KUVO/KVJZ http://kuvo.org en Insurers Refuse To Cover Some Contraceptives, Despite Health Law http://kuvo.org/post/insurers-refuse-cover-some-contraceptives-despite-health-law How much leeway do employers and insurers have in deciding whether they'll cover contraceptives without charge and in determining which methods make the cut?<p>Not much, as it turns out, but that hasn't stopped some from trying.<p>People still write in regularly describing battles they're waging to get birth control coverage they're entitled to under the Affordable Care Act.<p>In one of those messages recently, a woman said her insurer denied free coverage for the NuvaRing. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:16:00 +0000 Michelle Andrews 9620 at http://kuvo.org Insurers Refuse To Cover Some Contraceptives, Despite Health Law Hamas Executes Suspected Informants After Deadly Israeli Strike http://kuvo.org/post/hamas-executes-suspected-informants-after-deadly-israeli-strike One day after an Israeli airstrike killed three of its senior military leaders, Hamas says it has executed more than a dozen people in the Gaza Strip, after concluding that they had been spying for Israel.<p>From Jerusalem, NPR's Jackie Northam reports:<p><blockquote><p>"Hamas confirmed that there were two separate rounds of executions in Gaza for people suspected of collaborating with Israel.<p>"In one instance, 11 men were rounded up recently and investigated by the Hamas government. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:50:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9621 at http://kuvo.org Hamas Executes Suspected Informants After Deadly Israeli Strike Russian Convoy Crosses Ukraine Border Despite Kiev's Protests http://kuvo.org/post/russian-convoy-crosses-ukraine-border-despite-kievs-protests After being halted at the border for more than a week, a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/08/14/340336238/russian-aid-convoy-resumes-move-toward-ukraine-border">Russian aid convoy</a> is rumbling into eastern Ukraine without permission, prompting Kiev to label the move a "direct invasion" of sovereign territory.<p>About 70 white trucks from a 260-strong convoy were moving toward the Luhansk region, an area in the country's east that is held by pro-Russia separatists, Reuters reports.<p>Earlier, Ukraine refused to allow the trucks across the border because it feared they might Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:47:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 9622 at http://kuvo.org Russian Convoy Crosses Ukraine Border Despite Kiev's Protests U.S. Prisoner Swap For Bergdahl Broke The Law, GAO Says http://kuvo.org/post/us-prisoner-swap-bergdahl-broke-law-gao-says The Pentagon didn't give enough notice to Congress and misused nearly $1 million when it swapped Army Sgt. <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/125938957/bowe-bergdahl">Bowe Bergdahl</a> for five senior Taliban members, the Government Accountability Office says. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:49:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 9619 at http://kuvo.org U.S. Prisoner Swap For Bergdahl Broke The Law, GAO Says Outside Group Mirrors Successful Strategies Of Political Parties http://kuvo.org/post/outside-group-mirrors-successful-strategies-political-parties This is a big political year in Iowa. A U.S. Senate seat is up for grabs, and the Republican Party has opened 11 field offices statewide. But there's also a new team working the state — the Virginia-based group Americans for Prosperity.<p>Along with other non-profit groups affiliated with libertarian billionaires David and Charles Koch, AFP is campaigning against the Iowa Democrats' Senate candidate, <a href="http://braley.house.gov/">Rep. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:21:00 +0000 Peter Overby 9618 at http://kuvo.org