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Oil prices ease, but near eight-week highs on lower U.S stocks

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Oil prices dipped on Thursday after three days of gains, but were sitting just below 8-week highs on hopes that a steeper-than-expected decline in U.S. crude oil inventories will reduce a global oversupply. Brent crude futures were down 15 cents or 0.3 percent at $50.82 a barrel …

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Amazon’s $500 billion market milestone marks its status as corporate titan

Amazon’s market capitalization topped a half-trillion dollars Wednesday. That’s an exclusive circle that includes only three other publicly traded U.S. companies, including crosstown rival Microsoft. Observers have often speculated that Amazon.com might become the first company worth a trillion dollars. On Wednesday, a day before the release of its second-quarter …

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Cancer-stricken woman’s treatment stopped over health plan

Laura Alley, 39, was in the middle of a cancer treatment when Northside Hospital stopped taking her Christian health plan A Georgia mother was in the middle of a cancer treatment when the hospital stopped taking her Christian health plan, leaving her with $41,000 in medical bills. Laura Alley, 39, …

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Senate Soundly Rejects Repeal-Only Health Plan

But even that narrow bill could have a significant impact on the nation’s health care system. Democrats on Wednesday night released a Congressional Budget Office analysis of the effects of repealing several provisions that could be part of a “skinny” repeal measure. The analysis found that the number of uninsured …

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Lisa Murkowski, a Swing Vote on Health Care, Isn’t Swayed

“She is unshakable when it comes to her constituents,” said Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, the other Republican who opposed Tuesday’s procedural vote. “She has a spine of steel.” Given the narrow 52-48 party divide in the Senate and the shrinking ranks of more moderate congressional Republicans, Ms. Murkowski …

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