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The Early Retiree Reinsurance Program
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Rising costs have made it difficult for employers to provide quality, affordable health insurance for workers and retirees while also remaining competitive in the global marketplace. Many Americans who retire without employer-sponsored insurance and before they are eligible for Medicare see their life savings disappear because of exorbitant rates in the individual market. The Early Retiree Reinsurance Program will provide much-needed financial relief for employers so retirees can get quality, affordable insurance starting this year. More
Shahzad and the pre-9/11 paradigm
The Wall Street Journal Share
Some good news from the attempted car bombing in Times Square on May 1 is that — at the relatively small cost of disappointment to Broadway theater-goers — it teaches valuable lessons to help deal with Islamist terrorism. The bad news is that those lessons should already have been learned. More
Nine in China are killed in latest school attack
The Wall Street Journal Share
A prosperous village merchant, described as soft-spoken and gentle, armed himself with a meat cleaver and hacked to death seven schoolchildren, their teacher and her mother before taking his own life, the deadliest in a spate of school attacks in China that is fueling growing anger at the government's inability to keep children safe. More
Security cameras: Who's watching you?
Discovery News Share
Smile, because you're on camera — a lot. In their search for the would-be Times Square bomber last weekend, detectives turned to footage from more than 80 of the video cameras that keep watch on the busy neighborhood. In the process, the search renewed concerns about the widespread use of security cameras in New York City and beyond. More
Storm season brings risk of increased flooding in south Florida
South Florida Sun Sentinel Share
After three years of irrigation cutbacks, amid on-again-off-again drought, south Florida heads into this rainy season bracing for too much water with too few places to put it. What may be good news for lawns raises flood-control concerns reaching from Lake Okeechobee's suspect dike to south Florida neighborhoods built on what used to be the Everglades. More
Securing New York City
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Over the past several weeks, New York has been enjoying the type of wonderful spring weather that makes you feel as if the city is literally bursting with life and energy. Winter's gray and cold has been replaced by the green aura of parks in bloom and crowded sidewalk cafes. And then comes this jerk in the smoking black SUV to remind us of the apocalypse in the back of our collective consciousness: The one that probably starts with the phrase "since 9/11." More
Thai army to limit water, electricity to protests
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The Thai government turned to siege tactics after fruitless efforts to compromise with demonstrators barricaded in central Bangkok, announcing that the army would limit supplies of water, food and electricity to the protest zone. Although army spokesman Col. Sansern Kaewkamnerd said security forces would "not use force at this stage," sealing the area risks confrontation with the thousands of so-called Red Shirt protesters who have camped there for two months and could spark violence if they refuse to disperse. Some 29 people have died and 1,400 been injured in clashes so far. More
Charlottesville killing spurs high-level meeting about campus safety
The Roanoke Times Share
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said that his administration will consider changes to campus public safety policies and state laws to enable more information sharing between police and college administrators in response to the slaying of University of Virginia women's lacrosse player Yeardley Love. But McDonnell said law enforcement officials already have expressed "logistical concerns" about a proposal to require police to notify colleges when students are arrested. More
Easton, Pa., stuck with $5 million settlement
The Morning Call Share
Easton, Pa., not its insurance company, is on the hook for the city's $5 million settlement with the widow of an officer shot inside police headquarters, a federal appeals court said. A three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with Scottsdale Insurance Co., agreeing that the lawsuit over officer Jesse Sollman's accidental shooting in 2005 falls under an "employee injury exclusion" in the city's insurance policy. More