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Blue Cross merger plan clears state hurdle

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A proposed merger between the nation's fourth-largest health insurer and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana is now in the hands of a former state Supreme Court justice.


Fallout for states rejecting Medicaid expansion

Editor's note: Here's a series of graphics from The Associated Press explaining and exploring the law's changes. 


Enthusiast Tilda Swinton: Everyone at Ebertfest cut from same cloth

With the movie “Julia,” director Erik Zonca and lead actress Tilda Swinton wanted to make a film about an alcoholic who’s interesting.

“Like the ones I know,” Swinton said after the 2008 movie was shown on Friday night at the 15th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival at the Virginia Theatre.


Sheriff: 5 snowboarders killed in Colorado avalanche

GEORGETOWN, Colo. (AP) — Five snowboarders were killed Saturday afternoon in a backcountry avalanche on Colorado's Loveland Pass, authorities said.


Across America, a week of chaos, horror -- and hope

JESSE WASHINGTON,AP National Writer


Boy Scouts propose to lift gay ban for youth

DAVID CRARY,AP National Writer


Attorney: Man denies mailing suspected ricin

ADRIAN SAINZ,Associated Press

HOLBROOK MOHR,Associated Press


Gun control backers: Senate defeat won't stop us

ALAN FRAM,Associated Press

DAVID ESPO,Associated Press


Transcript of White House press conference on background checks

A transcript, provided by the White House, of remarks after the Senate defeated a bill requiring expanded background checks for gun purchases. Mark Barden, whose son was killed in a shooting in December at a school in Connecticut, spoke first:


Super voice gone: Pat Summerall dead at 82

By STEPHEN HAWKINS

AP Sports Writer


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