Headline News

  • U.S. Supreme Court justices weigh challenge to Obamacare


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court appeared divided on ideological lines on Wednesday as it heard a second major challenge to President Barack Obama’s healthcare law targeting tax subsidies intended to help people afford insurance, with Justice Anthony Kennedy appearing to be the possible swing vote in a decision. Kennedy, a conservative on the nine-member court who often casts the deciding vote in close cases, raised concerns to lawyers on both sides about the possible negative impact on states if the government loses the case, suggesting he could back the Obama administration. But he did not commit to supporting either side. Chief Justice John Roberts, who supplied the key vote in a 5-4 ruling in 2012 upholding the law in the previous challenge, said little during the argument to signal how he might vote. If the court rules against the Obama administration, up to 7.5 million people in at least 34 states would lose …

    March 4, 2015 11:50 am
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Politics

  • Supreme hearing arguments on Obamacare


    By MARK SHERMAN March 4, 2015 Supreme Court visitor using his cellphone to take a photo of the court in Washington.(AP Photo)   The Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a major test of President Barack Obama’s health overhaul that threatens insurance coverage for millions of people. The justices are meeting Wednesday to try to determine whether the law makes people in all 50 states eligible for federal tax subsidies to cut the cost of insurance premiums. Or does it limit tax credits only to people who live in states that created their own health insurance marketplaces? A ruling that limits where subsidies are available would have dramatic consequences because roughly three dozen states opted against their own marketplace, or exchange, and instead rely on the U.S. Health and Human Services Department’s healthcare.gov. Independent studies estimate that 8 million people could lose insurance coverage. Opponents of the Affordable Care Act failed to kill the law …

    March 4, 2015 10:30 am
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Stocks

  • The millennial investor raking in a 250% return


    Justin Brosseau’s friends called him an idiot in high school. They wanted to spend their money at the movies, but Justin passed on seeing “The Hangover” and started investing instead. At age 16, he put almost all of his life savings, $650, into three stocks: Citi (C), GE (GE) and United Airlines (UAL). That was back in 2009. No one calls him an idiot now. Justin made a nearly 250% return on his initial stock investments before he graduated from Miami University last spring. To put that another way, while his friends were spending money, he was making about $1,600. That might be far from Warren Buffett’s fortune, but it adds up. “I enjoy taking risks,” Justin, now 23, says. “I’ll never stop investing. There’s always a way to win. I just want to be that person to figure it out.” Justin’s early success led him to invest more. Today his portfolio is worth $12,300 …

    March 4, 2015 10:49 am
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Sports

  • Former Sainsbury’s boss takes role at Manor F1 team


    LONDON (Reuters) – Former Sainsbury’s chief executive Justin King has been appointed interim chairman of the revived Manor Marussia Formula One team with OVO Energy founder Stephen Fitzpatrick as principal investor. The team told reporters at a briefing on Wednesday that plans remained on course for them to have two cars at next week’s Australian season-opener with mandatory crash tests scheduled for this week. Britain’s Will Stevens will be one of the drivers, with the second yet to be named. Marussia went into administration and missed the last three races of 2014, but still finished ninth overall in the championship. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Ken Ferris)

    March 4, 2015 11:50 am
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World News

  • Boston bombing lawyer: ‘It was him’


    4 March 2015 Last updated at 17:44 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could face the death penalty if he is found guilty, as Nick Bryant reports The trial of the man accused of bombing the Boston Marathon two years ago has begun, with his defence lawyer telling the jury he committed the crime. “It was him,” the lawyer said as she prepared to defend Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s actions by saying he had been influenced by his older brother. Mr Tsarnaev, 21, could face the death penalty and is charged with more than 30 counts relating to the bombings. It was the deadliest terror attack on US soil since 9/11. Speaking before the defence, a federal prosecutor said in opening statements on Wednesday that Tsarnaev had “murder in his heart” when he placed the bomb. In 2013, Mr Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to all charges related to the attack. The left …

    March 4, 2015 11:50 am
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Technology

  • Xiaomi enters Europe with accessories store – but no phones yet


    Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is taking its first step into Europe by opening an online store this year, the company has announced. The five-year-old company – dubbed “China’s Apple” – recently became the third largest smartphone manufacturer despite only selling its phones in China. In Europe it will start selling its Mi Band fitness tracker, headphones and battery packs, but not its eagerly anticipated smartphones. If Xiaomi begin selling smartphones such as its well-received Mi Note 4 phablet in the US and Europe, the company would be likely to face legal challenges over patent infringement. Lin Bin, Xiaomi co-founder, recently said that intellectual property was “not the most important matrix”. However, it was one factor that he and CEO Lei Jun use when planning country-launch strategies. “It’s going to be a different Mi.com experience from what we have in our markets in Asia, because we’re not selling phones,” Xiaomi’s global vice president and former Google …

    March 4, 2015 6:07 am
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Science

  • U.S. Funds Efforts to Freeze Human Organs for Long-Term Storage


    An Italian neuroscientist promised in recent weeks that a new type of surgery—wait for it, a human head transplant—will be ready to try on real, live patients in the next two years. Unfortunately, according to many other neurosurgeons and transplant specialists, that’s an absurd claim. We won’t be swapping out our bodies for younger, fitter models for at the minimum decades, if not centuries—or ever. Still, some people have their heads frozen after death in the hope that future scientific advances may be able to bring them back, plop their heads on a new body—biological or robotic—and let them live forever. Baseball hall of famer Ted Williams did it. (Walt Disney did not—sorry.) Yet eliminating ice damage to hundreds of billions of brain cells—only one of a multitude of challenges to achieve that goal—makes such a feat nothing more than a futuristic fantasy, biologists say. The prospect of preserving any organ, even a lesser one …

    March 4, 2015 10:29 am
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Health

  • Many Transplant Surgeons Suffer Burnout


    WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Many transplant surgeons in the United States suffer burnout, a new study reveals. Researchers at the Henry Ford Transplant Institute in Detroit surveyed 218 male and female transplant surgeons, aged 31 to 79. Almost half said they had a low sense of personal accomplishment, and 40 percent reported high levels of emotional exhaustion. “This combination suggests that transplant surgeons are extremely invested in and engaged with their patients but they are frustrated by the process,” study leader Michelle Jesse, a senior staff psychologist, said in a Henry Ford news release. Many transplant patients are critically ill and take a long time to recover after a transplant. Some die while waiting for a new organ. These factors could affect surgeon’s feelings of personal accomplishment, Jesse said. “Difficult patient interactions — like patients and families angry or crying while discussing end-of-life decisions — are not uncommon for transplant surgeons,” she …

    March 4, 2015 10:30 am
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Entertainment

  • Kim Kardashian Jets Off To Europe To Reunite With Kanye And Daughter Nori


    Posted on Wed Mar 4th, 2015 8:45am PDT       By X17 Staff Kim Kardashian caught a flight out of Los Angeles International Airport bright and early on Wednesday morning, and the reality starlet was headed to London, and she’ll presumably be meeting up with hubby Kanye West and their daughter Nori later this week. Kanye, Nori and Kris Jenner were seen getting on the train from London to Paris this morning, so we highly doubt Yeezy will be parading their little girl around during fashion week without Kim by his side. After all, if she throws another tantrum during a show, you know Kanye won’t be able to handle that on his own!   SEE THE GALLERY Kim Kardashian Jets Out Of LA Stories from around the Web

    March 4, 2015 10:49 am
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Editorial

  • Paying for College: Yes, you can (and should) negotiate over price


    This month, tens of thousands of high school seniors will find out whether they have been granted admission to the college of their choice. Those letters will be followed in short order by financial aid offers – and it’s that information that parents will be following most closely. That’s because, these days, getting into school isn’t the tough part, it’s paying for college. College administrators know this too well.   Patrick T. Harker, who will lead the Philadelphia Federal Reserve after running the University of Delaware, wrote in an op-ed last month that universities face extinction if they continue to price themselves out of reach of the middle class.  ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT College debt is one of the biggest financial threats to American families. Already, college students are graduating with an average of $33,000 in debt, an extraordinary sum that could have financed a car or provided a down payment for a home, but instead will …

    March 4, 2015 10:49 am
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Odd News

  • Hamburg residents take revenge on late-night revelers with urine-repellent paint


    BERLIN (Reuters) – Residents of Hamburg’s St. Pauli’s nightclub district are getting their own back on late-night revelers who urinate on public buildings, with a new high-tech paint that sends the spray bouncing right back at them. A local interest group has applied the special water-repellent paint, also used in shipbuilding, on two especially frequented buildings in the renowned nightclub district near the port to deter “Wildpinkler”, as Germans call them. “This paint job sends a direct message back to perpetrators that their wild urinating on this wall is not welcome,” Julia Staron, who organized the group, told Reuters. “The paint protects the buildings and the residents and most importantly it sends a signal this behavior is not on.” In a video posted on YouTube that drew 181,000 viewers on its first day alone, Staron is shown putting up signs in German and English that say: “Hier nicht pinkeln! Wir pinkeln zurueck” (Do not pee …

    March 4, 2015 10:29 am
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