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Obamacare Prompts Firm To Consider Dropping Its Health Plan

A Cleveland catalog company says jumps in insurance costs may force it to stop offering a group health plan to its 700 workers. But first, the firm is pushing for healthier habits among employees.
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Too Young To Smoke, But Not To Pick Tobacco

Minors can't buy cigarettes in the U.S., but they can farm tobacco. A new Human Rights Watch report says the practice is hazardous; cigarette makers say there are some safe roles for kids on farms.
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New Orleans Police Hope To 'Win The City Back,' One Kid At A Time

In a city notorious for its murder rate, more than 90 percent of victims are black. To help break the cycle, police are testing a new approach: trying to win the hearts and minds of middle-schoolers.
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Judge Strikes Down Idaho's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Gay couples can begin to marry as soon as Friday morning unless an appeals court puts a stay on the decision. It was the second state in less than a week to have its ban wiped out by a judge.
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Wildfire Evacuation Orders Lifted For Most In Southern California

More than 20,000 residents around San Diego have been allowed to return home. In Santa Barbara County, a small number of homes and business still must stay away.
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Obama Sanctions Individuals In Central African Republic

The sanctions against an ex-president of the CAR and four other rebel leaders comes amid escalating sectarian violence.
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Longtime Congressman John Conyers Off Primary Ballot

A local election official says the Detroit Democrat, who has served in the U.S. House since 1965, failed to collect enough valid signatures.
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2 Die In W.Va. Mine With Troubled Safety Record

A review of federal mine safety data shows that the Brody mine had a rate of violations more than twice the national average for underground coal mines.
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Medal Of Honor Recipient Dodged Bullets To Help Wounded Soldiers

In a White House ceremony, President Obama awarded a Medal of Honor to former Sgt. Kyle White. He saved the life of a fellow soldier during a firefight on a mountain pass in Afghanistan in 2007.
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Pub Owner Frustrated That Health Plan Prices Keep Jumping

The ACA may eventually smooth out the volatility in health insurance costs for small businesses. But for the next few years, it could be a bumpy — and expensive — ride for some firms.

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