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Washington Region Prepares For Health Care Exchange Rollout

A key part of President Barack Obama’s signature health care reform is set to take effect Oct. 1. That day, Americans around the country will be able to access online marketplaces and compare shop health plans online. But in many jurisdictions, including the Washington region, the rollout may be complicated. While Maryland has been one of the most aggressive states in crafting its own health care exchanges, the state of Virginia has deferred entirely to federally-run exchanges. Meanwhile, the District-run exchange has hit a technical roadblock and may not be fully functional by the Tuesday deadline. Health care experts from around the region explain the local impact of the health care rollout.

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Broadway Chanteuse Barbara Cook: 'My First Memories Are Of Singing'

After starring in Broadway shows like The Music Man and Candide, Cook struggled with addiction, then staged a successful second career as a cabaret singer. Her new memoir is Then and Now.
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With A Zap, Scientists Create Low-Fat Chocolate

Scientists say they've figured out how to reduce the fat in milk chocolate by running it through an electric field. The result is healthier, but is it tastier?
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Supreme Court Throws Out Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's Conviction

McDonnell was sentenced to two years in prison after he was convicted of public corruption. The high court, however, ruled the government used too-broad an interpretation of the federal bribery law.

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Human Or Machine: Can You Tell Who Wrote These Poems?

Can a computer write a sonnet that's indistinguishable from what a person can produce? A contest at Dartmouth attempted to find out. With our online quiz, you too can give it a try.

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