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Affordable health care premiums rising in 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many people covered under President Barack Obama’s health care law will face higher premiums next year, the administration acknowledged Thursday. While the average increases are modest, it’s more fodder for the nation’s political battles over health care. Officials stressed that millions of current HealthCare.gov customers can mitigate the financial hit if they’re willing to shop around [...]

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Miley Cyrus dazzles in Miami

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — In a bizarre and emotionally transparent performance, Miley Cyrus mocked her own music, opened up about her dark year and belted out some Led Zeppelin. Oh yeah, and she smoked pot onstage. Wearing a silver metallic Cleopatra wig and bright turquoise eye shadow, Cyrus kicked off a private, poolside show [...]

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Relics from ‘Wonder Years’ given to Smithsonian

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kevin Arnold’s green New York Jets jacket that he wore in “The Wonder Years” became a piece of history Tuesday along with other items from the popular TV show that were donated to the Smithsonian Institution. Costumes, studio tapes, scripts and Polaroid photos from the show have been donated to the National [...]

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Kathy Griffin named new host of Fashion Police

NEW YORK (AP) — Kathy Griffin will be terrorizing the fashion crowd as the new host of “Fashion Police,” replacing the late Joan Rivers when it returns to E! in January. The comic-commentary series, which had aired weekly, will now present 17 special episodes throughout 2015 that focus on high-profile red carpet and fashion events, E! announced Monday. It returns [...]

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Country does fashion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Carrie Underwood donned more than 10 different dresses for this year’s CMA Awards, but when it’s time to get to sweaty in the gym, the country star was at a loss for what to wear. “I consider myself to be a pretty hard worker in the gym,” said Underwood, who is [...]

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The color of the year

NEW YORK (AP) — Let’s hear it for Marsala, the wine-influenced, red-kissed color of 2015, as chosen by Pantone. “Hardy, robust, satisfying, fulfilling. At the same time there’s a certain glamour that’s attached to this color,” offered Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. Pantone’s yearly picks can herald a marked presence of [...]

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Navy revokes honorary title given to Cosby

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy is revoking Bill Cosby’s title of honorary chief petty officer, saying allegations of sexual abuse made against the comedian are serious and conflict with the Navy’s core values. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Master Chief Petty Officer Michael Stevens made the announcement Thursday in a statement. Cosby enlisted in [...]

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Broadway celebrates record-breaking Thanksgiving

NEW YORK (AP) — Holiday shopping may have been a bit of a bust over the Thanksgiving weekend, but Broadway simply gobbled up cash. The Broadway League released data Monday showing the 36 plays, musicals and special events on the Great White Way earned more than $34.1 million over the week ending Sunday, an increase [...]

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Sting tries to help his ailing Broadway musical

  NEW YORK (AP) — Sting is hoping his star power can plug up a leaky ship. The singer-songwriter will play the role of an inspirational foreman onstage in “The Last Ship” starting Dec. 9 at the Neil Simon Theatre. The musical, for which Sting supplied songs and lyrics, has been struggling at the box [...]

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Unseen Arthur Miller drama to premiere in Britain

  LONDON (AP) — A previously unstaged Arthur Miller drama set in the brutal world of the Brooklyn docks will have its world premiere at a British theater next year, the centenary of the playwright’s birth. The Royal and Derngate theater in Northampton, central England, announced Monday that “The Hook” will be staged in June, [...]

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Broadway-bound magician shows what’s up his sleeve

  NEW YORK (AP) — One grew up idolizing Harry Houdini. The other worshipped David Copperfield. Now they’re both in a place known more for jazz hands than sleight of hand. Italy’s star escape artist Andrew Basso and American Adam Trent, who focuses on technology-based tricks, are two of the seven magicians set to play [...]

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Art enthusiasts, celebs hit up Art Basel Miami

  MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Tongue-thrusting celebrities, warring art museums, a Tim Burton film premiere and a ballet that levitates audience members are all part of the lineup surrounding Art Basel Miami Beach, the contemporary art fair that doesn’t officially begin until Thursday but already has overtaken parts of Miami. Now in its 13th [...]

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Gavin Creel to join Broadway’s ‘Book of Mormon’

  NEW YORK (AP) — Gavin Creel is going back to an old role in a new place: He’s joining the cast of Broadway’s “The Book of Mormon.” The two-time Tony Award nominee for “Hair” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie” won an Olivier Award this year for playing Elder Price in the West End version of [...]

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House OKs bill to widen federal help for disabled

  WASHINGTON (AP) — In a bipartisan show of unity, the House overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday to allow Americans with disabilities to open tax-free bank accounts to pay for expenses from education to housing and health care. The 404-17 vote approves the most sweeping legislation to help the disabled since 1990, affecting as many [...]

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Gun battles in Chechen capital leave 19 dead

  GROZNY, Russia (AP) — Security forces in the capital of Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Chechnya stormed two buildings, including a school, in fierce gun battles with militants early Thursday that left at least 19 dead, authorities said. The fighting, which punctured the patina of stability ensured by years of heavy-handed rule by the [...]

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ECB puts off stimulus decision amid oil slump

  FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank is getting ready to offer more stimulus for the struggling eurozone economy — but expects to make a decision only early next year after it assesses the impact of sharply lower oil prices, President Mario Draghi said Thursday. Draghi is facing skepticism within the board of [...]

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Board to look anew at Va. abortion clinic rules

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The State Board of Health has voted to revisit Virginia’s hotly debated abortion clinic regulations. The board voted 13-2 at a Thursday meeting attended by hundreds of opponents and proponents of the regulations established under the McDonnell administration. Dr. Marissa Levine, the new state health commissioner appointed by Democratic Gov. [...]

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Ex-Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe dies at 85

  LONDON (AP) — Jeremy Thorpe, an influential British politician who helped revive the Liberal Party before his career was cut short by scandal, died on Thursday. He was 85. Thorpe’s death was announced by his son, Rupert, and was mourned by current party leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, and other party stalwarts. [...]

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Women seek justice for Chilean dictatorship rapes

  SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Four women who say they were sexually tortured as political prisoners following Chile’s 1973 military coup have filed a complaint they hope will bring to light dictatorship-era rapes that have been buried by fear, shame and silence. The allegations were made in a complaint filed in May and the women [...]

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Brazil: best-butt runner-up hospitalized

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A 27-year-old Brazilian reality TV star who was runner-up in a best-buttocks competition has been hospitalized with complications from a cosmetic procedure to enlarge her thighs. The Conceicao Hospital Group in the southern city of Porto Alegre said Wednesday that Andressa Urach had an infection in her thighs after receiving under-skin [...]

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