Iraqis cast their votes on Saturday in the country’s first polls since US troops departed, a key test of its stability in the face of a spike in attacks that has claimed more than 100 lives. But the credibility of the provincial elections has come into question, with attacks on candidates…
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What’s a health incentive – and what’s a penalty? In the past few days, the perennial debate has reared its head again as the start of Obama’s second term has brought us closer to changes in the health-care system, a stream of dire news stories on what that might mean for some Americans have inevitably cropped up.
Last week, the Associated Press warned ominously that starting next January, ”Millions of smokers could be priced out of health insurance because of tobacco penalties in President Barack Obama’s health-care law.” For insurance companies that opt to enforce the full amount, the change could mean as much as a $5,000 premium spike per year for older smokers. That change would have a serious impact on low-income individuals, who “would depend [more] on the new federal health-care law” — and who account for a far higher proportion of the one in five Americans who smoke. Nearly 450,000 Americans die of smoking-related diseases every year.
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Swedish paper group Svenska Cellulosa (SCA) on Thursday reported a net profit spike that was nine times higher than in 2011, as the company turns its attention to Asia. … Read More
After 14 years and with the help of hundreds of volunteers, the Pratt Museum in Homer, Alaska, will soon be home to a Pacific gray whale skeleton, the centerpiece of an upcoming exhibition set to open for the public next month.The museum landed its whale way back in 1999, after it was observed in Kachemak Bay, behaving strangely. The whale, a male juvenile, died shortly thereafter and washed ashore, according to Scott Bartlett, the Pratt Museum’s curator of exhibitions.He wasn’t alone. No one is sure why hundreds of gray whales beached between 1999-2000 but a huge spike in Pacific gray fatalities followed. In 1999 alone, 283 grays died between Mexico and Cook Inlet off the Southcentral Alaska coast, compared to an average annual mortality rate of about 41. By 2001, gray whale deaths had normalized to 21. But the mystery remains unsolved.Read More…
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An American gunmaker says Bank of America is holding his money hostage. Joe Sirochman, owner of American Spirit Arms, recently claimed in a Facebook post that Bank of America froze his company’s accounts, CNSNews reported Monday. And Sirochman says the reason is the nature of his business. The gun manufacturer makes arms and components based on platforms for the AR-14, M-16 and other military-style assault weapons and, like its competitors, saw a huge spike in sales in the wake of the Newtown shooting — 500 percent over the past two weeks, according to Sirochman. Bank of America, who has been the company’s bank for roughly 10 years, is now holding the sales deposits “for further review,” according to Sirochman’s post.Read More…
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A wide-ranging 3-part interview on The Root with Quentin Tarantino conducted by its editor, the Harvard Prof and cultural critic Henry Louis Gates Jr., offers the public a chance to hear Tarantino’s thinking about slavery, race, use of the N-word and the making of his latest film, ‘Django Unchained.’ Prominent figures including Spike Lee have attacked Tarantino in recent days for being disrespectful and exploitative of America’s racial past and present in ‘Django.’ The following are excerpts of some his most interesting remarks:On working with Jamie Foxx to build the character of the hero, Django:Continue Reading… … Read More