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U.S. House okays bipartisan bill to fix Medicare doctor payments

Speaker of the House John Boehner speaks as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and George Miller listen before the signing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity ActBy Susan Cornwell and Caroline Humer WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill to permanently repair the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, marking a rare bipartisan achievement and sending the issue next to the Senate. The measure drafted and driven forward by Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi would fix a long-standing problem with how Medicare pays doctors. The Senate may not act until it returns from a two-week recess that starts this weekend. Democratic President Barack Obama praised the House passage and said he hoped the Senate would approve the measure too, because he wants to sign it.


Schwarzenegger's back for high-octane 'Terminator: Genisys'

In this Sunday, March 22, 2015 photo, Arnold Schwarzenegger poses for a portrait during press day for "Terminator Genisys" at The London Hotel in Los Angeles. It’s a rare case when a film’s most iconic line practically preordains a franchise. As promised, The Terminator, and the man who originated the steely machine - Schwarzenegger - is back for another go-around in “Terminator: Genisys.” The movie opens in U.S. theaters on July 1, 2015. (Photo by Casey Curry/Invision/AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — As promised, the Terminator and the man who originated the steely machine — Arnold Schwarzenegger — are back this summer for another go in "Terminator: Genisys," and Paramount Pictures, eager for a blockbuster, has already fired up a machine of its own — the publicity kind.


Boehner, Pelosi show gridlock is not U.S. Congress's only option

U.S. House Speaker Boehner reacts during a news conference on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Maybe it was the kiss that John Boehner planted on Nancy Pelosi's cheek that early January day in front of the entire House of Representatives that should have provided a clue. Not long afterward, Boehner, the Republican Speaker of the House, dispatched a top healthcare adviser to a secret meeting with his counterpart working for Pelosi, the Democratic leader. The Boehner aide's mission, according to a source who asked not to be identified, was to determine whether Pelosi might be willing to collaborate on major legislation. Two months later, after scores of private conversations and hard bargaining, the work by America's political odd couple bore fruit with a 392-37 House vote to overhaul the Medicare program that delivers healthcare for the elderly and disabled, including fixing for good its troubled formula for paying physicians.


Building collapses in New York's East Village neighborhood, police say
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A building collapsed on Thursday in New York City's East Village neighborhood, police said. There was no immediate information on possible injuries, said a spokesman for the New York Police Department. (Reporting by Laila Kearney, Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst)
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