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CLAREMORE -- Nathan and Melissa Butterfield of Claremore will be making their way to Washington D.C. to attend Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States.

The number of older Americans taking on student debt on behalf of their children and grandchildren has quadrupled in the past decade, with consumers 60 and older now holding $66.7 billion in student loan debt, according to a new report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Democrats and labor organizers spent Sunday at dozens of rallies across the country, pledging to fight in Congress against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and any attempt to change Medicare or Medicaid. The party's leaders faced crowds ranging in size from dozens to thousands of people, urging them to call Republicans and protest the push for repeal.

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The 2016 election campaign was arguably the most divisive in a generation. And even after Donald Trump’s victory, people are struggling to understand what his presidency will mean for the country. This is especially true for many minority groups who were singled out during the election campaign and have since experienced discrimination and threats of violence.

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Charles Person took a beating when he was 18 in Anniston, Alabama, the youngest of the Freedom Riders for civil rights in 1961. He took a blow to the head a few days later in Birmingham. The buses finally were integrated, life went on, and it wasn't until last year, in the middle of a conversation with a relative, that he suddenly passed out.

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LIVE OAK, Fla. – For the first time in its history, Suwannee River State Park closed due to overcrowded conditions due to the large turnout for a Sabal Trail pipeline protest Saturday, according to Park Manager Craig Liney.

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WASHINGTON - Congress took its first step toward rolling back President Obama's health care reform law Friday, with the House voting along party lines to pass key preliminary legislation.

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No one wants to catch the flu, and the best line of defense is the seasonal influenza vaccine. But producing an effective annual flu shot relies on accurately predicting which flu strains are most likely to infect the population in any given season. It requires the coordination of multiple health centers around the globe as the virus travels from region to region. Once epidemiologists settle on target flu strains, vaccine production shifts into high gear; it takes approximately six months to generate the more than 150 million injectible doses necessary for the American population.

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's administration, in one of its final foreign policy initiatives, on Thursday ended the special status accorded migrants fleeing Cuba who, upon reaching this country, were automatically allowed to stay.

For years, Amazon.com has targeted shoppers who can afford a $99 Prime subscription. Last week's announcement that it will deliver groceries to food-stamp recipients shows Amazon also wants to appeal to lower-income shoppers, traditionally Wal-Mart's bailiwick.

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AUSTIN — Texans using public bathrooms will be forced to follow signs matching the gender listed on their birth certificates under a proposal likely to expand the national debate over so-called bathroom bills to Texas.

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WASHINGTON — Even while taking steps to repeal the Affordable Care Act, congressional Republicans echoing President-elect Donald Trump say they want to preserve a popular part of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law — guaranteed coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

Beginning this summer, some Americans who receive food assistance will have a new way to feed their families. The Agriculture Department said that it will test a program that allows people on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - SNAP, known as food stamps - to order groceries online through various retailers. The ability to shop online could bring healthful food into food deserts, low-income areas where fresh food is not readily available.

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Technology and personalization have put individuals in control of their own health and wellness. Mobile apps allow users to chart their food and exercise rates. Telemedicine allows them to visit a doctor from wherever, practically whenever. Flourishing food delivery sources can bring the fresh ingredients for the evening’s dinner straight to doorsteps across the nation. Despite all of these beneficial advances, however, obesity is a stagnant issue in the southern states – proving that the battle of the bulge goes far beyond failed new year’s resolutions.

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In late November, President-elect Donald Trump announced that he had reached a deal with Carrier to keep about 800 manufacturing jobs in Indiana from moving to Mexico. After the announcement, we learned that the Indiana Economic Development Corporation would give US$7 million in tax credits and grants to Carrier’s parent company in exchange for keeping the jobs in the state.

TAZEWELL, Va. – An unwanted game of Russian roulette led to the shooting and resulting death of a 16-year-old juvenile a small city in Northwest Virginia and the filing of charges against the alleged shooter, the Tazewell County Commonwealth's Attorney said Monday.

If citizens have heard anything about the upheaval in the U.S. coal industry, it is probably the insistence that President Obama and the EPA have waged a “war on coal.” This phrase is written into President-elect Donald Trump’s energy platform, which promises to “end the war on coal.”