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  • U.S. government unveils goal to move Medicare away from fee-for-service

    By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Monday unveiled an ambitious plan to control health costs by moving the $2.9 trillion U.S. health systems away from costly fee-for-service medicine, beginning with the Medicare program for the elderly and disabled. By the end of…

    Reuters
  • Texas teen in custody on suspicion of drowning three-month-old baby girl

    A 14-year-old Dallas girl was taken into custody on Monday on suspicion of drowning her 3-month-old relative while the baby girl's mother was away, police said. Police did not release names of those involved in the case or give details about the relationship between the teen taken into custody and…

    Reuters
  • Mom on trial accused of killing 5-year-old with salt

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A confounding and heartbreaking murder case alleging that a mother purposely poisoned her 5-year-old son with salt and documented his decline on social media began Monday in the New York suburbs.

    Associated Press
  • Miss Colombia crowned Miss Universe in Miami

    MIAMI (AP) — Miss Colombia Paulina Vega, a relative pageant newcomer, has been crowned Miss Universe, beating out first runner-up Miss USA Nia Sanchez and contestants from more than 80 other countries at Sunday's pageant in Miami.

    Associated Press
  • 2 planes evacuated in Seattle, 3rd flight diverted to Dallas

    SEATAC, Wash. (AP) — Two planes were evacuated upon arrival at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Sunday due to what a spokesman called a "security concern."

    Associated Press
  • Small drone crashes at White House complex, origin unclear

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A small drone flying low to the ground crashed onto the White House grounds before dawn Monday, triggering a major emergency response and raising fresh questions about security at the presidential mansion.

    Associated Press
  • Five big myths about Samuel Adams in the History Channel series

    American TV viewers got to see part one of the History Channel's mini-series about Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty on Sunday night, and true to its word, the series was mostly fiction than fact.

    National Constitution Center
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    LASD deputy dropped from helicopter into bear's 'nest' in Angeles National Forest

    A routine call for a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy in the Angeles National Forest turned into a terrifying situation when his team noticed a large bear.

    KABC – Los Angeles43 mins ago
  • Russia warns West not to blackmail it over Ukraine

    By Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia blamed Kiev on Monday for a surge in fighting in Ukraine and warned the West that any attempt to increase economic pressure on Moscow would be "absolutely destructive" blackmail. Pro-Moscow separatists, backed by what NATO says are Russian troops,…

    Reuters
  • Oil climbs ahead of U.S. storm following Saudi transition

    Oil prices were up for a second straight day on Monday ahead of the first major snowstorm expected this year in the U.S. Northeast. Gains were limited, however, by the absence of any market disruption in top oil exporter Saudi Arabia after King Abdullah's death. The National Weather Service (NWS)…

    Reuters56 mins ago
  • Qatar court tells US family to decide on execution

    A Qatari court ruled Sunday that the parents of an American teacher murdered in the Gulf state should decide whether her alleged killer is executed. The Pennsylvania-based family of Jennifer Brown can choose between the death penalty, compensation -- "blood money" under Islam law -- or a pardon for…

    AFP
  • Just when you thought Comcast couldn’t get any worse…

    We really shouldn’t be surprised by nightmare Comcast stories anymore… but somehow the company keeps coming up with creative ways to deliver terrible service. The Philadelphia Inquirer brings us the story of Louis Moravec and Susan Thauer, two Philly residents who had an impossible time getting…

    BGR News
  • Zambia's new leader drops white vice president

    Zambia’s newly-elected President Edgar Lungu dropped vice president Guy Scott -- who was briefly Africa's only white leader -- from his administration when he announced his cabinet on Monday. As interim president since the death in office of Michael Sata in October, Scott had been the first white…

    AFP
  • Dog gets 2nd chance in Utah after escaping death in Indiana

    KANAB, Utah (AP) — A dog is getting a new lease on life at a Utah animal sanctuary a month after escaping a worse fate in Indiana: being euthanized and having its cremated ashes mixed with those of its late owner.

    Associated Press
  • My Child Has What? 5 Ailments to Have on Your Radar

    This viral infection is often found in children under 10, though adults with compromised immune systems are vulnerable too. Hand, foot and mouth disease should not be confused with foot-and-mouth disease, which affects animals such as cattle and sheep. "As the name implies, affected patients…

    U.S.News & World Report
  • NATO chief: Putin comment on NATO legion in Ukraine is 'nonsense'

    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg dismissed as "nonsense" allegations made by Russian President Vladimir Putin that a NATO legion was fighting alongside Ukraine government troops in the east of the country. "The statement that there is a NATO legion in Ukraine is nonsense. There is no NATO…

    Reuters
  • More than 40 Philippine police killed in clash with Muslims

    More than 40 Philippine police commandos were killed in an 11-hour firefight with Muslim rebels which erupted while they were chasing one of the region's most wanted militants, police said Monday. The clash -- which broke out despite a peace pact with the main rebel group -- was "the single largest…

    AFP42 mins ago