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Groups claim insurance discrimination in new forms

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ending insurance discrimination against the sick was a central goal of the nation's health care overhaul, but leading patient groups say that promise is being undermined by new barriers from insurers.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014

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Missouri governor sends National Guard to Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's governor on Monday ordered the National Guard to a St. Louis suburb convulsed by protests over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen, after a night in which police used tear gas to clear protesters off the streets well ahead of a curfew.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014

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US rethinks giving excess military gear to police

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a decade of sending military equipment to civilian police departments across the country, federal officials are reconsidering the idea in light of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri.

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 August 2014

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Perry indictment exposes Texas' political divide

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A grand jury has indicted Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts of abuse of power for making good on a veto threat — a case the possible 2016 presidential hopeful is dismissing as nakedly political, but which his opponents say is just deserts.

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 August 2014

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Charges: Couple took, intended to hurt Amish girls

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A northern New York couple has been arraigned on charges they intended to physically harm or sexually abuse two Amish sisters after abducting them from a roadside farm stand.

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 August 2014

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Ferguson police chief cedes much of his authority

Timeline of  shooting incident below

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 August 2014

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Ferguson police got surplus military equipment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Images of police outfitted in paramilitary gear clashing with protesters in suburban St. Louis are giving new impetus to efforts to rein in a Pentagon program that provides free machine guns and other surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 August 2014

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SeaWorld plans bigger killer whale environments

NEW YORK (AP) — Stung by criticism of its treatment of killer whales, SeaWorld said Friday that it will build new, larger environments at its theme parks and will fund additional research on the animals along with programs to protect ocean health and whales in the wild.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 August 2014

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