Sex Workers Enthusiastic About Obamacare

Nov 1, 2013, 7:59 pm EDT

While President Barack Obama’s new health care program struggles with GOP opposition and glitchy websites, it’s appears to be getting support from one group of potential subscribers: sex workers.

At a registration drive in San Francisco last week, almost 40 sex workers of both genders filed the necessary documents to enroll in the program. The event was called the “Healthy Ho’s Party,” CNN notes.

Escorts, prostitutes and exotic performers are usually considered self-employed. As such, they often cannot afford the high cost of private health insurance. At least some sex workers will see monthly health insurance premiums fall below $200 under Obamacare, thanks to federal subsidies, putting coverage within their means. Read 

Delaware Launches Full Suite of Online Gambling

Nov 1, 2013, 5:26 pm EDT

Delaware is launching a full suite of Internet gambling which includes all the major casino games.

USA Today reports that The First State has become the first state to introduce such a suite with blackjack, poker, roulette and slots. The move comes as the governor looks to make Delaware relevant in the casino industry again after posting poor numbers compared to neighboring states. The suite will be available to Delaware residents by Nov. 8.

The only other state with online gambling is Nevada but their laws limit gambling to poker. New Jersey is following Delaware’s lead in late November by legalizing online gambling and there are other states such as Pennsylvania that are considering it. Read 

Mayor Refuses to Resign Over Crack Cocaine Video Scandal

Nov 1, 2013, 2:21 pm EDT

Toronto Mayor Bob Ford is not planning on resigning anytime soon despite allegations of him smoking crack cocaine from a pipe.

ABC News reports that Toronto police recovered a video from a hard drive of Ford smoking crack on Thursday. The police chief said that he was disappointed after watching the video and that it’s been “consistent with what has been described in the media.” Despite these claims, the Mayor and his staff members refuse to acknowledge the existence of this video and Ford has not been charged with a crime.

After these allegations were first made there months ago, the police was finally able to recover the video of the Mayor smoking crack. An associate of the Mayor — Sandro Lisi — has long been linked to these allegations and he was arrested on Oct. 1 and charged with trafficking marijuana and conspiracy. Read 

Obama Plans ‘Tech Surge’ To Fix Health Care Web Woes

Oct 31, 2013, 7:55 pm EDT

Some of Silicon Valley’s top companies are lending a hand to help the Obama administration get HealthCare.gov up and running at full speed.

A spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the government agency coordinating the development and roll-out of the web site many Americans will use to sign up for health insurance, announced the “Tech Surge” in a blog post today. Companies helping in the so-called surge include Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), Red Hat (NYSE:RHT), and Oracle (NYSE:ORCL).

In particular, a site reliability engineer from Google has taken leave from the company to help fix HealthCare.gov. Also helping on the project is a former Presidential Innovation Fellow. Read 

FAA OKs Tablet, E-Reader Use for Entire Flight

Oct 31, 2013, 12:49 pm EDT
FAA OKs Tablet, E-Reader Use for Entire Flight

The Federal Aviation Administration gave the OK for passengers to use their smartphones and tablets during flights, but are still restricting taking on phones.

The much-anticipated (and expected) ruling sets the stage for device usage in the coming months, but use will be set by the individual airlines, so times could vary.

From the Associated Press: Read 

NYC Tries to Raise Tobacco-Buying Age to 21

Oct 31, 2013, 10:36 am EDT

The New York City Council, voted on Wednesday, to pass a bill that will increase the tobacco-buying age to 21.

The bill will make New York City the largest city to increase its tobacco buying age to 21. New York City currently allows tobacco products to be sold to people 18 years of age and older. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is a strong supporter of strict smoking restrictions, has 30 days to sign the bill and make it a law. The changes made by the bill will take effect 180 days after it has been made a law. New York City already has restrictions against smoking at parks, beaches and restaurants. Another anti-smoking bill that would require stores to not keep cigarettes in sight of customers was shelved before the buying-age bill passed on Wednesday. A similar bill is expected to be up for vote in Hawaii later this year, reports the Associated Press.

The New York City Council approved the bill with a 35 to 10 vote. Read 

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