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Hundreds of thousands of Americans who purchase their own health insurance received cancellation notices, plans don't meet Obamacare requirement. Cancellations exceed Obamacare enrollees. Florida Blue 300,000, California Kaiser Permanente 160,000, Blue Shield of California 119,000 notices
The U.S. Navy turned over the 1,067-foot behemoth to a Texas company, All Star Metals, to be dismantled, scrapped and recycled, giving the firm the sum of one penny for its trouble, Navy officials announced.
National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden on Thursday disputed Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-Calif.) claim that the government’s phone record collection program is not “surveillance. ”Snowden Endorses D.C. Protest Against NSA in Rare Public Statement.
White House:deadline for Americans to buy health insurance extended until March 31, will give those who buy health insurance through new online marketplaces extra six weeks to obtain coverage before they incur a penalty. Not related to technical problems of Website, healthcare.gov.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu We insist that these negotiations lead to the dismantling of Iran’s enrichment capability. Forget the ‘peace process. Only alternative repeated military strikes against Iranian nuclear facilities. Will sow the seeds for new, safer, more liberal order in Middle East.
Big companies, health advocates fight over junk-food taxes. Senate debating: five-percent tax on snacks, sweets, potato chips, soda. Fiscal reform package introduced by President Enrique Pena Nieto to improve tax collection. Also increase income taxes on higher earners.
Guardian: latest Snowden leak; NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders. Claim based on memo US official shared his rolodex with NSA, helped them track those world leaders, some of whom it was already tracking. US official provided NSA with 200 phone numbers to 35 world leaders.
The German government angry US intelligence spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkels phone communications "a serious breach of trust". called on Washington to clarify extent of surveillance activities in Germany, give answers to "questions German government asked months ago.
Striking oil workers battled Brazilian army troops in Río de Janeiro Monday. The army and security forces fired tear gas rubber bullets. President Dilma Rousseff issued decree mobilizing 1,100 troops to suppress protests by striking employees of Petrobras, the national oil company.
Oregon: Google Earth satellite imagery identified illegal marijuana plants. Curtis Croft allegedly growing three times as many plants allowed by law, registered to grow medical marijuana for five people, 30 plants, police seized 94 plants, arraigned on drug charge, released. Swiss authorities did same thing.
Nancy Salgado worked at McDonald’s 10 years, poverty wage, called employee hotline, McResources, seeking help. No assistance, McDonald’s operator suggested food pantries, food stamps, Medicaid. Conversation recorded, released to public. Half of fast-food workers receive public assistance.
Half of those workers ineligible to do work for the IRS because they are not enrolled in installment plans to pay the taxes they owe. Unlike other federal agencies,IRS requires employees to comply with federal tax laws. they have to file returns on time, pay taxes they owe or enroll in a payment plan.
Growing number fleeing to Turkey shunning refugee camps, venturing into omajor cities, far from war as possible. Turkey: no distinction between Alawites, Sunnis, but people do, They don’t like Alawites they know we’re Alawites. We are neither opposition nor Assad supporters. We are just citizens,”
Obama’s global terror campaign dependent upon his drone assassination program, deployment of Special Operations forces in countries all over the world, reportedly between 70 and 120 countries at any one time. Has escalated ‘covert warfare,’ outside the oversight of Congress and public.
Former University of California, Davis police officer who pepper-sprayed Occupy protesters reached worker’s compensation settlement with university:$38,059 in accordance with state laws. The 40-year-old former officer said he suffered depression,anxiety after death threats to him and his family
A federal jury: Bank of America defrauded mortgage finance firms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with lending program that fast-tracked mortgages ahead of housing bust. The jury’s ruling sets Bank of America on course forfederal civil penalty to be determined by US District Judge Jed Rakoff.
U.S. Navy will inaugurate stealth destroyer, undetected on radar. along with the F-35 stealth fighter, Missile Defense System. monitor China, North Korea. Own power generation facilities, enough output for 78,000 households, enables it to fire electronic cannons speeds of Mach 7, range of 160 km.
Multi-million dollar campaigns funded by Monsanto, Coke, Pepsi, Nestle. Proposition 522 currently before Washington to label GMOs is down to the wire. aim to confuse public, sway our voting. GMO advocates maintaining lead of 46% (against 42%, 12% of voters undecided).
The Nigerian army killed 37 members of Boko Haram in northeast of the country. Involved coordinated ground, air assault, aimed at destroying terrorists' camp, militants killed in cross fire exchange."Boko Haram name means “Western education, forbidden. Goal: overthrow Nigerian government.
Bahraini court sentenced six anti-regime protesters to 10 years prison for attempted murders” of police officers in pro-democracy rallies, convicted of throwing Molotov cocktails at police , setting fire to police vehicle, participating in “unauthorized” demonstration. Scores killed, many tortured while in custody
A senior Iranian lawmaker says the Islamic Republic will continue supporting the Syrian government and nation who form the frontline of resistance against foreign aggression. Syrian Army’s fight and resistance backed by the Syrian people - have led to the defeat of plots hatched by terrorist groups.
Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble: one of the only ways to prevent terrorists from hitting soft targets was to arm citizens globally, statements a powerful rebuttal to anti-gun lobby, especially given his background.Interpol chief formerly head of all law enforcement for U.S. Treasury Department.
Pope Francis I refused to meet Israel’s prime minister at short notice. Netanyahu’s office already announced meeting would take place. Pope has no plans. Netanyahu’s advisors outraged. Vatican protocol for meetings complex“To arrange a meeting in a week is insult, so it has never happened.
China’s is seeking oil, natural gas and other raw materials to keep the world’s second largest economy moving, scrambling for resources worldwide, two Chinese state firms winning production rights to a multi-billion-barrel deepwater oilfield off Brazil. South America both abundant reserves, resources.
Britain is threatening to secede; the euro, battered by four-year debt crisis, at risk of splintering; anti-euro forces advancing in France, separatists are pushing to burst the U.K., Belgium and Spain. Collapse, slow decline, or renaissance are the EU’s three alternative futures.
EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton:EU countries should use military-grade drones for border surveillance. Germany, France, Italy, UK have drones, used in military. Israel Aerospace Industries received EU funds to develop crime-stopping drones, can stop moving cars, boats,“non-lethal” means.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called on US authorities to end the terror drone strikes inside Pakistan. Attacks a "major" impediment to relations with the United States. Condemned US assassination drone strikes in his country, a violation of international law.
Amnesty International:US officials responsible for carrying out drone strikes may have to stand trial for war crimes, US must explain why these people have been killed - people who are clearly civilians. It must provide justice to these people, compensation need for transparency and accountability,
Spanish government is set to become the first in Europe to tax something that's been free and available to everyone since the dawn of time - sunlight. Madrid wants to impose a levy on solar power, to help plug its yawning energy debt.
50 senators warned Obama they won"t ratify United Nations Arms Trade Treaty signed by Secretary of State John Kerry. Concern could limit America’s ability to provide military aid to Israel.Treaty prohibits trading arms if used for genocide, crimes against humanity, civilians, undermine peace or security.
Syrian army troops have confiscated a number of Israeli-made missiles, which were in the possession of foreign-backed militants, also seized a large amount of Israeli-made weapons and ammunition, including machine guns and wireless communication devices.
New NSA facility in the middle of a desert, Bluffdale, Utah. Massive collection of servers will require as much as 1.7 million gallons of water each day to keep the computers from overheating. Will use as much water as several thousand average homes.
After the surprising election victory of the National Front at a municipal election, Marine Le Pen is now fully on the issue of euro-exit German Chancellor Angela Merkel proposed the EU Commission should play a pivotal role in budgetary policy of nation-states.
Dianne Feinstein, the chair of the US Senate committee charged with holding the intelligence establishment to account, declared on Monday that the National Security Agency’s mass collection of phone records is “not surveillance” and should be maintained as an essential tool to combat terrorism.
Tax burden for companies will fall in the coming three years by €10.6 billion, financed by spending cuts in the public sector. Cuts will be made to pensions, health sector,essential services in social welfare, infrastructure not be able to afford to operate in coming year, or do so with great difficulty.
A year and a half after Detroit Mayor David Bing privatized the management of the Detroit bus system, service has worsened dramatically, riders say, with buses sometimes arriving up to four hours late. Much weekend and all overnight service ended, shutting down of numerous routes.
Syria's president: factors needed for proposed peace conference to end the country's conflict to succeed do not yet exist, raising doubts about renewed international efforts to bring opposing sides in the civil war negotiations. Unclear who represents opposition, or credibility they would have in Syria.
United States:“gathers foreign intelligence of the type gathered by all nations,“all nations” engage in espionage activities. France summoned the US ambassador to Paris to explain allegations in Le Monde the United States “intercepted telephone communications by French citizens and companies.
Workers demanded higher wages and better hours,protests in 15 different cities in September. Workers make so little they have to rely on public benefits, with workers at a single location needing $1 million in food stamps, Medicaid, other programs. Protests, strikes in fast food industry, have spread to 60 cities
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