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CDC: 11M fewer uninsured since passage of Obamacare

The Centers for Disease Control says it is the lowest level measured in more than 15 years.

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VA says it will relax 40-mile rule for private medical care

The change is in response to pressure from Congress and veterans groups, who say the current policy has prevented thousands of veterans from taking advantage of health care.

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Islamic State has recruited 400 children this year

The terror group has given these so-called "Cubs of the Caliphate" military training and hardline indoctrination, a new report says.

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10 FOR TODAY: Tuesday, March 24

Your daily look at the stories that will be talked about today.

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15 inches of snow in Midwest; last blast of winter?

Spring came crashing down on winter weary residents with more than a foot of snow in some areas.

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More cash-strapped Americans turn to tax refund advances

New data show that cash-strapped Americans anxious for tax refunds are increasingly turning to payment advances and prepaid cards.

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Oil markets, strong production means lower gas prices

The average national price of a regular gallon of gasoline has dropped 4 cents in the last two weeks.

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Islamic State posts ‘hit list’ of U.S. military personnel

ISIS has posted what it says are the names, addresses, and photos of 100 American service members, and called upon its "brothers residing in America" to kill them.

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10 FOR TODAY: Monday, March 23

Your daily look at the stories that will be talked about today.

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Cruz enlists Christians for ’16 White House bid

Casting himself as the leader of a grassroots army, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is the first major figure to jump into the presidential race.

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Making headlines this week

A look at some of this week's biggest stories and the headlines you may have missed.

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Apples that don’t brown? GMO potatoes, apples heading to grocery stores

The FDA has approved genetically engineered potatoes and apples as safe to eat.

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Schools nationwide struggle with substitute teacher shortage

School districts are scrambling to fill positions, with some raising pay as they try to attract more applicants as the economy improves.

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Budget spat leaves House GOP leaders facing new discord

The struggle pits Republicans who want a more robust military against those bent on cutting spending.

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A year later, scars of deadliest U.S. landslide remain fresh

A rain-soaked hillside collapsed suddenly on March 22, 2014, sending 18 million tons of sand and soil thundering across a river valley north of Seattle.

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Islamic State says it killed tourists in Tunisia

Twenty foreign tourists were shot dead in an attack which Islamic State militants called "the first drop of the rain."

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Eclipse sweeps across Atlantic, visible only from remote islands

A solar eclipse swept across the Atlantic Ocean on Friday with the moon set to block out the sun.

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10 FOR TODAY: Friday, March 20

Your daily look at the stories that will be talked about today.

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Prosecutors use blood, DNA to show bomber’s active role

Prosecutors are using DNA and blood to try and prove that Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother both played prominent roles in the 2013 attacks.

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GOP defense hawks, fiscal conservatives battle over budget

The latest political battle over a budget blueprint in Congress has Republicans facing off against other Republicans.

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Winslow Still Wants Body Cameras for SPD

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Winslow says he wants to use body cameras as a means to protect officers on every call, every time.

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New Class of State Prison Guards Graduates

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There are now some new people to work at some of the state's prisons.

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Springfield Man Tased, Eludes Police, Turns Self In

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A Springfield man is in custody, charged with disarming and aggravated battery of a peace officer among other charges.

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Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George Dies

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Cardinal Francis George, a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who played a key role in the church's response to the clergy sex abuse scandal, has died.

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NIU Offers Course on “Game of Thrones”

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Northern Illinois University has an honors-level course called "Game of Thrones, Television, and Medieval History."