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Health Law Sign-Ups on Track to Hit 7 Million

By Josh Lederman and Ricardo Zaldivar, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – Beating expectations, President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul was on track to sign up more than 7 million Americans for health insurance on deadline day, Monday, government officials told the Associated Press. The 7 million target, thought to be out of reach by most experts, was in sight on a day that saw surging consumer interest as well as vexing computer glitches that slowed sign-ups on the HealthCare.gov website. …

Big Safety Gains for Older Drivers

By Joan Lowy, Associated Press Safety researchers expressed concern a decade ago that traffic accidents would increase as the nation’s aging population swelled the number of older drivers on the road. Now, they say they’ve been proved wrong. Today’s drivers age 70 and older are less likely to be involved in crashes than previous generations, and less likely to be killed or seriously injured if they do crash, according to a study released Feb. 20 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. That’s because vehicles are getting …

Jay Leno Says Good Night

By Lynn Elber AP Television Writer BURBANK, Calif. (AP) – Jay Leno, as affably efficient backstage as he is in front of the camera, avoids waxing poetic about his 22-year “Tonight Show” run that draws to a close Thursday. Instead, he relies on numbers to tell the story. Leno’s tenure is second only to Johnny Carson’s 30 years; “Tonight” was No. 1 among viewers when he took it over and will be when he hands it off to Jimmy Fallon; …

CVS to Stop Sales of All Tobacco Products

By Michael Felberbaum and Tom Murphy, AP Business Writers CVS, the nation’s second-largest drugstore chain, is kicking the habit of selling tobacco products as it continues to shift its focus toward being more of a health care provider. The company said Wednesday that it will phase out cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco by Oct. 1 in its 7,600 stores nationwide, in a move that it says will help it grow its business that works with doctors, hospitals and others to …

Some Meals on Wheels Programs Feed Fido, Too

By Sue Manning, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) – If Meals on Wheels didn’t deliver donated dog food, Sherry Scott of San Diego says her golden retriever Tootie would be eating the pasta, riblets and veggie wraps meant for her. But thanks to partnerships between the program for low-income seniors and pet groups across the country, fewer people and pets are going hungry. After Meals on Wheels volunteers noticed a growing number of clients giving their food away to …

Bipartisan Budget Deal Clears Congress

By David Espo, Special Correspondent, The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress has sent President Barack Obama legislation scaling back across-the-board cuts on programs ranging from the Pentagon to the national park system, adding a late dusting of bipartisanship to a year more likely to be remembered for a partial government shutdown and near-perpetual gridlock. Obama’s signature was assured on the measure, which lawmakers in both parties and at opposite ends of the Capitol said they hoped would curb budget …