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Herbalife says it will co-operate with investigation by attorney general of Illinois

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Nutritional supplements and weight-loss products maker Herbalife is being investigated by the attorney general of Illinois. The office of Attorney General Lisa Madigan confirms it is investigating complaints brought by consumers. Herbalife says it will work with the attorney general's office, and that it is confident in the integrity of its business and its compliance with the law. The company has over 15,000 members in Illinois. Herbalife shares fell 17 cents to $55.10 on Thursday.

Obama says 8M signed up for health care through exchanges, contends 'this thing is working'

WASHINGTON - Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges, President Barack Obama said Thursday, besting expectations and offering new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections. Obama made a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room to trumpet the new figures, which beat initial projections by 1 million people. Equally critical: About 35 per cent of those who signed up are under the age of 35, Obama said. Enrolling substantial numbers of younger, healthier Americans is crucial for the law's success.

Federal Court of Appeal upholds landmark ruling on rights of Metis

OTTAWA - The Federal Court of Appeal has largely upheld a landmark ruling that could extend Ottawa's responsibilities to hundreds of thousands of aboriginal people who are not affiliated with specific reserves and have essentially no access to First Nations programs, services and rights. Off-reserve aboriginals say the appeals court decision is yet another victory in what has been a long legal saga with the federal government.

Wal-Mart, seeking to drive customer traffic, enters the money transfer business with a bang

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Wal-Mart is delving deeper into financial services at its stores and shaking up the money transfer business. The world's largest retailer introduced a new money transfer service Thursday that it says will cut fees for its low-income customers by up to 50 per cent compared with similar services elsewhere. The Walmart-2-Walmart service is being rolled out in partnership with Ria Money Transfer, a subsidiary of Euronet Worldwide Inc. Shares of MoneyGram and Western Union plunged almost immediately Thursday after the announcement.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne issues apology for abuse at two institutions

TORONTO - Premier Kathleen Wynne has issued a formal apology to former residents of two Ontario institutions for the developmentally disabled. It was called for as part of a settlement of a lawsuit involving former residents of the two institutions. The settlement for $32.7 million was reached in December and approved by a judge in February. The class actions were launched by former residents of the Rideau Regional Centre in Smiths Falls, Ont., and the Regional Centre near Chatham, Ont.

About 12 million U.S. outpatients misdiagnosed annually : study

By Curtis Skinner (Reuters) - Roughly 12 million adults who visit U.S. doctors' offices and other outpatient settings, or one in 20, are misdiagnosed every year, a new study has found, and half of those errors could lead to serious harm. The study by a team of Texas-based researchers attempted to estimate how often diagnostic errors occur in outpatient settings such as doctors' offices and clinics, as exact figures don't exist. The team's study will be published this month in the British medical journal BMJ Quality & Safety.

'X-men' director accused of sex assault on teen boy

A lawyer for "X-Men" director Bryan Singer dismissed as defamatory Thursday claims that the filmmaker sexually assaulted a former child model and aspiring teenage actor. The alleged victim, Michael Egan III, said in a lawsuit that Singer forced him to have sex at parties in California and Hawaii in the late 1990s, when he was 17 years old. But Singer's lawyer said the allegations were absurd, and that the timing of their release was designed to generate maximum publicity ahead of the release of the latest "X-Men" movie next month.

'X-men' director accused of sex assault on teen boy

A lawyer for "X-Men" director Bryan Singer dismissed as defamatory Thursday claims that the filmmaker sexually assaulted a former child model and aspiring teenage actor. The alleged victim, Michael Egan III, said in a lawsuit that Singer forced him to have sex at parties in California and Hawaii in the late 1990s, when he was 17 years old. But Singer's lawyer said the allegations were absurd, and that the timing of their release was designed to generate maximum publicity ahead of the release of the latest "X-Men" movie next month.

Tiny power plants hold promise for industry under scrutiny, new global nuclear chief says

PARIS - Small underground nuclear power plants that could be cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts may herald the future for an energy industry under intense scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster, the incoming head of the Nuclear Energy Agency told The Associated Press.

Long-term care: Why your location really matters

By Mark Miller CHICAGO (Reuters) - Location, location location: Not only is it key to the value of real estate, it's also a big driver of the cost of long-term care. A study of long-term care costs in the United States released this week shows that the cost of long-term services and support varies dramatically by location. For example, the national median cost of a private nursing home this year is $87,600 - but it's $155,125 in Connecticut, $87,180 in Ohio and $57,487 in Oklahoma.
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