DENVER (AP) — Wednesday's gay marriage ruling contained two historic firsts: It was the first appellate decision for gay marriage since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Law exactly one year ago, and it also marked the first time since then a federal judge has argued for keeping a state ban on same sex marriages.
California, the most populous U.S. state and home to the eighth largest economy in the world, was among the hardest-hit states in the housing crash and resultant recession. “There’s never been a time in recent California history where we’ve had six consecutive years where people were saying they were worse off than better off,” said Mark DiCamillo, who directs the Field Poll. “It’s a very pervasive finding and at least now it’s changing.” The report shows 44 percent of registered voters in the state believe they are in a better financial situation this year than they were last year, compared to 28 percent who said they are worse off and another 28 percent who said they haven’t seen a change. In San Francisco, 49 percent of voters said jobs are hard to come by, along with 81 percent of voters in other parts of Northern California.
By Caroline Valetkevitch NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. healthcare companies are winning higher profit forecasts, bucking a wider trend on Wall Street, as pricey new biotech drugs hit the market and insurance enrollment rises under the Affordable Care Act. Analysts' profit expectations for the group have risen sharply since the start of the year, while estimates for most of the other nine Standard & Poor's 500 macro sectors have fallen, according to Thomson Reuters data. The jump in forecasts has come in the past two months, thanks largely to rising estimates for biotechnology companies such as Gilead , and for insurers, including Aetna . It provides some early evidence that President Barack Obama's signature healthcare overhaul could be a long-term source of profit growth for managed care providers.