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Twitter Chat: States Face Deadline On Health Insurance Exchanges

Come Friday, states will have to decide whether they will run their own insurance exchanges under President Obama's sweeping health law. We had a rapid-fire chat about the exchanges on Twitter and captures some of the highlights here.
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A Peek Inside Rappers' Brains Shows Roots Of Improvisation

Scientists have found rappers and jazz musicians use their brains in similar ways when it comes to improvisation. Brain scans show distinct differences in which parts of the brain are most active during rap performances of memorized pieces compared with those that are done freestyle.
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Contractor Bounces Paychecks For Walter Reed Janitors

The cleaning staff at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center have been on lean times in recent weeks, after the contractor who hired them sent out paychecks that bounced.

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Health Care Cuts Are Coming: Here's Where Liberals Say You Can Slice

As the White House and Congress debate taxes and entitlement reform, an influential liberal think tank is offering what appears to be an olive branch: a plan to squeeze savings out of Medicare — long a target of GOP cuts — that Democrats can support.
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Lawmakers Clash With FDA Over Meningitis Outbreak

Members of a House committee demanded to know why the Food and Drug Administration let the pharmacy that sold tainted drugs continue shipping them after sending a warning letter about problems in 2006.
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For Some Sandy Survivors, Medicine's The Big Worry

More than two weeks after Hurricane Sandy, many people in New York and New Jersey are still focused on restoring the basics: food, electricity, water. Most vulnerable are the elderly and sick — many of whom can't get to their doctors or refill prescriptions.

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