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U.S. government releases draft plan for electronic health data

1 hour 41 min ago

Obama tours the Vaccine Research Center during a visit to the National Institutes of Health in BethesdaThe Obama administration on Friday proposed a plan to move most doctors, hospitals and their patients to national standards for handling electronic clinical data by the end of 2017. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as part of an effort to propel the $2.9 trillion U.S. healthcare system away from a costly fee-for-service system, released a report draft aimed at establishing an inter operable health information technology system that can be accessed by patients and their healthcare providers. Policy experts say that national health IT standards would lead to transparency in medical data, prices and provider performance, while helping support hospitals and medical practices in pursuing care-delivery models that emphasize care quality and savings over quantity. Earlier this week, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced the goal of moving 50 percent of fee-for-service Medicare payments to quality-care focused providers by the end of 2018.


Mitt Romney Says No To 2016 Presidential Run

1 hour 45 min ago
On a conference call with supporters today, Mitt Romney is expected to take a pass on another White House run.

George Zimmerman assault case dropped; ex-girlfriend recants

1 hour 53 min ago
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The ex-girlfriend of George Zimmerman gave a sworn statement in which she said she didn't want any charges to be filed in the aggravated assault investigation that started when she told police officers he threw a wine bottle at her.

US economy slowed last quarter, but signs are pointing up

1 hour 53 min ago

In this Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 photo, workers weld at a commercial construction site in Boston. The U.S. economy slowed in the final three months of 2014 as a big burst in consumer spending was offset by weakness in other areas, according to the Commerce Department, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy slowed in the final three months of 2014, but a burst in consumer spending and the prospect of continued low energy prices are bolstering confidence that growth will strengthen this year.


After 150 years, Confederate submarine's hull again revealed

1 hour 53 min ago

Conservator Virginie Ternisien works at removing the encrustation from the hull of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley at a conservation lab in North Charleston, S.C., on Jan. 27, 2015. Scientists say that after six months of work, about 70 percent of the encrusted sand, silt and rust from the outside of the first submarine in history to sink an enemy warship has been removed. Scientists hope that when the entire hull is revealed, it will provide the clues as to why the Hunley sank after sinking a Union blockade ship off Charleston, S.C., in 1864. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A century and a half after it sank and a decade and a half after it was raised, scientists are finally getting a look at the hull of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, the first sub in history to sink an enemy warship.


Shake Shack shares more than double in stock market debut

1 hour 53 min ago

FILE - In this May 21, 2014, file photo, pedestrians walk by a Shake Shack in New York's theater district. Hamburger chain Shake Shack Inc. has priced its initial public stock offering at $21 per share, above its proposed range of $17 to $19 per share. (AP Photo/Mark Kennedy, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Investors seem to be craving burgers and crinkle-cut fries.


Balloon crew nearing North America surpasses duration record

1 hour 54 min ago

30 a.m. JST Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in their quest to pilot their helium-filled balloon from Japan in a bid to reach North America and break two major records en route. in their quest to pilot their helium-filled balloon from Japan to North America and break two major records en route. The attempt will put them on course to break a distance record of 5,208 miles (8,381 kilometers). They also want to break the flight-duration record of 137 hours set in 1978 when Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson and Larry Newman made the first trans-Atlantic balloon flight. (AP Photo/Troy Bradley, Two Eagles Balloon Team)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The pilots of a helium-filled balloon flying across the Pacific Ocean surpassed a duration record Friday as they approach North America, marking a historic day for the team that already has eclipsed a distance milestone.


Graphic images of victim's body shown at Hernandez trial

1 hour 54 min ago

Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, center, listens during his murder trial, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Fall River, Mass., as defense attorney Charles Rankin, left, looks on while an image of Odin Lloyd is displayed on a monitor, right. Hernandez is charged with killing Lloyd, 27, a semiprofessional football player, in June 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool)FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Jurors heard grim testimony Friday in the murder trial of former New England Patriots standout Aaron Hernandez, who has been portrayed by his lawyers as a man with "the world at his feet" and no reason to kill.


Jury deliberations continue in Toyota Camry case

1 hour 55 min ago
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A jury of six men and six women is continuing deliberations in a case alleging a 1996 Toyota Camry had a design defect that caused a fatal crash.

Former GOP nominee Romney will not run for president in '16

2 hours 1 min ago

Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney visits with diners at Little Dooey, a barbecue restaurant in Starkville, Miss., Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. Romney hasn't officially declared himself a presidential candidate again, but the 2012 Republican nominee looked and sounded like one during the stop in Mississippi. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)WASHINGTON (AP) — After a three-week flirtation with another run for president, Mitt Romney said definitively on Friday that he will not seek the White House in 2016.


26 victims or 27? Newtown panel considers role of Lanza mom

2 hours 3 min ago
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut panel developing a report on the Newtown massacre is debating whether the victims counted in the dedication should include the shooter's mother.

Final charge dropped against Detroit cop in fatal raid

2 hours 7 min ago

FILE - In this June 18, 2013 file photo, Detroit police officer Joseph Weekley stands in Judge Cynthia Hathaway's courtroom at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said her office told Aiyana Stanley-Jones’ family Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 that she will move to dismiss the case against Weekley. Aiyana was shot in the head while she slept in May 2010. The shooting was not considered intentional. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, John T. Greilick) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUTDETROIT (AP) — A judge has dismissed the last charge against a Detroit police officer who fatally shot a 7-year-old girl during a raid in 2010.


Ohio State expects $3M royalties bump after championship win

2 hours 12 min ago
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University is cashing in after the Buckeyes' victory in the NCAA's championship football game.

Florida prosecutor drops domestic disturbance case against Zimmerman

2 hours 18 min ago

George Zimmerman listens to judge during a first-appearance hearing in Sanford, FloridaBy Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida prosecutor announced on Friday he will not pursue charges against former neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman stemming from a domestic incident earlier this month after the alleged victim recanted. Zimmerman, who was acquitted in 2013 in a fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager, has had several brushes with the law since his trial. His latest arrest on Jan. 9 was in connection with a domestic disturbance in central Florida. Police in central Florida arrested him in November 2013 after he allegedly pointed a gun at his girlfriend during an argument.


AP EXPLAINS: The case of Etan Patz, who disappeared in 1979

2 hours 30 min ago

FILE - This May 28, 2012, file photo shows a newspaper with a photograph of Etan Patz at a makeshift memorial in the SoHo neighborhood of New York where Patz lived before his disappearance on May 25, 1979. The memorial was set up near a building that housed a convenience store where Pedro Hernandez, accused of killing Patz, told police 33 years after they boy's disappearance, that he choked the 6-year-old and put the still-living boy into a plastic bag, boxed up the bag and left it on a street. Opening statements in Hernandez's trial are set for Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The 1979 disappearance of Etan Patz helped catalyze a national missing-children's movement. Six-year-old Etan was one of the first vanished children whose case was publicized in what became a high-profile way: on milk cartons. His disappearance also helped usher in an age of parental anxiety. On Friday, opening statements are set to be heard in the murder and kidnapping trial of Pedro Hernandez, who confessed in 2012. Here's a brief explanation of Etan's disappearance and the ensuing murder case:


Ex-rap mogul 'Suge' Knight arrested in deadly hit-and-run

3 hours 10 min ago

In this Oct. 30, 2014 file photo, rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight appears in court on a traffic warrant, in Las Vegas following his arrest as a fugitive in a California robbery case. A lawyer for Knight says the Death Row Records founder was at the wheel of a car that struck two men, killing one, in a Los Angeles suburb. The accident in Compton occurred shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Marion "Suge" Knight, the former rap music mogul with a long history of violent crimes, was arrested early Friday on suspicion of a hitting and killing a man with his car and then fleeing the crash near Los Angeles.


Fire causes CO to leak in businesses in Norristown

3 hours 10 min ago

Fire causes CO to leak in businesses in NorristownOfficials say an underground fire filled several businesses in Norristown, Pennsylvania with carbon monoxide early Friday morning.


Suge Knight arrested after deadly hit-and-run

3 hours 12 min ago

Suge Knight arrested after deadly hit-and-runDeath Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight was arrested on suspicion of murder early Friday, hours after the rap music figure turned himself in to authorities in a hit-and-run wreck that killed a man and injured another near Los Angeles.


Secretary of State Kerry fined for not shoveling by Boston home

3 hours 23 min ago

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry speaks during a press conference at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in LondonU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was slapped with a $50 fine for failing to have a side street adjoining his Boston home shoveled following the blizzard that dropped more than 2 feet (60 cm) of snow on Massachusetts this week, a spokesman said on Friday. Kerry was in Saudi Arabia with President Barack Obama to attend the funeral of King Abdullah and meet with his successor, King Salman, at the time of the storm.


U.S. man shot and wounded in eastern Saudi Arabia: state media

3 hours 28 min ago
A U.S. citizen was shot and wounded in eastern Saudi Arabia on Friday, state news agency SPA reported, adding to security concerns in the world's top oil exporting nation. A vehicle carrying two U.S. citizens came under fire in the Eastern Province district of al-Ahsa, one of the main centers of Saudi Arabia's minority Shi'ites, SPA said, citing a police statement. Saudi officials are concerned about the spread of sectarian strife from the conflicts in Yemen, Iraq and Syria. Saudi Arabia has arrested the four main suspects and said it believes it was ordered by Islamic State militants from abroad Qatif, another center of the Saudi Shi'ite minority alongside Al-Ahsa, has been a focus of anti-government demonstrations in support of Shi'ites who complain of discrimination.