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Robin Williams, Beloved Comedy Star, Dead at 63

Posted on 08/11/2014 by |General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentBy Haven Daley, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63. Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday, according to the sheriff’s office in Marin County, north of San Francisco. The sheriff’s office said a preliminary investigation shows …

Health Law Rulings Conflict, but Subsidies to Continue

Posted on 07/22/2014 by |General News | Comments

Bulletin TodayBy the Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s health care law is enmeshed in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday. A divided court panel in Washington called into question the subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people pay their premiums, saying financial aid can be paid only in states that have set up their own insurance markets, or exchanges. About …

ABC Says O’Donnell Is Back on ‘The View’

Posted on 07/10/2014 by |General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentBy David Bauder of the Associated Press NEW YORK — Rosie O’Donnell will return to ABC’s “The View” this September for a most unexpected second act. ABC announced Thursday, via Twitter, that O’Donnell will join Whoopi Goldberg on the nearly empty couch at the daytime chatfest. Show creator Barbara Walters retired this spring from on-air appearances, Sherri Shepherd announced she was leaving after seven years and ABC didn’t renew the contract of Jenny McCarthy after only one season. It’s official! …

‘Game of Thrones’ Earns a Leading 19 Emmy Nods

Posted on 07/10/2014 by |General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentBy Lynn Elber of the Associated Press LOS ANGELES — The fantasy saga “Game of Thrones,” defying the Emmy Awards’ grudging respect for genre fare, emerged as the leader in the nominations announced Thursday with 19 bids, including best drama series. Other top nominees included a pair of ambitious miniseries, “Fargo,” with 18 bids, and “American Horror Story: Coven,” with 17. The AIDS drama “The Normal Heart” received 16 nominations, including best TV movie.

‘Staggering’ Amounts of Federal Funds Improperly Distributed

Posted on 07/10/2014 by |General News | Comments

Bulletin TodayBy Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Tax credits for families that don’t qualify. Medicare payments for treatments that might not be necessary. Unemployment benefits for people who are secretly working. Federal agencies reported making $100 billion in payments last year to people who may not have been entitled to receive them. Congressional investigators say the figure could be even higher. “The amounts here are absolutely staggering,” said Rep. John Mica, R-Fla. “It’s over $100 billion each of the last …

Medicare Lifts Ban on Sex-Change Surgery

Posted on 05/30/2014 by |General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Lisa Leff of The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Medicare can no longer automatically deny coverage requests for sex-reassignment surgeries, a federal board ruled Friday in a groundbreaking decision that recognizes the procedures are medically necessary for people who don’t identify with their biological sex. Ruling in favor of a 74-year-old transgender Army veteran whose request to have Medicare pay for her genital reconstruction was denied two years ago, the agency’s Departmental Appeals Board said there was no justification …