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Twitter users have joked that a rebranding of Facebook could see it return to its original name, TheFacebook.
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Air Passenger Pleads Guilty to Claiming Over $500k for Lost Baggage He Never Had
Pernell Anthony Jones and his co-conspirators were paid more than $300,000 by a number of U.S. airlines.
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What if an All-Knowing Algorithm Ran Traffic and Transit?
What happens when algorithms give us exactly what we need—to our dismay?
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Michigan vs. Ohio State Live Stream: Time, Channel, How To Watch The Michigan-Ohio State Game Live Online
Two 10-1 teams collide in this must-see Big Ten showdown!
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How to celebrate the holidays in Williamsburg, Virginia
Colonial Williamsburg might be more noted for its historical significance, but it also plays host to some wonderful yuletide festivities.     
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Can Cats Eat Chocolate? All the Snacks and Foods Your Kitten Can (and Can't) Eat
Can cats eat chocolate? Feline owners should be careful what they feed their kitty as some foods can prove deadly to their pets.
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Four-Legged Snake Fossil a Fake, Scientists Say
"Missing link" fossil is just a common 100 million-year-old marine lizard, study reveals.
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Would You Let a Self-Driving Ride-Share Car Decide Where You’re Going?
Read a new short story by Linda Nagata, the author of Pacific Storm and The Last Good Man.
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Prices for food and gas are rising sharply. Is health care next?
iStock/Getty Images Health insurance premiums could spike in 2022, experts warn. Inflation is on the rise, driving up the price of gas and food. One sector of the US economy is behaving particularly strangely: For once, medical prices have been increasing at a significantly lower rate than prices in the overall economy. In October 2021, according to the nonprofit health care analysis group Altarum, prices for health care services rose at a 2 percent rate year-over-year, compared to a 6.2 percent rate for all consumer products. But a sharp rise in medical prices could still be around the corner, experts say, delayed only because of unique features of the health care industry. Over the last 30 years, consumer prices have almost never risen faster than medical inflation, which measures the change in the prices paid for medical services, everything from doctor’s visits to surgeries to prescription drugs. If anything, the opposite has been true, particularly during economic downturns; after the 2008 financial crisis, for example, overall inflation slowed down to almost nothing but medical prices continued to grow at a 2 to 3 percent rate. In fact, since 2010, prices in the overall economy and in health care have moved more or less in tandem — until the spring of 2020. Altarum But while that may make it sound as though the health care sector is enjoying a welcome respite from the general inflation creating so much nervousness among businesses and political leaders, the reality appears less reassuring. This comparatively slow growth in medical prices could be a mirage. And if health care inflation does eventually catch up with the broader economy, patients would largely be the ones paying for it. Why medical inflation could accelerate soon The same problems driving up prices in the rest of the economy — rising costs within the supply chain, difficulty finding workers for open jobs — are issues in the health care sector too. The workforce crisis in particular is acute and not likely to go away any time soon, given how many nurses and doctors have left their jobs during the pandemic. A recent survey from the Chartis Group found that 99 percent of rural hospitals said they were experiencing a staffing shortage; 96 percent of them said they were having the most difficulty finding nurses. That has forced hospitals to increase their pay and benefits or hire temporary help from travel nursing companies that are more expensive — sometimes much more expensive — than regular full-time staff. The costs for purchasing personal protective equipment and other supplies have also been elevated because of Covid. Hospitals are going to want to make up for those higher costs by bringing in more money. While the numbers of patients they served fell sharply in March and April of 2020, patient numbers are already back near their pre-pandemic levels. There are only so many ways to increase how many services they provide, especially amid a staffing crisis. The other option is trying to charge health insurers more money for procedures and treatment, particularly the private insurers that directly negotiate prices with health care providers. So while it might be a while before higher prices hit patients, they likely will — just on a time delay. For medical services in particular, there is a lag between when the inflationary pressures like rising supply costs or labor shortages first appear and when they are actually felt in health care prices. In the rest of the economy, inflation and increased costs ripple through the market pretty quickly. If the cost of beef goes up today, the restaurant can raise the price of hamburgers tomorrow. If they can’t find fry cooks and need to increase wages to attract new workers, the restaurant can immediately charge more money for fries. But the prices for health care services are set in advance, written into binding contracts after negotiations between insurers and providers or after the government issues new regulations for public programs like Medicare. And those prices are generally set for an entire year, until another round of negotiations establishes new prices for the next year. Altarum’s inflation experts told me the negotiations for 2022 plans will determine how much the current inflation crisis ends up affecting medical prices. These inflation-driving trends, like the rising workforce costs, have only accelerated throughout 2021. For the last decade, health care prices have consistently grown at roughly a rate of 1 percent to 2 percent. Already, in the last 18 months, prices for hospital and physician prices have exceeded a 3 percent inflation rate. Altarum’s experts say they are watching whether health care prices eventually increase at the same 5 percent to 7 percent rate currently being seen in the rest of the economy — which would be the fastest rate since 1993. Such historic medical inflation would ultimately end up raising costs to patients in two distinct ways. First, if providers negotiate higher payments from insurers to make up for their increasing costs, the insurer will turn around and increase premiums for its customers. But patients also feel the rising costs more directly because they are being asked to pay more money out of pocket for their health care. Deductibles and other cost-sharing have been steadily rising for the 180 million Americans enrolled in commercial health plans. At the same time, the number of Americans considered underinsured — meaning they do carry insurance but the insurance would not necessarily provide them adequate financial protection if they had a medical emergency — has been growing. So if medical prices end up increasing at a historic rate, consumers are going to feel it both when they pay their premium and when they pick up their prescription: They’ll end up getting squeezed from both sides.
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LSU vs. Texas A&M prediction: Ed Orgeron has shot to go out with win
LSU, who are 6.5-point underdogs, has a good shot to send departing coach Ed Orgeron out with win, but will at least cover, according to VSiN's Matt Youmans.
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White House Christmas tree lighting will cost $139,000: report
The National Park Service is paying the steep price to an Ohio company that located, transported and transplanted this year’s tree.
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Walmart, Target and other big chains will rake in cash this holiday. Small stores may not be so lucky
Many Americans are shopping small Saturday to support mom-and-pop clothing, toy, furniture, sporting goods, hardware and electronics' stores.
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D.C. police officer shoots at armed man with rifle in Southeast Washington, authorities say
Police are investigating after authorities said an officer shot at an armed man on a street in Southeast Washington. Police said the man was later arrested and was not inured.
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Kayden Phoenix champions Latina superheroes
Kayden Phoenix, an award-winning Chicana writer and director from Boyle Heights, discusses her A La Brava universe of Latina comic book characters.
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Arch Manning, Isidore Newman lose, fail to reach state championship game
5-star QB Arch Manning, Isidore Newman get beaten by Lafayette Christian and sophomore quarterback Ju'Juan Johnson in LHSAA playoff semifinal matchup.      
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Show-Me-a-saurus! Skeleton of a new type of dinosaur unearthed in Missouri
Scientists have discovered a new type of dinosaur in Missouri, the Parrosaurus missouriensis, a duck-billed dinosaur, which can be 30 feet long.       
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World scurries to contain new COVID "variant of concern"
A host of countries are imposing restrictions on southern African countries in response to warnings over the transmissibility of the new variant.
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Volunteer gives Afghan refugee family their first Thanksgiving
Kiki Nagy, a volunteer with Miry's List, opened her home to an Afghan refugee family so they could experience their first Thanksgiving in the United States. CNN's Natasha Chen reports.
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No cases of COVID-19 omicron variant identified yet in US, CDC says
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Friday night that no cases of the omicron COVID-19 variant have been identified in the U.S. to date.
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Omicron: Keep Calm and Carry on Vaccinating
There’s been swift, early warning about the new variant but that only means there’s still a lot of work to be done.
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The 'Great Resignation': Why are people quitting their jobs?
Americans' mass exodus from their place of work, coined as the "Great Resignation," resulted in 4.4 million people quitting their jobs in September. CNN's Vanessa Yurkevich speaks to individuals about what led them to leave.
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With renewed confidence, Chargers look forward to playing at Denver
Austin Ekeler is among the Chargers who have talked about the different feel surrounding this group, the confidence that began taking root sometime after Brandon Staley was hired.
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Michael Imperioli Reveals 'The Sopranos' Character He Wished He Had More Scenes With
"The character was just so specific, funny, bitter, nasty and weird," Imperioli told Newsweek.
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3 burned bodies found in Solomon Islands following days of violent protests
Three burned bodies were found in Australia's Solomon Islands after protests against the Pacific nation's increasing links with China.       
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Cops nab murder suspect sought in botched subway station robbery
David Robinson, 53, of Brooklyn, was being sought in connection to the July 21 death of Than Htw.
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Shippers prepare for another pandemic crush of holiday gifts
Postal workers who recall packages and letters piled up in distribution hubs a year ago are gearing up for another holiday crush
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How Kevin Durant and James Harden are schooling breakout Nets rookie Cam Thomas
Durant and Harden’s finishing school, equal parts tutelage and trash talk, clearly has helped.
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Rep. Torres asks SEC to review Unilever filings over Ben & Jerry’s Israel boycott
Participating in the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel can result in potentially stiff financial consequences in more than 30 states — including New York.
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Lawsuit claims Manhattan judge used false allegations to get elected
Betty Lugo won the June primary for civil court judge in Manhattan's District 2 by 769 votes over Edward Irizarry.
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US announces travel restrictions over new Covid-19 variant
The US, European Union and other major destinations have moved to block flights from African countries following the discovery of an aggressive mutation of the Covid-19 virus. Follow for the latest news updates.
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Dozens on Flight From South Africa Infected With COVID
Remko de Waal/GettyAs the world waits to find out how dangerous the super-mutated COVID variant Omicron might be, Dutch authorities revealed that 61 people arriving on two flights from South Africa—where the strain has been spreading—have tested positive.It’s not know whether the passengers were infected with Omicron or an earlier version of the coronavirus, but the discovery underscores the possibility that the new variant has already gone global.Previously, cases had been identified only in South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong, and Belgium—all of them travelers from countries in southern African.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Romanian immigrant to Americans who favor communism: ‘If you don't learn from history, nothing will save you’
Bogdan Laurentiu, a Romanian immigrant, said Americans who support communism need to take a long, hard look at the lessons taught by history.
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Apple, Google or Microsoft? How to match cloud storage to your computers – and cut costs
Any device that leaves your house needs a backup system. Cloud storage vastly eases access to your most important files across all your devices.     
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Crispy potato latkes for Hanukkah: Try the recipe
Enjoy this potato latke recipe from Southern food blog Quiche My Grits.
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Bidens aim for sense of normalcy as nerves grow over worrying new virus variant
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden descended on the island of Nantucket this week looking to preserve the sense of normalcy that the nation was so looking forward to over this holiday season.
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A US-Russia war over Ukraine would be catastrophic
U.S. costs and losses in a war with nuclear Russia would be catastrophic. Such a war is unwinnable, and it is not worth sacrificing American lives to wage.
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Nathan’s legacy: He got new lungs after covid. Now comes the hard part.
Covid-19 ruined Nathan Foote's lungs. Now he's trying to live his new life to the fullest without squandering the gift he's been given.
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Buying a real Christmas tree this year? Here are some fire prevention tips to help keep you safe
With Christmas trees being bought early nationwide, fire safety groups are advising on learning how to make sure it doesn't start a house fire.       
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A step toward justice for Bijan Ghaisar
Americans understand and appreciate that police perform a critical function.
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New variants mean we’re only as strong as the weakest national health systems. Identifying them is hard.
To tackle threats like omicron, we need to know how well different countries are prepared for pandemics.
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How an American in Paris was given the rarest of French honors
Josephine Baker next week will become the first Black woman and first American to be honored with enshrinement in Paris' Pantheon.
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Column: Ban homeless encampments everywhere? It might have more support than liberals think
A new plan by Councilman Joe Buscaino probably won't work. But even the most liberal of Angelenos seem fed up with homeless people living everywhere.
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Proven grappling champ Marcus Almeida fully embraces MMA: 'It's a new chapter in my life'
Marcus "Buchecha" Almeida discusses his decision to leave grappling and pursue a career in MMA.       Related StoriesVideo: Mike Perry grabs opponent, Derek Campos takes a swing at Triller Triad Combat faceoffs - Enclosure'I was almost going broke fighting in MMA': Rachael Ostovich says BKFC far more lucrative'I was almost going broke fighting in MMA': Rachael Ostovich says BKFC far more lucrative - Enclosure 
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Can lithium cure what ails the Salton Sea?
Proposals to suck lithium from the brine of geothermal operations at the Salton Sea have raised hopes of new jobs and environmental improvement.
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Germany’s new government creates an opportunity for rekindled transatlantic cooperation
There’s good news and bad news about German public opinion toward the United States and transatlantic relations.
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Youngkin tests activists’ patience as he pushes abortion and guns aside
“Gun owners are not going to tolerate being ignored,” warns one gun-rights figure, but others give the governor-elect space.
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Help! My Gym Freak Husband Won’t Stop Criticizing My Body.
Pregnancy changed my weight a little, but this feels cruel.
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What to watch in NFL Week 12: Can we find some clarity among this parity?
No team has emerged as truly elite this season, and the parity has led to surprising results on a weekly basis.
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Michigan vs. Ohio State prediction: Take the underdog in ‘The Game’
Michigan Wolverines, who are 8.5-point underdogs, will cover against rival Ohio State on Saturday.
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