Health care law helps on childbirth medical bills

Health care law helps on childbirth medical bills

The health care law has opened up an unusual opportunity for some mothers-to-be to save on medical bills for childbirth. Lower-income women who signed up for a private policy in the new insurance exchanges will have access to additional coverage from their state’s Medicaid program if they get pregnant. Some women could save hundreds of […]

Hagel wants review of military transgender ban

Hagel wants review of military transgender ban

The prohibition on transgender individuals serving in the U.S. military “continually should be reviewed,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Sunday. Hagel did not indicate whether he believes the policy should be overturned. However, he said “every qualified American who wants to serve our country should have an opportunity if they fit the qualifications and […]

Feds fail to inspect high-risk oil wells

Weak control by the Bureau of Land Management from outdated science

Feds fail to inspect high-risk oil wells

The government has failed to inspect thousands of oil and gas wells it considers potentially high risks for water contamination and other environmental damage, congressional investigators say. The report, obtained by The Associated Press before its public release, highlights substantial gaps in oversight by the agency that manages oil and gas development on federal and […]

Secret Service detailed to protect boss’s assistant

The agents were pulled from a surveillance team that patrols the White House

Secret Service detailed to protect boss’s assistant

Members of a Secret Service special unit responsible for patrolling near the White House were pulled off that assignment over at least two months in 2011 to protect the assistant of the agency’s director while she was engaged in a dispute with a neighbor, according to a report in The Washington Post. Agents were told […]

Help for embattled troops from a therapy dog

For Lexy, it's her job. And she's good at it.

Help for embattled troops from a therapy dog

After three deployments to Iraq and three to Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Dennis Swols is agitated, prone to bouts of anger and unable to really talk about his time on the battlefield. But as Swols sits in a small office in the Robinson Health Clinic at Fort Bragg, his hand drops to the furry head beside […]

VA boss Shinseki: ‘Hell no, I won’t go’

Shinseki says it 'makes me angry' and vows to get to the bottom of it.

VA boss Shinseki: ‘Hell no, I won’t go’

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric is brushing aside calls for his resignation in the wake of reports of 40 deaths because of delayed treatment at a Phoenix VA hospital. But in an interview with CBS News, Shinseki acknowledges that the controversy, says it “makes me angry” and vows to get to the bottom of it. The […]

You want change? You got it with the climate

'Increasingly disruptive across the nation throughout this century and beyond"

You want change? You got it with the climate

When it came time to deliver a new federal report detailing what global warming is doing to America and the dire forecast for the future, President Barack Obama turned to the pros who regularly deliver the bad news about wild weather: TV meteorologists. “We want to emphasize to the public, this is not some distant […]

Supremes say ‘amen’ to prayer at public meetings

The prayers should not denigrate non-Christians or try to win converts

Supremes say ‘amen’ to prayer at public meetings

A narrowly divided Supreme Court upheld decidedly Christian prayers at the start of local council meetings on Monday, declaring them in line with long national traditions though the country has grown more religiously diverse. The content of the prayers is not significant as long as they do not denigrate non-Christians or try to win converts, […]

Public school students far more diverse than teachers

Calling attention to this 'diversity gap' at elementary and secondary schools

Public school students far more diverse than teachers

U.S. teachers are nowhere near as diverse as their students. Almost half the students attending public schools are minorities, yet fewer than 1 in 5 of their teachers is nonwhite. New studies from the Center for American Progress and the National Education Association are calling attention to this “diversity gap” at elementary and secondary schools […]

New Jersey sports gambling legal tab: $2.8 million

The total amount borne by taxpayers will be higher when other attorneys' fees are added

New Jersey sports gambling legal tab: $2.8 million

New Jersey’s bid to legalize sports gambling has endured defeat after defeat in the courts, but one big winner has emerged, at taxpayer expense — the law firm hired to help Gov. Chris Christie defend a lawsuit filed by the four major pro sports leagues and the NCAA. The firm — Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher […]

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