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Study: Malpractice Reform Won’t Result in Health Care Savings

Monday, October 20, 2014

There’s been a long-running theory that one reason medical costs are bloated is that doctors are scared of medical malpractice suits, so they order expensive and unnecessary tests to protect themselves from liability. But in three states over the past decade that enacted laws to put stricter limits on medical malpractice lawsuits, there hasn’t been much of an impact in the volume or cost of emergency room care, a new …

Affordable Care Act Refutes Cost Prediction

Monday, October 20, 2014

Washington — Business groups said soon after the health-care act became law in 2010 that the sweeping health-care overhaul would impose huge new costs on U.S. employers, leading to job losses. Three years later, with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in effect, none of the most dire predictions has come to pass. Insurance premiums for companies that offer health benefits increased …

Ousted Nazis Got Millions In Benefits

Monday, October 20, 2014

Osijek, Croatia — Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in U.S. Social Security benefits after being forced out of the United States, an Associated Press investigation has found. The payments, underwritten by American taxpayers, flowed through a legal loophole that gave the U.S. Justice Department leverage …

Charles Hostler, OSS Agent Who Aided France, Dies at 94

Sunday, October 19, 2014

San Diego — For his World War II service as an intelligence officer in Nazi-occupied France, Charles Hostler received a Legion of Merit award from the U.S. and a French Legion of Honor. He also got something else: a scar on his forehead from the butt of a …

Battered Wives: NFL Urged Silence

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Whenever Dewan Smith-Williams sees Janay Rice on television, she feels like she’s looking into a mirror. Smith-Williams, 44, remembers the denial, the secrecy, the sense of isolation, the shame. But most of all, she remembers the fear of …

Robert W. Fri, 78; Led Natural History Museum

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Washington — Robert W. Fri, an expert on environmental and energy policy who became director of the National Museum of Natural History and helped steer it through a period of renovation and rapid growth, died Oct. 10 at a hospital in Washington. He was 78. The cause was …

Court OK of Texas ID Law Shows Mixed Record on Voting Rights

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Washington — “There is no right more basic in our democracy than the right to participate in electing our political leaders,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote in April. Roberts spoke then for the court’s conservative majority …

Bishops: No Welcome for Gays

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Vatican City — Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families. The …

Hong Kong Protesters, Police Clash

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Hong Kong — Hong Kong police again clashed with street occupiers early Sunday in Mong Kok, a neighborhood that has become the flashpoint of the city’s ongoing protests. It was a relatively calm night Saturday until just after …

Obama Warns of Ebola Hysteria

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Washington — President Obama on Saturday sought to tamp down fears of an Ebola outbreak and defend his administration from Republican critics who have called for a more aggressive response to the disease, including sealing off U.S. borders to visitors from countries battling widespread outbreaks. “We can’t just …

Report: Ferguson Cop Says He Feared for Life

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Washington — The police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old in a St. Louis suburb last summer has told investigators that he was pinned in his vehicle and in fear for his life as they struggled over his gun, The New York Times reported. Ferguson, Mo., police …

Russian Ship Adrift Off Canadian Coast

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Prince Rupert, British Columbia — A large tug boat arrived Saturday to hook onto a Russian cargo ship adrift again off the British Columbia coast, calming fears that the vessel carrying hundreds of tons of fuel might drift …

‘Dreamcrushers’ Make Zonk Prizes for ‘Let’s Make a Deal’

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Los Angeles — Imagine getting paid to make bacon jewelry, build a nacho cheese hot tub, cover lawn chairs in sod. Five people in Los Angeles actually do. Carpenters, engineers, mad scientists — they create the zonk prizes …