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Tue August 19, 2014

To Fight Inflation, Forget The Barbecue And Just Go For A Drive

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 1:17 pm

Take that scenic drive, because gasoline prices have fallen this summer.

If you're on a tight budget, here's a plan for enjoying late summer:

1) Take the family for a sightseeing drive.

2) When you get home, have a beer.

Don't do this:

1) Invite neighbors over for grilled steaks.

2) Make milkshakes for the kids.

Such budget-savvy conclusions can be drawn from the inflation report released Tuesday by the Labor Department.

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Tue August 19, 2014
The Two-Way

Castro's Niece Casts Rare 'No' Vote In Parliament, Citing Gay Rights

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 2:18 pm

In what could be a first, Mariela Castro (center), daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro, voted against legislation in the country's parliament. In May, she marched in a parade for the International Day Against Homophobia in Havana.
Franklin Reyes AP

Cuba's parliament isn't big on dissent. Most legislation that makes it to a vote is endorsed unanimously, as a matter of course. But Mariela Castro, the daughter of President Raul Castro — and the niece of Fidel Castro — is making waves by voting "no" on a workers' rights bill, saying it didn't protect people with unconventional gender identities.

It seems that before the December 2013 vote was publicized recently in a Cuban blog, no one could recall anyone voting against a measure in Cuba's legislature. Some say a dissenting vote has simply never happened in Havana.

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Tue August 19, 2014
Shots - Health News

How To Make Sense Of Health Insurance Alphabet Soup

There must be an HMO in here somewhere.

What's in a name? When it comes to health plans sold on the individual market, these days it's often less than people think.

The lines that distinguish HMOs, PPOs, EPOs and POS plans from one another have blurred, making it hard to know what you're buying by name alone, assuming you're one of the few people who know what an EPO is in the first place.

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Tue August 19, 2014
Code Switch

In Ferguson, Mo., A City Meets The Spotlight

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 1:55 pm

Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown listen to rapper Nelly speak.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Ferguson, Mo., Etefia Umana says, is in some ways "a media fiction."

We're sitting in the offices of Better Family Life, an organization that provides social services to people in the area. Umana chairs its board and lives in Ferguson.

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Tue August 19, 2014
Goats and Soda

Out, Out, Damned Ebola: Liberia Is Obsessed With Hand Washing

NPR's Ebola coverage team brought a lot of cleaning equipment — not because they planned to go into risky places but because you can never be too careful. The boots are very handy and can be washed with chlorine. Wearing surgical gloves reminds our correspondent not to touch her face.
Ryan Kellman NPR

"I feel like Lady MacBeth, constantly scrubbing my hands," says Nurith Aizenman, global health correspondent for NPR. She arrived in Liberia this week as part of a team covering the Ebola outbreak. In the capital of Monrovia, hand washing is an obsession, not just for her but for many of the city's nearly one million residents.

So you've told me that you're hearing lots of hand washing stories.

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