Turkey Lifts Its Two-Week-Old Twitter Ban

Apr 3, 2014, 2:42 pm EDT

Twitter (TWTR) was offline in Turkey for two weeks due to a Twitter ban as the country’s local elections were approaching.

The country’s telecoms authorities blocked the social media site on March 21 under Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s orders. Erdogan issued the Twitter ban in order to “root out” several anonymously posted audio tapes with recordings of senior officials.

The website came back up after Turkey’s constitutional court ruled the ban a breach of freedom. However, there is a ban on YouTube that is still in effect. The YouTube ban came a week after the Twitter one. Read 

Putin Divorce Finalized: The Russian President’s 30-Year Marriage Ends

Apr 3, 2014, 1:07 pm EDT

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s marriage to Lyudmila officially ended on Wednesday. Source: mailto:letters@investorplace.com

Putin had been married to Lyudmila for 30 years. The couple announced that they had separated in June of last year, but that the divorce wasn’t finalized. Little is known about Putin’s private life, his wife and their two daughters, reports Reuters.

The official Russian website that contains Putin’s biography has been updated so that no mention of his ex-wife can be found on the page. Read 

Minimum Wage by State for 2014

Apr 3, 2014, 11:26 am EDT

The minimum wage is becoming a hot political issue again. President Barack Obama has promoted raising the minimum wage as a way to help lift low-wage workers out of poverty. However, with the House of Representatives under GOP control, it appears unlikely that there will be any federal legislative action to increase the minimum wage.

The federal minimum wage is currently set at $7.25 per hour. Various U.S. states have set their own minimum wage standards, while others simply follow the federal standard.

This year, increases to the minimum wage are being considered in 34 states. Three states — Connecticut, West Virginia and Delaware — have passed legislation to boost the minimum wage this year. Meanwhile, four states — including Georgia and Wyoming — have state minimum wage standards that are lower than the federal minimum wage. In those states, as in states with no minimum wage standard, the federal minimum wage applies. Read 

Scott Brown to Run for Senate … in New Hampshire

Apr 2, 2014, 11:23 am EDT

On Wednesday, Scott Brown has thrown his hat into the race to unseat New Hampshire U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D). Source: Wikipedia

Scott Brown — a Republican who served an abbreviated term as a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts — told a New Hampshire radio station that he is running for Shaheen’s senate seat and will make an official announcement next week. Earlier this month, Scott Brown had launched an exploratory committee, which many saw as confirmation of his intent to challenge Shaheen, the Washington Post notes.

In 2010, Scott Brown defeated Massachusetts attorney general Martha Coakley in a special election to serve out the remainder of late Senator Ted Kennedy’s term. However, Scott Brown lost his bid to win a full term when he was defeated by Elizabeth Warren in 2012. Read 

Obamacare Hits 7M Sign-Up Goal

Apr 2, 2014, 9:04 am EDT

The Obama administration scored a big political achievement Tuesday, with  7.1 million people enrolling in the president’s signature healthcare program known as Obamacare.

“The Affordable Care Act hasn’t completely fixed our long-broken health-care system, but this law has made our health-care system a lot better,” Obama told administration officials, lawmakers and other supporters in the White House Rose Garden. “The debate over repealing this law is over.”

The administration has now reached the goal it set for itself before the exchanges opened on Oct. 1 2013. Read 

Healthcare.gov Not Accepting New Applications, Problem Fixed

Mar 31, 2014, 3:12 pm EDT

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 

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