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Video Game Creators Are Using Apps To Teach Empathy

Trip Hawkins founded Electronic Arts, the company behind the Madden NFL video game. His latest venture is heading in a very different direction: using the advances in gaming technology to teach children emotional intelligence.
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Amid HealthCare.gov Troubles, Medicaid Enrollment's Been Brisk

Enrollment in private health insurance has been slow to grow since the health exchanges opened Oct. 1. But new enrollment in the Medicaid program has been brisk, including in states that are not expanding Medicaid under the health law.
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Beds Were Available For Creigh Deeds' Son, Contradicting Early Reports

Psychiatric beds were available for Gus Deeds, son of state Sen. Creigh Deeds, raising questions about how the tragedy could have been averted.

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Kids Are Less Fit Today Than You Were Back Then

Around the world, children are slowing down. Researchers have found that kids don't run as fast as they did in the 1970s. The finding suggests a potential uptick in future heart problems because running speed is a proxy for aerobic fitness and a measure of overall cardiovascular health.
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Obamacare Crashes President's Polls, Does It Matter?

Public disapproval of the Affordable Care Act has pushed President Obama to his lowest ratings yet, according to a new poll. But does it matter? And how will the Cheney sisters' disagreement over gay marriage play out in the polls? Host Michel Martin asks journalists Callie Crossley and Keli Goff.
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Maryland Allows Extension Of Health Plans That Do Not Comply With Obamacare

Maryland's insurance commissioner says individual policies that don't comply with the federal health care overhaul can be extended through the end of next year.
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Obama Concedes Botched Insurance Website Rollout Cost Time

The Obama administration is asking for people who've been turned off by the government's problem-plagued insurance website to come back. Officials say the website is working better now, though it's still far from fixed.
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Why College Campuses Get Hit By Meningitis Outbreaks

Princeton University is asking students to get vaccinated with a shot not approved for use in the U.S. in an effort to stop a meningitis outbreak. Meningitis can be deadly, and it spreads in places where people are in close contact, like a dormitory or a prison.
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Mixed Messages On Cancelled Health Plans Leave Consumers Confused

Millions of Americans are trying to figure what to do now that their health insurance policies have been cancelled. The policies were cancelled because they didn't comply with President Obama's Affordable Care Act. The president now says insurers who offered substandard policies can continue offering them for one more year. But most insurance companies are still figuring what to do, so it's very difficult for individuals to get reliable information, let alone make a decision.
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New York City Raises Smoking Age From 18 To 21

New York City raised the smoking age, officially, from 18 to 21 Tuesday, making it the first large U.S. city to do so.

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