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Watch Live: Sen. Ted Cruz's Senate Floor Speech

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is standing up to oppose the president's health care law. He's getting some help from like-minded conservatives.
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Administration Touts Lower-Than-Expected Obamacare Premiums

According to a report released by the Department of Health and Human Services, "premiums nationwide will ... be around 16 percent lower than originally expected," and 95 percent of uninsured people live in a state with average premiums that are lower than expected.
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Army Bars New Recruits With Conspicuous Tattoos

The rules against ink below the elbows and above the neckline were loosened in 2006 when more soldiers were needed in Afghanistan and Iraq. Now, the Army wants to tighten regulations again.
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Countdown To Shutdown: 6 Days

Six days before the federal government is due to shut down, Sen. Ted Cruz's fellow GOP colleagues indicated they weren't prepared to follow his lead in the anti-Obamacare fight.
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Accessible Designs Could Help Us All — But Only If Firms Bite

Computer technology offers us abilities we could once only dream about. But many companies have yet to recognize the commercial opportunity in making products for the disabled. Some argue that ignoring accessibility issues completely is a multi-billion dollar mistake.
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New Army Tattoo Rules Won't Affect Already-Inked Soldiers

The U.S. Army is about to have tighter restrictions on tattoos for new recruits and for current soldiers. Visible tattoos, ones below the knees, below the elbows, or above the neckline will not be permitted for enlistees, but soldiers with these kinds of tattoos are grandfathered in. Soldier will have to pay to have tattoos that are deemed racist, sexist, or extremist removed. Melissa Block speaks with Josh Smith, the Afghanistan correspondent for Stars and Stripes for more details.
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Four Men Charged In Chicago Shooting That Injured 13

Chicago police have charged four men — including two suspected gunmen — in the shooting injuries of 13 people. Police said the two suspects opened fire in retaliation for an earlier shooting, in which one of them was slightly wounded.
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The Cruz Control Scenario In Texas

The chatter about a possible primary challenge to Sen. John Cornyn from GOP Sen. Ted Cruz's father might get louder as a result of the government shutdown debate.
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The Mystery Of $600 Million Traded In The Blink Of An Eye

Somehow, information about the Fed's bond buying decision got into computers in Chicago faster than the speed of light. Those milliseconds meant millions.
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Lose Weight Before Trying Other Sleep Apnea Treatments

Surgery sounds like a quick cure for sleep apnea, but a review of the evidence by doctors found the operations can be risky and disappointing for many people. Masks and pumps that keep airways open at night are effective. And the equipment is more comfortable than it used to be.

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