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Sanders and Biden battle over health care for union workers as UAW strikes

Sanders and Biden battle over health care for union workers as UAW strikes

With United Auto Workers still patrolling the picket lines in their strike against General Motors, presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden spent Tuesday drawing sharp distinctions over their plans for health care in a way that could directly impact those on strike. GM revealed that health care benefits for those on strike will soon…MORE

Tennessee seeks to be first to turn Medicaid into block grant program

Tennessee seeks to be first to turn Medicaid into block grant program

Tennessee released a plan Tuesday to radically overhaul its Medicaid program, seeking to take advantage of the Trump administration’s push to give states more flexibility in covering low-income residents’ health care needs. Under Tennessee’s proposal, the state would become the first in the nation to convert Medicaid into a block grant program. This would give…MORE

First poll after third Democratic debate shows Biden leading but Warren rising

First poll after third Democratic debate shows Biden leading but Warren rising

A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll out Tuesday finds former Vice President Joe Biden leads the field in the first national polling after last week’s Democratic presidential debate, but Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has risen to hold second place on her own. The new polling comes after the debate brought to the fore a…MORE

Two more Eastern equine encephalitis deaths reported in Michigan

Two more Eastern equine encephalitis deaths reported in Michigan

Four additional cases of Eastern equine encephalitis, including two deaths, have been confirmed in Southwest Michigan, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday. The mosquito-borne virus, more often known as EEE, is a rare but potentially fatal illness. Michigan has confirmed seven total EEE cases, including three deaths, officials said. “Michigan is…MORE

FedEx profits slip after booting major customer Amazon

FedEx profits slip after booting major customer Amazon

Losing Amazon as a customer is weighing on FedEx’s bottom line. The delivery company on Tuesday posted a slight revenue decline and a 12% drop in operating income for the three months ending August 31, compared to the same period last year. Contributing to that decline, the company said, were global trade disputes, increased costs…MORE

Why a volcanic eruption caused a ‘year without a summer’ in 1816

Why a volcanic eruption caused a ‘year without a summer’ in 1816

It happened more than two centuries ago, but its impact remains enormous. Historians have credited the infamous “year without a summer” of 1816, at least indirectly, with the invention of the bicycle and the writing of the classic novel “Frankenstein.” In April of 1815, Mount Tambora exploded in a powerful eruption that killed tens of…MORE

Survey: Nearly all airline customer service agents report harassment on the job

Survey: Nearly all airline customer service agents report harassment on the job

Nearly all airline customer service agents recently surveyed by the government reported being verbally harassed by passengers and about 1 in 10 said passengers attempted to assault them in the last year. The Government Accountability Office findings, published Tuesday, are from surveys earlier this year of more than 100 agents who find themselves on the…MORE

Obama meets with teen climate activist Greta Thunberg: ‘You and me, we’re a team’

Obama meets with teen climate activist Greta Thunberg: ‘You and me, we’re a team’

Former President Barack Obama on Monday met with Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg as part of her visit to Washington, DC, to promote environmental issues. “Just 16, @GretaThunberg is already one of our planet’s greatest advocates,” Obama tweeted after his meeting with Thunberg. “Recognizing that her generation will bear the brunt of climate change,…MORE

New York state bans most flavors of e-cigarettes

New York state bans most flavors of e-cigarettes

New York state health officials voted Tuesday to carry out Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive action to ban sales of most flavored e-cigarettes. This ban would stand for 90 days as a piece of emergency legislation. It would need to be renewed to continue. The only two flavors customers will be able to buy are tobacco…MORE