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Consumers losing doctors with new insurance plans

Posted 5/14/2014 in National

The first thing Michelle Pool did before picking a plan under President Barack Obama's health insurance law was check whether her longtime primary care doctor was covered.

 

 

Bill to renew tax breaks clears hurdle in Senate

Posted 5/14/2014 in National

A bill to renew more than 50 expired tax breaks for businesses and individuals cleared a key hurdle in the Senate Tuesday, giving hope to millions of taxpayers who would otherwise be hit with unwelcome tax increases next spring.

 

 

Drivers beware: Your air bag may not deploy

Posted 5/14/2014 in National

Here's an unsettling fact about cars equipped with air bags: They don't always deploy when drivers -- or regulators -- expect them to.

 

Report highlights child labor on tobacco farms

Posted 5/14/2014 in National

You may have to be at least 18 to buy cigarettes in the U.S., but children as young as 7 are working long hours in fields harvesting nicotine- and pesticide-laced tobacco leaves under sometimes hazardous and sweltering conditions, according to a report released Wednesday by an international rights group.

 

Sallie Mae, Justice Department in $60M settlement

Posted 5/14/2014 in National

Student lender Sallie Mae has reached a $60 million settlement with the Justice Department to resolve allegations that it charged members of the military excessive interest rates on their student loans, the federal government announced Tuesday.

 

Availability of state-funded pre-K varies widely

Posted 5/13/2014 in National

The availability of state-funded pre-kindergarten programs varies widely from one part of the country to another, says a new report.

 

U.S. on track for narrowest budget gap since 2008

Posted 5/13/2014 in National

The U.S. government ran a big surplus in April, thanks to a flood of tax payments that helped keep the budget on track for the lowest annual deficit in six years.

 

Washington Monument reopens

Posted 5/13/2014 in National

A cross section of Americans awakened early and waited in line for hours to be among the first to ride to the top of the Washington Monument, open to the public Monday for the first time in nearly three years after an earthquake chipped and cracked the towering symbol.

Godzilla proves even giant monsters need lawyers

Posted 5/13/2014 in National

He spews radioactive fire, razes cities and pummels creatures from Earth and beyond, but even Godzilla needs a good lawyer sometimes. After all, you don't survive 60 years in the movie business without taking some fights to court.

 

The doctor will see you now via webcam, smartphone

Posted 5/13/2014 in National

Mark Matulaitis holds out his arms so the Parkinson's specialist can check his tremors. But this is no doctor's office: Matulaitis sits in his rural Maryland home as a neurologist a few hundred miles away examines him via the camera in his laptop.

 

 

U.K. company to track aircraft after Malaysian loss

Posted 5/13/2014 in National

Inmarsat Plc, a provider of global mobile satellite communications services, said it will offer free basic tracking services for planes flying over oceans in the hope of preventing another incident such as the loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

 

Clues missed as pedophile teacher abused

Posted 5/13/2014 in National

He was one of the most beloved teachers in the world of international schools that serve the children of diplomats, well-off Americans and local elites. He was often the first to arrive in the morning, and last to leave. He led student trips to exotic places and gave out cookies and milk at bedtime.

Boko Haram demands release of fighters

Posted 5/13/2014 in National

Under the guns of their captors, dozens of barefoot girls sat huddled together wearing gray Muslim veils as they chanted Quranic verses in Arabic. Some Christians among them said they had converted to Islam.

 

History shades Arkansas' gay marriage debate

Posted 5/13/2014 in National

Fifty-seven years after federal troops escorted nine black students into Little Rock's Central High School as a white mob jeered, Arkansas again finds itself in the center of a debate over civil rights. This time, the issue is gay marriage, but the 1957 desegregation crisis still casts a shadow.

 

 

Arkansas plans to appeal same-sex marriage ruling

Posted 5/12/2014 in National

Lawyers for the state followed through with their promise to appeal a judge's decision overturning the constitutional amendment overwhelmingly passed by voters in 2004 banning gay marriage.

 

Police add texting to crisis negotiation arsenal

Posted 5/12/2014 in National

The suspect in a gas station robbery and 100 mph chase kept pointing his handgun to his head, and police negotiator Andres Wells was doing all he could to keep the man from committing suicide. But he kept cutting Wells' phone calls short.

Nigeria refused help to search for kidnapped schoolgirls

Posted 5/12/2014 in National

The president of Nigeria for weeks refused international help to search for more than 300 girls abducted from a school by Islamic extremists, one in a series of missteps that have led to growing international outrage against the government.

 

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