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In a lab at Progressive Corp.’s suburban headquarters, managers and technicians at the auto-insurance giant watch a colleague drive from his home outside Cleveland to the city zoo. A dot on a computer screen moves along a map overlaid with speed limits, turning red when the...
An armed robbery suspect trying to steal a wallet ends up being shot by a 69-year old homeowner. It happened on Calle San Carlos shortly before 9 PM. We're told the homeowner and his wife were approached by a man with a gun, wearing a hoodie. According to police, the suspect...
Melissa Cook said she was confronted with a harrowing decision: Would she abort a fetus she was carrying for someone else? The 47-year-old Californian had agreed to be a surrogate for a 50-year-old postal worker in Georgia, and she became pregnant last year with three boys. But...
When it comes to repealing Obamacare, the 62nd time is the charm – sort of. The Republican-controlled Congress passed a repeal of President Obama’s signature health care law by a 240-181 vote in the House Wednesday, mostly along party lines, handing Speaker Paul Ryan a dual...
Austin Mayor Steve Adler clarified remarks he made Tuesday about a possible November bond referendum to fund the construction of managed toll lanes on I-35 or a train system. Hours after making the initial remarks, Adler stressed that the specifics of a transportation-focused...
“Emotional support dogs” will now be allowed in student housing at Kent State University, which has settled a civil rights lawsuit brought by the U.S. Justice Department claiming the school discriminated against students with psychological disabilities. Banning pets for all...
A Capri Sun juice pouch mistakenly left in a 10-year-old San Diego girl’s carry-on handbag led a TSA agent to subject the girl to almost two minutes of frisking and extra screening that lasted about an hour, her father said. Liquids exceeding 3 ounces are not allowed in carry-on...
Health insurers in several big cities will take some pain out of doctor visits this year — the financial kind. They’ll offer free visits to primary care doctors in their networks. You read that right. Doctor visits without copays. Or coinsurance. And no expensive deductible to...
2015 was a record year for background checks for guns. According to FBI data posted Monday, there were 23,141,970 background checks in 2015. That beats the prior record of 21,093,273 in 2013. This means that last year was probably a record year for gun sales. FBI background...