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Senate up next after House passes bold conservative budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is up next after House Republicans pushed through a boldly conservative budget eliminating deficits over the next decade by cutting deeply into Medicaid, food stamps and welfare, and repealing the president's health care law.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2015

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House ready to pass Medicare doc bill; Senate's view unclear

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fueled by a rare alliance between party leaders, a $214 billion measure permanently blocking deep cuts in doctors' Medicare fees is ready to sail through the House. The bill's Senate prospects are brightening but remain murky.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2015

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Science, patients driving rare disease drug research surge

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The global pharmaceutical industry is pouring billions of dollars into developing treatments for rare diseases, which once drew little interest from major drugmakers but now point the way toward a new era of innovative therapies and big profits.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015

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Seniors rattled by endless risk of Medicare cuts to doctors

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — New momentum for a lasting fix to Medicare's doctor-payment problem shows that lawmakers may finally be recognizing what has long bothered their constituents.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015

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American crash victims: US government contractor, daughter

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three Americans were presumed dead in the plane crash in the southern French Alps, including a U.S. government contractor and her daughter, the State Department said Wednesday.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015

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AP tracked supply chain of slave caught fish to US

 

A yearlong investigation into forced labor and trafficking in Southeast Asia's fishing industry led an Associated Press team to Benjina, a small town that straddles two islands in the far reaches of eastern Indonesia. There journalists interviewed more than 40 current and former slaves, mostly from Myanmar, also known as Burma. Many said they had been forced to work on boats overseen by Thai captains under extremely brutal conditions. They were paid little or nothing at all, and some were at sea for months or years at a time.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015

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US officials: Military worries about easing transgender ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military leaders have expressed reservations about any move to lift the Pentagon's ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces, an issue since Defense Secretary Ash Carter's suggestion that he is open to the idea, U.S. officials say.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015

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Report: Racial disparities in arrests persist with legal pot

 

DENVER (AP) — The legalization of marijuana in Colorado hasn't solved the racial disparities in enforcement that drug-policy reformers had hoped to end, with blacks still far more likely than whites to be charged with pot-related crimes, a new report says.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015

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