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U.S. health care tab hits $3.2 billion

The United States spent $3.2 trillion on health care in 2015, up 5.8% from the year before, according to new data from the Centers on Medicare and Medicaid Services. Among the quarter of Americans that want to see Obamacare repealed , the Kaiser poll found 31 percent want to see the law repealed and not replaced, while 63 percent want lawmakers to replace the law with a Republican-sponsored alternative.

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Ertz runs for career-high 170 yards as K

Coach Gary Patterson was optimistic when center Austin Schlottman and left guard Trey Elliott returned to health for the Texas Tech game, joining left tackle Joseph Noteboom, right guard Matty Pryor and right tackle Aviante Collins to give TCU the line it envisioned for a final push.

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Warehouse gutted by blaze was home to Bohemian art space

The clutter hampered firefighters' efforts to put out the blaze. "We've done a preliminary search we are up to nine known fatalities", Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Delroach told KTVU-TV. Although glad to be alive, he remained anxious about his friend. "I'm going to have to speak to my lawyers before I answer any questions". Kelly said most of the victims were believed to be in their in their 20s and 30s, and some were thought to be visitors from other countries.

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Crimson Tide Wins SEC Championship

The Tide lead the nation in three major categories - allowing the fewest points, rushing yards and total yards. Florida will get a reminder of its past when former coach Steve Spurrier assists with the pregame coin toss. He's been mentioned for head coach openings at OR and Houston, and LSU new coach, Ed Orgeron, reportedly wants Kiffin as his offensive coordinator. Saban said the Gators confused his defense initially.

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Petition launched after Bank of England confirms new fiver contains animal fat

This meant the new fivers were not suitable for vegans , vegetarians, Hindus, Sikhs or Jains. "Now that we know about it, any animal product used in our currency is not acceptable". The manufacturer's resin suppliers used a "trace amount of tallow", to assist with production and processing. The new banknote was introduced in September and is the first British note to be made from polymer, a type of plastic.

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Bank of Canada admits animal fat in our polymer bank notes

The bank is working with its supplier Innovia who are keeping the bank informed "on progress towards potential solutions". It said: "We are now in active discussions with our suppliers for them to develop alternative additives using vegetable based ingredients".

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Fidel Castro's dying wish: No monuments in his name

The ashes of Cuba's late leader Fidel Castro have reached their final destination after crossing the country. Soldiers push the jeep and trailer carrying the ashes of the late Fidel Castro after the jeep briefly stopped working during Castro's funeral procession near Moncada Fort in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba , Saturday, Dec.

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'End HIV Oregon' is a plan to end new HIV infections

It is held December 1 each year and marked the first ever global health day. The latest edition of CDC's Vital Signs reported that in 22 United States cities, only one in four PWIDs got all of their needles from a sterile source. "Knowing that I was strong enough to get away from that and for 6 months I've been doing good, I got myself through it with the love of my family and it's like an accomplishment for me", Wotten said.

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World Health Organization declares Zika emergency over

The move was part of an effort to determine if Zika was linked to reports in Brazil of the severe birth defect microcephaly and the neurological disorder Guillain-Barre Syndrome. In February, W.H.O Director-General, Margaret Chan, had called it an "extraordinary event", while declaring a public health emergency. Back then, Brazil had over 4,000 microcephaly cases under investigation, and the virus was rapidly spreading across the world.

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GeoVax Observes World AIDS Day

She says the HIV/AIDS epidemic remains one of the biggest health crises in the world: "It's still quite challenging and still alarming". This increase in HIV testing uptake worldwide has led to more than 80 percent of all people diagnosed with HIV receiving the ART, the World Health Organization release said.

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Bodybuilding Meathead Slaps Judge Then Reportedly Whips Out Dick After Losing Competition

Olympia and the Arnold Classic. Here's some more context: The bodybuilder Giannis Magos was actually declared the victor of the 100kg division and figured he had the 2016 IFBB Diamond Cup Title locked up. Evolution of Bodybuilding , a top bodybuilding news website has called for the Greek athlete to receive the harshest punishment after his outburst.

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Philippines President Says Trump Congratulated Him on Violent Anti-Drug Crackdown

The foul-mouthed Filipino leader, who is likened to Trump for his controversial remarks and rhetoric, has been threatening to cut ties with the USA after President Barack Obama and his officials expressed concern over the scores of drug killings taking place in the Philippines as part of Duterte's drug war.

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After Bringing Back The Death Penalty, Nebraska Looks To Act In Secret

The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services has proposed revisions to the state's execution protocol that would keep secret the drugs and method of administration until 60 days before the request for a death warrant. Gov. Pete Ricketts issued a statement Monday, saying Nebraskans were "decisive in their choice to maintain the death penalty and it is now our duty as elected officials to carry it out".

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South Africa stun Fiji to win Dubai Sevens

Japan opened with a narrow 19-14 defeat to Australia before losing 17-7 to Kenya and 35-0 to France in Pool D. The series of wins takes the team into the quarter-finals where they will play Wales on Saturday with coach Andy Friend pleased with their start to the tournament.

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Trump, his supporters sue to halt recount in 3 states

His margin of victory in MI was even slimmer, at about 10,700 votes out of 4.8 million cast. Michigan's Attorney General Bill Schuette said in a lawsuit that Stein's "dilatory and frivolous" recount would cost the public millions of dollars and could result in the state being unable to cast its votes in the electoral college.

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Texas gives Herman 5 years, minimum of $25 million

If Herman is still employed by the school on December 25, 2019, he will receive a $1,000,000 retention bonus. "It's a very fair contract, fair to him and fair to the university". Strong was sacked last week after leading the Longhorns to a 16-21 record, and the Longhorns still owe him $10.4 million, although that amount will be reduced if he accepts another job.

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ANC pins 2019 fortunes on Zuma successor

Pressure on the president to resign has mounted since the graft ombudsman released a report on November 2 that implied Zuma may have let members of the Gupta family, who are his friends and in business with his son, influence cabinet appointments, and called for a judicial commission of inquiry to determine whether there had been any wrongdoing.

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Parkinson's could be due to gut bacteria

Intestinal microbes may be one of the major Parkinson's Disease causes. The mice transplanted with gut microbes from Parkinson's patients began to display symptoms of the disease, including motor problems, alpha-synuclein aggregation, and inflammation, while mice that received gut microbes from healthy adults did not.

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Amazon Web Services introduces AWS IoT Competency

That shipping container is then transported to an Amazon data center where all the data is uploaded to S3 or Amazon Glacier , Amazon's cloud data storage services. The company began offering web services to its customers over 10 years ago and in recent years this division has grown from a small to significant portion of the online retailer's business.

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First Family to Light National Christmas Tree

President Obama and the first family flipped the switch Thursday night - turning on the thousands of red, white, and blue LED lights on the 30-foot tall Colorado blue spruce in President's Park, better known as the National Christmas Tree. "It's a message of unity and a message of decency and a message of hope that never goes out of style - and it's one that we all need very much today", he said.

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National Christmas Tree lit for the 94th time

After lighting the tree with Michelle Obama, Sasha Obama , and Eva Longoria (sorry, Malia Obama ), POTUS lit up the crowd with an impassioned speech about "America's goodness". And the tree itself has changed over the years. This marks the 94th annual lighting ceremony at the White House. Its replacement was planted a month later and was lit for Christmas 2011, but died the following spring due to complications from transplant shock.

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Hawaii Summits Could Get More Than 2 Feet of Snow

Snow is possible in the islands this week - at least for the summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa on the Big Island. "There is also a possibility for convection in the area", wrote Mauna Kea Weather Center forecaster Ryan Lyman at 5 p.m.

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China protests Trump-Taiwan chat

In a major break with USA diplomatic policy, President-elect Donald Trump spoke to the leader of Taiwan on the phone Friday. Washington cut formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan in 1979, expressing its support for Beijing's "one country, two systems" concept, which states that Taiwan is part of China.

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House Passes Cures Act And Obama Administration Supports It

It also mentions supporting access to health care services, which include services provided by federally certified opioid treatment programs. "What this bill does is it puts significant research dollars against finding cures for the diseases that affect every Montanan and every American", said Zinke.

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TSX drops for second day amid weak oil prices

The price of crude shot up more than nine per cent Wednesday to settle near US$50 a barrel after OPEC, the world's largest oil cartel, agreed to trim production for the first time in eight years. Other commodities were mixed with the February gold contract falling $16.90 to US$1,173.90 an ounce, January natural gas jumping four cents at US$3.35 per mmBTU, and March copper contracts up two cents at US$2.63 a pound.

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Laurie Hernandez wins Dancing with the Stars

He added: "I think she brings out in me what she brings out in millions of people , is like this handsome joy and a sense of gratitude". The camera moved to the next couple Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko at dancing with the stars finals.

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Trump's 'Thank you' tour gets off to raucous start

After winning election, Trump backed off the threat. And he repeated many of his signature campaign promises, including a pledge to " construct a great wall at the border ". "What presidents-elect often do is they try to create the impression that there's a healing period now, that there's a coming together", said Robert Dallek, a presidential historian.

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35th Annual World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support to and solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV. Talk with family, friends, and colleagues about HIV prevention and why it's important to get tested for HIV. Sidibé expressed the hope that the target by the United Nations to end the AIDS scourge by 2030 was on course.

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Chiefs' opportunistic defense to test high-scoring Falcons

Matt Ryan is leading the Falcons offense to the top of the league in scoring winning shootouts as well as winning a couple of blowout games this season including last weeks win against the Arizona Cardinals. It came at a good time, too, because Dee Ford - who has 10 sacks this season - has been dealing with a hamstring injury. Last Sunday night, Andy Reid took a banged up K.C.

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World AIDS Day 2016 (AUDIO)

The MAJ says it is estimated that about 50 per cent of persons living with HIV do not know that they are HIV positive. Of the 6,095 people diagnosed with HIV in 2015, 39% were diagnosed in the later stages of infection. "But in the decades since those first cases, with ingenuity, leadership, research, and historic investments in evidence-based practices, we have begun to move toward an era of resilience and hope - and we are closer than ever to reaching an AIDS-free generation".

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Justin Trudeau hoists World AIDS Day flag

Decades ago being diagnosed with AIDS was essentially a death sentence . HIV/AIDS is a global battle affecting many lives worldwide; and has seen collaborative partnership worldwide to curb the issue, and help those living with HIV. Messaging and advocacy regarding safe sexual practices she said must also be aggressively sustained - to save lives and prevent new infections. Together, we can achieve what once seemed impossible and give more people the chance at a longer, brighter, ...

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Senate to Vote on 21st Century Cures Monday

Language in the act that BIAA supports includes the provision that will enhance coordination and collaboration on rehabilitation research and provide for accelerated approval for regenerative medicine products; and the increased national focus and resources to the mental health workforce and increases in access to mental health care.

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Could 21st Century Cures Act Revive the Failing Federal Healthcare System?

DeGette, Ranking Member Pallone and the House Energy and Commerce Committee for their efforts to bring this to the House floor". "This bipartisan legislation incentivizes innovation to defeat disease, and most importantly gets cures to the patients who need them most", Collins said .

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ND Governor extends meeting to Standing Rock Tribal Council

Earlier this month, the Army Corps of Engineers said it needed more information before it could decide whether to allow the pipeline to cross the river at the planned location. "It's handsome", said Shasta of the recently fallen snow. In an operations order created for the event , organizers emphasized the need to stay peaceful, despite the increasingly contentious clashes between protesters and police.

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Ben Woodburn: Wales, England set for 'war' over Woodburn, says Roy Evans

It was a satisfactory night for a number of the youngsters in Klopp's side, with Trent Alexander-Arnold performing superbly at right-back before supplying the cross for Divock Origi's 76th-minute opener, but Woodburn was understandably the talk of the post-match news conference.