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Without those subsidies, experts say, premiums could jump about 20 percent in 2018. They are expected to cost $ 7 billion this year. "Uncertainty is destabilizing the market and leading health plans to raise their rates for 2018 to account for the political risk brought on by Congress and the administration through a protracted debate over the fate of these reimbursements", Margaret Murray, chief executive officer of the Association for Community Affiliated Plans, said in a ...
  • Texas lawmakers OK budget but 'bathroom bill' still in limbo

    Texas lawmakers OK budget but 'bathroom bill' still in limbo

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    An earlier version of the bill passed over the weekend applied to public schools only that would require schools to provide one single stall restroom for transgender students was rejected in the state Senate - a slight improvement from a more restrictive version that would have required all transgender students to use the bathrooms that correspond with the gender on their birth certificate.
  • British Airways cancels ALL flights over IT breakdown

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    The failure, caused by a power supply problem, disrupted BA's flight operations worldwide and also hit its call centres and website, said Alex Cruz , the chairman and chief executive of BA, part of Europe's largest airline group IAG. For later flights, passengers should check the status before heading to the airport as the major disruptions could extend. One passenger, Julie Adie, wrote that she had been stuck on the runway for an hour without an offer of drinks.
  • Ariana Grande to hold benefit concert for Manchester terror attack victims

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    The latest arrest took place in the Rusholme ward of Manchester on Friday and followed by a few hours the detention of another suspect in the inner-city Moss Side neighbourhood, Efe news reported. Six suspects have so far been arrested. The troops will gradually be withdrawn from Monday, May said. At an emergency COBRA meeting, the independent Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre advised that the United Kingdom should return to the second-highest level, which indicates an attack is highly ...
  • Carter national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski dies

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    He was born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1928. We are remembering my father tonight with the love of his life who inspired him and shared in his wonderful life over six decades. During the Iranian hostage crisis, Mr Brzezinski was also a leading force behind the failed United States commando rescue mission, having come to believe negotiations would not work.
  • Trump's trip to Israel may set new tone in Middle East

    Trump's trip to Israel may set new tone in Middle East

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    The sentence itself sounded odd, but the fact that Melania is actually Trump's third wife is what made it cringeworthy. Israeli leaders were clearly happy that the U.S president had visited their county within the first few months of taking up office.
  • Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Demands Special Session For Transgender 'Bathroom Bill'

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    To pass through the Senate , Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has to balance the interests of the moderates against conservative lawmakers who want to lower the cost of premiums. The House let the issue languish for months, then approved on Sunday a more-modest version applying only to schools. As Senate Republicans move forward with their health care bill, they may decide to keep waivers from the House bill that would harm some of the sickest and neediest Americans.
  • Charles Krauthammer: Why Middle East peace starts in Saudi Arabia

    Charles Krauthammer: Why Middle East peace starts in Saudi Arabia

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    President Trump's first overseas meeting in Saudi Arabia with 50 other Muslim countries around the world is a monumental success projecting his strength and brilliant ability to lead. The Arab states continue to refuse to normalise relations with Israel before resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and they have received no assurance that the U.S.
  • Reaction to the death of music legend Gregg Allman

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    The Allman Brothers Band singer/songwriter/organist has been sick for quite some time, canceling tours for the a year ago or so while trying hard to recover his health and return to the road. Born Dec. 8, 1947 in Nashville, Tenn., Gregg Allman's life was touched early by tragedy. "Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times", the announcement said.
  • Remember Gregg Allman with this 1995 "Austin City Limits" broadcast

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    Allman died at his home in Savannah, Georgia following several years of declining health, including a 2010 liver transplant. He contracted Hepatitis C in 2007, blaming it on the use of a dirty needle while getting a tattoo. Gregg Allman lived the kind of life that VH1's Behind The Music was built to chronicle; a seemingly endless cycle of musical devotion, interpersonal strife, and chemical excess.
  • Republican candidate charged with assault on reporter wins special Montana election

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    House seat to Republican candidate Greg Gianforte at the DoubleTree Hotel, Thursday night, May. "I should not have treated that reporter that way, and for that I'm sorry Mr Ben Jacobs ", he added. "I should not have responded in the way that I did, and for that I'm sorry", he told supporters. Shaun Scott, a computer science professor at Carroll College in Helena, voted for Gianforte despite the assault charge because he felt Gianforte would do a better job helping create high technology ...
  • Trump Declares Victory, Heads Home To Face More Russia Scandal

    Trump Declares Victory, Heads Home To Face More Russia Scandal

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    Trump told Macron he is under "heavy" pressure back in the USA on the climate accord brokered by the Obama administration in 2015. World leaders had hoped to put out a statement of consensus on the Paris Agreement which is created to cut global carbon emissions but Mr Trump took to social media to say he would make up his mind next week.