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FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2013 file photo, an infusion drug to treat cancer is administered to a patient via intravenous drip at a cancer center hospital in Durham, N.C. Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul, but patient advocates still see wiggle room for companies to avoid covering the sickest and costliest patients. An Associated Press survey in 2014 found that some of the nation's top cancer centers were excluded from the networks of insurance plans sold on state exchanges. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Insurers Still Discourage Sickest Enrollees

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies are still using wiggle room to discourage the sickest — and costliest — patients from enrolling. Some insurers are excluding well-known cancer centers from the list of providers they cover under a plan; requiring patients to make large, …

White House Mulls Higher Limits For Immigrants’ Green Cards

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Washington — The White House is considering proposals from business and immigrant rights groups that are pressing President Obama to provide hundreds of thousands of new green cards for high-tech workers and the relatives of U.S. citizens and permanent residents. The behind-the-scenes lobbying comes as Obama prepares to announce a series of executive actions that could include plans to defer the deportations of …

Cease-Fire Holds in Gaza

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Gaza City, Gaza Strip —In war, nobody wants to be the last to die. In Gaza, it was the chief of the electric company’s maintenance division and his deputy. In Israel, it was a pair of volunteers working a security detail on their kibbutz. The four deaths on Tuesday, hours before an open-ended cease-fire began between Israel and Hamas, reflected the often indiscriminate, …

Battle Rages on Ukrainian Coast

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Novoazovsk, Ukraine — Pushing west in a new offensive along Ukraine’s strategic coastline, heavily armed Russian-backed separatist forces captured new territory Wednesday far from their previous battles with government troops. The bold offensive along a new southeastern front …

AP News in Brief at 10:58 p.m. EDT

Thursday, August 28, 2014

U.S. Journalist’s Mother Pleads For His Life BEIRUT — The mother of a hostage American journalist pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video directed at the Islamic State group, while new images emerged of mass killings, including …

FBI Probes Bank Hacking

Thursday, August 28, 2014

New York (ap) — The FBI says it’s working with the Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyberattacks against several American financial institutions. A report on Bloomberg.com says the FBI is investigating an incident in which Russian hackers may have retaliated against U.S. government-sponsored sanctions …

Exec, Former FBI Agent, Qataris Sought to Free Peter Theo Curtis

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Washington — Last month, an American media executive arrived in Doha with a retired FBI agent known for his extensive contacts within the government of Qatar. The two men had come to meet with Ghanim Khalifa al-Kubaisi, the chief of Qatar’s intelligence service, to discuss the whereabouts of …

How Kids’ Livestock Shows Became a Cutthroat Business

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tiffany LaRue, 17, had not been lucky with her pigs this year. One had its placenta detach, killing the embryos. Another was supposed to have been pregnant when they bought her, but wasn’t. Another, LaRue said, simply didn’t take. That left LaRue with one option if she wanted …

Fracking Link to Birth Defects Probed

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

New York — The first research into the effects of oil and gas development on babies born near wells has found potential health risks. Government officials, industry advocates and the researchers themselves say more studies are needed before drawing conclusions. While the findings are still preliminary, any documented …

Report: No Deaths From Delays at VA

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Washington — Government investigators found no proof that delays in care caused veterans to die at a Phoenix VA hospital, but they found plenty of problems that the Veterans Affairs Department is promising to fix. Investigators uncovered large-scale …

U.S. Won’t Coordinate With Assad

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Washington — The Obama administration has ruled out the possibility of coordinating any U.S. airstrikes in Syria with President Bashar Assad’s government, forcing U.S. officials to either design a campaign that would evade Syrian air defenses or coordinate it with Assad through a third party. Despite the shared …

Fighting Halted In Gaza

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tel Aviv, Israel — An agreement bringing a long-term halt to hostilities between Israel and Hamas may be only the first step in stopping what has been the longest, deadliest and most destructive of three wars the two …

Drug Czar Has Own Addiction Story

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Lynn, Mass. — America’s top drug control official had a confession. Michael Botticelli was seated on a tattered purple couch in an old Victorian here, just outside of Boston. Above his head was a photo of Al Pacino …