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States want to make it harder for health insurers to deny care, but firms might evade enforcement

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For decades, Amina Tollin struggled with mysterious, debilitating pain that radiated throughout her body. A few years ago, when a doctor finally diagnosed her with polyneuropathy, a chronic nerve condition, she had begun to use a wheelchair.

The doctor prescribed a blood infusion therapy that allowed Tollin, 40, to live her life normally. That ...Read more

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Swap funds or add services? Use of opioid settlement cash sparks strong disagreements

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State and local governments are receiving billions of dollars in opioid settlements to address the drug crisis that has ravaged America for decades. But instead of spending the money on new addiction treatment and prevention services they couldn’t afford before, some jurisdictions are using it to replace existing funding and stretch tight ...Read more

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LA's water supplies are in good shape. But is the city ready for the next drought?

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LOS ANGELES -- California’s second wet winter in a row has left L.A’s water supplies in good shape for at least another year, but the inevitable return to dry conditions could once again put the city’s residents in a precarious position.

After the state’s final snow survey of the season, officials with the Los Angeles Department of ...Read more

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Metro Detroit police brace for more burglaries by South American 'crime tourists'

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BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Police in Metro Detroit are bracing for another round of burglaries by South American "crime tourists" who enter the United States through a visa waiver program and move from state to state stealing from upscale homes.

Recent crimes in Bloomfield Township and Northville Township were committed by the same network ...Read more

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NASA Langley is testing solar sail technology that could reduce costs of space missions

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A sunlight-propelled satellite floating though space on huge metallic sails sounds like an idea straight from science fiction.

But scientists at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton have spent five years making the technology a reality and plan to launch a test mission as soon as April 23. If successful, the sail technology could reduce the ...Read more

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When rogue brokers switch people's ACA policies, tax surprises can follow

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Tax season is never fun. But some tax filers this year face an added complication: Their returns are being rejected because they failed to provide information about Affordable Care Act coverage they didn’t even know they had.

While the concern about unscrupulous brokers enrolling unsuspecting people in ACA coverage has simmered for years, ...Read more

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California health workers may face rude awakening with $25 minimum wage law

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Nearly a half-million health workers who stand to benefit from California’s nation-leading $25 minimum wage law could be in for a rude awakening if hospitals and other health care providers follow through on potential cuts to hours and benefits.

A medical industry challenge to a new minimum wage ordinance in one ...Read more


In reversal, more areas allow high-speed police chases

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During several years of efforts to refine policing tactics — ranging from mandating body-worn cameras to limiting or banning excessive use of force — many states and law enforcement agencies nationwide imposed more restrictive car chase policies to protect civilians and officers.

Now, state legislators and some local and state agencies are ...Read more

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LA ethics panel approves fine for former CBS exec Leslie Moonves over interference with LAPD investigation

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LOS ANGELES — Former CBS President Leslie Moonves will pay $15,000 to settle a Los Angeles city ethics complaint over his role in an alleged cover-up of sexual assault accusations against him.

The city’s Ethics Commission unanimously approved the settlement Wednesday after previously rejecting a proposal for $11,250 in fines as too low.

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Salmonella outbreak causes Trader Joe's to recall a Miami firm's herbs in 29 states

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Trader Joe’s took herbs made by a Miami area company off the shelves of stores in 29 states and issued a recall of those already sold after a CDC and FDA investigation links the herbs to a salmonella outbreak.

Here’s what you need to know.

What basil did Trader Joe’s recall?

This recall involves Infinite Herbs Organic Basil from Feb. 1 ...Read more

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Clark County GOP chair arrested, faces domestic battery charge

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Clark County Republican Party Chairman Jesse Law was arrested last weekend and faces a domestic battery charge, according to Metro booking records.

Law was arrested Sunday and faces a charge of domestic battery first offense, according to Las Vegas Justice Court records.

Law declined to comment Wednesday evening and referred requests to his ...Read more

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San Diego Unified OKs its first affordable housing development on school property

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SAN DIEGO — San Diego Unified School District officials took a key step forward this week with their plan to help ease the local housing crisis by letting developers build large rent-restricted apartment complexes on excess school property.

District trustees selected a developer to transform the former campus of Central Elementary in City ...Read more

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House bill gives up to a year to sell TikTok; eyes Russian assets

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WASHINGTON — Speaker Mike Johnson late on Wednesday unveiled a modified version of the previously House-passed legislation targeting TikTok that would give Chinese owner ByteDance up to a year to divest the app, an increase from the six months given in the earlier version.

The bill, the fourth part of a package of measures released Wednesday ...Read more

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Pa. state Rep. Kevin Boyle evades arrest; US Rep. Brendan Boyle says his brother has 'serious mental health condition'

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PHILADELPHIA — State Rep. Kevin Boyle had not yet turned himself in to Philadelphia police as of Wednesday evening, a day after a warrant was issued for his arrest on charges related to violating a protection from abuse order.

As Boyle eluded arrest, his older brother, U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle, said the reemergence of a mental health condition...Read more

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Attorneys for Bryan Kohberger file alibi defense in Idaho student homicide case

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BOISE, Idaho — Attorneys for Bryan Kohberger met the Wednesday deadline to file their client’s alibi defense in the murder case against him in the deaths of four University of Idaho students in November 2022.

In a 10-page filing near the end of the day, Kohberger’s attorneys added extra details about their client’s whereabouts the early...Read more

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Antisemitic hate crimes in NYC spiked in first months of 2024

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NEW YORK — Antisemitic hate crimes in New York City have spiked as conflict continues to rage in the Middle East.

As of Sunday, there have been 96 hate-fueled incidents targeting Jewish people, according to NYPD stats. The figure marked a 45% uptick compared with the same time frame last year, when cops investigated 66 antisemitic hate crimes...Read more

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Ecuador President Daniel Noboa shuts down nation on electricity crisis

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Ecuador’s President Daniel Noboa ordered businesses and government offices to shut down Thursday and Friday amid a crippling lack of electrical power ahead of a key national referendum scheduled for Sunday.

Noboa blamed the unprecedented measure on drought, but also sabotage, without offering evidence. The energy crisis comes on the heels of ...Read more

High profile for-profit Bay Area coding school BloomTech hit by feds for allegedly tricking students

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High-profile Bay Area coding school BloomTech, which touts “dream” technology jobs at companies such as Google and Amazon, has been sanctioned by federal authorities for allegedly deceiving students about loan costs and making false claims about graduates’ hiring rates.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in an order banned the ...Read more

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NYC mayoral aide Timothy Pearson sued by second retired sergeant over sex harassment controversy

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NEW YORK — Top New York City mayoral aide Timothy Pearson is facing a new lawsuit linked to his alleged sexual harassment of retired Sgt. Roxanne Ludemann that includes allegations of a curious remark about the aborted construction of a migrant shelter.

Retired Sgt. Michael Ferrari alleges in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Manhattan Supreme ...Read more

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Stepson of former 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' star Siggy Flicker arrested in NYC for role in Jan. 6

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The stepson of former “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Siggy Flicker was arrested in connection to his alleged role in the Capitol riots on Jan. 6, after Flicker reportedly shared evidence of him attending on social media.

Tyler Campanella was detained Wednesday in New York City, and is now facing five misdemeanor charges related to ...Read more