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Tue May 31, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Administration Easing Requirements For Health Insurance Pools

A high-risk health insurance pool run by the federal government is getting some changes that may make it more attractive for consumers.
Alex Bramwell

There's an old adage in the insurance business: Policies aren't bought; they're sold.

It took top federal officials a year to figure that out, but the Obama administration now says agents could indeed help them sell their flagging high-risk insurance plans to people with pre-existing medical conditions. The plans were a widely touted part of the new health law when it passed, but administration officials were under pressure to act with enrollment sluggish.

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Tue May 31, 2011
Middle East

Women The Latest Target Of Bahrain's Crackdown

Thousands of anti-government protesters gathered at Bahrain's Pearl Roundabout in the capital Manama in mid-February. On March 18, the government demolished the monument.
Adam Jan/AFP/Getty

For the past two and a half months, the government of Bahrain has cracked down brutally on opposition figures who led massive anti-government protests in February and March. Doctors, journalists, human rights workers and even elected officials have been detained and beaten.

The government's most recent targets are women.

"They took me from my work," one woman says. "And from the beginning they slapped me on my face, on my head, shoulder."

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Tue May 31, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Doubts Rise Over Virus As Cause Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

XMRV, a mouse virus, may be an artifact of laboratory experiments rather than the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome.
Whittemore Peterson Institute

Two new studies may not be the final nails in the coffin of the hypothesis that a mouse retrovirus called XMRV causes chronic fatigue syndrome. But the hammering is certainly getting louder.

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Tue May 31, 2011
Around the Nation

40 Years Later: Collectors Keyed Up Over Ford Pinto

This year, the Ford Pinto turns 40 and fans of the much-maligned economy car are celebrating with a drive from Denver, Colo., to an auto show in Carlisle, Penn.

Leading the caravan this week are Norman and Louise Bagi. Louise will be behind the wheel of her 1976 Pinto Runabout. It has a V-6 engine and air conditioning, making it a top-of-the-line Pinto.

"The seats have the upgraded, blue and orange plaid," says Norman Bagi, "It's almost like the Brady Bunch threw up in that car, its wonderful!"

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Tue May 31, 2011
The Two-Way

Just Before Its Last Trip Home, A Stunning Photo Of Space Shuttle Endeavour

Backdropped by a night time view of the Earth and the starry sky, the Space Shuttle Endeavour is photographed docked at the International Space Station on May 28, 2011. The STS-134 astronauts left the station the next day on May 29, after delivering the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer and performing four spacewalks during Endeavour's final mission.

The space shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to land at Kennedy Space Center early Wednesday at 2:35 a.m. ET. STS-134, in which it delivered a Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer to the International Space Station, was the shuttle's final mission.

But astronauts aboard the International Space Station took a stunning parting shot on May 28, just before Endeavour detached from the space station one last time.

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