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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

Pills before and after sex can help prevent HIV, study finds

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

SEATTLE — For the first time, a study shows that a drug used to treat HIV infection also can help prevent it when taken before and after risky sex by gay men. The results offer hope of a … 0

Used cars often sold with unfixed defects

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

DETROIT — It’s a case of buyer beware, with potentially dangerous consequences. More than 46 million cars and trucks on the road in the U.S. — about one-fifth the total — were recalled because of safety defects but … 0

Tired of spilling coffee? Scientists have suggestion

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

If you’ve ever had your coffee suddenly slosh out of the drinking hole or over the cup rim and onto your pants, you know the struggle. But according to a team of physicists, there’s an easy solution: Buy … 0

McConnell offers plan to keep DHS open

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled a two-step plan Tuesday to avoid a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, which runs out of money Friday if Congress fails to act. McConnell, R-Ky., said he’s willing to hold a vote on a bill funding the … 0

Woman wishes she could have saved son killed by police in Washington state

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

KENNEWICK, Wash. — When Agapita Montes-Rivera first watched the video of her son being gunned down by police in Washington state, she rushed to the TV set in a futile effort to help him. The 60-year-old woman from … 0

Netanyahu exaggerated threat posed by Iran

Monday, February 23, 2015

JERUSALEM — Israel’s Mossad spy agency in October 2012 had a less alarmist view of Iran’s nuclear program than an assessment delivered by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the United Nations just a few weeks earlier, according to … 0

Early exposure to peanuts helps prevent allergies

Monday, February 23, 2015

For years, parents of babies who seem likely to develop a peanut allergy have gone to extremes to keep them away from peanut-based foods. Now a major study suggests that is exactly the wrong thing to do. Exposing … 0

N.Y. jury finds Palestinian groups liable for terror attacks

Monday, February 23, 2015

A federal jury in New York has found the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority liable for a series of terrorist attacks that killed or wounded Americans in Israel during the early 2000s, officials announced Monday. The verdict, which is expected to be appealed, was the first … 0

Obama proposes tougher consumer rules

Monday, February 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday proposed tougher regulations on investment brokers who handle retirement funds, saying new rules would limit hidden fees, “back-door payments” and conflicts of interest that eat into middle-class Americans’ savings. Warning against … 0

Study: as ocean acid grows, coasts and fisheries vulnerable

Monday, February 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — The gradual increase of acid in the oceans threatens coastal communities in 15 states, although the reason for the impact — and what to do about it — varies widely, according to a new study. Writing … 0