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McCain: Can't vote 'in good conscience' for Graham-Cassidy repeal of Obamacare

U.S. Sen. John McCain announced Friday that he will not vote for the repeal of Obamacare being considered by the Senate, saying "too many lives are at risk" to back a bill "without knowing how much it will cost" and lacks bipartisan support. ... Read more»

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Grid computing

Social media darling Digsby learns hard lesson

In the world of social media technology, lessons are delivered swiftly and often learned the hard way. Just ask Digsby, the third-party Instant Messaging application that went from Internet darling to evil tyrant in the blink of a blog posting. Did they "join the dark side" or simply make a risky business decision?... Read more»

9/11

Eight years later, US still unsure in Afghanistan

Eight years. And you watch the flag-draped coffins coming off the cargo planes at Dover Air Force Base and the mangled bodies and blown minds of young American servicemen and women coming home to ragged, ill-equipped VA hospitals, and you can’t help but wonder what the hell have we accomplished in Afghanistan? Why is this land still consuming our blood and treasure all these years after 9/11?... Read more»

Arizona Gold Star Military Medal

New law provides medal to families of Arizona’s fallen service members

The dogtag around Margy Bons’ neck bears a picture of her son, Marine Sgt. Michael Marzano. Her office contains a shrine of sorts to him: a portrait, a service medallion, a folded flag. Under a new law, she is to receive an Arizona Gold Star Military Medal honoring her son’s sacrifice.... Read more»

Health & Fitness

Mexico's growing obesity problem

MEXICO CITY — Pilar Blanco and her family sit down to dinner in what looks like an age-old meal time ceremony. But when she serves up the food, there is one major difference from tradition: instead of tortillas and beans, the family eats instant noodle soups, potato chips and fizzy soda.... Read more»

Should older people have to pay more for health insurance?

Chris Denny, 27, buys his own health insurance for $117 a month. But the same policy, from the same insurer, would cost a 60-year-old man $735 a month, according to an estimate on eHealthInsurance.com, an online marketplace that lists quotes and coverage from a variety of insurers. ... Read more»

Afghanistan

Are U.S. taxpayers funding the Taliban?

The United States Agency for International Development has opened an investigation into allegations that its funds for road and bridge construction in Afghanistan are ending up in the hands of the Taliban, through a protection racket for contractors.... Read more»

Health care

Emotions still run high in health care reform debate

As lawmakers prepare to return to Washington to take up health care reform, supporters on both sides of the issue are still making their thoughts heard. U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords can expect some fireworks as she has announced three town halls.... Read more»

Border & immigration

Border fence being sold as scrap metal

Holes are still being made in the fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, but not for the reason you might think. ... Read more»

Analysis

Malaysian model drinks beer, asks to be caned

It's a sordid tale with the goods to placate the gods of news. A model. Booze. Religion. Caning (yes, being beaten repeatedly by a rattan stick). An impassioned appeal by human rights advocates. A willing sacrifice. Here's the skinny:... Read more»

Food safety

Would you know if you ate poisonous puffer fish?

When a Chicago couple grew dangerously ill two years ago after eating a home-cooked fish dinner, Canadian scientists figured out what had sickened them by using a new genetic test. The Chicago couple — who recovered — had dined on poisonous puffer fish that had been mistakenly labeled as a safe monkfish.... Read more»

Afghanistan

Main contenders in Afghan polls claim victory

While preliminary results will not be announced for several days, President Hamid Karzai's camp has already declared that he expects a first-round win in Afghanistan's presidential election. His main rival, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, has also claimed victory – but, just in case, his spokesman has already complained of widespread fraud.... Read more»

Italy

Berlusconi's midsummer Italian sex comedy

Italians have long grown accustomed to the din in a country divided politically. Harder to shrug off is a recession that has them feeling more worried and depressed. 33 percent say they're having sex less often. That apparently isn't the case with Italy's prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi. For the past year, his alleged sexual exploits have been the stuff of widespread media coverage, café chatter and, most recently, tape-recorded pillow talk.... Read more»

Pan Am 103

Release of Lockerbie bomber draws American ire

Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the only person ever convicted of the bombing of flight Pan Am 103, was released from a Scottish prison Thursday on "compassionate grounds."... Read more»

McChrystal: Marines' gains in southern Afghanistan a model

Incremental security gains that U.S. Marines are making in Afghanistan's Helmand province are proving to be a model for successful counterinsurgency, said Gen. Stanley McChrystal.... Read more»

Health care reform

White House backs away from health plan public option

Obama administration officials are signaling their willingness to compromise on a public plan option in any health reform proposal.... Read more»

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