September 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Most Americans who shop for health insurance on new online marketplaces set up under President Obama's health law will have a wide variety of choices, a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services indicates. And many young consumers will be able to select health plans that cost $100 a month or less, according to the report, which is based on a preliminary analysis of premiums that insurers will charge when the insurance becomes available Jan. 1 in 36 states.
September 20, 2013 |
Popes are famously believed to be endowed with infallibility, which is often misinterpreted to mean that they can never be wrong. In actuality, they are only considered infallible when it comes to the issuance of Roman Catholic doctrine. Infallible or not, popes are not immune to dissent, disagreement, even ridicule. But it's hard to find any of those sentiments in response to Pope Francis' wide-ranging interview with a Jesuit magazine, which hit the Catholic world like a thunderbolt Thursday.
September 17, 2013 |
It had been awhile since Marqise Lee scored a touchdown. USC's All-American receiver had not found the end zone since last November, during the Trojans' loss to UCLA at the Rose Bowl. He was shut out in the final two games of the 2012 season, and also against Hawaii and Washington State this season before turning a mid-range pass into a dynamic 80-yard scoring play against Boston College. Lee said Tuesday that it "felt good" to score, but his focus was on "making a play," not necessarily scoring touchdowns.
September 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Access to affordable, quality healthcare for poor Americans varies dramatically among the states, according to a new study that found a wide disparity in measures of health between states with the best healthcare systems and those with the worst. In the highest-performing states, low-income, less educated residents are more likely to be covered by health insurance, to have a regular source of medical care and to get recommended preventive care, such as cancer screenings.
September 5, 2013 |
CASPER, Wyo. - One man describes finding salvation by adopting a small bird during his years in a World War II internment camp. A former highway patrolman explains his friendship with the felon who shot and nearly killed him 30 years ago. And a veteran ranch couple discuss their early years on the American prairie. The disparate stories share a single thread: They all take place in Wyoming. An effort to collect the oral histories of ordinary residents - from longtime natives to unlikely foreign transplants - is being launched in this wide-open Western state, showing that although the landscape may be flat, the depth of life and experience here is decidedly multidimensional.
August 30, 2013 |
To his family he is John Smith, but in high school football circles he's known as "Juju" - and the Long Beach Poly senior is every bit as colorful as his nickname. On Friday night, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound five-star recruit showed why Scout.com rates him the No. 1 prep safety in the nation, using all of his skills to play a major role in the Jackrabbits' 28-15 season-opening victory over Crenshaw at Veterans Stadium in Long Beach. Smith is under the microscope of every school in the Pac-12 as well as other powerhouse programs.
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August 30, 2013 |
Seamus Heaney was already one of Ireland's best-known poets when the sectarian violence of "The Troubles" swept through Northern Ireland in the 1970s and '80s. An Irish Republican activist spotted him on a train and challenged Heaney to craft some words in support of the IRA fighters then waging a hunger strike in a British prison. Heaney declined. Instead he wrote dark verses about death drifting across the Irish landscape and a 1979 poem called "The Singer's House" that defended the right of art to exist for its own sake, even in times of war. "When I came here first you were always singing," Heaney wrote, in response to a friend's decision to cancel a music recording session after a Belfast bombing.
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August 28, 2013 |
An adult-film trade group has lifted an industry-wide production moratorium that was prompted by an actress' positive HIV test. Free Speech Coalition, a Canoga Park-based association for the industry, said Wednesday that all on-screen partners of the affected actress, who uses the screen name Cameron Bay, had been tested and cleared and that a panel of three doctors concluded that it was safe to resume filming. The coalition called the moratorium last Wednesday after the actress received a preliminary positive test result, later confirmed by follow-up testing.
August 17, 2013 |
UCLA has a deeper receiving corps than it has had in more than a decade, and the competition for spots should reach a frenzy this week. Eric Yarber, who coaches the position, said he will rotate four outside and inside receivers during games. All Yarber will say is that “there are a lot of guys fighting for jobs.” But there seem to be a few givens. Shaquelle Evans, Jordan Payton and Devin Lucien appear to be locks on the outside, as are Darius Bell and Devin Fuller on the inside.
August 12, 2013 |
UCLA's first practice with full contact was edgy. Coach Jim Mora ended practice early after an altercation involving wide receiver Devin Lucien escalated, ending with receiver Shaquelle Evans and defensive back Anthony Jefferson needing to be separated. Mora had the team run for 10 minutes, chewed out those involved in the altercation and lectured the team. He ordered players to huddle and left the field with most of his staff. Mora returned later to address the situation with the media.