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Obama pitches his health care plan on Funny or Die
11 Mar 2014 at 7:15pm
NEW YORK (AP) ? Zach Galifianakis brought the ferns, and President Barack Obama opened a new avenue of presidential communication.
Gene mapping study shows promise, challenges
11 Mar 2014 at 1:14pm
CHICAGO (AP) ? These days, it's faster and cheaper than ever to decipher a person's entire DNA. But a small study suggests that looking for disease risks that way may not be ready for the masses.
Study: 2 percent of Americans have new hips, knees
11 Mar 2014 at 12:51am
It's not just grandma with a new hip and your uncle with a new knee. More than 2 of every 100 Americans now have an artificial joint, doctors are reporting.
Republican Party wins Florida congressional seat in special election
11 Mar 2014 at 8:01pm
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Republican David Jolly won an expensive battle to fill a vacant U.S. Congressional seat in a special election watched by both major parties for what it portends for November when all 435 congressional seats will be up for grabs. Jolly, 41, defeated Democrat challenger Alex Sink, 65, a former state chief financial officer, by 3,500 votes or a 1.87 percent margin - 48.43 percent to 46.56 percent, according to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections website. Libertarian candidate Lucas Overby took 4.83 percent of the votes. Republicans were quick to declare the result a repudiation of President Obama's Affordable Healthcare Act, known as Obamacare.
Louisiana man fined $600 after drunken fight with wife aboard flight
11 Mar 2014 at 6:06pm
A judge in the Cayman Islands fined a Louisiana man $600 on Tuesday for forcing a Delta Air Lines flight to make an emergency landing after he got into a drunken argument with his wife aboard the plane on their anniversary. Michael Foret, 33, was escorted from a Delta Air Lines plane by police when it landed in the Cayman Islands on Sunday night. On Tuesday, Foret, who had been held in police custody, appeared before a Cayman Islands judge, his lawyer, Ben Tonner, said. Foret was fined for disruptive behavior aboard a commercial flight, he said.
Obamacare enrollment in private coverage rises to 4.2 million people
11 Mar 2014 at 3:39pm
By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration said on Tuesday that 4.2 million people have signed up for private health insurance under Obamacare, and indicated that total enrollment could surpass a 6 million-enrollee forecast by the end of March. New enrollment data for a five-month period from October 1 through March 1 came out as the administration threw its public relations campaign into overdrive, with President Barack Obama appearing for an interview on the comedy website, "Funny or Die," in a direct appeal to the site's audience of young adults. ...
Insurers wary of Obamacare unknowns as they plan for 2015
11 Mar 2014 at 2:40pm
By Caroline Humer NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. health insurers are struggling to set prices for their Obamacare plans in 2015 and decide which regions to return to before the deadlines for submitting those plans to regulators. Some insurers already expect to lose money this year following the rocky launch of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, which aims to provide coverage to millions of uninsured Americans with the help of government subsidies. ...
When Zach met Barack: pitching Obamacare online
11 Mar 2014 at 2:23pm
By Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama took his quest to sign young people up for health insurance to an edgy comedy website on Tuesday, where he traded insults with host Zach Galifianakis while plugging his signature Obamacare health program. Obama sat for an interview on "Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis," on the Funny or Die website. The actor, who starred in "The Hangover" films, is known for his cringe-inducing banter on the program. ...
Watch: Alleged Child Sex Assault Victim to Testify in Michigan
11 Mar 2014 at 2:05pm
Social worker explains why testifying in court could compound the 6-year-old's trauma.
FDA approves electric headband to prevent migraine
11 Mar 2014 at 2:03pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it approved a nerve-stimulating headband as the first medical device to prevent migraine headaches.
Especially for women, hearing loss linked to depression
11 Mar 2014 at 1:57pm
Higher rates of depression were most common among women and among the middle aged, compared to people over 70, researchers found. A few smaller studies have shown a connection between hearing loss and depression, but they were not based on nation-wide samples and the results were conflicting, Dr. Chuan-Ming Li said.
Profit-taking drags Wall Street lower
11 Mar 2014 at 1:54pm
By Rodrigo Campos NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks fell on Tuesday, with selling picking up late in the session, as investors cashed in some of the recent market gains, but the S&P 500 finished less than 1 percent away from a record high set last week. Indexes had swung between gains and losses in the first half of the session, as the lack of major corporate earnings or market-affecting data kept trading directionless, but they closed near the day's lows. Shares of retailers American Eagle and Urban Outfitters fell sharply after disappointing outlooks. ...
Alleged Sex Assault Victim, 6, Too Young to Testify?
11 Mar 2014 at 1:45pm
Research shows that more sexual abuse cases are coming to light and children are increasingly being admitted as witnesses in court proceedings. An estimated 1.6 percent of children between the ages of 12-17 have been victims of rape/sexual assault and many must face their assailants.
Judge in Colorado theater massacre case appoints new sanity evaluator
11 Mar 2014 at 1:38pm
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A judge overseeing the Colorado movie theater massacre case appointed an evaluator on Tuesday to conduct a second sanity examination of accused gunman James Holmes after earlier ruling a first evaluation to be "incomplete and inadequate." Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour, in a written ruling, approved the selection by the state mental hospital of the new examiner, whose name was redacted in the order. Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to murder and attempted murder charges linked to the 2012 shooting during a viewing of a Batman film in a suburban Denver cinema that killed 12 moviegoers and injured 70 others.
Oxigene Inc says drug meets main goal of ovarian cancer trial
11 Mar 2014 at 1:36pm
(Reuters) - Oxigene Inc said on Tuesday that its experimental drug Zybrestat combined with Roche's big selling cancer drug Avastin significantly slowed progression of recurrent ovarian cancer better than Avastin alone in a midstage clinical trial. Shares of tiny Oxigene, which had been halted prior to announcement of the trial results, more than doubled in extended trading. The drugs, which use different mechanisms to deprive tumors of blood supply and oxygen needed to grow, met the primary goal of the study by demonstrating a statistically significant increase in progression-free survival (PFS), or the time it takes before the cancer begins to worsen. "This promising combination warrants further evaluation particularly given the significant need for new treatment options in relapsed ovarian cancer," Dr. Bradley Monk, lead investigator of the study, said in a statement.