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Sunday, May 24, 2015

In June 2014, an 11-year-old boy visited Normandy, France for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. As part of the boy's personal project, titled "Project Vigil," this little boy spent four days teaching visitors and tourists about three paratroopers who had been buried in the American Cemetery. During the official D-Day celebration, local police didn't allow the boy to enter the cemetery in his WWII-style uniform. So the boy took his American flag down to Omaha Beach and planted it in the sand. Staring out at the ocean, the little boy wanted to thank all the Americans who died 70 years earlier in the fight against fascism and evil. As the young boy struggled to hold the flag steady in the forceful wind, he suddenly witnessed a vision of American infantry soldiers heading bravely towards their fate on the morning of June 6, 1944. Gazing across the English Channel, and so moved by this vision, he brought up his hand to salute the past. read more

Friday, May 22, 2015

High medical costs from relatively small numbers of very ill enrollees to Obamacare are leading large insurance companies to ask regulators in some states to raise their rates by more than 50 percent next year.

In New Mexico, for instance, Health Care Service Corp. is seeking an average jump of 51.6 percent, The Wall Street Journal reports. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has sought an average raise of 36.3 percent, while CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield in Maryland has asked for a 30.4 percent increase.

"This year, health plans have a full year of claims data to understand the health needs of the [health insurance] exchange population, and these enrollees are generally older and often managing multiple chronic conditions," Clare Krusing, a spokeswoman for the Washington-based industry group America's Health Insurance Plans, told the Journal.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Chinese navy issued warnings eight times as a U.S. surveillance plane on Wednesday swooped over islands that Beijing is using to extend its zone of influence. The series of man-made islands and the massive Chinese military build-up on them have alarmed the Pentagon, which is carrying out the surveillance flights in order to make clear the U.S. does not recognize China's territorial claims. The militarized islands have also alarmed America's regional allies. Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell told CNN's Erin Burnett Wednesday night that the confrontation indicates there is "absolutely" a risk of the U.S. and China going to war sometime in the future.

The biggest ranch in America that stretches over 510,000 continuous acres -- 796 square miles, making it a plot of land bigger than the island of Oahu -- has gone on sale for $725 million. Realtors are hoping the Waggoner ranch in north Texas will become the most expensive estate in the world. Cattle baron Dan Waggoner established the estate in 1849, which now includes the 510,000-acre ranch spread over six North Texas counties, with two main compounds, hundreds of homes, about 20 cowboy camps, hundreds of quarter-horses, thousands of heads of cattle and 30,000 acres of cultivated land. Oil was discovered on the property in 1902 and there are now more than a thousand wells spread across the property. read more

Monday, May 18, 2015

Emails published by the New York Times Monday indicate that Hillary Clinton used more than one private email address during her time as secretary of state, contradicting previous claims from the Democratic presidential contender's office.

Multiple emails show Clinton used account "hrod17@clintonemail.com" while serving in the Obama administration as secretary of state.

Clinton's attorney, David Kendall, had previously told Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) that that particular address had not "existed during Secretary Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State." read more


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