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A Medicaid Expansion In Pennsylvania May Take Time

Gov. Tom Corbett hopes to tap into federal money offered as part of the Affordable Care Act to extend Medicaid coverage to more people. But he has conditions. His alternative would require some people to pay an insurance premium and to look for work.
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L.A. Puts Chronically Homeless In The Front Of Housing Line

Homeless-services providers in Los Angeles County are gathering data on the homeless population and ranking people by vulnerability. The goal is to get the most in need into permanent housing quickly. The "housing first" approach has been used in cities nationwide, but it has its critics, even among other advocates.
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Countdown To Shutdown: The Ted Cruz Show Comes To A Close

After Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz ended his 21-hour-plus marathon speech at noon Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid quickly dismissed it as "a big waste of time."
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That's The Spirit: Why Indians Prefer Strong Beer, Liquor

Indians traditionally don't drink much compared with many other countries. But they are imbibing more these days and they do like the strong stuff. Liquor and strong beer dominate the market.
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Chinese Online Retailer To Shift IPO To U.S.

China's biggest online retailer, the Alibaba Group, reportedly has decided it will not launch its Initial Public Offering on the Hong Kong stock exchange. Instead, it wants to bring the IPO to New York. Alibaba processed $170 billion in transactions last year — more than Amazon and eBay combined.
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Ellison Skips Out On Keynote Address At Oracle Conference

Larry Ellison — the billionaire CEO of Oracle — was scheduled to deliver a keynote address on Tuesday at Oracle OpenWorld. Thousands showed up or tuned in remotely, but the nation's third-richest man didn't show up. Instead, he was watching Oracle Team USA in the America's Cup.
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House GOP Group Forces Boehner To Choose Sides

A GOP group in the House is behind an effort to defund the Affordable Care Act through the process of keeping the federal government funded. Speaker John Boehner may have to choose whether to stand by them and force a government shutdown, or makes a deal with Democrats to avert it. Steve Inskeep talks to former Ohio Republican Rep. Steve LaTourette for insight into Boehner's dilemma.
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Moroccan Women Have 'Greater Opportunities' In Business

Nezha Hayat is the first woman to serve on the board of directors of a bank in Morocco. She is involved in running the Casablanca Stock Exchange, and she's pushing for more women to play decision-making roles in the country's economy. David Greene talks to Hayat about her experience rising through the ranks of a field dominated by men.
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Senate More Than Likely To Keep Obamacare Intact

Congress has just days to avoid a government shutdown when the new fiscal year starts next Tuesday. Standing in the way is a House provision that cuts off all funding for the health care law known as Obamacare. The aim is to cripple that program just when its major provisions are about to kick in. But the Senate is not expected to pass any bill that defunds or delays Obamacare.
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What Happens When Stores Let Customers Return Whatever They Want?

L.L. Bean has taken back a live Christmas wreath that had turned brown and a shirt ripped by a rescue crew after a car accident. Is that any way to run a business?

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