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Murkowski finally certified winner in Alaska

The state of Alaska certified Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski’s victory over Tea Party favorite Joe Miller on Thursday, nearly three months after the incumbent won the race with an unconventional write-in campaign. The certification document was signed in the state capitol in Juneau by Governor Sean Parnell and Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell, a spokeswoman for Parnell said. “It’s been certified. The governor signed the certificate and the lieutenant governor notarized it,” Parnell spokeswoman Sharon Leighow said. “From there it gets on a plane tonight with Gail.” Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai will carry it personally to the Secretary of
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What you paid for Medicare won’t cover costs

You paid your Medicare taxes all those years and want your money’s worth: full benefits after you retire. Nearly three out of five people say in a recent Associated Press–GfK poll that they paid into the system so they deserve their full benefits — no cuts. But a newly updated financial analysis shows that what people paid into the system doesn’t come close to covering the full value of the medical care they can expect to receive as retirees. Consider an average-wage, two-earner couple together earning $89,000 a year. Upon retiring in 2011, they would have paid $114,000 in Medicare
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Johh Mellencamp, wife, call it quits

John Mellencamp and his wife are calling it quits. A spokesman for the 59-year-old rocker says he and his wife of 20 years, model Elaine Mellencamp (nee Irwin), are splitting up. Publicist Bob Merlis declined to say Thursday if the couple had filed for divorce. Merlis says the Mellencamps “are proud of their 20 years together and are very happy with their accomplishments both as parents and as a family.” He says they will continue to raise their two children in Indiana. Mellencamp’s latest album, “No Better Than This,” was released earlier this year.
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