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Philadelphia Voters Elect Whig!

Posted on 11/7/2013 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin TodayBy Kathy Matheson of The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Democratic bastion of Philadelphia has elected a Whig to public office. Robert “Heshy” Bucholz believes he may be the first Whig to win at the ballot box in Philadelphia in nearly 160 years. Bucholz, a member of the Modern Whig party, campaigned door-to-door and beat his Democratic opponent 36-24 on Tuesday to earn a four-year term as an election judge in the city’s Rhawnhurst section. Election judges are paid …

FDA to Ban Artery-Clogging Trans Fats

Posted on 11/7/2013 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Mary Clare Jalonick of The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Heart-clogging trans fats have been slowly disappearing from grocery aisles and restaurant menus in the last decade. Now, the Food and Drug Administration is finishing the job. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter The FDA announced Thursday it will require the food industry to gradually phase out artificial trans fats, saying they are a threat to people’s health. Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the move could prevent 20,000 …

How Self-driving Cars Would Save Thousands of Lives

Posted on 10/23/2013 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyBy Jean Lowly of the Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In some ways, computers make ideal drivers: They don’t drink and then climb behind the wheel. They don’t do drugs, get distracted, fall asleep, run red lights or tailgate. And their reaction times are quicker. They do such a good job, in fact, that a new study says self-driving cars and trucks hold the potential to transform driving by eliminating the majority of traffic deaths, significantly reducing congestion and providing tens of billions …

What Rx Do You Get? It Might Depend Where You Live

Posted on 10/16/2013 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Where seniors live makes a difference not only in how much health care they receive but also the medications they’re prescribed — as some miss out on key treatments while others get risky ones, new research shows. More than 1 in 4 patients on Medicare’s prescription drug plan filled at least one prescription for medications long deemed high-risk for seniors, according to the study released Tuesday by the Dartmouth Atlas Project. Sign up …

The New Benjamin

Posted on 10/8/2013 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsBy Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The new $100 bill, with an array of high-tech features designed to thwart counterfeiters, will get its coming out party on Tuesday, partial government shutdown or not. The Federal Reserve, which has not been affected by the shutdown, will have armored trucks rolling from its regional banks around the country headed to banks, savings and loans and other financial institutions with the new C-notes. The bills took more than a decade to develop and the …

Congress Plunges Nation into Government Shutdown

Posted on 10/1/2013 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy Andrew Taylor of The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a long-running dispute over President Barack Obama’s health care law stalled a temporary funding bill, forcing about 800,000 federal workers off the job and suspending most non-essential federal programs and services. The shutdown, the first since the winter of 1995-96, closed national parks, museums along the Washington Mall and the U.S. Capitol visitors center. Agencies like NASA and the …