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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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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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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Trump to Invite Putin to Washington as Top Advisers Seek Details of Their Summit Talks

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Source:  The New York Times President Trump plans to invite President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia to Washington for another meeting in the fall, officials said Thursday, even as Mr. Trump’s top advisers groped for details of what the two leaders discussed in their last meeting in Helsinki, Finland. Mr. Trump’s director of national intelligence, …

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The Wiretap Rooms The NSA’s Hidden Spy Hubs in Eight U.S. Cities

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Source:  The Intercept The secrets are hidden behind fortified walls in cities across the United States, inside towering, windowless skyscrapers and fortress-like concrete structures that were built to withstand earthquakes and even nuclear attack. Thousands of people pass by the buildings each day and rarely give them a second glance, because their function is not …

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