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New options for those with canceled health insurance

New options for those with canceled health insurance

People whose existing health care insurance has been canceled because of the Affordable Care Act will not be hit with tax penalties for failing to line up new coverage as required under the law. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says she will use authorities in the law to issue a “temporary hardship exemption” […]

Judge rules NSA spying on Americans ‘likely unconstitutional’

Judge rules NSA spying on Americans ‘likely unconstitutional’

A federal judge made headlines Monday by declaring that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of millions of Americans’ telephone records is likely unconstitutional. But even he realized his won’t be the last word on the issue. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon put his decision to grant an injunction against the NSA on ice, […]

Snowden debacle forces winds of change at NSA

Snowden debacle forces winds of change at NSA

The U.S. National Security Agency has made dozens of changes in its operations and computer networks to prevent the emergence of another Edward Snowden, including potential disciplinary action, a top NSA official said on Friday, as a White House review panel recommended restraints on NSA spying. Former NSA contractor Snowden’s disclosures have been “cataclysmic” for […]

Feds shut down 52 ‘unsafe’ bus companies

Feds shut down 52 ‘unsafe’ bus companies

Federal bus safety regulators have shut down 52 companies in what they describe as a major nationwide crackdown on unsafe outfits, including lines whose drivers had suspended licenses or worked routes of more than 800 miles without rest. The companies aren’t just low-cost, fly-by-night carriers — some have transported school bands, Boy Scouts or senior […]

Pay gains for young women but inequality remains

Pay gains for young women but inequality remains

About 75 percent of young women believe the U.S. needs to do more to bring about equality in the workplace, a new study finds, despite a narrowing pay gap and steady employment gains for women at higher levels of business and government. Those women remain as pessimistic as their mothers and grandmothers regarding gender equality […]

Why is the Pentagon buying Russian helicopters?

Why is the Pentagon buying Russian helicopters?

Some answers to questions about how the United States ended up buying more than $1 billion in new helicopters from the Russian arms export agency that has supplied weapons to Syria’s military. —Why Russia? Defense Department officials have maintained that Afghanistan’s national security forces need heavy-duty helicopters capable of moving troops and supplies in rugged […]

Sarah Palin’s latest venture: An outdoor show

Sarah Palin’s latest venture: An outdoor show

The Sportsman Channel said Monday it has hired Sarah Palin to be host of a weekly outdoors-oriented program that will celebrate the “red, wild and blue” lifestyle. The program, “Amazing America,” will debut next April. The Sportsman Channel is in some 32 million homes, less than one-third of American households with television, with programming geared […]