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President Barack Obama speaks in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 17, 2014. The president spoke about health care overhaul and the situation in Ukraine.
President Barack Obama speaks in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 17, 2014. The president spoke about health care overhaul and the situation in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Obama: 8 Million Signed up for Health Care
Originally published April 18, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and offered new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections.more More Arrow


Hand hygience.
- Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly, Md. has achieved the status of “Top Performer” from the Maryland Hospital Hand Hygiene Collaborative.more More Arrow

A report by Feeding America, a Chicago-based hunger relief non-profit organization, titled “Map the Meal Gap
- Nearly 23 percent of Baltimore residents suffered inadequate access to food in 2012, according to a new report prepared by Feeding America, a Chicago-based hunger relief non-profit organization.more More Arrow

In this photo provide by MSF, Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders), taken on Friday, March 28, 2014, healthcare workers from the organisation prepare isolation and treatment areas for their Ebola, hemorrhagic fever operations, in Gueckedou, Guinea. Health officials in the West African nation of Guinea say they're now treating eight cases of Ebola in the capital. Dr. Sakoba Keita, a spokesman for the health ministry, announced on national television the virus had reached the city of 3 million. Keita said Friday, March 28, 2014, at least 70 people have died in the country's south since the Ebola outbreak began last week. Photo/Kjell Gunnar Beraas, MSF
- The Ebola virus that has killed scores of people in Guinea this year is a new strain — evidence that the disease did not spread there from outbreaks in some other African nations, scientists report.more More Arrow

In this March 14, 2014 picture, Rice Elementary School Principal Ernesto Villanueva slaps hands with students during an early morning running program at an elementary school in Chula Vista, Calif. Amid alarming national statistics showing an epidemic in childhood obesity, hundreds of thousands of students across the country are being weighed and measured. Beltran son’s Chula Vista Elementary School District is being touted as a model for its methods that have resulted in motivating the community to take action.
- CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) — The Chula Vista school district not only measures the academic progress of Marina Beltran's second-grader, it also measures her son's body fat.more More Arrow

Baltimore’s Black Mental Health Alliance (BMHA).
- Baltimore’s Black Mental Health Alliance (BMHA), in conjunction with the American Psychiatric Association and Baltimore City Healthy Start, will conduct a day-long conference April 11 to spur awareness about mental health issues in the African-American community.more More Arrow

Open enrollment deadline March 31st.
- The clock is ticking down toward the March 31 deadline for open enrollment in new insurance plans that are the centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act, creating an urgency among U.S. consumers, businesses and government officials.more More Arrow

Senior Dating.
- For many maturing Americans, 50 is the new 30. more More Arrow

Tamikko Eaddy and Deuce shortly after his diagnosis in 2012.
- Little Eric “Deuce” Eaddy was 14 months old when his eyes rolled to the back of his head and he grew taut and still one Saturday morning, two years ago.more More Arrow

Actor Jeff Bridges, right, teaches Stephens Elementary School first grade student Braylon Thompson a trick with a pencil during breakfast, Monday, March 17, 2014, at the Little Rock, Ark., school. Bridges, the national spokesman for Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry program, visited the school to highlight its successful in-school breakfast program. Photo/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Stephen B. Thornton
- LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Actor Jeff Bridges visited with students Monday at a Little Rock elementary school to highlight the success it and the state has had in distributing more breakfast to low-income children.more More Arrow