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AP count: Nearly 11.8M enroll for Obama health law in 2018

AP count: Nearly 11.8M enroll for Obama health law in 2018

Health
Call it the political equivalent of a death-defying escape: former President Barack Obama's health care law pulled in nearly 11.8 million customers for 2018, despite the Republican campaign to erase it from the books. An Associated Press count found that nationwide enrollment was about 3 percent lower than last year. California, with more than 1.5 million sign-ups, was the last state to report, announcing its numbers on Wednesday. Sixteen states increased their enrollment from last year, according to AP's analysis. Six of those were carried by President Donald Trump in 2016, while 10 went for Democrat Hillary Clinton. However, of the total number of people signed up this year about 6 in 10 live in states that went for Trump, according to the AP's analysis. "If you had asked me a year ago ...
Credit card debt is costing you nearly $1,000 per year

Credit card debt is costing you nearly $1,000 per year

Finance
Three simple ways to pay off credit card debtThere's plenty to crow about in the economic picture right now: the stock market is charging ahead and the economy is expanding. But the bad news is that credit card debt is on the rise. Nearly half of Americans carry credit card debt, with an average balance of $ 15,654, according to an analysis by NerdWallet, based on data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the U.S. Census Bureau. Credit card debt continues to be one of the costliest kinds of debt for us. Households pay an average of $ 904 a year in interest alone, assuming an average annual percentage rate of 14.87%. And the price is bound to go up. If the Federal Reserve makes its anticipated rate increase, that average cost of credit will go up to $ 919 a year. "Finding a way ...
Sprouts drops nearly 10% as Amazon cuts prices at Whole Foods

Sprouts drops nearly 10% as Amazon cuts prices at Whole Foods

Finance
Shares of Sprouts Farmers Market and other grocery stocks fell again Monday as Amazon.com rolled out price cuts at Whole Foods stores.Sprouts fell nearly 10 percent, Supervalu lost more than 2 percent and Target fell 1 percent. Wal-Mart closed about three-fourths of a percent lower. Kroger trimmed losses to close 0.1 percent lower, while Costco recovered losses to close 0.07 percent higher. The six stocks have erased nearly $ 12 billion from their combined market capitalization since Wednesday's close, the day before Amazon announced it would complete its deal to buy Whole Foods Market on Monday and cut prices on many products, including bananas, organic avocados and organic Fuji apples.On Monday, the price of an organic avocado at a Whole Foods location on New York's Upper East Side was ...
Nearly 4 million people die from asthma each year, says COPD

Nearly 4 million people die from asthma each year, says COPD

Health
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 -- Two major chronic lung diseases -- asthma and COPD -- kill nearly 4 million people worldwide annually, a new report finds.The study calculates that 3.2 million people died in 2015 from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) -- a group of lung conditions that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, often tied to smoking. Asthma caused another 400,000 deaths, the report found.While asthma is more common, COPD is much more deadly. And while both conditions can be treated, many people remain undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. In addition, in many countries, treatment -- if it exists at all -- may be at insufficient levels, the research team added."Although much of the burden [from these illnesses] is either preventable or treatable with affordable interventions, ...
Wilko opens redundancy talks with nearly 4,000 staff

Wilko opens redundancy talks with nearly 4,000 staff

Business
High-street retailer Wilko has begun a redundancy consultation with nearly 4,000 staff members as it reorganises its business.Up to 1,000 senior supervisor roles and a "significant amount" of customer service posts will be created under the plans, the firm said.The chain, whose headquarters is in Worksop, saw pre-tax profits fall 80% to £5.1m, in the year up to 28 January.The GMB trade union is also being consulted over the changes.The firm, which sells homeware and household goods, has more than 400 stores across the UK.'Not positive results'Retail director Anthony Houghton said the changes would help it "stay relevant" to customers.He added like-for-like sales had increased "despite the challenging retail landscape", but said this was "not translating into positive results".Wilko's move