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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

Researchers find new reason to drink coffee: It may reduce risk of MS

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Drink up, coffee lovers: Neurologists say a healthy appetite for coffee may reduce your risk of developing multiple sclerosis. We’re not talking a cup or two of joe in the morning. Even a triple espresso might not be enough to register a difference. In a new study, researchers … 0

DC legalizes it

Thursday, February 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — Defying threats from Congress, the District of Columbia legalized possession of marijuana for recreational purposes on Thursday, becoming the first place east of the Mississippi River with legal pot. The new law took effect at 12:01 … 0

‘FNV’: branding fruits & veggies

Thursday, February 26, 2015

NEW YORK — What if cauliflower got the same type of marketing firepower as candy bars and potato chips? A campaign being launched Thursday plans to put that premise to the test by enlisting celebrities including actress Jessica … 0

Fact check: Net neutrality

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Is President Barack Obama taking over the Internet? Not by a long stretch, but that’s not stopping political banter in the “net neutrality” debate. The Federal Communications Commission will vote today on whether to put Internet … 0

3 nabbed in NY, Florida in plot to join Islamic State group

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

NEW YORK — Three men were arrested Wednesday on charges of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group and wage war against the U.S., and federal officials said one of them spoke of shooting … 0

Senate leaders reach deal to avoid Homeland Security shutdown

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Senate leaders moved toward a deal Wednesday to avoid a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, sidestepping a fight over immigration policy, as President Barack Obama headed to Miami to make the case for his … 0

Computer program bests humans at ‘Space Invaders’

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Computers already have bested human champions in “Jeopardy!” and chess, but artificial intelligence now has gone to master an entirely new level: “Space Invaders.” Google scientists have cooked up software that can do better than humans … 0

Democrats unswayed by Obama plan to use force against Islamic State

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — The biggest question surrounding President Barack Obama’s request for Congress to authorize military force against Islamic State is how far his party will back him in the fight. After the White House sent the proposal to Congress on Feb. 11, Republicans lined up to denounce the … 0

Call to study potential anesthesia risk to babies

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Studies of baby animals have long suggested that going under anesthesia can have some harmful effects on a developing brain. Now some scientists want to find out whether those same drugs may pose subtle risks for human babies and toddlers. It’s a balancing act: Doctors don’t … 0

Obama vetoes Keystone pipeline bill, heightening clash with GOP

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday that would have approved construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, the first veto of a year that seems likely to feature repeated such moves as the Democratic president … 0