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Medicare launches revamp for heart attacks, hip fractures

WASHINGTON (AP)(STL.News) — Heart attacks and broken hips cause much suffering and worry as people grow older. This year, Medicare wants to start changing how it pays for treatment of these life-threatening conditions, to promote quality and contain costs. Beneficiaries and family members may notice a new approach. Hospitals and doctors in dozens of communities … Continue reading Medicare launches revamp for heart attacks, hip fractures

Iraq: Suicide bombing kills at least 22 in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP)(STL.News) — A suicide bomber blew up his explosives-laden vehicle Monday in a bustling market area in Baghdad, killing at least 22 people, Iraqi officials said, hours after the arrival of French President Francois Hollande to the country and amid a fierce fight against the Islamic State group. The bomber driving a pickup truck … Continue reading Iraq: Suicide bombing kills at least 22 in Baghdad

IS claims New Year’s attack on Istanbul nightclub

ISTANBUL (AP)(STL.News) — The Islamic State group on Monday claimed responsibility for the New Year’s attack at a popular Istanbul nightclub that killed 39 people and wounded scores of others. The IS-linked Aamaq News Agency said the attack was carried by a “heroic soldier of the caliphate who attacked the most famous nightclub where Christians … Continue reading IS claims New Year’s attack on Istanbul nightclub

Vandalized Hollywood sign briefly reads ‘HOLLYWeeD’

LOS ANGELES (AP)(STL.News) — No, Los Angeles residents, it wasn’t your hangovers playing tricks on you. The Hollywood sign really did read “HOLLYWeeD” for a few hours on New Year’s Day. Police were investigating Sunday after a prankster used giant tarps to turn two of the iconic sign’s white Os into Es sometime overnight. The … Continue reading Vandalized Hollywood sign briefly reads ‘HOLLYWeeD’

In red states, businesses gearing up to fight bathroom bills

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)(STL.News) — Sean Henry, the president of Tennessee’s NHL team, is stunned he even has to explain why he hopes state legislators will snub bills similar to North Carolina’s transgender bathroom law, which has consumed that state for months and scared off businesses and sporting events. The Nashville Predators team is among about … Continue reading In red states, businesses gearing up to fight bathroom bills

Obama boosted White House technology; Trump sees risks

WASHINGTON (AP)(STL.News) — As Barack Obama began preparing to leave office, the first smartphone-toting U.S. president ordered his team to upgrade the White House’s aging technology for his successor. New computers were purchased and faster internet was installed. Not included in the modernization plans? A courier service. But that delivery method of a bygone era … Continue reading Obama boosted White House technology; Trump sees risks

Long gas lines, price hike mar holiday season in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP)(STL.News) — The holiday season has been a little less merry for car owners in Mexico as gasoline shortages in many parts of the country have forced grumbling customers to contend with hours-long lines. In hard-hit parts like Leon, in Guanajuato state, filling up your tank often means driving around from one station … Continue reading Long gas lines, price hike mar holiday season in Mexico

Mariah Carey rep: Technical problems bungle New Year’s show

NEW YORK (AP)(STL.News) — After a brief, flawless “Auld Lang Syne,” it was all downhill for Mariah Carey on New Year’s Eve. A representative for the million-selling superstar cited technical difficulties for a disastrous appearance on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” which aired on ABC and was the subject of widespread … Continue reading Mariah Carey rep: Technical problems bungle New Year’s show