Steep hospital markups strike blow to uninsured

David Rigsby caught on early to a trend that, thanks to provisions in the Affordable Care Act, has become abundantly apparent: Hospitals everywhere set medical prices that far exceed what Medicare estimates to be the cost of preforming those services.

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Hospital union withdraws strike threat ahead of vote

The union that represents nurses and medical technicians at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center announced Saturday that it has withdrawn its threat to strike, even as a vote looms Sunday on the hospital’s contract offer and the current labor agreement is set to expire in less than a week.

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Ukraine launches offensive to retake Donetsk

Ukrainian officials said their forces advanced to the outskirts of a key town north of Donetsk on Saturday as they try to retake the stronghold.

Grand slam propels Fuego to victory over Triggers in Game 2

Chevas Numata launched a game-winning grand slam to hand Santa Fe a 7-3 win over Trinidad in Game 2 of their best-of-three Pecos League Northern Division playoff series.

Sisters produce a fix for the slipping tape measure

If you’ve ever tried to measure a door, table or lumber by yourself, you know the problem — keeping the far end of the tape measure from slipping off the edge of whatever you’re measuring.

Sunday Spotlight: Planner revels in helping clients discover their own dream weddings

Jessie Baca has some experience with weddings. Not only has she staged hundreds of weddings in her role as a wedding planner, she also has been married three times — to the same man.

Spree of telescope building means bigger eyes on the skies

More than a decade after competing groups set out to raise money for gargantuan telescopes that could study planets around distant stars and tune into the birth of galaxies at the dawn of time, work has begun on mountaintops in Hawaii and Chile.

Ghost Ranch a haven for any who wish to discover, learn and play

What if there were a camp for grownups where they can hike, fish, swim, ride a horse, participate in an archaeological dig, sing in a chorus, rock climb and take art classes?

Big changes may cause toddler’s hair pulling

The idea that a toddler pulls her hair out by the handfuls as a means of seeking attention is unverifiable. It’s the sort of thing that professionals say when they have no explanation but can’t admit it to themselves, much less anyone else.

Celebrations, July 27, 2014

Rici Peterson and Michael Seibold exchanged vows in a private ceremony at Nedra Matteucci Galleries Sculpture Garden on July 19, followed by a festive reception at La Casa Sena.

Oscar de la Renta exhibit opens at Bush library

DALLAS— As former first lady Laura Bush gazed at the elegant knee-length Oscar de la Renta dress and coat she wore to the swearing-in ceremony at her husband’s 2005 inauguration, she recalled …

Small wonders: How to maximize a limited living space

For many young people, a first apartment might be a cramped studio or just a bedroom in a shared living arrangement. Juggling that room’s living, dining and sleeping spaces requires creativity.

Camp aims to build understanding between Palestinian and Israeli girls

Against an international backdrop of mistrust and violence, a small group of young women in a camp in Northern New Mexico is working to break down barriers of prejudice and promote peace.

Amazon Fire offers new ways to use phones

What I find fascinating about Amazon’s Fire phone isn’t the gizmos such as the 3-D imagery or the camera scanner that helps you get more information about products.

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