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Estimated Costs Drive Debate As Florida Weighs Medicaid Expansion

Gov. Rick Scott says he's concerned about how much expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act would cost. But after he was charged with exaggerating, his administration released a new study with much lower estimates.
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Experience Trumps Hope In Obama's 2nd-Term Cabinet Selections

A hard reality any re-elected president must face is that there are only so many people who have the president's confidence, experience to run a Cabinet department, personal backgrounds that can withstand vetting, and are politically acceptable to the opposition party.
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Agreed, Baby Pandas Are Cute. But Why?

Xiao Liwu made his public debut Thursday at the San Diego Zoo. As fans crowded around the exhibit, hoping to catch a glimpse of the 5-month-old giant panda cub, we asked the question that perhaps needs no asking. Scientists offer some clues.
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Baseball Will Test For Human Growth Hormone During Season

Major League Baseball will expand its effort to fight performance enhancing drugs to include tests for human growth hormone during the regular season, under an agreement with the players union. The testing program also calls for establishing "baseline testosterone readings" for all players.
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Obama Taps Top Aide Lew For Treasury

The president has nominated his chief of staff. Jack Lew is also a former budget director in both the Clinton and Obama administrations. He would replace Timothy Geithner, who plans to step down soon.
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Study Of Junior Seau's Brain Finds Signs Of Neurodegenerative Disease

Junior Seau, the former NFL linebacker whose suicide last May at age 43 shocked fans and former teammates, suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease associated with repetitive head injuries, according to research by the National Institutes of Health.
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Reports: Two Hurt, One Suspect In Custody After Shooting At Calif. School

The incident occurred at a high school in Taft, Calif., about 120 miles north of Los Angeles.

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Families And Fat: What Can Help, What Can Hurt

Living with an overweight parent, child or spouse can be difficult. Loved ones who want to help a family member struggling with obesity may be hesitant to broach the subject for fear of causing shame or making matters worse.
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Couple's Tandem Bike Is Stolen, And Returned, After Thief Feels Guilty

What started as a horrible week for Harly and Courtney Forbes — a thief stole their tandem bicycle, their only way of getting around — has brightened considerably. After a flood of support from their community the thief returned the bike, with a note attached.

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