THE RUNDOWN
A BLOG OF NEWS AND INSIGHT
  • BY Murrey Jacobson  September 15, 2014 at 6:03 PM EDT

    General Motors headquarters in Detroit. Photo by Flickr user  harry_nl.

    General Motors may have so far only acknowledged 13 driver deaths due to its multiple problems with ignition switches and air bags, but the independent compensation administrator hired by the company said today there are at least 19 deaths likely connected with those problems and he expects that number to increase. Continue reading

  • BY Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  September 15, 2014 at 5:38 PM EDT

    Pedestrians walk by a sign posted outside of a healthcare enrollment fair on March 18, 2014, in San Francisco. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

    Pedestrians walk by a sign posted outside of a healthcare enrollment fair on March 18, 2014, in San Francisco. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images


    WASHINGTON — Thousands of consumers risk losing financial aid for health care premiums under President Barack Obama’s law unless they clear up lingering questions about their incomes, administration officials said Monday.

    The Health and Human Services Department said some people who got coverage have reported incomes that don’t square with what the government has on record. At least 279,000 households with income discrepancies face a Sept. 30 deadline to submit documentation. If not, their premiums will be adjusted up or down in November.
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  • BY Sarah Corapi  September 15, 2014 at 2:59 PM EDT

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    Microsoft Corp. confirmed Monday that it has agreed to purchase Mojang, the company behind the popular video game “Minecraft”, for $2.5 billion. The acquisition, which is due to close later this year, could help strengthen Microsoft’s Xbox and mobile businesses. Continue reading

  • BY Associated Press  September 15, 2014 at 2:00 PM EDT

    The State Department says it’s reopening the U.S. Embassy in the Central African Republic. Operations had been suspended since December 2012 because of sectarian violence. Continue reading

  • BY Nora Daly  September 15, 2014 at 1:32 PM EDT

    File photo of a hotel cleaning staff member by Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

    Beginning this week, envelopes will be placed in rooms at participating Marriott hotels across the United States and Canada, encouraging guests to leave a gratuity for the housekeeping staff each night. Continue reading

  • BY Carrie Feibel, Houston Public Media  September 15, 2014 at 11:06 AM EDT

    Protesters gathered at the Texas state capitol in Austin to show support for reproductive rights in July of 2013, as the legislature considered HB2. Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images

    A three-judge panel heard arguments this morning for more than 90 minutes, first from the Texas solicitor general and then from a lawyer with the Center for Reproductive Rights, representing many of the Texas clinics. The questions from the judges centered mainly on what constitutes an “undue burden” when a woman is trying to get an abortion, and what fraction of Texas women would be affected. Continue reading

  • BY Darlene Superville, Associated Press  September 15, 2014 at 10:17 AM EDT

    Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brandan W. Schulze/U.S. Navy

    President Barack Obama said Monday a grateful nation honors the acts of valor by two Vietnam War soldiers who risked their lives to protect fellow troops. Continue reading

  • BY Associated Press  September 15, 2014 at 10:10 AM EDT

    Attorney General Eric Holder says in a video message released Monday that the pilot programs will involve religious leaders, prosecutors and community representatives.
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  • BY Ken Thomas, Associated Press  September 14, 2014 at 6:48 PM EDT

    INDIANOLA, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton, making her return to Iowa for the first time since the 2008 presidential campaign, implored Democrats on Sunday to choose shared economic opportunity over “the guardians of gridlock” in an high-profile appearance that drove speculation about another White House bid into overdrive.

    “Hello Iowa. I’m back!” Clinton declared as she took the podium at retiring Sen. Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry fundraiser, a fixture on the political calendar in the home of the nation’s first presidential caucus. Clinton joined her husband, former President Bill Clinton, in a tribute to Harkin that brought them before more than 6,000 party activists who form the backbone of Iowa’s presidential campaigns every four years. READ MORE

  • BY Rialda Zukic  September 14, 2014 at 5:47 PM EDT
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    People hold signs that read “we love our Jewish citizens” today at a rally against anti-Semitism in Berlin. Credit: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel took to the Berlin streets Sunday to promote peace and tolerance of Jews in the country.

    “Jewish friends, neighbors and colleagues, consider yourselves at home here,” she said at the rally, adding that she will do everything she can “to ensure anti-Semitism doesn’t have a chance,” BBC News reported.

    The event, attended by nearly 5,000 people, was organized in light of a surge of anti-Semitic acts in several European countries following the Israeli attacks on Gaza in July, BBC News reported. READ MORE