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Study: Insurers Might Be Using Drug Costs to Discriminate

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — Insurance companies, perhaps more than previously thought, may be charging the sickest patients extra for drugs under the federal health law, in an effort to discourage them from choosing certain plans, according to a study released Wednesday. One of the cornerstones of President Obama’s signature health law forbids insurance companies from turning away people with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or cancer. Yet hundreds of patient …

Civil Rights Era Convictions Tossed Out in S.C.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Rock Hill, S.C. — For a moment, Clarence Graham’s heart raced. Fifty four years after he and eight fellow black men served a month of hard labor for sitting at a whites-only lunch counter, a judge declared that they had been wrongly convicted of trespassing and their records would be tossed. “In my …

AG Nominee: Obama OK on Immigration

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Washington — Confronting skeptical Republicans, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch pledged a new start with Congress and independence from President Obama Wednesday, even as she defended the president’s unilateral protections for millions of immigrants in the country illegally. “If confirmed as attorney general, I would be myself. I would be Loretta Lynch,” the …

Leahy Among Those Urging Seizure Reform

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Washington — The wave of opposition to the nation’s civil asset forfeiture laws grew a little larger on Tuesday as advocacy groups spoke out in favor of legislative reforms supported by members of both political parties. The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers sent a letter to every …

AP News in Brief at 7:58 p.m. EST

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Gunmen Storm Luxury Hotel in Libya, Killing 10, Including American, Europeans Tripoli, Libya (ap) — In the latest sign of Libya’s descent into chaos, gunmen stormed a luxury hotel used by diplomats and businessmen in the capital on …

Obama Aims To Strengthen Ties to India

Monday, January 26, 2015

President Obama vowed Monday to accelerate U.S. trade and investment in India, saying both nations need to do more to capitalize on the “untapped potential” in a relationship that could define economic and environmental health in both countries. “In our globalized world, the fortunes of the United States …

70 Years Later, Auschwitz Survivors Still Meet to Remember, Persevere

Monday, January 26, 2015

There are fewer and fewer of those who still remember. The Russian army entered Auschwitz — the network of extermination camps operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland — on Jan. 27, 1945, liberating the most notorious site of the Holocaust. In the decades since, groups of survivors …

Milk Industry Pushes Back on ‘Anti-Dairy Folks’

Monday, January 26, 2015

New York — The milk industry is fed up with all the sourness over dairy. As Americans continue turning away from milk, an industry group is pushing back at its critics with a social media campaign trumpeting the …

Islamic State Flees Key Kurdish Town in Syria

Monday, January 26, 2015

Irbil, Iraq — Kurdish fighters in Syria claimed Tuesday to have lifted the Islamic State’s four-month siege of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani and said the last Islamic State attackers were on the run. “The Islamic State …

Big Cities Brace for Blizzard

Monday, January 26, 2015

New York — More than 35 million people along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor rushed to get home and settle in Monday as a fearsome storm swirled in with the potential for hurricane-force winds and 1 to 3 feet of …

Egypt: Mubarak’s Sons’ Release Caps Violence

Monday, January 26, 2015

Cairo — In a sign of confidence by a tough Egyptian government, Hosni Mubarak’s two sons were freed Monday after almost four years in prison, following a weekend marked by a spate of protester killings by an increasingly …

Potential Colorado Theater Shooting Jurors Break Out Excuses

Monday, January 26, 2015

Centennial, Colo. — One prospective juror said she had a panic attack. Another claimed to have a bad back. A third is in the military and worried he would be deployed during the trial of Colorado theater shooter …

Unmanned Aerial Drone Crashes at White House

Monday, January 26, 2015

Washington — A 2-foot-long drone apparently flown by a hobbyist crashed onto the White House grounds Monday in an extraordinary, if unintended, breach that raised fresh questions about the president’s security — and a growing threat from the …