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State pulls teens from rural Nevada juvenile camp after riot

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:22
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The state of Nevada has removed all youths in its custody from a rural juvenile rehabilitation center where a riot erupted over the weekend — the fourth uprising there in four months, a state official said Wednesday.

Cameron: I'll only do one TV debate

BBC World News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:22
David Cameron says he will take part in only one TV debate ahead of the general election featuring seven party leaders, amid a growing row over the issue.
Categories: BBC World News

U.S. Supreme Court split over Obamacare challenge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:19

Members of the King v. Burwell plaintiffs' legal team, including Kazman, Pruitt, Pamela and Douglas Hurst, and Carvin, exit the Supreme Court building after arguments in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court appeared sharply divided on ideological lines on Wednesday as it tackled a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law, with Justice Anthony Kennedy emerging as a likely swing vote in a ruling. The nine justices heard 85 minutes of arguments in the case brought by conservative opponents of the law who contend its tax credits aimed at helping people afford medical insurance should not be available in most states. A ruling favoring the challengers could cripple the law dubbed Obamacare, the president's signature domestic policy achievement. Kennedy, a conservative who often casts the deciding vote in close cases, raised concerns to lawyers on both sides about the possible negative impact on states if the government loses the case, suggesting he could back the Obama administration.


U.S. high court's Kennedy criticizes challenge to Obamacare subsidies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:19
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Justice Anthony Kennedy, a possible swing vote on a closely divided U.S. Supreme Court, told a lawyer challenging Obamacare subsidies on Wednesday that his argument raised a serious constitutional problem, but said the lawyer might win anyway on other grounds. Justice Anthony Kennedy questioned lawyer Michael Carvin part way into the scheduled one-hour oral argument about how a ruling might unlawfully pressure states in a case that tests President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy achievement. (Reporting by David Ingram; Editing by Will Dunham)

White House 'pleased' with solicitor's Supreme Court arguments: spokesman

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:19
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration was "quite pleased" with its lawyer's arguments on Wednesday before the U.S. Supreme Court defending President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, a White House spokesman said. Spokesman Josh Earnest cautioned against drawing conclusions about how the court will decide the case based on questions during oral arguments. The Supreme Court appeared divided on ideological lines as it heard the challenge to the 2010 law on Wednesday. (Reporting by Emily Stephenson; Editing by Bill Trott)

Factbox: Obamacare case focuses on tax subsidies, insurance exchanges

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:19
(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear a second major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law on Wednesday, focusing on the issue of tax subsidies available through insurance exchanges set up under the statute. Here is a look at the exchanges and subsidies. HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGES The Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, requires people who do not get health insurance through their employer, or the government programs Medicare and Medicaid to buy their own insurance. To make that easier, it created health insurance exchanges, which are centralized online marketplaces that allow consumers to shop among competing insurance plans.

U.S. hospitals optimistic they'll dodge bullet with Obamacare ruling

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:19
By Caroline Humer and Bill Berkrot NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. hospital executives said on Wednesday they were optimistic they will avoid the toughest consequences of a Supreme Court decision on whether millions of Americans can continue to purchase subsidized health benefits under Obamacare. The high court heard oral arguments in the case challenging the federal tax credits that help residents in at least 34 states afford medical benefits under President Barack Obama's healthcare law. Investors interpreted commentary by Justice Anthony Kennedy, a potential swing vote among the nine judges, as favorable to the Obama administration's defense, boosting hospital shares. Since the subsidies were introduced last year, they have helped hospitals reduce the debt accumulated by covering the costs of uninsured patients.

Instant View: Supreme Court arguments help hospital shares

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:19
Shares in hospitals shot up as the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on a major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law that threatens federal tax subsidies for residents of at least 34 states to help buy health insurance. Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative on the nine-member court who often casts the deciding vote in close cases, raised concerns to lawyers on both sides about the possible negative impact on states if the government loses the case, suggesting he could back the Obama administration. Quincy Krosby, market strategist at Prudential Financial: "I think that hearing assuaged fears - at least for now - that we were headed for overturning Obamacare."     "Health care has been a favorite sector. Anything that questions that or can be an important negative will hold that back, and so this was a relief for investors in the sector." Brian Tanquilut, hospital sector analyst for Jefferies:     "The investor community thinks four justices are in the bag, so all you need is one.

Roberts, Obamacare's savior in 2012, seems inscrutable this time

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:19
By Joan Biskupic WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts, who cast the decisive vote in 2012 to beat back the first major challenge to President Barack Obama's healthcare law, kept his cards close on Wednesday. As liberal justices pounded Michael Carvin for altering his stance on the necessity of the tax-credit subsidies to Obamacare from his view in the failed 2012 court challenge, Roberts remarked, "Mr. Carvin, we've heard talk about that other case. In 2012, Roberts, a shrewd 60-year-old former corporate lawyer appointed by Republican President George W. Bush, drew the condemnation of fellow conservative justices and much of the right-wing legal community for preserving Obamacare.

U.S. Supreme Court divided over Obamacare subsidies challenge

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:19
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court appeared divided on ideological lines on Wednesday as it weighed tax subsidies key to the implementation of the Obamacare health law. Potential swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy raised concerns to lawyers on both sides about the possible negative impact on states if the government loses the case, suggesting he could back the Obama administration. But he did not commit to supporting either side. (Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)

The online joke is on Islamic State

BBC World News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:19
Do online parodies hurt or harm the extremists?
Categories: BBC World News

U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Hospitalized After Attack

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:14
The ambassador, Mark W. Lippert, was in stable condition after a South Korean assailant protesting joint American-South Korean military exercises attacked him with a knife.

White Pass - 3/4/2015 3:25:02 PM

White Pass Report - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:11
White Pass US12
3/4/2015 3:25:02 PM

Temperature: 44 °F

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The roadway is bare and dry.

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Satus Pass - 3/4/2015 3:25:02 PM

Satus Pass Report - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:11
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Stevens Pass - 3/4/2015 3:25:02 PM

Stevens Pass Report - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:11
Stevens Pass US2
3/4/2015 3:25:02 PM

Temperature: 44 °F

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The roadway is bare and dry

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Blewett Pass - 3/4/2015 3:25:02 PM

Blewett Pass Report - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:11
Blewett Pass US97
3/4/2015 3:25:02 PM

Temperature: 46 °F

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Snoqualmie Pass - 3/4/2015 3:25:02 PM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:11
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
3/4/2015 3:25:02 PM

Temperature: 51 °F

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Jawbone’s Discovery Fills Barren Evolutionary Period

New York Times Headlines - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:10
The 2.8-million-year-old mandible of a Homo habilis predates by at least 400,000 years any previously known Homo fossils.

California man charged with trying to join Islamic State

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:09
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 21-year-old California man previously charged with lying on a passport application so he could fly to Syria to join the Islamic State terrorist group was indicted Wednesday on a charge of trying to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

TV crew confronted on LA's Skid Row; 1 arrested

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 03/05/2015 - 09:07
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three Los Angeles police officers suffered minor injuries as they arrested a homeless man on Skid Row who confronted a TV news crew.