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Insurance Exchange 101: Here's What You Need To Know

If all goes as planned, people who don't have insurance will be able to shop for it on online insurance marketplaces starting Tuesday. As long as people sign up by Dec. 15, they'll be covered starting Jan. 1.
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Asian Investors Find Hot Market In U.S. Properties

Sales in commercial real estate here in the U.S. have soared over the past year. Asian nations, particularly China, are scooping up trophy properties and investing in some large, long-term development projects at a record pace.
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One Key Thing No One Knows About Obamacare

With online health-insurance markets set to open this week, it's still unclear whether healthy people will sign up. Yet the success of the program depends on them.
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Chicago's Privatized Parking Meters Sour Airport Lease Deal

With the city's parking meter lease making voters leery of new privatization deals, Mayor Rahm Emanuel called for too many public interest protections in the Midway Airport lease, and too few investors saw it as worth the risk. Increasingly, though, governments turn to private investors to run public assets like roads and prisons.
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Phantom Phone Vibrations: So Common They've Changed Our Brains?

The feeling that your phone is vibrating when it isn't has been around long enough to warrant scientific research. One psychologist recommends taking regular breaks from our phones to keep anxiety down.
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Justice Department To Sue North Carolina Over Voter ID Law

The lawsuit takes aim at provisions that limit early voting periods and require a government photo ID as an illegal form of discrimination against minorities at the ballot box, according to a person briefed on the Justice Department's plans.
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Is Living With Extreme Wildfires The New Normal?

The Yarnell Hill fire in Arizona was deadly in part because of the how close a highly flammable forest was to a community. The U.S. once faced a crisis with structural fires, but managed to change regulations to turn the trend around. Experts say it will take a renewed effort to take on this newer fire threat.
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Painful History Buried At Shuttered Vermont Institution

The Brandon Training School housed people with developmental disabilities from 1915 to 1993. A commemoration this month of former residents is emblematic of a larger national movement to honor and mark the graves of people who lived and died as wards of the state.
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The $142,000 Pickup: Truck With 1.3 Miles Tops Vintage Car Auction

Hundreds of cars that were stockpiled by a Chevrolet dealer in Nebraska are finally being sold — many for the first time. The Lambrecht Chevrolet collection stretches back to the 1950s and has drawn bids and interest from around the world.
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Shutdown Standoff: 'How Dare You,' And Other Views From Congress

The federal government has moved closer to the brink of a shutdown, as the House of Representatives approved a temporary funding bill Saturday night that the Senate and White House say has no chance of becoming law. Here's what the legislators are saying.

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