Hearing on health care gripes canceled
Democratic lawmakers are canceling a hearing to examine complaints by AT&T and other large companies about the cost to them of the health care overhaul. AT&T, Caterpillar, AK Steel and other companies said last month they would lose billions of dollars because of changes in how health care subsidies will be taxed. But Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., said in a statement Wednesday that the companies now believe the overhaul could ease their costs if implemented properly. Waxman said a hearing scheduled for Wednesday was canceled as the companies want more time to see how the law is implemented.
Colonel, a 'birther,' refuses to deploy
An Army doctor is under investigation after questioning on YouTube whether President Barack Obama is U.S.-born — then disobeying orders to report for duty in Afghanistan. Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin failed to report to Fort Campbell, Ky., on Monday, showing up instead at his old job in a clinic in the Pentagon. He was reassigned to Walter Reed Army Medical Center while the investigation is under way. Lakin says he wants to see the birth certificate as proof Obama is his commander in chief.
Navy identifies 4 killed in air crash
The Navy has identified the four people killed when their Pensacola-based Navy jet crashed this week in north Georgia woods. The Navy identified the men on Wednesday as retired Navy Lt. Cmdr. Charles McDaniel, 67, of Cantonment; Marine Capt. Jason Paynter, 38, of Pensacola; Marine Lt. Shawn Nice, 26, of Levittown, Penn.; and Navy Ensign Zachary Eckhart, 25, of Orefield, Penn.
200 coal mines to be inspected
Gov. Joe Manchin on Wednesday ordered the inspection of all underground coal mines in West Virginia after an explosion last week killed 29 miners and injured two. Manchin also asked for the state's more than 200 underground coal mines to cease production Friday to mourn the victims of the nation's worst coal mining disaster in 40 years.