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Consumers still struggling with medical debt »

"Elizabeth and Britt Harmon struggled for years to have a child, and were thrilled when their son Orin was born in February 2013. But they were unprepared for the medical problems that then upended the Brooksville, Maine, couple's lives."

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Jordan renews prisoner swap offer after ISIL claims to behead hostage »

"Jordan renewed its offer to exchange an al-Qaeda prisoner for a fighter pilot held hostage by the Islamic State on Sunday, as outrage and grief gripped Japan after the militant group released a video online that purports to show the beheading of hostage Kenji Goto."

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Driver gets $18,000 toll bridge bill »

"POULSBO, Wash. -- A Washington man says he is reeling after paying more than $18,000 in bridge tollsowed by his son."

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Extremists attack biggest city in northeast Nigeria »

"MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists attacked Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeast Nigeria from four fronts overnight with the crescendo of warfare — booming cannon and whooshing rockets — continuing Sunday, witnesses said."

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Social Security recipients can get tax info online »

"Baby Boomers and others receiving Social Security payments now have a new option if they lose some tax paperwork."

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Guest column: Decision to demolish former Buena Vista school building was wrong on many levels »

"Like so many people, I'm disheartened by the Saginaw Board of Education's decision to demolish a perfectly good building instead of selling to a charter school. Saginaw parents should be outraged because the board is clearly not looking out for the best interests of their children. This latest action by the board further demonstrates their interests lie not with the students but with their adult union interests.   "

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Tim Skubick: Budget cuts undermine case for road funding tax increase in the eyes of some »

"Governors share at least one thing in common. When they don't want to talk about something, their answers get short. Like real short, as in one word."

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Rick Haglund: Is right-to-work to blame for sharp drop in union membership? »

"Labor unions posted a steep membership drop in Michigan last year. But how much the state's historic 2012 right-to-work law had to do with the slide is unclear."

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Michelle Obama: Counselors build the bridge to college »

"Growing up on the South Side of Chicago, it wasn't exactly a forgone conclusion that I would go to college."

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Howes: Ford's 'breakthrough' runs risks in UAW year »

"Mark Fields says "2015 is going to be a breakthrough year for Ford" Motor Co.

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