January 31, 2015

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Study: Insurers may using drug costs to discriminate

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Insurance companies, perhaps more than previously thought, may be charging the sickest patients extra for drugs under the federal health law, in an effort to discourage them from choosing certain plans, according to a study released Wednesday. One of the cornerstones of President Obama’s signature health law forbids insurance companies from turning away people Read More…

Attorney General nominee moves closer to confirmation

Challenged by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch defends President Barack Obama's decision to shelter millions of immigrants from deportation though they live in the country illegally but she said they have no right to citizenship under the law, as she testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday during her confirmation hearing before the committee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators weigh Loretta Lynch’s nomination for attorney general for a second day at a hearing certain to pile criticism on President Barack Obama and Eric Holder, the current occupant of the job. Thursday’s hearing brings a roster of outside witnesses to the Senate Judiciary Committee, including several invited by Republicans to showcase opposition to Obama’s Read More…

Raul Castro: US must return Guantanamo for normal relations

Cuba's President Raul Castro, left, holds the keys to the city alongside Costa Rica's President Luis Guillermo Solis during the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in San Antonio de Belen, Costa Rica, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Enrique Martinez)

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Cuban President Raul Castro demanded on Wednesday that the United States return the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and compensate his country for damages before the two nations re-establish normal relations. Castro told a summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States Read More…

Israeli center-left alliance looks to unseat Netanyahu

In this Dec. 3, 2014, file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a faction meeting at the Knesset, Israel's parliament in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)

JERUSALEM (AP) — When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dissolved his unwieldy coalition and called new elections last month, he appeared almost certain to be returned once more to office. But a new center-left alliance has surged past his Likud party in the polls, turning the March 17 contest into a toss-up. After joining forces with former Foreign Read More…

‘Never felt guilty’: Civil rights convictions tossed in SC

In this Jan. 23, 2009, file photo, Elwin Wilson, left, and Friendship 9 member Willie McCleod, right, look over pictures from civil rights incidents in Rock Hill, S.C., in the 1960s. (AP Photo/Herald, Andy Burriss, File)

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — For a moment, Clarence Graham’s heart raced. Fifty four years after he and eight fellow black men served a month of hard labor for sitting at a whites-only lunch counter, a judge declared that they had been wrongly convicted of trespassing and their records would be tossed. “In my heart, Read More…

Odds makers calling New England win in first Super Bowl overtime

PHOENIX (AP) — Almost as dominant as New England’s performance in the AFC championship game was the showing for Pro Picks in both conference title matches. A sweep. Now comes the toughest choice of all, and even the odds makers are uncertain on this one. The Seahawks (No. 1, AP Pro32) have gone from a 3-point favorite to, Read More…

Fugitive treasure hunter nabbed in Florida after 2-year hunt

In this November 1989 file photo, Tommy Thompson holds a $50 pioneer gold piece retrieved earlier in 1989 from the wreck of the gold ship Central America. According to the US Marshals Service, Thompson, a fugitive treasure hunter wanted for more than 2 years was arrested in Florida. (AP Photo/The Columbus Dispatch, Lon Horwedel)

A fugitive treasure hunter embroiled in a legal fight over what’s been described as the greatest lost treasure in American history has been arrested in Florida after more than two years on the lam, authorities said Wednesday. The U.S. Marshals Service tracked Tommy Thompson to a hotel in Palm Beach County and arrested him Tuesday, Read More…

10 Things to Know, Wednesday, Jan. 28

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Hostage mom to Japan leader: Please save Kenji  The mother of the captive journalist calls on Prime Minister Abe to save her son as a new ultimatum, purportedly made by the Islamic State, gives him hours to Read More…

Jordan ready to swap inmate for pilot held by Islamic State

A woman holds a picture of her son, Jordanian pilot Lt. Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh, who is held by Islamic State group militants, in a car during a sit-in in front of the cabinet offices in Amman calling for his release, hours after militants posted a video purporting to show a Japanese hostage holding his picture with a message that both hostages would be killed within 24 hours. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan said Wednesday it is willing to swap an Iraqi woman held on death row in Jordan for a Jordanian pilot captured in December by extremists from the Islamic State group. The statement by Jordanian government spokesman Mohammed al-Momani made no mention of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, who is also being held by Read More…

N.Y. mayor, governor defend strict NYC storm regulations

In this Jan. 26, 2015, file photo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, center, and top city officials hold a news conference at the city's Office of Emergency Management, in New York in advance of a storm that shut down the city's transportation system when predictions were that the storm would dump 18 to 24 inches of snow on the city. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File )

NEW YORK (AP) — They appeared to be scenes from a frozen apocalypse. Streets across the nation’s largest city were empty, the only movement the changing traffic lights signaling to cars that weren’t there. The subway system was shuttered, the city’s pulse rendered still. Hardy souls who braved the snow were threatened with fines or Read More…