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Funding To Treat 9/11-Related Illnesses Still Delayed

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Nearly two years after President Obama signed the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, thousands of responders and survivors are monitored or treated for illnesses traced to ground zero dust. But a component of the law that provides money for economic losses caused by illness hasn't been as quick to get off the ground.

The law illustrates the complexities of a key piece of legislation born of the attacks that took place 11 years ago next week.

Only about 300 people have filed eligibility forms so far, but the fund's leader eventually expects thousands of additional applications.

With time still left, some people are holding out in case they become sick. Others are waiting until broad categories of cancer are added to conditions covered by the fund.

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Musicians 'Let It All Out' At MTV's Video Music Awards

Complex magazine writer Alex Gale talks about the more than 30-year history and previews what to expect for Sunday night's Video Music Awards on MTV.
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Japan's Centuries-Old Tradition Of Making Soba Noodles

In the remote mountains of the Japanese island of Shikoku, an old woman makes soba noodles by hand from locally grown buckwheat. It's ancient technique that is adapting to modern times.
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D.C. Department Shakeup Raises Questions About Pay-To-Play Politics

Turnover at a major D.C. government department is raising questions about local businesses, political contributions and influence in city politics.

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A Hero For The Arts And Sciences: Upcoming Marvel Covers Promote STEAM Fields

The five covers feature the company's heroes — including Spiderman, Iron Man, and the Hulk — all engaging in activities educators have been trying to promote.

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