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Doctors face steep Medicaid cuts as fee boost ends

Posted 12/12/2014 in National

Primary care doctors caring for low-income patients will face steep fee cuts next year as a temporary program in President Barack Obama's health care law expires.



Senate to take up $1.1T bill to keep govt. running

Posted 12/12/2014 in National

It's now up to the Senate to pass a huge $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the government running.



High-speed Internet coming to more schools in poor or rural areas

Posted 12/12/2014 in National

The Federal Communications Commission agreed Thursday to dramatically boost spending to bring high-speed Internet access to schools and libraries in poor or rural areas, a move that would likely increase Americans' phone bills by about $2 a year.



Congress puts white potatoes on menu for low-income moms

Posted 12/12/2014 in National

It's another political victory for the popular potato.



Nearly 9 in 10 doubt Obama, GOP can break gridlock

Posted 12/11/2014 in National

Americans may not agree on much lately, but one opinion is nearly universal: There's almost no chance that President Barack Obama, a Democrat, and the Republican Congress can work together to solve the country's problems.



Liberals and conservatives gripe about $1.1T bill

Posted 12/11/2014 in National

Exposed to the light of day, a year-end, $1.1 trillion spending bill drew vociferous objections from liberals and milder criticism from conservatives.



Driving while black? App developers aim to help

Posted 12/11/2014 in National

Though the developers of the soon-to-be released "Driving While Black" smartphone application want motorists to download their product, there is a time when they definitely don't want users searching for it.


Hallmark pulls gift wrap after swastika complaint

Posted 12/11/2014 in National

Hallmark Cards Inc. has removed blue and silver gift wrap from circulation after a customer complained that she saw a swastika embedded in the design.

LeBron commits personal foul with royal touch

Posted 12/11/2014 in National

When King James touched the future queen of England on the shoulder after a basketball game, royal watchers cried foul.


42.9 million Americans have unpaid medical bills

Posted 12/11/2014 in National

Nearly 20 percent of U.S. consumers -- 42.9 million people -- have unpaid medical debts, according to a new report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.



CIA fights back after torture report

Posted 12/11/2014 in National

Top spies past and present campaigned Wednesday to discredit the Senate's investigation into the CIA's harrowing torture practices.



U.S. co-opted Cuba's hip-hop scene to spark change

Posted 12/11/2014 in National

For more than two years, a U.S. agency secretly infiltrated Cuba's underground hip-hop movement, recruiting unwitting rappers to spark a youth movement against the government.



CBS sets Letterman's last show for May 20

Posted 12/11/2014 in National

More than 32 years of late-night talk will pass into history next May 20.



Senate torture report: Harsh tactics didn't net bin Laden

Posted 12/10/2014 in National

After Navy SEALs killed Osama bin laden in Pakistan in May 2011, top CIA officials secretly told lawmakers that information gleaned from brutal interrogations played a key role in what was one of the spy agency's greatest successes.



IG: IRS paid $6 billion in bogus child tax credits

Posted 12/10/2014 in National

The IRS paid at least $6 billion in child tax credits in 2013 to people who weren't eligible to receive them, a government investigator said Tuesday.



Obama health adviser apologizes for 'glib' remarks

Posted 12/10/2014 in National

MIT economist Jonathan Gruber told Congress on Tuesday he was glib and "inexcusably arrogant."



Massive $1.1 trillion spending bill unveiled

Posted 12/10/2014 in National

A huge, $1.1 trillion spending bill funding every corner of government faces its first test in the House.



Few campus sex assaults reported to police

Posted 12/10/2014 in National

Senators on Tuesday grappled with the thorny issue of why some just let their college handle it -- or don't report it at all.



Congress relaxes whole grain standards for schools

Posted 12/10/2014 in National

Congress is taking some whole grains off the school lunch line.



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