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White House Publishes Final Regulations For Obamacare's Individual Mandate -- Seven Things You Need To Know

On Tuesday, the Obama administration released the final regulations for Obamacare’s notorious individual mandate—the provision in the health care law that requires most Americans to purchase health insurance, or pay a fine. Tuesday’s entry in the Federal Register, spanning 75 pages, contains all of …

Fried Pita Bread with Fava Beans and Zucchini – Recipe

<i>Fried Pita Bread with Fava Beans and Zucchini</i>Good pita bread (usually from Basson Bakery) is a staple in our house, which sometimes means we end up …

Senators lock up Paul MacLean with three-year contract extension

The Ottawa Senators have locked up the NHL's coach of the year.<p>The team signed head coach Paul MacLean to a three-year contract extension Thursday.<p>MacLean won the 2013 Jack Adams Award as the NHL's top coach after leading the injury-riddled Senators to a 25-17-6 record.<p>The team missed star forward …

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US to relax quantitative easing but emerging markets grow tense

Brazil last week became the latest country to take emergency action to shore up its currency as anxious investors piled out of emerging markets. India, Indonesia, Turkey: there was more than a whiff of panic in the air as policymakers tried to reassure financial markets they remain a good bet.<p>The …

The Mortal Instruments: If Twilight, Harry Potter and The Da Vinci Code were run through a blender and served lukewarm

Now that the supernatural romance series <i>Twilight</i> has faded into darkness and Harry Potter has vanquished Voldemort, studios are grasping for copycat opportunities. Cassandra Clare's six-part <i>Mortal Instruments</i> series (five have been published so far) seems to offer much that's familiar, including …

Letter asking to 'euthanize' boy with autism not hate crime,…

Letter asking to 'euthanize' boy with autism not hate crime, according to the Crown Attorney's Office in Ontario. http://cbc.sh/YaNKboQ<p>However, police will consider whether the letter violates other Criminal Code issues.<p>A criminal investigation is currently underway after the Newcastle, Ont., family of a 13-year-old boy who has autism received an anonymous letter telling them to either leave the neighbourhood or have the boy euthanized.<p>The boy's grandmother, Brenda Millson, said she was shocked …

Another clue to Obama's 2012 victory: Americans weren't doing so badly

What happens if Americans got wealthier when nobody was looking? There are a number of ways to measure the health of the economy: gross domestic product (GDP) growth, job growth, and how much disposable personal income (DPI) Americans have. It turns out Americans have had more of the latter, if we …

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Blasts from the past

AN UNUSUALLY large infestation of poisonous jellyfish notwithstanding, China’s leaders are—or have been very recently—meeting at their traditional …

North Korea Grapples With Crystal-Meth Epidemic

<i>By Jason Strother</i><p>North Korea is experiencing an epidemic of the drug crystal meth, or methamphetamine, according to a new study.<p>The report explains how during the past several years meth production has gone from government owned factories to privately run underground laboratories and “home …

Pakistan seizes 100 tonnes of bomb-making chemicals

<b>Security forces have seized 100 tonnes of bomb-making materials and detained 10 people in a raid in Quetta, south-west Pakistan, officials say.</b><p>The cache contained chemicals used to mix bombs, wires and detonating equipment, says Col Maqbool Shah.<p>They were the same type used in two attacks in the …

Students get financial aid at highest rate since WWII

More college students are receiving more financial aid, including loans and grants, and most of the increase is coming from federal sources, new data show.<p>More college students are receiving loans, grants and other financial aid than at any time since the debut of the GI bill after World War II, …

Brazil World Cup: Tourism board worried by hotel prices

<b>Brazil's tourism board has asked world football governing body Fifa and hotel operators to try to bring down hotel prices – which have reportedly sky-rocketed for the World Cup period.</b><p>In some hotels featured by the Fifa-appointed agency Match, room rates will be up to five times higher during the …

NSA said to have broader Net reach than previously thought

The National Security Agency's surveillance network reaches further into the U.S. Internet backbone than previously reported, according to The Wall Street Journal.<p>Though the agency has limited authority to conduct surveillance of U.S. citizens, it has built a system that can reach 75 percent of all …

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