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In Cheyenne, Wyo., emergency room patients who show up more than a few times a month requesting pain pills will now be told no, except in dire emergencies. A similar program at a New Mexico hospital cut ER visits by 5 percent annually, and saved $500,000. iStockphoto hide caption

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Emergency Rooms Crack Down On Abusers Of Pain Pills

Hospitals in some states have begun tracking the names of patients who show up repeatedly seeking opioids. Denying these patients pills saves hospitals money, but some doctors question the ethics.

Despite Congress mandating all railroads be equipped with a Positive Train Control system by the end of the year, Chicago's Metra system isn't expected to reach that goal until 2019. Most commuter trains won't meet the deadline. M. Spencer Green/AP hide caption

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Most Commuter Rails Won't Meet Deadline For Mandated Safety Systems

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Hun-Fro Blues Daniel Szabo
Eastynato Daniel Szabo
Union Jacob Varmus
Spinner Portico Quartet

Jeb Bush, seen here bowing his head in prayer as governor of Florida in 2000, is deeply religious. "Twenty years ago I converted to Catholicism," Bush said last month. "It was one of the smartest things I've done in my whole life." Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Why Jeb Bush Can't Bank On Faith Like His Brother Did

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More Stars Than There Are in Heaven Yo La Tengo
Nutricia Yo La Tengo
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In Cheyenne, Wyo., emergency room patients who show up more than a few times a month requesting pain pills will now be told no, except in dire emergencies. A similar program at a New Mexico hospital cut ER visits by 5 percent annually, and saved $500,000. iStockphoto hide caption

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Emergency Rooms Crack Down On Abusers Of Pain Pills

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Fierce Pit Bosses Enemies

Since the first case on May 20, confirmed cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, have swelled to at least 30 in South Korea. Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images hide caption

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Classes Canceled, 1,300 Quarantined In S. Korea's Scramble To Stop MERS

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Marie Christie Ambrose Akinmusire
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The Meeting Jamie Baum Septet
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The College Board has announced a partnership with Khan Academy to make prep materials for the SAT college-entrance exam available free online. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Test Preppers, Take Note: Free SAT Study Tools Could Signal Sea Change

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624 Part 2 Fat Jon
Ole Fat Jon
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Traffic stands still in Nairobi. People in Kenya's capital don't like getting into cabs driven by strangers. They prefer to call drivers they know or who their friends recommend. Goran Tomasevic/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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A Taxi App Aims To Build Trust Where Crime Is High

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Reasons Nomo
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Shroud The Stars Max Tannone

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