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Man arrested for scam linked to abducted children

NEW YORK - A New York man who headed a group billing itself as a nonprofit dedicated to preventing child abduction and trafficking was arrested Tuesday on charges of defrauding the parents of children nabbed by international kidnapping rings, authorities said.

Researchers use twins to study effects of long-term stay in space

CHICAGO — As a twin, astronaut Scott Kelly knew his mission to spend a year on the International Space Station offered the perfect opportunity for a science experiment. Kelly launched into space Friday on a Soyuz space capsule while his brother, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, remained on Earth as the control subject.

U.S. submits climate change plan to United Nations

The United States today formally submitted its climate change strategy to the United Nations, outlining domestic measures it is taking to achieve up to a 28 percent greenhouse gas emissions cut by 2025.
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Court blocks Medicaid payment suits

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that private medical providers that deliver residential care services in Idaho cannot sue the state in order to raise Medicaid reimbursement rates to deal with rising medical costs.
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White House crafts plan to fight superbugs

NEW YORK — The White House is due to issue an ambitious plan to slow the growing and deadly problem of antibiotic resistance over the next five years, one that requires massive investments and policy changes from a broad array of U.S. government health agencies, according to a copy of the report reviewed by Reuters.

Ted Cruz seeks to enlist Christians for presidential bid

LYNCHBURG, Va. - Casting himself as the leader of a grassroots army, Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz made an explicit appeal to Christian conservatives on Monday as he became the first major figure to jump into the 2016 U.S. presidential race.

Lawmakers plan drought aid

Politicians don’t have the power to make it rain, so on Thursday they tried the next best thing — they proposed showering California’s parched landscape with money.

Oldest U.S. woman military veteran dies at 108 in Texas

Lucy Coffey, the oldest living woman U.S. military veteran who served with the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps in the Pacific Theater during World War II, has died at the age of 108, veterans officials in San Antonio said.

Majority of residents now oppose 2024 Olympic bid

A majority of Boston-area residents now oppose the U.S. bid to have the New England city host the 2024 Olympic Games, amid growing concern that taxpayers would be stuck with the bill, according to a poll released today.

Premera cyberattack affects 11 million customers

BOSTON - Health insurer Premera Blue Cross said on Tuesday it was a victim of a cyberattack that may have exposed medical data and financial information of 11 million customers, in the latest serious breach disclosed by a healthcare company.

Leonard Nimoy dies at 83

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Leonard Nimoy, the actor famous for playing the logical Mr. Spock on the television show ”Star Trek,” died today at age 83, according to The New York Times.
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Wisconsin Senate clears right-to-work bill

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Senate narrowly approved a “right-to-work” bill on Wednesday that would bar private-sector employees who work under union-negotiated contracts from being required to join their unions or pay them dues.