Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Expected cost of health care law is lowered

Washington

Cost estimate lowered on health care

The insurance expansion under the Affordable Care Act will cost $1.383 trillion over the next decade, more than $100 billion less than previous forecasts, the Congressional Budget Office said Monday. The nonpartisan budget office's report, an update to projections from February, shows the law costing less than in previous estimates in part because of the broad and persistent slowdown in the growth of health care costs. The news might come as welcome to Democrats who are struggling to defend the law in an election year. The reduced estimate is attributable mostly to the budget office's cutting its projections of federal spending for subsidies.

Washington

Study: Youths target of e-cigarette firms

An investigation by Democratic members of Congress into the marketing practices of electronic cigarette companies has found that major producers are targeting young people by giving away samples at music and sporting events and running radio and television advertisements during youth-oriented programs. The inquiry, led by Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., and Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., was conducted as the Food and Drug Administration prepared a major package of tobacco control rules that would place e-cigarettes under federal regulation. The new rules have been slow to appear, and lawmakers said they hoped their report, which came out Monday, might help speed their release.

Murraysville, Pa.

Suspect may have made calls first

Detectives suspect that a 16-year-old boy made threatening phone calls to two classmates before going on a stabbing rampage at his Pennsylvania high school, according to investigative documents released Monday. Four students at Franklin Regional Senior High School in Murrysville, Pa., remained in critical condition as investigators and the suspect's lawyer tried to determine what could have made the accused attacker snap last Wednesday. Alex Hribal, a Franklin sophomore, has been charged as an adult with attempted homicide and aggravated assault.

Elsewhere

Orland, Calif: Both drivers in the fiery Northern California crash involving a FedEx truck and bus full of students had clean driving records, California's Department of Motor Vehicles says, according to the Sacramento Bee. Both drivers were killed along with eight passengers.

Las Vegas: Federal authorities have lodged two criminal charges against Alison Michelle Ernst, 36, of Phoenix, who is accused of throwing a shoe at Hillary Rodham Clinton during a Las Vegas speech.

Cape Canaveral: The SpaceX company called off Monday's planned launch of a space station cargo ship because of a rocket leak. Officials think the problem can be fixed by Friday.

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