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Maryland Officials Cite More Progress With Health Insurance Website

The executive director of Maryland's online marketplace for health insurance says more upgrades to the website have enabled more people to create accounts to use it.

Becca Pearce says thousands of additional user accounts were created this week, just days after the website opened to significant delays to an onslaught of visitors. Pearce says information technology vendors made additional upgrades to the system overnight.

She insists further improvements are planned for overnight maintenance periods between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. daily through October.

Pearce also says technicians have found other areas of the website that could be improved as well. She adds some of those improvements may require additional periods in which certain functions will be unavailable.

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At 81, Disney's First African-American Animator Is Still In The Studio

First hired in the 1950s, Floyd Norman is still drawing. "Creative people don't hang it up," he says. "We don't walk away, we don't want to sit in a lawn chair. ... We want to continue to work. "
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America's Real Mountain Of Cheese Is On Our Plates

To help dairy farmers hurt by a glut, the USDA said this week it'll buy $20 million worth of cheese and give it to food banks. But we eat so much of the stuff, that's hardly a drop in the bucket.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Italy searches for survivors after a devastating earthquake. Turkey escalates its role in the fight against ISIS. And Colombia and the FARC rebels sign a peace treaty ending a half-century-long guerrilla war. A panel of journalists joins guest host Derek McGinty for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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WhatsApp Will Start Sharing Data, Including Phone Numbers, With Facebook

It will also test new ways for businesses to communicate with users on the app. The privacy policy changes mark the long-expected move by Facebook to begin making money from the free app.

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