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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.”

Dec 4, 2013

Most 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.”

Dec 3, 2013

Obama’s Kenyan-born uncle gets U.S. green card

BOSTON (Reuters) – A U.S. immigration judge ruled on Tuesday that President Barack Obama’s Kenyan-born uncle can stay in the United States as a lawful resident, despite his decades dodging deportation and a 2011 drunk-driving arrest.

Judge Leonard Shapiro said his decision was based on a federal law granting green cards to foreigners who arrived to the United States before 1972, as long as they are found to be of good moral character.

Dec 3, 2013

Obama’s uncle to fight U.S. deportation order

BOSTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s uncle is expected to appear in a federal immigration court in Boston on Tuesday to argue that he should be allowed to stay in the United States, despite a 1992 deportation order and 2011 drunk-driving arrest.

Onyango Obama, 69, is the Kenyan-born half-brother of President Obama’s deceased father. He came to the United States as a teenager to attend an elite school near Boston, but later dropped out and allowed his visa status lapse.

Nov 22, 2013

The future of surfing: No ocean required

NASHUA, New Hampshire (Reuters) – A surfer drops down the face of a crashing swell, crouches low and stalls his board into the tube, achieving the sport’s ultimate goal of a ride inside the barrel.

But instead of being on a sunlit beach in Hawaii or southern California, this surfer is inside a glass-and-concrete building in New Hampshire – at America’s newest surf park, an hour’s drive from the Atlantic.

Nov 12, 2013

Recommendation on death penalty for accused Boston bomber near

BOSTON (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors in Massachusetts will decide within a week whether to recommend the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev if he is convicted in the Boston Marathon bombing.

The prosecutors in the office of U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz told a court hearing on Tuesday that the sentencing recommendation would go to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who will have until January 31 to make the final say on the government’s recommended punishment for the 20-year-old ethnic Chechen.

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