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    Hospitals now asking patients to pay before surgery?

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Get ready to whip out your credit card before you are wheeled into the operating room or undergo an MRI. Hospitals are increasingly asking patients to pay for procedures either upfront or before they are discharged. That’s because Americans are shouldering a greater portion of their health care bills, and medical centers don’t want to get stuck with patients that can’t pay. Traditionally, neither patients nor providers knew the exact price of procedures until after the […]

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    Why is everybody moving to Texas?

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — More Americans moved to Texas in recent years than any other state: A net gain of more than 387,000 in the latest Census for 2013. And Austin was the fastest growing major city. Jobs is the No. 1 reason for population moves, with affordable housing a close second. “It take two things to draw people inland in big numbers: jobs and housing affordability,” said Nela Richardson, chief economist for the real estate broker Redfin. Texas and […]

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    5 family members die mysteriously inside home

    (CNN) — There were no signs of trauma, no clues of any violence or foul play. So investigators are trying to determine how five family members died in a Utah home over the weekend. Officials identified the deceased relatives as father Benjamin Strack, 37; mother Kristi Strack, 36; son Benson Strack,14; daughter Emery Strack, 12; and son Zion Strack, 11. Another son of the couple found the bodies on Saturday night, the Springville Department of Public Safety said. Preliminary autopsy […]

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    Meet Chelsea Clinton’s new baby girl

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — Chelsea Clinton has given birth to a daughter, according to a post on her Twitter and Facebook accounts. The baby was born Friday, a Clinton spokesman said. “Marc and I are full of love, awe and gratitude as we celebrate the birth of our daughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky,” Clinton’s message read. Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said they feel “blessed, grateful and so happy to be the grandparents of a beautiful […]

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    Leah Remini, Jennifer Lopez & her two kids rear-ended by suspected drunk driver

    MALIBU, Calif. – Jennifer Lopez and her friend Leah Remini ¬†are shaken up after being rear-ended by an intoxicated driver. Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini were in a minor accident with a drunk driver: http://t.co/ksvvntfnv8 — Us Weekly (@usweekly) September 29, 2014 The crash happened along the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, Calif. with Lopez’ two kids in the car. J-Lo talked about the accident on social media saying, “Riding high right before some drunk food rear ended us in […]

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    Patient exposed to Ebola arrives in U.S.

    (CNN) — An American doctor who was exposed to Ebola has arrived at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, the National Institutes of Health said Sunday. The doctor was volunteering at an Ebola treatment unit in Sierra Leone and arrived from an “overseas location” according to the NIH. No more details on the patient were made available, but the doctor will be there for observation and research purposes, officials said. “Out of an abundance of caution, the patient has […]

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    September 28 is National Drink Beer Day

    (CNN) — If you were looking for an excuse to crack open that brewski, here’s some good news: today is National Drink Beer Day. Beer’s devoted fanbase has been bubbling up ever since its invention in ancient Egypt. The elixir of water, malt, hops and yeast was even made illegal briefly in the U.S. during Prohibition. Today, that passion has come to a head in the form of a craft beer boom. According to the Brewers Association, a craft brewer […]

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    Ferguson police officer shot in the arm; off-duty cop also comes under fire

    (CNN) — A police officer patrolling in Ferguson, Missouri, was shot in the arm late Saturday, police said. His wound is not life-threatening, and he was taken to a local hospital. There’s no reason to believe the shooting was connected with demonstrations over the August police shooting of unarmed African-American teen Michael Brown, authorities said. “It didn’t happen within the proximity of the protest area,” said St. Louis County Police Chief Col. Jon Belmar. The shooting scene was in a […]

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    Man killed after being mistaken for squirrel by hunter

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. – A man is dead after a hunting accident in New York. Authorities say a hunter thought the victim was a squirrel and shot him. Vienchaleun and Saysamone Kettavong fled a concentration camp in Laos with their six children in 1982 and came to the United States. “We were planning their 50th anniversary, actually,” said Pepsy Kettavong. Saysamone wept as she knelt in front of a photo of her late husband. Pepsy Kettavong says his father lived for […]

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    Teens escape from detention center for second time in a month

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CNN) – Authorities say 13 juveniles escaped from the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center on Friday night, the same detention center in Nashville where 32 juveniles escaped earlier this month. By Saturday morning, 12 of the 13 escapees had been recaptured and brought to court to face additional charges, according a Tennessee Department of Children’s Services statement. At this point, a 16-year-old “with a record that includes theft, assault and runaway” remains at large. Two of the 32 […]

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    Judge sentences teacher convicted of rape to 31 days in prison for crime, now facing more time

    BILLINGS, Mont. – A former high school teacher in Montana, who was convicted of raping a 14-year-old student seven years ago was resentenced on Friday. Stacey Dean Rambold made national headlines last fall when a judge sentenced him to just 31 days in prison for the rape of 14-year-old Cherice Moralez. Moralez later committed suicide. When the judge handed down the sentence, he said the victim was “older than her chronological age.” On Friday, Judge Randall Spaulding gave Rambold a […]