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IN BRIEF HOUSE PASSES BILL T O DISMANTLE A CA The House on Friday passed a budget bill that would dismantle k ey parts of Obamacare and strip f ederal funds from Planned Pare nthood for a year. House members voted 240-189 to pass the bill, which would repeal the A ordable Care Act’s requirement for all Americans to obtain health insurance and for employers to o er it to their workers. It also would end a tax on medical devices. T he budget reconciliation bill faces an uncertain fate in the S enate, even though it requires only a simple majority of 51 senators to pass it. —Erin Kelly AT LEAST 43 KILLED IN BUS-TRUCK COLLISION At least 43 people, including a child, were killed in a collision between a bus and truck in south- w estern France on Friday, French President Francois Hollande said. I t was the deadliest road accident of its kind in the country in o ver 30 years. Hollande called it a “terrible tragedy.” Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve traveled to the crash s ite east of Bordeaux. “People were killed in atrocious condi- t ions in this bus in flames after this very violent frontal collision,” V alls said, speaking to reporters at the crash site. Most of the passengers were “elderly people who were going on an excursion for one day. They s hould have returned home tonight,” he said. E ight people survived the accident. Four are in serious condi- t ion. None of the victims have yet been identified, but all are be- l ieved to be French nationals. — Kim Hjelmgaard 24 ST A TES CHALLENGE OBAM A POWER PL AN Twenty-four states filed a legal c hallenge to President Obama’s Clean Power Plan on Friday, filing aprotest immediately after the Obama administration published rules putting the plan into e ect. The petition for reviewfiled in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia used 10 of its 13 pages just for the signatures of t he 24 state attorneys general backing the lawsuit. Its single ar- g ument: “The final rule is in excess of the agency’s statutory authority, goes beyond the bounds set by the United States Constitution, and otherwise is arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion and not in accordance w ith law.” Leading the challenge is West Virginia Attorney General Patrick M orrisey, who represents the nation’s second-largest coal produc- i ng state. He called the regulations a “blatant and un- p recedented attack on coal.” —Gregory Korte JURE MAKOVEC,AFP/GETTY IMAGES Migrants walk toward a refugee center after crossing the Croatian-Slovenian border on Friday. More than 12,600 migrants arrived in Slovenia over a 24-hour period, police said. A LONG AND TIRING JOURNEY PRESIDENTAND PUBLISHER John Zidich EDITOR IN CHIEF David Callaway CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER Kevin Gentz el 7950 Jones Branch Dr., McLean, Va. 22 108, 703-854-3400 Published by Gannett The local edition of USA TODAYis published daily in partnership with Gannett Newspapers Advertising: All advertising published in USA TODAYis subject to the current rate card; copies available from the advertising department. USA TODAYmay in its sole discretion edit, classify, reject or cancel at any time any advertising submitted. National, Regional: 703-854-3400 Reprint permission, copies of articles, glossy reprints: www.GannettReprints.com or call 212-221-9595 USA TODAYis a member of The Associated Press and subscribes to other news services. USA T ODAY, its logo and associated graphics are registered trademarks. All rights reserved. USA TODAYis committed to accuracy. To reach us, contact Standards Editor Brent Jones at 800-8727073 or e-mail accu- racy@usatoday.com. Please indicate whether you’re responding to content online or in the newspaper. Corrections & Clarifications The Ben Carson campaign, s eeking to capitalize on polls s howing him ahead in Iowa, is p lanning to begin two new televi- s ion ads in four early Republican contest states. “Washington is broken,” Cars on says in one ad. “Together, we can drain the swamp.” Both spots push Carson’s anti- politician message; in the second ad, the retired neurosurgeon says he wants a government that “doesn’t think that it is the ruler of the people.” According to NBC News, the $500,000 ad buy will air in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada, and the ads will feature Carson’s history as a doctor and status as an outsider in the 2016 race. The ads come after two new polls show Carson surging past Donald Trump in Iowa, whose caucuses open the presidential nominating process on Feb. 1. The new Des Moines Register / Bloomberg Politics poll shows Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, is the favorite choice for 28% — 9percentage points ahead of T rump’s 19%. E ven Carson’s most controversial comments — about Muslims, H itler and slavery — are attract ive to likely Republican caucus- goers. The poll shows just two perceived weaknesses: his lack of foreign policy experience and his research using fetal tissue during his medical career. Carson’s support has jumped 10 percentage points since the last Iowa Poll in August, and Trump’s has fallen 4 points. This shift to a new pack leader is a thunderclap in the Republican p residential race. “Donald Trump’s got a real problem,” GOP strategist Alex Castellanos said. “Ben Carson is now the favorite to win Iowa.” Asked which candidate they’d like to see drop out of the race, if anyone, more caucusgoers (25%) name Trump than any of his 14 rivals. And among both moderates and caucusgoers ages 44 or under, 36% would like him to quit, noted J. Ann Selzer, the pollster for the Iowa Poll. Moving up into third place in t he Iowa horse race is Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, at 10% support. Close on his heels is the top establishment contender, Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, at 9%. Tied for fifth at 5% are former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Ken- tucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, the son of three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul. This has been a GOP primary cycle for outsider candidates, but one contender with no previous political experience, Carly Fiorina, hasn’t taken wing in Iowa like T rump and Carson have. Fiorina, aformer tech company CEO, has 4% support, down a point since the last Iowa Poll. Jacobs reports for the Des Moines R egister . CARSON OVERTAKES TRUMP IN IOWA POLL WIN MCNAMEE,GETTY IMAGES In one new ad, Ben Carson says he wants a government that “doesn’t think that it is the ruler of the people.” Retired neurosurgeon pounces with 2new TV ads David Jackson and Jennifer Jacobs USA TODAY “Washington i s broken. Together, we can drain the swamp.” Ben Carson, in a new television ad USA TODAY—DEMOCRATANDCHRONICLE SATURDAY,OCTOBER24,2015 E3 3B WASHINGTON The federal health insurance exchange that serves consumers in 38 states will open for browsing Sunday. The site will be faster and easier to use, and it will allow consumers to calculate their out-of-pocket costs, Department of Health and Human Services o cials said Friday. Akey feature of HealthCare .gov won’t be ready, however. Consumers who want to search which doctors and prescription drugs that di erent plans cover won’t have that new tool available yet. O cials wouldn’t commit to whether it would be available before the third open enrollment for the A ordable Care Act exchanges starts Nov. 1. Open enrollment will run from Nov. 1 to Jan. 31. Those who don’t have health insurance in 2016 w ill face a penalty of $695 per p erson on their taxes for the year. M any consumers have pur- c hased plans based on their low p remiums only to fi nd their doc- t ors or drugs weren’t covered and that high deductibles and cost- sharing made them far from ideal c hoices. About 10 million people have bought and paid for plans on the federal and state exchanges for 2015. The agency only has about half of the data it needs from insurers for the doctor and drug look-up feature to be fully functional. Overall, HealthCare.gov will be about 40% faster than last year, CMS says, but that may be small solace to those who struggled through the launch in 2013. The new calculator tool will let people estimate total out-of- pocket costs for each plan based on low, medium and high usage of health care services. OTHER IMPROVEMENTS u Consumers will be able to more easily reset passwords, an issue that locked many consumers out of their accounts for days in the past. Call center repre- s entatives will now be able to ass ist consumers with this. u New prompts will warn w hen more documentation is n eeded to enroll. This includes Social Security numbers and immigration information. Past problems matching people with their documents have caused many immigrants to lose coverage or have to delay enrollment. u Eligibility information will be accessible immediately so consumers know whether they can get tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies to buy plans on the ex- c hange, and for how much. It will also tell them if they or family members are instead eligible for Medicaid coverage. About 85% of people who bought plans on the exchanges received financial assistance for them. Federal health i nsurance site opens Sunday But only for a little window shopping Jayne O’Donnell USA TODAY Long-shot candidate Lincoln Chafee said Friday he is dropping out of the Democratic presidential race, further clearing the field for front-runner Hillary Clinton. “After much thought I have decided to end my campaign for president,” Chafee told the Democratic National Committee’s annual Women’s Leadership Forum. Chafee’s announcement, coming just days after Jim Webb also withdrew, leaves Clinton with only two opponents for the Democratic nomination: Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley. In addition, Vice President Biden announced Wednesday he would not enter the race. Aformer governor and senator from Rhode Island, Chafee had trouble raising money and gaining traction. He struggled in last week’s first Democratic debate. Chafee, who had made his congressional vote against the Iraq invasion a key part of his campaign, said he wanted to give the speech to the women’s forum to advocate for peace — an e ort in which women leaders are key. “Studies show that women tend to lead di erently than men, in that women are more likely to be collaborative and team oriented,” Chafee said. “It is undeniable the benefits women provide to the pursuit of peace.” Chafee also told the story about the ancient Greek play Ly- sistrata , a comedy in which women agree to withhold sexual favors until the men give up war. While he has criticized Clinton over her past support for the Iraq war, Chafee focused his DNC speech on the Republican presidential candidates. “From what I’ve heard none of the Republicans running for president want to understand anything about the Middle East and North Africa,” Chafee said. “Instead they prefer to espouse more bellicosity, more saber rattling and more blind macho p osturing.” Chafee also told the crowd that the Republican agenda “sets back women’s rights.” Chafee raised just $408,000 through Sept. 30, and nearly 90% came from the candidate himself. By comparison, Clinton has raised more than $77 million. After Chafee’s speech, DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz praised Chafee’s career and antiwar record, calling him “a public servant of conscience.” Contributing: Fredreka Schouten Chafee withdraws, leaving three in Democratic presidential race Field continues to clear for Clinton, leaving Sanders, O’Malley as only rivals David Jackson USA TODAY JOE RAEDLE, GETTY IMAGES Lincoln Chafee struggled in last week’s Democratic debate. Lincoln Chafee raised just $408,000 through Sept. 30, and nearly 90% came from the candidate himself Hillary Clinton has raised more than $ 77 million.

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