"Anna" will not stop calling. She really, really wants to sell you health insurance. What a lot of consumers really, really want is to smack Anna upside her robo-calling head. With health insurance open-enrollment season underway, automated phone calls offering Affordable Care Act or other health plans are spiking - and driving many consumers to the brink. California residents may have it worst, because its open-enrollment period is twice as long as in other parts of the country.
At first, Judy Melinek didn't know how to respond when she learned about an NRA tweet last week telling doctors who dared enter the gun debate to stay "in their own lane." But two days later, when the forensic pathologist, was on her way to the morgue to examine the body of one of the country's many forgotten gunshot victims, the words came to her. "Do you have any idea how many bullets I pull out of corpses weekly? This isn't just my lane," she tweeted on Friday. "It's my [expletive] highway."
Sgt. Robert Cude remembered that the bugle call, "Stand Fast" - cease firing - sounded across the foggy landscape of the British lines that morning. The American motorcycle courier Leon George Roth noted that in the sudden quiet, he could hear his watch ticking. Near the Moselle River in northeastern France, recording equipment that had been tracking the thunder of artillery flatlined. It was 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918 - a century ago Sunday - the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Armistice Day.
Assistant Manager Dong Zheng paced the aisles of his Asian grocery store in Maryland with an urgent task: Slap higher prices on about 50 different items to reflect the latest tariffs in the U.S.-China trade war. Among his targets at 99 Ranch Market in the Washington suburb of Gaithersburg: crispy broad beans, up 40 cents to $2.69, and Lee Kum Kee abalone sauce, jumping to $8.39 from around $5. The chain imports many of its goods from China, and the trade war may push prices higher on as many as 90 percent of the store's products, Zheng said.
Hours after officials announced grim new statistics in California's Camp Fire - nine dead, more than 6,700 structures incinerated - President Donald Trump blamed poor forest management for the destruction and threatened to pull federal funding. "There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor," Trump tweeted Saturday morning. "Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!"
KABUL, Afghanistan - When Maj. Brent Taylor, a reservist in the Army National Guard and the mayor of North Ogden, Utah, was killed here Nov. 3 in an insider attack, his friend and comrade in arms, Afghan Air Force Maj. Abdul Rahman Rahmani, felt he had to send a message to Taylor's family. "He died on our soil but he died for the success of freedom and democracy in both of our countries," Rahmani, 34, a helicopter pilot, wrote the next day in a letter he included in a tweet. It was addressed to Jennie Ashworth Taylor, the mayor's wife and the mother of their seven children.
WASHINGTON - Federal investigators last year looked into whether Matthew Whitaker, as an advisory board member of a Miami patent company accused of fraud by customers, played a role in trying to help the company silence critics by threatening legal action, according to two people with knowledge of the inquiry. Whitaker, named this week by President Donald Trump as acting attorney general, occasionally served as an outside legal adviser to the company, World Patent Marketing, writing a series of letters on its behalf, according to people familiar with his role.
Six young fellows from the Atlantic sat around a table inside a coffee shop at the Watergate Hotel on a recent afternoon as Jemele Hill, a new staff writer at the magazine, recounted her journey in journalism. Hill had been hired just a few weeks before after a very public exit from ESPN, where she had become one of the network's most prominent TV personalities. But she reminded the fellows - all of them both women and minorities - that print reporting was her first love.
Federal prosecutors in New York on Friday secured a 30-count indictment against the man accused of mailing possible package bombs to prominent Democrats and Trump critics across the country, bringing charges that are both more severe and more numerous than those he previously faced.
For the second time in 13 months, Nashville woke up to the news of a deadly mass shooting that involved country music fans. On Wednesday night, a gunman shot and killed 12 people inside Borderline Bar and Grill, a country music bar in Thousand Oaks, California, authorities said. Anywhere from eight to 15 patrons were also injured, according to Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean, who said the suspect's motive is still unclear. One of the victims was Sgt. Ron Helus of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, who was killed when he entered the venue after responding to 911 calls.