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Losing A Hospital In The Heart Of A Small City WCPN

Economic forces are squeezing the city of Lakewood, just outside of Cleveland, forcing the closure of one hospital, even as another is built in a more affluent suburb.

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A Startup Scene That's Not So Hot: Japan's Entrepreneur Shortage

A risk-averse culture is making it a tough road for fresh ideas and fledgling Japanese startups. But venture backers are starting to see some signs of hope that new tech firms will take off.

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Songwriters And Streaming Services Battle Over Decades-Old Decree

The Department of Justice is exploring big changes to the music publishing business for the first time since World War II.

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It's All Politics

A Long Way From Wax Cylinders, Library Of Congress Slowly Joins The Digital Age

Through the library's website, you listen to the recording of a former slave and millions of other items. But critics say the library needs to move more aggressively to adjust to the digital age.

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Staffing An Intensive Care Unit From Miles Away Has Advantages WFAE

Some hospitals are using a remote command center to keep an eye on ICU patients. This brings the expertise of a major medical center to rural hospitals — and may help keep the rural centers open.

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The Allure Of Gore: 'Walking Dead' Producer On Zombies And Mean Tweets

The AMC series' habit of killing off characters without warning has led to explosions of fan grief and rage on social media. Much of the audience's ire has landed on Scott M. Gimple.

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Fla. Governor Leaves Meeting With U.S. Health Secretary Empty-Handed Kaiser Health News

It's unclear whether Gov. Rick Scott will receive the more than $1 billion he wants for health care in Florida. Scott claims the issue is related to his decision not to expand Medicaid; Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell disputes that.

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Oil Prices Are Rising Again, But Will They Keep Going Up?

Oil hit a new high for the year — closing at just under $61 a barrel. But some analysts say the global economic slowdown and the rise of alternative energy will mean less demand and lower prices.

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