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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 …

Russia Defiant After Western Threats Over Ukraine

Monday, January 26, 2015

Moscow — A defiant President Vladimir Putin on Monday called the Ukrainian army a “NATO foreign legion,” reflecting his readiness to stand up to the West regardless of rising economic costs, as Standard & Poor’s rating agency downgraded …

Doctors Focus on ‘Vaccine-Hesitant’ to Fight Outbreaks

Monday, January 26, 2015

The child was behind on her vaccinations. Wendy Sue Swanson took note of this as she talked with the girl’s parents last week at a medical clinic in Mill Creek, Wash., outside Seattle. Swanson, like many pediatricians, sometimes …

College Savings Become Political

Monday, January 26, 2015

Washington — President Obama this week touted new ways to help students pay for college, but he also proposed stripping away a benefit: a significant tax advantage of college savings plans used by millions of American families. The benefit allows families to withdraw money tax-free from savings plans …

Yemen On Edge After Resignation

Monday, January 26, 2015

Sanaa, Yemen — Thousands of Yemenis rallied in support of rival political groups on Friday and separatist groups in the south pressed for secession following the government’s resignation in response to a siege by Shiite rebels. The decision Thursday by President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and his cabinet …

Chewing Is Better Than Slurping

Monday, January 26, 2015

Chewing is so last year. The more modern way to get food into your body is, apparently, to slurp it through a straw, suck it out of a pouch or gulp it from a container. Just consider the invasion of fashionable juice bars and bottled, cold-pressed or blenderized …

Printing an Organ

Monday, January 26, 2015

Miami — Adaenelie Gonzalez had two open heart surgeries by the time she was 4. She was born with a heart condition that prevented blood from flowing properly into the heart from the lungs, and the surgeries yielded …

Daily Coffee Drinkers Cut Risk of Melanoma, Study Finds

Monday, January 26, 2015

Daily coffee consumption may provide protection against malignant melanoma — the worst form of skin cancer — researchers have found in a statistical study involving tens of thousands of java drinkers. Researchers concluded that people who drank the most coffee — about four cups daily of the caffeinated …

Plant-Based Diets Lead to Weight Loss

Monday, January 26, 2015

Evidence that vegetables — the more the merrier — are good for you is legion. And here’s more: Researchers who analyzed studies of people put on vegetarian or vegan diets found that they lost more than 7 pounds regardless of calorie counting or exercise plans. The study published …

It’s Still the Pirate’s Life for ‘Black Sails’ in Season Two

Monday, January 26, 2015

Pasadena, Calif. — Starz found success with its first season of Black Sails through a mix of swashbuckling pirates and women who could kick the swash right out of their buckles. The second season of the series that’s a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island was no …

Obama: Protect Wild Alaska Area

Monday, January 26, 2015

Juneau, Alaska — President Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, drawing an angry response from top state elected officials who see it as a land grab by the federal government. …