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White House To Order Health Care Alternatives

[ad_1] WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is finalizing an executive order that would expand health plans offered by associations to allow individuals to pool together and buy insurance outside their states, a unilateral move that follows failed efforts by Congress to overhaul the health care system. President Donald Trump has long asserted that selling insurance across state lines would trigger competition that brings down premiums for people buying their own policies. Experts say that’s not guaranteed, partly because health insurance reflects local medical costs, which vary widely around the country. Moreover, White House actions may come too late to have much...

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Catalonia awaits leader’s independence decision

[ad_1] Catalan President Carles Puigdemont had been expected to make a formal declaration at a specially convened session of the Catalan parliament on Tuesday.But there was intense speculation on Monday about whether Puigdemont would go ahead with such a provocative move -- particularly in the light of a huge rally against independence in Barcelona at the weekend that exposed deep misgivings about his tactics among some sections of Catalan society.The French government said on Monday that it would not recognize an independent Catalonia, and that independence would result in automatic expulsion from the European Union.In an interview with the French...

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Catalonia: Why Catalan separatists want independence

[ad_1] The issue has divided opinion within the northeastern region, and the wider country. Catalan nationalists argue the region is a separate nation with its own history, culture and language, and that it should have increased fiscal independence. But there are also many Catalans who oppose separatism.Some pro-independence Catalans spoke to CNN in Barcelona on Friday about why they favor going it alone.'Tired of subsidizing'Retired industrial engineer Henrique Aparici, 74, said Catalonia -- a wealthy region -- was "tired of subsidizing practically the rest of Spain" while receiving no help from Madrid."Both sides are very angry. They don't want to...

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The Catalans who oppose a split from Spain

[ad_1] Catalan President Carles Puigdemont has suggested that Catalans are more united than ever, but behind the pictures and the numbers, there is a more nuanced story. The referendum has not only exposed the divisions between Catalonia and Spain, but those within Catalonia itself.Turnout was only about 43%, meaning that fewer than half of the roughly 5 million Catalans on the electoral roll chose to split from Spain. A few hundred Catalans joined a small rally in Barcelona on Wednesday night to voice their opposition to the separatist movement. Another demonstration is planned for the weekend.People who attended this week's...

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Little Richard Says No Longer Gay

[ad_1] Source: ABC Photo Archives / Getty Rock and Roll legend Little Richard is shocking fans with a new announcement: ‘I’m not gay no more!’ During a sit-down with 3ABN, the 84-year-old singer, who was sans his signature wig and make-up, shared that he is dedicating his last years on Earth to living “like Jesus.” “Anybody come in show business, they’re going to say you’re gay. Are you straight? Are you a homosexual something? They’re going to say it. But God, Jesus, he made men, men, he made women, women, you know? And you’ve got to live the way God wants you to live.” “You know, all these...

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Catalonia: Spanish court tries to block independence move

[ad_1] Story highlightsSpanish court bars Catalan parliament from meeting Catalan official says move "unusual and extremely serious"Catalan president expected to declare independence MondayThe Constitutional Court said Thursday it had issued the suspension decision following a request from the Catalan Socialist Party, which opposes secession. The parliamentary session was to have been Puigdemont's first opportunity to make a formal declaration of independence under a Catalan referendum law that the Constitutional Court had previously ruled illegal.');$vidEndSlate.removeClass('video__end-slate--inactive').addClass('video__end-slate--active');}};CNN.autoPlayVideoExist = (CNN.autoPlayVideoExist === true) ? true : false;var configObj = {thumb: 'none',video: 'world/2017/10/04/catalan-leader-carles-puigdemont-speaks-out.cnn',width: '100%',height: '100%',section: 'domestic',profile: 'expansion',network: 'cnn',markupId: 'body-text_6',adsection: 'const-article-inpage',frameWidth: '100%',frameHeight: '100%',posterImageOverride: {"mini":{"height":124,"width":220,"type":"jpg","uri":"//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171004154339-catalan-president-1004-small-169.jpg"},"xsmall":{"height":173,"width":307,"type":"jpg","uri":"//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171004154339-catalan-president-1004-medium-plus-169.jpg"},"small":{"height":259,"width":460,"type":"jpg","uri":"//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171004154339-catalan-president-1004-large-169.jpg"},"medium":{"height":438,"width":780,"type":"jpg","uri":"//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171004154339-catalan-president-1004-exlarge-169.jpg"},"large":{"height":619,"width":1100,"type":"jpg","uri":"//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171004154339-catalan-president-1004-super-169.jpg"},"full16x9":{"height":900,"width":1600,"type":"jpg","uri":"//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171004154339-catalan-president-1004-full-169.jpg"},"mini1x1":{"height":120,"width":120,"type":"jpg","uri":"//i2.cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/171004154339-catalan-president-1004-small-11.jpg"}}},autoStartVideo = false,callbackObj,containerEl,currentVideoCollection =...

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Hidden ballot boxes, encrypted texts: How Catalans staged their referendum

[ad_1] It was all part of a coordinated crackdown on Catalonia's disputed independence referendum -- banned by Spain's highest court, but held in defiance of Madrid by Catalonia's passionate separatists who felt their long-held dream of an independent state was close at hand.Despite the attempt to thwart the vote, more than 2 million Catalans made their voice heard. Now CNN has learned more details of the extraordinary covert operation that was mounted to ensure the referendum took place.A network of thousands of officials and volunteers squirreled away ballot boxes, conferred by encrypted messages and met in secret in an effort...

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Catalan referendum: What’s behind independence push?

[ad_1] Spain's Constitutional Court has outlawed the plebiscite, and the national administration in Madrid asserts that any such vote would be unconstitutional.The dispute between the regional government in Barcelona and the Spanish government has become increasingly bitter in recent weeks, with several high-ranking Catalan officials involved in organizing the referendum arrested, and mass protests in the region's capital of Barcelona and other towns. On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump weighed in on the debate, casting doubt on recent polling suggesting a "Yes" vote will win and saying that he is for "a united Spain.""I really think the people of Catalonia...

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Spain tries to halt independence vote

[ad_1] Amid violent crackdowns at the polls, Catalans vote to split from SpainPeople attend a protest in Barcelona on Monday, October 2, a day after hundreds were injured in a police crackdown during Catalonia's banned independence referendum. The Catalan government claimed victory early Monday, after pushing forward with the vote despite Spain's Constitutional Court declaring it illegal. Amid violent crackdowns at the polls, Catalans vote to split from SpainCatalan President Carles Puigdemont shakes hands with workers of the government of Catalonia before a meeting at the Palau Generalitat in Barcelona on October 2. Amid violent crackdowns at the polls,...

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