Monthly Archives: May 2013

Fight resumes against California wildfire that threatened thousands of campers

Air tankers were expected to resume their attack Tuesday on a wildfire that sent thousands of campers fleeing the mountains near Santa Barbara over the holiday weekend. The 1,200-acre blaze was 10 percent contained, and witnesses said it was moving away from populated areas. Winds in the area were expected to be 10 to 20 mph. The fire broke out Monday afternoon in Los Padres National Forest about 15 miles north of Santa Barbara. At its peak it threatened about 50 homes, mainly cabins and vacation rentals. Continue Reading →

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Trial opens over firing of pregnant Ohio teacher

A trial is getting underway in a Catholic school teacher’s lawsuit alleging the Archdiocese of Cincinnati violated anti-discrimination laws by firing her after she became pregnant through artificial insemination. Opening statements are expected Tuesday in Christa Dias’ (DEYE’-us) federal lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati and two schools. The lawsuit says her 2010 firing violated federal and state laws. Dias says she was fired because she was pregnant and unmarried and that church policies aren’t enforced equally against men and women. The archdiocese says Dias was fired because artificial insemination is immoral and violated church doctrine and her contract. Continue Reading →

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Trial opens over firing of pregnant Ohio teacher

A trial was getting underway Tuesday in a Catholic school teacher’s lawsuit alleging the Archdiocese of Cincinnati violated anti-discrimination laws by firing her after she became pregnant through artificial insemination. Opening statements are expected in Christa Dias’ federal lawsuit against the archdiocese and two schools. The lawsuit says her 2010 firing violated federal and state laws. Dias says she was fired because she was pregnant and unmarried and that church policies aren’t enforced equally against men and women. The archdiocese says she was fired because artificial insemination is immoral and violates church doctrine and a contract requiring all employees to “comply with and act consistently in accordance with the stated philosophy and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.” Continue Reading →

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Atlanta hospitals find creating insurance company is Rx for what ails

With health care costs rising and ObamaCare placing increased emphasis on patient outcomes, two Atlanta area hospital systems are taking a novel approach. Wellstar Health System and Piedmont Healthcare are forming their own insurance company — competing with United Healthcare, Aetna and other insurers that traditionally serve as middlemen between patient and provider. In addition to increasing competition, proponents say going into the insurance business gives hospitals an incentive to reduce costs. Because insurers receive claims for doctor visits and medical care outside the hospital, they have a comprehensive view of each patient’s medical history. If hospitals had access to that information, they could treat patients more efficiently and effectively, according to Wellstar CEO Reynold Jennings. Continue Reading →

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2 dead, 5 injured after Central Texas shootings

Two people are dead and five injured, including a sheriff, after a gunman in Central Texas opened fire on several vehicles, apparently at random, authorities said. The Texas Department of Public Safety said the gunman is among the dead. His identity was not released Monday, but authorities said he was a 23-year-old North Carolina resident. DPS said the shootings began about 4:30 a.m. Sunday when the gunman shot a motorist in the Eden area in Concho County, about 40 miles southeast of San Angelo. Over the next 90 minutes, he’s suspected of shooting two people who were sitting in a car at a convenience store in McCulloch County and then another motorist back in adjacent Concho County. Continue Reading →

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Police: Brooklyn Bridge given all-clear after closure

An abandoned SUV on the Brooklyn Bridge brought traffic to a halt for about an hour at the tail end of the Memorial Day long weekend as New York City police temporarily shut down the roadway to determine if the vehicle was a threat. Authorities said a call about the car, a Dodge Durango with no license plates on the Manhattan-bound lanes, came in around 5:15 p.m. Monday. The vehicle was stopped a short distance into the bridge’s span coming from the Brooklyn side of the East River. Police shut down traffic in both directions around 6 p.m., causing a traffic headache as drivers were forced to find alternate routes. Authorities declared the all-clear around 7 p.m., with traffic resuming soon after. Continue Reading →

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