Tag: New products and services

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National

Furloughed workers pinching pennies, volunteering

Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Catherine Threat watches students as they arrive at Courtenay Elementary Language Arts Center in Chicago in this Oct. 7, 2013 file photo taken in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File) by Russ BynumAssociated Press They’re experienced research engineers and park rangers still in college, attorneys who enforce environmental regulations and former soldiers who took civilian jobs with the military after coming home from war. And all of them have one thing in common: They were sent home on unpaid furlough last week after a political standoff between the president and Congress forced a partial shutdown of the federal government. More than 800,000 federal workers were affected at first, though the Pentagon has since recalled most of its idled 350,000 employees.

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National

Terror, mass shootings don’t mean more danger

A man walks through City Creek shopping center in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. Jack Harry Stiles was arrested Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, accused of plotting a deadly attack on the mall in the heart of Salt Lake City, telling investigators he planned to “just randomly shoot and kill people.” (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) by Jesse WashingtonAP National Writer It almost feels these days as if there is no safe place — that after global jihad strikes a Nairobi shopping mall or a deranged shooter invades the Washington Navy Yard, the next target could very well be our own store, school, theater or stadium. Yet those who study such violence have a message: Don’t worry.

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Health

Premiums unveiled for health overhaul plans

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks during an event discussing the federal health care overhaul in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) by Ricardo Alonso-ZalvidarAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — With new health insurance markets launching next week, the Obama administration is unveiling premiums and plan choices for 36 states where the federal government is taking the lead to cover uninsured residents. Before tax credits that work like an upfront discount for most consumers, sticker-price premiums for a mid-range benchmark plan will average $328 a month nationally for an individual, comparable to payments for a new car.

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Health

Obamacare trade-off: low premium, high deductible

This April 30, 2013 file photo shows the short form for the new federal Affordable Care Act application in Washington. Getting covered through President Barack Obama’s health care law might feel like a combination of doing your taxes and making a big purchase that requires some research. You’ll need accurate income information for your household, plus some understanding of how health insurance works, so you can get the financial assistance you qualify for and pick a health plan that’s right for your needs. (AP Photo/J. David Ake) by Ricardo Alonso-ZaldivarAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — You might be pleased with the low monthly premium for one of the new health insurance plans under President Barack Obama’s overhaul, but the added expense of copayments and deductibles could burn a hole in your wallet.

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National

Ohio uses execution drug, for last time, on killer

This undated file photo released by the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections shows Harry Mitts. (AP Photo/Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, File) by Julie Carr SmithAP Statehouse Correspondent LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A White gunman who spewed racial slurs before fatally shooting a Black man and a police officer in a 1994 rampage that prosecutors called one of Ohio’s worst crimes was put to death Wednesday with the state’s last dose of its execution drug.

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Business

Tests: New iPhones less durable than iPhone 5

The iPhone 5S, left, and iPhone 5c are displayed Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, in New York. The 5S offers a fingerprint sensor, a better camera and a faster processor, while the iPhone 5C is largely last year’s iPhone 5 with a plastic back and a choice of five colors. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) by Anne D’InnocenzioAP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — As Apple pitches its newest smartphones, users may find something lacking compared with last year’s model: They could break more easily. SquareTrade, a provider of protection plans for gadgets, tested five smartphones, including Apple’s new iPhones, to see if they could withstand drops, dunks and other common hazards. Its finding: The latest models aren’t as durable as last year’s iPhone 5. The biggest loser, however, was Samsung’s Galaxy S4, which failed to work after being submerged in water and being dropped 5 feet off the ground, according to San Francisco-based SquareTrade.

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Health

Some hospitals charge vastly more for same care

HHS SECRETARY KATHLEEN SEBELIUS (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) by Connie Cass and Lauran Neergaard WASHINGTON (AP) — Hospitals within the same city sometimes charge tens of thousands of dollars more for the same procedures, according to figures the government released for the first time Wednesday. The federal list sheds new light on the mystery of just how high a hospital bill might go — and whether it’s cheaper to get the care somewhere else.

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National

In rural McDowell County W.Va., schools rethink their role

LEARNING–Shaevon Boyd, a third grader at Southside K-8 School in War, W.Va., works on a reading assignment during an after school program on May 7. The school located in McDowell County, an area overwhelmed with poverty, unemployment, drug abuse, and teacher shortages, provides after school access to computers, tutoring, recreation and a meal. (AP Photo/Randy Snyder) by Philip Elliott WAR, W.Va. (AP) — When school started this fall in this sparsely populated rural area at West Virginia’s southern tip, 1 of 7 classrooms was without a teacher because leaders couldn’t recruit enough educators.

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Business

Tuning in: Twitter launches music app

NEW TWITTER APP–This image taken from an iPhone shows the new Twitter music app. (AP Photo/Twitter) by Ryan Nakashima LOS ANGELES (AP) — Twitter has launched a service that lets people find music they like and tweet songs from iTunes, Spotify and Rdio.