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More low-income moms received prenatal care thanks to state Medicaid expansions

More low-income moms received prenatal care thanks to state Medicaid expansions

Health
Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Fewer moms went insured and more low-income mothers received prenatal care as a result of Medicaid expansions carried out in 34 states between 1996 and 2011.According to researchers at UCLA, the expansions increased access to healthcare for low-income parents.Among moms who got pregnant with their second child between 1996 and 2011, 2.3 percent fewer went uninsured. The expansions also led to a 7.9 percent decrease in the number of expecting moms who didn't have health insurance while pregnant.The increased access to insurance led to a 0.4 percent increase in moms receiving prenatal care earlier during their pregnancies, as well as a 1.7 percent increase in the number of moms receiving sufficient prenatal care.The United States has one of the worst infant mortality rates i...
Mosul's morgue men endured worst of Islamic State butchery

Mosul's morgue men endured worst of Islamic State butchery

World
The young man ended up on the morgue's examining table in two parts. He had been seized for selling cigarettes, a crime usually punished by flogging by the Islamic State group extremists who had occupied Mosul. But while he was being whipped, he shouted a curse insulting religion. On the spot, they cut off his head for blasphemy. Sameh al-Azzawi, the 35-year-old medical assistant examining him, was sick of seeing Mosul's youth butchered for the slightest reason. The man was a newlywed. His family was waiting outside; it was one of the occasional times when the fanatics allowed the return of someone killed by the group. So al-Azzawi violated the rules: He picked out some thick thread and quickly sewed the man's head back on, then zipped him up in the body bag. He could sew a head back on a...
Making sense of the new cap on state tax deductions

Making sense of the new cap on state tax deductions

Finance
The GOP tax bill explainedA lot of change is coming to taxes -- how much you'll pay and how you prepare them. Some people will pay more, some will pay less. It depends on many factors. One of the most controversial changes are those surrounding the deduction on state and local income taxes, a.k.a SALT. If you live in a state with high income and property taxes, you could lose out under the new tax plan. We tried to make sense of it for you. How does the SALT deduction work? Under the new plan, taxpayers who itemize will be able to deduct their state individual income, sales and property taxes up to a limit of $ 10,000 in total starting in 2018. Currently the deduction is unlimited. But filers have to choose to deduct either individual income taxes or sales taxes. For most people, deducti...
Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders, Arkansas State Red Wolves meet in Camellia Bowl

Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders, Arkansas State Red Wolves meet in Camellia Bowl

Sports
The last time Middle Tennessee State played Arkansas State was five years ago when they were both in the Sun Belt and Auburn coach Gus Malzahn was involved. That was the last season Malzahn spent as Arkansas State's head coach. He led the Red Wolves to a 45-0 win over Middle Tennessee State in a game that clinched the Sun Belt title. The former rivals meet again in the Camellia Bowl on Saturday at Montgomery, Ala. Middle Tennessee State (6-6) is now in Conference USA while Arkansas State (7-4) remains a Sun Belt power. Middle Tennessee State, which went to the Hawaii Bowl last season and the Bahamas Bowl in 2015, is in closer proximity to its bowl this time. The site of the game is less than 300 miles from Middle Tennessee State's campus at Murfreesboro, Tenn. "Our students, our fans, we h...
PM announces on state TV Iraq's war against IS has ended

PM announces on state TV Iraq's war against IS has ended

World
After more than three years of combat operations, Iraq announced Saturday that the fight against the Islamic State group is over after the country's security forces drove the extremists from all of the territory they once held. Iraqi and American officials warned, however, that key challenges remain despite the military victory. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi formally announced the victory in an address to the nation aired on Iraqi state television Saturday evening. "Honorable Iraqis, your land has been completely liberated," he said. "The liberation dream has become a reality. We achieved victory in difficult circumstances and with God's help, the steadfastness of our people and the bravery of our heroic forces we prevailed." "The flag of Iraq is flying high today over all Iraqi territor...