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Federal appeals courts disagree on Obamacare subsidies

By Alex Nixon 6:46 a.m.
More than 250,000 low-income workers in Pennsylvania could lose subsidies that reduce the cost of their health insurance under a federal appeals court decision on Tuesday that invalidated a key piece of President Obama’s health care law. The ruling by …

10 million Americans sought help to enroll in Obamacare

By Alex Nixon
Bob Nelson’s business surged earlier this year when people scrambled to find health coverage to comply with the Affordable Care Act. Even though uninsured consumers …

Mountaineer workers fear smoking ban will harm ‘livelihood’

By Debra Erdley
Officials in Hancock County, W.Va., a one-hour drive south of Pittsburgh, expect a full house on Wednesday night at a public hearing on a proposal to ban smoking in bars, clubs, casinos, outdoor community festivals and other venues. If the …

2 Greene County residents charged with killing 3 in W.Va.

By The Associated Press
LITTLETON, W.Va. — Two Greene County residents face murder charges in connection with the deaths of three people in West Virginia. West Virginia State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous says Samuel L. Spencer, 25, and Natasha L. Burns, 26, were …

U.S. intel believes civilian plane might have been mistaken for Ukraine military aircraft

By McClatchy Newspapers 6:46 a.m.
WASHINGTON — American intelligence agencies believe Ukrainian separatists shot down a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet by mistake, possibly by misreading fuzzy radar images on a sophisticated surface-to-air missile launcher provided by Russia, senior U.S. intelligence officials said on Tuesday. The …

VA nominee to demand ‘urgent action,’ he tells panel

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — President Obama’s choice to lead Veterans Affairs pledged on Tuesday to transform the beleaguered agency, saying that “systematic failures” must be addressed. “I …

HGH use on the rise in teens, survey finds

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Experimentation with human growth hormones by America’s teens more than doubled in the past year as more young people looked to drugs …

To fight crime, Chicago tries wiping away arrests

By The Associated Press
CHICAGO — Desperate to curb the gun violence wracking their city, Chicago lawmakers are leading the way toward a counterintuitive idea — fighting crime by …

Cyber domain is next battleground, authors of 9/11 report warn

By The Washington Post
WASHINGTON — The authors of the 9/11 Commission report say that a decade after completing their seminal look at the rise of al-Qaida, the threat of terrorism has not waned and the country can ill afford to let its guard …

Senate, House head for stalemate on border

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Tuesday prepared to whack $1 billion from President Obama’s emergency spending request for the border, while leaving out policy changes Republicans have demanded. The developments point to a hardening stalemate over the crisis with lawmakers …

Perdue defeats Kingston in Ga. GOP Senate runoff

By The Associated Press
ATLANTA — Businessman David Perdue defeated longtime Rep. Jack Kingston in the Republican runoff for Georgia’s Senate nomination, setting up a nationally significant general election matchup against Democrat Michelle Nunn. Tuesday night’s primary runoff win validates the former corporate CEO’s …

World News

2 Ukrainian military fighter jets shot down

By The Associated Press 7:57 a.m.
KIEV, Ukraine — Two Ukrainian military fighter jets have been shot down in the east, according to the country’s Defense Ministry. The Sukhoi-25 fighters were shot down 1:30 p.m. local time Wednesday over an area called Savur Mogila. Defense Ministry …

Middle East

89 killed in suicide blast in east Afghanistan

By The Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber blew up a car packed with explosives near a busy market and a mosque in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, …

Betsy Hiel

Kurdish fighters step in to protect Iraq residents from ISIS

By Betsy Hiel
MAKTAB KHALED, Iraq — Kurdish flags ripple over a dusty checkpoint south of the oil city of Kirkuk, where soldiers deploy behind earthen mounds and …