COLUMBUS, Ohio -- As congressional Republicans' 16-day fight to defund President Barack Obama's health care overhaul dissolved, Ohio Gov. John Kasich was trying to find a way around his party to expand Medicaid under the law.
Mr. Kasich, having failed to persuade Republican lawmakers to add 275,000 adults to the state-federal health program, will ask the seven-member Ohio Controlling Board, a separate legislative panel that considers agency spending requests, to vote Monday on taking federal money for the expansion. Almost two-thirds of the 60 Republican state representatives, including Speaker William Batchelder, protested the move Wednesday.
Mr. Kasich is charting a course diametrically opposed to the views of his party's legislative leaders and more conservative members. With polls showing rising support for the Affordable Care Act, Mr. Kasich has said the Medicaid deal makes fiscal sense and that the state has a moral duty to help the poor despite Tea Party anger.
Watchdog website planned
WASHINGTON -- Pierre Omidyar became wealthy creating an online auction site, but his passion in the years since has had little to do with bids and sales. The thrust of his ample philanthropy has been keeping governments accountable and accessible.
The eBay founder, who has given away a substantial portion of his $8.5 billion fortune to watchdog groups, confirmed Wednesday the outlines of a new, for-profit venture with a similar intent: a general-news site whose chief aim is to pry open official secrets.
The news caused a stir among media watchers and accountability organizations, not only because of Mr. Omidyar's deep pockets, but also because of his chief partner in the as-yet unnamed operation. He is Glenn Greenwald, the lawyer-journalist whose revelations about the National Security Agency's massive electronic surveillance program have shaken governments around the world since Britain's Guardian newspaper began publishing them in May.
Blackwater shooting case
WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department on Thursday brought fresh charges against four former Blackwater Worldwide security contractors, resurrecting an internationally charged case over a deadly 2007 shooting on the streets of Baghdad.
A new grand jury indictment charges the men, who were hired to guard U.S. diplomats, in a shooting that inflamed anti-American sentiment abroad and heightened diplomatic sensitivities amid an ongoing war.
The guards are accused of opening fire in busy Nisoor Square on Sept. 16, 2007. Seventeen Iraqi civilians died, including women and children.
Prosecutors say the heavily armed Blackwater convoy launched an unprovoked attack using sniper fire, machine guns and grenade launchers.
Forgery freed 2 killers
ORLANDO, Fla. -- A judge's signature was forged on two fraudulent orders that freed two Orlando-area killers -- both serving life sentences -- in an elaborate paperwork prison break.
Authorities on Thursday were hunting for Charles Bernard Walker and Joseph Ivan Jenkins, both 34, after they left the Franklin Correctional Institution in the Panhandle within two weeks of each other using fabricated documents authorizing their release.
Court officials said the phony paperwork contains the forged signatures of at least two judges and members of the State Attorney's Office -- including State Attorney Jeff Ashton.
-- Compiled from news services
First Published October 17, 2013 8:00 PM