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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 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.

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