The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid said it expects average annual healthcare spending to grow by 5.7 percent from 2013 to 2023, compared to 5.8 percent in last year's projections, which covered the years 2012 to 2022. The projected growth rate is well below the 7.2 percent annual average between 1990 and 2008, CMS said. The projections coincide with Congressional Budget Office estimates released last week that show another $11 billion reduction in projected spending for Medicare, the federal healthcare program for the elderly, for the 2015-24 period. The CMS study projects both public and private healthcare outlays and showed the overall total will make up a smaller portion of the economy than previously thought in coming years.
KITTERY, Maine (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday said America will follow the terrorists who posted videos showing the beheading of two journalists "to the gates of hell."
By Carrie Cunningham DETROIT (Reuters) - Three Detroit men have been charged with the robbery and murder last year of a 23-year-old French street artist, prosecutors said on Wednesday. "It sickens me that a young, talented artist who had traveled the world to pursue his passion was murdered here, thus reinforcing the stereotypes for many about our City of Detroit," said Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy. Berreni's father, Mourad Berreni, told the Detroit Free Press his son created artwork with social messages and was drawn to the bankrupt Michigan city, which has been troubled by poverty and crime.
NEW YORK (AP) — An unlicensed driver accused of killing a 4-year-old while fleeing police last year has again been charged with a crime behind the wheel — this time injuring a police officer while bolting from a weekend traffic stop, authorities said.
ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The mother of slain U.S. journalist James Foley says she hopes the killing of a second American in Syria will galvanize world leaders to find peaceful solutions to global conflicts.
By Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A federal district court judge in New Orleans upheld a Louisiana ban on gay marriage on Wednesday, in a break from a string of recent rulings against such bans in other states following a key U.S. The decision is the first by a federal judge to uphold a state gay marriage ban since the nation's top court last year struck down a federal benefits law that restricted the definition of marriage to heterosexual couples. "Louisiana's decision to neither permit nor recognize same-sex marriage, formed in the arena of the democratic process, is supported by a rational basis," Judge Martin Feldman wrote. Since the June 2013 Supreme Court ruling in the United States v. Windsor case, nearly 30 federal and state courts have ruled against bans on same-sex marriage at the state level.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada judge postponed retrial indefinitely and scheduled a competency hearing for a man accused of firing a gun while trying to steal costumes and props from "Thunder From Down Under" male revue cast members at a Las Vegas Strip resort.
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has lifted the state of emergency he declared Aug. 16 in response to looting and violent protesting in Ferguson.
(Reuters) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Wednesday most of the city's new pre-kindergarten programs, a new initiative that was a key platform in his successful 2013 campaign, would open this year. But nine programs will not open this year due to preparation problems, de Blasio told reporters, and 36 will not be ready to open on Thursday, the first of day of the New York City public school year. Those will be ready by Monday. ...
BERLIN (AP) — Samsung unveiled two smartphones and a virtual-reality headset Wednesday in a bid to draw consumer attention before its fierce rival, Apple, announces its holiday lineup next week.
SEATTLE (AP) — The city of Seattle has agreed to pay $45,000 to settle a lawsuit with a woman who was stunned with a Taser when she was pregnant because she refused to sign a traffic citation.
NEW YORK (AP) — Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Aug. 25-31. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago terrorism trial is on track to begin this fall despite repeated delays due to legal issues tied to Edward Snowden's revelations regarding expanded phone and Internet spying.
BARNARD, Vt. (AP) — Former FBI Director Louis Freeh likely fell asleep at the wheel and drifted across the road before the car crash last week that severely injured him in Vermont, state police said Wednesday.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A mixed martial arts fighter known as War Machine was hit Wednesday with attempted murder, sexual assault and other new charges in Las Vegas in a case that prosecutors said stemmed from attacks on his ex-girlfriend.
It was a somber back-to-school today for students at Council Rock High School South, just days after losing three popular incoming sophomores.
PARIS (AP) — Tech companies drafted plans to scrub the web after a grisly video showing the beheading of an American journalist by Islamic State militants - and implemented them this week after a second killing, a Silicon Valley insider said Wednesday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — As Missouri prepares for another execution next week, a new report suggests that the Department of Corrections quietly and repeatedly used a drug that has raised concerns in botched executions in other states.
Missouri officials have not been truthful about the drugs and methods used in recent executions, misleading lawyers for death row inmates and the public, according to a St. Louis Public Radio investigation broadcast on Wednesday. In all nine executions since then, Missouri's execution team has injected inmates set to die with significant amounts of the sedative before using the pentobarbital, it said. This is an issue of them deliberately misleading the (inmates), the lawyers, the courts and the general public," said Kathryn Parish, a lawyer representing Missouri inmate Earl Ringo, who is scheduled to be put to death on Sept. 10. Parish said she and other lawyers for Missouri death row inmates would be filing court action based on the public radio report.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The family of a girl who died of an asthma attack after attending a public school without a nurse has sued the Philadelphia School District.