U.S. consumers eligible for Obamacare health plans could see double-digit price hikes next year in states that fail to draw large numbers of enrollees for 2014, including some states that have been hostile to the healthcare law, according to insurance industry officials and analysts. The early estimates come as insurance companies set out to design plans they intend to sell in 2015 through the state-based health insurance marketplaces that are a centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy achievement that is widely referred to as Obamacare. WellPoint Inc, which sells plans on 14 Obamacare exchanges, expects health insurance rates nationwide to be higher.
By Laila Kearney SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An Iraq War veteran critically wounded by police during an Occupy protest in 2011 will receive $4.5 million in a tentative settlement with the City of Oakland, the northern California city where he was hurt, attorneys said on Friday. Scott Olsen was 24 when he suffered head injuries and brain damage after being struck by a lead-filled beanbag during a confrontation with Oakland police in October 2011, at the height of the Occupy movement on the U.S. West Coast. "After serving two tours of duty as a United States Marine in Iraq, Scott Olsen could never have imagined that he would be shot in the head by an Oakland police officer while he was peacefully exercising his First Amendment rights in support of the budding 'Occupy' economic justice movement," Rachel Lederman, Olsen's attorney, said in a statement.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Architect Louis Cherry sees the two-story structure — with its exposed beams, masonry piers, deep overhangs and shallow-pitched roof — as a "contemporary interpretation" of the Craftsman-style homes that dot the city's Historic Oakwood District.
WUPATKI NATIONAL MONUMENT, Ariz. (AP) — Before an expanse of grassland and pueblo ruins in northern Arizona was declared a national monument, it was home to hundreds of Navajos whose ancestors returned to settle the area after a forced march to an eastern New Mexico internment camp.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's attorney general urged lawmakers Friday not to allow a woman disfigured in a 2009 chimpanzee attack to sue the state, saying she has his sympathy but the law does not support her claim seeking $150 million.
POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — A fire early Friday destroyed a Jersey shore motel that was housing people displaced by Superstorm Sandy, killing three people, injuring eight others and leaving 10 unaccounted for, authorities said.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's attempt to block access to Twitter appeared to backfire on Friday with many tech-savvy users circumventing the ban and suspicions growing that the prime minister was using court orders to suppress corruption allegations against him and his government.
POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — An early morning fire killed three people Friday at a Jersey shore motel whose residents included Superstorm Sandy victims who were staying there because their homes remain uninhabitable nearly a year and a half after the storm, officials said.