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Health insurer Humana said Monday its first-quarter profit more than doubled as its government business surged from higher membership in its Medicare Advantage plans and lower claims expenses from its stand-alone Medicare prescription drug plans.
The company also raised its full-year earnings outlook to between $6.10 and $6.20 per share, up from $5.90 to $6.10 per share.
Bank of America made inaccurate statements about its role in the bonuses and losses at Merrill Lynch, former Merrill Lynch Chief Executive John Thain told the Wall Street Journal in an interview.
"The suggestion Bank of America was not heavily involved in this process, and that I alone made these decisions, is simply not true," John Thain told the paper.
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WHO Said to Raise Flu Alert to Unprecedented Level (Update1)
April 27 (Bloomberg) -- The World Health Organization plans to raise its pandemic alert to an unprecedented level today, saying that swine flu is spreading across North America, two people familiar with the agency said.
An increase above level 3 on the WHO’s six-step alert system would be the first since the United Nations agency began grading pandemic risks in 1999. The agency’s guidelines say the goal of a level 4 alert is “containment of the new virus within a limited area or delay of its spread,” suggesting the change will trigger travel warnings. Level 5 would be “a strong signal that a pandemic is imminent.”
The WHO may advise governments to screen people coming in and out of Mexico and other affected areas, limit travel, distribute antiviral medicines from global stockpiles and start the process of producing a pandemic vaccine, according to the guidelines revised last month. The people familiar with the WHO declined to be named because the deliberations are confidential. Gregory Hartl, a spokesman for the WHO, declined to comment.
Originally posted by irishchic
reply to post by marg6043
Yep...and that pandemic crisis is going to open a lot more doors as well as shuting down a few existing ones as I see it.
I am hoping like hell this settles down but it could be something that will alter the course of "what we know."
Originally posted by marg6043
reply to post by irishchic
I am very worry, my daughter has been planning this trip to Washington state since the beginning of the year for May, she doesn't care about the swain flu as long as she gets to take her trip.
As usual I am worry, I will hate for her to get sick while on her vacation and not been able to return home.
This is very frustrating.
Originally posted by marg6043
reply to post by Night Watchman
Oh, my, I hope everything is fine with your son, just in the news, 17 students has been taken for testing in the school they just closed in Queens.