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Seniors rattled by endless risk of Medicare cuts to doctors

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — New momentum for a lasting fix to Medicare's doctor-payment problem shows that lawmakers may finally be recognizing what has long bothered their constituents.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015

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American crash victims: US government contractor, daughter

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three Americans were presumed dead in the plane crash in the southern French Alps, including a U.S. government contractor and her daughter, the State Department said Wednesday.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015

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AP tracked supply chain of slave caught fish to US

 

A yearlong investigation into forced labor and trafficking in Southeast Asia's fishing industry led an Associated Press team to Benjina, a small town that straddles two islands in the far reaches of eastern Indonesia. There journalists interviewed more than 40 current and former slaves, mostly from Myanmar, also known as Burma. Many said they had been forced to work on boats overseen by Thai captains under extremely brutal conditions. They were paid little or nothing at all, and some were at sea for months or years at a time.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015

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US officials: Military worries about easing transgender ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military leaders have expressed reservations about any move to lift the Pentagon's ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces, an issue since Defense Secretary Ash Carter's suggestion that he is open to the idea, U.S. officials say.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015

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Report: Racial disparities in arrests persist with legal pot

 

DENVER (AP) — The legalization of marijuana in Colorado hasn't solved the racial disparities in enforcement that drug-policy reformers had hoped to end, with blacks still far more likely than whites to be charged with pot-related crimes, a new report says.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015

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Phones, other distractions a big problem for teen drivers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Distractions — especially talking with passengers and using cellphones — play a far greater role in car crashes involving teen drivers than has been previously understood, according to compelling new evidence cited by safety researchers.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015

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Bill would create organic-type labels for non-modified foods

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inspired by the popular "USDA organic" label, House Republicans are proposing a new government certification for foods free of genetically modified ingredients.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015

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Hopes of preserving Cherokee language rest with children

CHEROKEE, N.C. (AP) — Kevin Tafoya grew up hearing Cherokee all around him — his mother, a grandmother and grandfather, aunts and an uncle all spoke the language that now is teetering on the edge of extinction.

Yet his mother purposely didn't teach him.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015

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