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Varying health subsidies worry consumers

Posted 7/25/2014 in National

Linda Close was grateful to learn she qualified for a sizable subsidy to help pay for her health insurance under the new federal law. But in the process of signing up for a plan, Close said her HealthCare.gov account showed several different subsidy amounts, varying as much as $180 per month.

 

Cave with fossil secrets to be excavated

Posted 7/25/2014 in National

For the first time in three decades, scientists are about to revisit one of North America's most remarkable troves of ancient fossils: the bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at least 30 feet deep at the bottom of a sinkhole-type cave.

 

Obama wants limits on company mergers abroad

Posted 7/24/2014 in National

President Barack Obama is tapping into growing misgivings about tax-driven overseas mergers by U.S. corporations, issuing a new call to end the practice quickly and questioning the patriotism and citizenship of those companies.

 

 

Get paid for posts? Social networking's new twist

Posted 7/24/2014 in National

Facebook and most other social networks are built on the premise that just about everything should be shared -- except the money those posts produce.

 

 

Suspected Nazi guard's death a blow to prosecutors

Posted 7/24/2014 in National

German efforts to prosecute aging war criminals suffered a setback this week with the death of a retired Philadelphia toolmaker who had long been in the crosshairs of Nazi hunters.

 

Porch shooter's lawyer says he feared for his life

Posted 7/24/2014 in National

A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch was rocked out of sleep by a series of "boom, boom, boom" pounding sounds outside his home, causing him to grab a shotgun, open the front door and fire, a defense lawyer told jurors during opening statements Wednesday.

Seniors share homes for savings, companionship

Posted 7/24/2014 in National

It's not exactly "The Golden Girls," but for Marcia Rosenfeld, it'll do. Rosenfeld is among thousands of aging Americans taking part in home-sharing programs around the country that allow seniors to stay in their homes and save money while getting some much-needed companionship.

 

Survey finds sharp increase in teen use of HGH

Posted 7/24/2014 in National

Experimentation with human growth hormones by America's teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks, according to a new, large-scale national survey.

 

Police probing switch of flags on Brooklyn Bridge

Posted 7/23/2014 in National

Police are searching for four or five people they believe scaled to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge's two towers in the dead of night, disabled lights illuminating two large American flags and then replaced the flags with bleached-white ones.

At 101, weather observer gets a place in the sun

Posted 7/23/2014 in National

It takes only a couple of minutes, twice a day, but 101-year-old Richard Hendrickson is fiercely proud that he has done the same thing for his country and community nearly every day since Herbert Hoover was in the White House in 1930.

 

Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs

Posted 7/23/2014 in National

Undercover investigators using fake identities were able to secure taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law.

 

 

Big issues loom for Congress as Aug. recess nears

Posted 7/23/2014 in National

Pressure is on Congress to act in the next two weeks on several problems, from keeping highway projects on track and easing wait time for veterans seeking health care to the humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.

 

 

Black colleges face hard choices on $25M Koch gift

Posted 7/23/2014 in National

America's black colleges are struggling for funds. The Republican Party is struggling to attract black voters.

 

 

Senate derails Army bid to take National Guard helicopters

Posted 7/23/2014 in National

The Army has lost an initial Senate skirmish over a hotly disputed plan to take Apache attack helicopters away from National Guard units in a budget-cutting move that has infuriated governors and state military leaders.

 

 

Lawmakers face long to-do list, uncertain success

Posted 7/22/2014 in National

A gridlocked Congress failed to do the big things: overhauling the nation's immigration system, reforming the loophole-cluttered tax code and stiffening background checks on gun buyers. Now it's time to see whether it can just do the basics.

 

Rebels release train with bodies from downed Malaysian jet

Posted 7/22/2014 in National

Bowing to international pressure, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine.

 

Hopkins pays $190M in pelvis exam pix settlement

Posted 7/22/2014 in National

A "rogue" gynecologist who used tiny cameras to secretly record videos and photos of his patients has forced one of the world's top medical centers to pay $190 million to 8,000 women and girls.

 

Police probe other attacks after transients killed

Posted 7/22/2014 in National

Three teenagers accused of fatally beating two homeless men beyond recognition with cinder blocks, bricks and a metal fence pole may have been terrorizing transients around Albuquerque for months, police said Monday.

 

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