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The Obama administration has launched what it calls a tech search to fix problems plaguing the government on-line health insurance markets. NPR's Scott Horsley reports, the president insists that despite these problems, the health coverage offered through these markets is still a good product.
President Obama says there is no excuse for the poor consumer experience many people have had shopping for health insurance on the government's new internet market place. The president says no one's more frustrated than he is by those problems, but he stressed, they are being fixed.
Experts from some of America's top private sector tech companies, who've by the way seen things like this happened before. They want to work, they're reaching out, they're offering to send health.
Obama offered no deadline for fixing the website problems, but he did say consumers still have months to sign up for health coverage. The administration's also highlighting alternative ways consumers can charter for insurance, including by telephone and in person. Scott Horsley NPR News, Washington.
A middle school student in Nevada used a semiautomatic weapon to kill a teacher and wounded two other students at a school outside Reno. Police say the child then turned the gun on himself, killing himself. His name hasn't been released and there is no known motive for the shooting. It happened this morning just before school started. Police say the two wounded children are expected to be ok.
More friends in Mexico are angry over reports the US national security agency eavesdropped on millions of private citizens' phone calls and intercepted emails. NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports the US secretary of state John Kerry is in Paris and had to face questions.
Le Monde Newspaper reported that the US intercepted and recorded 70 million phone calls and text during a one-month period between December and January of last year. Foreign minister Laurent Fabius called that type of intrusion in the private's affair between partners totally unacceptable. US secretary of state John Kerry on a scheduled visit to Paris Monday to talk about Syria, was put on the hot spot just as this spying fuel rod broke.
"Our goal is always to try to find the right balance between protecting the security and the privacy of our citizens."
The Mexican government condemned the alleged hacking of the email account of former president Felipe Calderon in 2010. Eleanor Beardsley NPR News, Paris.
21 members of the Arizona national guard have been indicted on charges they falsified records to get extra pay. Arizona attorney general Tom Horne says eight officers and 13 unlisted men and women are charged.
"The colonel in charge used his position of authority, to obtain this temporary duty to pay himself over 100,000 dollars, and also to help the 20 others do that."
Horne says those charged are accused of falsifying their records and using fake home addresses in order to receive money meant for those traveling outside of their home regions.
Wall Street mixed by the closing bell, the Dow down seven points; the S&P 500 up just a fraction.
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The United States cut its energy related carbon dioxide pollution by nearly 4% last year. The department energy says it's the second biggest drop since 1990. Official say that drop is because of a warm winter weather, more efficient cars because of the new milage requirement and an ongoing shift from coal power to natural gas to produce electricity.
A trial that could have dramatic repercussions for women seeking access to abortion in Texas began today in Austin. As NPR's Wade Goodwyn reports the trial revolves around new restrictions that could leave no abortion clinics in half the state.
The new laws require that all abortions in Texas take place in an ambulatory surgical center by a doctor who has admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. That could leave as few as five abortion clinics open in the state of 26 million with no facilities at all west of inter state 35 which runs down the center of the state. The new law also eliminates drug induced abortions after seven weeks. Texas solicitor general Jonathan Mitchell, argued to US district judge Lee Yeakel that planned parenthood which brought the suit had no evidence the new restrictions would harm women, or could curtail access to abortion. Wade Goodwyn NPR News.
The manager of the Detroit Tigers is stepping down. Jim Leyland announced his decision today, two days after the Tigers were eliminated from the AL champion series by Boston in six games. The 60-year-old led the Tigers to the world series twice in eight years. He's been working under one year contract for the past couple of years.
Country legend Dolly Parton says she's a little sore but ok, the 67-year-old was treated and released from a hospital today, after suffering minor injuries in a car crash.
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