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A Huge Pay Cut For Doctors Is Hiding In The Fiscal Cliff

On Jan. 1, Medicare is set to cut payments to doctors by nearly 30 percent. Lawmakers of both parties want to prevent this. So why is it imminent?
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Rice's Efforts To Win Over Critics Fall Flat

She hasn't even been nominated yet to become the next secretary of state, but Susan Rice, the Obama administration's ambassador to the U.N., has been making the rounds on Capitol Hill to try to drum up support. She's under fire from leading Republicans for the way she described the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and many of the Republicans she's been meeting have come away unimpressed by her explanations.
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Indiana's GOP Leaders Cautious Amid Supermajorities

The Indiana GOP now has a stranglehold on state government, with supermajorities in both chambers of its General Assembly and conservative Republican Mike Pence headed to the governor's mansion. But Republican lawmakers are preaching caution and a need for increased bipartisanship as they handle unchecked legislative power for the next two years. Will they be able to resist the urge to shove through their agenda?
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N.Y. Electrician Shortage Hampers Sandy Recovery

Nearly a month after Sandy, thousands of New Yorkers still don't have electricity because they're waiting for an electrician to repair and certify wiring that was damaged by flooding. Some local officials have called on City Hall to allow electricians certified outside the city to work there until the crisis abates, but the city hasn't budged.
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Contract Ban, Civil Litigation Add To BP's Woes

BP has been banned from seeking new contracts with the federal government. It's the latest blow, with the company set to appear in a New Orleans federal court next month to work out its guilty pleas to criminal charges in connection with the Deepwater Horizon explosion. The oil giant has agreed to pay a record $4.5 billion in a criminal settlement with the U.S. Justice Department. But far more money could be at stake in civil litigation stemming from the oil disaster.
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The 'Not Too Crazy' Pulls Ahead In Car Race

The race to make cars more fuel efficient means automakers are spending a lot more time in wind tunnels to get that sleek look. The result? A convergence in the way cars look.
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The Hidden Costs Of Raising The Medicare Age

By delaying the age at which people can join Medicare, the federal government could save millions of dollars. But if 65- and 66-year-olds have to find health insurance on the open market, states, employers and individuals of all ages will end up paying a lot more.
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A Short Fuse For Fusion As Ignition Misses Deadline

The $5 billion National Ignition Facility has been called a modern-day moonshot, a project of "revolutionary science." But the massive experiment that aims to generate nuclear fusion has failed to do so by a key deadline.
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Propeller Planes Come Back Amid High Fuel Prices

Record-high fuel costs have hammered airlines, forcing executives to eliminate flights, cut back on unprofitable routes and make passengers pay for many perks that used to be free. Now the airlines are looking at other ways to save money — and they're turning to propeller planes.

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