10 things to know today

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AP Wire
Jan 23, 2014

1. SYRIA TALKS THREATEN TO COLLAPSE

Both sides quickly stake out contrary — and perhaps irreconcilable — positions on whether Assad should stay or go.

2. ISRAEL SAYS IT FOILED AL-QAIDA ATTACK ON U.S. EMBASSY IN TEL AVIV

Analysts say the planned suicide bombing marks the first time the terror network's leadership has been directly involved in plotting an attack inside Israel.

3. WHO'S TAKING HEAT OVER WINTER STORM

Bill de Blasio, New York's new mayor, is facing complaints that plowing lagged in Manhattan's posh Upper East Side after Tuesday's heavy snow.

4. OBAMA SHINES LIGHT ON COLLEGE SEXUAL ASSAULTS

A new White House report says no one in America is more at risk of being a victim than college women — with one in five having been attacked while pursuing their degree.

5. HOW FERNANDEZ ALLAYED HEALTH FEARS

The Argentine president speaks publicly for the first time in 42 days — an unusually long silence that had led to speculation she was ill.

6. BOY, 8, HAILED AS HERO

Authorities say he died trying to save his grandfather after rescuing six other relatives from the family's burning mobile home in New York state.

7. THREE BOYS, ALL ALIKE

A California couple welcomes identical triplets into the world — an extremely rare occurrence among naturally conceived offspring.

8. WATER FOUND ON DWARF PLANET

A team led by the European Space Agency detects water plumes spewing from two regions on Ceres, a Texas-sized planet in the asteroid belt.

9. WHAT TO WATCH FOR ON GRAMMY NIGHT

The AP's Chris Talbott predicts this year's top water-cooler moment will come when Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr take the stage.

10. YANKEES CONTINUE SPENDING SPREE

The team signs prized Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to a $155 million deal, leaving little chance it will get under MLB's $189 million luxury tax threshold.

 

Comments

Vladtheimp

11. SOMETIMES THE GOVERNMENT INADVERTENTLY ADMITS THE TRUTH

In federal procurement, advertised competition for the provision of goods and services is the norm, and a failure to compete must be accompanied by a formal, written, justification.

The justification for replacing CGI with Accenture for fixing the website has now surfaced:https://www.fbo.gov/utils/view?i...

While Obama and Sebelius were telling us that the backend problems were fixed and the website was operating smoothly and providing good information to insurers, here's what they were saying in secret:

It turns out that after three years, CGI still hadn't built the "financial management platform" needed to track eligibility and enrollment, account for subsidy payments, and produce accurate "risk adjustment" forecasts.

As a result, the document says, "the entire healthcare reform program is jeopardized."

Failure to get this platform built in time, it said, could result in "erroneous payments to providers and insurers." And that, in turn, "could seriously put (health plans) at financial risk, potentially leading to their default."

In addition, the inability to forecast risk adjustment payments — a critical feature of ObamaCare — would put "the entire health insurance industry at risk." The officials' words, not ours.

Worse, they have only until mid-March — 31 business days from now — to get this "core functionality" built. http://news.investors.com/ibd-ed...

Wolverine49457

Excuse me as I use my thumbs to push my eyebrows up in surprise!
My brain will not signal the muscles in my face to do it naturally because no failure or proof of lies from this administration actually "surprises" me any longer.

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