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DNA tests solve decades-old cold cases in Oklahoma

CNN - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 2:54pm
A decades-old mystery that captivated Oklahoma has been solved after officials confirmed the identities of two groups of people -- some of them teens -- who went missing in 1969 and 1970.
Categories: National News

Happy birthday 'Weird Al!'

CNN Entertainment - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 2:49pm
Categories: Entertainment News

James Corden to start 'Late Late Show' March 9

CNN Entertainment - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 2:42pm
James Corden now has a date for his first broadcast of "The Late Late Show": March 9, 2015.
Categories: Entertainment News

Suburban Detroit family awakens to find home firebombed

CNN - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 2:41pm
Linda Bazzi awoke in the middle of the night and found her two-story home unusually warm.
Categories: National News

Lucasfilm disputes brewery's 'Star Wars' beer name

Business News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 2:33pm
A small upstate New York brewery may soon feel the full force of the "Star Wars" legal department.

Dunkin' gets dunked: Weak doughnut sales hurt stock

Business News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 2:02pm
Read full story for latest details.

Ferguson edgy over grand jury decision

CNN - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 1:47pm
Tension can go from zero to 100 in seconds in Ferguson, Missouri, as doubts loom about an indictment in the Michael Brown shooting.
Categories: National News

Heads line streets of ISIS capital

CNN World - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 1:41pm
CNN's Nick Paton Walsh brings us a grim look at life under ISIS rule in Raqqa, Syria. (Warning: Disturbing images)
Categories: International News

Obese dummies prevent road deaths?

CNN - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 1:40pm
Car safety testing has come a long way since the days of dropping cadavers down unused elevator shafts in the 1930s.
Categories: National News

Even Taylor Swift's silence is golden

CNN Entertainment - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 1:39pm
"Track 3" from Taylor Swift's new album shot to No. 1 on iTunes in Canada. But the release was an accident, as the track is eight seconds of white noise.
Categories: Entertainment News

Deal lets 200 fight against ISIS

CNN World - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 1:34pm
A deal has been reached for 200 Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces to pass through Turkey to help Syrian Kurdish fighters in the besieged town of Kobani, just over the border in Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday.
Categories: International News

Tot stuck in toy claw machine

CNN - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 1:32pm
A toddler in Maryville, Tennessee, became stuck in a toy claw machine at a restaurant.
Categories: National News

Man chisels out of elevator

CNN World - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 1:28pm
A group in China escape from a stuck elevator thanks to one man and his trusty hammer. CNN's Kristie Lu Stout reports.
Categories: International News

Stadium's glass falls toward girl

CNN World - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 1:28pm
A little girl in Ukraine has survived a close call with a glass panel from a soccer stadium. Erin Hawksworth reports.
Categories: International News

Ex-mayor in Mexico suspect in case of 43 missing students

CNN World - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 1:06pm
A former mayor is a "probable" suspect in the disappearance of 43 students who were kidnapped last month from Iguala, a small city in Guerrero state, Mexican authorities said.
Categories: International News

You can put up to $18,000 in your 401(k) next year

Business News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 1:05pm
Super savers and rich people will be able to put even more money in their 401(k)s next year.

What's keeping bond investors awake at night?

Business News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:43pm
Imagine being in a crowd that's racing for the exit, but the door isn't big enough to let everyone out.

ISIS threatens priceless heritage

CNN World - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:36pm
ISIS is threatening priceless cultural artifacts, particularly in the ancient city of Hatra, says the director of the Iraq National Museum in Baghdad.
Categories: International News

5 Important Tips for Choosing a Medicare Health Plan

Lifestyles - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:21pm
Five words or less

(NewsUSA) - As baby boomers retire in record numbers -- 10,000 Americans a day -- more seniors than ever will be asking themselves, "How do I choose a Medicare health plan that's right for me?"

"Seniors should look for a high-quality health plan that has a team of doctors and specialists, who work together to coordinate your care and keep you healthy," said Patrick Courneya, M.D., medical director, Kaiser Permanente Medicare Health Plans.

Dr. Courneya offers these five important tips to help older adults make an informed decision for a healthy future:

1. Know when to enroll. Anyone who first becomes eligible for Medicare as they turn 65 can enroll during the three-month period before or after their 65th birthday. Those who choose to enroll after this window of time may pay a late-enrollment penalty. Medicare-eligible members may join or change plans during open enrollment from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 each year, or they can join a Medicare five-star quality-rated plan nearly all year long. See tip four for star ratings details.

2. Know the difference between Medicare and Medicare Advantage. Medicare is the national health insurance program that began in 1965 and covers millions of Americans who are 65 and older, and those with certain disabilities. Medicare Advantage plans are offered by private organizations and approved by Medicare. Some Medicare Advantage plans offer extra benefits such as vision. Enrollment trends show that nearly one in three people who have Medicare are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan.

3. Confirm health plan doctors accept new Medicare members. Choose a Medicare health plan that offers a network of doctors and specialists who accept new Medicare members. Some physicians are opting out of caring for Medicare members. Also, keep in mind, as Medicare members age, they may need access to more specialists who accept Medicare members.

4. Use the Medicare 5-star Quality Ratings Tool. The Medicare Star Quality Ratings system was created by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to help beneficiaries choose high-quality Medicare health plans. Plans receive an overall rating from one to five stars, with five being the highest for quality and service. Medicare members have the benefit of joining a five-star plan nearly all year -- from Dec. 8 through Nov. 30 of the next year. They must be eligible and live where a five-star plan is offered.

5. Review your health care needs annually. A Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that many beneficiaries -- once enrolled in a Medicare health plan -- don't often feel confident they made the right choice, and don't review their plan if their health care needs change. Medicare enrollees can use the Medicare star ratings to help them feel confident about choosing a high-quality plan.

The Kaiser Permanente Medicare health plans in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maryland, Oregon, Virginia, Washington and Washington, D.C. received 5 stars -- the highest possible Medicare rating for 2015. Kaiser Permanente's Georgia plan received 4.5 stars for 2015.

Star ratings information can be found on kp.org/medicarestars or by calling 1-877-425-7892. Plans are rated each year and may change from one year to the next.

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