The Daily Populous

Thursday February 8th, 2018 night edition

image for AP count: Nearly 11.8M enroll for Obama health law in 2018

"If you had asked me a year ago whether enrollment for 2018 would be almost equal to 2017, I would have laughed at you," said Larry Levitt, who follows the health law for the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.

Total enrollment remained remarkably stable despite Trump's disdain for "Obamacare," and multiple attempts by the Republican-led Congress to repeal it.

"These results show that people recognize how important coverage is for their health and financial stability," said Kristine Grow of America's Health Insurance Plans, the industry lobby.

Newly confirmed Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is a critic of the health law but has avoided directly antagonizing Democrats over it.

The Trump administration is trying to address that by promoting lower-cost insurance alternatives that don't offer the comprehensive benefits available through the health law.

For example, people who lose employer coverage may not know the health law offers them an option.

Health law enrollment peaked at 12.7 million for 2016 and has declined every year since them. »

Pet shop puppy sale ban considered by ministers

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Image copyright PA. A ban on puppy sales by pet shops and other third-party dealers in England is being considered by the government.

Under the proposals, people buying or adopting a dog would deal directly with a breeder or rehousing centre.

Under the new rules, breeders or sellers of dogs must be licensed and will not be able to sell puppies and kittens under eight weeks old. »

A self-driving semi truck just made its first cross-country trip

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Embark’s self-driving semi truck just drove from Los Angeles to Jacksonville with minimal help from its on-board human driver, the company reports.

The autonomous trip is being considered a success and Embark plans to have installed autonomous technology in 40 more tractor trailers by the end of 2018.

This is not Embark’s first attempt at a long distance trip using solely autonomous technology. »

Reduced Self-Control after 3 Months of Imprisonment; A Pilot Study

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In contrast, planning significantly improved (measured with a task analog to the Tower of London) with a medium effect size.

Participants were recruited between 2013 and 2015 at the Penitentiary Institution Amsterdam Over-Amstel – a remand prison in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Six tests of the Cambridge Automated Neuropsychological Test Battery (CANTAB, Cambridge Cognition, Cambridge, United Kingdom) were used to assess executive functions. »

George W Bush: 'There's pretty clear evidence Russia meddled' in US election won by Trump

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George W Bush has said “there’s pretty clear evidence that the Russians meddled” in the US election that saw Donald Trump become President.

Mr Bush said it was not clear if Russia’s “meddling” directly affected the election, though he said it was clear they tried and that it was “dangerous for democracy”.

Mr Trump denies any such links, and has called the investigation a “witch hunt” perpetrated by his political opponents. »