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Repeal Ripples: 5 Insurance Exchange Chiefs Contemplate An Uncertain Future

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 11:58am

States running their own insurance exchanges instead of relying on the federal site had hoped the marketplaces would become thriving businesses. Now, the states aren't sure what the future holds.

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Trump Administration Cancels Ads Encouraging Obamacare Sign-Ups

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 11:54am

With the end of open enrollment just days away, the Trump administration pulled the plug on advertisements and outreach to encourage people to buy health insurance.

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One Of Trump's First Orders Means Home Loan Fees Won't Go Down

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 4:01am

Had it gone into effect, the fee cut would have reduced the cost of borrowing for about 1 million Americans a year who buy or refinance houses with loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration.

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Hospitals Worry Repeal Of Obamacare Would Jeopardize Innovations In Care

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 4:01am

One part of the federal health law gave hospitals financial incentives to improve patient care. Some invested big to make those changes and are worried about what losing that support would mean.

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Drug Distributors Penalized For Turning Blind Eye In Opioid Epidemic

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 4:00am

The wholesalers that move medicines between drug companies and pharmacies have been fined for failing to call out suspicious transactions involving opioids.

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Trump's Labor Pick Faces Slew Of Legal Complaints From Fast-Food Workers

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 4:15pm

Andrew Puzder runs the empire behind Carl's Jr. and Hardee's. So far, 33 current and ex-employees have alleged wage theft, harassment and discrimination at his company. The industry stands by its man.

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Trump's Suggested Import Tax Would Mean Americans Pay For That Wall

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 3:56pm

The president's press secretary said a plan the White House is pushing would mean taxing goods from Mexico 20 percent to pay for the wall. That would mean American consumers would foot the bill.

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Fast Food Workers File Complaints Against Companies Run By Trump Labor Pick

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 3:30pm

Employees of the fast food chains run by President Trump's labor secretary nominee filed complaints Thursday alleging wage theft and sexual harassment, among other things. The complaints to state and federal agencies allege that as CEO of the company that owns the Carl's Jr. and Hardee's chains, Andrew Puzder helped create a workplace culture that encouraged discrimination.

Despite Economic Troubles, Residents Of Kansas Town Remain Proud

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 3:30pm

Independence, Kan., is shrinking with the population down to about 9,000 people. Many businesses have closed up shop, and the city's hospital shut down in 2015. But the folks who live there remain proud of their town and its history.

Dairy Farmers Fear Loss Of Labor Under Trump Immigration Actions

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 3:30pm

Dairy farmers rely on thousands of immigrants, most of them undocumented, to milk the cows. They fear Trump administration policies will cause their labor pool to dry up.

The Continent That Contributes The Most To E-Waste Is...

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 3:27pm

If you guessed North America, you're wrong. A new report looks at who's producing the most.

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GOP '200 Day' Agenda Calls for Spending, Tax Cuts. But What About the Deficit?

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 1:30pm

At the annual GOP congressional retreat, House Speaker Paul Ryan outlined a legislative agenda that includes plans to repeal and replace Obamacare and rewrite the federal tax code.

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'It's A Big One': Iowa Pipeline Leaks Nearly 140,000 Gallons Of Diesel

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 11:44am

The leak from an underground pipeline in north-central Iowa was first discovered in a field on Wednesday morning. Crews for the company, Magellan Midstream Partners, are working to clean it up.

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Sri Lanka's 'Kithul' Palm Syrup: An Ancient Sweetener In Need Of Saving

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 6:00am

Sri Lanka's most popular sweetener is disappearing, due to the destruction of rainforests, inconsistent yields, intensive labor and a fading workforce. And turning the tide isn't going to be easy.

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Investors Looks To Profit Off Of Trump's Tweets About Companies

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 4:05am

Some investors think they can gather enough from President Trump's tweets about businesses to create a profitable trading strategy. Chris Dieterich of The Wall Street Journal explains.

Buyers Go Big As Sales Of Small Cars Slump

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 4:05am

The Trump administration is pushing American automakers to build more small cars in the U.S. But trucks and SUVs began outselling small cars two years ago.

Can Groups Sue Over Trump's Business Conflicts Even If They Weren't Harmed?

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 4:05am

Many groups are raising questions about President Trump's conflicts of interest, but do they have the "standing" to challenge him in court? Some legal experts say Trump's business competitors might.

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Trump And His Organization Lawyer Up For The Ethics War Ahead

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 5:48pm

Eric Trump called it an "exciting new chapter at the Trump Organization." But to progressive group Public Citizen, "It wouldn't matter if the Trump Organization hired Archbishop Desmond Tutu."

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Facebook Tweaks Its 'Trending Topics' Algorithm To Better Reflect Real News

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 4:36pm

The update comes days after accusations surfaced online that the highly shared Women's March didn't show as trending on Facebook. The social site has been trying to curb fake news and filter bubbles.

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As Obama Clean Power Plan Fades, States Craft Strategies To Move Beyond It

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 4:16pm

The plan is on hold while a legal battle plays out. Even if it's upheld, the Trump administration is likely to appeal to the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, states are looking at energy alternatives.

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