Oct 9, 2013, 12:37 pm EDT
The government, announced on Tuesday, that people will have to pay more to keep warm this winter due to increases in natural gas, electricity and propane prices.
Households that use natural gas can expect to pay an average of $679 to stay warm this winter. This is around 13% higher than what natural gas users paid last year, but it still falls 4% below the average for the past five winters. Households that use electric heat will pay about 2% more for heating this winter when compared to last winter. Heating oil customers will see their bills drop 2% this year, but will still pay an average of $2,046. This is the second highest bill next to last year’s average of $2,092. The span of time for the winter season that is being used to determine heating cost runs from October through March. Also affecting the heating cost is that this winter is expected to be 3% colder than last year’s, reports the Associated Press.
Those who use gas to heat their households in the Northeast part of the United States can expect to pay 18.3% more for heat this winter due to climbing demands for gas in that area. Read
Oct 8, 2013, 12:59 pm EDT
The White House is working on the Obamacare glitches that users faced when signing up for the new health care policy online.
The Register reports that the massive amount of people signing up for the Affordable Care Act has been the reason why there have been glitches. The server could not handle the traffic that the site was getting since the White House was not anticipating this response.
A White House spokesman said that they are fixing the Obamacare glitches by creating an online waiting room to make sure that the site doesn’t get too much traffic. The server will now be able to carry the amount of users online and those in the waiting room will not have to wait too long. Nevertheless, the White House is still working on fixing these glitches and ensuring that people can sign up for Obamacare. Read
Oct 8, 2013, 12:06 pm EDT
The government shutdown is now affecting U.S. religious leaders who are used to conducting Mass on Sundays.
The Washington Times reports that the shutdown bans on-contract Catholic priests from conducting religious services on military bases. These 234 active-duty priests normally tend to about 275,000 Catholics but they will not be able to legally conduct their services until the furlough ends.
The general counsel for the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services said that these priests are not allowed to minister on base during the shutdown. Even if they only conduct a service as volunteers, they risk getting arrested. Read