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Trump's hollow promise on the opioid epidemic: GOP health plan...

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:03:22 GMT

President Donald Trump, motivated by a congenital inability to admit defeat, is trying to revive Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act . The move is getting resistance from a surprising corner, as attorneys general from 19 states and the District of Columbia sent a letter to the president expressing concerns about what this means for their ability to fight crime.

Medical marijuana laws linked to greater increase in illicit use, disorders

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 07:27:50 GMT

Increased legalization of marijuana for medical purposes may be fueling illicit use of the drug, as well as increasing the number marijuana use disorders, according to the results of a new study. An analysis of data from three national surveys in the United States revealed a higher increase in illicit marijuana use and marijuana use disorders in states that had passed medical marijuana laws , compared with states that have not legalized medical marijuana.

Yefim Bronfman, a pianist who lets the music speak for itself

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 02:54:39 GMT

Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events Yefim Bronfman is all about the music. Not for him the mysteries of the classical temple, the air of haze and emotion surrounding a performance: He's one of the most no-nonsense pianists around.

Dems Push to Criminalize Treatment of Psychosexual Illnesses

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:57:07 GMT

The slippery slope couldn't get much steeper. First, we were told to tolerate sickness.

Mega Millions numbers for 04/25/2017; jackpot worth $52M

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:06:00 GMT

The Mega Millions jackpot continues as once again there was no grand prize winner for the $52 million Mega Millions jackpot drawing held on Tuesday, April 25. That means the drawing on Friday, Apr. 28 will have a jackpot of $61 million with a cash option of $37 million. Two players matched all five white numbers drawn to win $1 million.


Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:01:18 GMT

With Every Kid Healthy Week kicking off, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2017's Best & Worst States for Children's Health Care.

Texas advocates push longshot pot bills with veterans, moms

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:18:45 GMT

Medical marijuana advocates in Texas are promoting support from more conservative sources to push longshot legislation that would ease pot laws in a state that's lagging behind much of the rest of the country on medical marijuana. Conservative Christian mothers of autistic children and veterans suffering post-traumatic stress disorder rallied outside the state Capitol on Tuesday, entreating the Republican-majority Legislature to advance two bills legalizing medicinal cannabis, one by San Antonio Democratic Sen. Jose Menendez and one by Rep. Eddie Lucio III, a Brownsville Democrat.

At Capitol Hill "joint session," prayers go unanswered

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 02:41:09 GMT

Marijuana users are feeling a bit paranoid about Attorney General Jeff Sessions' threats to crack down on states that have legalized marijuana. So on Monday, at "high noon," activists gathered on the Capitol lawn for what they called a "joint session," and they appealed to a higher authority.

DC Council Introduces False Claims Expansion - Taxpayers Beware

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:34:34 GMT

Last month, a bill was introduced by District of Columbia Councilmember Mary Cheh that would allow tax-related false claims against large taxpayers. Co-sponsors of the bill include Chairman Jack Evans and Councilmember Anita Bonds.

US to hold massive emergency exercise ready for attack TOMORROWUS to...

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:30:05 GMT

Hundreds of emergency personnel will take part in the full-scale civil defence exercise in the US capital on Wednesday April 26. Six regions of the city will be on lockdown as police, medics and fire crews help ready citizens for a possible attack. Mock evacuations will take place in the District of Columbia, suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia as part of the groundbreaking drill.

Not up to par: Hash browns recalled because golf ball pieces might be included in bags

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:14:58 GMT

A food company is recalling frozen hash browns from stores in nine states because the potatoes may have pieces of golf balls in them. McCain Foods USA's recall notice said the golf balls apparently were "inadvertently harvested" along with the potatoes and chopped up.

Up in Smoke: Marijuana activists cuffed after lighting up at U.S. Capitol

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:20:52 GMT

Two dozen red-hatted protesters gathered on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on Monday to call for easing federal marijuana laws, but police snuffed out the party by arresting four of them after they lit up joints. The activists, who carried marijuana-leaf flags and a sign saying "Let DC Tax and Regulate Marijuana," were calling for coast-to-coast legalization of the recreational use of marijuana and protections for those who use cannabis for medical reasons.

4 arrested during marijuana a smoke-ina protest at U.S. Capitol

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 01:26:57 GMT

Gathering to support marijuana legalization, advocates spoke about their experiences with cannabis before four lit up in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on April 24, 2017. Backdropped by American flags emblazoned with rainbow coloring and cannabis leaves, Ras Fia stood before the the U.S. Capitol holding a marijuana joint.

Attorneys general: Restore guidance to aid student borrowers

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:35:08 GMT

Attorneys general from 20 states and the District of Columbia are faulting Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for rolling back Obama-era guidance they say is helping protect student loan borrowers. In a letter sent Monday, Democratic attorneys general Maura Healey of Massachusetts and Lisa Madigan of Illinois called on DeVos to restore the memos instituted by the federal Education Department last year under President Barack Obama.

Featured Sweepstakes: Win a 4-Night Trip for 2 to Palm Springs

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:09:12 GMT

Enter the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism "Dream Vacation" sweepstakes by June 30, 2017, for a chance to win the grand prize: a four-night trip for two to Palm Springs, including roundtrip air, hotel accommodations, dining certificate, retail certificates, and activity passes. To enter, provide the requested contact information on the sweepstakes landing page and press "Submit."

Pot supporters plan 'smoke-in' after arrests near Capitol

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:05:38 GMT

After a pot giveaway that led to eight arrests, marijuana legalization supporters are returning to the U.S. Capitol - and this time they plan to light up. The arrests during Thursday's pot giveaway were unexpected because it's legal to possess small amounts of pot and give it away for free in the District of Columbia.

Business | Smart Benefits: Health Plan ERISA Reporting - 5 Tips to Avoid Costly Penalties

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:18:04 GMT

Designed to protect plan participants and beneficiaries, the annual Form 5500 is required for most employee benefit plans. To ensure you file correctly, be sure to avoid common reporting errors by following these five tips.