Washington — Sen. Ted Cruz could soon be buying his familys health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act, a law the Republican presidential candidate has vowed to repeal should he win the White House.

Sen. Cruz formally launched his presidential campaign on Monday, and his wife, Heidi Cruz, began an unpaid leave of absence from her job as a managing director in the Houston office of Goldman Sachs. That meant the family would soon lose access to health insurance through Mrs. Cruzs job, triggering a need for the Cruz family to find a new policy.

The first-term senator from Texas said he is looking at options available on a health insurance exchange, or a clearinghouse...

Josh Wall, head of strategic development at Houston-based auto repair franchise Christian Brothers Automotive, said the faith-based franchise is launching a campaign to open 135 stores nationwide, with 20 locations slated to open this year.


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Nearly two years after a hugely successful crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, the Canary all-in-one home monitoring device is available for sale online and at major retailers starting today, having shipped to all initial backers. Retail partners at launch include Amazon, Home Depot, Best Buy, and Verizon Wireless.

In addition, the Canary team is announcing that the gadget will join automation kits from Lowes Iris and ADT Pulse as a discount-eligible device...

State police in Western Pennsylvania seized nearly three times as many illegal video gambling machines from bars, social clubs and other places in 2014 as they did the year before, and the increase is partly a result of better enforcement efforts, an official said.

In 2013, Pennsylvania State Polices Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement District 4, which covers six counties, including Allegheny, Beaver and Westmoreland, seized about 155 video gambling machines and $6,600 from them. In 2014, the office seized 453 machines and $23,000 from them, said Sgt. William D. Baker, commander for District 4.

“There are a lot of illegal gambling machines in Western Pennsylvania,”...

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People love buying things on the Internet. Frost amp; Sullivan estimates that in 2013, e-commerce accounted for 7.8 percent of retail sales in China, 7.2 percent in Europe and 5.7 percent in the US. Yet in the Big Six countries of Southeast Asia–Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines–e-commerce represented just 2 percent of total retail sales. UBS puts the figure even lowerat 0.2 percent.

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As New York looks to add as many as four upstate casinos, gambling revenue across the nation has flattened, a report today found.

States revenues from the gambling grew just 0.6 percent in the fiscal year 2014 compared to 2013, the Rockefeller Institute, an Albany-based think tank, said. After adjusting for inflation, revenues from gambling declined by 0.8 percent

The limited revenue is the result of a weak economy and increased competition, the report said. Because of the poor economy, states have looked to gambling to improve their finances; so since 2007, more than a dozen states have expanded gambling, including with casinos and multi-state lottery games.

In New York,...

Upon arriving at Colorado State University last fall, freshman and avid bird watcher Francis Commercon noticed one of his favorite hobbies was missing from the community. Commercon, alongside junior Megan Miller, founded the CSU Field Ornithologists club as a way to bring bird watching to the university.

“We didn’t really have a club that went out and bird watched,” Commercon said. “That’s something that I missed when I came here.”

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How do you get rid of Grandpa’s lucky football hat or the cranberry-colored glass dish your great-grandmother used to rest her powder-puff? How do you dispose of a library your mother spent a lifetime building, or discard the hulking kitchen table from your childhood home, even though it doesn’t fit in your apartment? The vintage toy collection inspires happy memories of childhood. The carved coconut reminds us of our honeymoon in Hawaii.

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I agree that free to play is a very dishonest term. These games are meant to look like free games but then 5 minutes in turn to programs designed to pressure children in to buying things and tell their friends to use the program as well. Im a bit conflicted about  Iwata in this, since all I can read out of this is that he is saying that F2P is a ripoff, but that hes going to make them regardless.