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Health insurers: Payment rates above 80 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top health insurance companies told members of Congress Wednesday that more than 80 percent of people who've signed up under the president's new health care law have gone on to pay their premiums — a necessary step for the enrollment figures touted by the Obama administration to hold up.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014

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Obama touring Arkansas tornado devastation

VILONIA, Ark. (AP) — By air and on foot, President Barack Obama was getting an up close and personal look Wednesday at Arkansas communities devastated by recent deadly tornadoes during a quick visit with political implications for the state.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014

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EPA pledges cooperation in internal investigations

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency assured Congress on Wednesday it will resolve a sensational dispute with its inspector general over allegations that an EPA office run by President Barack Obama's top political staff interfered with independent investigations.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014

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Vietnam: Chinese ships ram vessels near oil rig

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Chinese ships have been ramming into and firing water cannons at Vietnamese vessels trying to stop Beijing from putting an oil rig in the South China Sea, according to officials and video footage Wednesday, in a dangerous escalation of tensions over waters considered a global flashpoint.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014

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Report: Climate change already affecting US

WASHINGTON (AP) — When it came time to deliver a new federal report detailing what global warming is doing to America and the dire forecast for the future, President Barack Obama turned to the pros who regularly deliver the bad news about wild weather: TV meteorologists.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014

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House Democrats protest plan for Benghazi panel

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats insist that a special select committee on the deadly 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, be evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, raising doubts about their participation in the election-year investigation of the Obama administration.

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Vatican: 848 priests defrocked for abuse since '04

GENEVA (AP) — The Vatican revealed Tuesday that over the past decade, it has defrocked 848 priests who raped or molested children and sanctioned another 2,572 with lesser penalties, providing the first ever breakdown of how it handled the more than 3,400 cases of abuse reported to the Holy See since 2004.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014

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China's Alibaba seeks blockbuster IPO in US

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alibaba Group, the king of e-commerce in China, is dangling a deal that could turn into one of the biggest IPOs in history.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014

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