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Democratic Lawmakers Move To Upend Ruling On Birth Control

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Taking up advice from Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., Congressional Democrats Wednesday introduced legislation to get around the court’s decision last month to exempt private corporations from having to provide coverage for birth-control pills and devices that violate the companies’ religious beliefs. The companion bills — the Senate version […]

Congress Has Heavy Workload But Limited Time Before Summer Recess

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Congress started July — its last full working month before the November elections — with a full plate. But it may not have the appetite to handle it all. At the top of lawmakers’ to-do list is passing at least temporary funding for the Highway Trust Fund, which helps finance major road […]

Anthem Blue Cross Misled Obamacare Enrollees, Lawsuit Claims

LOS ANGELES (MCT) — California insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross misled “millions of enrollees” about whether their doctors and hospitals were participating in its new “Obamacare” plans and failed to disclose that many policies wouldn’t cover care outside its approved network, according to a class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday. As a result, many consumers are on […]

Obamacare Website Stumped ‘Highly Educated’ Millennials, Study Shows

Obamacare Website Stumped ‘Highly Educated’ Millennials, Study Shows

Millennials who struggled to sign up for health insurance on Healthcare.gov have some simple advice for the Administration of President Barack Obama: Make the website more like Yelp or TurboTax.

Freeway Incident Raises Questions On How Police Interact With Public

Freeway Incident Raises Questions On How Police Interact With Public

On July 1, a 51-year-old woman ventured onto the 10 Freeway, barefoot, carrying a purse and veering into lanes of traffic. A California Highway Patrol officer arrived on the scene and tried to get her off the freeway shoulder. What happened next has generated investigations, outrage and unanswered questions.

States Adopt Anti-Snooping Laws

(MCT) — Worried about your boss prying into your personal business, poking around in aspects of your life you’d rather keep between friends and family — even as you share more of it on social media? Seventeen States have drawn a line between what’s your business and what your boss can access, by enacting laws […]

Study: Not Enough Exercise Is Likely To Blame For Obesity Epidemic

LOS ANGELES (MCT) — A new study suggests that under-exercising, rather than overeating, may be at the heart of America’s obesity epidemic. Researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine report a strong correlation between the rise in obesity and a striking drop in the amount of time Americans spend exercising when not at work over […]

Smallpox Discovered In Old Storage Room Near D.C.

(MCT) — National Institutes of Health workers preparing to move a lab in Bethesda, Md., found an unwelcome surprise in a storage room this month: vials of smallpox. There is no evidence that any of the vials was breached, and no lab workers or members of the public were exposed to the infectious and potentially […]

Cleveland Picked To Host 2016 Republican National Convention

(MCT) — Cleveland was picked Tuesday by the Republican National Committee’s site selection panel to host the GOP’s national convention in 2016. Cleveland edged out five other finalist cities: Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City and Las Vegas in the hotly contested race that brought in each State’s power players and top fundraisers. Dallas was the […]

Customs Under Fire For Sweeping Scans Of Employees’ Personal Data

WASHINGTON (MCT) — A troubled division of Customs and Border Protection whose leader was recently ousted by the Barack Obama Administration is now accused of improperly scrutinizing the personal information of the agency’s 60,000 employees for evidence of potential misconduct and corruption. In one program, the agency’s internal affairs division shared employees’ Social Security numbers […]

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