• Obamacare and the Supreme Court: What’s at Stake

    Obamacare and the Supreme Court: What’s at Stake

    TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The latest legal showdown over the Affordable Care Act could make health insurance unaffordable for millions of Americans, some health policy experts say. But opponents of the health-care...
  • People use handshakes to sniff each other out

    Related images(click to enlarge) Limp or firm, your handshake conveys subliminal social cues. Now, research reveals it also transmits chemical signals that could explain why the greeting evolved in the first place. In the study,...
  • Supreme Court set to hear second major Obamacare challenge

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court will weigh a second major case targeting President Barack Obama’s healthcare law on Wednesday when it considers a conservative challenge to tax subsidies critical to the measure’s implementation....
  • Netanyahu to begin Iran speech in US

    Netanyahu to begin Iran speech in US

    3 March 2015 Last updated at 15:49 This is one of the most important speeches of Benjamin Netanyahu’s career, say correspondents The Israeli prime minister is due to begin a controversial speech to the US...
  • Less is more for Silverstone organizers

    LONDON (Reuters) – While Germany’s Formula One Grand Prix hangs in the balance, hit by dwindling crowds and rising losses, Britain’s Silverstone circuit believes it can make money and attract more fans by charging less....

Headline News

  • Supreme Court set to hear second major Obamacare challenge


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court will weigh a second major case targeting President Barack Obama’s healthcare law on Wednesday when it considers a conservative challenge to tax subsidies critical to the measure’s implementation. The case is set for a one-hour oral argument starting just after 10 a.m. (1500 GMT), with a ruling due by the end of June. If a majority of the nine justices rules against the administration, up to 7.5 million people in at least 34 states would lose subsidies that help low- and moderate-income people afford private health insurance, unless Congress or the affected states act immediately. Such a ruling could also have a broader impact by deterring younger, healthier people from buying health insurance, which would lead to premiums rising for older, less healthy people who need healthcare most, said Rand Corporation economist Christine Eibner. “It would cause major disruption to the individual insurance market,” Eibner added. The Democratic-backed …

    March 3, 2015 9:55 am
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Politics

  • Hillary Clinton may have broken federal record-keeping laws: NY Times


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have violated federal records laws by using a personal email account for all of her work messages, the New York Times reported on Monday. The newspaper said the likely Democratic presidential candidate conducted all her official business during her four-year tenure at the State Department on a private email account. It added that Clinton, who stepped down as secretary of state in 2013, recently handed over 55,000 pages of emails to the State Department in response to a department effort to comply with record-keeping practices. Federal law says letters and emails written and received by federal officials are government records that must be retained, according to the paper. Regulations at the time Clinton served as secretary of state called for emails on personal accounts to be preserved as well, the paper said. The Times said most experts believed private email accounts should only be …

    March 3, 2015 10:16 am
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Stocks

  • Putin’s movie wishlist: Crimea and military glory


    Coming to a Moscow cinema soon: movies about Crimea and the mighty Russian army. A year after it annexed Crimea and encouraged separatists to take up arms against Ukraine, the government of Vladimir Putin wants producers to make films celebrating Russian military victories. And Crimea’s history in the Russian state. Both themes are near the top of a list published by the ministry of culture. Filmmakers looking for state funding will have to stick to one of nine approved topics. Putin has called Crimea “an inalienable part of Russia.” The West says the annexation was unlawful, and imposed tough economic sanctions on Moscow. Opinion polls suggest most Russians agree with the annexation. Crimea has since featured in several art works, reflecting the nationalistic sentiment the conflict in Ukraine has sparked among many Russians. “We select topics that, in our opinion, need further stimulation,” said Vyacheslav Telnov, director for cinematography at the culture ministry. “Last year …

    March 3, 2015 8:35 am
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Sports

  • NFL’s Ravens, Rice settlement was for $1.59 million: report


    (Reuters) – The settlement of a wrongful termination grievance reached in January between the Baltimore Ravens and running back Ray Rice was for $1.59 million, the Baltimore Sun reported on Tuesday, citing sources. Rice filed the grievance after he was cut from the Ravens and had his $35 million contract terminated in September, when a graphic video surfaced of him knocking out his then-finance in a New Jersey casino elevator. Rice, a three-time Pro Bowler, had sought back pay from his $3.5 million base salary for the 2014 season. He was paid a total of $26.6 million on the contract that was signed in 2012, which included a $15 million signing bonus, the newspaper reported. Rice was reinstated from an indefinite NFL suspension in November and is free to sign with any team. (Reporting by Steve Ginsburg in Washington; Editing by Tom Brown)

    March 3, 2015 9:56 am
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World News

  • Netanyahu to begin Iran speech in US


    3 March 2015 Last updated at 15:49 This is one of the most important speeches of Benjamin Netanyahu’s career, say correspondents The Israeli prime minister is due to begin a controversial speech to the US Congress, in which he will warn against a nuclear deal with Iran. It comes a day after Benjamin Netanyahu told a pro-Israel lobby group that Iran was enveloping the world with its “tentacles of terror”. His speech to Congress was arranged without consulting the White House, which has reacted with irritation. It comes two weeks before Mr Netanyahu will fight for re-election in Israel. The White House has also complained that the speech is interfering in domestic politics by trying to swell domestic opposition to any Iran deal.

    March 3, 2015 9:55 am
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Technology

  • BlackBerry outs touchscreen Leap, teases slider BlackBerry


    BlackBerry devices executive Ron Louks teases a BlackBerry with a slide-out keyboard. Sarah Tew/CNET BARCELONA — BlackBerry is going back to a full touchscreen with the BlackBerry Leap. The Leap marks a return to touchscreen, with last year’s line-up totally dependent on its trademark physical keyboard. The company plans to start selling the smartphone, which will go on sale in April in Europe for $275 (roughly £180 or AU$350). BlackBerry devices executive Ron Louks also teased another smartphone with a curved display that wraps around the side, like the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, and a slide-out keyboard. There isn’t a name for the device, but CEO John Chen said he calls it “the slider.” He also said the company would release a second Porsche edition BlackBerry and another keyboard smartphone. The BlackBerry Leap will target a specific segment of young customers. Sarah Tew / CNET BlackBerry is in the midst of a transformation, moving from …

    March 3, 2015 5:54 am
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Science

  • People use handshakes to sniff each other out


    Related images(click to enlarge) Limp or firm, your handshake conveys subliminal social cues. Now, research reveals it also transmits chemical signals that could explain why the greeting evolved in the first place. In the study, published in the journal eLife, scientists from Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science found that people use the touch of a handshake to sample and sniff signalling molecules. During the experiment, around 280 people were greeted either with or without a handshake. They were filmed using hidden cameras and observed to see how many times they touched their face. One finding of the study was that people constantly sniff their own hands — keeping a hand at their nose about 22% of the time. Subjects greeted with a handshake significantly increased touching of their faces with their right hand. However, this only seemed to be the case when the subject had been greeted by a person of the same gender. To …

    March 3, 2015 10:15 am
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Health

  • Obamacare and the Supreme Court: What’s at Stake


    TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The latest legal showdown over the Affordable Care Act could make health insurance unaffordable for millions of Americans, some health policy experts say. But opponents of the health-care law say the matter is cut-and-dried — and a clear violation of the controversial legislation. At issue are the federal subsidies that help lower monthly health-plan premiums for people in 34 states that use HealthCare.gov — the federally run marketplace to buy insurance online. Petitioners in the case, King v. Burwell, argue that people who use the HealthCare.gov website to purchase insurance aren’t entitled to receive subsidies to defray the cost of health insurance coverage. They say the subsidies, which come in the form of premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions, were meant only for people who buy health plans through state-operated health insurance exchanges — not HealthCare.gov. The Galen Institute, an Alexandria, Va.-based free-market health policy research group and …

    March 3, 2015 10:16 am
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Entertainment

  • Kim Kardashian Slips Into A Sexy Latex Dress And Chats About Life As A Selfie Queen


    Posted on Mon Mar 2nd, 2015 11:15am PDT       By X17 Staff Kim Kardashian covers the new issue of AdWeek, and while the magazine seems to leave out the fact that she rose to fame after starring in a raunchy sexy tape, they do ask her all sorts of interesting questions! Well, the questions themselves aren’t actually THAT interesting, but the reality star’s attempt to give intelligent replies is pretty entertaining! On the background behind her new video game, Kim says: “I had just had the baby, and so I was being really choosy about what I was working on. I got a call from the company Glu Mobile to partner up and do a video game. I asked my husband, ‘What do you think of this? What would the concept be?’ And he was like, ‘Oh my God, you have to do a video game? It’s so cool.’ So, we went back and we came up …

    March 3, 2015 8:35 am
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Editorial

  • The New Terrorism: How to fight it and defeat it


    The fight against radical Islam and the global jihadist movement is the challenge of our time.   Threats to our homeland are constantly increasing and our lack of real border security has only compounded the problem. Technology is rapidly changing and increasing.  However, our government remains stovepiped, and often times, lacks the ability to analyze, adapt and respond quick enough. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The 9/11 Commission said that “9/11 was a failure of imagination.”  It’s important that we quit preparing for the last threat, but be imaginative so that we can prevent the next terrorist attack on America. It’s time for us once again to have the same level of commitment for keeping America safe as we did following 9/11.  Today we live in a world on fire and it’s important from a historical perspective to understand how and when the world caught fire.  We need to understand radical Islam, the history behind it and what motivates …

    March 3, 2015 2:32 am
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Odd News

  • German pensioner needs drill to dig for Nazi-looted Amber Room


    BERLIN (Reuters) – A pensioner has started digging in Germany’s western Ruhr region for the Amber Room, a priceless work of art looted by Nazis from the Soviet Union during World War Two and missing for 70 years, but says he needs a new drill to help him. Dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World, the Amber Room was an ornate chamber made of amber panels given to Czar Peter the Great by Prussia’s Friedrich Wilhelm I in 1716. German troops stole the treasure chamber from a palace near St Petersburg in 1941 and took it to Koenigsberg, now the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, before it disappeared. Conspiracy theories abound about the whereabouts of what some say is the world’s most valuable piece of lost art. Some historians think it was destroyed in the war, others say Germans smuggled it to safety. Now 68-year-old pensioner Karl-Heinz Kleine says he thinks the chamber is hidden under …

    March 3, 2015 10:15 am
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