Americans who have started enrolling for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act can still sign up, and the U.S. government is weighing whether to open a special enrollment period for those who missed Sunday's deadline, the health secretary said on Wednesday. So far, 11.4 million Americans have enrolled in private health insurance through the health reform law known as Obamacare during the open enrollment period that ended on Sunday, according to the White House. The Affordable Care Act requires most Americans to have health insurance or face a financial penalty. HHS will decide within the next two weeks whether to allow another special enrollment period for consumers, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell told reporters in response to a question about those consumers amid the looming April 15 tax-filing deadline.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday chose the former Secret Service special agent he installed temporarily in the wake of security breaches to become the agency's next director, brushing aside an independent panel's conclusion that the job should go to an outsider.
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez told his fiancee's family members that his endorsements were gone the day after Odin Lloyd was killed, according to testimony Wednesday from her uncle.
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The city of Ferguson is attracting a large pool of applicants to police jobs, including minority candidates seeking the position left vacant by the resignation of Darren Wilson, the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, the mayor said.
By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - The man accused of murdering University of Virginia student Hannah Graham will go on trial starting on June 29 in Charlottesville, officials said on Wednesday. The trial of Jesse Matthew Jr., a 33-year-old Charlottesville hospital worker, is scheduled to last three weeks, an Albemarle County Circuit Court spokesperson said. "I won't know whether the trial will actually go forward on June 29 or whether the defense will ask for a continuance," Albemarle County prosecutor Denise Lunsford told reporters after a preliminary hearing on Wednesday. Matthew was indicted this month on charges of first-degree murder and abduction with intent to defile.