Healthcare.gov Not Accepting New Applications, Problem Fixed

Mar 31, 2014, 3:12 pm EST

Healthcare.gov continues to cause headaches as last-minute users were unable to sign up on the website with the Obamacare deadline looming. Source: mailto:letters@investorplace.com

March 31 is the deadline to sign up for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through Healthcare.gov, but the website suffered another setback today. The website’s new technical problem prevented last-minute users from signing up for ACA less than 12 hours before the Obamacare deadline.

Health and Human Services spokesman Aaron Albright said that technicians identified the issue and solved it later. He added that more than 100,000 people are using the system at the same time. Read 

Healthcare.gov Crashes Ahead of Obamacare Deadline

Mar 31, 2014, 9:30 am EST

With the deadline to obtain health insurance looming, the federal health insurance exchange suffered another glitch on Monday morning.

Healthcare.gov became inaccessible for several hours as Americans rushed to purchase insurance before the midnight Obamacare deadline. Government officials said that they were working to correct the problem, which was attributed to a glitch in the system, and stressed that people wishing to obtain insurance coverage prior to the expiration of the Obamacare deadline could also use a federal telephone call center. The federal website became accessible after some hours, and potential insurance purchasers were later advised that they would receive emails informing them when their online enrollments could be processed, NBCNews notes.

The White House says that people who attempt to purchase insurance on the federal website, but cannot complete the transaction due to technical issues, will be given more time. Read 

Ruling: College Athletes Can Form Unions

Mar 27, 2014, 1:04 pm EST

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), ruled on Thursday, that college athletes have the right to form unions. Source: mailto:letters@investorplace.com

The NLRB ruling was made during a case where athletes from Northwestern University’s football team wanted to form a union. The ruling means that college athletes will have the right to form unions and fight for their rights. One of the arguments for the change was that football players spend anywhere from 40 to 50 hours a week on the sport, which is the equivalent of a full-time job, reports Businessweek.

“It’s like preparing so long for a big game and then when you win – it is pure joy,” Ramogi Huma, a former UCLA linebacker, told the Associated Press. Read 

NYC Considers 10-Cent Grocery Bag Fee for Plastic and Paper Bags

Mar 27, 2014, 12:49 pm EST

NYC introduced a bill on Wednesday to help reduce the use of disposable grocery bags. Source: mailto:letters@investorplace.com

The bill would add a 10-cent fee for every plastic and paper bag used in NYC grocery stores. Shoppers can bring their own bags to buy groceries for no additional cost.

The grocery bag fee will apply to small markets and stores starting July 1. New York wouldn’t be the first city to impose such a restriction as Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco and Washington D.C. have similar laws. Read 

Obama Meets With Pope Francis for First Time

Mar 27, 2014, 12:09 pm EST

President Obama met with Pope Francis for the first time on Thursday. Source: mailto:letters@investorplace.com

The President met Pope Francis in his private library in the Papal Palace. The two held an hour-long conversation and exchanged gifts. Obama gave the Pope seeds from the White House garden and told him he should visit the White House sometime. The Pope accepted the gift and in return gave the President a leather-bound copy of The Joy of the Gospels, which was written by Francis last year, reports Reuters.

“It doesn’t mean we agree on every issue, but his voice is one that I think the world needs to hear. He challenges us,” Obama told CNN while talking about the Pope. “He implores us to remember the people, especially the poor, who are affected by the economic decisions we make.” Read 

Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon Arrested on Corruption Charges

Mar 27, 2014, 11:10 am EST

Charlotte, N.C. Mayor Patrick Cannon was arrested on corruption charges on Wednesday. Source: mailto:letters@investorplace.com

The Charlotte mayor was arrested after accepting a $20,000 bribe from what he thought was a developer interested in the city. However, the developer was actually an undercover FBI agent. The charges against Cannon claim that he accepted over $48,000 in cash, airline tickets and other gifts as part of bribes from January 2013 and February 2014, reports the Washington Post.

Cannon made an initial court appearance on Wednesday and was released on a $25,000 unsecured bond. He resigned from office later that day. FBI agents started investigating claims of corruption in the city in August of 2012, when the Charlotte mayor was a member of the Charlotte City Council, the Washington Post notes. Read 

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