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Obamacare applications pour in as enrollment deadline arrives

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:23:45 GMT

Millions of Americans are signing up for 2018 coverage through the Affordable Care Act, defying the Trump administration's hostility to the law and a yearlong campaign by congressional Republicans to repeal it.

How lawmakers should handle the Ballou High School grade-fixing, absenteeism scandal

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 02:22:01 GMT

D.C. Council members David Grosso, Charles Allen, Robert White and Trayon White should be seated front-and-center on the dais Friday for the scheduled public roundtable on "Graduation Rate Accountability." Mr. Grosso, at-large independent, scheduled the discussion after WAMU Radio and NPR uncovered in November an apparent grade-fixing scandal at Ballou High School.

U.S. consumer prices increase, but core CPI moderates

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:44:43 GMT

Bottom Right Default State Name: Delaware State Name underscore: Delaware State Name dash: Delaware State Name lower underscore: delaware State Name lower dash: delaware State Name lower: delaware State Abbreviation: DE State Abbreviation Lower: de It is a continuously updated stream of news from around the web Visit throughout the day for the latest breaking news. WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve raised interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point on Wednesday, as anticipated, but left its rate outlook for the coming years unchanged even as policymakers projected a short-term acceleration in U.S. economic growth.

Americans dying earlier; mortality rates increasing across U.S. due to drugs, heart disease: Report

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:42:34 GMT

Mortality rates are rising across the U.S., and Americans are dying at an earlier age largely due to drug deaths and cardiovascular disease, according to the latest report ranking health trends across the nation. For the third straight year, deaths before the age of 75 increased across the U.S., according to the America's Health Rankings annual report , compiled by the United Health Foundation.

Most Who Enrolled in Michigan's Medicaid Expansion Already Either Work or Can't Work

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:21:27 GMT

Nearly half of the people who enrolled in Medicaid after it expanded in Michigan have jobs, a new study finds. Another 11 percent can't work, likely due to serious physical or mental health conditions.

Butterfly group sues Trump administration over border wall

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:56:03 GMT

The North American Butterfly Association is suing the Trump administration over its plans to build the border wall through its Butterfly Center in South Texas. The 100-acre wildlife center and botanical garden abuts the Rio Grande and is part of the Fish and Wildlife Service's Lower Rio Grande Valley Wildlife Corridor.

TEPCO Takes 50 Percent Stake in a Battery Storage Project of RES

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:00:19 GMT

Japan's TEPCO takes stake from Renewable Energy Systems Americas in an Ohio-based battery storage project to provide frequency regulation in PJM network TOKYO - - TEPCO Holdings, the Tokyo-based electric power company, announced today it has acquired from Colorado-based Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. , 50 percent interests of Battery Utility of Ohio, LLC , that provides frequency regulation services to PJM, a regional U.S. transmission network operator. TEPCO, through the acquisition, and RES will each own 50 percent of BUO.

Ex-Trump aide Carter Page tells court to stop AT&T Time Warner deal

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 03:06:04 GMT

One-time advisor of U.S. president-elect Donald Trump Carter Page addresses the audience during a presentation in Moscow, Russia, December 12, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin Page, whose contacts with Russia have been under scrutiny by Congress and a special counsel, made his argument in a friend-of-the-court brief that the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has yet to accept.

States with legal cannabis see a downward trend in use among teens

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:34:11 GMT

As we've watched politicians debate various aspects of the Cannabis Act, one thought seems to dominate much of the discussion: "What about the children?" While it's expected for politicians to have anxiety around a law that legalizes the consumption of an illicit substance, their expressions of fear have ranged from semi-rational to deluded . Underlying uninformed exaggerations about the typical yield of a cannabis plant and tired analogies about cannabis leading to the use of other drugs is a worry that the number of teens using cannabis will increase.

Study gives South Dakota 'F' in personal finance education

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:52:46 GMT

Researchers say the study grades states on their education requirements for teaching personal finance and economics courses at the high school level. The analysis, called "Is Your State Making the Grade? The 2017 Report Card on State Efforts to Improve Financial Literacy in High Schools," comes out every other year.

The Will of the People Meets the Man in the Moon

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:52:45 GMT

The basic reason why there is no such thing as "the will of the people" is that there is no people to have a will. I don't know much about the Middle East and foreign policy to take a position on the propriety of moving the United States embassy to Jerusalem.

Analyzing Symetra Financial (SYA) & Its Competitors

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:37:45 GMT

Symetra Financial is one of 25 publicly-traded companies in the "Life & Health Insurance" industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Symetra Financial to similar companies based on the strength of its risk, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations and profitability. Symetra Financial's competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Symetra Financial.

Judge warns Manafort: Gag order 'applies to you'

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:06:04 GMT

Judge Amy Berman Jackson warned Manafort that her prior gag order "applies to you and not just your lawyer," but took no further action on the matter. After thanking the judge, Manafort's lawyer Kevin Downing took the opportunity - in a courtroom full of reporters - to take issue with "a torrent of negative press" against his client that "keeps rolling out again and again," asking Jackson, "What is it we do" to counter that? Jackson refused to give "advice," on the situation, noting that "negative press" was also spreading about the prosecution, which was not raising complaints about it.

Ted Cruz makes DC school choice push

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:00:34 GMT

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has reintroduced legislation that would expand school choice options in Washington, D.C., and make students in the district eligible to open educational savings accounts. The Educational Freedom Accounts Act is part of Cruz's school choice push, a topic he has consistently backed since his 2012 election to the Senate.

Nevada drops to 37th in health-care firm's annual ranking

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 02:53:17 GMT

Nevada ranked 37th in the nation this year in health, dropping two rungs from last year in an annual ranking by a health care company. A UnitedHealthcare annual report showed Nevada's greatest challenges include high rates of violent crime rate and the uninsured, and a dearth in primary care.

Updates to California DMV's Proposed Autonomous Vehicle...

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:41:03 GMT

The California Department of Motor Vehicles has proposed changes to its autonomous vehicle deployment regulations that would narrow the circumstances in which manufacturers can be held liable for incidents involving autonomous vehicles. The changes may encourage further innovation in California's autonomous vehicle sector.

High Times? Medical Marijuana In The Classroom

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:41:02 GMT

Medical marijuana first became legal in the U.S. more than 20 years ago when, in 1996, California passed its groundbreaking law. Since then, an increasing number of states have passed their own laws to allow the legal use of marijuana in certain situations.

Glass-Encased West End Library Opens

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:41:01 GMT

Photo by Patrick G. Ryan. A light snowfall - the first of the winter - didn't dampen the enthusiastic presence of hundreds of West End residents and D.C. dignitaries on Saturday, Dec. 9, when Mayor Muriel Bowser and District of Columbia Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan cut the symbolic ribbon to open the District's latest and most contemporary public library, the West End Library at 2301 L St. NW.

Judge: Military must accept transgender recruits on Jan. 1

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:16:55 GMT

A federal judge on Monday denied the Trump administration's request to delay an order requiring the military to begin accepting transgender recruits starting Jan. 1 saying the argument for more time seemed based on "vague claims." "The Court is not persuaded that Defendants will be irreparably injured by" meeting the New Year's Day deadline, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly wrote.

Michigan quarterback commit Kevin Doyle named Washington D.C. Player of the Year

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:03:13 GMT

All the Michigan football news lately has been centered around transfer quarterback Shea Patterson possibly transferring to the Wolverines, but Monday morning's quarterback news was on a player Michigan already has verbally pledged to its 2018 recruiting class. Three-star quarterback and Michigan verbal commit Kevin Doyle was named the 2017-18 Gatorade District of Columbia Football Player of the Year.