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Why worry about buying health insurance when President-elect Donald Trump plans to dump the requirement that most Americans get coverage? For the same reason you should always worry about health insurance: Little health problems can easily turn into big bills …

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  • The MGM lion is seen in front of the 23-story hotel during a preview tour of the MGM National Harbor, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 in Oxon Hill, Md. The $1.4 billion National Harbor casino and resort, just outside the nation’s capital, is scheduled to open this week. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Sleek casino with Dylan art opens outside D.C.
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  • Takeovers give Trump leverage over China
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  • Airbnb tones down its fights with regulators
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  • Abbott files suit to end $5.8B purchase of Alere
    Abbott Laboratories filed suit to terminate its $5.8 billion purchase of Alere Inc., citing setbacks since the deal was signed in January that it says...
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  • Surrounded by Clinton High School students, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner holds up a bill he signed Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, in Clinton, Ill. The bill provides billions of dollars in subsidies to Exelon Corp to keep two unprofitable nuclear plants in Clinton and the Quad Cities from closing prematurely .(Steve Smedley/The Pantagraph via AP) Illinois governor signs bill sparing nuke plants
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  • Senate Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights subcommittee Chairman Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, during the subcommittee’s hearing on the proposed merger between AT&T and Time Warner. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Trump’s antitrust stances are not consistent
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