10 things to know today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:
AP Wire
Dec 24, 2013

1. AMERICANS GET EXTRA DAY TO SIGN UP FOR HEALTH CARE

The extension is offered as a cushion against any technical problems that could result in a last-minute rush to enroll.

2. WHO'S SIGNING UP FOR A PLAN HE WON'T USE

Obama enrolls for health coverage through the new insurance exchanges in what the White House calls a symbolic show of his support — but he couldn't use the website.

3. BID TO HALT SAME-SEX WEDDINGS FAILS IN UTAH

A federal judge rejects a request to put gay unions on hold while the state continues its legal fight.

4. WHY THE HOLIDAYS MIGHT NOT BE GOOD FOR YOUR HEART

Cold weather, stress, and excessive eating and drinking make this the season for heart attacks.

5. DESIGNER OF AK-47 RIFLE DIES AT 94

The carnage done by the Nazis and their superior automatic weapons led Mikhail Kalashnikov to create what has become the world's most popular firearm.

6. IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK NOT LIKE CHRISTMAS

After a strong start to the holiday shopping season, sales at stores fall for the third consecutive week.

7. WHAT NEWLY FREED PUSSY RIOT MEMBER IS SAYING

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova calls her release from prison a stunt by Putin's government in advance of the Winter Olympics.

8. EIGHT SENTENCED IN UNITED ARAB EMIRATES FOR COMIC VIDEO

An American and seven others are given up to a year in prison for a spoof documentary on would-be "gangsta" youth in Dubai.

9. HOW FAMILIES ARE GETTING HELP PLANNING FOR COLLEGE

A growing number of schools are promising fixed-rate tuition — allowing students to pay the same amount each year during their college careers.

10. AUBURN'S GUS MALZAHN NAMED AP COACH OF THE YEAR

He has the No. 2 Tigers in the national championship game after directing one of the biggest turnarounds in college football history.

 

Comments

rukidding

11. Always give 100%...unless you're giving blood. Hey Vlad, if life gives you lemons, and it appears it has, just keep them, because...free lemons! Oh, and if life gives you Melons, you may be dyslexic...really!

Vladtheimp

Actually, life has been very good to me - to quote Dave Ramsey, far better than I deserve. You misperceive my argumentation against socialism and those who promote it, and lawlessness by the Obama administration, with bitterness when in fact I simply desire that my children and grandchildren have the same opportunities for succeeding in this great country that my wife and I were provided and took advantage of. They will never achieve what they are capable of when they are crushed by massive government debt and by the heavy hand of a government that is compelled to bring every human activity into its maw.

Socialism and command and control big government have always resulted in a loss of individual liberty, a numbing of the human spirit, and poverty, yet some always believe that they can do socialism better than has been done in the past.

Merry Christmas!

rukidding

Same to you Vlad, Merry Christmas, just being your straight man today!

Lanivan

I don't see you as bitter at all, Vlad - in fact, lemons are one of my favorite things, and I take umbrage with rukidding casting aspersions on them in this manner. Casting bitterness aside, some words that come to mind would be challenging, vexing, frustrating, commanding, heroic, a killer with a climatic phase, and a total blast. Thanks are in order for allowing me the opportunity to hurl petty insults, always pertinent and, at times, prescient facts, figures, and statistics, the occasionally brilliant assessment and often searing humor in your direction. ;-D

Glad Tidings to you and the fam for a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy, Healthy New Year - all with the proviso that you sometime in 2014 agree with me on something, anything.....

rukidding

Oh no, are you smoking your prescription again?

Lanivan

Just trying to bow out of 2013 on a positive note (b sharp).

rukidding

Be careful while bowing in short skirts; never know who might be behind you. On second thought, you better go for the curtsey.

Lanivan

Good advice. There was once an incidence with a bright orange mini-skirt. For the love of Pete, what was I thinking? Orange - yeck!

Barry Soetoro

Pics?

LessThanAmused

My dear lady, there's no such thing as a B#...that would be a C as there is only a half step between B & C.

Lanivan

Correct, Genius....but then saying "C" wouldn't have quite the impact, now would it??

LessThanAmused

How about C# ?

rukidding

If you saw Lani then you would C# but if you were Lani you would B#; get it yet? You can see someone who is sharp vs. someone who can actually be sharp. I can explain it to you but I can't understand it for you. Hey, SSG!

LessThanAmused

I got it all except for that SSG thing at the end. I hate acronymns!

rukidding

That came from Lani, SSG - Sarcasm Support Group

LessThanAmused

Ahhh! And I'm suppose to be the president! I guess that makes me a Republican don't it? Just what we need, another clueless leader.

Lanivan

One of the perks of SSG membership is that one can say all manner of stupid stuff, and people just assume you are being sarcastic!!

LessThanAmused

Well, that's a loophole we'll have to close up and quick, or our whole charter would mean a da** thing to the faithful.
Like anyone has ever taken the time to read the reasons for the birth and existence of the group they've joined, right?

Lanivan

I was just being sarcastic! :-))

Wishing you and family the Merriest, Coziest Christmas!

Vladtheimp

Thank you - very kind (if somewhat self-serving) ;-D. Let me turn that around and wish the very same to you and yours (and you have no idea of the self-restraint required to skip over the "Healthy" part of your gracious wishes). . . .

I leave you with this for your Christmas pleasure (don't worry, it's safe to open). Drat, triggered the mollusk spam filter - what I was attempting to provide can be found at youtube "Ivan Rebroff Sings Two Christmas Songs"

Lanivan

Youtube - FX Guru Dancing Reindeer.

Barry Soetoro

7. My comment "I've always wanted to use 'P-Riot' in a sentence" triggered the spam filter. Sometimes I really crack myself up.

LessThanAmused

As well as myself!

How is it they can say it in the article, but you can't?? I tell ya it's just another example of how the man is keeping us down and how socialism is just ruining this country......

I KNEW I couldn't last 72 hours.

Barry Soetoro

So true. It's not fair!

Lanivan

Would another t-shirt help ease the sense of alienation and rejection? I hate to see one of your typical well-crafted and unusually keen comments get crammed into a spam category!! I recommend a nice shot of peppermint schnaps until the t-shirt arrives in the mail (or Santa delivers, if you're still a believer).

Barry Soetoro

It's a travesty, isn't it? Don't you worry about ol' Barry S. - get over to the "ObamaCare Promise's" article and start posting links!

rukidding

hmmmmm, it's usually my wife that keeps me down...and while she's keeping me down I'm not very social. I usually can get back up with some orange juice...AND BACON!

Lanivan

Bacon???? How could I have missed the bacon thing, inserting myself in every comment thread, as I am prone to do???? (at least according to rukidding)

Lanivan

No, LTA! Don't do it! Don't jump! You CAN last 72 hours - besides you are at about 60 hours now!! Hang in there! Never give up! Storm the dunes, and the hills.....!

rukidding

You need a scotch...and more bacon!

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