(Reuters) – About 8.7 million people enrolled in healthcare plans for 2018 using the federal Obamacare marketplace, according to updated government figures released on Thursday. The number represented a slight decline from the 2017 enrollment figure when about 9.2 million people signed up for health insurance policies from private insurers on the HealthCare.gov platform. It
(Reuters) – Johnny Manziel cleared a major hurdle in a bid to resume his playing career when the Canadian Football League on Thursday said it would allow the troubled quarterback to sign a contract if offered one. Manziel, who became known as “Johnny Football” in winning the Heisman Trophy in 2012 as the best player
NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City is on track to record fewer than 300 murders in 2017, marking a steep decline since the early 1990s when the annual death toll exceeded 2,000 people. As of Sunday, 284 people were murdered in the nation’s largest city, down from 329 in the same period in 2016,
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The governor of New York said on Thursday that the state was considering restructuring its tax code in response to a federal tax overhaul bill that recently became law, which he said may be unconstitutional. Republicans in Congress passed the largest overhaul to the nation’s tax code in three decades last week,
COX‘S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) – The bride’s hands are covered with decorative patterns inked in henna, the groom is perfumed and the guests feast and dance the night away in a colorful tent. In most ways, the happiest day of Shofika Begum and Saddam Hussein’s lives mirrors that of couples getting married the world over.
VIENNA (Reuters) – One bidder is left in what was a four-party competition to take over Air Berlin’s (AB1.DE) insolvent Austrian airline Niki, its administrator said in an emailed statement on Thursday, adding the deal should be completed within days. Former Formula One world champion Niki Lauda, the airline’s founder, was quoted as saying on
MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Kremlin said on Thursday that Russia was analyzing its space sector after two failed satellite launches in as many months. A spokeswoman for Russia’s space corporation Energiya confirmed on Thursday that Moscow had lost contact with Angola’s first national telecoms satellite, AngoSat-1, which was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome on Tuesday.
SKOPJE (Reuters) – Macedonia took emergency measures against dense smog enveloping its cities, an annual winter scourge in the Western Balkans blamed on a mix of coal burning, aging industry and high-polluting emissions from older vehicles. The government said residents of Skopje and Tetovo had been granted free travel on trains and buses to discourage
KABUL (Reuters) – A suicide attack on an office of the Afghan Voice news agency and a neighboring Shi‘ite cultural center in the capital Kabul killed dozens on Thursday, officials and witnesses said, with many of the victims students attending a conference. Interior Ministry deputy spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said at least 40 people had been
TOKYO (Reuters) – Prosecutors summarily indicted Mongolian-born former sumo grand champion Harumafuji for assaulting a junior wrestler, a local prosecutors office in Tottori, western Japan, said on Thursday, in a move to seek the payment of fines rather than a trial. Harumafuji retired last month for injuring fellow Mongolian wrestler Takanoiwa while drinking at a
RIYADH (Reuters) – Apple and Amazon are in licensing discussions with Riyadh on investing in Saudi Arabia, two sources told Reuters, part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s push to give the conservative kingdom a high-tech look. A third source confirmed that Apple was in talks with SAGIA, Saudi Arabia’s foreign investment authority. Both companies
(Reuters) – A former lawyer at Keppel Corp Ltd’s oil rig building business secretly pleaded guilty and cooperated with U.S. authorities before the Singapore-based company agreed to pay $422 million to settle charges it bribed Brazilian officials, according to court documents. Jeffery Chow, a former senior member of Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd’s legal department,
TOKYO (Reuters) – Mitsubishi Materials Corp (5711.T) said on Thursday that a push to expand market share had driven a subsidiary to fake product specification, one of several compliance scandals that have come to light this year in a blow to the reputation of Japan Inc. Mitsubishi Materials said in November that its subsidiaries falsified
SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s government said on Thursday it will impose additional measures to regulate speculation in cryptocurrency trading within the country. “The government had warned several times that virtual coins cannot play a role as actual currency and could result in high losses due to excessive volatility,” the government said in a statement.
(Reuters) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) was sued on Wednesday by a transgender woman who said she was wrongfully fired after complaining about harassment at the Sam’s Club warehouse store in North Carolina where she had worked for 11 years. Charlene Bost, 46, said co-workers at the Kannapolis store where she had been a member