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NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were little changed on Wednesday amid signs of progress in diplomatic attempts to ease tensions in Ukraine and as investors shrugged off concern over weakness in the Chinese economy. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 11.49 points or 0.07 percent, to 16,339.76, the S&P 500 gained 0.53 points or 0.03 percent, to 1,868.16 and the Nasdaq Composite added 16.144 points or 0.37 percent, to 4,323.332. (Reporting by Rodrigo Campos; Editing by Nick Zieminski)
There will be no delay in the penalty most Americans face under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law if they fail to obtain health coverage this year, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said on Wednesday. Sebelius also said there would be no postponement of this month's deadline for enrolling in coverage through new private health insurance marketplaces or the Medicaid program for the poor. "No, sir," was Sebelius' categorical answer when asked about both prospects by Representative Kevin Brady of Texas at a hearing of the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee. Speaking a day after her department released new Obamacare data showing private insurance enrollment rising to 4.2 million people as of March 1, Sebelius rebuffed Republican claims that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's implementation was failing to attract enough enrollees.
(Reuters) - A U.S. court shot down a patent covering Pfizer Inc's blockbuster Celebrex painkiller, the drugmaker said, giving generic rivals an earlier U.S. entry that analysts estimated could cost the company $3 billion in revenue by the end of 2015. Pfizer shares were halted on Wednesday ahead of the news and opened slightly lower, down 24 cents at $32.18. Pfizer said it would appeal the ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia that invalidated a patent covering how Celebrex is administered to treat osteoarthritis. Celebrex has annual global sales of about $3 billion, about $2 billion of which were in the United States.
By Alice Popovici MARRIOTTSVILLE, Maryland (Reuters) - The gunman who killed two store employees at a Maryland mall early this year may have been obsessed with the 1999 Columbine High School massacre and left a journal behind in which he wrote that he might already be dead, police said on Wednesday. The shooter, Darion Marcus Aguilar, 19, did not know the victims when he opened fire at a crowded Columbia, Maryland, mall about 20 miles west of Baltimore on January 25 before killing himself with his 12-gauge Mossberg shotgun. Investigators have been unable to find any connection between Aguilar and the employees he gunned down at a Zumiez Inc skateboard store, the Howard County Police Department's investigation found. He was a young man that did not garner much attention to himself," Police Chief William McMahon told a news conference.
By Ronnie Cohen NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The more television children watch, the less total sleep they're getting, according to a small Spanish study. Researchers found that a nine-year-old who watched five hours of television a day, for example, slept an average one hour less a night than a nine-year-old who watched television for less than an hour and a half a day, lead author Marcella Marinelli, from the Center for Research in Environmental Epidemiology in Barcelona, told Reuters Health. The study team followed some 1,700 children for up to three years and found those who increased their TV time got even less sleep as they grew up. "This study really demonstrated that kids who watch a lot of television and continued to do so continued to have a trajectory of less sleep than they should have," said Christina Calamaro, from the Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Delaware, who was not involved in the research.
THE' CHAUNG, Myanmar (AP) — Noor Jahan rocked slowly on the floor, trying to steady her weak body. Her chest heaved and her eyes closed with each raspy breath. She could no longer eat or speak, throwing up even spoonfuls of tea.
NEW YORK (AP) — Zach Galifianakis brought the ferns, and President Barack Obama opened a new avenue of presidential communication.
WEDNESDAY, March 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Cigarettes might "trick" smokers' brains to respond more strongly to positive images of smoking than to negative images, a small, new study suggests. Researchers used brain scans to assess the emotiona...
WEDNESDAY, March 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists who identified a gene that appears to be strongly linked with obesity say their discovery could help efforts to find drug treatments for obesity and diabetes. "Our data strongly suggest that...
WEDNESDAY, March 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The community of bacteria that typically live in the human gut is radically altered in patients with Crohn's disease, a new study shows. Overall, patients with Crohn's have less diversity among their i...