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Maryland Announces Connector Program On Health Care Overhaul

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There's help for people in Maryland who need health insurance. The state is announcing the launch of a program to help residents get health insurance under the federal health care law.

About $24 million in state and federal grants will be used to fund six organizations. They will provide consumer assistance and enrollment resources throughout Maryland.

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown says the initiative will create more than 300 jobs.

A regional approach is being taken to provide in-person assistance as the new health insurance coverage options become available in October. Each organization will help consumers learn about and apply for an appropriate health insurance product, including Medicaid, the Maryland Children's Health Program and subsidized and non-subsidized qualified health plans.

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In This 2005 Interview, Gene Wilder Explains How He Learned To Get Laughs

When he was 8, Wilder's mother had a heart attack and he took it upon himself to cheer her up. We'll listen back to a Fresh Air interview with the comic actor, who died Monday at age 83.
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Jollof Rice: West Africans Dish It Up With A Hefty Serving Of Smack Talk

Jollof rice is a celebration dish in West Africa. Each country in the region has its own take — and the rivalry over which version reigns supreme is constant fodder for a delicious war of words.
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Obama Grants Clemency To 100+ Prisoners; DOJ 'Confident' It Will Clear Backlog

Thousands of petitions are still pending, but the Justice Department tells NPR that despite doubts from advocates it plans to consider each of them before President Obama leaves office.
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A trending hashtag on Twitter invites people to personify countries in Africa with various schoolyard archetypes.

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