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Judge Blocks Trump Rule Requiring Pharma Companies To Say Price Of Drugs In TV Ads

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 06:42

Television-ad rule, which had support from the Trump administration and consumer rights advocates, is a blow to the White House searching for ways to pressure pharmaceutical companies to lower prices.

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Lawmakers Don't Have Many Nice Things To Say About Negotiating With Mick Mulvaney

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 06:21

Congressional leaders say they want to pass a budget deal that would avoid deep spending cuts for at least a year. But talks have stalled, and many blame the White House's acting chief of staff.

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Equal Pay For Equal Play; The U.S. Women's Soccer Team Tackles Its Next Quest

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 05:11

Fresh off its fourth Women's World Cup title, the U.S. Women's National Team has its eyes set on another prize: more money. The women make less than their male counterparts.

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13-Year-Old Scientist's Research Shows Hand Dryers Can Hurt Kids' Ears

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 05:05

Research finds many hand dryers operate at noise levels that are harmful to children. Nora Keegan is the 13-year-old student who did the study in the Canadian journal Paediatrics & Child Health.

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FBI Records Could Have Solved A Civil Rights Cold Case. Now It's Too Late

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 05:05

Alabama officials tell NPR that if the FBI had shared its case file, they would have investigated the James Reeb murder case while one of the assailants was still alive.

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The Affordable Care Act Is Back In Court: 5 Facts You Need To Know

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 05:00

The ACA is again being put to the test, after a lower court judge ruled the massive health law unconstitutional. The case might yet ricochet back to the Supreme Court ahead of the 2020 election.

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Federal Agents Seize Cargo Ship Linked To Massive Cocaine Bust In Philadelphia

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 04:01

Prosecutors have not accused the shipping company of any wrongdoing, but at least three of the company's ships have been subject to drug raids this year.

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HHS Inspector General Finds Serious Flaws In 20% Of U.S. Hospice Programs

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 00:01

Two new reports from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have found widespread problems in hospice care and say the government needs to open its scorecards on hospice care to the public.

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$15 Minimum Wage Would Boost 17 Million Workers, Cut 1.3 Million Jobs, CBO Says

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 17:55

The Congressional Budget Office analyzed the impact of lifting the $7.25 federal minimum wage to $15 by 2025. The House is expected to vote next week on a bill to lift the federal minimum.

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Trump Touts 'Environmental Leadership,' Even As D.C. Has Floods And Critics Pounce

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 17:39

In an East Room event that played like a campaign rally, President Trump touted his push for clean air and "crystal clear" water. He made no mention of climate change, a growing concern for voters.

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Trump Announces 4th Of July Salute Again As Democrats Press For Costs Probe

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 17:22

Senate Democrats demanded a government investigation of the unknown costs for President Trump's Fourth of July Lincoln Memorial speech, military flyovers and heightened security.

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Drug Prices Can Take A Surprising Turn When A Poor Country Gets Richer

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 17:16

A new study finds that as poor countries become wealthier, it becomes harder for citizens to purchase basic medicines at affordable prices.

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Dapper Dan, Telling Stories In Leather, Fur And Logos

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 16:30

The legendary hip-hop designer is now partnering with the big fashion labels who originally shut him down for bootlegging their logos. He's got a new memoir out, called Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem.

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ICE Uses Facial Recognition To Sift State Drivers' License Records, Researchers Say

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 16:23

Some of ICE's efforts target undocumented immigrants who have legally obtained drivers' licenses, says Alvaro Bedoya, of Georgetown Law's privacy and technology center.

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Who's Running For President? The 2020 Democrats

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 16:20

It's the most diverse field ever, and the largest in at least 40 years. Potentially two dozen Democrats are entering a long, drawn-out primary process to take on President Trump in 2020.

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How A Grocery Store's Plan To Shame Customers Into Using Reusable Bags Backfired

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 15:41

A Canadian grocery store put embarrassing slogans on plastic bags, such as "Wart Ointment Wholesale" and "Into the Weird Adult Video Emporium" to get customers to use reusable shopping bags.

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Warren Rising: Massachusetts Progressive Announces $19 Million Fundraising Haul

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 14:00

The Massachusetts senator has been rising in the polls, and she's now raising solid amounts of money, when there were serious questions previously about the size of her campaign.

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Debut Book Tells Of The Real-Life Longings And Frustrations Of 'Three Women'

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 13:47

Lisa Taddeo's first book is a work of deep observation, long conversations, and a kind of journalistic alchemy. She spent years with her subjects — and the investment pays off.

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Amid 'Quiet Rehabilitation Of Stalin,' Some Russians Honor The Memory Of His Victims

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 12:36

A civic initiative is commemorating those who were murdered under the rule of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, whom many Russians now admire for defeating Nazi Germany and making his nation a superpower.

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How To Pick A Doctor (Or Break Up With One)

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 12:19

A good primary care doctor can be your ally, helping you catch or prevent serious illness and navigate the health care system. Here's how to find a good one.

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