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McCain's choice: Ailing senator plays spoiler again for GOP

John McCain faced a choice that balanced friendship, party loyalty and his convictions. He made the decision some of his closest advisers expected. Looking at the twilight of his career and a grim cancer diagnosis, the Republican senator from Arizona who prides himself on an independent streak...

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  • Montana set to take over deadly asbestos cleanup site

    The cleanup of a northwest Montana community where health professionals say hundreds of people have been killed by asbestos exposure entered a new phase Thursday as officials turn their focus to keeping residents safe over the long term. The five-member Libby Asbestos Superfund Advisory Team met...

      • Thune, Rounds both support GOP health care overhaul bill

        South Dakota's two Republican U.S. senators both say they support the latest GOP effort to replace former President Barack Obama's health care law. Sen. John Thune and Sen. Mike Rounds both believe the proposed law would address a failing system while benefiting states. Rounds called it "a step...

          • Judge: Arizona doesn't have to reveal execution drug sources

            Arizona does not have to reveal who provides its execution drugs, a judge ruled Thursday in a lawsuit arguing that the information would help the public determine whether the death penalty is carried out humanely and promote confidence in the criminal justice system. The decision marked a defeat...

              • Otter, state officials wary on health care overhaul

                Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter says he had too many concerns about the latest GOP effort to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law to join other Republican governors in a letter backing the bill. Earlier this week, 15 GOP governors sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell,...

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                  • Graham's health care overhaul imperiled after McCain says no

                    WASHINGTON Sen. Lindsey Graham's quest to fulfill his party's promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act appeared all but doomed Friday after his close friend, Sen. John McCain, said he would oppose the effort. The sudden shift in momentum was jarring. Graham, R-S.C., had left Washington...

                      • GOP health bill's changes go far beyond pre-existing conditions

                        The latest GOP effort to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act is getting a lot of attention, even if its passage seems unlikely. But there is far more to the measure than its changes to rules regarding pre-existing health conditions. In fact, the bill proposed by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.,...

                          • State Medicaid directors eye Graham-Cassidy with concern

                            WASHINGTON State Medicaid directors voiced their opposition Thursday to the latest effort in the Senate to repeal the 2010 health care law. The National Association of Medicaid Directors, a group that represents the directors of all 50 states, urged Senate Republicans to reconsider their support...

                              • Healthcare.gov could be crippled under latest GOP Obamacare repeal proposal

                                WASHINGTON A federal health exchange the government spent over $1 billion to create would likely be made obsolete by the recent GOP proposal to gut the 2010 health law. Policy experts say the Department of Health and Human Services would still be required to maintain healthcare.gov under the proposal...

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                                  • No proven way to prevent celiac disease

                                    Dear Mayo Clinic: Is there anything I can do now to prevent my 1-year-old from getting celiac disease? A: At this time, there is no proven way to prevent celiac disease. But if your child is considered to be at high risk for the disease due to family or medical history, there may be some steps...

                                      • Living with cats and cockroaches may reduce kids' asthma risk

                                        Kids living in houses with cats, mice and cockroaches may have a lower risk of asthma, new research from Washington University shows. The researchers looked at 442 kids living in the inner cities of St. Louis, Baltimore, Boston and New York City. They analyzed dust taken from the kids' homes to...

                                          • States embracing Obamacare lose $180 billion under Senate bill

                                            WASHINGTON States that expanded Medicaid under Obamacare would be hard-hit by spending cuts called for in Republican senators' latest bill to repeal and replace the health law, while states that didn't expand the program stand to benefit. The thirty-two states that increased their Medicaid coverage...

                                              • Analysis: Why Ryan has stepped into the senate health care debate

                                                WASHINGTON Speaker Paul D. Ryan doesn't like to meddle in Senate affairs except when he does. Throughout July when the Senate was working through various proposals to partially repeal and replace the 2010 health care law, Ryan frequently declined to comment on what the other chamber was considering....

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                                                  • How to treat bunions

                                                    Dear Mayo Clinic: Is it best to have bunions surgically treated before they begin hurting, or do some never cause pain? In the past few months, I've noticed throbbing from the bunion on my left foot, and I'm considering surgery. I have one on my right foot, too, but it doesn't hurt. Will I eventually...

                                                      • Trump endorses Graham-Cassidy, knocks Rand Paul

                                                        WASHINGTON President Donald Trump formally threw his weight behind a health care overhaul sponsored by GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy, and criticized another high-profile Republican for opposing it. Trump used a pair of Wednesday morning tweets to call the bill "GREAT!" and touted its...

                                                          • Home remedies: Cleaning out the earwax

                                                            Earwax is a helpful and natural part of your body's defenses. It cleans, lubricates and protects your ear canal by trapping dirt and slowing the growth of bacteria. Earwax blockages commonly occur when people try to clean their ears on their own by placing cotton swabs or other items in their ears....

                                                              • Sanders health bill is about society, not individual rights

                                                                Sen. Bernie Sanders recently unveiled his Medicare for All bill, proclaiming in a New York Times op-ed that health care is a "human right." In a video on his website, he further frames access to medical care as "a right, not a privilege." The senator is correct. However, he may have trouble convincing...

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