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Some taxpayers were shocked at the minimum $95 penalty for not having insurance in 2014. Many say they will not pay the fine. (associated press)

Taxpayers duck Obamacare tax, snubbing IRS

- The Washington Times

Taxpayers are already telling their accountants they plan to stiff the IRS on the Obamacare tax, saying they figure the chances the agency comes after them for a few hundred bucks are pretty slim, and it makes sense to take the risk.

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In this Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, photo Saratoga Springs Republican Sen. Mark Madsen appears on the Senate floor at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. Madsen has unveiled a medical marijuana bill that would allow those with chronic, debilitating diseases access to use edible marijuana products. The proposal from Madsen does not allow the smoking of marijuana. Madsen's bill also sets up a system for state officials to license growers, dispensaries and other producers. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Medical pot proposal passes first test in conservative Utah

- Associated Press

A panel of Utah lawmakers gave initial approval Thursday to a proposal that would allow residents of the conservative state who have chronic and debilitating diseases to consume edible medical marijuana products.

State revises storm death total to 29

Associated Press

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency says it is 29 people, and not 30, who have died in Tennessee as a result of last week's ice storm and frigid temperatures.

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, file photo, a sign directs students to a clinic at Matthew Knight Arena on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, Ore., where students can get vaccinated for a blood stream infection that can cause a form of meningitis. The University of Oregon is planning to start a mass vaccination of the 22,000-person student body starting on March 2, according to The Register-Guard. A federal panel is recommending that two new meningitis vaccines only be used during outbreaks and not be given routinely to teens and college students. The two vaccines target B strain meningococcal infections, which can lead to deadly meningitis or blood infections. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Andy Nelson, File)

Panel: Use new meningitis vaccines only for outbreaks

- Associated Press

A federal panel on Thursday recommended that two new meningitis vaccines only be used for rare outbreaks, resisting tearful pleas to give it routinely to teens and college students.

Debate on cold medicine prescriptions lingers in Legislature

- Associated Press

Lawmakers involved in the debate over how to curb Indiana's methamphetamine problem say a bill that would require drug felons to get a prescription before buying common cold medicine is likely just another step toward an eventual prescription requirement for all consumers of pseudoephedrine products.

Veteran Affairs Secretary Robert A. McDonald speaks to reporters outside VA Headquarters in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. McDonald said integrity and character "is part of who I am" and apologized anew for erroneously claiming he served in the military's special forces.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

VA chief backs outside medical care as new program falters

- Associated Press

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said Thursday he was committed to a law making it easier for veterans to get private health care, but he offered few answers for lawmakers irritated at the slow effort to put it in place.

Supreme Court: Smoking shelters violate clean indoor air act

Associated Press

The Montana Supreme Court has overturned a lower court ruling that had allowed Great Falls casino owners to circumvent the Clean Indoor Air Act by building a separate shack with permanent vents for its smoking customers.

Lawsuits: Idaho Commission on Aging mishandled federal money

- Associated Press

Two individuals have filed federal lawsuits against Idaho contending the state retaliated against them after each informed officials that the Idaho Commission on Aging failed to properly distribute federal money.

Missouri lawmaker faults district after autistic boy beaten

- Associated Press

A Missouri lawmaker has criticized a suburban Kansas City school district after a student with Asperger's syndrome was beaten so severely that he was hospitalized.