Battling Over Your Health

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

People newly insured through the Affordable Care Act should not get too used to their monthly premiums. Many rates are poised to change. (Justin Sullivan/Getty)

Two separate courts issued opposing rulings on the Affordable Care Act yesterday. We figure out which one will stick. Plus: The debate over the HIV drug Truvada; exposing those ubiquitous charity donations bins that aren't run by charities; and discussing your favorite neighborhood celebrities.

Mixed Rulings on the Affordable Care Act

Within hours yesterday, two circuit courts ruled in opposite directions on the legality of health insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. We discuss which ruling will have the most lasting impact, and how Obamacare is doing in general with Sarah Kliff, senior editor at Vox.

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Flight Plans Over Conflict Zones

It's been a busy week in the world of aviation - MH17 shot down in Ukraine and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) banning US-airlines from flying to Tel Aviv for 24 hours. Barbara Peterson, senior aviation correspondent for Conde Nast Traveler and Jacques Astre, an airline transport pilot with over 30 years experience as an aviation safety inspector with the FAA, talk about how flight plans deal with conflict zones.

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Could an Anti-HIV Drug Discourage Condom Use?

New drug Truvada can prevent HIV infection when taken daily, but it faces some resistance in the gay community over fears that it will result in other risks to health.

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Shout Out Your Neighborhood Celebrity is asking its readers to nominate a list of neighborhood celebrities so the site can tell their untold stories. Carla Zanoni, Director of Social Media and Audience Engagement for, describes the project. And we ask listeners: Who's your neighborhood celebrity?

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White Flags, No Surrender

Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President, is offering a $5,000 reward for information about who hung white flags in place of the usual U.S. flags over the Brooklyn Bridge. He's called the placement of the flags a "terrorist act."

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Yes, Most of Those New Clothing Drop-Off Bins Are a Scam

Have you been noticing more and more of those bright-colored charity clothing bins showing up in your neighborhood? David Gonzalez of The New York Times investigated and found that, yes, many of them are a scam, and that the laws make it hard to remove once they’re in place. (To report a bin for removal, you can call 311 or report it to the Department of Sanitation online.)

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