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Another Day, Another Retailer Hack

Another Day, Another Retailer Hack

Reports of data breaches, relatively rare even five years ago, now crop up constantly. Cyberattacks are growing in size, too, with tens of millions of consumers potentially facing the prospect having their identities or credit or debit card account information stolen.

Rep. Mark Sanford Refutes Need For Shrink, Calls Ex-Wife’s Plea ‘Crazy’

Rep. Mark Sanford Refutes Need For Shrink, Calls Ex-Wife’s Plea ‘Crazy’

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) lashed out Wednesday at his ex-wife, saying her demands that he have a psychiatric evaluation and for modified custody arrangements are “crazy” and “wrong.” “Since the time of the divorce I have tried to do everything in my power to be both a good dad and a former […]

Diets Work, But Brands Don’t Make Much Difference, Study Finds

Diets Work, But Brands Don’t Make Much Difference, Study Finds

(MCT) — Which diet is the best for you? Whichever one you can stick with, according to a new meta-analysis of 48 different trials involving nearly 7,300 overweight and obese adults. The findings, described in the Journal of the American Medical Association, or JAMA, show that there’s relatively little difference in the effectiveness of various […]

CVS Pulls Last Of Tobacco Items A Month Early, Plans Name Change

CVS Pulls Last Of Tobacco Items A Month Early, Plans Name Change

(MCT) — The nation’s No. 2 drugstore operator has finally kicked the habit. CVS announced Wednesday that it has pulled all remaining cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco and other tobacco products from each of its 7,700 pharmacies nationwide. In doing so, the company, long known as CVS Caremark Corp., announced plans to rebrand as CVS Health, […]

Louisiana’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Upheld By Federal Judge

Louisiana’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Upheld By Federal Judge

(MCT) — A federal judge in Louisiana upheld the state’s ban on same-sex marriages Wednesday, marking the first time a federal court upheld a ban since the Supreme Court struck down a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act last year, according to court filings. U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman ruled the state’s ban […]

Low Turnout In California In November Could Lift Prospects For GOP

Low Turnout In California In November Could Lift Prospects For GOP

(MCT) — The Democratic Party’s dominance of California is close to a historic peak. But strength can draw trouble. Although all signs point to an easy re-election for Gov. Jerry Brown in November and million-vote victories for some of the party’s other statewide candidates, the lack of serious competition at the top of the ticket […]

Spending On Healthcare Is Still Rising, But More Slowly, Report Finds

Spending On Healthcare Is Still Rising, But More Slowly, Report Finds

WASHINGTON (MCT) –National spending on healthcare will continue to surge in coming years, but at a slower rate than the previous two decades, according to new government analysis of the nation’s $3 trillion healthcare tab. The report suggests that changes underway in medical care and insurance coverage may help rein in America’s notoriously high-cost system, […]

Republicans Appear In Position To Take Senate Control

Republicans Appear In Position To Take Senate Control

Voters hate Washington, and they’ll get their chance to shake things up in November’s midterm elections. At stake this fall are 36 of the Senate’s 100 seats, all 435 House seats and 36 governorships.

State Budgeting With An Eye On Results

State Budgeting With An Eye On Results

Performance-based budgeting,” buzzwords for states making spending decisions based on specific benchmarks, gained traction in the 1990s, then fell out of favor during the budget-cutting era of the 2007-09 recession. Now the strategy is making a comeback — with mixed results so far.

California High School Drops Mascot That Offended Arab-Americans

(MCT) — For 83 years, Coachella Valley High School has rallied behind a mascot with a snarling face, a hooked nose, a heavy beard and a headscarf — the Riverside County, Calif., campus’ beloved Arab. The caricature, inspired by the Middle East ambience of Coachella Valley’s desert landscape of date palms and communities named Mecca […]

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