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CTIA, NAB Find Something They Can Agree On

After trading barbs over spectrum legislation for the last year, it seems broadcasters and the wireless industry have found something that can unite them: opposition to new spectrum fees.

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 8:40pm

Congress Approves Free-Trade Pacts With Colombia, Panama, and South Korea

Correction: A previous version of this report transposed the House vote totals for the Panama and South Korea trade deals. The Panama pact vote was 300-129; the South Korea pact vote was 278-151.

After months of political fights, the pending trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea all were approved in both the House and the Senate on Wednesday evening.

The House approved the bills earlier in the evening with Korea receiving a vote of 278-151; Panama passed 300-129; and Colombia was approved by a strong margin of 262-167

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 8:40pm

New Hampshire Lays Down New Challenge to Nevada Over Primary

New Hampshire Secretary of State William Gardner on Wednesday threatened to hold his state’s primary in early December unless Nevada changes the date of its caucus, a demand that could send shockwaves through the Republican Party’s presidential primary schedule.

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 7:40pm

Medicare Plans See Dollars in the Stars

Nine Medicare Advantage plans scored top marks on the five-star government rating system for 2012, up from only three plans this year, according to new figures posted by Medicare on Wednesday.   

That’s a small share of the 569 private Medicare plans, but it’s a laurel much of the industry is now chasing. For the first time, Medicare plans will get big cash bonuses for higher scores, a new reward created by the 2010 federal health reform law.

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 6:40pm

Listeria Outbreak Kills 23, CDC Reports

The ongoing outbreak of listeria linked to cantaloupes has killed 23 people and made 116 ill, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday.

“In addition, one woman pregnant at the time of illness had a miscarriage,” the CDC says in its latest report on the outbreak.

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 6:40pm

House Approves Free Trade Pacts with Colombia, Panama, South Korea

The months-long fight over trade deals with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea cleared a crucial hurdle on Wednesday when the House approved all three deals.

Each bill easily passed, including the controversial pact with Colombia that was approved 262 to 167. The popular deal with South Korea passed by an overwhelming vote of 300 to 129 while Panama, the smallest and least controversial of the pacts, was easily approved by a margin of 278 to 151.

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 6:40pm

Study: Most Teens Use Condoms for First Time

Most teenage boys—85 percent—use a condom the first time they ever have sex, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday. Girls follow closely at 78 percent. But they are not consistent—only about half of teenage females and 67 percent of males said they had used condoms all the time over the past month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found.

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 6:40pm

Senate to FCC: Don’t Forget Consumers

Senate Commerce Committee leaders say they are worried that a plan to get broadband to more people could end up costing phone customers money. They urged the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday to watch out as it overhauls an $8 billion telecom subsidy fund.

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 6:40pm

Obama Promises to Veto Abortion Bill

President Obama threatened on Wednesday to veto any bill that would restrict insurers from paying for abortions, saying it goes too far.

"Longstanding federal policy prohibits federal funds from being used for abortions, except in cases of rape or incest, or when the life of the woman would be endangered," the White House said in a statement.

"The Affordable Care Act preserved this prohibition and included policies to ensure that federal funding is segregated from any private dollars used to fund abortions for which federal funding is prohibited."

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 6:40pm

LightSquared: GPS Businesses Behind Political Controversy

A LightSquared executive said on Wednesday that many of the largest global positioning system manufacturers are partially behind accusations that the wireless company inappropriately leveraged campaign contributions and political ties to officials to gain government approval of its network plan.

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 6:40pm