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Medicare's outpatient 'Part B' premium going up to $144.60

Nov. 8, 2019 5:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare's "Part B" premium for outpatient care will rise by nearly 7% to $144.60 a month next year, officials said Friday. They blamed rising spending on medications. The $9.10 monthly increase follows a smaller $1.50 rise this year. It comes after Social Security announced a modest...

Police release name of man in Eugene shooting that wounded 3

Nov. 7, 2019 6:22 PM EST

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Police have released the name of a man suspected of shooting three other people before shooting and killing himself in Eugene Wednesday. KVAL-TV reports 66-year-old Carlos Alberto Angelo shot himself after shooting a woman and two men, according to the Eugene Police Department. Police...

Fans say farewell to legendary Puerto Rico astrologer

Nov. 6, 2019 7:12 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Walter Mercado lay in his coffin Wednesday wearing a velvet suit that ranged in color from his favorite violet to dark blue as a teary woman stood nearby, transfixed by a screen that showed pictures of the legendary Puerto Rican astrologer surrounded by friends, family and his...

White House and Pelosi part ways on relief for drug prices

Nov. 5, 2019 5:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Tuesday signaled President Donald Trump's blunt thumbs-down to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's plan allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices. Her office's sharp retort: "Working people won't like it if he sells them out." Despite the House impeachment inquiry, the White...

The Latest: Suspect in acid attack a veteran, suffered PTSD

Nov. 4, 2019 7:02 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Latest on an acid attack on a man in Milwaukee (all times local): 5:50 p.m. A man suspected of throwing acid on another man in Milwaukee has been identified as a military veteran, with family members saying he suffered from post-traumatic stress. Police haven't identified the man, but...

1 in 2 seriously ill Medicare enrollees struggles with bills

Nov. 4, 2019 4:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than half of seriously ill Medicare enrollees face financial hardships with medical bills, with prescription drug costs the leading problem, according to a study published Monday. The study in the journal Health Affairs comes as legislation to curb drug costs for seniors languishes...

The Latest: Ponzi schemer 'King Perry' pleads guilty

Nov. 4, 2019 3:12 PM EST

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the case of a Ponzi mastermind dubbed "King Perry" (all times local): 3:10 p.m. The mastermind of a long-running Ponzi scheme that collected more than $100 million from investors around the country has pleaded guilty to a federal charge. Perry Santillo pleaded guilty...

Rhode Island man sentenced for role in lottery scam

Nov. 1, 2019 3:28 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison for his role in a Jamaica-based telemarketing scam that targeted elderly U.S. citizens. Federal prosecutors say 49-year-old Shawn Whitfield, of Pawtucket, received more than $109,000 in upfront payments from victims...

Dying winds bring relief after weeks of California wildfires

Nov. 1, 2019 12:48 AM EDT

WINDSOR, Calif. (AP) — Lynn Darst and her husband were camped out in their motor home on the edge of their seats for four days wondering if their house would survive yet another wildfire menacing Sonoma County. Flames had come close to their neighborhood of spacious homes surrounded by vineyards two years...

Seniors at California complex 'abandoned' during blackout

Oct. 31, 2019 7:49 PM EDT

NOVATO, Calif. (AP) — One woman in her 80s tripped over another resident who had fallen on the landing in a steep stairwell. Others got disoriented, even in their own apartments, and cried out for help. At least 20 seniors with wheelchairs and walkers were essentially trapped, in the dark, in a low-income...