Defense Secretary Orders Suspension of National Guard Reimbursement Effort

Defense Secretary Ash Carter ordered the Pentagon to suspend its effort to seek repayments of enlistment bonuses given to thousands of California National Guard members who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Carter's announcement comes after public outcry, including angry Republican and Democratic legislators who demanded Carter relieve Guard members from the payments.

Soldiers received millions of dollars in bonuses during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, but were told years later the money needed to be returned. The Los Angeles Times broke the story Saturday.

The decision does not end reimbursement payments, but puts them on hold while Congress comes up with another solution.

Trump Says Clinton's Syria Plan Will Bring on WWIII

Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton's Syria plan will bring on World War Three. In an interview with Reuters, the GOP presidential candidate says his opponent should be focusing on ISIS, not Syria.

Clinton has proposed a no-fly zone over Syria to protect civilians. Voice of America reports President Barack Obama has resisted the Democratic presidential candidate's proposal. VOA says Clinton's plan could create a conflict with Syrian and Russian forces.
The BBC reports, the top U.S. military chief says a no-fly zone would lead to conflict with Russian jets in the area. 

According to the BBC, the Clinton campaign says Trump is playing to Americans' fears

4 People Killed at an Amusement Park in Australia

Four people were killed at an amusement park in Australia after a water ride malfunctioned.

It happened just after 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Dreamworld theme park on Australia's Gold Coast in Queensland. CNN reports, two men, 35 and 32 years old and two women, 42 and 38 were ejected from the Thunder River Rapids Ride raft, while two other people were caught inside the raft. reports the people invovled in the accident are believed to be from the same family and were on vacation. Skynews reports several park guests said the ride broke down at least twice earlier in the day.

According to the Associated Press, Dreamworld CEO Craig Davidson said the company was "deeply shocked and saddened."

The accident remains under investigation.

Obamacare Premiums Set To Increase 22 Percent In 2017

Obamacare premiums are set to jump by double digits in 2017.

The Department of Health and Human Services says the average increase for 2017 benchmark premiums will be 22 percent.

CNN reports the average premium hides the differences between the states. For example, in Arizona, the benchmark plan's average premium will go up by 116 percent in 2017. DHHS officials say Arizona had the lowest rates of any states in 2016. According to the Slate, in California benchmark premiums will increase by 7 percent. In Massachusetts, their premiums will fall 3 percent.

CNN reports insurers are backing out. The number of carriers will drop from 298 in 2016 to 228 in 2017. DHHS health officials say five states will only have on insurer on the federal exchange in 2017. But, they say most Affordable Care Act customers will receive financial assistance.

CNBC reports customers will have an average of 30 insurance plans to choose from, with an average of 10 plans per insurer. 

According to CNBC, federal health officials say they expect 13.8 million people to sign up at by the end of open enrollment.

Study Finds Heading A Soccer Ball Causes Immediate Head Trauma

A new study finds heading a soccer ball causes immediate head injuries.

The research by Scotland's University of Stirling published in EBioMedicine is the first study of its kind, it looks at direct changes of the brain in players that are exposed to everyday head impacts, instead of traumatic brain injuries like a concussion.

The study looked at 19 amateur men and women soccer players. The players were asked to head machine-projected soccer balls at speeds mimicking routine soccer practice.

After just one heading session, players experienced increased inhibition of the brain and significant memory loss, with the effects normalizing within 24 hours.  University of Stirling says scientists involved in the research hope this study shows the potential cumulative impact of brain injuries in soccer and stress players' long term health should be monitored.