World/National News | September 22, 2009

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Scaring the seniors “Millions of seniors and disabled individuals could lose many of the important benefits and services” they now have under Medicare. Sound like another right-wing scare story? This one is told by Humana insurance company, on its website and in a mailer to seniors. False – the healthcare reform proposals do not include any benefit cuts. What they will cut are inflated prices charged by … Medicare Advantage insurance providers like Humana, which gets half its income from its Medicare Advantage program.

The Department of Health and Human Services ordered Humana to take down the notice from its website and stop mailing the propaganda to seniors, according to an AP report. HHS said the “information” and the way it was communicated were misleading because it looked like an official communication about Medicare benefits.

Zelaya returns Ousted President Manuel Zelaya returned to Honduras Monday, taking refuge in the Brazilian embassy, reports BBC. The country was tense, with the de facto government declaring a 15-hour curfew. The de facto governmenet has repeatedly said it will arrest Zelaya. In brief, summarizes BBC: “The crisis erupted after Mr Zelaya tried to hold a non-binding public consultation to ask people whether they supported moves to change the constitution.”

Sudan Militia members attacked villages in southern Sudan, killing more than 100 people and burning 250 homes, reports BBC.

UN sources said thousands of armed men from the Lou Nuer ethnic group attacked civilians and security forces in the village of Duk Padiet in Jonglei state.

Last month about 185 Lou Nuers were killed by ethnic Murle fighters in an attack in the same state.

Some 2,000 people have died in similar clashes across the south this year.