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Obama Orders Review Of U.S. Hostage Policy

The administration revealed the review just after the Islamic State took responsibility for killing a third American citizen. It is not clear whether the U.S. will reconsider its no-ransom policy.
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Native Americans Urged To Sign Up For Private Insurance

The second round of buying health insurance on the Affordable Care Act exchanges has started. Health officials say Native Americans may have much to gain by buying insurance there.
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Rendering: The World's Oldest Recycling System

Meat processing is one of the most efficient in the food chain. Figures show only 4 percent is lost to waste in North America, compared with 10 percent in the processing of grain products.
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Who Pays For Outdated Power Plant That Lacks Customers?

Electricity rates in Michigan's Upper Peninsula could go up next month by as much as 30 percent. Residents might have to start paying to keep a coal plant open that isn't needed anymore.
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Couple's Brown-Skin, Lighter-Skin Kids Face Double Standard

NPR's Michele Norris concludes her conversation with Marc Quarles of Pacific Grove, Calif. His six-word submission to The Race Card Project: "With Kids, I'm Dad. Alone: Thug."
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Numbers Dwindle Of Living Children Of Civil War Veterans

We meet two people who have lived long lives — plus their fathers served in the Civil War. Iris Jordan and Fred Upham spoke with National Geographic News for a story published online last week.
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Firm Accused Of Illegal Practices That Push Families Into Foreclosure

A class action lawsuit alleges Ocwen Financial, one of the nation's largest mortgage servicers, charges marked-up and illegal fees. The firm says it will vigorously defend itself against the claims.
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Doctor Shortage Looming? Maybe Not

Physicians have been warning for years about a coming shortage of primary care doctors. But others say primary care teams that include other types of health workers might fill the gap better.
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Uber Exec In Hot Water After Suggesting A Journalist Smear Campaign

A senior vice president of the ride-service company has issued an apology after news broke of his comments about digging up info about reporters' personal lives.
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What You Need To Know About The Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

The long-delayed project is a jobs generator to some and an ecological disaster to others. Ahead of a key Senate vote, we revisit what the Keystone XL pipeline would do and why it's so contentious.

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