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Houston Chonicle
Tuesday February 21, 2017 @ 12:01:29 PM mt

Online options for Oscar-nominated flicks expand Tuesday



Online options for Oscar-nominated flicks expand Tuesday NEW YORK (AP) More movies and cheaper options arrive online Tuesday for movie fans still needing to catch up on Oscar-nominated flicks. Of the 62 full-length movies and shorts nominated for any category , 45 are available in some form online. Watching all 46 online will cost at least $173, assuming you already have subscriptions to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime or HBO Now. Focusing on just best picture and the four acting categories will still cost you nearly $70, not including the monthly subscriptions. None of the nine best picture nominees is available through a subscription service. Buying downloads usually cost about $15 for standard definition or $20 for HD. In addition to the best picture flicks, you'll need to watch six more movies to catch everyone nominated for the four acting categories. "Captain Fantastic," ''Florence Foster Jenkins," ''Loving" and "Nocturnal Animals" are available for rent. Shorts HD runs screenings at theaters, libraries and museums across the country. In major cities, the ceremony itself will be streamed online at abc.com and the ABC app if you can't get to a TV. Availability depends on where you live; only a handful of ABC stations are offered this way. For the E! channel's red carpet coverage, you'll need a subscription with an online TV service or a traditional cable or satellite provider.

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Houston Chonicle
Tuesday February 21, 2017 @ 12:01:28 PM mt

Rise in premiums lays bare 2 Americas on health care



WASHINGTON (AP) Michael Schwarz is a self-employed business owner who buys his own health insurance. Known as the ACA, the law rewrote the rules for people buying their own health insurance, creating winners and losers. [...] other consumers who also buy their own insurance and don't qualify for financial help feel short-changed by Obama's law. Consumers who didn't qualify for government financial help wound up bearing the full cost of premiums. If Trump and congressional Republicans aren't careful, their actions could stoke fresh grievances without solving longstanding problems of access and cost. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the pool of people buying individual health insurance is basically split down the middle among subsidized customers like Schwarz and those who get no help, like Dorsch. Caroline Pearson, of the consulting firm Avalere Health, studied consumers on government marketplaces like HealthCare.gov where nearly 90 percent get subsidies and compared them with those who purchase directly from an insurer and pay full cost. For those with a standard plan, per-person medical claims averaged $376 per month in 2015, compared to $312 for unsubsidized customers who bought policies directly from an insurer.

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Houston Chonicle
Tuesday February 21, 2017 @ 11:12:15 AM mt

Chris Brown 50 Cent Fabolous team up for Party Tour



Tickets go on sale Saturday.

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Houston Chonicle
Tuesday February 21, 2017 @ 11:09:42 AM mt

Yahoo salvages Verizon deal with 350 million discount



What's left of Yahoo after the deal closes an entity that will be called Altaba Inc. and have stakes in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group and Yahoo Japan will be responsible for liabilities stemming from shareholder lawsuits and from the Securities and Exchange Commission probe of Yahoo. Verizon's willingness to accept some of the lingering risks from Yahoo's security breaches underscores the wireless carrier's desire to become a bigger player in the digital advertising market. Google and Facebook currently dominate, but Verizon believes there's room to grow. Because most people already have smartphones, wireless carriers such as Verizon have turned to price cuts and promotions to lure customers from each other.

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Houston Chonicle
Tuesday February 21, 2017 @ 11:09:42 AM mt

Testosterone gel shows no benefit for older men's memories



CHICAGO (AP) Testosterone treatment did not improve older men's memory or mental function in the latest results from landmark government research that challenges the anti-aging claims of popular supplements. The researchers said more studies are needed to determine long-term effects the kind of research the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has already asked supplement makers to conduct. The goal was to see if rubbing testosterone gel on the skin daily for a year could treat problems linked with low levels of the male hormone, which declines with age. Among almost 140 men who underwent heart artery imaging tests to see if the hormone slowed progression of plaque, those who used testosterone had more plaque buildup and narrower arteries after a year than the fake gel group. Among 126 men with anemia, a fatigue-linked condition involving inadequate red blood cells, those on testosterone showed substantial improvement. A separate study published Tuesday in JAMA Internal Medicine found that men using prescription testosterone gel, patches or injections had fewer heart attacks and strokes during about three years of follow-up than non-users.

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Houston Chonicle
Tuesday February 21, 2017 @ 11:09:41 AM mt

Mosquito saliva vaccine NIH tests new way to fight illness



Rather than separate vaccines against Zika or other mosquito-borne diseases, the new approach aims to protect against multiple infections by triggering the immune system to rev up in response to the bite itself. The National Institutes of Health is recruiting volunteers for a safety study of the experimental vaccine, being developed by two London companies.

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Houston Chonicle
Tuesday February 21, 2017 @ 11:09:41 AM mt

Historic Manhattan cathedral activates eco-friendly power



The system is designed to harness clean, renewable power to regulate the temperature of the cathedral and adjoining buildings.

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Houston Chonicle
Tuesday February 21, 2017 @ 10:43:35 AM mt

New Trump guidelines expands deportations of immigrants here illegally



The Department of Homeland Security released new guidelines on its immigration policy Tuesday, in essence putting any immigrant here illegally at risk of deportation in what is a major shift in government strategy.

Under the new memorandums, immigration agents are instructed to deport anyone convicted of a criminal offense, including those driving without a license, a common predicament for many of the more than half a million immigrants here illegally in Harris County who are unable to secure such a document because of their immigration status.

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Houston Chonicle
Tuesday February 21, 2017 @ 10:37:37 AM mt

Dash's Rachel Daly to represent England at SheBelieves Cup



Dash forward Rachel Daly has been called up to the England Women's National Team for the SheBelieves Cup in the United States March 1-7.

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