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Untangling The Many Deductibles Of Health Insurance

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 5:08am

Some people wind up having to pay hospital deductibles on top of other medical deductibles. But those do not apply to outpatient procedures.

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Need Fake Friends For Your Wedding? In S. Korea, You Can Hire Them

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 4:17am

Baby showers, weddings, even meet-the-parent weekends don't have to include your actual loved ones, at least not in South Korea. A cottage casting industry exists to help fill your life-staging needs.

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An 'Island Tax' Could Harm One Bright Spot In Greek Economy

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 4:17am

The new bailout plan for Greece calls for a steep sales-tax increase on the Aegean Islands, raising fears it could harm tourism, one of the few sectors that's been doing well.

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Looking Up: Amusement Parks May Have A Record-Breaking Year

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 3:04am

Some 260 million people spend about $10 billion annually at regional theme parks, and attendance is soaring. To attract more thrill-seekers, the parks have been adding bigger, faster rides.

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The Soy Car Seat: Are Companies Doing Enough For The Environment?

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 4:39pm

Corporate sustainability reports help measure firms' ecological footprints. Ford, for example, touts renewable materials in its cars. But some environmentalists say the reports can be misleading.

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Judge Strikes Down Idaho 'Ag-Gag' Law, Raising Questions For Other States

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 4:26pm

A judge ruled Monday that an Idaho law criminalizing undercover investigations of farms is unconstitutional. Seven states have similar laws, but legal experts say they may not stand much longer.

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When Relying On The Sun, Energy Storage Remains Out Of Reach

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 3:26pm

The ability to store energy could revolutionize the way electricity is made and used. But for many utility companies and regular folks, energy storage is still too costly and difficult.

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For Some States, New Emissions Rules Will Force A Power Shift

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 3:26pm

The federal rules will deal a big blow to some energy sectors — especially coal. The change won't be so hard for states that have moved to cut emissions. But for others it will be more difficult.

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Your Pill Is Printing: FDA Approves First 3-D-Printed Drug

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 10:39am

The company that makes Spritam says the 3-D-printed pill dissolves quickly, even at the highest doses.

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How Cellphone Use Can Help Determine A Person's Creditworthiness

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 4:49am

In the developing world, where many people lack bank accounts or credit cards, banks may hesitate to loan them money. But researchers say cellphones can help determine people's creditworthiness.

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Here's The Buzz On America's Forgotten Native 'Tea' Plant

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 4:49am

It's called yaupon. Native Americans once made a brew from its caffeinated leaves and traded them widely. With several companies now selling yaupon, it may be poised for a comeback.

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New Power Plant Rules Likely To Start Slow-Burning Debate, Legal Action

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 4:49am

A huge legal battle is coming over the White House plan to address climate change with additional power plant regulations. The coal industry has the most to lose, and plans to take the EPA to court.

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Delta And American Ban Big Game Trophies As Airline Freight

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 6:17pm

Delta said in a statement on Monday that, effective immediately, it "will officially ban shipment of all lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, and buffalo trophies." American followed hours later.

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Wanted: More Bulls With No Horns

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 3:53pm

Most U.S. dairy cows are born with horns, but most farms remove them. Animal welfare groups say dehorning is cruel. Instead, they want ranchers to breed more hornless cattle into their herds.

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Oil Prices Tumble Again, Hurting Drillers But Helping Drivers

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 3:52pm

Oil prices are falling, down sharply since mid-June to just over $45 a barrel. That has affected gasoline prices, now down to an average of $2.65 a gallon, about 85 cents less than a year ago.

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Puerto Rico Fails To Make Its Bond Payment

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 3:31pm

Puerto Rico's default on Monday raises pressure on Washington to step in with help and opens a new chapter in Puerto Rico's relationship with its lenders — one now expected to move to the courts.

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Alabama Drivers Are Filling Up On Cheap Gas

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 3:31pm

Motorists everywhere are noticing: Gasoline prices are dropping again. Some experts expect them to keep falling — down to perhaps $2 by winter. But in Alabama, gas prices are nearly that low already.

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Texas Attorney General Turns Himself In On Fraud Charges

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 12:01pm

Facing three felony charges that allege securities fraud, Texas Attorney Ken Paxton was processed at a county jail and released on bond Monday morning.

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Greek Stocks Drop Sharply As Market Reopens For First Time Since June

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 6:27am

When it opened, the Athens Stock Exchange General Index plummeted from 797.52 down to a new 52-week low of 615 — a drop of nearly 23 percent.

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Obama Aims To Tighten Restrictions On Plants' Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 4:11am

On Monday, President Obama will unveil tougher rules designed to cut carbon emissions from U.S. power plants. If the proposed plan clear legal hurdles, the nation's power grid would face big changes.

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