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Medicare Ban On Sex Reassignment Surgery Lifted

Posted: 05/31/2014 - Medicare can no longer automatically deny coverage requests for sex reassignment surgeries, a federal board ruled Friday in a groundbreaking decision that recognizes the procedures are medically necessary for some people who don't identify with their biological sex.

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NC Plan Would Join States Ending Teacher Tenure

Updated: 05/31/2014 - North Carolina legislators want to scrap a law that prevents ineffective teachers from being removed from the classroom. But teachers have been fighting the move, saying they need protection from malicious schoolhouse politics.

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Medicare Coverage Ban On Sex-Change Surgery Lifted

Posted: 05/31/2014 - Transgender people receiving Medicare may no longer be automatically denied coverage for sex reassignment surgeries, a U.S. Department of Health and Services review board ruled Friday.

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NC Veterans Affairs Office Opens Hotline

Updated: 06/03/2014 - The North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs has started a tip hotline to help improve services at the state's medical facilities for veterans.

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Former Microsoft CEO Wins Clippers Bid

Updated: 05/29/2014 - An individual with knowledge of negotiations to sell the Los Angeles Clippers says Shelly Sterling has reached an agreement to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.

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Fracking Bill Heads To Governor McCrory

Posted: 05/29/2014 - A bill to allow permits for fracking in North Carolina is heading to Gov. Pat McCrory for his signature after the Senate passed the legislation without debate.

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Edward Snowden: Traitor Or Patriot?

Updated: 05/29/2014 - NSA leaker Edward Snowden tells NBC news he is a patriot, and that beneficial reforms have been put in place due to his actions.

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Woman Goes For 18th 'Jeopardy!' Win

Updated: 05/28/2014 - Julia Collins predicted in her 8th grade yearbook that she would someday be a "Jeopardy!" champion -- she won her 17th consecutive non-tournament game in Tuesday's episode, becoming the third person in "Jeopardy!" history to reach that point.

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Postal Service Looks To End Door Delivery

Posted: 05/26/2014 - The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee recently approved a plan to have the U.S. Postal Service convert 15 million addresses to communal or curbside mail boxes over the next decade.

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Fear Of Rescuing Kidnapped Nigerian Girls

Updated: 05/27/2014 - Nigeria's defense chief says the military knows where Boko Haram (BOH'-koh hah-RAHM') is keeping the nearly 300 school girls it kidnapped six weeks ago.

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Napolitano: Rampage Very Tough To Predict, Prevent

Posted: 05/24/2014 - University of California President Janet Napolitano says a mass shooting in the community around UC Santa Barbara is "almost the kind of event that's impossible to prevent and impossible to predict."

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VA Approves More Private Care For Veterans

Posted: 05/24/2014 - More veterans are being allowed to obtain health care at private hospitals and clinics in an effort to improve their treatment following allegations of falsified records and delays in treatment.

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