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Former N.Y. Prison Employee Enters Guilty Plea Related To Inmates' Escape

July 28, 2015 - 7:14am

Joyce Mitchell, the Clinton Correctional Facility worker who was charged last month with aiding two convicted killers' escape, has reached a deal with prosecutors.

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Happy 50th Birthday, Medicare. Your Patients Are Getting Healthier

July 28, 2015 - 7:01am

The past 15 years have seen a drop in deaths and hospitalizations among Medicare patients — people 65 and older. Teasing out why is tricky, but it seems a good trend for the 50-year-old program.

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Twitter Takes Down Unoriginal Jokes, But All Of Yours Are Probably Safe

July 28, 2015 - 6:32am

A freelance writer got the company to take down several unauthorized uses of her humor by what she says are robot accounts, but legal scholars say proving copyright on jokes is difficult.

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Obama Asks African Countries To Create Jobs, Foster Democracy

July 28, 2015 - 6:02am

President Obama was the first sitting American president to address the African Union. The speech capped a five-day trip to Kenya and Ethiopia.

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NATO Says It Stands With Turkey In Fight Against ISIS

July 28, 2015 - 4:22am

After it began an air campaign against the so-called Islamic State, Turkey called a meeting of the 27 allies to raise the possibility of a need for NATO involvement.

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Rehab Before Cancer Treatment Can Help Patients Bounce Back

July 28, 2015 - 4:05am

Cancer patients who get what some people are calling prehabilitation can recover more quickly, early research suggests. Getting insurance to cover it can be tricky, though.

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Drawing A Line From The Chinese Stock Market To Your Wallet

July 28, 2015 - 4:03am

U.S. commodities — copper, corn, coal and more — are cheaper because of China's economic cooling. Producers got caught up in China's "teaser" demand for more of everything. It couldn't last.

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In Libya, Gadhafi's Son, Saif Al-Islam, Is Sentenced To Death In Absentia

July 28, 2015 - 3:02am

The sentence was handed down in connection to killings during the 2011 uprising that overthrew his father, Moammar Gadhafi. Saif Al-Islam, however, is being held by a militia in the west.

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The Struggle To Breathe Life Back Into Empty Schools

July 28, 2015 - 1:06am

As urban schools across the country continue to lose students, the question districts like St. Louis face is: What to do with all of those empty buildings?

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Squeezed By Drought, California Farmers Switch To Less Thirsty Crops

July 28, 2015 - 1:05am

Water scarcity is leading farmers away from planting staples and towards planting higher-value, lower-water specialty crops. Think wine grapes and pomegranates instead of citrus and avocados.

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The Demise Of Old-Style Demolition Derby

July 28, 2015 - 1:03am

Demo derby used to be a low-budget hobby for guys who bought jalopies for one last romp before the scrap heap. But the event has changed — and some fear it may be running out of gas.

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How Finns Make Sports Part Of Everyday Life

July 28, 2015 - 1:00am

In Finland, 90 percent of adults take part in sports or exercise at least twice a week. The Nordic nation far outpaces the U.S. in adult sports participation. Free and easy access to facilities helps.

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The 'Swim Whisperer' Teaches Kids To Be Water-Safe

July 28, 2015 - 12:57am

For 20 years, Conrad Cooper has been helping children in Los Angeles learn to swim by earning his young students' unwavering trust.

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Tired Of The Big City? Consider Telecommuting From Montana

July 27, 2015 - 11:33pm

Greg Gianforte, a successful high-tech entrepreneur, is recruiting — not for his company, but for telecommuters to move to rural Montana and bring their high-paying jobs with them.

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Boy Scouts Of America End Blanket Ban On Gay Leaders

July 27, 2015 - 4:14pm

The Boy Scouts National Executive Board approved a resolution that would allow "openly gay adult leaders and employees." But local units will still be able to bar gay leaders.

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California Health Insurance Exchange Keeps Rate Hikes Low — Again

July 27, 2015 - 3:14pm

Monthly premiums for health insurance plans in the Covered California marketplace will increase by an average of 4 percent for 2016. The price for some plans will drop.

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With Religious Services, Immigrant Detainees Find 'Calmness'

July 27, 2015 - 2:05pm

In-house chaplains have helped detainees cope with daily frustration, even reducing violence in detention centers. But meeting the spiritual needs of people from all over the world is a challenge.

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The 'Shock of Confinement': The Grim Reality Of Suicide In Jail

July 27, 2015 - 1:59pm

About 1,000 people die in American jails every year and about a third of those are suicides. Jails often house people who've never been in legal trouble before, and it can have a traumatic effect.

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For Greece's Farmers, Growing Pressure To Be More Competitive

July 27, 2015 - 1:09pm

Greece grows plenty of good agricultural products, but has trouble competing internationally. Many in Greece say it's time for the farm sector to modernize.

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Could Joe Biden Get 'Ready For Biden'?

July 27, 2015 - 12:45pm

It's unusual for a sitting vice president to not be a part of the campaign conversation. One group is urging Biden to run and holding out hope he hears the call.

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