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Health Care

  • Medicare hospital fund to last 4 years longer

    | 07/28/14 12:16 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government says Medicare's finances have improved. The program's hospital trust fund won't be exhausted until 2030 — four years later than last year's estimate. Social...
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  • Deal on veterans' health care costs at least $15B

    | 07/28/14 11:59 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan deal to improve veterans health care would authorize at least $15 billion in emergency spending to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait...
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  • Virus drugmaker fights pediatricians' new advice

    | 07/28/14 09:53 AM

    CHICAGO (AP) — A costly drug given mostly to premature babies is at the center of a clash between the manufacturer and the nation's leading pediatrician's group, which recommends scaling back...
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Economy

  • Dollar Tree steps up fight, buys Family Dollar

    | 07/28/14 12:11 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) — The fight for penny pinchers is intensifying. Dollar Tree said Monday it is buying rival discounter Family Dollar for $8.5 billion, significantly broadening its reach as it...
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  • US stocks head lower; European markets sink

    | 07/28/14 10:56 AM

    NEW YORK (AP) — The US stock market sank in early trading Monday, ahead of a full week of economic reports and earnings. Major indexes turned lower following a report of sluggish sales in the...
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  • Contracts to buy US homes slip in June

    | 07/28/14 10:52 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in June, as the real estate market appears to have cooled off this summer. The National Association of Realtors said Monday that...
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