In a world of senseless chaos and cruelty, there are apparently two ways to comprehend what’s driving the student-led gun control activism spreading across the country: 1. After a gunman killed 17 students and faculty at a high school in Parkland, Fla.,...
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$1.5-million reward offered to solve 2001 slaying of federal prosecutor and gun control activist
Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:55:00 +0100
FBI and Justice Department officials still aren't sure who ambushed federal prosecutor Thomas C. Wales from outside his home office in Seattle on Oct. 11, 2001, but they'e hoping the new reward of over $1.5 million will loosen some lips.
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Clippers return from All-Star break with playoff spot in their sights
Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:30:00 +0100
Twenty-six games remain in the Clippers’ regular season and coach Doc Rivers has already calculated how many he thinks his team needs to win in order to make the playoffs in the Western Conference. “Yeah, I think we’ve got to win 25 of them,”...
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UCLA's best way to enhance its NCAA tournament chances is simple: win games
Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:20:00 +0100
UCLA could obsess over team sheets and quadrants as it tries to strengthen its case for NCAA tournament inclusion, or it could take the approach preferred by freshman forward Kris Wilkes. “If we win all our games,” Wilkes said, “then we’ll definitely...
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Investment firm TCW, top executive deny sexual harassment allegations by former fund manager
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:50:00 +0100
Los Angeles-based investment firm TCW and one of its top executives have denied allegations of sexual harassment and coercion made in a recent lawsuit filed by a former fund manager. Last month, Sara Tirschwell sued TCW and managing director Jess Ravich,...
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Ford's North America chief exits after company finds 'inappropriate behavior'
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:30:00 +0100
Ford Motor Co.’s head of North American operations is leaving the automaker immediately following an investigation into reports of “inappropriate behavior.” An internal probe by the U.S. automaker found that Raj Nair, an executive vice president,...
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Bond yields jump, upending stocks' rally
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:20:00 +0100
U.S. stocks closed broadly lower Wednesday, erasing a gain, as investors reacted to a surge in bond yields late in the session. Bond yields climbed to their highest level in four years after the Federal Reserve released minutes from its latest policy...
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Declaring '#NeverAgain,' students remember Florida school shooting victims
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:05:00 +0100
Survivors of one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history took to the Florida state Capitol on Wednesday with a clear message: We will not be silenced. As hundreds of students, teachers and gun reform advocates gathered outside the legislative...
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Broadcom remains in the hunt for Qualcomm even as it lowers its bid
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 22:45:00 +0100
Broadcom trimmed its hostile takeover offer for Qualcomm on Wednesday after the San Diego company agreed to pay more for Dutch automotive chip maker NXP Semiconductors. But Broadcom said it remains committed to acquiring Qualcomm even with NXP in tow....
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