For wounded American veteran Ian Parkinson, the military and skateboarding were always his two greatest passions.
As a result of the surprise attack of a U.S. installation in Afghanistan, the Phoenix, Arizona native lost both of his legs. Many would assume that with such a horrific injury, skateboarding would no longer be an option.
Yet, after years of physical therapy in San Antonio, Texas with his wife by his side, Parkinson decides to return to skateboarding with the help of specialized prosthetics. more >>
After paying "upwards of $10 million" to extortionists to keep his illness secret, actor Charlie Sheen publicly admitted on Tuesday morning that he is HIV positive.
"I am in fact HIV-positive," Sheen confessed to Matt Lauer during a "TODAY" show interview.
The confession comes after gossip website radaronline.com sparked speculation earlier this month about an unnamed actor's HIV positive status. The National Enquirer identified Sheen as the actor in a report on Monday and several other media outlets did the same. more >>
By now there's a good chance you've heard of the disturbing study from Princeton economists showing that middle-aged white Americans are the only demographic showing increasing death rates.
Only the 45-54 age segment, and only in the United States. Worse yet, the rise in deaths is due to suicide and substance abuse. One of the study's authors described it: "Only H.I.V./AIDS in contemporary times has done anything like this."
It's impossible to draw a simple line of direct causation to a tragedy of this magnitude, but there are some compelling correlations. more >>
At a recent Congressional hearing, Dr. Mandy Cohen of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services explained that almost 700,000 Americans have lost their health coverage because the insurance co-ops formed under ObamaCare to foster competition couldn't compete with "big, experienced players" in the insurance marketplace.
Dr. Cohen was talking about the five major insurance companies that cover the vast majority of Americans: Aetna, Anthem, Cigna, UnitedHealthcare, and Humana. If the ObamaCare co-ops continue to fold (a virtual certainty) and the Aetna / Humana and Anthem / Cigna mergers take place (both probabilities), almost all Americans — and indeed America's entire healthcare system — will rely on just three insurance companies.
"My guiding principle is, and always has been that consumers do better when there is choice and competition," said President Barack Obama in 2009. "That's how the market works. In Alabama, almost 90 percent of the market is controlled by just one company. And without competition, the price of insurance goes up and quality goes down." more >>
Former Secretary of State and Ex-New York Senator Hillary Clinton found herself on the defensive during the second Democratic Debate on Saturday evening.
Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley both took jabs at Clinton on various issues, including financial reform and gun reform.
Moderated by CBS News and hosted at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, the debate focused on issues such as foreign policy, the economy, and financial reform. more >>
Democratic Party presidential candidates presented ways during Saturday's debate, hosted by CBS News, in Iowa on how to best raise taxes in order to pay for various policies they hope to implement if elected.
Before a crowd at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday evening, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley debated foreign and domestic policy issues during the second Democratic Debate.
When a panelist asked the candidates how they would pay for things like debt-free college and mandatory family leave, responses focused on increased taxation. more >>