US judge blocks Aetna-Humana deal as bad for consumers
A US federal judge on Monday blocked Aetna's proposed $37 billion acquisition of rival health insurer Humana, ruling the combination would stifle competition in the health sector. US District Judge John Bates upheld the essential arguments of antitrust regulators who sued to block the deal, saying that combining two of the big five American health insurers would harm consumers. "The Court concludes that the proposed merger is likely to substantially lessen competition," Bates said in a 158-page decision.
Lewis receives 4 literary awards for 'March: Book Three'
US stock indexes head lower in afternoon trading, oil slides
U.S. stock indexes were headed for a modestly lower close in late-afternoon trading Monday, with energy companies leading the slide as oil prices fell. Real estate and phone company stocks rose as bond yields headed lower. Investors pored over the latest crop of company earnings and deal news. They also had their eye on Washington, where President Donald Trump reaffirmed plans to slash regulations on businesses and tax foreign goods entering the country.
Female animators break down cartoon-women stereotypes
For a long time, nearly all of the animation students at the California Institute of the Arts' were men. Today, most of CalArts' more than 250 animation students are women, and one of their goals is to ...
2 GOP senators would let states keep Obama health law
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Two Republican senators said Monday that they'll propose legislation that lets states keep former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul or opt for a new program providing trimmed-down coverage.
US blacks experience far more deaths in the family: study
African-Americans are twice as likely as whites to lose two or more family members by age 30 -- often their mother, father or a sibling -- a factor that may contribute to poorer health over a lifetime, researchers said Monday. The study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is described as the first to show "the corrosive effects on black families and communities" of this repeated grief and bereavement. It found that whites were 50 percent more likely than blacks to never experience a family member death at all by age 65.
iPhone assembler Foxconn may invest $7B in US display plantFoxconn, a major assembler of iPhones and other electronics, may invest $7 billion in a plant for manufacturing display panels that would create as many as 50,000 jobs in the U.S.
US health officials cancel climate conference; don't say why
U.S. says will prevent China taking over territory in international waters
The new U.S. administration of President Donald Trump vowed on Monday that the United States would prevent China from taking over territory in international waters in the South China Sea, something Chinese state media has said would require Washington to "wage war." "I think the U.S. is going to make sure that we protect our interests there," White House spokesman Sean Spicer told a news briefing. "It?s a question of if those islands are in fact in international waters and not part of China proper, then yeah, we?re going to make sure that we defend international territories from being taken over by one country." Spicer was responding to a question as to whether Trump agreed with comments by his Secretary of State nominee, Rex Tillerson, on Jan. 11 that China should not be allowed access to islands it has built in the contested South China Sea.
Republicans propose giving U.S. states option to keep Obamacare
By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two Republican senators said on Monday that U.S. states should be allowed to stay in the Obamacare healthcare insurance program if they like, with one adding she felt confused by President Donald Trump's broad but unspecific executive order targeting the program. Trump and congressional Republicans campaigned on a promise to dismantle Obamacare, and they are working on carrying out that pledge as an early product of united Republican control of the White House and Congress.