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4/24/2019

A House panel will hold a hearing on Tuesday to discuss the "Medicare-for-all" bill introduced by Reps. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., and Debbie Dingell, D-Mich. The hearing, the first to focus on "Medicare-for-all," will be hosted by the House Rules Committee, after the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Ways and Means Committee declined to take up the bill amid a divide among Democrats over the legislation.

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4/24/2019

Janet Warren, a professor at the University of Virginia's medical school, said the Boy Scouts of America's ineligible volunteer files show more than 12,000 victims of child sexual abuse within the organization, while the number of suspected abusers is more than 7,800, court documents show. The information was released by lawyer Jeff Anderson, whose firm has been involved in clerical sexual abuse cases.

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ABC News
4/24/2019

A bankruptcy judge has approved Pacific Gas and Electric's proposal to provide employee bonuses totaling up to $350 million to help ensure that wildfire safety targets are met. The goals include removing 375,000 trees near power lines and PG&E expects actual bonus costs to be about $235 million.

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4/24/2019

The Florida Senate has voted down a proposed amendment that would allow insurance rate reductions in some situations under the House's assignment-of-benefits overhaul bill, which could see a final Senate vote as soon as today. The amendment would have provided for lower rates if policies restrict or forbid assignment of benefits.

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4/24/2019

A California State Assembly committee has advanced eight bills that would provide exceptions to the California Consumer Privacy Act. One measure applies to the insurance sector, while another would eliminate restrictions on collecting consumer data that is "de-identified" or aggregated.

4/24/2019

Paul Johnson, a seismologist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, said machine learning could eventually help predict earthquakes, although scientists acknowledge that such a development is likely decades away if it is feasible. The technology could evaluate signals generated by tectonic plate movement to identify patterns that indicate earthquake cycles.

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Smithsonian online
4/24/2019

Officials say flood risk is elevated in southern Colorado and other areas with burn scars left by recent wildfires. Volunteers are helping local governments remove debris from riverbanks and placing flood barrier bags to reduce the risk.

4/24/2019

The Louisiana House has voted in favor of a bill that would address litigation against auto insurers, which proponents say will help lower auto insurance rates. The bill will expand competition among auto insurers in the state and require that carriers pass their savings on to policyholders, said state Rep. Kirk Talbot.

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4/24/2019

Legislation that would make texting while driving a primary offense in Florida has passed the state House. Brooke and Jordan Scherer, whose 9-year-old son, Logan, died in a crash involving distracted driving, said they hope lawmakers ultimately will reconcile the bill with a Senate measure that would prohibit handheld cellphone use while behind the wheel.

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4/24/2019

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