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UnitedHealth warns it may exit Obamacare plans

<i>Corrections and clarifications: An earlier version misstated the number of people who would be affected if UnitedHealth pulled out of the Affordable Care Act exchanges.</i><p>The nation's largest health insurer warned Thursday that it may pull out of the Obamacare exchanges after 2016 – forcing more than …

Health Care

Obama speaks for Canada, says both countries will soon sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement

Canada will soon sign onto the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, U.S. President Barack Obama said, going further than the country’s new …

Canada

How to Get on Your Flight Attendant's Good Side

By: Fiona Moriarty, Hipmunk<p>Flight attendant Taylor Tippett recently made headlines for making her passengers' travels a little brighter. Her method of cheering people up? She leaves uplifting notes on airplane windows and in safety cards, and encourages others to do the same. To date, the practice …

Peter Jackson: 'I didn’t know what the hell I was doing' when I made The Hobbit

Peter Jackson has revealed he began filming his blockbuster Hobbit trilogy without proper preparation, in many cases shooting scenes without storyboards and completed scripts in a process he described as “making it up as I went along”.<p>In the remarkably candid behind-the-scenes featurette from the …

Movies

Value of huge Botswana diamond still unknown

The Canadian mining company which this week unearthed the world’s largest diamond in more than a century says it cannot put a value on the 222g (7.8oz) stone.<p>The 1,111-carat gem was hauled from an open pit mine in central Botswana, by the Lucara Diamond Corporation, a Vancouver based firm.<p>William …

British Crown

Self-balancing skateboards are illegal in New York, too

If you ride a self-balancing skateboard in New York, you won't have just the seething hatred of those around you to deal with. A tweet from NYPD's 26th precinct, since deleted, pointed out that using the tech is illegal, and both <i>IGN</i> and <i>Gothamist</i> followed up with the relevant parts of state law. …

From one refugee to another: What you need to know about Canada

<i>Remzi Cej came to Canada in 2000 as a teenager, after fleeing Kosovo with his family. He is a Rhodes scholar and chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Commission.</i><p>Welcome to Canada. After waiting a very long time, perhaps in Lebanon or Turkey or Jordan, you have made it to a country …

Canada