• Today is deadline to sign up for health law

    Today is the deadline to sign up for private health insurance in the new online markets created by President Barack Obama’s health care law. So far, about 4 out of every 5 people enrolling have qualified for tax credits to reduce the cost of their …

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  • Test accurately rules out heart attacks in the ER

    WASHINGTON  — A simple test appears very good at ruling out heart attacks in people who go to emergency rooms with chest pain, a big public health issue and a huge worry for patients. A large study in Sweden found that the blood test plus …

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  • Politicians, experts split over fair minimum wage

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal minimum wage has left three-person families below the poverty level since 1980. It’s also well shy of the peak of its buying power almost half a century ago. Is the current $7.25 hourly minimum fair? Is now the time to …

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  • Schools increasingly check students for obesity

    CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) — The Chula Vista school district not only measures the academic progress of Marina Beltran’s second-grader, it also measures her son’s body fat. Every two years, Antonio Beltran, like his classmates, steps on a scale. Trained district personnel also measure his …

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  • Seismic signals show Wash. sustained two landslides

    SEATTLE — Seismic signals showed there were two major slides about four minutes apart during Saturday’s disaster in Washington state, and afterward smaller slides continued for days, University of Washington researchers said. A report on the landslide readings was sent to the U.S. Geological Survey …

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  • Walmart sues Visa over card fees

    NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart Stores Inc. is suing Visa Inc. over fees that it charges the world’s largest retailer when customers use a credit or debit card. Walmart said Visa conspired with banks to illegally fix and inflate fees that retailers pay on card …

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  • Home demos turn Detroit into blank canvas

    DETROIT (AP) — The families of Detroit’s Brightmoor area are delighted that the day is finally approaching when bulldozers will arrive to level more of their neighborhood. After that, their community’s future will be like the cleared landscape — a blank canvas. For years, Brightmoor …

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  • Smartphone app may help alcoholics stay sober

    CHICAGO — A smartphone app for recovering alcoholics that includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to taverns helped keep some on the wagon, researchers who developed the tool found. The sober app studied joins a host of others …

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  • Janet’s Notebook

    Why do I have to pick a side? Every Easter, I serve a main course like ham or lamb. Add a nice salad, warm bread, some sort of vegetable side dish and you have a great meal. This year, I’m still planning on making my …

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  • Harrah’s casino announces it will close in Tunica

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The long decline of what was once the nation’s third-largest casino market was underlined Wednesday when the largest casino in Mississippi’s Tunica County announced it would close. Caesars Entertainment will shutter its Harrah’s casino in Tunica on June 2, laying off …

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  • Bills owner Ralph Wilson dies at 95

    BUFFALO, N.Y. — Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson never forgot how he was made to feel like an outsider for having the audacity to challenge the NFL. It was 1959, and Wilson had just invested $25,000 to join Lamar Hunt and Bud Adams in helping …

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  • Wife of Richard Petty dies

    RANDLEMAN, N.C. (AP) — Lynda Petty, the wife of NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty, died Tuesday after battling cancer for several years. She was 72. Petty Motorsports spokesman Jeff Dennison said in a statement that Petty was surrounded by her family when she died …

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