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Study: Repealing Obama health law cuts taxes for wealthy

Thu., Dec. 15, 2016, 2:52 p.m.

Republicans may be handing wealthy Americans a big tax cut by repealing President Barack Obama’s health care law, according to a study released Thursday that spells out potential economic pitfalls behind the election-year slogans.

Study: Premium hikes add $10B to taxpayers’ health law tab

Thu., Dec. 15, 2016, 2:29 p.m.

WASHINGTON – Taxpayers will fork over nearly $10 billion more next year to cover double-digit premium hikes for subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama’s law, according to a study being released Thursday. The analysis from the Center for Health and Economy comes as the Republican-led Congress is preparing to repeal “Obamacare” and replace it with a GOP alternative whose details have yet to be worked out. With incoming President Donald Trump likely to sign such legislation, historic coverage gains under the 2010 health law are at stake.

Obama sets marker on economy for Trump with defense of policies

Thu., Dec. 15, 2016, 2:18 p.m.

President Barack Obama pauses during a “My Brother’s Keeper” summit in South Court Auditorium at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, Wednesday. (Manuel Balce Ceneta / Associated Press)
President Barack Obama laid down a marker for his successor, declaring Thursday that the U.S. remains the world’s strongest economy and warning that attempts by Donald Trump to undo major initiatives would mean the erosion of the nation’s economic foundation.

Britain OKs making babies from DNA of 3 people in some cases

Thu., Dec. 15, 2016, 2:16 p.m.

In this  2015 file photo, Rachel Kean activist and campaigner poses for the Associated Press outside the Palace of Westminster, after she witnessed the vote on three-parent babies in the House of Commons, in London. (Alastair Grant / Associated Press)
Britain’s fertility regulator has approved controversial techniques allowing doctors to create babies using DNA from three people – what it called a “historic” decision to help prevent a small number of children from inheriting potentially fatal diseases from their mothers.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio dives into Obama birth certificate again

Thu., Dec. 15, 2016, 1:23 p.m.

In this  2013 file photo, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks at a news conference at the Sheriff's headquarters in Phoenix. (Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press)
Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona has fixated on the authenticity of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate for more than five years, going so far as to send a deputy and member of his volunteer posse to Hawaii to question officials.

Executions in the United States just fell to a 25-year low

Thu., Dec. 15, 2016, 12:54 p.m.

This undated file photo provided by the Virginia Department of Corrections shows the execution chamber at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Va. (AP)
The decline in executions continues a recent trend, as 2016 will be the fourth consecutive year with fewer executions than the year before. It also speaks to a country that has shifted away from the death penalty in many places, while those states still trying to execute inmates have struggled with court challenges, drug shortages and issues with carrying out the executions.

Dylann Roof convicted in Charleston church shooting trial

Thu., Dec. 15, 2016, 12:49 p.m.

This 2015 file photo, provided by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office shows Dylann Roof. (Uncredited / Associated Press)
After nearly a week of painful testimony that vividly recreated the massacre at this city’s famed “Mother Emanuel” church, it took jurors less than two hours to convict Dylann Roof in his federal hate crimes trial.

White House suggests Putin was involved in US hacking

Thu., Dec. 15, 2016, 12:17 p.m.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is shown  in Nagato, western Japan, Thursday. (Toru Hanai / Associated Press)
The Obama administration suggested Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally authorized the hacking of Democratic officials’ email accounts in the run-up to the presidential election and said it was “fact” that hacking had helped President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign. The White House also leveled an astounding attack on Trump himself, saying he must have known of Russia’s interference.

Coast Guard, Canada Navy seize 26 tons of cocaine in Pacific

Thu., Dec. 15, 2016, 12:12 p.m.

More than 26 tons of cocaine worth at least $715 million was brought ashore Thursday in Florida following multiple recent seizures by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Navy in the eastern Pacific.

Mexico plans to catch, protect last few vaquita porpoises

Thu., Dec. 15, 2016, 12:06 p.m.

In this Feb. 1992 file photo released by Omar Vidal, a female vaquita marina porpoise lies dead after getting entangled in a gillnet on El Golfo de Santa Clara beach in the upper Gulf of California. (Omar Vidal / Associated Press)
So few of Mexico’s vaquita porpoises remain that the international committee to protect the endangered species is preparing to catch and enclose as many as it can in a last-ditch effort to save them from extinction, experts said Thursday.

Iran sanctions renewal becomes law without Obama signature

Thu., Dec. 15, 2016, 11:51 a.m.

In an unexpected reversal, President Barack Obama declined to sign a renewal of sanctions against Iran but let it become law anyway, in an apparent bid to alleviate Tehran’s concerns that the U.S. is backsliding on the nuclear deal.

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