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Federal study: Uninsured rate down 2 points from 2013

- The Washington Times

The percentage of Americans who lacked health insurance in the first three months of this year is down 2 points from the same period last year, according to a federal study released Tuesday that fueled Democrats’ claims that Obamacare is working.

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Dr. Zane Cohen, a colorectal surgeon at Mount Sinai hospital,  gives an update on Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's condition during a news conference at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Wednesday, Sept.17, 2014. Ford has a malignant sarcoma tumor which he described as "very rare" and "very difficult."  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

Doctor: Ford to undergo 40 days of chemotherapy

- Associated Press

Doctors say Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will undergo 40 days of chemotherapy to treat a rare and difficult-to-beat cancer that forced him to drop his bid for re-election.

Parents suing center for deaf, autistic children

Associated Press

The families of three children who spent time at a school for deaf and autistic students are suing the facility after they say their children experienced neglect and various forms of abuse at the hands of the facilities' employees.

VA psychologist reprimanded over evaluation

- Associated Press

A Department of Veterans Affairs psychologist whose evaluation downgraded the disabling effects of a veteran's brain injury has been publicly reprimanded by the Montana Board of Psychologists for practicing outside the scope of his expertise.

Assistant Inspector General for Healthcare Inspections John Daigh, Jr., from left, with; Department of Veterans Affairs Acting Inspector General Richard Griffin; Retired Medical Director Samuel Foote, of the Diamond Community-Based Outpatient Center, Phoenix VA Health Care System, Veterans Health Administration; and Medical Director Katherine Mitchell of the Iraq and Afghanistan Post-Deployment Center, Phoenix VA Health Care System, Veterans Health Administration, testifies during a House Committee on Veterans' Affairs hearing on "Scheduling Manipulation and Veteran Deaths in Phoenix: Examination of the OIG's Final Report" on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Ex-VA doctor: Phoenix report a 'whitewash'

- Associated Press

A doctor who first exposed serious problems at the troubled Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital said Wednesday that a report on patient deaths there is a "whitewash" that minimizes life-threatening conduct by senior leaders at the hospital.

Ohio prosecutors mull charges in ice bucket prank

Associated Press

Prosecutors are reviewing evidence to determine if charges should be filed against five northeast Ohio teenagers accused of dumping urine and tobacco over the head of an autistic boy who thought he was participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge fundraiser.

Starkville: No insurance for same-sex partners

- Associated Press

Starkville officials are now saying they won't let city employees buy health insurance coverage for unmarried domestic partners, including those of the same sex.

President Barack Obama speaks at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Obama traveled to the CDC, to address the Ebola crisis and announced that he is sending 3,000 American troops to West Africa nations fight the spread of the Ebola epidemic. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Ebola survivor: No time to waste as Obama ups aid

- Associated Press

An American doctor who survived Ebola said there's no time to waste as President Barack Obama outlined his plan to ramp up the U.S. response to the epidemic in West Africa.

Nurses, doctors and other health care workers rally outside the offices of the Greater New York Hospital Association in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014.  The demonstrators are backing a bill in the state legislature that would set minimum staffing levels for hospital nurses. The hospital association does not support the legislation.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

New York nurses press for higher staffing levels

- Associated Press

About 700 nurses and supporters rallied Wednesday outside the offices of the Greater New York Hospital Association to press for higher staffing levels at hospitals.

Health workers in protective gear move the  body of a person that they suspect dyed form the Ebola virus in Monrovia, Liberia, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. The number of Ebola cases in West Africa could start doubling every three weeks and it could end up costing nearly $1 billion to contain the crisis, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday.  (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)

Liberia president praises US for Ebola help pledge

- Associated Press

People critically ill with Ebola languishing in an ambulance for hours as paramedics seek a place for them. Treatment centers filling up as soon as they are opened. The situation is so dire in Liberia that its president welcomed a U.S. pledge to send troops and treatment centers, but said much more needs to be done.

Artificial sweeteners are displayed, on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in New York. Artificial sweeteners may set the stage for diabetes in some people by hampering the way their bodies handle sugar, according to results of a study released Wednesday by the journal Nature. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)

Study: Artificial Sweeteners may promote diabetes

- Associated Press

Using artificial sweeteners may set the stage for diabetes in some people by hampering the way their bodies handle sugar, suggests a preliminary study done mostly in mice.

The First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, visits St. Jude Children's  Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014.  St. Jude is considered a leading researcher of cancer and other life-threatening diseases that affect children. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Nikki Boertman)

First lady visits St. Jude Hospital in Memphis

- Associated Press

First lady Michelle Obama visited with young patients at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis on Wednesday, telling them she was inspired by their focus and courage as they battle life-threatening diseases.

President Obama, right, greets military personnel as he arrives at MacDill Air Force Base for meetings at Central Command, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

Obama reaffirms opposition to US combat in Iraq

- Associated Press

President Barack Obama reaffirmed Wednesday that he does not intend to send U.S. troops into combat against the Islamic State group, despite doubts about the ability of Iraqi forces, Kurdish fighters and Syrian rebels to carry out the ground fight on their own.