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For many Greeks, a 'no' vote on bailout deal doesn't mean no to the EU

ATHENS -- To the leaders of the European Union who warn that Greece might soon be expelled from their midst, Lydia Lenossi has an ancient reminder.

Remember where Europe got its name? From the beautiful princess Europa, a popular figure in Greek ...Read More


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Aetna to buy Humana for $37 billion

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Health insurer Aetna will buy rival Humana for $37 billion, the companies announced Friday.

The companies forecast saving $1.25 billion in operating costs. They didn't say whether the savings will require job cuts.

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Health & Spirit

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Obamacare cash drives health care merger mania

LOS ANGELES--A gusher of Obamacare money is fueling a merger frenzy in U.S. healthcare.

The latest jolt came Thursday when Woodland Hills insurer Health Net Inc. agreed to be bought by Medicaid insurer Centene Corp. for $6.8 billion.

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A political pope brings the gospel to South America

QUITO, Ecuador -- Ever since Mario Jose Bergoglio became Pope Francis in 2013, the region's political elite have beaten a path to the Vatican. Cuba's Raul Castro, Colombia's Juan Manuel Santos and Brazil's Dilma Roussef have all been granted ...Read More

Senior Living

Social Security Q&A: How to check status of retirement benefits ...

Q: How can I check the status of a pending application for retirement benefits?

A: If you applied for retirement or disability benefits online, you can check the status of your application at by selecting "Benefits" and "...Read More


Campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Kamala Harris strikingly similar

It is one of the oddities of this campaign season: In races for two of the most sought-after political offices in the country, two Democratic women are running virtually unchallenged, their tasks boosted and complicated by the veneer of ...Read More

Home & Leisure

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Ford to recall 433,000 cars for software update

Ford is recalling about 433,000 of its 2015 Focus, C-MAX and Escape vehicles for a problem with the body control module.

The software glitch could allow the engine to continue to run after the ignition is turned off and the key removed or the ...Read More


Mortgage rates hit high for 2015

The average interest rate for a conventional 30-year mortgage rose to 4.08 percent this week, its high point for the year.

Freddie Mac's weekly survey of lenders started the year at 3.87 percent and sank to 3.59 percent in early February. This ...Read More


On Gardening: Fennel puts on quite a show in the ground or in food

If there was ever a trap crop for the garden, it has to be fennel. If you are not familiar with the term "trap crop," it is normally one that catches or entices insects, diverting them from the one crop that is making the money. Calling fennel a ...Read More


Boise couple create app for diagnosing autism

BOISE, Idaho -- Robby Oberleitner was 18 months old when his parents noticed changes in his personality. By age 2, the boy wasn't talking. He would cry and hurt himself.

What happened over the next year would inspire his parents, Ron and Sharon ...Read More


Talking dogs: Use measures, even medication, to calm dogs during fireworks

With the Fourth of July just around the corner, many of us dog owners must begin to prepare for the inevitable: fireworks. The fact that our county and state are even allowing the sale of fireworks to the public during a severe drought is ...Read More


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Science & Technology

Shark's unique trek could help save the species

Her name is Jiffy Lube2, a relatively small shortfin mako shark that, like others of her kind, swims long distances every day in search of prey and comfortable water temperatures.

But Jiffy Lube2's travels are making waves among scientists who ...Read More


Climatologists stick with prediction of slower-than-usual season for ...

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--Phil Klotzbach and Bill Gray are standing pat on their call for a slower-than-normal season with eight named storms, including three hurricanes -- one intense.

That's what the two Colorado State University climatologists ...Read More