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Administration Touts Competition In Insurance Exchanges

In three-quarters of the states where the federal government is running the marketplaces, at least one new insurer has applied to enter the individual market.
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Congress Poised To Make Crop Insurance Subsidies More Generous

Farmers have been getting these government checks for years. Essentially, insurance allows farmers to lock in price guarantees — while taxpayers foot 60 percent of the premiums. Critics say such subsidies help the rich get richer and minimize risk so much, they incentivize farming on marginal lands.
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FBI Pick Rekindles Debate On Post-9/11 Security Measures

Word that the White House plans to nominate former Justice Department official James Comey to lead the FBI has rekindled a debate about the balance between security and liberty. Comey, a Republican, served in the George W. Bush administration after the Sept. 11 attacks.
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U.S. Shot Putter Awarded Gold, Years After 2004 Olympics

U.S. shot putter Adam Nelson has been awarded a gold medal from the 2004 Athens Olympics, after his rival at those games, Yuriy Bilonoh of Ukraine, was stripped of the victory last December for violating doping rules. International sporting officials formally made the change Thursday.
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Online College Courses Get A Big Boost, But Doubts Persist

Degree-granting institutions are responding to austere budgets by catapulting themselves into the world of online education. But some professors point to low online completion rates as evidence that these "massive open online courses" do a disservice to students.

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