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Anxiety over GOP health plan for those with severe illnesses

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Unease and uncertainty are settling over Americans with serious illnesses as Republicans move closer to dismantling Democratic former President Barack Obama‘s health care system. A New Orleans attorney with multiple sclerosis fears he’ll be forced to close his practice if he loses coverage, while a Philadelphia woman with asthma is looking at stockpiling inhalers. The Republican health care bill pushed through the House on Thursday leaves those with pre-existing conditions fearful of higher premiums and losing coverage altogether if the…

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Bucs lose again, see their playoff hopes fade to a whisper

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Not long ago, the Tampa Bay Bucs seemed headed for the playoffs in one of those magical turn-around seasons. Now, they’ve turned back around, and it will take the right combination of results for them even to get into the post-season. The Bucs dropped a 31-24 game to the New Orleans Saints that left them on the verge on missing the playoffs. Tampa Bay, which lost the NFC South division race with the loss, still have a ghost of a…

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Bucs hope for a rare strong finish, starting with New Orleans

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All they have to do is close the door. That’s it. All they have to is finish. Nothing more. For the Tampa Bay Bucs, contenders at last, the only thing they need to do to reach this year’s playoffs is finish strongly. That shouldn’t be too difficult, right? They have two games left against the Saints, who have lost seven times. They have one game left against the Panthers, who have lost eight. They have a game against the surprising…

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It’s December. Do you know where your Bucs are? (Hint: First place)

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It’s December, and the Tampa Bay Bucs matter. And when is the last time that happened? Do you count 2010, when the Bucs finished 10-6 but missed the playoffs? How about 2008, when they entered the last four games at 9-3 and lost four straight? How about 2007 when they made the playoffs (and were beaten in the first game). Or 2005, when they reached the playoffs (and lost in the first game). Or 2003, after the 2002 season, when…

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Saints’ beat-up secondary braces for Bucs’ James Winston

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As far as Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro can tell, the rematch of New Orleans’ beleaguered secondary against rookie Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston could be more challenging than their first encounter. Winston has become more consistent, more decisive and more productive since posting his first career victory in the Superdome of Week 2 this season, Vaccaro said. “He’s not turning the ball over. He’s making good throws, making smart decisions — everything you want in a first-round quarterback,” Vaccaro said.…

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Americans for Prosperity aims to stop Hillsborough OK of $29 million for Bucs stadium

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Next Wednesday, the Hillsborough County Commission is poised to approve an agreement with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that will include spending $29 million in taxpayers money for improvements to Raymond James Stadium, the home of the Bucs that was built with public money back in 1996. That money would come from 4 cents of the 5-cent county tourist tax, which must be spent on sports facilities or promoting tourism. But expect the board to encounter some turbulence before that vote, as…

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French players work through heavy hearts after Paris attacks

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Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca admitted he had a hard time focusing on basketball Friday night. The Saint-Etienne, France native was worried about the safety of his family in Paris, where terrorist attacks killed at least 120 people. He didn’t get confirmation they were all safe until after New Orleans’ 100-81 loss at Toronto, and he was especially concerned for a cousin who was at the soccer friendly rocked by the sound of nearby explosions. “It’s just a crazy world. You…

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