Behind your rising health care bills: Secret hospital deals that squelch competition

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Source:  MSN Money Last year, Cigna Corp. and the New York hospital system Northwell Health discussed developing an insurance plan that would offer low-cost coverage by excluding some other health-care providers, according to people with knowledge of the matter. It never happened. The problem was a separate contract between Cigna and NewYork-Presbyterian, the powerful hospital …

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Florence was another 1,000-year rain event. Is this the new normal as the planet warms?

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Source:  MSN Over a massive region of southeast North Carolina and northeast South Carolina, Florence produced an extraordinary rainstorm that statistically has a 1-in-100 chance of occurring each year. Over substantial areas, the deluge had a 0.1 percent chance of happening, what is known as a 1,000-year event. These exceptional rainfall events keep happening and appear …

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California, New Mexico sue Trump admin over methane rules rollback

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Source:  MSN California and New Mexico teamed up to file suit against the Trump administration Tuesday after the U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced that it was eliminating Obama-era rules intended to reduce energy companies’ methane emissions on Indian and tribal lands. In announcing the lawsuit to “set aside” the rules’ repeal, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra noted that …

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FEMALE TEACHER WHO SLEPT WITH 5 STUDENTS RECEIVES LENIENT SENTENCE BECAUSE SHE HAS BEEN ‘THOROUGHLY DISGRACED’

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Source:  Newsweek A woman who admitted sleeping with students at a prestigious school in Australia has avoided jail time because the judge said her reputation had been destroyed. The 25-year-old woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted in April to six counts of sexual intercourse with a person under her care during her time …

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America is now the world’s largest oil producer

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Source:  CNN Money Move over Russia and Saudi Arabia. America has reclaimed its throne atop the oil world. For the first time since 1973, the United States is the world’s largest producer of crude oil, according to preliminary estimates published on Wednesday by the Energy Department. The feat demonstrates how the US shale oil boom has reshaped the global …

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