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Insurance Chief Suggests Adding A New, Lower Level Of Health Plan

Representing U.S. health insurance companies, Karen Ignagni says she would add a "lower tier" to the Affordable Care Act options. That could entice healthier people to join the law's new risk pools.
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Declined: Visa, MasterCard Freeze Out Targeted Russian Banks

The U.S.-based credit card companies responded to sanctions imposed on Moscow in the wake of its annexation of Crimea.
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Federal Judge Strikes Down Michigan Gay-Marriage Ban

The state follows Texas and several others who have seen their same-sex marriage prohibitions overturned in court. Michigan's attorney general has said he will appeal the decision.
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OK To Vape In The Office? Cities, Feds and Firms Still Deciding

As e-cigarettes become popular, bosses and others continue to mull over the pros and cons of letting workers vape on the job. Are e-cigs a polluting gateway to tobacco, or do they help smokers quit?
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NATO Finds A New Focus In Eastern Europe

Russia's actions in Ukraine have brought NATO's mission into much clearer focus. The military alliance now faces a political crisis in its own backyard, in Eastern Europe and the Baltics.
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As Carmakers Turn Up The Recalls, Consumers Tune Out

The number of vehicles recalled has more than doubled over the past 20 years — but most notices go unnoticed by the public. "It just starts to become noise," says one auto expert.
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Report: Widespread Racial Disparities In Public School Punishments

A U.S. Education Department report finds what it calls a pattern of punitive policies and educational neglect that disproportionately hurt black, Latino and Native American students in public schools.
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Former White House Official: Putin Wants 'New Russian Empire'

Former Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott and former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley tell NPR that the U.S. and EU must stick together on sanctions.
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In Hawaii, Sex With A Prostitute May Be Legal For Undercover Cops

Honolulu's police department wants to keep an exemption from arrest that is not included in a proposed state law. Critics say the police don't need to go all the way to break up prostitution rings.
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Were Hundreds Of Innocent Children Lost?

A Miami Herald report suggests that almost 500 Florida children died of abuse and neglect, after authorities failed to protect them. Writer Audra Burch talks about the findings.

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