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Nigeria facing “a famine unlike any we have ever seen”
Nearly a quarter of a million children are severely malnourished because Boko Haram has disrupted trade and farming.
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Nigeria on brink of catastrophic famine
The whimpers from skeletally thin babies too weak to cry are a harbinger of worse things to come: A quarter of the children lucky enough to make it to this emergency feeding center are dying. They are the latest victims of Boko Haram’s Islamic insurgency.
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Nigeria facing 'a famine unlike any we have ever seen'
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — The whimpers from skeletally thin babies too weak to cry are a harbinger of worse things to come: A quarter of the children lucky enough to make it to this emergency feeding center are dying. They are the latest victims of Boko Haram's Islamic insurgency. No ...
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MasterCard faces $18.6 billion UK lawsuit over fees
LONDON (AP) - Britain's former financial services watchdog is suing MasterCard for 14 billion pounds ($18.6 billion), alleging the firm slapped excessive charges on millions of transactions. Law firm Quinn Emanuel filed the suit Thursday at the Competition Appeal Tribunal on behalf of Walter Merricks, a former U.K. financial services ...
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Emanuel's new water tax easily passes key test vote
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's latest tax hike gained momentum Thursday as the City Council Finance Committee easily advanced a plan that would cost Chicagoans $226 a year by 2020 on their water and sewer bills. The 26-6 vote to send the new tax to the council next week came despite several aldermen saying...
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War has uprooted 28 million kids worldwide, UNICEF estimates
Some 28 million children around the globe have been driven from their homes by violent conflict, with nearly as many abandoning their homes in search of a better life, UNICEF said in a report.
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Nicolas Maduro's opponents, supporters hold recall rallies in Venezuela
Andrew V. PestanoCARACAS, Venezuela, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's opponents and supporters held rallies in which some violence occurred as part of recall referendum efforts.
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Efforts to revitalize Detroit neighborhood get $4M boost
DETROIT (AP) - Detroit's efforts to revitalize the Fitzgerald neighborhood in northwest Detroit are getting a multi-million dollar boost. The city says it's getting at least $4 million in "Reimagining the Civic Commons" funding that's being announced Thursday. Detroit says it's raised an equal amount in local matching funds, meaning ...
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Democratic gubernatorial candidates spar at Manchester debate
The three Democratic candidates for governor differentiated themselves on a handful of “lightning round” questions during a debate in Manchester on Tuesday.The topics strayed from the everyday campaign conversation to get the candidates thinking apart from their stump speeches.Executive Councilor Co...
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Pa. Turnpike's finances headed south, audit finds
PITTSBURGH - The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission's level of debt is "potentially unsustainable" because projected toll increases could lead motorists to find free alternatives, the state Auditor General's Office said in an audit released Tuesday.
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House panel wants to know how Denver VA costs soar to near $1.7B
Demanding explanations for a $1 billion cost overrun, a House panel Wednesday issued a subpoena to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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UNICEF: 50 million children uprooted by crises
Youngsters driven from their homes by crises they are not responsible for or have little influence over, says UN agency.
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Video: How Brad Galli upped Harbaugh’s khaki game
Galli in September gifted the UM football coach a new pair of pants, and Harbaugh loves them.        
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Robots could take over millions of jobs in the next 15 years – report
Millions of jobs in the UK are in jeopardy because of robots taking over various sectors of the labor market. Read Full Article at
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One Giant D-lineman facing financial reality check
The grass is only greener when it represents the color of money. Even then, sometimes it is best served to stay where you are. This is the perception versus reality debate defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins must be waging, as NFL free agency is more than two weeks old and he has not found a new...
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No disguising it: Founders Junior Council builds excitement at DIA
Detroit Institute of Arts auxiliary group this weekend hosts masquerade gala Cirque, one of its key annual fund-raisers.        
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Ecuador holding mandatory elections to replace Correa
Andrew V. PestanoFeb. 19 (UPI) -- Ecuador is holding first-round presidential elections to choose who will replace President Rafael Correa, who led the South American country for 10 years.
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Why Joshua Kushner nixed bid to buy Miami Marlins
There is some rich irony to why Joshua Kushner’s bid to buy the Miami Marlins baseball team struck out last week. Kushner, whose brother Jared is married to first daughter Ivanka Trump and is a top White House adviser, did not want to be seen as buying the Marlins on the cheap at a time...
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Hatton Garden ringleader admits role in earlier 1 million pound heist
Daniel UriaFeb. 18 (UPI) -- One of the ringleaders in England's largest jewelry heist admitted to stealing 1 million pounds of valuables in another burglary five years earlier.
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India considering taxing over-the-top weddings
Indian lawmaker Ranjeet Ranjan plans to introduce a bill to tax excessive weddings which the country is famous for. Read Full Article at
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A $300M makeover for crumbling N.J. Statehouse
"The Statehouse is literally falling apart," said Gov. Christie, who has announced extensive renovations. The executive section of the Statehouse, which hasn't been updated in 60 years, is rife with safety hazards.
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Lawmakers seeks new way for big firms to use tax credits
PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona House panel has advanced a proposal allowing big manufacturing companies like chip-maker Intel to use millions of dollars of existing tax credits they can't currently cash in. The proposal from Rep. Jeff Weninger was approved on a 5-4 vote Wednesday despite concerns about its cost ...
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USC closes in on $6-billion fundraising goal way ahead of schedule
Essential Education: Restorative justice for parents Feb. 15, 2017, 12:30 p.m. Welcome to Essential Education, our daily look at education in California and beyond. Here's the latest: L.A. Unified is looking at a way to smooth conflict between parents and schools. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy...
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The Ticker
Cigna rejects $48B Anthem takeover, sues for damagesCigna is rejecting Anthem’s proposed $48 billion acquisition bid and suing the Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurer.The announcement comes hours after another major insurer, Aetna, said it was abandoning its planned $34 billion purchase of Medicare Advantage provider Humana.
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Wayne Co. exec wants ‘analysis’ of jail options
Warren Evans and county officials are considering the proposal to build a sports stadium on the failed jail site        
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Live: Wayne Co. executive discusses jail options
Warren Evans is expected to speak on the Rock Venture proposal to build a sports stadium on the failed jail site        
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Report sees progress, challenges in upgrading transportation
BOSTON — Massachusetts has made gains in modernizing its aging transportation infrastructure, but needs to spend hundreds of millions more to continue making progress.That's one of the conclusions of a new report issued by the advocacy coalition Transportation for Massachusetts.The report finds that a number of investments, including bridge repairs and new transit vehicles, have been undertaken since passage by the Legislature of a transportation finance law in 2013.
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Packy, Oregon's beloved elephant, dies at 54
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Packy, the Asian elephant who drew international attention when he was born, including an 11-page spread in Life magazine, died Thursday at the Oregon Zoo. He was 54.
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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Getting Two New Spinoff Series on YouTube (EXCLUSIVE)
World of Wonder Productions, the production house behind Logo’s long-running “RuPaul’s Drag Race” reality competition, wants to turn breakout performers from the series into bigger digital stars. The L.A.-based company this spring plans to launch two original unscripted series featuring former contestants on the cable show. “Haus of Edwards” will provide an in-depth look at the life... Read more »
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San Francisco to offer free community college tuition
Allen ConeFeb. 7 (UPI) -- San Francisco will become the first city in the nation to offer free tuition at its community college to all residents starting in the fall.
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Investigators cannot determine cause of fire that killed Ohio Township teen
One month after a fire claimed the life of a 15-year-old girl, Allegheny County officials have concluded that the cause of the blaze in Ohio Township will be listed as "undetermined."
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GM posts $9.43B in net profits for '16
The company set records for pre-tax adjusted earnings but net income dropped nearly 3 percent        
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This is what we learned by counting the women's marches
More than 4 million attended the largest one-day protest in the history of the United States — with hundreds of thousands more around the globe.
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Melania Trump re-files Daily Mail lawsuit
ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — First lady Melania Trump has re-filed a libel lawsuit against the corporation that publishes the Daily Mail's website, this time in New York, for reporting rumors that she worked as an escort.
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Jackie Collins’ Estate Sells Another Estate in Beverly Hills (EXCLUSIVE)
SELLER: Estate of Jackie Collins LOCATION: Beverly Hills, CA PRICE: $6,750,000 SIZE: 7,537 square feet, 7 bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms plus guesthouse YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: A gated Beverly Hills estate long owned but not occupied by late and bestselling pulp novelist Jackie Collins has been sold in an off-market deal for $6.75 million to a Beverly... Read more »
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Snapchat parent files for $3 billion IPO
The youth-friendly social network would be the biggest U.S.-based tech IPO since Facebook.         
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Snapchat owner files U.S. gov't paperwork for IPO
Doug G. WareFeb. 2 (UPI) -- What might become one of the U.S. technology industry's largest initial public offerings in years is now formally underway.
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VW to shed 30,000 jobs, cutting costs after scandal
The German company said the job cuts, which account to around 5 percent of its global workforce, are part of a long-term plan to improve profitability        
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University of Delaware seeks more money for scholarships
DOVER, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware is seeking a modest increase in next year's operating budget from state lawmakers, pledging that any increase will go to scholarships for Delaware students. UD president Dennis Assanis presented an operating budget request of $122.4 million on Friday. That's about $4 million ...
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Volkswagen to shed 30,000 jobs to cut costs after emissions-cheating scandal
Volkswagen announced plans Friday to cut 30,000 jobs in a wide-ranging restructuring of its namesake brand as it tries to recover from a scandal over cars rigged to cheat on diesel emissions tests.  The German company said the job cuts are part of a long-term plan to improve profitability and shift...
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Volkswagen to shed 30,000 jobs, cutting costs after scandal
Volkswagen announced plans Friday to cut 30,000 jobs in a wide-ranging restructuring of its namesake brand as it tries to recover from a scandal over cars rigged to cheat on diesel emissions tests.
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1.2 million area residents to travel 50 miles or more for Thanksgiving holiday
More than a million people are expected to flee the D.C.-region for Thanksgiving in other states next week — and most of them will be making that trip in cars, clogging roadways in every direction. AAA Mid-Atlantic predicts that 1.2 million area residents will travel 50 miles or more for ...
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Japan PM in NY for 1st meeting by foreign leader with Trump
NEW YORK (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he believes Donald Trump is a leader in whom he can have great confidence after meeting with the president-elect Thursday.
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City housing agency collected fraction of fines it handed out
The city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development collected a mere 2.46 percent of the $35.1 million fines its inspectors imposed on bad landlords in fiscal 2014 and 2015, according to an audit issued Thursday by Comptroller Scott Stringer. As of Oct. 29, 2015, a startling $34.2 million in judgments and settlements was still unpaid,...
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How much energy can your roof make?
If you've ever thought about putting solar panels on your roof, you know that the process doesn't exactly qualify as an impulse purchase.
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‘Katie Says Goodbye’ Helmer Wayne Roberts Wins Stockholm’s Impact Award
Wayne Roberts, who made his directorial debut with “Katie Says Goodbye,” won the Stockholm Film Festival’s Impact Award, a competitive section launched last year to reward “headstrong visionaries who reflect our contemporary world.” “Katie Says Goodbye,” which world premiered at Toronto in the Discovery section, is a melodrama starring Olivia Cooke as young waitress working... Read more »
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Obamacare could remain in force through 2017
Healthcare authorities say you should go ahead and sign up for Obamacare for the next year. Any changes will probably come in 2018. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Just as open enrollment for Obamacare in 2017 wraps up in January, a newly elected president and Congress will try to unravel the insurance program. So should you bother signing up at all?  And if you like your coverage at the start of 2017, will you be able to keep it through 2017?  Yes and probably yes, say healthcare authorities.   "Our position is the same as it was in 2016: You signed a contract and you paid your bills. You should get a service," said David Hopcraft, communications director for the Ohio Department of Insurance, a state regulatory agency that for now must operate as if nothing about the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, has changed.   Current enrollment followed lengthy state and federal regulatory reviews. Insurers, hospitals and doctors signed multi-million-dollar contracts through 2017. It'll be hard for Congress and Donald Trump, once he assumes the presidency Jan. 20, to change the law in a way that simply upends the contracts before 2017 is through.  Analysts at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute said the same thing, in a blog post: "Yes, for coverage through 2017. The ACA is current law and in general, insurers participating on are required by federal and state law to continue providing coverage throughout the year." Most of the big changes, which could include an end to taxpayer subsidies for many individuals and families, won't be felt until 2018, said both U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican, and Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democrat.  "You don't want to pull the rug out from under people who, through no fault of their own, find themselves in a situation where they're relying on the subsidies or for that matter people who are in businesses that are relying on the mandates and the kind of coverage that's required" right now, Portman said.   "So I think we need to be careful. Same with Medicaid expansion. I think there has to be that assurance."  Obamacare won't be simple to change  Here's why nothing will likely change until 2018. Insurance doesn't happen overnight:  Open enrollment on the federal marketplace, which Ohio participates in, and in independent state insurance exchanges, began Nov. 1. People who sign up by Dec. 15 and pay premiums, whether directly or through the federal subsidies, can be insured starting Jan. 1, and their coverage will probably continue through 2017 as long as they pay premiums every month.   Open enrollment continues through Jan. 31 but coverage for those who sign up after Dec. 15 won't start until January or February.   Months before open enrollment began, insurers were calculating their risks, projecting costs and calculating 2017 premiums. They negotiated payment rates and provider networks with hospitals and doctors. They traded financial information and projections with state insurance departments through summer. The states then sent the information to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or HHS, for final approval.  And the insurers made assurances with all of the above, and now are entering into contracts with consumers that say they'll provide insurance in 2017. There are ways out of contracts, though that can lead to lawsuits. And Congress would probably deal with some of this as it tries to unwind parts of Obamacare. But until it digs into the details, nothing changes.   "If there was some sort of major change to the law, that might allow them to back out," said Cynthia Cox, who analyzes health reform and insurance at the Kaiser Family Foundation. "But I think, and most people that I talk with think, that the most likely scenario is that people who sign up for insurance for 2017 will be able to keep coverage in 2017."  So many details to work out:  A straight repeal of Obamacare would result in 22 million to 23 million people losing health coverage this year and next and about 24 million people after 2019, according to projections last year by the Congressional Budget Office. But since Trump won election last week, he has said he'd like to keep a provision that assures health coverage for people with preexisting medical conditions. He'd like to keep another that lets adult children stay on their parents' health plans to age 26.   There are ways this might happen while the core of Obamacare - the demand that you have insurance or pay a penalty, and the allowance of taxpayer subsidies to help many people pay premiums - is eliminated.  Yet details are relatively skimpy, as they almost always are when ideas and legislation are proposed. House Speaker Paul Ryan has provided more information. Yet even past proposals from Ryan and fellow GOP lawmakers -- about expanding health savings accounts, allowing health coverage to travel with the individual regardless of his employer, creating state-based high-risk insurance pools - lack the level of detail needed for analysts to fully assess, especially if parts are mixed and matched with the provisions Trump says he'd keep. Republican ideas to let insurers sell across state lines and to stop trial lawyers from filing large medical malpractice suits, for example, would accomplish "about 2 percent" of what they claim they want, says Brown, the Ohio Democrat and an ardent Obamacare supporter.  "I think they're shocked that they actually have to do something now other than vote repeatedly to repeal Obamacare, because they have no real idea how you replace this stuff," Brown said. "They were the dog chasing the car and they caught the damn car and they don't know what to do with the car."   Industry doesn't know what to expect:  Some in the healthcare-provider industry expect change a bit sooner, but they admit they're guessing.  "We expect the repeal and replace of the ACA to occur quickly once President-elect Trump takes office," said John Palmer, spokesman for the Ohio Hospital Association.   "Considering Trump's remarks during 60 Minutes on Nov. 13, it would be a simultaneous timing of repeal and replace. However, this is a volatile situation and we'll be monitoring and analyzing new developments as they occur with the ACA reform."  Uncertainty can be unnerving, not only for individuals who fear they'll lose insurance but for the healthcare industry, too.  "And anyone who tells you right now that they know what is coming is probably not being completely truthful," said Reginald Fields, communications director for the Ohio State Medical Association.   Fields said the association, which represents physicians and medical practice managers, hopes improved access to medical care remains a staple of whatever Trump and Congress do. Physicians also hope the reforms eliminate some of Obamacare's red tape, so doctors can "spend less time on administrative burdens and more time seeing patients," Fields said.  But what about consumers? Kristine Grow, a spokeswoman for America's Health Insurance Plans, the industry's lobbying group, told USA Today, "We also have a commitment to continuous coverage. Consumers should be covered and patients should be protected -- and sudden disruptions would jeopardize both."  Don't worry (yet), says Obama administration:  Open enrollment for 2017 Obamacare policies is proceeding for 2017, and about 1 million people signed up in the first two weeks of November, according to HHS.   "The American people are demonstrating how much they continue to want and need the coverage the Marketplace offers, and we are encouraging all Americans who need health insurance for 2017 to visit or their state Marketplace and check out their options," HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell said in a statement.  In an appearance at the White House on Monday, Burwell noted that nothing has changed yet. "Rest assured," she said, "the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land." 
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The tab on Emanuel's series of tax hikes: $1,700 a year for average family
Aldermen had just gotten done Wednesday voting 48-0 to approve a new budget when Mayor Rahm Emanuel started a round of back-patting from the dais in City Council chambers. "You can say Chicago tomorrow is better because of the work you have done over the last five years," Emanuel told aldermen....
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More than 300,000 signed up for Obamacare after Trump was elected; 53,000 more than last year
Signups for health insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act continued to surge this month amid anxiety about the future of the law under President-elect Donald Trump, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The flood of people signing up since enrollment began Nov....
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Kentucky editorial roundup
Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers: ___ Sept. 18 The Lexington Herald-Leader on Gov. Matt Bevin's proposed Medicaid revamp: Amid the hue and cry over Gov. Matt Bevin's proposed Medicaid revamp, an important point has been missing: It would not save very much money. Like his predecessors, Bevin is right to ...
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