Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Obama's big speech...Medicare study...Wizards' suspensions

WASHINGTON (AP) — About two-thirds of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address tonight before Congress will be on the economy. Much of what he's expected to say will be familiar, but Obama will also ask for another stimulus package, and a three-year freeze in some domestic spending.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new study says when Medicare copays go up -- even just a few dollars -- it leads to fewer doctor visits and longer hospital stays. The tendency was most pronounced among blacks, people living in lower-income neighborhoods, and those with chronic illnesses.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The marriage of former presidential candidate John Edwards and his wife Elizabeth is apparently moving toward divorce. A friend of Elizabeth Edwards says the couple has separated. Under North Carolina law, they must be separated for a year before they can divorce.

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — The seven-month struggle by Honduras' ousted president to return to power is apparently over. Manuel Zelaya has left his refuge in the Brazilian Embassy to fly to the Dominican Republic. He was pushed from power last June in a dispute over changing the Honduran Constitution.

NEW YORK (AP) — Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton of the NBA's Washington Wizards have learned their fate for their "guns in the locker room" incident last year. NBA commissioner David Stern has suspended them for the rest of the season. Arenas has pleaded guilty to a gun charge, and will be sentenced March 26.

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