In recent years, the growth of health-care costs has slowed down. This is great news for the federal budget, and for those of us who, you know, get health care occasionally. Unfortunately, researchers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services project that the good news may be over. With the population aging, the economy recovering, and the federal health-care plan expanding coverage, they expect health care cost growth to average almost 6 percent over the next decade.
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After years of running bloated Olympic Games criticized for their environmental records, the International Olympic Committee decided to make sustainability a goal, using sport as a way to promote better development. Under IOC President Thomas Bach in 2014, it inaugurated Olympic Agenda 2020, a set of 40 reform principles designed to make the Olympics a “plug-and-play” event: Host cities would be chosen in part because the games already fit into their environments and would do minimal damage.
I was a bit melancholy as I carried out my morning duties Friday — let out the dog, start the coffee. I was preparing to head in for my last day of work at the Herald Democrat.
Among those who have the good fortune to waste their time arguing about such things, there is a fundamental and abiding disagreement over the Oxford comma — the final comma in a list of three or more things.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — One Thursday evening, I answered a ringing phone, noting the call wait time as 15 seconds.
In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the production, evolution, and sale of synthetic drugs. Informed observers explain that the term “synthetic drugs” is used to describe a wide range of ever-changing man-made chemical products created specifically to mimic the effects of illicit drugs. Recent reports show that the products are often marketed as harmless fragrances and legally sold in convenience stores and online under the guise of incense or potpourri but that the drugs can be as dangerous as many illicit drugs with the same potential to cause adverse life-altering or lethal consequences. Additional concern surrounds the fact that these drugs are generally not detectable on drug tests.
WASHINGTON — This is an appeal, plaintive and heartfelt, for couth behavior.
Normally when a terrorist leader like the Taliban’s Mullah Omar is reported dead, it’s good news for the counter-terrorism world. Think Osama bin Laden in 2011. President Obama boasted about that victory all the way to the next election.
Israel has no reason to launch a military strike against Iran. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talks as if Israel might try such a strike, to go after Iran’s nuclear facilities. In fact, Netanyahu has never intended to do so.
The Vienna Agreement overseeing Iran’s nuclear program brought no joy to Tel Aviv.