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AP Wire
Feb 13, 2014

1. WINTRY STORM SNARES TRAFFIC IN NORTH CAROLINA

The situation is eerily similar to what happened in Atlanta just two weeks ago, with motorists abandoning their cars after getting stuck.

2. ONE MILLION SIGN UP FOR 'OBAMACARE' IN JANUARY

It's the first time since the health insurance markets opened last fall that a national monthly enrollment target has been met.

3. COMIC GREAT DIES AT 91

Sid Caesar was a pioneer of TV comedy who inspired a gaggle of famous writers, including Woody Allen and Neil Simon.

4. A FIRST AT THE OLYMPICS

Two skiers tie for the gold in the women's downhill with identical times of 1 minute, 41.57 seconds.

5. WHY DEBATE OVER MAMMOGRAMS HAS BEEN REVIVED

A Canadian study suggests that the tests don't lower a woman's risk of dying of breast cancer.

6. HOME IN EL SALVADOR, CASTAWAY SEEKS PRIVACY

The fisherman who says he drifted at sea for more than a year is said to be in amazingly good health but psychologically fragile.

7. WHAT SCIENTISTS ARE LEARNING FROM ANCIENT SKELETON

DNA from the remains of a baby boy buried in Montana 12,600 years ago reinforces the standard idea that people first came to the Americas by way of a land bridge from Asia.

8. SINKHOLE SWALLOWS EIGHT CORVETTES

The gaping hole — 40 feet across and up to 30 feet deep — collapses part of a car museum in Kentucky.

9. WHO'S FLAUNTING HER FRAME IN SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

The Barbie doll will be featured alongside supermodels like Brooklyn Decker in the annual swimsuit edition.

10. DEREK JETER SAYS THIS WILL BE HIS FINAL SEASON

The star shortstop is the last link to the powerful Yankees teams that won three straight World Series.

 

Comments

Vladtheimp

#2. The best news yet for Obamacare, although the figures released don't show how many people have PAID, and thus are enrolled in Obamacare; how many had insurance before that was cancelled due to Obamacare and thus are newly insured; or the number of young needed to subsidize insurance for those eligible for subsidies - evidence indicates the percentage of young is 25% when they need 45% to sustain the whole system, which is why Obama is holding "National Youth Enrollment Day" February 15.

Ruh Ro Too Funny: Obamacare Website Will Be Down On National Youth Enrollment Day…

The day will also feature a HealthCare.gov outage that came as a surprise to the White House allies who have been planning Feb. 15 enrollment activities for weeks.

“We just found that out,” said Aaron Smith, co-founder of the recruitment group Young Invincibles. “Obviously it’s unfortunate.”

“It’s not ideal,” another Obamacare ally said. http://www.buzzfeed.com/evanmcsa...

READY - FIRE - AIM

11. OBAMA'S WAR ON THE POOR AND MIDDLE CLASS CONTINUES

EPA ‘clean coal’ rule would increase power prices by 70 or 80 percent

Dr. Julio Friedmann, the deputy assistant secretary for clean coal at the Department of Energy, told House lawmakers that the first generation of carbon capture and storage technology would increase wholesale electricity prices by “70 or 80 percent.” http://dailycaller.com/2014/02/1...

Lanivan

#11. "While the coal industry benefits from lax emissions standards now, regulations for cleaner air are sure to be implemented at some point. Investing in CCS would help the coal industry compete in the long term.

While the rule is more lenient in its standards for coal plants than for those powered by natural gas, coal powered generating facilities will need carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology installed in order to meet the proposed requirement.

The U.S. has a wealth of coal; an estimated 483 billion tons according to the EIA, and there is a strong industry devoted to converting this resource into affordable energy. The industry has always been opposed to restrictions on power plant emissions. Limited emissions likely mean a higher cost for coal power, which can mean a decrease in demand. With restrictions in place, coal may have no choice but to develop cleaner and cheaper CCS technology". http://theenergycollective.com/e...

In other words, King Coal has taken advantage of lax emission standards, has thumbed it's nose at mining regulations, and just generally had it's own way, and is now throwing a temper tantrum and pulling every threat and cataclysmic scenario on the table now that the jig is up and the canary has stopped singing. Waahhh - Waaahhhh.

rukidding

I woke up this morning with very few aches and panes, had a wonderful breakfast, the sun came up; I had a smile on my face and a song in my heart and then...Vlad.

Well thanks for taking me from my euphoria and placing me back in the realm of dismal reality Vlad, I might just as well go out back and find a tree; oh right, I can't afford the proceedings that would result from that action, guess I will just sit around and cry in my soup.

Lanivan

"..and a song in my heart". That was your first mistake. Next time you decide to climb on board, have a nice dirge playing in the background and you'll be good to go! :~S

Vladtheimp

Oh Crikey, we were misled again - sorry for suggesting the January numbers were "The best news yet for Obamacare" UPDATE

"On Wednesday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that enrollment in the Obamacare private exchanges increased by 1,146,071 in January. In December, HHS reported 1,788,000 enrollees in the month of December. That suggests a drop-off of approximately 500,000, or 29 percent. (See the chart on page 5 here for a graphical representation).
Obamacare

Yet this underestimates the true extent of enrollment dropoffs. The HHS reporting period for December was four weeks, beginning on 12/1 and ending on 12/28. The reporting period for January was five weeks, beginning on 12/29 and ending on 2/1. This suggests that in December, enrollments averaged 447,000 per week, compared to 229,000 in January, or a 49 percent drop-off in new enrollees." http://www.weeklystandard.com/bl...

bigdeal

12. Republican't party cannot run on a platform because they have none. They have to deceive and trick people into giving the money, The RNC has set up about 20 fake websites asking for donations to re-elect Democrats, with the money going to the RNC instead. It is quite obvious they are the party of deceit, corruption, and lies. they hate this president and will do all in their power ($$$$$$) to bring this country to it's knees. Be sure to vote all the J*$$' out this fall.
http://www.latimes.com/nation/po...

Tri-cities realist

If they don't read the fine print, they might get swindled. Do I support the RNC doing this? No. But if the democrats are too lazy or cheap to purchase the URL's of their candidates, perhaps they had it coming. If this were private industry, it would be called savvy, in politics it's called trickery.

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