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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Opponents of Arkansas' first-in-the-nation plan to use Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for the poor say they're merely hitting pause on debating the program's future after it survived a defunding attempt in the Legislature.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government shutdown last fall resulted in nearly 8 million fewer visitors to national parks, costing the parks and surrounding communities an estimated $414 million in lost visitor spending, the Interior Department said Monday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says the government shutdown last fall resulted in nearly 8 million fewer visitors to national parks, costing the parks and surrounding communities an estimated $414 million in lost visitor spending.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say they will be closing the main highway to Jerusalem and the city's central roads for a massive rally of ultra-Orthodox Jews.
ROME (AP) — A last-minute decree by the Italian government has freed up funds to ensure Rome's buses and trains keep running, the trash is collected and other municipal services work.
ROME (AP) — Rome's mayor says the Italian capital next week risks a shutdown of mass transit, trash collection and other city services unless Parliament quickly frees up funds.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Emails obtained by The Associated Press reveal that the federal government shutdown last year delayed more than 37,000 immigration hearings by months or years.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans' new acquiescence to letting the government pile up more debt with no strings attached has spared them another politically debilitating showdown with President Barack Obama.
ATLANTA (AP) — A winter storm that rolled out of the South and is making its way to the Northeast has left more than 500,000 homes and businesses without power.
WASHINGTON (AP) — After a dramatic Senate tally in which top GOP leaders cast the crucial votes, must-pass legislation to allow the government to borrow money to pay its bills cleared Congress Wednesday for President Barack Obama's signature.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to visit Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines in April.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Must-pass legislation to allow the government to borrow money to pay its bills is on the brink or clearing Congress for President Barack Obama's signature.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress appears on track to send President Barack Obama must-do legislation to extend Treasury's borrowing authority without any concessions from the White House.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-controlled House has backed away from a battle over the government's debt cap and passed a measure extending Treasury's borrowing authority with overwhelming support from President Barack Obama's Democratic allies.
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are sharply higher in afternoon trading on Wall Street. Investors are finding bright spots in the government's monthly employment report, including solid growth in construction and manufacturing jobs. The gains on top of yesterday's strong finish could give the market a slight gain for the week.
Relief is likely on the way for many of those who have been dealing with huge increases in flood insurance premiums.
Facebook is out with their 2013 rankings of the hottest topics and most visited places.
(BPT) - While election politicking dominated the top 10 searches of 2012, this year people were a little starry-eyed when it comes to online searching. Miley Cyrus (No. 1) came into our lives like a wrecking ball and dethroned Kim Kardashian (No. 2) to become Yahoo's most searched person in 2013.
(StatePoint) Local communities nationwide are feeling a negative impact from funding cuts to national parks, which are hurting local businesses.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a gathering of 10,000 advocates for green construction Thursday that sustainability must be one of the country's top priorities.
As the Obamacare's health insurance exchanges become open, it seems that scam artists are also anxious to con folks out of their money. With so much confusion going on during the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, including the government shutdown, people may be easy targets unless they are careful.
(NewsUSA) - The recent government shutdown inconvenienced many Americans -- from federal workers, to tourists -- but how did it impact those looking for work? The health care debate was among the main catalysts for the shutdown, with both parties claiming to be the voice of the public, but has the voice of the job seeker been drowned out as a result? A new national poll asked those very questions to find out what was more important to job seekers -- a paycheck or health insurance. The result? The majority of unemployed Americans (77 percent) would apparently take the job, even if it meant no health insurance. Online career network Beyond.com surveyed over 5,000 job seekers from across the country to find out how the government shutdown and the technical frustrations with the health care rollout impacted their employment search. The survey comprised a dozen questions to determine if healthcare was really the main concern for those seeking work, and most respondents, it appears, were just interested in a salary to support their family. * 61 percent of those who participated in the survey said that their top priority when it comes to a job is salary, not health care. * That's despite approximately 32 percent of respondents saying they currently don't have health insurance, with nearly 50 percent of those people citing they haven't had health insurance for more than a year. * 89 percent of respondents said they'd do just about anything to find a job, including working long hours and/or weekends. "With so much speculation about the job market, we decided to go out and ask job seekers exactly what they were thinking," said Joe Weinlick, VP of Marketing at Beyond.com. "A big part of finding a job is confidence, and while health care is certainly an important issue, we've found that those looking for work are more concerned about things like honing interview skills or updating their resume. Health insurance is one of many factors people need to weigh when considering a job offer, but you have to get the job offer first." Survey respondents included job seekers from the Millennial, Gen X and Baby Boomer generations. Surprisingly, the majority of respondents from each generation reported that they'd consider job offers even if they didn't include health insurance at all -- despite numerous reports citing the increased need for health care across the board, especially with Baby Boomers. What do you think people will be most thankful for -- a paycheck or health care?
Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is not a tech founder. President Barack Obama does not have a GitHub account. The failed launch of the new health insurance e-commerce website, Healthcare.gov, came as a shock to political leaders that were too steeped in government shutdowns and the machinations of two-party infighting to understand how their hired geeks could flub a computer project.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks with reporters after voting on a measure to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial, 16-day shutdown, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, as Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., chair of the Senate Budget Committee, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., listen. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)