Biden likely to help states increase health care access
President Donald Trump has spent four years trying to undermine the Affordable Care Act. President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to bolster the law and give states new tools to expand coverage.Among them: more money and additional guides to help people buy health insurance on the ACA exchanges; support for states that want to allow more people onto Medicaid rather than fewer; and a crackdown on health care plans that don’t offer the minimum benefits required by Obamacare.Unlike the Biden health care idea that has attracted the most attention — the addition of a Medicare-like public option to the...
Porn star and three Marines, all white supremacists, charged in federal gun conspiracy
Four white supremacists have been charged in a conspiracy to build, transport and sell illegal guns, the Justice Department announced Friday in a press release.Paul Kryscuk, a 35-year-old reported porn star, sold multiple manufactured weapons to 21-year-old then-Marine Liam Collins, the feds said. Kryscuk allegedly mailed the illegal DIY weapons from his homes in New York and Idaho to Collins in North Carolina.Kryscuk and Collins were regulars on the online neo-Nazi forum Iron March back in 2017 before the site was shut down, according to the feds. During that time, they recruited Jordan Dunca...
New York Daily News
How liberal politics, COVID-19 and a high cost of living are fueling a new California exodus
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Rich Threadgill was born and raised in California and loved his home state. Until he didn’t.The Navy veteran is a gun fan, but he felt he couldn’t talk about his hobby or express other conservative opinions without running the risk of making someone angry.This summer, when his employer allowed employees to telework from out of state for lower pay, the 39-year-old human resources officer surprised himself. He sold his Rancho Cordova home and moved the family to Idaho, where he’ll build a house for less than he sold his California home.He says he feels more relaxed in a rura...
The Sacramento Bee
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After vote, Rhode Island to begin inventory of all state buildings that display word ‘Plantations’PROVIDENCE, R.I. — So what now for the smallest state with the longest name no more?Well, a concrete facial, of sorts.A day after voters chose to strike from the state’s official name “and Providence Plantations,” the state Department of Administration said work would begin on an inventory of all places “where ‘and Providence Plantations’ is inscribed or otherwise permanently placed on state property.”For starters, the centuries-old moniker appears on the marble facade of the State House, the outs...
Tribune News Service
Minneapolis author's experience with addiction and recovery inform a new novel
John Rosengren is the Minneapolis-based author of nine books, most recently “A Clean Heart,” a novel centered on the staff and patients of an adolescent drug treatment center inspired, in part, by Minnesota’s pioneering St. Mary’s. At a time of increased concern about drug and alcohol abuse — a June CDC study found 13% of respondents had started or increased substance use to cope with the pandemic — Rosengren shares his personal experience with addiction, recovery and 39 years of sobriety.Q: Like the protagonist of “A Clean Heart,” you got sober in high school and helped others get through tre...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Pac-12 season preview: Challenges ahead for everyone, and then there's Washington, WSU and Colorado
There is no historical comparison to the challenges facing Pac-12 teams as they prepare for the delayed, shortened and possibly disrupted football season that begins Saturday.But three teams have next-level hurdles to clear.Three teams — Washington, Washington State and Colorado — have competitive disadvantages to overcome.They have new head coaches, they have new offensive coordinators, and they have new starting quarterbacks.And they had no spring practice.The only three teams with new head coaches were the only three that didn’t get started before college sports stopped in the middle of Mar...
The Mercury News
How ski resorts are returning safely for the 2020-2021 season
Good news for outdoor enthusiasts, skiing is back for the 2020-2021 season.Many resorts closed early last spring as the coronavirus pandemic began its first wave of infections, but as the medical community has learned more about the virus and how it spreads, outdoor activities have been seen as safe and that means skiing, snowboarding and other snow sports are opening up this winter.In a recent survey from SkiDriven.com, ski trips are the second-most popular type of trip for winter travel, following road trips at No. 1. The top five destinations for winter trips also include popular mountain d...
Military, police in Washington state prepare for possible civil unrest after election
SEATTLE — As tension builds toward Election Day, law enforcement officials in Washington and elsewhere are preparing for the prospect that this year’s long, hot summer of unrest won’t end on Nov. 3, regardless of who wins the presidency.If anything, officials worry that pressure will only build in the coming weeks, faced with the possibility of a contested election, spiking gun sales and ongoing civil unrest over institutional racism and police violence, all driven by a tsunami of social media misinformation and conspiracies from the right and left, not to mention from foreign adversaries.“I c...
The Seattle Times
COVID-19 patients swamp rural hospitals
The nation’s pandemic hot spots have shifted to rural communities, overwhelming small hospitals that are running out of beds or lack the intensive care units for more than one or two seriously ill patients.And in much of the Midwest and Great Plains, hospital workers are catching the virus at home and in their communities, seriously reducing already slim benches of doctors, nurses and other professionals needed to keep rural hospitals running.Nationwide, positive coronavirus cases started rising in mid-September as children and college students returned to school, more businesses reopened and ...
Emboldened far-right groups challenge cities, states
PORTLAND, Ore. — When wildfires threatened rural Oregon communities last month, another unwelcome phenomenon accompanied them: armed vigilantes blocking entry to outsiders, based on false rumors that protesters had not only started the fires, but also were there to loot the evacuated homes.Throughout the West and beyond, in a summer marked by protests seeking racial justice, armed vigilantes also have shown up at Black Lives Matter events in small towns and big cities alike. Their presence in some places has the tacit support of law enforcement or even local elected officials.Now, experts who ...