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Jan 21, 2014

Trump says weighing run for America’s top job, Christie hurt

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Outspoken real estate magnate Donald Trump said on Tuesday he may seek the Republican presidential nomination for 2016, adding that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s prospects for a White House run have dimmed since a scandal erupted.

A run for the presidency “is something I would certainly look at,” Trump told Reuters. “You know why? I’m unhappy with the way things are going in America.”

Jan 21, 2014

Donald Trump says eyeing America’s top job, again

BOSTON (Reuters) – Outspoken real estate billionaire Donald Trump said on Tuesday he may seek the Republican presidential nomination for 2016, claiming he wants to undo President Barack Obama’s legacy.

Trump had toyed with the idea of running for the 2012 Republican nomination but pulled out months before the primary, saying he was not ready to leave the private sector.

Jan 21, 2014

Trump says eyeing America’s top job, again

BOSTON (Reuters) – Outspoken real estate billionaire Donald Trump said on Tuesday he may seek the Republican presidential nomination for 2016, claiming he wants to undo President Barack Obama’s legacy.

Trump had toyed with the idea of running for the 2012 Republican nomination but pulled out months before the primary, saying he was not ready to leave the private sector.

Jan 17, 2014

U.S. court upholds prisoner’s right to taxpayer-funded sex change

BOSTON (Reuters) – A Massachusetts prisoner suffering from gender identity disorder should be provided a sex-change operation paid for by the state’s prison system, according to a federal appeals court decision issued on Friday.

The U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston, in a ruling by a panel of three judges, said it agreed with a lower court ruling from 2012 that the Massachusetts Department of Corrections was obligated to provide the surgery as treatment for the inmate, who is serving a life sentence for murder.

Jan 13, 2014

Vermont slaps VerMints candy-maker for misusing state name

BOSTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Boutique mint-maker VerMints can
keep its name, but its tins need to make clear the candies are
not actualy made in the Green Mountain state, according to a
settlement announced by Vermont’s attorney general on Monday.

Vermont sued VerMints in 2012, arguing that the company
mislabeled its packaging as “Vermont’s All Natural Mints” when
the pastilles are actually produced in the Canadian province of
Quebec.

Jan 6, 2014

Americans unlikely to move to get better Medicaid benefits: study

BOSTON (Reuters) – Americans are unlikely to move to another state to obtain better medical coverage, according to a Harvard study released on Monday that debunks fears expanded Medicaid in some states under the U.S. Affordable Care Act will trigger big and costly migrations.

The study could scratch one item off a long list of complications plaguing President Barack Obama’s launch of his sweeping health care law, also known as Obamacare, which kicked in January 1.

Jan 6, 2014

Billionaire Ludwig’s estate donates $540 million for U.S. cancer research

BOSTON (Reuters) – The estate of the late American shipping magnate Daniel Ludwig on Monday donated a total of $540 million to six elite U.S. cancer research facilities, making one of the largest one-time gifts dedicated to combating the disease.

Ed McDermott, CEO of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, a non-profit organization founded by Ludwig to develop ways to prevent and treat cancer, said the donation will help researchers build upon recent advances at a time when funding for medical research has been dwindling.

Dec 19, 2013

Massachusetts boosts scrutiny of CEO pay at charities

BOSTON (Reuters) – Massachusetts said it will require annual reporting of CEO compensation at the state’s public charities after a review found hospitals, health care plans, and universities giving their executives “high” and rapidly increasing pay.

The review by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office found chief executives at the state’s top 25 charitable organizations received annual compensation ranging from $487,397 to $8.8 million between 2009 to 2011.

Dec 18, 2013

Harvard fined $24,000 after monkey research deaths

BOSTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday said it has fined Harvard Medical School $24,000 for repeated animal welfare violations at its research facilities that resulted in the deaths of four monkeys since 2011.

The government’s decision to fine the elite university follows a lengthy probe into mistreatment of primates at its animal research labs in Massachusetts, one of which Harvard announced this year it plans to close.

Dec 4, 2013

Most U.S. youth unhappy with Obama’s job performance – poll

BOSTON (Reuters) – Young Americans are unhappy with virtually every major thing President Barack Obama has done since he was re-elected, but they would still vote for him today, according to the results of a Harvard University survey released on Wednesday.

The national poll by Harvard’s Institute of Politics of more than 2,000 people aged 18 through 29 is intended to provide insight into the political views of the youngest U.S. voters, an increasingly influential demographic known as the “millennial generation.”

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