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ACA enrollment deadline extended again due to website demand

Written by  |  Tuesday, 24 December 2013 16:39  |  Published in US NEWS

WASHINGTON, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- The White House said a surge in visits to the Affordable Health Care website has led to another extension of the deadline for Americans to sign up for coverage.

The Obama administration said Tuesday people who can demonstrate they missed the deadline because of problems with the HealthCare.gov website would be given more time to comply with the individual mandate.

Administration officials said the Health Insurance Marketplace website had 2 million visits Monday. Visitors Tuesday saw a message directing them to contact the Marketplace call center and tell "our customer service representative that you've been trying to enroll and explain why you couldn't finish by the deadline. They can tell you what you can do to finish your enrollment and still get covered for 2014."

Judge rules against parents in case of brain-dead California girl Featured

Written by  |  Tuesday, 24 December 2013 18:36  |  Published in US NEWS

OAKLAND, Calif., Dec. 24 (UPI) -- A judge in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday decided a hospital can take a brain-dead teenage girl off life support equipment in six days against her parents' wishes.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo made his ruling after an independent doctor he appointed a day earlier and a longtime doctor at Children's Hospital Oakland both testified they had determined Jahi McMath, 13, is brain dead and being kept alive by the ventilator to which she has been connected since Dec. 12, the (Walnut Creek) Contra Costa Times reported.

Edward Snowden The missions accomplished

Written by  |  Tuesday, 24 December 2013 05:47  |  Published in US NEWS

MOSCOW, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Edward Snowden said when he released classified secret NSA documents, his intention was to "give society a chance to determine if it should change itself."

In an exclusive interview with the Washington Post, Snowden said "in terms of personal satisfaction, the mission's already accomplished."

"I already won. As soon as the journalists were able to work, everything that I had been trying to do was validated. Because, remember, I didn't want to change society. I wanted to give society a chance to determine if it should change itself," he said.

Santa gets sleigh-flying permission in Norway

Written by  |  Tuesday, 24 December 2013 12:26  |  Published in US NEWS

OSLO, Norway, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- The Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority said Santa's sleigh has been given clearance to fly and land in the country.

Officials said Santa was given a flying certificate for his sleigh, dubbed Santa One, Dec. 18, giving the magical vehicle permission to land Dec. 23-25 anywhere in Norway where Christmas wish lists have been written, TheLocal.no reported Tuesday.

Dozens of TB cases confirmed in Nevada after death of mom twins Featured

Written by  |  Tuesday, 24 December 2013 12:45  |  Published in US NEWS

LAS VEGAS, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Never health officials say they confirmed 61 tuberculosis cases after the deaths of a mother and her twins caused nearly 1,000 people to be tested.

Southern Nevada Health District officials said two of the confirmed cases have been found to be contagious, KTNV-TV, Las Vegas reported Monday. The other 59 people show indications of the disease.

Obama pledges to seek Benghazi suspects on 1st anniversary of attack

Written by  |  Wednesday, 11 September 2013 08:31  |  Published in US NEWS

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- The White House on Wednesday pledged it would continue to pursue those responsible for the deaths of four U.S. citizens a year ago in Benghazi, Libya.

"The events of last year, losing four brave Americans – Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods – brought home the reality of the challenges we face in the world," press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement marking the first anniversary of the Benghazi attack and the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania

Former NBA player Dennis Rodman in N Korea again

Written by  |  Tuesday, 03 September 2013 06:02  |  Published in US NEWS

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea Tuesday amid speculation the former NBA star may seek the release of an American imprisoned in the communist country.

Rodman -- who calls Kim Jong Un, the unpredictable North Korean leader, a friend -- is making his second trip to the isolated country, where Korean-American Kenneth Bae was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor after being arrested last November. Rodman's first trip in March kicked up much controversy at a time when the North's belligerence and threats against the United States and South Korea were at their harshest.

The Dream Continues

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 August 2013 19:55  |  Published in US NEWS

50th anniversary of the March on Washington Civil rights leader, left to right, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Dexter King, Rep. john Lewis (R-GA), Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Martin Luther King III

50th anniversary of MLK I Have a Dream Speech in Washington DC

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 August 2013 19:25  |  Published in US NEWS
 
Rep John Lewis (D-GA) waves as he arrives to make remarks in front of the Lincoln Memorial, to mark the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King's, " I Have a Dream " speech, August 24, 2013, in Washington, DC. Lewis attended the 1963 event and joined civil rights leaders, politicians and thousands of guests to remember the 1963 March on Washington. UPI/Mike Theiler

Large US surveillance satellite launched from California

Written by  |  Wednesday, 28 August 2013 14:31  |  Published in US NEWS

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- A classified payload presumed to be a U.S. spy satellite blasted off from California Wednesday, the Air Force said.



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