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Philanthropist to fund Washington Monument elevator repair

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A project to modernize the Washington Monument’s elevator, estimated to cost $2 million to $3 million, will be paid for by businessman and philanthropist David Rubenstein, officials announced Friday. In a statement, the National Park Service said the project will correct ongoing...


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Supreme Court takes up hospital pension dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will decide whether some of the nation’s largest health providers can rely on their church affiliation to avoid complying with federal laws covering pension benefits for workers. The justices agreed Friday to take up cases involving three nonprofit hospital...


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House passes $611 billion defense policy bill by wide margin

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led House on Friday overwhelmingly backed a $611 billion defense policy bill that rejects a number of President Barack Obama’s key proposals for managing the nation’s vast military enterprise. Lawmakers passed the legislative package, 375-34. The bill now goes to...


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Trump to nominate retired Gen. James Mattis to lead Pentagon

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Breaking once more from presidential custom, Donald Trump is turning to a military man to steer the U.S. military, choosing retired Gen. James Mattis, who will be the first career officer to lead the Pentagon since just after World War II. Mattis, 66, is a Marine Corps general who...


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HSA Balances Climb But Benefits Reward Wealthier Consumers Most

President-elect Donald Trump has proposed expanding health savings accounts as an alternative to the health law. More than 20 million people now have high-deductible health plans that can link to the tax-advantaged accounts, and the average account balance grew by more than a third last year to...


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Medicaid Is Balm And Benefit For Victims Of Gun Violence

Kenneth Berry can feel the bullets in his body move. One jiggles down his leg toward his ankle; another presses on his sciatic nerve; a third has migrated to his hip. The three bullets have been inside Berry, 41, for more than two decades, pumped into him when he was a teenager near St. Louis. Now,...


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Delivered ‘Like A Pizza’: Why Killer Drug Fentanyl Is So Hard To Stop

The latest chart of overdose deaths in Massachusetts shows a climbing blue line labeled “fentanyl.” Pick a spot on that line in mid-August and picture a big, affable 40-year-old man named Joe Salemi. He died at his mom’s home in working-class Everett, Mass., after almost 25 years of heroin use....


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AP EXPLAINS: Why officers can't easily become Pentagon heads

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for defense secretary, will need more than the usual Senate confirmation before being able to take office. U.S. law states that a nominee for defense secretary must have been out of the active-duty military for...


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AP EXPLAINS: Why officers can't easily become Pentagon heads

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for defense secretary, will need more than the usual Senate confirmation before being able to take office. U.S. law states that a nominee for defense secretary must have been out of the active-duty military for...


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Trump to nominate retired Gen. James Mattis to lead Pentagon

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