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Associated Press News

Feds, states scramble to recruit young, healthy into ObamaCare as enrollment lags

The commercial starts out with two young rappers breaking out into song as they interview a 26-year-old woman about her decision to sign up for health insurance. It's edgy. Some would say goofy. But at least it's not boring, which is what Michael Marchand wanted to avoid.<p>Marchand runs the …

Obama launches effort to help propel black, Hispanic young men

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will launch a program on Thursday to help improve opportunities for boys from minority groups through programs that provide mentoring, better education, and violence prevention, the White House said.<p>U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at Union Depot in …

Associated Press News

Associated Press News

At Ole Miss, a noose

OXFORD, Miss. — The FBI on Tuesday was helping investigate who tied a noose around the neck of a University of Mississippi statue of James Meredith, who, in 1962, became the first black student to enroll in the then all-white Southern college.<p>University police on Sunday morning found the rope noose …

Why Life-Saving Drugs Haven’t Ended AIDS in America

MIAMI — The glit­ter­ing sky­scrapers seen from the streets of Over­town may as well be vis­ions from an­oth­er plan­et. The largely …

Obama signs order seeking to speed up export approvals

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Wednesday that will attempt to speed from days to minutes how quickly small businesses gain U.S. government approval for exports or imports.<p>U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the economy at the Safeway …

Bill lets teachers spank kids 10 times

A Kansas state representative has introduced a bill that would allow teachers and caregivers to spank children up to 10 times, hard enough to cause redness and bruising, according to a report.<p>House member Gail Finney, a Democrat from Wichita, said the bill aims to restore parental rights, according …

4 ways privatization is ruining our education system

<b>(AP/Susan Walsh)</b><p>Its most deleterious effect: The proliferation of charter schools means underperforming children get left behind<p>Paul Buchheit<p>February 19, 2014 1:15pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Profit-seeking in the banking and health care industries has victimized Americans. …

The tar sands horror story you weren’t supposed to hear

<b>Oilsands development in Northern Alberta (Christopher Kolaczan/Shutterstock)</b><p>Toxic emissions forced a family out of their home — and Big Oil tried to buy their silence<p>Lindsay Abrams<p>February 18, 2014 10:50pm (UTC)<p>The oil industry was willing to pay big money to keep this one quiet. Instead, …

Missouri Execution Stalled Over Lethal Drugs In Short Supply

A few years ago, Missouri, like other states, was having trouble finding lethal execution drugs. Europe was balking, and U.S. drug manufacturers didn't want a part of it.<p>So Missouri turned to a place called a compounding pharmacy to make up the needed drugs based on the ingredients. Missouri …

Death by Lethal Injection Faces New Hurdles

An Oklahoma pharmacy's agreement not to provide drugs for an execution in Missouri represents a new roadblock to lethal injections — one that has some death penalty advocates saying states must come up with another method a squeamish public can stomach.<p>Missouri insists it will still be able to …

Associated Press News

CBO: Wage hike will cause job loss

Raising the minimum wage would cost thousands of jobs while simultaneously lifting wages for millions more, according to a new report that instantly inflamed an election-year battle over income inequality.<p>Giving fodder to both Democrats and Republicans, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday …

Immigration groups turn to anger

Immigration reform advocates are done playing nice with House Republicans.<p>After holding their fire for years at the urging of the Obama administration, several immigration reform groups now plan to unleash their anger at the right.<p>A new, more aggressive campaign kicks off Tuesday, when these groups …

New cancer cases worldwide expected to skyrocket

Cancer deaths worldwide are predicted to rise from 8.2 million annually to 13 million a year with two decades, according to a new report.<p>The incidence of cancer worldwide is growing at an alarming pace, and there is an urgent need to implement strategies to prevent and curb the disease, according …

Farm bill headed to Obama after Senate passage

WASHINGTON — After years of delays and contentious negotiations that threatened to derail the farm bill, Congress completed its work on a new five-year package Tuesday that now heads to the president.<p>The Senate voted 68-32 on a $500 billion farm bill that will end direct payments to farmers, expand …

Immigration is saving the US from an aging crisis

Old people are taking over—and not just in well-known grey zones like Japan and South Korea. By 2050, one in every three or so Spaniards, Italians and Germans will be 65 and older (pdf, p.6), according to Pew Research Center.<p>But relax, Americans. Though by 2050, 20% of you will be age 65 and …

Demographics

Cancer Cases Rising At An Alarming Rate Worldwide

As countries modernize around the world, they're increasingly being hit with one of the curses of wealth: cancer.<p>There are about 14 million new cancer cases globally each year, the World Health Organization reported Monday. And the trend is only getting worse.<p>The global burden of cancer will grow …