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Rihanna to CBS Sports: 'F*** you!'

CNN Entertainment - 29 min 5 sec ago
Rihanna took to Twitter expressing her outrage after CBS Sports dropped her song from Thursday Night Football.
Categories: Entertainment News

Kanye fires back

CNN Entertainment - 30 min 25 sec ago
Kanye West has fired back at those criticizing him for an awkward incident involving a wheelchair-bound concertgoer.
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Boeing, Space X land NASA contracts

Business News - 35 min 19 sec ago
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Kanye West's controversial demand

CNN Entertainment - 37 min 2 sec ago
Kanye West has high expectations from his fans at concerts. And if you can't meet them, he's going to need to know why.
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Baby or breakup for Beyonce and Jay Z?

CNN Entertainment - 37 min 31 sec ago
Beyonce and Jay Z appear determined to keep fans guessing. The conversation swirling around them has gone from "Are they over?" to "Are they overjoyed about an addition to their family?"
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'The View' co-hosts drop major weight

CNN Entertainment - 43 min 44 sec ago
"The View" returned to TV on Monday with a new set, two new faces and a pair of returning hosts who've spent their time away focusing on their health.
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Rihanna slams CBS

CNN Entertainment - 44 min 35 sec ago
After a dust-up last week, Rihanna says she doesn't want her performance of the song "Run This Town" to air on "Thursday Night Football" this week.
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Workaholism: It's the obsession, not the hours

Business News - 48 min 49 sec ago
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Anheuser-Busch criticizes NFL: 'We are not satisfied'

Business News - 55 min 39 sec ago
Anheuser-Busch is the first major National Football League sponsor to publicly criticize how the league is handling domestic violence controversies.

NFL scores huge ratings despite scandals

Business News - 57 min 53 sec ago
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U.S. to Corinthian Colleges: Forgive $500 million in student loans

Business News - 1 hour 16 min ago
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FBI launches a face recognition system

Business News - 1 hour 17 min ago
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U.S. ready to take lead in Ebola fight

CNN - 1 hour 26 min ago
Combating the Ebola outbreak is a "national security priority" because it's spread could lead to dangerous instability in West Africa and beyond, President Barack Obama said Tuesday.
Categories: National News

Awkward: Sears borrows $400M from its CEO

Business News - 1 hour 37 min ago
Talk about awkward. Sears secured a $400 million loan this week from a hedge fund whose sole shareholder is the struggling retailer's chairman, CEO and leading investor.

U.S. poverty rate drops for first time since 2006

Business News - 1 hour 57 min ago
There's not much good news for working Americans struggling to rebound from the recession, except perhaps this: the U.S. poverty rate is finally on the decline.

As Insurers End Coverage for Compounded Drugs, Patients Struggle

Lifestyles - 2 hours 4 min ago
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(NewsUSA) - It's a David-vs.-Goliath dispute, and millions of patients are caught in the middle -- perhaps even unaware they're about to lose coverage for the compounded medications they need for their conditions.

At issue are the customized medications pharmacists prepare for patients who can't metabolize or tolerate commercial drugs. Compounded medicines often are the only option for doctors treating certain children and seniors, patients coping with the pain of cancer and diabetes, and those with liver or kidney diseases.

In one corner: powerful insurance companies and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) hell-bent on saving money by eliminating or cutting coverage of those medications.

In the other corner, fighting to reverse their moves: a coalition of patients, physicians, pharmacists and pro-patient groups like the Veterans Advocacy Group of America, the Kidney Cancer Association and the Arthritis Foundation.

"This is about shifting costs to patients," says Jay McEniry, executive director of Patients and Physicians for Rx Access (saverxaccess.org). "Physicians are being placed in the impossible position of either prescribing a compounded medication the patient needs but can't afford, or prescribing a less effective treatment because it may be covered by the patient's insurance."

The list of "Goliaths" who've announced or already implemented such cutbacks now includes United Healthcare/Optum Rx, Catamaran, CVS/Caremark, Harvard Pilgrim and Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in several states.

But the coalition's immediate wrath is directed at the nation's largest PBM: Express Scripts, which in September is slated to stop covering 1,000 drug ingredients commonly found in compounded medications -- effectively "eliminating an entire class of medications," says McEniry.

Express Scripts and others argue that commercial drugs can do the job just as well for less money. But try telling that to patients like Linda Sauer.

The Dwight, Illinois, woman relies on her doctor-prescribed compounded medications for relief from several painful and debilitating conditions, and is outraged that Express Scripts' decision leaves her no choice but to pay for them out of pocket.

"They're denying me access to medicines that work better than the mass-produced drugs I've tried," she says. "It will cost me and others hundreds of dollars per month."

Sauer at least has read the advisory notice from Express Scripts, which the coalition claims gives "misleading reasons" for targeting what it calls "essential medicines" whose ingredients are purchased from FDA-regulated suppliers. But what of patients who didn't?

Sadly, they're in for a shock the next time they try to fill a prescription.

Top Wal-Mart exec resigns amid resume flap

Business News - 2 hours 25 min ago
A senior spokesman at Wal-Mart has resigned after the company found out he did not have the college degree he claimed to have.
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