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States Iron Out The Kinks In Long-Term Care Insurance

Oregon is one of several states making it easier for consumers to appeal long-term care insurance denials, and expedite payment of claims.
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Kickers Are Taking The Kick Out Of Football

So far this year, NFL field goal kickers have made 88 percent of their attempts. They've even made two-thirds of their tries from more than 50 yards. When kickers are that good it hurts the game, says commentator Frank Deford.
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Transcript And Audio: Second Presidential Debate

Transcript and audio of the second debate between President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
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Federal Investigators Search Pharmacy Linked To Meningitis Outbreak

The probe into how patients who were given steroid shots apparently contracted meningitis now includes criminal investigators. At least 15 deaths have been linked to the outbreak.
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In Battleground Nevada, Voters We Met In February Offer Few October Surprises

With eyes on the presidential debate in New York, we decided to turn ours to the swing state of Nevada, where President Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney are battling mightily over the state's small but crucial trove of six electoral votes. We caught up with three voters we first met last winter.
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Home Health Aides: In Demand, Yet Paid Little

The home care workforce is one of the nation's fastest growing, yet its 2.5 million members — nearly all women — are also among the worst paid. With fears of a labor shortage as baby boomers age, there are efforts to make the job more attractive.
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Louisiana To Soon Have State's First Black Chief Justice

Justice Bernette Johnson has the seniority that entitles her to take the seat when the current chief justice steps down at the end of January, the court ruled today. A racially charged challenge had been raised by some of her colleagues.
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Movin' On Up? That May Depend On Your Last Name

Economic historian Gregory Clark's study of social mobility traced surnames and found that a person's success in life may be largely determined by the status of ancestors hundreds of years ago. That means improving opportunities across generations might be a lot harder than anyone imagined.
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6 Things Surnames Can Say About Social Mobility

Here, some takeaways from new research that finds that families rise and fall across generations at a much slower rate than anyone thought. For example, the research finds that French-Canadian immigrants are a disadvantaged minority in the U.S.

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