Many uninsured people will be able to get coverage under the federal health law. Those changes, however, don't kick in until 2014. Until then, they can try to get insurance on their own, which is expensive. Or, they can apply to join high-risk pools.
When Paula Michele Boyle first received the letter earlier this month explaining that her health insurance coverage was being terminated, she took it personally, thinking maybe the insurer had discovered something in her history to make her ineligible. But then the Philadelphia resident read on and realized that it wasn't just her — the entire program, Pennsylvania's state-funded health plan for low-income adults, was about to be canceled.
For Boyle and her husband, Tom, both self-employed cancer survivors who need regular medical care, the news has been unnerving.
When Wilma Vaught joined the Air Force in 1957 and started her first day of training, she was unsure about a lot of things, even the basics.
"I was trying to find the building I was supposed to go to, and I saw someone walking along in uniform — a woman — and she saluted me and I didn't know what to do. I didn't know how to salute. It was a very embarrassing thing," Vaught says.
The one thing she did know is that she wanted to be in charge. "I wanted to lead," says the now-retired brigadier general.
A new study by the Southern Poverty Law Center describes a big rise in hate groups across the country.
By its count, there are now more than 1,000 active extremist groups in the U.S. Experts say the largest increase comes from militias that consider the federal government their enemy.
Mark Potok, director of the Intelligence Project at the law center, has been studying hate groups for a long time. But Potok says even he was surprised when he started counting extremists for his annual report.
Witnesses in Libya and many others are saying that the country's leader, Moammar Gadhafi, has unleashed an army of "mercenaries from Africa" who have been shooting pro-democracy protesters indiscriminately.
"Brother leader," "guide of the revolution" and "king of kings" are some of the titles by which Gadhafi prefers to be addressed in Africa. Libya's relationship with the continent received a boost in the 1980s and '90s when Gadhafi turned his attention to wooing and winning over Africa and began wearing traditional clothing and headgear from south of the Sahara.