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Report: US health care system wastes $750B a year

Posted 9/7/2012 in National

The U.S. health care system squanders $750 billion a year -- roughly 30 cents of every medical dollar -- through unneeded care, byzantine paperwork, fraud and other waste, the influential Institute of Medicine said Thursday in a report that ties directly into the presidential campaign.

 

 

7-year-old Colo. girl recovers from bubonic plague

Posted 9/7/2012 in National

The parents of 7-year-old Sierra Jane Downing thought she had the flu when she felt sick days after camping in southwest Colorado. It wasn't until she had a seizure that her father knew something was seriously wrong and rushed her to a hospital in their town of Pagosa Springs. She had a 107-degree fever, and doctors were baffled by the cause.

 

Grandma gives birth to her own grandchild

Posted 9/7/2012 in National

Setting foot in a hospital again, Emily and Mike Jordan couldn't help but feel anxious. More than two years before, at age 29, Emily had been diagnosed with cervical cancer. But just before she was to undergo a radical hysterectomy, she was told that she was pregnant.

Attention turns to Peterson's missing fourth wife

Posted 9/7/2012 in National

She loomed over Drew Peterson's murder trial, though her disappearance and the suspicion that the former Illinois police officer killed her was never mentioned in front of the jury.

Texas to open fastest U.S. highway with 85 mph limit

Posted 9/7/2012 in National

Texas will soon open a stretch of highway with the highest speed limit in the country, giving eager drivers a chance to rip through a trip between two of the state's largest metropolitan areas.

Obama's convention evolution now complete

Posted 9/7/2012 in National

President Barack Obama's convention evolution is complete. Eight years ago, the little-known Democrat rocketed into the political spotlight with a soaring convention keynote address. Four years later, he accepted the Democratic Party's nomination and became its standard bearer.

 

Claim of Romney taxes theft a puzzling whodunit

Posted 9/7/2012 in National

 

Costa Rica escapes serious damage from big quake

Posted 9/7/2012 in National

The bulletins were terrifying: a powerful earthquake had struck off the coast of this Central American country, spawning a tsunami warning and bringing fears of widespread catastrophe.

 

Quakes kill at least 50 in mountainous SW China

Posted 9/7/2012 in National

 

Kitten goes for 100-mile ride on NY woman's bumper

Posted 9/6/2012 in National

A woman says a 6-week-old kitten hitched a ride on the outside of her vehicle as she drove about 100 miles over upstate New York roads.

 

Putin leads young Siberian cranes in flight

Posted 9/6/2012 in National

Vladimir Putin flew a motorized hang glider to lead a flock of young Siberian white cranes in flight, a characteristic stunt for Russia's action-man, animal-loving president.

 

Rights Watch: Evidence of wider waterboarding

Posted 9/6/2012 in National

Human Rights Watch said it has uncovered evidence of a wider use of waterboarding in American interrogations of detainees than has been acknowledged by the United States, in a report Thursday that details further brutal treatment at secret CIA-run prisons under the Bush administration-era U.S. program of detention and rendition of terror suspects.

 

Mo. bishop faces bench trial in case tied to abuse

Posted 9/6/2012 in National

A Missouri judge will try the criminal case against the highest-ranking Catholic official in the U.S. to be charged with shielding an abusive priest, three weeks before it was to go before a jury.

 

 

How weak is the job market? Depends on your numbers

Posted 9/6/2012 in National

Is the U.S. job market dismal as Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says? Or is it steadily improving as President Barack Obama contends?

 

 

Reddit founder has Democrats and Republicans agreeing on something

Posted 9/6/2012 in National

Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian has accomplished what virtually no one else in Washington is doing these days: Bring the political parties together on a controversial issue.

 

Small theaters struggle as Hollywood goes digital

Posted 9/6/2012 in National

The Isis Theatre hasn't changed much since it opened 86 years ago in southeast Nebraska, a stone's throw from the grain elevator and railroad tracks that cut through town.

Suspects sought after movie-style bank heist

Posted 9/6/2012 in National

Two masked gunmen managed to evade authorities after a bizarre bank heist, strapping what they said was a bomb to her midsection and forcing her to order employees to "take out all the money" from her branch.

Oil from BP spill uncovered by Isaac's waves

Posted 9/6/2012 in National

Waves from Hurricane Isaac uncovered oil previously buried along Gulf Coast beaches, exposing crude that wasn't cleaned up after the BP spill in 2010.

 

Dems seek luster for Obama from Bill Clinton

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

Bill Clinton takes center stage at the Democratic National Convention today as President Barack Obama's nomination is placed before a party hoping that the last president to preside over sustained growth can help propel him to re-election in a sputtering economy.

 

Mass. inmate sex-change ruling praised, condemned

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

A ruling ordering Massachusetts prison officials to provide sex-reassignment surgery to an inmate is being praised by advocates as important recognition that the surgery is a legitimate treatment for gender-identity disorder, even as critics including Sen. Scott Brown call it "an outrageous abuse of taxpayer dollars."

 

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