Headline News

  • U.S. says 9.5 million people enroll for 2015 insurance, beating goal


    (Reuters) – More than 9.5 million people have signed up for 2015 individual health insurance on the new exchanges created under the national healthcare reform law, the U.S. government said on Tuesday, beating its enrollment target weeks before the deadline. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said that it had signed up or automatically enrolled more than 7.1 million people on its HealthCare.gov website through Jan. 16. The federally run site covers 37 states. Another 2.4 million people selected a plan or were automatically enrolled in the other 13 states plus Washington D.C., which run their own websites. That data is through Jan. 18 for California and through Jan. 17 for D.C. and the other states. The government had set a target of at least 9.1 million enrollees for 2015 coverage. The enrollment period opened on Nov. 15 and ends on Feb. 15. (Reporting by Caroline Humer; Editing by Chris Reese)

    January 27, 2015 2:13 pm
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Politics

  • Senate Democrats hold off on new Iran vote


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Several Democratic senators said on Tuesday they would give the Obama administration at least two more months to reach a nuclear deal with Iran before voting for tighter economic restrictions, easing the threat that Congress might override President Barack Obama’s veto of a new sanctions bill. U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, co-author of the legislation that would tighten sanctions on Iran if there is no deal by the end of June, said he and other Democratic senators would not back passage of the bill until after March 24, and only in the absence of a framework agreement with Tehran. Obama said a vote for more restrictions, which are strongly supported by Republican lawmakers, could upset negotiations under way, and pledged to veto any bill imposing new sanctions while talks are ongoing. “Many of my Democratic colleagues and I have sent a letter to the president, telling him we will not support passage of …

    January 27, 2015 1:33 pm
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Stocks

  • NFL’s domestic violence Super Bowl spot: ‘It’s up to us to listen’


      The National Football League is running an ad during the Super Bowl addressing the issue that’s been dogging it all year: Domestic Violence. The somber spot, produced by the domestic violence advocacy group NoMore.org, is a stark contrast to the Super Bowl’s traditionally humorous ads. It shows a home that’s obviously been the scene of a struggle, with broken pictures and a hole punched in the wall. The soundtrack is a woman calling 911 but pretending to order a pizza in order not to anger her attacker. At first the male 911 operator tries to get her off the phone. Then he realizes she needs help but can’t speak because her attacker is in the room. He tells her police are about a minute away and asks her to stay on the line but she hangs up. Related: Kim Kardashian makes fun of her selfies in a Super Bowl spot “When it’s hard to …

    January 27, 2015 1:53 pm
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Sports

  • Blues goalie Brodeur to announce retirement: team


    (Reuters) – Future Hall of Fame goalie Martin Brodeur, the National Hockey League’s all-time leader in wins and shutouts, will announce his retirement on Thursday, the St. Louis Blues said on Tuesday. The 42-year-old Brodeur, who signed with St. Louis last month after spending the first 21 years of his NHL career with the New Jersey Devils, has 691 career wins and 125 shutouts. (Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; editing by Justin Palmer)

    January 27, 2015 2:13 pm
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World News

  • Deadly attack on Tripoli hotel


    27 January 2015 Last updated at 20:03 Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. At least two men stormed the hotel, which is popular with tourists Militants have attacked a hotel used by foreigners in Libya’s capital, killing at least four people and injuring 12 others, officials say. Several gunmen stormed the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli and opened fire in the reception area. A car bomb also exploded outside the hotel. Unconfirmed reports say some of the assailants have blown themselves up and that foreigners are among the dead. The security forces say the stand-off has now been brought to an end. Reports conflict as to whether any foreigners were killed and over the total number of attackers. The security forces say that the operation against gunmen who attacked the hotel is now over A Twitter account linked to Islamic State said the militant group had carried out the attack. Correspondents say it …

    January 27, 2015 2:13 pm
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Technology

  • Exploding Kittens card game annihilates Kickstarter goal


    Kaboom! That sound you heard rollicking around the Internet was Kickstarter project Exploding Kittens blowing away its humble $10,000 funding goal to the tune of more than $4 million in pledges. A card game full of dangerously naughty felines has inspired a considerable amount of crowdfunding fervor. The original goal was met in only 20 minutes. It reached 1,000 percent funding within an hour. Now, it’s setting new records. Exploding Kittens is a card game with an online geek-hero celebrity attached in the form of The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman. His bug-eyed, enthusiastic art style is the basis for the card designs. CNET pressed him for the inside story — see the video above — and there’s more exclusive footage on the way. The game itself works a bit like Russian Roulette, with players drawing cards and trying to avoid getting bumped out of the game by accidentally triggering an exploding kitten. It has tragedy, …

    January 27, 2015 1:33 pm
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Science

  • NREL reports examine economic trade-offs of owning versus leasing a solar photovoltaic system


    Two new reports from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) examine the economic options customers face when deciding how to finance commercial or residential solar energy systems. NREL analysts found that businesses that use low-cost financing to purchase a photovoltaic (PV) system and homeowners who use solar-specific loans can save up to 30 percent compared with consumers who lease a PV system through a conventional third-party owner. The first report, “Banking on Solar: An Analysis of Banking Opportunities in the U.S. Distributed Photovoltaic Market,” provides a high-level overview of the developing U.S. solar loan product landscape. The analysis covers the range of consumer and commercial loan products available for financing solar in the United States, discusses the potential and active market players in the distributed solar loan space, and provides qualitative and quantitative analyses of how solar loans of varying maturities stack up against third-party financing. Key findings include: The levelized cost of …

    January 27, 2015 1:34 pm
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Health

  • Delinquent kids have earlier sex


    (Reuters Health) – Kids with behavior problems became sexually active earlier than their peers, in a recent study. Having sex early – before age 16 – increases the risk of teen pregnancy, partner violence, sexually transmitted infections and other negative health outcomes, the researchers say. Other studies have found that behaviors like frequent opposition or rule breaking are associated with earlier age of first sexual intercourse or teenage pregnancy, said lead author S. Rachel Skinner of the University of Sydney in Australia, in email to Reuters Health. The new study is larger and more robust, she said. “We were able to disentangle this relationship from many other known risk factors, and demonstrate that (behavior problems are) an independent predictor of earlier age of first sexual intercourse,” Skinner said. Her team used data from a long-term study beginning in 1989 that followed almost 3,000 Australian children and their families from birth through age 17. By age …

    January 27, 2015 1:33 pm
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Entertainment

  • Hollywood executive Cindra Ladd pens compelling essay about Bill Cosby abuse


    Ladd has opened up for the first time in a first-person essay for The Huffington Post, and she has made it clear that she will not be speaking up about the incident again in the future, but feels that it is important that she tells “the truth.” More: Bill Cosby’s TV wife Phylicia Rashad finally comments on his accusations In the powerful piece, Ladd describes herself as “a 21-year-old single woman in the world’s most exciting city.” She met a much older Cosby, who was an “internationally known comedian and television star, one of the most likeable and popular entertainers in the business.” Ladd — who is now married to Alan Ladd Jr. — describes how she met the comedian at his friend’s apartment but had a terrible headache at the time, for which Cosby claimed he had a “miracle cure his doctor had given him that would get rid of the headache.” He gave her a capsule, and …

    January 27, 2015 1:53 pm
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Editorial

  • GOP and Abortion in Age of ObamaCare: Time for new strategy


    FILE — Jan. 22, 2015: Anti-abortion demonstrators march past the Supreme Court in Washington during the annual March for Life. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) As thousands descended on Washington last week for the annual “March for Life,” the Republican House of Representatives was busy watering down an anti-abortion bill that restricted abortions after 20 weeks, except in cases of rape or incest, with exemptions allowed only after a police report had been filed. This after a small group of moderate Republican lawmakers challenged the bill and lobbied for a less restrictive measure. Politics wins. Life loses. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT It seems these moderate Republicans, fearing the bill could revive the Democrats’ phony “War on Women” mantra, erred on the side of expedience so as not to, as the Washington Post writes, “…expose Republicans in swing districts to a barrage of attack ads in 2016 from women’s rights groups and Democrats.” Republicans should be about “empowering women,” giving them …

    January 27, 2015 1:33 pm
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Odd News

  • Mississippi collector’s quirky Elvis shrine up for auction


    JACKSON, Miss. (Reuters) – The estate of an eccentric Elvis Presley memorabilia collector who for more than two decades offered tours of his Mississippi house at any time day or night will be auctioned on Saturday, his attorney said. The sale will be held at Paul MacLeod’s Holly Springs home, known as “Graceland Too.” Though not officially connected to Graceland, Presley’s home in Memphis, Tennessee, the quirky 24-hour attraction drew Elvis fans from all over the world until its owner’s death last year. Some bidders have expressed interest in turning the property into an Elvis-themed bed and breakfast, attorney Phillip Knecht said. They will also have the chance to buy hundreds of Elvis Presley vinyl records, MacLeod’s pink Cadillac and dozens of foot lockers full of clippings and recordings featuring the performer known as the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Auctioneer Greg Kinard said some items have garnered more attention than he expected, such as …

    January 27, 2015 1:33 pm
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