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Dear New York City's Uninsured: Screw You, Love Governor Cuomo

Andrew CuomoBridging the gap between policy debate and real, appreciable government support, Remote Area Medical has hosted over 700 clinics and served hundreds of thousands of patients, all on a shoestring budget consisting of small dollar donations and volunteer labor. The New York City event would have been RAM's largest clinic ever, the jewel in the crown of their miraculous work.

The operative phrase here is now "would have been." The clinic was cavalierly canceled a mere two weeks before its scheduled date. The doors won't open at 5 a.m. or any other hour. The 500 dentists and 2,500 non-medical volunteers lined up months in advance can take their good will elsewhere.

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CERN Scientists Discover 2 New Subatomic Particles

new particle discoveredScientists at the world's largest smasher said Wednesday they have discovered two new subatomic particles never seen before that could widen our understanding of the universe.

An experiment using the European Organization for Nuclear Research's Large Hadron Collider found the new particles, which were predicted to exist, and are both baryons made from three quarks bound together by a strong force.

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At least 7 die as snow, cold pummel East

NY snowfallBuffalo's first snowstorm of the season left several dead and looked to set an all-time U.S. record for snowfall in a 24-hour period.

At least five deaths in New York were blamed on the snow, including three from heart attacks while shoveling, officials said. Two other deaths were reported in New Hampshire and Michigan.

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Canadian couple ends up with $1M hospital bill for birth in Hawaii

Blue CrossA Canadian couple got stuck with an enormous hospital bill after their baby came nine weeks early while they were on vacation in Hawaii.

Jennifer Huculak-Kimmel was almost six months pregnant when her water broke two days into her Hawaii trip in October 2013. She ended up staying in the hospital for two months -- six weeks of bed rest before her daughter was born by emergency C-section -- and got slapped with a $950,000 hospital bill.

Huculak-Kimmel and her husband had purchased Blue Cross insurance before the trip and said they got approval from her doctor to travel.

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Polar bear population in parts of Alaska, Canada down by 40 percent

polar bearThe population of polar bears in parts of Alaska and northwestern Canada has declined by about 40 percent in the first decade of the 2000s, a new study says.

The number of polar bears found near the southern Beaufort Sea dropped to 900 from 2000 to 2010, most drastically between 2004 and 2006. The population recovered in 2007 and began stabilizing in 2009, the study, conducted by researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey, found.

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Ricky Jackson to leave prison 39 years after a boy's lie helped put him behind bars

Rickly Jackson freedRicky Jackson is headed for freedom, 39 years after a boy lied to authorities and said Jackson and two other men killed a money-order collector at a Cleveland grocery store.

The lie helped a jury convict Jackson in 1975. He has been in prison until Tuesday, when Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty told Judge Richard McMonagle that the case against Jackson had fallen apart – based on the recantation of Eddie Vernon, who, at 12, helped build the case against Jackson. Prosecutors dismissed the case.

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UN: World not close to avoiding dangerous warming

Climate changeThe world still isn't close to preventing what leaders call a dangerous level of man-made warming, a new United Nations report says. That's despite some nations' recent pledges to cut back on carbon dioxide emissions.

The report looks at the gap between what countries promise to do about carbon pollution and what scientists say needs to be done to prevent temperatures rising another two degrees. That two-degree level is a goal that world leaders set in 2009.

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Senate blocks NSA phone records measure

NSA data collectionThe Senate on Tuesday blocked a bill to end bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the National Security Agency, dealing a blow to President Barack Obama's primary proposal to rein in domestic surveillance.

The 58-42 vote was two short of the 60 needed to proceed with debate under Senate procedural rules. Voting was largely along party lines, with most Democrats supporting the bill and most Republicans voting against it. The Republican-controlled House had previously passed its own NSA bill.

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Senate defeats Keystone XL pipeline

Senate defeats pipeline billThe Democrat-controlled Senate failed to gather the 60 votes it needed to approve the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The Senate's 59-41 vote Tuesday night was a nail-biter to the end.

The Keystone XL pipeline project has been at the center of a major political debate since 2008 when TransCanda applied for permission to construct the 1,179-mile-long pipeline.

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