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Bipartisan Health Bill Approved by House

Friday, March 27, 2015

Washington — The House gave sweeping approval Thursday to a bipartisan plan to alter payment systems for Medicare providers and extend a popular children’s health program, fueling momentum for legislation that could soon reach President Obama’s desk. The vote, 392 to 37, came as Senate Democrats’ resistance to the more than $200 billion health package faded and Obama signaled he would sign the plan. After a first quarter of 2015 …

Yemenis Flee Capital as Saudis Blast Houthi Rebels Targets

Friday, March 27, 2015

Sanaa, Yemen — Saudi warplanes bombed a military airbase at Sanaa’s civilian airport and struck at other strategic locations in a sudden air campaign aimed at halting the advance of Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. Residents packed their cars and fled the capital by every available route, and local news outlets reported at least 20 …

Crash Called ‘Deliberate’ Act

Friday, March 27, 2015

Düsseldorf, Germany — The co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings flight locked himself in the cockpit and, with apparent cool precision, deliberately slammed into snow-capped mountains, a French prosecutor said Thursday, in a stunning twist to a tragedy that killed all 150 people aboard. The conclusions, based on cockpit flight recordings recovered from the …

Posthumous Video Supports Right-to-Die

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sacramento, Calif. — In a video recorded 19 days before Brittany Maynard took life-ending drugs, she tells California lawmakers that no one should have to leave home to legally kill themselves under the care of a doctor. “Unfortunately, California law prevented me from getting the end-of-life option I …

U.S. Begins Airstrikes on ISIL in Tikrit

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Washington — The United States launched airstrikes on Islamic State positions inside Tikrit late Wednesday in a sudden application of air power intended to give new life to a stalled Iraqi government operation to recapture the hometown of Saddam Hussein. The U.S. military intervention came after Iraqi Prime …

Yemen in Mourning

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Houthi Shiite mourners attend the funeral procession on Wednesday for victims who were killed last week during triple suicide bombing attacks that hit a pair of mosques in Sanaa, Yemen. ap photograph …

Do Snow Days Hurt Student Progress? A Professor Says No

Thursday, March 26, 2015

It’s become a maxim in education: More learning time leads to greater student achievement. So when schools close for snow — as they did over and over this winter across many states — the assumption is that student …

FEMA Allows Reopening of Sandy Claims

Thursday, March 26, 2015

New York — The National Flood Insurance Program plans to begin sending 144,000 letters in the coming weeks to homeowners from North Carolina to Maine to begin the complex job of reviewing claims for superstorm Sandy victims who suspect they were cheated out of money to rebuild. Those …

Frats Fight Rape Probes

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

College fraternities and sororities, concerned that students accused of sexual assault are treated unfairly, are pushing Congress to make it harder for universities to investigate rape allegations. The groups’ political arm plans to bring scores of students to Capitol Hill on April 29 to lobby for a requirement …

Durst May Have Hoped to Flee to Cuba

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Havana — When murder suspect and premium-channel sensation Robert Durst was busted by the FBI at a New Orleans hotel on March 14, he was caught with a big wad of cash, a fancy face mask and several …

U.S. Troop Pullout Stalled

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Washington — President Obama on Tuesday said he would freeze U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan at 9,800 through the end of the year, but vowed to end the American war by the end of his presidency. Obama announced that he would slow the planned withdrawal of U.S. troops …

Official: U.S.-Led Aircraft Flying Surveillance Over IS-Held Tikrit

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Tikrit, Iraq — The U.S.-led coalition battling the Islamic State group has begun surveillance flights over the northern Iraqi town of Tikrit, a senior coalition official said Tuesday, marking the first time the alliance has taken part in …

Jewish Leaders Ask Congress for Help With Anti-Semitism

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Washington — Amid rising concerns about anti-Semitism in Europe, several Jewish leaders testified before Congress on Tuesday, calling on the United States to take action in stopping violence against Jews. Dan Asmussen, the president of the Danish Jewish community, said terror attacks in France, Belgium and other European …