Thousands in London take to streets to protest Brexit plan

Thousands of demonstrators are gathering under sunny skies in central London to protest plans for Britain to withdraw from the European Union. The Unite for Europe march included many carrying EU flags just days before Britain is expected to begin its formal divorce from the EU. Prime Minister Theresa May plans to trigger Article 50 Wednesday, setting the process in motion. The substantial march follows by three days an attack on Parliament. Britain voted in a June 23 referendum to leave the EU.

March 25, 2017 14:15 UTC

Jobs Are A Cost Of The Keystone XL Pipeline, Not A Benefit

Which is to entirely miss the point about jobs and projects--the number of jobs created by a project is a cost of that project, not a benefit of it. That is, we should hope that the people saying Keystone XL will produce 35 jobs are correct, not the people touting 20 and 30 thousand. But it is still true that we must consider those construction jobs to be a cost, not a benefit, of the pipeline project. If we've 35, or 28,000, jobs on the pipeline then that's 35, or 28,000, people not doing something else. That is, all this chest beating about how many jobs Keystone XL will create is entirely the wrong way around.

March 25, 2017 14:15 UTC

Businessman Takes Lexmark To (Supreme) Court -- But Skips The Argument

Eric Smith had his day in court on Tuesday — in the Supreme Court, that is. Smith's company Impression Products refills and then resells printer cartridges, and the printer manufacturer Lexmark International doesn't approve. Patent exhaustion, also known as the "first-sale doctrine," dates back centuries in English common law as a means to encourage commerce and innovation, and has been reaffirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court several times. Lexmark appealed to the Supreme Court, which agreed in December to take up the small business' case, to the delight of patent law theorists everywhere. "Clearly on the domestic issue, the court is going to overrule the federal circuit," he said.

March 25, 2017 14:15 UTC

Trump signals new hope for ObamaCare overhaul, says 'Do not worry!'

President Trump hinted Saturday that overhauling ObamaCare is still alive, perhaps through a bipartisan deal, following the effort’s dramatic and seemingly terminal failure a day earlier. “ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE,” Trump tweeted. “We’re going to be living with ObamaCare for the foreseeable future,” the Wisconsin Republican said afterward, making clear that neither he nor Trump intend to introduce new legislation. Still, his tweet Saturday suggested a potential willingness to work on a bipartisan plan on overhauling ObamaCare -- albeit a scenario in which Democrats come to the GOP-controlled Congress to work together on improvements. ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE.

March 25, 2017 14:12 UTC

Marine veteran who lost both legs in Afghanistan sworn in as NY police officer

A Long Island man who served in the Marines and lost both legs below the knees after stepping on a bomb in Afghanistan was sworn in Friday as possibly the first fully active duty double amputee police officer in the country. Matias Ferreira, 28, graduated from the Suffolk County Police Academy in Brentwood, L.I. He told Fox 5 New York he isn’t worried if he breaks a leg on the job. The 2011 blast in Afghanistan shattered his legs, forcing doctors to amputate. “To watch my husband achieve his dream that I think most people would thing wasn’t even possible is really special,” she told the station.

March 25, 2017 14:08 UTC

Now what? Options for consumers as health law drama fades

As the political drama over health care legislation in Washington fades, the rest of the country faces a more immediate concern: Getting insurance for next year. The Republican health plan designed to replace the Obama-era health law known as the Affordable Care Act would not have taken full effect for a few years anyway — and now it's dead. That means millions of Americans will have to navigate a current federal health care system that, while not "imploding" as President Donald J. Trump has said, is at least in flux. Prices for insurance plans offered on the public insurance exchanges set up by the health care law have soared in many markets, and choices for customers have dwindled. Insurers have been pulling back, and more are expected to leave, but health care researchers are not predicting mass defections.

March 25, 2017 14:03 UTC

Jodie Sweetin and fiancé Justin Hodak split

Jodie Sweetin is back on the market! EXCLUSIVE: Jodie Sweetin Says Her 'Fuller House' Co-Stars Vetted Her FianceSweetin and Hodak, who met through mutual friends, announced their engagement in January 2016 after two years of dating. "We're really excited," the "Fuller House" star told ET at the time. I've just been so busy with Dancing With the Stars and Fuller House. WATCH: Jodie Sweetin Tears Up on 'DWTS' Discussing Struggle With Drugs: 'I Just Hated the Person I Had Become'

March 25, 2017 14:03 UTC

Trump's Huge Failure

True to form, Trump took no responsibility for the defeat of the Republican plan (the American Health Care Act) but, instead, blamed Democrats. Think of the millions of phone calls that were made to members of Congress ― supposedly 48:1 opposed to Trump’s bill. On the March 24th, Rachel Maddow show, Rachel detailed how the resistance in Morris County, New Jersey, (NJ 11) convinced hard-line Republican congressman, Rodney Freylinghuysen to vote against Trump’s plan. Repealing the Affordable Care Act was the linchpin of the Trump legislative “agenda.” Trump’s huge loss has jeopardized Republican chances in the 2018 midterm elections. The more Trump’s approval ratings decline, the less likely Republicans in Congress will be to defer to him.

March 25, 2017 14:01 UTC

'The Art Of The Fail': The Meme That Ate Donald Trump's Book

President Donald Trump’s business boasts in his book The Art of the Deal returned to haunt him after the GOP failed to repeal Obamacare and replace it with his Trumpcare health plan Friday. And the irony was not lost on many social media users, who quickly turned the title into hilarious memes. To illustrate the GOP’s bill failure, memesters and commentators offered up new titles, such as “The Art of the Fail,” “The Art of the Bad Deal,” “The Art of the Ordeal,” “The Art of Repeal,” “The Fart of the Deal,” and even “The Shart of the Deal.” And that doesn’t begin to cover the comments...

March 25, 2017 14:00 UTC

Week Ahead On Wall Street: It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Brexit

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May will officially trigger Brexit with a letter to the E.U. on Wednesday, setting the stage for two years of landmark negotiations and plunging the nation into a period of uncertainty. Carnival and Olive Garden parent Darden Restaurants shares earnings in the morning, followed by Sonic and Dave & Buster's later in the day. Time is up for companies that are interested in building President Donald Trump's wall along the Mexican border. FridayBlackBerry reports earnings before the bell.

March 25, 2017 13:52 UTC

Mass Effect: Andromeda's Producer Talks Me Through The Ending's Loose Threads

Such is the case with Mass Effect: Andromeda, and at this point, I’ve decided I’ve waited long enough. I don’t want to get into a whole Mass Effect 3 vs. Andromeda ending debate right this second, as I’ll save that for a separate post. I reached out to Mass Effect producer Michael Gamble, who was able to enlighten me about the intent of many of these plotlines. A few stats about where I was by the time I reached the ending of my game. Suffice to say, I cleared out my quest list, and that was why I was so confused about a few of these loose ends.

March 25, 2017 13:52 UTC

Trump's healthcare flop lowers blood pressure for those who feared the worst

“It’s horrific,” Los Angeles Dr. Lynn Goodloe told me Thursday when I asked what she thought of the impact on mental health care. But under Obamacare, mental health coverage was listed as one of 10 essential health benefits insurers had to provide. Goodloe said the mental health system still has plenty of room for improvement, but that was a step in the right direction and cause for celebration. She told me she was a Medi-Cal patient, with physical and mental health issues, but she wasn’t too worried about losing her coverage. So it’ll be better healthcare, much better, for less money.

March 25, 2017 13:52 UTC

Endless Parties Next Door

Q. I live in a rent-stabilized building in Chelsea, Manhattan, next to a woman who gives loud parties. The police will not intervene because she will not open the door for them. After I complained, she retaliated by banging on my door, which I considered harassment. You could withhold rent, arguing that your neighbor’s actions violate the warranty of habitability, a state statute. “In effect, you’d be saying that the landlord’s failure to do anything would be harassment,” Mr. Himmelstein said.

March 25, 2017 13:52 UTC

Outlook good as formerly conjoined twins leave NY hospital

Formerly conjoined twins from the Dominican Republic have left a New York hospital two months after surgery to separate them. Ballenie and Bellanie Camacho were released Friday from Maria Fareri Children's Hospital in Valhalla, north of New York City. They shared a key artery that supplies blood to the pelvic region as well as neurologic and gastrointestinal connections. SOME OF THE YOUNGEST OPIOID VICTIMS ARE CURIOUS TODDLERSHospital officials say the twins' 21-hour surgery Jan. 17 and Jan. 18 was successful and both children should enjoy full lives. The twins will receive physical therapy as outpatients before returning to the Dominican Republic with their parents, Abel Camacho and Laurilin Celadilla.

March 25, 2017 13:52 UTC

LAX trains workers to provide 'gold standard' service for fliers

LAX officials are hoping to improve the airport’s perception among travelers by launching an airport-wide employee training program to “deliver a gold-standard” experience. The effort is the airport’s first facility-wide training program. It includes not only LAX workers — police, janitors and customer service workers — but also employees at the airport’s restaurants, coffee shops and retail outlets. To test workers, Customer Service Experts will send undercover “shoppers” through the airport to gauge how they are treated by LAX staff and vendors. If an LAX employee gets a low score based on how he or she treated a “shopper,” the employee will have to undergo additional training.

March 25, 2017 13:52 UTC

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