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Marketing efforts to uninsured youth ramp up

MIAMI (AP) — The so-called "young invincibles" are so important to the success of the Affordable Care Act that supporters and detractors are spending millions to reach them with racy ads, social media campaigns and celebrity endorsements. The president is even (gasp) asking their mothers to help convince them to sign up for insurance.


The New York Times calls for Snowden to be allowed back

"When someone reveals that government officials have routinely and deliberately broken the law," the Times editorial board writes, "that person should not face life in prison at the hands of the same government."  Considering the enormous value of the information he has revealed, and the abuses he has exposed, Mr. Snowden deserves better than a life of permanent exile, fear and flight. "Why didn't he just bring the NSA's activity to the attention of superiors?" He did. Presenting another angle on the ongoing Snowden fiasco is The Washington Post's Ruth Marcus, who describes the man as "insufferable" as well as "smug, self-righteous, egotistical, disingenuous, megalomaniacal, overwrought." She just doesn't like that guy's personality, and that detail is definitely the right thing to focus on here.


Texting, dialing while driving raises crash risk

A sophisticated, real-world study confirms that dialing, texting or reaching for a cellphone while driving raises the risk of a crash or near-miss, especially for younger drivers. But the research also produced a surprise: Simply talking on the phone did not prove dangerous, as it has in other studies.

Rescue delayed for icebound ship in Antarctica

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The latest attempt to rescue passengers on board a research ship that has been trapped in Antarctic ice for more than a week was delayed again Thursday after sea ice prevented a barge from reaching one of the rescue vessels.


Michigan St beats Stanford 24-20 in Rose Bowl

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Connor Cook passed for a career-high 332 yards and hit Tony Lippett with a tiebreaking 25-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter, leading No. 4 Michigan State to a 24-20 victory over No. 5 Stanford on Wednesday night in the 100th Rose Bowl.


52 passengers trapped in Antarctica to be rescued

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Passengers on board a research ship that has been trapped in Antarctic ice for more than a week are expected to be rescued by helicopter on Thursday after three icebreakers failed to reach the paralyzed vessel, officials said.


Frigid conditions hamper Minneapolis fire effort

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A billowing fire engulfed a three-story building with several apartments near downtown Minneapolis early Wednesday, sending more than a dozen people to hospitals with injuries — some critical — ranging from burns to trauma associated with falls.


Bozak's goal lifts Leafs to 3-2 SO win over Wings

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Tyler Bozak scored the winning shootout goal and Jonathan Bernier made two saves in the heart-pounding final moments, lifting the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-2 victory over Detroit at the snowy Winter Classic in front of the largest crowd to watch a hockey game.


125th Rose Parade hosts its first same-sex wedding

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Standing atop a giant wedding cake float, Aubrey Loots and Danny Leclair exchanged vows New Year's Day in the first same-sex marriage during the Tournament of Roses Parade.


Former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon's health worsens

JERUSALEM (AP) — The medical condition of the comatose former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon sharply deteriorated Wednesday, the hospital treating him said.


NYC Mayor de Blasio takes formal oath at City Hall

NEW YORK (AP) — Bill de Blasio took the oath of office administered by former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday, formally becoming the 109th mayor of New York City while pledging to pursue a sweeping liberal agenda.


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