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Amazon.com will start to collect sales taxes on purchases made by Floridians starting May 1. For Floridians who are supposed to pay the taxes but haven't, the announcement of Amazon's entry into the state's brick-and-mortar retail landscape could mean about $80 million a year in sales taxes
President Barack Obama announced that 8 million people have signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, calling the feat a success story that Democrats should "forcefully defend and be proud of" in the face of Republican election-year attacks on the law. In a news conference, the president also described how the law has helped make a difference for ordinary citizens.
Diabetes afflicts more than 22 million Americans, or 7 percent of the total population, and the number of people diagnosed every year is skyrocketing. At a cost of $245 billion in 2012, the disease's toll on the economy has increased by more than 40 percent since 2007, according to a recent report from the American Diabetes Association.
Two incompatible ballot measures on background checks for gun buyers in Washington state enjoy majority support in a poll released on Tuesday, but the one advancing stricter gun controls is more popular.
Paying for college presents a tremendous hurdle to many families, from wading through paperwork and navigating financial aid to understanding the long-term implications of college debt.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed a bill allowing state health authorities to conduct surprise inspections of abortion clinics without first obtaining a warrant, handing another victory to abortion foes. The bill removes a provision from state law requiring a judge to sign off on any spot inspections conducted in Arizona.
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) has introduced a bill, S. 2235, the Democracy Restoration Act that would reduce recidivism rates by restoring voting rights to individuals after they have served their time and have been released from incarceration. Studies indicate that former prisoners who have voting rights restored are less likely to reoffend, and that disenfranchisement hinders their rehabilitation and reintegration into their community.
Maine Governor Paul LePage vetoed a bill that would have expanded MaineCare coverage to more than 60,000 low-income Mainers. The measure also would have established a managed care system for all 320,000 beneficiaries, an effort to control costs in the $2.5 billion program, which is Maine's version of the Medicaid health insurance program.
New draft rules limiting greenhouse gases from existing power plants will give states the tools to curtail emissions that drive climate change without shuttering lots of facilities and threatening electric reliability, said Gina McCarthy, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, at a panel discussion in Washington on Monday.
Facing housing discrimination? There's an app for that. Launched in February 2013, the mobile app is the first to address federal housing discrimination, allowing users to find information on fair housing laws, as well as file housing discrimination complaints directly from their iPhones.
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