Obama administration confirms double-digit premium hikes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama's health care law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer, the administration confirmed Monday. That will stoke another "Obamacare" controversy days before a presidential election....
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South African opposition says ICC withdrawal is illegal
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South Africa's main opposition party on Monday tried to block a government plan to withdraw from the International Criminal Court, saying the move is illegal and that the country's top court should intervene....
France moving more than 6,000 migrants from makeshift camp
CALAIS, France (AP) -- France began the mass evacuation Monday of the makeshift migrant camp known as "the jungle," a mammoth project to erase the humanitarian blight on its northern border, where thousands fleeing war or poverty have lived in squalor, most hoping to sneak into Britain....
Iraqis on edge of Mosul face a deadly dilemma: Stay or flee
QAYARA, Iraq (AP) -- Bayda Muhammad Khalaf followed the government's advice to stay in her home with her husband and seven children as Iraqi troops advanced near their remote village outside militant-held Mosul. But after the Islamic State fighters fled and Iraqi troops didn't appear, their tiny supply of food quickly ran out, and the family had to flee to search for territory firmly under government control....
The Latest: Ex-attorney general in custody until bail posted
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- The Latest on the sentencing of former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane (all times local):...
Biden, Kaine heading to state to rally Clinton supporters
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden will be in Pittsburgh on Tuesday to campaign for Hillary Clinton....
Pennsylvania GOP: State poll watcher law is unconstitutional
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- With two weeks to go before the presidential election, the Pennsylvania Republican Party has filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming the state's law regarding poll watchers is unconstitutional....
Students beaten, horse punched in mob attacks at university
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Four teens have been arrested on assault charges in flash mob attacks around Temple University in which college students were beaten, an officer was knocked down and a police horse was punched in the face, police said Monday....
Final debate on tap in Pennsylvania's tight US Senate race
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and Democrat Katie McGinty are meeting for their last debate with just two weeks left in Pennsylvania's neck-and-neck race that could help determine Senate control....
Police: RV containing pot-laced candy catches fire on bridge
PENNSVILLE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) -- Police say a pot advocacy company's RV carrying marijuana-laced candy burst into flames on a bridge that connects New Jersey and Delaware, causing lane closures and tying up traffic for hours....
Brass thief damages historic Philadelphia building
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Officials say a metal thief damaged an exterior staircase at a historically significant building in downtown Philadelphia....
Second defendant pleads in fatal barbershop slaying
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The second man charged in the shooting death of a Pittsburgh barbershop owner last year has been sentenced to 12� to 30 years as part of a plea agreement....
Pittsburgh woman gets probation in March car-surfing death
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A western Pennsylvania woman has been placed on five years' probation in the "car-surfing" death of her teenage cousin earlier this year....
Centuries-old gravestones returned to Rhode Island cemetery
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) -- Centuries-old gravestones missing from a Colonial-era cemetery in Rhode Island have been returned after turning up elsewhere, including one found in a Pennsylvania woman's yard....
Department of Homeland Security notified Pennsylvanians there'll be new identification requirements next year to gain admittance to federal facilities like military bases, prisons, and in 2018, to board commercial flights, as state driver licenses and IDs are noncompliant with REAL ID stipulations. Instead either a valid passport, military ID or some other federally issued identification is needed. In 2012 Pennsylvania Legislature defiantly passed Act 38, barring PennDOT participation in REAL ID, denouncing it as an unfunded federal mandated intrusion of privacy.
Which is the better way to minimize ACA's rising coverage costs a single payer system or to increase insurance options?