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11:24 am
Thu September 15, 2011

A Beloved Car Of Cops And Cabbies Meets Its End

Ford Crown Victorias sit in a parking lot outside a police station in Chicago. Sales of the Crown Victoria climbed 140 percent in August as police departments stockpiled the popular fleet vehicle before Ford ended its production this week.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:24 am

After more than 30 years, production of the Ford Crown Victoria and Lincoln Town Car has ended. The large, gas guzzling, rear-wheel drive behemoths have been the favorites of limo drivers, taxi drivers and police officers for more than a generation.

The end of the Town Car and the Crown Vic, as it's affectionately known, comes as Ford tries to become a hipper and more fuel-efficient company.

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Shots - Health Blog
11:16 am
Thu September 15, 2011

Medicare Advantage Premiums To Drop Next Year

For some Medicare beneficiaries, the good times seem to keep rolling along.

Premiums for seniors enrolled in private Medicare health plans will drop 4 percent in 2012 while benefits remain stable, administration officials said today. In 2011 premiums fell by 1 percent.

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The Two-Way
11:10 am
Thu September 15, 2011

Boehner To Push GOP Ideas On Overhauling Taxes

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) "plans Thursday to urge the supercommittee charged with cutting the nation's deficit to overhaul the tax code, his most direct remarks about the path the panel should undertake," Politico reports.

According to Politico, "Boehner will prod the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction lower the corporate rate and close loopholes — the preferred GOP method for cleaning up the nation's tax system."

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The Two-Way
10:04 am
Thu September 15, 2011

Global Economy Has Entered 'Dangerous New Phase,' IMF Chief Warns

"We are certainly living through times of great economic anxiety," International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said this morning.

"Exactly three years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers," she cautioned in a Washington, D.C., speech, "the economic skies look troubled and turbulent as global activity slows and downside risks increase."

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Shots - Health Blog
9:29 am
Thu September 15, 2011

Bioethicists Offer Reward For Proof On HPV Vaccine Claim

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann at the presidential debate sponsored by CNN and the Tea Party Express in Tampa, Fla., Monday.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 3, 2011 11:57 am

Even as Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann backs off some from an inflammatory claim that a vaccine to prevent cervical cancer led to mental retardation in a young girl, two bioethicists are turning up the heat.

Yes, the leading group of pediatricians in this country slammed Bachmann and said "there is absolutely no scientific validity" to statements that the vaccine against human papilloma virus is dangerous or causes retardation.

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The Two-Way
9:10 am
Thu September 15, 2011

Humble Medal Of Honor Winner Felt 'Like A Failure'

At the White House on Wednesday, President Obama and Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer sipped beers and talked. Meyer told CBS News he asked the president for advice on how to be successful. "He said, 'You know, first thing, get an education' and he said 'just take it slow and don't try to make any rash decisions,' " Meyer told CBS.
Pete Souza The White House

There are many remarkable things about what U.S. Marine Dakota Meyer did two years ago in Afghanistan.

NPR's Tom Bowman tells the story of the then-corporal's heroics. Along with Staff Sgt. Juan Rodriguez-Chavez, Meyer (now a sergeant in the Marine Corps Reserve) disobeyed orders and undertook a dangerous, six-hour battle to rescue stranded troops who had been ambushed by enemy fighters.

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Local & Regional
8:07 am
Thu September 15, 2011

Election Appointments

Oklahoma City, OK – Governor appoints 5 to Oklahoma Election Board

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed five people, including a former Oklahoma Corporation Commission member, to the Oklahoma State Election Board.

Fallin announced Wednesday that ex-Corporation Commissioner Jim Roth was named to the board as a Democratic member. His appointment and the other four appointments must be confirmed by the Oklahoma Senate.

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Local & Regional
8:04 am
Thu September 15, 2011

Tulsa School Gets National Honor

Tulsa, OK – The U.S. Department of Education today named six schools in Oklahoma as 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools. Tulsa's Carver Middle School is among those schools. These public and private K-12 schools are among the 305 being honored for their overall academic excellence or for their success in closing achievement gaps.

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Local & Regional
8:03 am
Thu September 15, 2011

Freedmen Can Vote

Tulsa, OK – Okla. tribe's commission allows freedmen to vote

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The Cherokee Nation Election Commission has voted to allow descendants of tribal members' former black slaves to participate in the upcoming principal chief election.

Commission chairwoman Susan Plumb said in a statement following Wednesday's special meeting that any Cherokee freedmen registered to vote can cast a challenge or provisional ballot.

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Local & Regional
8:00 am
Thu September 15, 2011

Health Care Costs

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. lawmakers discuss new health care law

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State health officials estimate an additional 140,000 Oklahomans will become enrolled in Medicaid once the new federal health care law takes effect, costing the state an extra $24 million annually.

Officials with the Oklahoma Health Care Authority presented those figures Wednesday during a meeting with lawmakers on how the new law will affect Oklahoma.

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