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Why cable customers can’t get rid of the cable box

It wasn’t long ago when it seemed as if bulky cable boxes might be going the way of TV antennas.  The federal government was pressuring cable companies to open up their near-monopoly on boxes to more competition, and industry leader Comcast promised apps that could render some boxes obsolete. That was then. Today, the vast majority of customers still need to rent a box to get full service from cable providers, and those box-replacing apps remain elusive. Here’s what happened. DITCHING THE BOX In 2015, tech companies and consumer advocates…

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Fact Check: One Day, Three Events, Seven Falsehoods From Trump

He falsely claimed “a historic increase in military spending.” Mr. Trump has proposed a $54 billion increase — about a 10 percent rise — in the Pentagon’s budget over last year’s spending. There have been at least 10 larger increases to the base defense budget since the 1977 fiscal year, including four since 2002. Factoring in war spending, there have been 27 years since 1940 in which military spending was as high or higher than the proposed increase. As a percentage of gross domestic product, there have been roughly 35…

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World-class athlete takes unconventional approach to help drug addicts

Lawmakers and activists are exploring new ways to treat substance abuse as the opioid crisis sweeps across the nation.  A world-class athlete is developing an unconventional approach in Wyoming by taking addicts outdoors.  CBS News correspondent Jeff Glor reports exposing addicts to the elements could help them recover.  Jackson Hole is one of the most exclusive resort locations in the world. It’s a destination for extreme wealth and extreme athletes. The combination of skiing, climbing and hiking might be unparalleled. But the highs that come from adventure sports often lead…

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A surprising turnabout for college tuition

College isn’t what it used to be, at least when it comes to tuition.  Tuition hikes have slowed considerably in the last year and are now matching the rate of inflation, according to new data from the Labor Department. That’s a welcome relief for families and students who have struggled with decades of tuition increases that far outpaced inflation and meant that earning a diploma increasingly took a bigger bite out of a family’s paycheck.  A college education may be more important than ever in a job market that’s rewarding…

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Scientists Report a Rare Case of H.I.V. Remission

While other children saw their viral loads rebound, the girl still has no detectable H.I.V. in her blood, researchers said. But a reservoir of virus was found in a few immune cells, although none of it was deemed capable of replicating, they said. Hope that early treatment could suppress H.I.V. indefinitely was first raised in 2013 in what became known as the “Mississippi baby” case, in which a young girl was apparently virus-free for two years after early aggressive treatment. The girl, born prematurely to an H.I.V.-infected mother in 2010,…

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‘You Create That Chemistry’: How Actors Fall in Instant Love

Then they have to take their bows, go home to their various partners and come back the next night to desire all over again. Faking true love: How do they do it? Sitting outside the Delacorte on a sweaty afternoon, slugging water and dressed in casual rehearsal wear, the four actors described a process that involves a particular blend of practice and experiment, memory and imagination. Chemistry isn’t always automatic, said Ms. Ashford: “You use your tools as an actor. You create that chemistry. If it’s not given from the…

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St. Louis jail to add portable A/C units, mayor says

The City of St. Louis has signed a one-month contract to provide air conditioning units to St. Louis jail. KMOV A St. Louis jail will add portable air-conditioning units this week at a jail that has come under criticism as inmates suffered in a triple-digit heat wave, the city’s mayor said Saturday. Five units ranging from 25 to 50 tons will be installed to bring relief to the older sections that lack air conditioning at the St. Louis Workhouse, CBS affiliate KMOV reports.  The city expects the units to be…

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St. Louis police pepper spray protesters outside jail

Riot police at a protest outside St. Louis Workhouse. KMOV St. Louis police in riot gear used pepper spray to disperse protests Friday outside a jail that has drawn intense criticism for not having air-conditioning while the city has faced a heat wave.  About 200 people demonstrated for the closure of the St. Louis Workhouse, a medium-security jail, CBS affiliate KMOV reports. The jail, mainly built in the 1960s, has no air conditioning while temperatures have hit triple digits. In a video posted on Facebook earlier this week, inmates can…

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A Drug Maker Spends Big in Washington to Make Itself Heard

Mallinckrodt also spent $610,000 lobbying Congress, triple the amount of 2015’s first quarter. The company, which makes pain-control drugs as well as H. P. Acthar, an injectable gel prescribed for multiple sclerosis and other diseases, has lobbied on issues related to opioids, patents, Medicare and other matters, regulatory filings show. Mallinckrodt is far from unique. This year, a critical and risky one for drug companies, the industry as a whole is ratcheting up campaign donations and its presence on Capitol Hill, a new database compiled by Kaiser Health News shows….

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Are millennials frivolous with their money? Not by this measure

Millennials have been caricatured as the “avocado toast” generation, financially irresponsible dreamers who fritter away their money rather than save it for more important things. Yet new research suggests that young Americans are spending more not just on eating out, but also on other items normally associated with, well, growing up.  On average, millennials are outspending older generations by about $2,300 a year, according to a new survey from Bankrate.com. While some of the money is, in fact, spent at restaurants, much of their budgets are devoted to paying for…

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