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Hospital industry warns of ‘crisis’ if health law is repealed

Tue., Dec. 6, 2016, 4:21 p.m.

The nation’s hospital industry warned President-elect Trump and congressional leaders on Tuesday that repealing the Affordable Care Act could cost hospitals $165 billion by the middle of the next decade and trigger “an unprecedented public health crisis.”

President Obama defends terrorism strategy before handover to Trump

Tue., Dec. 6, 2016, 2:33 p.m.

President Barack Obama greets supporters arrives in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday. (Monica Herndon/Tampa Bay Times / Associated Press)
President Barack Obama vigorously defended a counterterrorism strategy that relies on special forces and local U.S. partners to minimize America’s military footprint, drawing a sharp contrast Tuesday to the more confrontational vision promoted by President-elect Donald Trump.

Arctic sea ice hits record monthly low for 7th time in 2016

Tue., Dec. 6, 2016, 1:31 p.m.

In this photo provided by Dirk Notz, taken April 24, 2009, ice floats in the Arctic near Svalbard, Norway. (Dirk Notz / Associated Press)
Though this is when the Arctic is supposed to be refreezing, scientists say sea ice there hit record low levels for November. In the crucial Barents Sea, the amount of floating ice decreased when it would be expected to grow.

GOP adds $10B for wars, $4B for disasters to stopgap spending bill

Tue., Dec. 6, 2016, 10:40 a.m.

In tis June 21 photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, accompanied by, from left, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, listen to a question during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democrats are criticizing the latest Republican version of legislation that's needed to avoid a government shutdown next weekend. (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)
Congress is quickening its pace toward adjourning late this week, marching toward a final vote on legislation boosting medical research and speeding drug approvals and readying a separate stopgap spending bill to prevent the government from shutting down this weekend.

Georgia leads US in executions this year, set for ninth

Tue., Dec. 6, 2016, 10:27 a.m.

This undated file photo made available by the Georgia Department of Corrections shows William Sallie. Lawyers for the Georgia death row inmate scheduled to die next week say the act of executing their client would be unconstitutional. Sallie is to be executed Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. He was convicted in the March 1990 slaying of his father-in-law. (AP)
Lawyers seeking to block Tuesday’s scheduled execution of a man convicted of killing his father-in-law after a custody fight over a young son have argued a juror lied about her own messy relationship history and swayed fellow jurors to vote for a death sentence.

German conservatives back Merkel amid tough talk on migrants

Tue., Dec. 6, 2016, 9:55 a.m.

Chancellor Angela Merkel won a new term Tuesday as the leader of Germany’s main conservative party after stressing her determination to prevent a repeat of last year’s huge migrant influx and advocating a partial ban on face-covering veils.

Boy chained with dead chicken around neck sues adults

Tue., Dec. 6, 2016, 9:34 a.m.

A teen found chained to the porch of a house with a dead chicken around his neck is suing his former foster mother as well as social services officials and Union County, North Carolina.

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