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July 20, 2014 - 9:57am
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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The rapid disintegration of Atlantic City's casino market might be an early indicator of what could happen in other parts of the country that have too many casinos and not enough gamblers.

In the 36th year of casino gambling in New Jersey, which not too long ago had a monopoly on the East Coast, the casino industry is crashing with a suddenness and a fury that has caught many people here by surprise. It started the year with 12 casinos; by mid-...

July 20, 2014 - 9:51am
1 week 2 days ago

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll on finding a doctor and evaluating provider quality was conducted from May 27 to June 18 by NORC at the University of Chicago. The survey was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

It is based on landline and cellular telephone interviews with a nationally representative random sample of 1,002 adults. Interviews included 595 respondents on landline telephones and 407 on cellphones....

July 20, 2014 - 9:48am
1 week 2 days ago

Referrals from another physician or family and friends are a first step in choosing a doctor, but specialists advise doing some research to finalize your choice.

Some tips:

—The insured typically look in-network. Some insurers are starting to score their providers on certain quality and cost measures. Ask what your plan's listing means.

—Check if the doctor is board-certified, which indicates particular expertise in an area such...

July 20, 2014 - 9:45am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans consider insurance and a good bedside manner in choosing a doctor, but will that doctor provide high-quality care? A new poll shows that people don't know how to determine that.

Being licensed and likable doesn't necessarily mean a doctor is up to date on best practices. But consumers aren't sure how to uncover much more. Just 22 percent of those questioned are confident they can find information to compare the quality of local doctors,...

July 20, 2014 - 9:36am
1 week 2 days ago

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Elijah Watson knows he wants to go to college. He also knows that it will be difficult to leave home on the Navajo reservation if he does.

The 17-year-old was reminded of the tough decision he'll face next year when he participated in a weeklong celebration in March of his cousin's Kinaalda, a hallowed Navajo ceremony marking a girl's transition into womanhood.

"I'm afraid because it's really hard to leave my family," he said...

July 20, 2014 - 9:29am
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — There are few musicians as inextricably linked to the Newport Folk Festival as the late Pete Seeger.

Newport, known as the place where Bob Dylan cast aside his acoustic guitar and went electric in 1965, has made its mark on the festival scene more recently with an innovative mix of old and new — most with a far different sound than the folk movement Seeger helped lead. This year's top acts include Jack White, Jeff Tweedy and Mavis Staples....

July 20, 2014 - 9:17am
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Bats swoop through the halls of Vermont's grand State House, and nobody seems to mind.

Workers say it's not uncommon to see the furry, bug-eating bats flying around, especially during the summer months when they seek cooler, air-conditioned hallways.

Vermont State Curator David Schutz, who is charged with overseeing the restoration, care and conservation of the gold-domed, 155-year-old State House, says he's lost count of the...

July 20, 2014 - 9:09am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Sunday turned up the heat on Russia for its support of Ukrainian separatists accused by the United States and others of shooting down a Malaysian passenger plane.

In some of the administration's harshest criticism of Russia since the crisis in Ukraine began earlier this year, Secretary of State John Kerry outlined the U.S. case that the separatists are to blame for the downing of the aircraft and that Russia was almost...

July 20, 2014 - 9:03am
1 week 2 days ago

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — Decades after gray seals were all but wiped out in New England waters, the population has rebounded so much that some frustrated residents are calling for a controlled hunt.

The once-thriving New England gray seal population was decimated by the mid-20th century because of hunting, with Massachusetts keeping a seal bounty on the books until the 1960s. But scientists say conservation efforts, an abundance of food and migration from Canada combined...

July 20, 2014 - 9:01am
1 week 1 day ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is heading back to the Middle East as the Obama administration attempts to bolster regional efforts to reach a ceasefire and sharpens its criticism of Hamas in its conflict with Israel.

The State Department said Kerry would leave early Monday for Egypt where he will join diplomatic efforts to resume a truce that had been agreed to in November 2012. In a statement Sunday evening, department spokeswoman Jen Psaki called the U...

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