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Rich will be richer, rest will become sicker

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) were created as part of the Medicare drug legislation. The Bush administration has promoted this concept as a magic bullet that will both rein in the cost of health care and broaden coverage among the uninsured.

Call me by my name, not my number!

Pages from workers' lives In 1940, I was looking for work. The war in Europe increased the demand for American products but jobs were still hard to get. Finally, I landed a job at Dictograph, a machine shop in Long Island.

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China-Venezuela: Trade pact signed / Israel: Children getting poorer / West Africa: Food shortages loom / Cuba: GDP up 5 percent last year / Ukraine: Pro-NATO candidate wins

Puerto Ricos voters defeat pro-statehood candidate

The election for the governorship of Puerto Rico was decided just in time for the swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 2. Anibal Acevedo Vila obtained 48.4 percent of the vote, beating former governor Pedro Rosselló, who got 48.2 percent, by a margin of only 3,500 votes. The close Nov. 2 vote, which was certified just five days before the inauguration of Acevedo Vila, had set off an automatic recount. click here for Spanish text

Cuba builds up defenses and alliances

Ricardo Alarcon, president of Cuba’s National Assembly, has repeatedly said that for the Bush administration to carry out its program of returning Cuba to its capitalist past, the U.S. military would have to invade. The ensuing war, said Alarcon, would last for generations.

Canada plays big role in propping up Haiti regime

NewsAnalysis VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The Canadian government is taking a leadership role in propping up the U.S.-installed regime in Haiti and keeping Fanmi Lavalas, the party of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, from returning to power.

Gay, lesbian group charts post-election work

For over 30 years, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) has played a crucial role in the struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality. For nearly two decades, the task force has sponsored the Creating Change Conference, held in various cities throughout the United States.

Vigilance urged in drive to curb police brutality

PORTLAND, Ore. — The National Coalition on Police Accountability held a conference Oct. 15-17 at Portland State University to provide an up-to-date assessment of the struggles to curb police brutality and violence, end racial profiling, and establish effective review boards to monitor police conduct.

California labor gears up for 2005

Around California, unions are ready for action in the New Year. Bay Area grocery workers are slated to resume talks Jan. 6 with Safeway and other grocery giants. Their contract, covering 30,000 members in nine Bay Area UFCW locals, expired Sept. 11; the latest extension ends Jan. 15.

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MIAMI: The Hon. Shirley Chisholm dies / SEATTLE: After third vote tally, winner declared / MUSKEGON, Mich.: Poverty stalks hundreds of thousands / HARRISBURG, Pa.: Keystone State trades with Cuba / WASHINGTON, D.C.: Cities demand ‘troops home’

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