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Reporter alleges attack by Montana GOP hopeful

0SHARESShare HELENA, Mont. — A reporter for the Guardian newspaper is alleging that the Republican candidate for Montana’s sole congressional seat “body slammed” him on the day before the special election. The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office says it’s investigating allegations of an assault involving Greg Gianforte, a wealthy Bozeman businessman. Gianforte campaign spokesman Shane Scanlon said the candidate was in ...

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The $200 billion perils of unnecessary medical tests

It’s common knowledge in medicine: Doctors routinely order tests on hospital patients that are unnecessary and wasteful. Sutter Health, a giant hospital chain in Northern California, thought it had found a simple solution. The Sacramento-based health system deleted the button physicians used to order daily blood tests. “We took it out and couldn’t wait to see the data,” said Ann ...

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What happens when states go hunting for Medicaid fraud

By the time Illinois decided to crack down on Medicaid fraud in 2012, state officials knew that many people enrolled in the program probably weren’t eligible. For years, caseworkers hadn’t had the time or resources to check. To catch up, the state hired a private contractor to identify people who might not be eligible for the low-income health program and ...

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Taiwan’s top court clears way for same-sex marriage

Taiwan’s highest court on Wednesday cleared a path for the country to make history as the first Asian nation to allow same-sex partnerships. The Constitutional Court in Taipei ruled on Article 972 of the country’s civil code, which specifies that marriage is between a man and a woman. It found the article violated the constitution’s guarantee of equal rights and ...

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CBO verdict: 51 million uninsured by 2026 under House health care bill

0SHARESShare As many as 14 million people would lose health insurance coverage by 2018 if the latest Republican effort to overhaul Obamacare becomes law, according to the Congressional Budget Office’s latest analysis released Wednesday. By 2026, the plan would reduce the federal deficit by $119 billion while leaving a total of 51 million people without health care coverage, the budget ...

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Feinstein confident Senate will see Comey’s memos

0SHARESShare Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., doubled down Wednesday on her call for former FBI director James Comey to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee and provide it with documents detailing his interactions with President Donald Trump. “He should provide those documents and make an appearance at Judiciary and explain them,” Feinstein, the panel’s top Democrat, told PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff ...

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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus becomes the first African director-general of the World Health Organization

Ethiopia’s former health minister has been elected to serve as the next director-general of the World Health Organization — the first African picked to lead the global health agency. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, 52, will succeed Dr. Margaret Chan on July 1. It took three rounds of secret-ballot voting for Tedros — who is known by his first name — to ...

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UK sends 1,000 soldiers to protect key sites after Manchester bombing

MANCHESTER, England — British security forces arrested three more suspects Wednesday in connection with the Manchester concert bombing and sent hundreds of soldiers to secure key sites across the country, including Buckingham Palace and the British Parliament at Westminster. Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the bomber, identified as British-born Libyan Salman Abedi, “likely” did not act alone when he killed ...

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‘We can use peace,’ Trump says as he meets Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY — President Donald Trump and Pope Francis, two leaders with contrasting styles and differing worldviews, met at the Vatican on Wednesday, setting aside their previous clashes to broadcast a tone of peace for an audience around the globe. Trump, midway through a grueling nine-day, maiden international journey, called upon the pontiff in a private, 30-minute meeting laden with ...

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House intel committee to issue subpoenas for Flynn materials in Russia probe

WASHINGTON — The ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee says the panel will be issuing subpoenas to get former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to cooperate with its investigation into Russian activities during the 2016 election. RELATED CONTENT After Flynn turns down Senate intel request, panel seeks narrower batch of documents related to Russia Top Democrat says Flynn misled ...

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