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Many Hospices Fail to Send Visiting Nurse Prior to Death, Records Show

Saturday, December 20, 2014

When a hospice patient has chosen to die at home, as they typically do, the days immediately before death are typically the most difficult, and the time when families most need a visiting nurse. But many U.S. hospices regularly fail to send a nurse out to patients in the two days preceding death, according to a Washington Post analysis of millions of Medicare records. About one in five U.S. hospices …

First College Rating Details Emerge

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Obama administration on Friday is releasing the rough outlines of a much-anticipated college ratings system that may grade schools on such factors as graduation rates, loan repayments and post-graduation income. Many details remain to be decided over the next few months, with some wary colleges and universities sure to protest any measurements that might hurt their reputations. Without committing to any criteria, …

Pakistan Executes 2 Militants

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Islamabad — Pakistan hanged two convicted militants Friday in the country’s first executions in years, while warplanes and ground forces pounded insurgent hideouts in a northwest region bordering Afghanistan — part of a stepped-up response to the Taliban slaughter of scores of schoolchildren. Unchastened by criticism from all corners of the globe, the …

YouTube in Key Legal Battle With Actress Over Anti-Muslim Video

Monday, December 15, 2014

As a federal appeals court readies to hear her groundbreaking case, once-obscure actress Cindy Lee Garcia faces some tough resistance: death threats from around the Muslim world and the wrath of the planet’s most powerful Internet companies. And that is what has catapulted Garcia v. Google into one …

Health Insurance Sign-Up Deadline Tonight

Monday, December 15, 2014

Washington — President Obama’s push to cover America’s uninsured faces another big test today. This time, it’s not only how the website functions, but how well the program itself works for millions who are starting to count on …

American Crosses Into N. Korea, Denounces U.S. At News Conference

Monday, December 15, 2014

Tokyo — Just weeks after three Americans detained in North Korea were released, a U.S. citizen has shown up in the repressive state, appearing on television to denounce his home country as a “mafia enterprise” and call American democracy “an illusion.” Although details remain sketchy, it seems that …

On Fashion: A Red Lipstick for Everyone

Sunday, December 14, 2014

New York — Color bleed be damned. There’s a red lipstick for everybody nowadays. You know how celebrity beauty guru Ted Gibson found that out? “My mother has just now been wearing red lipstick since I turned her on to it over the last two years. Before, she …

Charitable Giving On the Rise Among Wealthy

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Do you want to keep up with the Joneses? Then, give away some of your money. In fact, if you are affluent — with an income of at least $200,000 or net worth of at least $1 million — you will be keeping up with the average level …

Miss Manners: Exchanging Shopping Lists Is Not Thoughtful Giving

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dear Miss Manners: Is it possible to discourage or redirect adult relatives away from the practice of making Christmas lists? I have tried and failed — so far. At the tender age of 53, I am embarrassed to write out a “Dear Santa” letter, especially since my husband …

Big Success for Author of ‘Wild’

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The big checks started coming in about nine months after Wild hit bookshelves and started its climb to the top of The New York Times best-seller’s list. To Oprah’s Book Club. And, as of this coming week, to …

Books to Buy for Fans of Felines

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Los Angeles — The felines are fighting back — on the bookshelf. Cats outnumber dogs in the U.S., but in bookstores, dog titles reign, the American Pet Products Association says. Fans insist felines are getting more popular as they ride the coattails of Internet sensations like Grumpy Cat, …

Song Mocking ‘Bro Country’ Hits No. 1

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Girl in a Country Song, the breakout first single from duo Maddie & Tae, just hit No. 1 on the Mediabase and Billboard country airplay charts last week. It’s cause for a lot of folks to cheer: for Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye, enjoying a triumphant debut before …

Drugmakers, Internet Companies Join Forces to Track You

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Washington — Ever since the days of castor oil laxatives and mercury syphilis tablets, pharmacists and patients have had a tacit understanding: whatever you buy, the information is confidential. No longer. Drugmakers and Internet companies are quietly joining forces to link U.S. pharmacy records with online accounts to …