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Managed Care Plans Make Progress In Erasing Racial Disparities

December 17, 2014 - 10:30am

Though blacks still lag whites nationwide in health, disparities have been largely eliminated in the western states, a study finds. Kaiser Permanente's Medicare HMOs did best on that.

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New Cuba Policy Is Met With Cheers And Jeers On Both Sides Of The Aisle

December 17, 2014 - 10:26am

Sen. Marco Rubio and other prominent Cuban-American lawmakers issued blistering rebukes of plans to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba.

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A Holy Land Christmas Porridge Honors A Damsel In Distress

December 17, 2014 - 10:10am

Some Christians in Israel and the West Bank celebrate Eid el-Burbara on Dec. 17. The feast honors St. Barbara, an early convert to Christianity whose story is echoed in the Rapunzel tale.

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Behind The Scenes At The Lab That Fingerprints Microbiomes

December 17, 2014 - 9:06am

Inside the lab, a lone technician sorts through new samples, snipping off swab heads intentionally fouled with fecal material. One head goes to cold storage and the other is processed for sequencing.

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Risks Have Never Been Greater For Medical Workers In Conflict Zones

December 17, 2014 - 8:55am

They've always been caught in the crossfire. But now they're being directly targeted. And no place is more dangerous than Syria.

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Way Beyond Brownies: Vice Launches A Marijuana Cooking Show

December 17, 2014 - 8:31am

"Nonna Marijuana's Italian Feast" is the first episode of a Web series exploring pot cuisine. It features a charming 91-year-old grandmother who cooks cannabis Italian food infused with love.

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A Tweet On Women's Veils, Followed By Raging Debate In Saudi Arabia

December 17, 2014 - 8:11am

A prominent ultra-conservative figure says that face veils for women are not mandatory. Now everyone is weighing in on the hottest topic in the kingdom.

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Cuba, U.S. Agree To Prisoner Release Including American Alan Gross

December 17, 2014 - 7:50am

Signaling what could be a major shift in U.S. relations with Cuba, Gross, who has been jailed in Cuba for five years, will be released, while the U.S. will release three Cubans.

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Polls Show Cuban-American Views On U.S.-Cuba Relations Are Nuanced

December 17, 2014 - 7:50am

For years, Cuban-Americans in Miami supported punitive policies against Cuba. But since Obama's election, that view has moderated.

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Church Of England Names Its First Female Bishop

December 17, 2014 - 6:56am

The Rev. Libby Lane has been a parish priest for 20 years. She will be consecrated on Jan. 26, becoming the first female bishop since the church was founded five centuries ago.

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Obama Unveils 'New Approach' On Cuba As Former Foes Chart New Course

December 17, 2014 - 6:04am

The U.S. and Cuba will start talks on normalizing relations and discuss opening a U.S. Embassy in Havana. Also today, Cuba freed USAID contractor Alan Gross on humanitarian grounds.

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In Pictures: After Horrific Attack, Pakistan Picks Up The Pieces

December 17, 2014 - 5:01am

The families of the victims began to bury their dead, and people across the country held prayer services to remember the 145 killed in a Taliban attack on a school.

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As Pakistan Mourns, Prime Minister Removes Moratorium On Death Penalty

December 17, 2014 - 4:17am

The country was starting to take stock of a Taliban attack on a school that killed 145 people. Most of them were children.

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Too Little, Too Late For Many New Yorkers Seeking Hospice

December 17, 2014 - 2:04am

Evidence shows hospice care can extend life and save money, but only if patients and doctors dare ask for the help. One New Yorker said hospice gave her back life at peace, pain subdued.

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