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FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, file photo, Blue Bridge Benefits LLC agent Patricia Sarabia, right, and Adolfo Briceno, left, with Spanish Speaking LLC, help a potential customer with Blue Cross Blue Shield at a kiosk promoting health insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act, at Compare Foods in Winston-Salem, N.C. People shopping for insurance through the Affordable Care Act in yet more regions will be facing higher prices and fewer choices in the coming year as insurance companies lay out their early plans for 2018. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina said Thursday, May 25, 2017, it wants a 23 percent price hike in 2018 because it doesn't expect crucial payments from the federal government to continue. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
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  • FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, file photo, Blue Bridge Benefits LLC agent Patricia Sarabia, right, and Adolfo Briceno, left, with Spanish Speaking LLC, help a potential customer with Blue Cross Blue Shield at a kiosk promoting health insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act, at Compare Foods in Winston-Salem, N.C. People shopping for insurance through the Affordable Care Act in yet more regions will be facing higher prices and fewer choices in the coming year as insurance companies lay out their early plans for 2018. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina said Thursday, May 25, 2017, it wants a 23 percent price hike in 2018 because it doesn't expect crucial payments from the federal government to continue. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File) Lifestyle

    Insurers continue to hike prices, abandon ACA markets

    People shopping for insurance through the Affordable Care Act in yet more regions could face higher prices and fewer choices next year as insurance companies lay out their early plans for 2018. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is asking regulators for a 23 percent price hike next year because it doesn’t expect […]
  • This Tuesday, May 23, 2017, photo shows GW Pharmaceuticals' Epidiolex, a medicine made from marijuana, but without TCH, in New York. According to a study published Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine the medicine cut seizures in kids with a severe form of epilepsy, which strengthens the case for more research into pot's possible health benefits. (AP Photo/Kathy Young) Lifestyle

    Marijuana extract helps some kids with epilepsy, study says

    A medicine made from marijuana, without the stuff that gives a high, cut seizures in kids with a severe form of epilepsy in a study that strengthens the case for more research into pot’s possible health benefits. “This is the first solid, rigorously obtained scientific data” that a marijuana compound is safe and effective for […]
  • This Thursday, May 11, 2017, photo, shows a breakfast of a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich, yogurt and fruit while seated in first class during a Delta Air Lines flight from New York to Orlando, Fla. Summer travelers may well find themselves stuck in long security lines and squeezed into cramped seats. For frequent travelers, or those who can and want to pay extra, perks are available including upgrades to first-class seats, airport lounges and free food. (AP Photo/Scott Mayerowitz) Lifestyle

    Lounges vs. lines: Testing travel with and without perks

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Summer travelers may well find themselves stuck in long security lines and squeezed into cramped seats. For frequent travelers, or those who can and want to pay extra, perks are available including upgrades to first-class seats, airport lounges and free food. Are the benefits worth the cost? The Associated Press sent […]
  • View of flower tributes at St Ann's square in central Manchester, England, Thursday May 25 2017. More than 20 people were killed in an explosion following a Ariana Grande concert at the venue late Monday evening. Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira) Lifestyle

    Victims of the bombing: Parents, children, policewoman

    LONDON (AP) — The bombing at a Manchester concert on Monday night claimed the lives of 22 people, many of them teenagers and their parents. They left behind many fond memories for their friends and family. ___ Scottish schoolgirl Eilidh MacLeod loved music, from listening to Ariana Grande to playing the bagpipes with her band. […]
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    Hearing examiner approves Yakima homeless housing project

    YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — An effort to convert a vacant store in Yakima to transitional housing for people who are homeless has cleared a big hurdle with an approval by the city’s planning division. The Yakima Herald-Republic reported Wednesday (https://goo.gl/ziykQx) that hearing examiner Pat Spurgin approved Yakima Neighborhood Health Services’ application to transform the former […]
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    Jaguar scaled walls to escape enclosure at Texas zoo

    ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Officials at a West Texas zoo say a jaguar scaled a 12-foot-tall artificial rock wall and forced her way under netting that topped her enclosure to escape the exhibit last week. Officials at the Abilene Zoo said Wednesday that the jaguar named Estrella then scaled an adjacent cinderblock wall and forced […]
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    Attempt to rebrand Harlem as ‘SoHa’ leaves residents fuming

    NEW YORK (AP) — Community activists in New York City say an attempt to rebrand a section of Harlem as “SoHa” — short for South Harlem — is insulting and another sign of gentrification run amok. NY1 reports (http://bit.ly/2rTh9i0) that community board member Danni Tyson says no real estate company, coffee shop or business should […]
  • Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivers his speech during the Demographic Forum of the Budapest Family Summit conference in Budapest, Hungary, Thursday May 25,  2017.  Hungary’s prime minister says the government will reduce mortgages for families with three or more children and build or renovate many nurseries to help boost the country’s birth rate. Prime Minister Viktor Orban has also announced the cut or elimination of student loans owed by women with two or more children and says the government would like to increase the number of children born per woman from 1.5 now to 2.1 by 2030. (Szilard Koszticsak/MTI via AP) Lifestyle

    Hungary reveals new ideas to increase birth numbers by 2030

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s prime minister says the government will reduce mortgages for families with three or more children and build or renovate many nurseries to help boost the country’s birth rate. Prime Minister Viktor Orban has also announced cuts to student loans owed by women with two or more children and says the […]
  • FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2017 file photo, Khizr Khan, a Pakistani-American lawyer and gold star father, reacts as he is introduced during a House Democratic forum on President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration in Washington. Khan has a book planned for young readers. Khan's "This Is Our Constitution" comes out Nov. 14, 2017,  Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers told The Associated Press on Thursday. The book arrives the same day as his memoir "An American Family," announced last fall.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Lifestyle

    Gold Star father Khizr Khan plans book for young people

    NEW YORK (AP) — Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father who became a national celebrity after speaking at last year’s Democratic National Convention, has a book planned for young readers. Khan’s “This Is Our Constitution” comes out Nov. 14, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers told The Associated Press on Thursday. The book arrives […]
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    Teen takes terminally ill grandmother to high school prom

    FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — After learning of his grandmother’s cancer diagnosis, a 17-year-old wanted to give her a night to remember. Stephen Vigil took his grandmother to Stafford High School’s prom on Saturday — the eve of Julia Jarman’s 92nd birthday. The Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star reports (http://bit.ly/2rzP7Lg) that Jarman was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier […]