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Trump's Agenda May Be Doomed Unless He Learns That 'Little' Stuff Matters

President Trump was downright low energy. The look on his face, as he meandered through unscripted remarks Friday after the defeat of the Republican health care plan he supported, told the story. The unusually subdued Trump called the loss a "learning experience." Then he seemed to shrug it all off and said he was moving on. But it's hardly going to be that simple or easy. The same fissures in the GOP that derailed the health care bill will be there when it comes to any big issue moving...

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Who Benefits From Health Savings Accounts?

Mar 14, 2017

As GOP lawmakers in Washington work out the details of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, one proposed element of their new plan is an expansion of health savings accounts. The accounts allow people to put aside money for medical costs, tax-free.

Right in the heart of the University of Vermont, Burlington campus, there's a big dormitory going up, with room enough for 700 students next fall.

The dorm is being set aside for students like Azilee Curl, a first-year studying neuroscience who has taken a pledge — of sorts — to live out her college career at UVM with her health in mind.

She's part of a growing group on campus who all live together in a clean-living residence hall, have fitness and nutrition coaches at the in-house gym, and can access free violin lessons, yoga and mindfulness training.

An oil tanker with eight Sri Lankan crew members aboard appears to have been hijacked off the coast of Somalia, which would be the first time a large commercial ship has been taken by Somali pirates since 2012.

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·        A travel advisory remains in effect until midnight in Onondaga County due to hazardous driving conditions.  The snow is expected to continue today, heavy at times, with blowing and drifting.  The advisory does not restrict travel, but officials urge residents to consider the need to be on the road during the storm.

·        Meanwhile, Madison County has declared a state of emergency, banning all traffic except emergency and essential personnel from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.  Violators face arrest. 

Sea ice in the Arctic has been melting at a record-breaking pace. Scientists blame a warming climate for most of that, but researchers have now teased out a natural cycle for how Arctic sea ice melts year-to-year.

Based on that cycle, they conclude that 30 percent to 50 percent of the melting is due to natural causes, while human-caused warming is responsible for the rest.

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Environmental activists say Central New York and the rest of the state could be breathing cleaner air if it weren't for a delays in fully implementing a decade-old law.

The act is called the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, DERA for short, and would apply to all heavy duty vehicles like plows and dump trucks in the state's fleet. The measure actually had nearly unanimous bi-partisan support when it was passed in 2006, but Travis Proulx with Environmental Advocates of New York says nearly 11 years later, they're still waiting. 

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