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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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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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Liberia free of Ebola by Christmas, says president

  MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia’s president on Monday urged her countrymen to double their efforts to reach the government’s goal of having zero new Ebola cases by Dec. 25, a target some experts have described as highly ambitious. “We’ve set a pretty tough target. But when you set a target it means that you [...]

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Marine with robotic leg braces gets Bronze Star

  SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Marine who was left paralyzed by a sniper’s bullet in Afghanistan fulfilled a promise to himself on Friday, Nov. 21, and walked using robotic leg braces in a ceremony at Camp Pendleton, where he was awarded a Bronze Star. The crowd of 300 Marines was silent as Capt. Derek [...]

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UK police: up to 5 terror plots foiled this year

  LONDON (AP) — The head of London’s police force said Sunday, Nov. 23, that as many as five terror plots were foiled this year, as he warned of increasing pressure on resources amid the rising threat. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe told the BBC that normally security services disrupt one plot annually. However, he [...]

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Crew docks at International Space Station

  BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — A Soyuz capsule carrying three astronauts from Russia, the United States and Italy docked Monday, Nov. 24, with the International Space Station, less than six hours after launching from Russia’s manned space facility in Kazakhstan. The Russian capsule roared into the pre-dawn darkness just after 3 a.m. Monday (2100 GMT [...]

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