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42.9 million Americans have unpaid medical bills

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 December 2014

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Budget would raise limits on political money

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is set to make it easier for political parties to collect bigger checks from their wealthiest backers — if Democrats do not scuttle the plan first.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 December 2014

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Congress puts potatoes on menu for low-income moms

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's another political victory for the popular potato.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 December 2014

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Web inventor says Internet should be 'human right'

LONDON (AP) — The computer scientist credited with inventing the World Wide Web says affordable access to the Internet should be recognized as a human right, as a report showed that billions of people still cannot go online and government surveillance and censorship are increasing.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 December 2014

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Multiemployer pensions could face cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Retirees covered by financially troubled multiemployer pensions could soon see their benefits cut under a congressional spending deal to keep the government running.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 December 2014

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Powerful storm begins to pound Northern California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A storm expected to be one of the windiest and rainiest in five years pushed across parts of Northern California early Thursday as schools canceled classes and residents stocked up on supplies.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 December 2014

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Lawmakers wary of genetically modified food labels

WASHINGTON (AP) — The food industry is likely to find a more receptive Congress come January in its fight against mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2014

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Democratic support for $1.1T spending bill wavers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic support for a huge, $1.1 trillion spending bill funding every corner of government faded Wednesday as liberal lawmakers erupted over a provision that weakens the regulation of risky financial instruments and another that allows more money to flood into political parties.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2014

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