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With Pension Fund Giant Calpers Quitting Hedge Funds, Other Investors Reflect

New York Times - California News - September 16, 2014 - 6:31pm
Even though the $4 billion hedge fund investment being dropped by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System is minuscule by industry standards, Calpers has long been a trendsetter among public pension plans.

Federal Health Care Website Faces Security Risks, Watchdog Finds

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - September 16, 2014 - 5:09pm
HealthCare.gov has ongoing security frailties that put users' sensitive personal information at risk, a government watchdog is set to tell Congress this week.

House Passes Bill Giving Fed More Flexibility in Regulating Insurers

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - September 16, 2014 - 5:04pm
The House on Tuesday approved legislation long sought by large insurance companies that would give the Federal Reserve more flexibility in regulating such firms.

A Novel Use of Eminent Domain Hits Headwinds

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - September 16, 2014 - 4:16pm
Some officials in Richmond, Calif., are pushing a novel use of eminent domain to purchase the mortgages of underwater homeowners, but not the homes, to reduce debt burdens.

Watchdog Finds Insurers Not Following Health Law's Abortion Rule

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - September 16, 2014 - 4:03pm
Some insurance plans available through the Affordable Care Act are breaking rules aimed at ensuring federal funds aren't used to cover most abortions, according to a federal report.

What We're Reading

New York Times - California News - September 16, 2014 - 2:30pm
Recommended reads from New York Times reporters and editors, highlighting great stories from around the web.

Jindal Aspires to Be 'Ideas Guy' in GOP 2016 Field

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - September 16, 2014 - 1:03pm
Unveiling an energy plan, Gov. Bobby Jindal is moving early to stake a claim as a leading policy thinker in the field of potential GOP presidential candidates.

U.S. Military to Send 3,000 to Battle Ebola

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - September 16, 2014 - 10:13am
The U.S. military will deploy about 3,000 personnel to West Africa to coordinate global aid, build treatment centers and train health-care workers to fight a worsening Ebola outbreak, a senior administration official said.

Gamblers Sign Own Arrest Warrants

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - September 16, 2014 - 10:03am
Thousands of people have legally barred themselves from casinos and then wound up facing criminal charges when they returned to gamble again.

Regulator Plans to Review Auto Lenders

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - September 16, 2014 - 10:02am
The U.S. consumer-finance regulator is preparing to launch in-depth reviews of about 40 large auto lenders to determine whether the firms are following federal consumer-protection laws.

Books of The Times: ‘How to Build a Girl,’ by Caitlin Moran

NY Times Books - September 16, 2014 - 9:12am
“How to Build a Girl,” Caitlin Moran’s first novel, tells a comic coming-of-age tale in the 1990s about a teenager from the British hinterlands who reinvents herself as a rock critic.






U.S. Producer Prices Unchanged in August

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - September 16, 2014 - 7:24am
A gauge of U.S. inflation was unchanged in August, a sign that price pressures remain tame amid subdued economic growth.

Tens of Thousands Likely to Lose Health Insurance

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - September 16, 2014 - 7:22am
Tens of thousands of people are likely to lose their health insurance at the end of this month because they missed a deadline to confirm they are legally residing in the U.S., the Obama administration said.

Bookends: When Discussing Books, What Does ‘Taste’ Have to Do With It?

NY Times Books - September 16, 2014 - 7:00am
James Parker and Adam Kirsch debate whether it really all comes down to taste.






Sectarian Divide Plagues Coalition

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - September 16, 2014 - 5:11am
U.S. efforts to build a broad coalition to combat Islamic State ran into the sectarian chasm that has divided the Middle East, with Arab allies disagreeing over whether Iraq's neighbors should have a military role.

Three Worries in Islamic State Fight

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - September 16, 2014 - 5:00am
President Obama's decision to go on the offensive against Islamic State fighters has risks: The terror group could use it as a recruiting tool, other groups could act and U.S. resolve could cool, Gerald F. Seib writes.

Tally of Uninsured Fell by 3.8 Million in Early 2014

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - September 15, 2014 - 9:13pm
The number of uninsured in America dropped by 3.8 million in early 2014, new federal figures show, in the first government analysis of how the Affordable Care Act has changed coverage rates.

California: Metallic Fence Blamed in Wildfire

New York Times - California News - September 15, 2014 - 9:00pm
Body [ Edit ] Southern California fire officials say a wildfire that prompted evacuations over the weekend in the Cleveland National Forest was started by the sun reflecting off two-foot-tall sheet metal fencing that edged a homeowner’s vegetable...

Decades After Nuclear Test, U.S. Studies Cancer Fallout

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - September 15, 2014 - 8:01pm
Nearly 70 years after the U.S. tested an atomic bomb in the New Mexico desert, federal researchers are set to study whether some residents developed cancer due to the blast.

Some Republicans Back State Minimum-Wage Boosts

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - September 15, 2014 - 7:17pm
Republican candidates in states where voters will decide on boosting the minimum wage say they favor those pay-increase measures even as they oppose raising the federal wage floor.
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