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House Republican leaders holding up immigration reform: Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday called on the U.S. Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform, which he said was being blocked by Republican leaders in the House of Representatives. Obama said at a White House news conference there were Republicans in both the House and Senate who know immigration reform "is the right thing to do." "I also know it's hard politics for Republicans because there are some in their base that are very opposed to this," Obama said.

Obama says 8M signed up for health care through exchanges, contends 'this thing is working'

WASHINGTON - Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges, President Barack Obama said Thursday, besting expectations and offering new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections. Obama made a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room to trumpet the new figures, which beat initial projections by 1 million people. Equally critical: About 35 per cent of those who signed up are under the age of 35, Obama said. Enrolling substantial numbers of younger, healthier Americans is crucial for the law's success.

Federal Court of Appeal upholds landmark ruling on rights of Metis

OTTAWA - The Federal Court of Appeal has largely upheld a landmark ruling that could extend Ottawa's responsibilities to hundreds of thousands of aboriginal people who are not affiliated with specific reserves and have essentially no access to First Nations programs, services and rights. Off-reserve aboriginals say the appeals court decision is yet another victory in what has been a long legal saga with the federal government.

Canada urges 'expeditious' Egypt trial for Jazeera reporter

Canada on Thursday called for a "fair and expeditious" trial for a detained Canadian-Egyptian journalist, whose bail plea has been rejected by an Egyptian court. Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fadel Fahmy is on trial with two other detained journalists from the Doha-based Al-Jazeera English for alleged links to the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood movement. "We made a request with respect to this individual getting a fair and expeditious trial and requested that humanitarian and medical needs be addressed," Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird told a Cairo new conference.

Canada urges 'expeditious' Egypt trial for Jazeera reporter

Canada on Thursday called for a "fair and expeditious" trial for a detained Canadian-Egyptian journalist, whose bail plea has been rejected by an Egyptian court. Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fadel Fahmy is on trial with two other detained journalists from the Doha-based Al-Jazeera English for alleged links to the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood movement. "We made a request with respect to this individual getting a fair and expeditious trial and requested that humanitarian and medical needs be addressed," Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird told a Cairo new conference.

About 12 million U.S. outpatients misdiagnosed annually : study

By Curtis Skinner (Reuters) - Roughly 12 million adults who visit U.S. doctors' offices and other outpatient settings, or one in 20, are misdiagnosed every year, a new study has found, and half of those errors could lead to serious harm. The study by a team of Texas-based researchers attempted to estimate how often diagnostic errors occur in outpatient settings such as doctors' offices and clinics, as exact figures don't exist. The team's study will be published this month in the British medical journal BMJ Quality & Safety.

Long-term care: Why your location really matters

By Mark Miller CHICAGO (Reuters) - Location, location location: Not only is it key to the value of real estate, it's also a big driver of the cost of long-term care. A study of long-term care costs in the United States released this week shows that the cost of long-term services and support varies dramatically by location. For example, the national median cost of a private nursing home this year is $87,600 - but it's $155,125 in Connecticut, $87,180 in Ohio and $57,487 in Oklahoma.

In a cloning first, scientists create stem cells from adults

By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - Scientists have moved a step closer to the goal of creating stem cells perfectly matched to a patient's DNA in order to treat diseases, they announced on Thursday, creating patient-specific cell lines out of the skin cells of two adult men.

West African Ebola outbreak caused by new strain of disease: study

By Saliou Samb CONAKRY (Reuters) - An Ebola outbreak blamed for 135 deaths in West Africa in the past month was not imported from Central Africa but caused by a new strain of the disease, a study in a U.S. medical journal said, raising the specter of further regional epidemics. The spread of Ebola from a remote corner of Guinea to the capital and into neighboring Liberia, the first deadly outbreak reported in West Africa, has caused panic across a region struggling with weak healthcare systems and porous borders.

GE industrial profit boost underscores strategy, shares up

By Lewis Krauskopf and Ernest Scheyder (Reuters) - General Electric Co <GE.N> posted a 12 percent rise in overall industrial profits on Thursday, as strength in its businesses selling gas turbines, jet engines and oil industry equipment offset weakness in healthcare and transportation. GE, which is increasingly focusing on its traditional manufacturing businesses over its finance unit, posted an 8 percent increase in industrial revenue, even as overall company revenue fell slightly short of Wall Street's target.
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