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Getting Federal Benefits To Gay Couples: It's Complicated

A Supreme Court ruling paved the way for same-sex married couples to receive federal benefits. Now Justice Department lawyers are working to make it happen. It's a challenge because they have more than 1,000 rules and laws to review.
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How Politics Set The Stage For The Obamacare Website Meltdown

The easy answer is that computer glitches stalled the launch of the Affordable Care Act health exchanges. But it's not as simple as that. The Obama administration lost valuable time waiting for a Supreme Court decision, a presidential election and state health exchange plans.
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It's Back To The Future For E-Cigarette Ads, At Least For Now

The Food and Drug Administration does not currently regulate electronic cigarettes as tobacco products. That may change soon, but in the meantime, the lack of regulation means manufacturers have tremendous leeway over how they advertise their products.
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Christie's Gay Marriage Decision Has Primary Consequences

Iowa social conservative leader Bob Vander Plaats says New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie would pay a price in Iowa for capitulating to courts and withdrawing a challenge to New Jersey's same-sex marriage law.
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How Long Do They Really Have To Fix That Obamacare Website?

President Obama says he's pretty frustrated with the messed-up computer system for insurance enrollment under the Affordable Care Act. If he gets it fixed by mid-November all will be well, analysts say. But further delay could mean real trouble.
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5 Questions Kathleen Sebelius Must Answer

It's not yet clear when Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will testify before Congress. But it won't be soon enough for the Republicans who are calling for her resignation as a result of the Internet mess that is HealthCare.gov.
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Cold Crime: Jell-O Stolen From Work Fridge Sparks Police Call

A Pennsylvania man called police recently to report the theft of his Jell-O. The flavor was strawberry, he said, and it wasn't the first time it had gone missing. "I think he was fed up," a police official says.
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Government Shutdown Delays Rocket Launch

The blastoff of the Minotaur I, operated by Orbital Sciences Corp., has been pushed back after preparations were put on hold during the government hiatus.
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Toyota Recalls 800,000 Vehicles Because...Spiders?

Toyota is recalling more than 800,000 vehicles because of spontaneously inflating airbags caused by spider webs.
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Gay Couples Tie Knot In New Jersey As Christie Backs Down

New Jersey became the 14th state to allow same-sex marriage Monday when gay couples began marrying just after midnight. A state judge forced the state to recognize same-sex marriages. Initially, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appealed that ruling. But he dropped that appeal Monday, saying the New Jersey Supreme Court had already made clear how it would rule.

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