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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.

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.


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.


Woman, 91, bites suspect in Cobbs Creek burglary

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:21

Woman, 91, bites suspect in Cobbs Creek burglaryWhen a 91-year-old woman walked in on two men burglarizing her Cobbs Creek home, police say the suspects attacked her but the victim fought back, at one point biting one of the assailants.


Suspect in mass shooting surrenders after standoff

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:14

Law enforcement officers surround a shooting suspect in his car Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Spring, Texas. A Harris County Sheriff's Office statement says precinct deputy constables were called to the house about 6 p.m. Wednesday and found two adults and three children dead. Another child later died at a hospital. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Brett Coomer)SPRING, Texas (AP) — A suspect in the slayings of six people, including four children, at a suburban Houston home has surrendered after a three-hour standoff with deputies.


Suspect in slayings of 6 near Houston surrenders after 3-hour standoff

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:07
SPRING, Texas (AP) — Suspect in slayings of 6 near Houston surrenders after 3-hour standoff.

6 dead, 4 children, in shooting at suburban house

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 10:53

Law enforcement officers surround a shooting suspect in his car Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Spring, Texas. A Harris County Sheriff's Office statement says precinct deputy constables were called to the house about 6 p.m. Wednesday and found two adults and three children dead. Another child later died at a hospital. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Brett Coomer)A 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.


4 children, 2 adults dead in suburban Houston shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 10:31

4 children, 2 adults dead in suburban Houston shootingFour children and two adults have been fatally shot, and a mother is fighting for her life after a family member opened fire inside a suburban Houston home, according to our sister station KTRK.


Colorado completes 1st legal pot market study

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 10:30
DENVER (AP) — Colorado is smoking pot by the ton, and visitors are, too.

Dodgers found partly responsible in fan beating

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 10:22

The Stow family attorney Thomas Girardi delivers his closing argument in a civil trial in a lawsuit brought by his client San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow against former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt in Los AngelesLOS ANGELES (AP) — A San Francisco Giants fan who suffered brain damage in a beating in a Dodger Stadium parking lot won his negligence lawsuit Wednesday, with a jury agreeing that the Dodgers didn't provide adequate security and were partly to blame for the attack.


Study: Psych drug ER trips approach 90,000 a year

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 10:17
CHICAGO (AP) — Bad reactions to psychiatric drugs result in nearly 90,000 emergency room visits each year by U.S. adults, with anti-anxiety medicines and sedatives among the most common culprits, a study suggests.

Police to take graphic photos of teen as evidence

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 10:16
McLEAN, Va. (AP) — A Virginia teenager is fighting efforts by police who want to take photos of him in a sexually aroused state to try to prove a sexting case against him.

6 dead in shooting at suburban Houston home

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

4 children, 2 adults dead in suburban Houston shootingSix people are dead, including four children, after someone opened fire at a home in a normally quiet neighborhood in a northern Houston suburb.


Police: Gasoline spill led to 2-alarm Radnor fire, 2 injured

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

 Gasoline spill led to 2-alarm Radnor fire, 2 injuredDelaware County fire crews were called to a fire at a Main Line estate that injured the homeowner and a firefighter.


Storms bring severe damage, power outages across region

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 10:05

Storms bring severe damage, power outages across regionMany homes and businesses remain without power after severe thunderstorms raced across the region.


Sterling says he won't sell team, calls wife a pig

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 10:00

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2010 file photo, Los Angeles Clippers team owner Donald Sterling watches his team play in Los Angeles. With a $2 billion sale of the Clippers hanging in the balance, a judge is set to determine Monday, June 30, 2014, if the terms of a family trust alone are enough to confirm Donald Sterling was properly removed as trustee and allow his estranged wife to sell the team without his consent. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A raging Donald Sterling denounced his wife, her lawyers and the NBA from the witness stand Wednesday, saying he will never sell the Los Angeles Clippers and vowing a lifetime of lawsuits against the league.


Colorado puts annual marijuana demand at 130 tonnes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 09:59
By Daniel Wallis DENVER (Reuters) - Total marijuana demand in Colorado, where the nation's first recreational pot shops opened in January, is estimated at 130 tonnes this year, a study for the state's revenue authority said on Wednesday. A day after Washington became only the second state to allow recreational sales of the drug to adults, the report said the projected demand in Colorado was much higher than anticipated. "The primary difference is caused by much heavier dosage amounts consumed by the state's 'heavy user' population – those who consume marijuana on a daily basis," said the report, prepared for the Colorado Department of Revenue. It said tax figures showed that the retail supply of marijuana was growing in the state, while supply via medical marijuana dispensaries had remained relatively constant.

Georgia man's death sentence commuted a day before scheduled execution

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 09:53
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - The day before he was due to die by lethal injection, a man on Georgia's death row was granted clemency and his sentence commuted to life without parole on Wednesday by the state Board of Pardons and Paroles. Tommy Lee Waldrip, 68, was due to be executed on Thursday evening for the 1991 shooting death of a man who had been scheduled to testify against his son in an armed robbery trial. It was the fifth death sentence commuted by the Parole Board since 2002, and the first since April 2012. Age could have been a factor in the decision as Waldrip would have been the oldest person to be executed in Georgia since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.

5 children,1 adult dead in suburban Houston shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 09:49

4 children, 2 adults dead in suburban Houston shootingFive children and one adult have been fatally shot, and a mother is fighting for her life after a family member opened fire inside a suburban Houston home, according to our sister station KTRK.