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States force unemployed to pay needless fees

States force unemployed to pay needless fees

  Jobless Americans are paying millions in unnecessary fees to collect unemployment benefits because of state policies encouraging them to get the money through bank-issued payment cards, according to a new report from a consumer group. People are using the fee-heavy cards instead of getting their payments deposited directly to their bank accounts. That’s because […]

Here comes the ‘health care market’: Salvation or another mess?

Here comes the ‘health care market’: Salvation or another mess?

Buying your own health insurance will never be the same. This fall, new insurance markets called exchanges will open in each state, marking the long-awaited and much-debated debut of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. The goal is quality coverage for millions of uninsured people in the United States. What the reality will look like […]

Court overturns yet another Gitmo conviction

Court overturns yet another Gitmo conviction

A U.S. appeals court on Friday overturned the Guantanamo war crimes conviction of an al Qaeda videographer, a ruling likely to lead to dismissal of conspiracy charges in the pending trial of five men accused of plotting the September 11 attacks. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia threw out the conviction […]

Smokers face little-known severe price penalty in Obamacare

Smokers face little-known severe price penalty in Obamacare

Millions of smokers could be priced out of health insurance because of tobacco penalties in President Barack Obama’s health care law, according to experts who are just now teasing out the potential impact of a little-noted provision in the massive legislation. The Affordable Care Act — “Obamacare” to its detractors — allows health insurers to […]

Lance Armstrong sued for fraud over ‘non-fiction’ books

Lance Armstrong sued for fraud over ‘non-fiction’ books

Two California men have sued Lance Armstrong and his book publishers for fraud and false advertising, claiming that the cyclist’s best-selling memoirs, billed as non-fiction, were revealed to be filled with lies after he confessed last week to systematic doping. The class-action complaint was filed in federal court in Sacramento, California on Tuesday, five days […]

Recession, tech cost middle class Americans their jobs

Recession, tech cost middle class Americans their jobs

Five years after the start of the Great Recession, the toll is terrifyingly clear: Millions of middle-class jobs have been lost in developed countries the world over. And the situation is even worse than it appears. Most of the jobs will never return, and millions more are likely to vanish as well, say experts who […]

Files reveal how Catholic church shielded child molesting priests

Files reveal how Catholic church shielded child molesting priests

Retired Cardinal Roger Mahony and other top Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles officials maneuvered behind the scenes to shield molester priests, provide damage control for the church and keep parishioners in the dark, according to church personnel files. The confidential records filed in a lawsuit against the archdiocese disclose how the church handled abuse […]

Worldwide, public trust in government, business at all-time low

Worldwide, public trust in government, business at all-time low

Public trust in business, government and media leaders has fallen in the wake of financial and political scandals, according to a new global survey. Heads of financial institutions did particularly poorly, mainly in richer countries that have suffered financial crises and fined banks for, among other things, manipulating markets and facilitating money-laundering. The 2013 edition […]

‘Gun Appreciation Day’ backfires, leaves five people wounded in ‘accidental shootings’

‘Gun Appreciation Day’ backfires, leaves five people wounded in ‘accidental shootings’

A publicity stunt cooked up by a Republican consulting firm to show support for unlimited gun ownership backfired Saturday when gun accidents injured five people in “accidental” shootings on Gun Appreciation Day. In Ohio, a 62 year old man went to the hospital with bullet injuries in his arm and leg after a firearms dealer […]