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The Insurance Information Institute says the average U.S. car insurance premium rose to $926 last year, up 16% from 2011. Premiums are rising, along with traffic accidents, and safety officials blame the rise on the use of wireless devices by drivers. There's a human cost too -- the National Safety Council estimates 40-thousand people died in traffic accidents last year.

Over the winter months, medical researchers have been busy working on vaccines against the Zika virus and are reporting significant progress. Researchers say three vaccine platforms look promising and all three performed well in recent animal tests.

In the market for a new family car? Kelley Blue Book is out with its list of favorites in that category. High on the list this year are the Honda CR-V, Subaru Outback, Toyota Highlander and Toyota Sienna.

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