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  • Health Care In Massachusetts: 'Abject Failure' Or Work In Progress?
    President Obama's health care overhaul was largely based on one that then-Gov. Mitt Romney signed into law in Massachusetts in 2006. Now, more than 98 percent of state residents have health insurance, and the law has drawn unexpected supporters. But controlling costs remains a challenge.
  • Contraception: Catholics Split On Insurance Debate
    The Obama administration has revised a provision of the president's health care law concerning birth control coverage. Now, religious-affiliated organizations may decline to provide the coverage, but allow the employees to get free contraceptives through their health insurer.
  • Hopes, Fears Surround China's Transition Of Power
    The transition of power in China this fall will usher out a generation of engineers and technocrats, and replace them with economists and lawyers who may be less scared of political experimentation. But two distinct factions are emerging, and their biggest challenge will be how to handle changes.
  • I'm Just Sayin': There Are Anachronisms In 'Downton'
    If you listen carefully, you'll catch phrases in Downton Abbey that are ahead of their time. Linguist Ben Zimmer points out snippets of dialogue that Lord Grantham would have been unlikely to say.
  • Is Adding Fiber To Food Really Good For Your Health?
    Fiber-fortified products are all over the supermarket. But are these foods actually making you healthier? This question turns out to be one of those places where scientists know a lot less than you may think they do.
  • Consumers Have Little Guidance On Energy Drinks
    Ever since Red Bull came on to the market in 1997, there's been an explosion in caffeinated energy drinks. Some are marketed as food and others as dietary supplements. But there's little guidance for the consumer on how much caffeine is in them. And beyond the word energy on the label, it's hard to tell exactly what an energy drink is.
  • Chinese Firm Says It Owns iPad Name In China
    In a city not far from Beijing, authorities have been seizing iPads from retailers. Not because they're fake but because a Chinese company claims it owns the iPad name. Apple did buy the rights to the name, but from an affiliate in Taiwan. The mainland Chinese company maintains it still owns the name in China.
  • Apps For Apnea? New Gadgets Promise To Improve Sleep
    For some people, getting a good night's sleep seems like an impossibility. A new batch of gadgets and apps tries to help troubled sleepers learn how to get their best rest.
  • 2 Scouts Fight for Deforestation-Free Cookies
    Madison Vorva and Rhiannon Tomtishen have been honored by the United Nations with a North American Heroes award. It's given to activists who protect forests. The two girl scouts discovered some orangutan's habitat are being cleared to make palm oil, which is an ingredient in the cookies.
  • Greek Protesters Rally Against Drastic Cuts
    Greece's capital city was in flames Sunday night as thousands of Greeks rioted over proposed austerity measures. Despite the violence, Greek lawmakers signed off on the measures as part of a bailout deal to save the country from a chaotic default. European leaders now need to approve the deal.

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