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Judge's ruling on 'Obamacare' poses new problems for GOP

Judge's ruling on 'Obamacare' poses new problems for GOPWASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge's ruling that the Obama health law is unconstitutional has landed like a stink bomb among Republicans, who've seen the politics of health care flip as Americans increasingly value the overhaul's core parts, including protections for pre-existing medical conditions and Medicaid for more low-income people.

POSTED DECEMBER 16, 2018 7:30 AM

Is Yemen finally on the road to peace?

Is Yemen finally on the road to peace?At the same time, the United Nations must prepare for critical discussions on a wider truce and a framework for political negotiations to end the conflict. The nearly four-year-old war, which has killed tens of thousands of people, pits the Iran-aligned Houthi group against other Yemeni factions fighting alongside the Saudi-led coalition trying to restore the government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. The Houthis, who ousted Hadi's administration from the capital Sanaa in 2014, and their coalition foes are due to start implementing the Hodeidah ceasefire on Tuesday.

POSTED DECEMBER 16, 2018 9:53 AM

Family complains that Catholic priest used teen's funeral to condemn suicide

Family complains that Catholic priest used teen's funeral to condemn suicideThe parents of a teenage boy who took his own life have condemned a Catholic priest who questioned whether their son would get to heaven while presiding over his funeral. The Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit expressed regret for the comments and said the Rev Don LaCuesta would not preach at funerals "for the foreseeable future". But the parents of Maison Hullibarger said they wanted the priest removed from his post for the heartbreak caused. "We wanted him to celebrate how Maison lived, not how he died," his mother, Linda Hullibarger, told The Detroit Free Press. Jeff Hullibarger added: "It was his time to tell everybody what he thought of suicide, (and) we couldn't believe what he was saying. “He was up there condemning our son, pretty much calling him a sinner. He wondered if he had repented enough to make it to heaven. He said 'suicide' upwards of six times. They said they met the priest ahead of the service at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Temperance, Michigan, on December 8, setting out what they hoped to hear in a loving homily. However, the Catholic Church has traditionally taught that suicide was an unforgiveable sin. It has only been in recent years that the stance has softened to forgive suicide in situations of extreme stress. The Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit apologised and said Mr LaCuesta would be removed from funeral duties and given extra assistance. "We share the family’s grief at such a profound loss. Our hope is always to bring comfort into situations of great pain, through funeral services centered on the love and healing power of Christ," it said in a statement. "Unfortunately, that did not happen in this case. We understand that an unbearable situation was made even more difficult, and we are sorry."

POSTED DECEMBER 15, 2018 9:26 PM

Pauley Perrette, Sasha Alexander back ex-'NCIS' star Michael Weatherly amid harassment claims

Pauley Perrette, Sasha Alexander back ex-'NCIS' star Michael Weatherly amid harassment claimsPauley Perrette and Sasha Alexander are supporting their ex-'NCIS' co-star Michael Weatherly after Eliza Dushku accused him of sexual harassment.

POSTED DECEMBER 16, 2018 2:53 PM

Iraq lays cornerstone to rebuild iconic Mosul mosque

Iraq lays cornerstone to rebuild iconic Mosul mosqueIraqis on Sunday laid the cornerstone in rebuilding Mosul's Al-Nuri mosque and leaning minaret, national emblems destroyed last year in the ferocious battle against the Islamic State group. The famed 12th century mosque and minaret, dubbed Al-Hadba or "the hunchback," hosted Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's only public appearance as IS chief, when he declared a self-styled "caliphate" after the jihadists swept into Mosul in 2014. The structures were ravaged three years later in the final, most brutal stages of the months-long fight to rid Iraq's second city of IS.

POSTED DECEMBER 16, 2018 9:09 AM

Every Photo from Our Drive of the Audi e-tron GT Concept

Every Photo from Our Drive of the Audi e-tron GT Concept

POSTED DECEMBER 16, 2018 5:50 PM

O'Rourke, other Dems don't want tent city's contract renewed

O'Rourke, other Dems don't want tent city's contract renewedAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Rep. Beto O'Rourke and four other Democratic members of Congress toured a remote tent city in West Texas on Saturday where they said that 2,700 immigrant teens are being held at a cost of roughly $1 million per day.

POSTED DECEMBER 15, 2018 6:50 PM

Shop deals on luggage, packing accessories to travel smarter in the new year

Shop deals on luggage, packing accessories to travel smarter in the new yearForget fruitcake and distant relatives' awkward questions about your relationship status — the worst part of the holidays is traveling, hands down. Unfortunately, we can't do anything about that pungent log of dried cherries and nuts on the dessert table, nor can we prevent your Aunt Ruby from asking why you're still single. (Why are you still single, anyway?) We can, however, offer you some sweet deals on items that'll make your trip home far more bearable. Below, we've rounded up the deets on seven travel and packing tools that just went on sale in the Mashable Shop — and don't forget to enter the code MERRY15 at checkout to score an extra 15% off your purchase.  1. SuitFaces Custom Luggage Covers Don't waste another minute of your life trying to determine which nondescript black suitcase on the baggage carousel is yours. SuitFaces' durable covers make your luggage easy to find with all sorts of awesome designs featuring your favorite movie characters, colorful patterns, NBA jerseys, and more. Want an even more distinctive look? You can also opt to have SuitFaces make a custom design using a picture of your face, logo, pet, or initials. For a limited time, Mashable readers can snag a $40 credit to the SuitFaces store for just $30 — a savings of 25%. Image: SuitFaces SuitFaces Custom Luggage Covers — $25.50 with promo code MERRY15 See Details 2. Joyus Exclusive Luggage Shelf Stay organized on the go with the Joyus Exclusive Luggage Shelf, which serves as your personal, portable closet throughout your trip. Simply pack your clothing and accessories into each of its separate compartments and collapse it into your carry-on bag. Once you've arrived at your destination, you just need to lift it out of your luggage and hang it up unfurled for easy access to your outfits.  A $79 value, we normally offer the Joyus Luggage Shelf for $65. Act quickly, though, and you can score one today for just $32.99 — a savings of 58%. Image: Joyus Joyus Exclusive Luggage Shelf — $28.05 with promo code MERRY15 See Details 3. Joyus Exclusive Packing Cubes in Black (set of three) Trying to pack extra light? You don't need to pare down your packing list if you've got the lightweight Joyus Exclusive Packing Cubes, which organize your clothes in a carry-on just as effectively as its luggage shelf, minus the hanging design.  A $68 value, we usually offer the set for $58. If you act now, however, you can pick one up for only $24.99 — a savings of 63%. Image: Joyus Joyus Exclusive Packing Cubes in Black: Set of 3 — $25.50 with promo code MERRY15 See Details 4. Vasco 7-Piece Smart Packing Cube Set Save up to 60% more space (and avoid fees for overweight baggage) with the Vasco Smart Packing Cube Set, a collection of seven compressible, waterproof cubes that keep your items separated and tidy during travel. Capable of fitting in virtually any piece of luggage, from carry-ons to totes, the set is crafted from durable nylon and includes an RFID-blocking travel wallet. Valued at $159.99, you can save 38% by purchasing a set from the Mashable Shop, where they're on sale for only $99. Image: Vasco Bags Vasco 7-Piece Smart Packing Cube Set — $84.15 with promo code MERRY15 See Details 5. Mia Toro Illeso Hardside Spinner (three-piece set) Featuring a lightweight Armor-Flex composite that wouldn't look out of place in a designer boutique, the Mia Toro Illeso hardside spinner set is the ideal marriage of strength and style. Its highlights include an expandable frame that allows for 25% more packing space and Glide-Tech 360-degree dual wheels for steady movement.  An $840 value, you can purchase this three-piece set with a micro diamond finish in your choice of four colors —  black, silver, blue, and burgundy — for just $249.99. Image: Mia Toro Mia Toro Illeso Hardside Spinner: 3-Piece Set — $212.50 with promo code MERRY15 See Details 6. Mia Toro 3-Piece Nuovo Hardside Spinner Luggage Set Also from Mia Toro comes the Nuovo hardside spinner set, which features the same expandable design, Glide-Tech 360-degree wheels, and durable Armor-Flex craftsmanship as the Illeso model. It's available in the same four colors as its companion model but in a modern polished brush finish. An $840 value, this three-piece set is yours for just $249.99 — a savings of 70%. Image: Mia Toro Mia Toro 3-Piece Nuovo Hardside Spinner Luggage Set — $212.50 with promo code MERRY15 See Details 7. Dr. Save Vacuum Travel Kit Capable of shrinking your clothes and other soft goods by up to 70%, the Dr. Save is the remedy to all your packing woes. This kit includes an air pump that removes moisture, mildew, and odors while sealing up your belongings, as well as four reusable bags that are great for long-term storage. Normally $69.95, the Dr. Save kit is now on sale for just $39 — a 44% savings. Image: FRESHeTECH Dr. Save Vacuum Travel Kit — $33.15 with promo code MERRY15 See Details

POSTED DECEMBER 15, 2018 5:00 AM

Photos: Snow, freezing rain from Storm Deirdre causes disruptions across UK

Photos: Snow, freezing rain from Storm Deirdre causes disruptions across UKStorm Deirdre caused travel hazards, power outages and disruptions this weekend across the United Kingdom.

POSTED DECEMBER 15, 2018 6:32 PM

Student loans totaling $150M to be forgiven by US Department of Education

Student loans totaling $150M to be forgiven by US Department of EducationThe U.S. Department of Education plans to cancel about $150 million in student loan debt, which means about 15,000 borrowers will be forgiven.

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2018 11:25 PM

News – Insurance Journal

USG Adds Meek as a Producer in Southern California
USG Insurance Services Inc. has named Frances Meek a producer/broker in the Irvine, Calif. office. Meek will work to maintain current agent relationships and assist with expanding USG’s California network. Meek has been in the insurance industry for five years …

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2018 11:53 PM
Alliant Names Davidson Vice President in Washington
Alliant Insurance Services Inc. has named Megan Davidson vice president within the company’s real estate group. Davidson will be based in Alliant’s Seattle, Wash. office, and will provide insurance and risk management solutions to real estate clients with a focus …

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2018 11:48 PM
Nebraska Senators Aiming to Get Medical Marijuana on 2020 Ballot
Two Nebraska lawmakers have announced plans to place a medical marijuana legalization measure on the 2020 ballot. Sens. Anna Wishart and Adam Morfeld, both of Lincoln, on Dec. 13 announced the formation of Nebraskans for Sensible Marijuana Laws. The campaign …

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2018 5:46 PM
Feds Cite Missouri Demolition Company After 2 Workers Die
A Missouri demolition company has been cited by federal safety regulators for failing to provide fall protection after two employees suffered fatal injuries at a demolition site in St. Louis. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration …

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2018 5:34 PM
AM Best: Outlooks Revised to Stable for Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Companies
AM Best has revised the outlooks to stable from negative and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) of A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) of “a” of Texas Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Co. and Farm Bureau …

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2018 5:28 PM
Indiana Officer Settles Racial Discrimination Lawsuit for $50K
Records show a former western Indiana police officer who appealed his firing has accepted $50,000 to settle a 2015 federal lawsuit alleging racial discrimination. The Tribune-Star reports Jonathan Stevens signed an agreement in January 2017 to resolve the complaint he’d …

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2018 5:23 PM
ICT: Central Texas October Flood Insured Losses Top $22M, So Far
Payments made by FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for insured losses from flooding in central Texas in mid-October have exceeded $22 million and could exceed $30 million when all claims have been filed and paid, the Insurance Council of …

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2018 5:21 PM
Texas Hurricane Harvey Rebuilding Commission: Storm Was a ‘Wakeup Call’
A commission convened by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to focus on rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey issued a report on Dec. 13 saying the state should take a series of steps to prepare for the next big storm, including improving local …

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2018 5:20 PM
Latest Edition of AMA Guides Lowers Impairment Ratings in Workers’ Compensation
For workers injured at work, the amount of compensation they receive depends on which edition of the medical guidelines on evaluating impairments is used. The American Medical Association (AMA) Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment is used in workers’ …

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2018 4:26 PM
Authorities: At Least $3B to Clear Debris from Homes Destroyed By California Wildfires
State and federal authorities estimate that it will cost at least $3 billion to clear debris from 19,000 homes and businesses destroyed by three California wildfires last month. The disaster relief officials said the cleanup costs will far surpass the …

POSTED DECEMBER 14, 2018 3:48 PM

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