2:03pm

Wed January 30, 2013
Shots - Health News

Why Some Families Won't Qualify For Subsidized Health Insurance

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Quite a few families with expensive job-based health insurance may be ineligible for federal subsidies to help them buy cheaper coverage through new online insurance markets, under final rules released Wednesday by the Internal Revenue Service.

The two rules, published by the Treasury Department here and here, uphold earlier proposals outlining what is considered affordable, employer-sponsored coverage.

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1:06pm

Wed January 30, 2013
The Two-Way

South Africa's First Black Billionaire Pledges To Donate Half His Wealth

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 3:41 pm

Patrice Motsepe in 2010.
Getty Images

If you were looking for good news, here's a bit of it from South Africa: Patrice Motsepe, the country's first black billionaire, announced today that he will donate half his fortune in order to help the poor.

Reuters reports:

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1:03pm

Wed January 30, 2013
Shots - Health News

Bellevue Hospital's Slow Comeback After Superstorm Sandy

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 3:18 pm

When Superstorm Sandy came ashore, Bellevue Hospital was quickly submerged. Inspectors from the Federal Emergency Management Agency marked the flood line in the basement with orange tape or spray paint. In some areas, water was 14 feet deep.
Fred Mogul NPR

When a ferry crashed in lower Manhattan earlier this month, ambulances took dozens of people to hospitals around the island.

Bellevue Hospital took in 31 passengers, but they all had minor injuries. The most seriously hurt patients from the crash went elsewhere. Dr. Suzi Vassallo said that's because Bellevue still can't handle serious traumatic injuries.

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12:59pm

Wed January 30, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: The Mezzacappa-Phillips Duo

Would you like a break from hearing toe-tapping melodies?  If so, then the Mezzacappa-Phillips Duo may be just the sound you’re after. They’ll be performing their improvised acoustic experimentations as part of the Creative Music Series at The Luggage Store artist space in San Francisco tomorrow, January 31, starting at 8pm. 

12:58pm

Wed January 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Israel Bombs Military Target Outside Damascus, Syria Says

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 4:38 pm

Israel's air force bombed a military facility in western Syria, the Syrian media said Wednesday, a development that could further complicate the already volatile conditions in the region.

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12:51pm

Wed January 30, 2013
Books

Sotomayor's Memoir Already A Best-Seller

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 12:27 pm

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's memoir is riding high, topping the New York Times best-seller list in its first week of sales.

My Beloved World, Sotomayor's account of her path from the tenements of the Bronx to the U.S. Supreme Court, is on track to outdistance even the best-selling books of other justices.

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11:54am

Wed January 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Report From Homeland Security Details 'Commonalities' In Mass Shootings

Mourners create a memorial at the fountain of the Aurora Municipal Center after a prayer vigil Sunday for the 12 victims of Friday's mass shooting at the Century 16 movie theater.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Back in November, one of the Homeland Security's intelligence analysis centers in New Jersey was tasked with finding "commonalities" of mass shootings in the United States.

Today, the website Public Intelligence received an unclassified version of that report through a Freedom of Information Act request. The New Jersey "Fusion Center" looked at 29 mass shootings in the United States since 1999.

The findings:

-- Nearly half of the shootings happened at a workplace.

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11:41am

Wed January 30, 2013
Around the Nation

Boy Scouts' Repeal Of Gay Ban Mirrors Its Approach To Racial Integration

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 4:10 pm

The Supreme Court upheld the Boy Scouts' right to discriminate in 2000, but the issue roiled for years after. Scott Cozza (right) leads a protest outside the National Council Conference of the Boy Scouts of America in Philadelphia in 2003.
Mark Stehle AP

As Boy Scouts of America mull over whether to allow gay members to openly join, their approach might mirror the leave-it-to-the-locals tack the organization once took in deciding how to tackle the issue of desegregating its Scout troops.

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11:41am

Wed January 30, 2013
World

Israeli Election Rekindles Debate Over Military Service

Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 9:51 am

Ultra-Orthodox Jews are not required to perform military service in Israel, and the issue is subject to intense debate following the country's election last week. Here, ultra-Orthodox men sign up for alternate civilian service earlier this month.
Baz Ratner Reuters /Landov

The rise of a new Israeli political party after last week's elections has set the stage for renewed conflict over the country's military draft.

That new party, Yesh Atid, or "There is a Future," campaigned on a promise to draft thousands of ultra-Orthodox students who are currently exempt from military service.

And with the number of ultra-Orthodox students in Israel on the rise given the community's high birth rates, this longstanding debate has become a critical post-election issue.

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11:40am

Wed January 30, 2013
It's All Politics

Lifting Boy Scout Ban On Gays: One Legal Perspective

A statue of a Boy Scout stands in front of the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas.
LM Otero AP

The Boy Scouts of America as early as next week may drop its ban against openly gay members and leaders, just a dozen years after it successfully took its fight to maintain the policy all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

It would mark a seismic shift for the organization, which counts more than 3.3 million youth members who participate in troops largely sponsored by civic and church groups.

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