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In Illinois Deal, The Onion Will Promote Health Insurance (Really)

Tue, 2014-02-11 12:33

Get Covered Illinois, the state's health insurance exchange, has hired Onion Labs, The Onion's in-house ad team, to develop banner ads, a video and other online material to persuade young people to sign up for insurance coverage.

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After 23 Years, Your Waiter Is Ready For A Raise

Tue, 2014-02-11 12:22

The tipped minimum wage has been stuck at $2.13 an hour since 1991, but legislation before Congress could finally change that. The restaurant industry says that will cost jobs and drive away diners. But in states where servers, bartenders and other tipped workers already make more than the federal minimum wage, restaurants haven't been hurting.

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Erin Hamlin Sets A U.S. First With Medal In Luge

Tue, 2014-02-11 11:43

German Natalie Geisenberger's winning margin of 1.139 seconds was the largest at the Olympics since 1964, the sport's first year at the games. The American Hamlin says of her medal, "It's surreal, really."

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In Two Long-Frozen Asian Disputes, Everyone Agrees To Talk

Tue, 2014-02-11 11:39

South Korea announced the first high-level meeting in years with rival North Korea. And for the first time since they split in the 1940s, China and Taiwan held government-to-government talks at a senior level.

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Washington Governor Declares Moratorium On Death Penalty

Tue, 2014-02-11 11:05

Gov. Jay Inslee said the system had too many flaws to ensure equal justice. Inslee said he will issue reprieves to all capital punishment cases before him.

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Shaun White Falls Just Short Of Three-Peat Quest In Half-Pipe

Tue, 2014-02-11 10:47

The top five finishers all pulled off their best runs in the second half of the competition – none more so than White, who stood in 11th place after the first run with a score of 35.

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Obama Will Travel To France For D-Day Anniversary

Tue, 2014-02-11 10:05

Obama is currently hosting French President François Hollande for a state visit, the first to the White House in about two years.

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China, Taiwan Hold First Direct Talks Since 1949

Tue, 2014-02-11 08:58

Officials said the meeting marks a "new chapter" in relations between the two sides, which split after a civil war.

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Immigration Turbulence Buffets Boehner

Tue, 2014-02-11 08:12

John Boehner and his GOP leadership team embraced a set of principles for updating the nation's immigration laws. Then the winds shifted and the House Speaker expressed grave doubts about the feasibility of overhaul.

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We Are Just Not Here Anymore

Tue, 2014-02-11 08:11

In the midst of increased connectivity, are we becoming more disconnected from one another — and ourselves?

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Despite Federal Rules, Some States Deny Family Policies For Same-Sex Couples

Tue, 2014-02-11 07:55

Despite a Justice Department decision giving same-sex married couples equal recognition in federal courthouses, prisons and other programs, inconsistency in the treatment of same-sex married couples under the health law remains. States still make their own decisions.

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N.Y. Immigrants Find They Can Earn Bread And Butter From Baking

Tue, 2014-02-11 07:54

In the heart of Spanish Harlem, women from Morocco to Mexico are finding a path to entrepreneurship at the incubator Hot Bread Kitchen. The non-profit has been hailed by President Clinton as scalable model for a training programs worldwide.

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The Internet Flexes Political Muscle With Anti-NSA Protest

Tue, 2014-02-11 07:40

It won't be as powerful as the strike against SOPA and PIPA in 2012, when Wikipedia blocked its site, Google blacked out its logo and millions of people joined in. But "The Day We Fight Back" on Tuesday is intended to show lawmakers that there's ongoing public pressure to reform mass surveillance laws.

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Holder Calls For Restoring Felons' Voting Rights

Tue, 2014-02-11 07:31

In a speech Tuesday, the attorney general said laws barring convicted felons from voting are counterproductive and perpetuate "the stigma and isolation imposed on formerly incarcerated individuals."

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Boehner Agrees To Bring Clean Debt Ceiling Bill To The Floor

Tue, 2014-02-11 07:28

The decision means Congress will likely avoid another dramatic — and potentially costly — confrontation over extending the country's borrowing limit.

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Female Ski Jumpers Finally Make Their Olympic Debut

Tue, 2014-02-11 07:22

Jumpers Lindsey Van and Jessica Jerome spent a decade advocating for the event's inclusion. "There's nothing to wait for anymore," says Van. "I'm here, and it feels good." Their teammate Sarah Hendrickson, meanwhile, has another battle to fight, as she competes on a newly reconstructed knee.

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'Mind-Boggling,' Historic Ice Storm Headed For Deep South

Tue, 2014-02-11 07:14

The National Weather Service is using strong language to warn people in Atlanta and places nearby that dangerous weather is on the way. Through North Carolina and up into Virginia, significant snowfall is expected.

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No Change In Fed Policy, Yellen Signals

Tue, 2014-02-11 06:06

The central bank's new chair makes her first appearance before Congress since being confirmed. She'll also say that the economy picked up speed last year and will likely continue to grow at a "moderate pace" this year and next.

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Who's Going To Be Afghanistan's Next President?

Tue, 2014-02-11 05:53

Eleven candidates are trying to replace Hamid Karzai in the April 5 election. Ten are Pashtuns, the dominant ethnic group. Candidates are already holding rallies, debating and wooing the support of tribal leaders. Here's a rundown of the top contenders.

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Who's Going To Be Afghanistan's Next President?

Tue, 2014-02-11 05:53

Eleven candidates are trying to replace Karzai in the April 5 election. Ten are Pashtuns, the dominant ethnic group. Candidates are already holding rallies, debating, and wooing the support of tribal leaders. Here's a rundown of the top contenders.

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