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Former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks with reporters outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. The Supreme Court heard arguments in King v. Burwell, a major test of President Barack Obama's health overhaul which, if successful, could halt health care premium subsidies in all the states where the federal government runs the insurance marketplaces. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Court seems split on health care law

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

WASHINGTON — A clearly divided Supreme Court on Wednesday put Obamacare under the microscope once again, with the tentative prognosis looking rather positive for the president’s signature health care law. During an unusually long oral argument, several members of the court, including potential swing Justice Anthony Kennedy, warned of a “death spiral” that might occur from a ruling that cuts … 0

UN: World eating too much sugar

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

LONDON — New guidelines from the World Health Organization are enough to kill anyone’s sugar high. The U.N. health agency says the world is eating too much sugar and people should slash their intake to just six to 12 teaspoons per day — an amount that could be exceeded with a single can … 0

House passes Amtrak bill that could boost Northeast service

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a rare burst of bipartisanship, the House moved Wednesday to boost Amtrak’s popular service between Boston and Washington while giving states a greater say in the local routes they help subsidize. The bill, approved by a vote of 316 to 101, authorizes $7.2 billion in federal subsidies for passenger rail, … 0

Clinton emails raise security questions

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of State raised questions among security experts Wednesday about whether she might have compromised sensitive government information. Analysts said they don’t yet know entirely how it … 0

Italy saves more than 1,000 at-sea migrants

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

ROME — In dramatic sea rescues north of Libya, a flotilla of ships saved more than 1,000 migrants and refugees, while 10 migrants perished in the southern Mediterranean, Italian officials said Wednesday. Rescue vessels, including from Italy’s coast … 0

Rights body scolds France, says ‘no’ to spanking kids

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

PARIS — Scolding France like a wayward child, Europe’s top human rights body says French laws aren’t clear enough that spanking is a big no-no. The 47-member Council of Europe said Wednesday that France is violating the European social charter because French law doesn’t prohibit parents and others … 0

US running out of room to store oil; price collapse next?

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NEW YORK — The U.S. has so much crude that it is running out of places to put it, and that could drive oil and gasoline prices even lower in the coming months. For the past seven weeks, … 0

Airlines reject rechargeable battery shipments

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — Two major U.S airlines say they will no longer accept rechargeable battery shipments as new government tests confirm that explosions and violent fires are likely to occur when large numbers of batteries enclosed in cargo containers … 0

Report: Employees not benefiting from slower growth in health costs

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — American workers already struggling with stagnant wages are being saddled with higher medical bills even as employers reap the benefits of a sustained slowdown in the growth of health care costs, a new report indicates. While employees’ insurance premiums and out-of pocket medical expenses shot up … 0

‘Let Girls Learn’

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama announced a new government-wide initiative on Tuesday to help millions of girls around the world attend and stay in school. His wife, Michelle, will visit Japan and Cambodia later this month to start … 0

Netanyahu assails Iran-nuclear talks

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Congress on Tuesday that an emerging agreement between Iran and the United States would all but guarantee that Tehran gets nuclear weapons and would be a very bad deal, drawing … 0

Justice Dept. probe finds racial bias in Ferguson police

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

WASHINGTON — A law enforcement official familiar with the wide-ranging Justice Department investigation prompted by the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown last August gave new details of the pattern of discriminatory and troubling behavior that he said … 0

Netanyahu assails Iran deal

Monday, March 2, 2015

WASHINGTON — Seeking to lower tensions, Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. officials cast their dispute over Iran as a family squabble on Monday, but the Israeli leader still claimed that President Barack Obama did not — and could not … 0