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FDA approves a new OxyContin

LOS ANGELES-The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new form of the powerful and controversial pain reliever OxyContin that is designed to be more resistant to abuse, but experts warned the drug could wind up having the opposite effect.

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Obamacare tax credits cut insurance costs for Kansas City area buyers

Health insurance bought on the federal health insurance marketplace for 2014 cost buyers an average of $59 a month in Missouri and $67 a month in Kansas. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said income tax credits for eligible buyers — offered through the online federal site — cut the average premium cost from $344 in Missouri and from $290 in Kansas.

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