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Farm Contractors Balk At Obamacare Requirements KQED

The federal health law is putting farmers in a tough spot. Many contractors supplying workers have to offer health coverage. Insurance is costly and contractors worry about immigration fallout.

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Developers Arrested Over Building That Collapsed In Taiwan's Earthquake

So far, 39 of the 41 people who died from the quake were residents of the Golden Dragon apartment building in the city of Tainan.

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The Salt

Program Draws Line Between Authentic Japanese Food And Its Creative Cousins

In a world of Big Mac sushi and Cajun rolls, Japan is launching a new program to certify the 89,000 Japanese restaurants outside the country that uphold traditional washoku cuisine values.

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Watch: Republicans — Then And Now — Talking About Drug Addiction

In New Hampshire, Republican presidential candidates are using compassionate language when it comes to drug abuse. It's a marked change for a party that has advocated tough stances on the issue.

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Shots - Health News

Sorry, Bogie, A Sigh Is Not Just A Sigh

Sighs aren't just signs of resignation, relief or the blues. Involuntary sighs are vital to lung health, say scientists who think they have figured out the brain circuitry that controls the reflex.

Author Interviews

Jhumpa Lahiri Finds Freedom In Italian Memoir: 'No One Expected Me To Do It'

The Interpreter of Maladies author is a successful, Pulitzer Prize-winning English-language writer. But she found writing in Italian gave her true freedom. "Language is a very messy thing," she says.

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A Flint Mother's Story: When Every Drop Of Water Could Be Poison

For Jeneyah McDonald, using bottled water for everything has become an onerous but necessary routine. Still, she worries about the effects that toxic tap water will have on her sons.

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Gulf Of Mexico Open For Fish-Farming Business

For the first time, companies can apply to set up fish farms in U.S. federal waters. The government says the move will help reduce American dependence on foreign seafood and improve security.

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Music News

Beyonce's 'Formation' Is A Visual Anthem

Filmmaker and writer dream hampton says that Beyonce's provocative new video is "about a black future [where] we are imagining ourselves having power and magic."

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'Mad Max' Director George Miller: The Audience Tells You 'What Your Film Is' FA

Miller, who directed the first Mad Max film in 1979, says it will be a few years before he has any idea whether Mad Max: Fury Road "endures in some way."

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