Pre-existing conditions complicate health care replacement

CHICAGO (AP)(STL.News) — As Republicans try to unite around a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, one of the most popular parts of the law will be among the most difficult to replace: the guarantee of health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. The challenge of providing insurance for Americans who have no other alternative … Continue reading Pre-existing conditions complicate health care replacement

Reaction to the death of actor Bill Paxton

LOS ANGELES/February 26, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — Reaction to the death of film and TV actor Bill Paxton, of “Titanic,” ”Aliens,” ”The Terminator,” ”Apollo 13″ and the HBO series “Big Love” fame: ___ “Bill Paxton was, simply, a wonderful man. A wonderful man… Hanx.” — Tom Hanks, on Twitter. _____ “Bill Paxton could play any role, … Continue reading Reaction to the death of actor Bill Paxton

Casualties mount as Iraqi troops advance in IS-held Mosul

MOSUL, Iraq/February 26, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — “We have wounded!” the men shouted from the roadside. Two soldiers, bleeding, were being bandaged beside their smoking vehicle on the side of a dusty dirt road. Iraqi special forces Maj. Saif Ali yelled to his driver to stop and leaped out. “Put one inside and the other on … Continue reading Casualties mount as Iraqi troops advance in IS-held Mosul

Family representative: ‘Titanic’ actor Bill Paxton has died

LOS ANGELES, CA/February 26, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — A family representative says prolific and charismatic actor Bill Paxton, who played an astronaut in “Apollo 13” and a treasure hunter in “Titanic,” has died from complications due to surgery. He was 61. The family representative issued a statement Sunday on the death.  Further details were not provided. … Continue reading Family representative: ‘Titanic’ actor Bill Paxton has died

Sessions’ tough on crime talk could lead to fuller prisons

WASHINGTON/February 26, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — The federal prison population is on the decline, but a new attorney general who talks tough on drugs and crime and already has indicated a looming need for private prison cells seems poised to usher in a reversal of that trend. Jeff Sessions, a former federal prosecutor sworn in this … Continue reading Sessions’ tough on crime talk could lead to fuller prisons

The Latest: 50 years after win, Andretti back at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla./February 26, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — The Latest on the Daytona 500 (all times local): ___ 10:45 a.m. Mario Andretti is at Daytona as an honorary race official, 50 years after his victory in “The Great American Race.” Andretti won the 1967 Daytona 500 and is one of only four drivers to win both … Continue reading The Latest: 50 years after win, Andretti back at Daytona

Swedes puzzle over Fox News’ Swedish ‘security advisor’

NEW YORK/February 26, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — A trans-Atlantic wave of puzzlement is rippling across Sweden for the second time in a week, after a prominent Fox News program featured a “Swedish defense and national security advisor” who’s unknown to the country’s military and foreign-affairs officials. Swedes, and some Americans, have been wondering about representations of … Continue reading Swedes puzzle over Fox News’ Swedish ‘security advisor’

Liberal activists, new DNC chief face a Trump-era reckoning

ATLANTA/February 26, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — When Tom Perez stepped to the stage as the newly elected Democratic national chairman, his first official act was to invite his vanquished rival to join him as deputy chairman. Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison accepted on the spot and two men stood together, smiling like a national ticket at a … Continue reading Liberal activists, new DNC chief face a Trump-era reckoning