Bob Herman Feb 1, 2017
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Anthem predicts decision in Cigna merger soon

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Anthem CEO Joe Swedish said in an earnings call Wednesday that he expects a decision on the proposed Cigna acquisition "very soon." The judge had indicated a ruling would come by the end of January.

Separately, Cigna disclosed Wednesday it still hasn't extended the merger agreement with Anthem, which expired Jan. 31, and the tone from both companies indicates defeat.

But wait, there's more: Anthem's legal feud with Express Scripts also isn't over, and the insurer will lay out its new pharmacy and drug strategy by the end of this year.

Anthem's earnings mostly beat Wall Street's expectations. The company reported $2.47 billion of profit on $84.9 billion of revenue in 2016.

Steve LeVine 6 hours ago
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Self-driving lab head urges freeze after "nightmare" fatality

Uber self-driving car in Pittsburgh. Photo: Jeff Swensen / Getty

Carmakers and technology companies should freeze their race to field autonomous vehicles because "clearly the technology is not where it needs to be," said Raj Rajkumar, head of Carnegie Mellon University's leading self-driving laboratory.

What he said: Speaking a few hours after a self-driven vehicle ran over and killed a pedestrian in Arizona, Rajkumar said, "This isn't like a bug with your phone. People can get killed. Companies need to take a deep breath. The technology is not there yet. We need to keep people in the loop."

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Trump, Sessions & GOP lawmakers to meet about sanctuary cities

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Attorney General Jeff Sesssions, Donald Trump, Melania Trump. Photo: Mandel Ngan / Getty

The White House is hosting a roundtable on sanctuary cities Tuesday afternoon with the President, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen of the Department of Homeland Security, Republican lawmakers and others, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: Conservatives tried to use this week’s massive government spending bill to cut federal funds from sanctuary cities, but they failed, according to sources involved in the process. But Trump officials want to use Tuesday’s event to highlight the issue and put pressure on cities that don't comply with federal immigration law enforcement.