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Jose Ramirez and Mariana Silva speak in December with Yosmay Valdivia (right), an agent from Sunshine Life and Health Advisors, at the Mall of the Americas in Miami about plans available from the Affordable Care Act.
Mon, 02/02/2015 - 12:41

With two weeks to go until the 2015 Obamacare enrollment deadline, Florida is ahead of even California, which has twice the population and embraced the Affordable Care Act from the start.

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 11:08

E-learning in K-12 is a growing trend, but many schools are underperformers. What's to be done?

Al-Jazeera English correspondent Peter Greste, appears in court March 31, 2014, along with several other defendants during their trial on terrorism charges in Cairo, Egypt.
Mon, 02/02/2015 - 10:35

Australian Peter Greste, who spent more than a year in an Egyptian prison, was freed on Sunday. He says he remains concerned about his still-jailed Al-Jazeera colleagues.

Dejected Seahawks fans watch Super Bowl XLIX in Seattle on Sunday. The New England Patriots defeated the Seahawks 28-24.
Mon, 02/02/2015 - 09:31

Many are blaming the Seattle Seahawks' loss to the New England Patriots on the decision to pass the ball instead of handing it to Marshawn Lynch.

A stranded puppy sits in the rain. Don't worry, though: He's saved by horses.
Mon, 02/02/2015 - 09:08

After years of nearly naked women and crazy animals, the Super Bowl ads had a new theme this year: your heart, and how to break it.

Former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn (partially seen in backseat of the car) arrives for the start of a trial in the "Carlton Affair," in Lille, France, on Monday.
Mon, 02/02/2015 - 08:44

The former IMF head, whose career unraveled amid allegations he raped a hotel maid in New York, went on trial in France in a new case. He is accused of procuring prostitutes for orgies at a hotel.

Groundhog Club handler Ron Ploucha holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, during the 129th celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa., on  Monday. Phil saw his shadow, predicting six more weeks of winter weather.
Mon, 02/02/2015 - 07:44

The world famous groundhog saw his shadow his morning. His prediction on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa., came as a winter storm moved from the Midwest to the Northeast.

Airplanes stand in the snow at O'Hare International Airport on Sunday in Chicago. The city received 19 inches of snow from a storm that is now in the Northeast.
Mon, 02/02/2015 - 07:23

The National Weather Service is warning of "bitterly cold weather" from the Ohio Valley to New England, with Boston expected to get up to 12 inches of snow.

Malcolm Butler (right) of the New England Patriots intercepts a pass intended for Ricardo Lockette of the Seattle Seahawks late in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday.
Mon, 02/02/2015 - 06:29

The play came from New England cornerback Malcolm Butler, who intercepted a Russell Wilson pass at the goal line with 20 seconds left. The result: Patriots over Seahawks, 28-24.

President Obama, shown speaking at the University Of Kansas on Jan. 22, defends his budget as an exercise in "middle-class economics." But forecasters at the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center say the 60 percent of Americans at the middle of the income ladder will more or less break even, while most benefits will go to low-income families.
Mon, 02/02/2015 - 05:00

The president's $3.99 trillion proposal, released Monday, calls for more spending on domestic programs, infrastructure and defense — and includes tax hikes the new Congress is unlikely to approve.

American viewers hoping to catch the last season of the hit British show <em>Foyle's War</em> will have to sign up for the boutique digital portal Acorn.tv.
Mon, 02/02/2015 - 04:04

The niche digital portal Acorn holds rights to some of the best-known British TV shows. David Folkenflik reports it's now streaming some of those shows on its own, in competition with PBS and the BBC.

A cereal rye cover crop grows (on left) in a field where corn was recently harvested.  Cover crops can capture nutrients such nitrate and prevent them from polluting nearby streams.
Mon, 02/02/2015 - 04:04

Des Moines, Iowa, wants to control nitrate pollution — often called fertilizer runoff — in nearby rivers. But the best way to reduce it involves planting different crops, not using less fertilizer.

Participants in a boxing class designed specifically for people with Parkinson's disease at Fight 2 Fitness gym in Pawtucket, R.I.
Mon, 02/02/2015 - 04:03

Several times a week, Mike Quaglia dons bright red boxing gloves and pummels a hundred-pound punching bag. He has Parkinson's disease, and the boxing helps alleviate his symptoms.

Shazia and Ziaullah Khan's baby boy was stolen from a hospital war in Islamabad, Pakistan, a crime that is not uncommon.
Mon, 02/02/2015 - 04:02

Shazia Zia's newborn baby boy was taken from a maternity ward less than a day after she gave birth in Islamabad, and the family, hospital authorities and police officials disagree over who's to blame.

Ukrainian soldiers are seen in an armored vehicle topped with a Ukrainian flag near the city of Artemivsk, in the Donetsk region, on Sunday.
Sun, 02/01/2015 - 17:12

Russian-backed rebels are shelling a strategic rail hub in the Donetsk region a day after cease-fire discussions fell apart.

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