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New form of U.S. healthcare saves money, improves quality, one insurer finds

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 12:07
By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - In one of the largest tests of a novel way to deliver and pay for healthcare, insurer CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield announced on Thursday that 1.1 million people receiving care through its "patient-centered medical homes" last year were hospitalized less often and stayed for fewer days compared to patients in traditional fee-for-service care. Medical homes, a centerpiece of President Barack Obama's healthcare reform, have been heralded as one of the best hopes for reducing the cost of U.S. healthcare, the highest in the world, and improving its quality, which lags that of many other wealthy countries. According to CareFirst, its medical home program, in its fourth year, also delivered high-quality care, measured by yardsticks such as whether doctors gave recommended cancer screenings and immunizations. The savings reached a level "I wouldn't have thought possible," said CareFirst President Chet Burrell.

Report: Detroit to shed $7B in debt during bankruptcy

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 12:06

According to report, city will have $1.4 billion for city services after bankruptcy.

       

Exploring Vashon Island by kayak

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 12:04
Rent a paddlecraft in Quartermaster Harbor for a quiet wander or get adventurous and circle the island.

First customer shows off Boeing’s 787-9

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 12:02
Painted black with white wings and a traditional fern design on its tail, the first delivered 787-9 Dreamliner was unveiled Wednesday by Boeing and Air New Zealand.

Obama aide pays for BBQ with credit card

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 12:02

President Obama visits an Austin barbecue spot.

       

Community calendar: festivals, fairs and more

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 12:01
A detailed, categorized calendar of events all over Seattle and Western Washington, July 11-17, 2014.

Sockeye delivery is delayed to Baker Lake

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 12:01
It looks like the local sockeye returns are arriving later than expected, which is good news, especially for those planning trips to Baker Lake in Whatcom County, open to fishing through Sept. 7.

Death toll rises as Israel escalates airstrikes

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:55

Israel says it is focusing on underground tunnel networks and rocket-launching sites in Gaza.

       

Israel: Hamas firing rocket every 10 minutes

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:55

The claim comes as the Palestinian death toll in Gaza continues to rise.

       

College Board apologizes over 'racially insensitive' T-shirt

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:47

On the front of the shirt are caricatures of Chinese people.

       

Storm falls to Phoenix, 78-58

Seattle Storm - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:46
The Storm’s loss at Phoenix on Wednesday was the third this season to the Mercury.
Categories: Sports Center

AccuWeather: Spotty Storms Tonight, then Less Humid

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:36

 Some Sun, Spotty Storms TodayMeteorologist Cecily Tynan is tracking more comfortable air moving in.


6 dead including 4 kids in suburban Houston shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:30

6 dead including 4 kids in suburban Houston shootingA man involved in a domestic dispute opened fire at a suburban Houston home Wednesday evening, killing six people, four of them children, and wounding one woman, authorities said.


White Pass - 7/9/2014 7:57:09 PM

White Pass Report - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:27
White Pass US12
7/9/2014 7:57:09 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Mountain Pass weather reports have ended for the season. Should adverse weather or collisions occur, updates will be provided promptly as details are available.

Weather:


Satus Pass - 7/9/2014 7:50:27 PM

Satus Pass Report - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:27
Satus Pass US97
7/9/2014 7:50:27 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Mountain Pass weather reports have ended for the season. Should adverse weather or collisions occur, updates will be provided promptly as details are available.

Weather:


Stevens Pass - 7/9/2014 7:47:24 PM

Stevens Pass Report - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:27
Stevens Pass US2
7/9/2014 7:47:24 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Westbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Mountain Pass weather reports have ended for the season. Should adverse weather or collisions occur, updates will be provided promptly as details are available.

Weather:


Blewett Pass - 7/9/2014 7:45:37 PM

Blewett Pass Report - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:27
Blewett Pass US97
7/9/2014 7:45:37 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Northbound:
No restrictions

Restrictions Southbound:
No restrictions

Conditions:
Mountain Pass weather reports have ended for the season. Should adverse weather or collisions occur, updates will be provided promptly as details are available.

Weather:


Snoqualmie Pass - 7/9/2014 8:01:37 PM

Snoqualmie Pass Report - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:27
Snoqualmie Pass I-90
7/9/2014 8:01:37 PM

Temperature: Not Available

Restrictions Eastbound:
Pass Closed

Restrictions Westbound:
Pass Closed

Conditions:
Closure for extended rock blasting operation east of Snoqualmie Pass summit. Eastbound traffic is stopped at Gold Creek milepost 56, westbound traffic is stopped at milepost 61 Price Creek and milepost 71 Easton. No services are available past exit 53 eastbound and exit 70 westbound during blast closures.

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Police: Woman sexually assaulted in Germantown barricade

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:26

 Woman sexually assaulted in Germantown barricadePolice responding to a barricade situation in Germantown, found a woman inside an apartment tied up and sexually assaulted.


China trade surplus narrows in June

BBC World News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:24
China's trade surplus narrows to $32bn (£18bn) in June after the pace of exports slowed and imports increased.
Categories: BBC World News