10 things to know today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:
AP Wire
Dec 4, 2013

1. WHAT MIGHT HAVE CAUSED NYC DERAILMENT

The train's engineer says he nodded at the controls — and didn't catch himself until it was too late, according to a union official.

2. DETROIT GETS GO-AHEAD FOR BANKRUPTCY

The judge's ruling sets the stage for officials to confront $18 billion in debt with a plan that might pay creditors just pennies on the dollar.

3. FRESH WARNING FLAG ON 'OBAMACARE'

A government watchdog warns that the IRS might not be able to detect fraudulent claims for health insurance subsidies.

4. BANNER DAY FOR CYBER SALES

Online shoppers set a record Monday, with e-commerce spending rising 18 percent from last year to $1.74 billion.

5. ARAFAT DIDN'T DIE OF RADIOACTIVE POISONING, FRENCH SCIENTISTS SAY

The results contradict earlier findings by a Swiss lab, and mean it's still unclear how the Palestinian leader died nine years ago.

6. WHERE IT FEELS LIKE FEBRUARY

A massive cold front in the West plunges temperatures as much as 40 degrees below normal.

7. HE PRAYED FOR A MIRACLE — AND GOT ONE

A Nigerian survived three days in an air pocket in an upended boat about 100 feet down in the Atlantic. A video of his dramatic rescue has gone viral on the Internet.

8. WHO'S STOCKING BLANKETS AND SPACE HEATERS

Aid workers at a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan, home to 120,000, are rushing to winterize, trying to avoid a repeat of last year's misery.

9. COST OF OVERWORK CATCHING UP TO EMPLOYERS

Companies are stepping in to dial down the constant connectivity that has workers on the job long after they leave the office.

10. BILLY JOEL SETTLING IN AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

The Piano Man says he'll perform monthly at the famed New York City venue for as long as fans come to see him.

Comments

Vladtheimp

#3. "The enrollment records for a significant portion of the Americans who have chosen health plans through the online federal insurance marketplace contain errors — generated by the computer system — that mean they might not get the coverage they’re expecting next month.

The errors cumulatively have affected roughly one-third of the people who have signed up for health plans since Oct. 1, according to two government and health-care industry officials. The White House disputed the figure but declined to provide its own." http://www.washingtonpost.com/na...

Lanivan

11.) Wing - wherever you are - this one's for you (would love to read a reply):

"Something bizarre happened in the House of Representatives on Tuesday: Republicans quietly passed gun control legislation.

The bill, which renews the 1988 Undetectable Firearms Act, faced so little opposition in the House that it was only debated for 10 minutes and passed on a voice vote. It's the only gun-related measure to get a House vote since Democrats launched a major push for action on gun violence in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting late last year".

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/20...

bigdeal

11. Passed a bill! They better be careful, or they will not be known as the least-productive congress ever!

Lanivan

Right - they are very proud of their accomplishment of non-accomplishments! Someone should remind them - Pride goeth before the fall.

Vladtheimp

Right - like the 150 bills passed in the House of Representatives that have been blocked even from consideration by Harry Reid in the Senate. Just who is responsible for the charge that 113th Congress is “the least productive in history”? House bills include legislation that would reform job training programs, boost protection from cyberattacks, and help schools recruit and keep good teachers.

But Dingy Harry did manage to exempt some of his staff from Obamacare, contrary to the law and unlike Speaker Boehner, former Speaker Pelosi, and Majority Leader McConnell, who followed the law and placed their staffs into the D.C. Exchanges (even though they receive an illegal subsidy for their insurance).

Truth to Power, Baby!

Lanivan

This is real Truth to Power, not some cut and paste from a CAC....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U...

bigdeal

You're gonna blow a fuse Vlad. Better medicate and relax. Try Lani's link, it may sooth the beast. They are unproductive because they want to be, period. You had better blame both parties. Power to truth...
http://gai.georgetown.edu/our-ve...

Vladtheimp

Glad to agree to blame both parties - just hate to see all the focus on the Rethuglicans when Harry Reid and the Demorats are, if anything, more obstructive - a pox on both their houses.

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