August 22nd, 2013
02:48 PM ET

UPS to Cut Coverage for Thousands

Corporate America just fired another shot in the war over Obamacare.

The United Parcel Service says the health care law is so costly, they'll have to drop thousands of people from their coverage starting in January.

The iconic brown package delivery service will discontinue coverage for 15,000 of its non-union workers' spouses.

“These are spouses who are eligible for coverage through their own employers, and UPS is squarely blaming Obamacare here,” reports CNN'S Christine Romans.

“That affects roughly half of the company's workforce.”

In an internal memo obtained by Kaiser Health News, UPS states: "... we believe your spouse should be covered by their own employer - just as UPS has a responsibility to offer coverage to you, our employee."

The memo also says the company's health care costs usually increase by about 7 percent a year, but that due to Obamacare, they’re are expected to rise 11.25 percent in 2014.

UPS told Kaisner Health News the cut is expected to save them $60 million yearly to hopefully "offset cost increases due to the [Affordable Care Act],”

The shipping giant is blaming several clauses of Obamacare for the cut, including mandatory coverage of dependents up to 26, and new government fees.

The announcement makes UPS one of the highest-profile employers barring working spouses from the company plan.

Many employers already require employees to pay a surcharge for working spouse medical coverage, while others are paying a bonus if a spouse gets coverage elsewhere, “because companies are trying to really limit their coverage.”

This move by UPS hints a ripple effect for Americans across the board.

The intention behind Obamacare was to insure coverage for everybody, but now people with insurance are saying they are feeling the effects of Obamacare.

“Companies who provide insurance are going to start tweaking and changing their rules and plans,” Romans says. “Everyone’s going to feel it.”

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August 22nd, 2013
02:24 PM ET

Hannah Anderson: "My Mom Raised Me To Be Strong"

Hannah Anderson speaks out about her kidnapping and the deaths of her mother and younger brother at the hands of longtime family friend James DiMaggio. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.

In an interview with NBC's "Today Show," Anderson said she's been empowered by the tragic chain of events.

"In the beginning I was a victim, but now knowing everyone out there is helping me, I consider myself a survivor instead. My mom raised me to be strong."

Former Los Angeles County Prosecutor and parenting expert Loni Coombs weighed in with analysis on Anderson's character.

"The person we care about the most, Hannah, this young 16-year-old girl, is doing Ok. She's composed, she's eloquent, she's thanking people, she's referencing her mother, and her brother and she seems to have a pretty good grasp on what's going on.

Watch the video to see some of the misinformation Anderson says was spread about her communication with DiMaggio.

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August 22nd, 2013
02:17 PM ET

Shark Attacks Spike in the Aloha State

After the death of a German tourist from a shark attack while vacationing in Hawaii, officials in the state are determined to find out why the number of attacks have suddenly spiked.

With eight shark bites so far this year and 11 last year, officials have seen a definite uptick from the three or four bites in an average year.

In Maui alone, there have been four shark bites so far this year.

Twenty-year-old Jana Lutteropp, whose right arm was bitten off by a shark, fought as long as she could but died one week later, surrounded by her family.

The shark attack happened as the young woman was snorkeling some 50 yards off the island of Maui.

“Just four days later, a 16-year-old surfer was bitten by a shark in the waters off the big island of Hawaii,” reports CNN’s Tory Dunnan.

According to officials, he's recovering in a hospital from bites to both legs.

“It's unclear what type of sharks were involved in the latest attacks, but it appears Maui is somewhat of a black hole when it comes to data regarding the aggressive tiger shark.”

Starting in September, researchers from the University Of Hawaii will study the tiger shark to gather more information.

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August 22nd, 2013
01:45 PM ET

45 Minutes Later, Man Comes Back From the Dead

Whether it was faith, fate or plain luck, Tony Yahle is thankful to be alive today.

In the middle of the night on August 5, 2013, the 37-year-old Ohio man had a fatal heart arrhythmia.

Yahle had no pulse or heartbeat and the doctors worked for 45 minutes to try and revive him.  

When those efforts failed, they pronounced the father dead but told his son Lawrence, 17, he could say goodbye.

But the son wouldn't hear it.

"I pointed at him and said, 'dad you're not going to die today.'"

And that's when the miracle happened.

Within moments, Tony Yahle's heart was beating again and, after five days in a coma, the patient came to with no recollection of how he cheated death.

To see CNN's Chris Cuomo's full report WATCH BELOW: 

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