This Is How They Clean Those Gigantic Solar Energy Plants

The world’s largest solar plants sure look amazing , but for those with inquisitive minds they raise one big question: how the hell do they keep all those panels clean? Nowadays, using robots like this!

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Ugh, Who Invited Math To the Rubik’s Cube Party?

Ugh, Who Invited Math To the Rubik's Cube Party?

The simplicity of the Rubik’s Cube puzzle is what makes it so devilishly difficult to solve at times. It’s just a bunch of colored squares, but getting them to group together can be a life’s pursuit for many people. So who in their right mind thought that taking the Rubik’s Cube formula and adding mathematical patterns of numbers into the mix was a good idea? Clearly someone with a deep love of mathematics, or a sincere hatred for humanity.

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An Apple television doesn’t make sense, but Apple TV does

Here we go again with the rumors of an Apple television, aka “iTV.” For several years, financial analysts (particularly Gene Munster, for whom the iTV has become an unintentional joke) and tech bloggers have been telling us it’s right around the corner. Apple CEO Tim Cook’s comments last spring that Apple had new product categories to debut in 2014 led to more speculation that the fabled iTV would be announced in time for the 2013 Christmas holidays or right after at one the various consumer electronics shows in January. Now, the rumorists tell us, the iTV is delayed until 2015 because Apple can’t get content deals with Hollywood for it.

All this rumormongering tends to leave out a key point: Why would Apple do an iTV? There are plenty of so-called smart TVs on the market, none doing well. Streaming content to your TV from the Internet is a sensible feature, but you can easily add that capability to your current TV for $100 using an Apple TV, Roku, or other such device, or get a streaming-capable Blu-ray player. You don’t need to spend thousands on a new TV.

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Why an iTV is hard to pull off
There are two basic problems with the notion of an iTV:

First, what exactly would an iTV do that a streaming-connected TV doesn’t? Whatever it is needs to be hugely compelling and game-changing to justify such an expensive purchase. Paying $100 for an Apple TV is a cheap bet; paying $3,000 or more for an iTV is not. Some analysts suggest that Apple could do a 4K iTV as a limited high-end product to stoke the buzz and lay the groundwork for eventual TV domination, but that first part is not Apple’s style.

Second, TVs have long lives in people’s homes, but digital technologies change much more frequently. Incompatibilities would quickly arise in an iTV. Case in point: Samsung’s 2012 model of the Smart TV can’t support all the new features in the 2013 model. Even if you buy Samsung’s separate $300 Evolution Kit controller box for a compatible 2012 Smart TV model, you still won’t get all those new features. The same will no doubt be true for the 2013 and later models: Even though they have the Evolution Kit built in, they’ll likely not be able to keep up with new features. That’s unsupportable.

It’s not just Samsung, of course: The third-gen Apple TV supports iOS 7′s low-power Bluetooth “bumping” for easy setup and remote control, whereas older models do not because their hardware uses earlier Bluetooth chips. The difference between Apple TV and Samsung’s Smart TV is that the Apple TV is only a $100 purchase versus $2,500 for the 55-inch Samsung. The penalty to keep current is low.

Is Apple TV the stealth version of the iTV?
Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs told his biographer Walter Isaacson that he had finally cracked the TV opportunity. But he didn’t give a hint as to how. If Apple did indeed figure out how to do something as revolutionary for the TV as the iPad was to PCs and the iPhone to cellphones, only Apple knows. My imagination fails me.

Meanwhile, Apple’s self-proclaimed experiment, the Apple TV, chugs along, providing a big leap in TV functionality. I can’t help but believe the Apple TV is that “Eureka!” product, in beta form. Although many streaming boxes are available, they’re all about downloading media services such as Hulu and Netflix from the Web, which is nice enough, but doesn’t go that far. The only innovation lately there is Google’s Chromecast, which reduces the size and price of these devices into a $35 dongle.

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Facebook forces some users to reset passwords because of Adobe data breach

Facebook locked some users out of their accounts after determining that their log-in credentials were exposed as a result of a security breach at Adobe. The company is asking users who used the same log-in credentials for Adobe’s online services and Facebook to verify their identity and change their password.

When trying to log in, Facebook users who fall into that category will see a security prompt informing them that “there was a security incident on another website unrelated to Facebook” and that their accounts are at risk because they were using the same password in both places.

“To secure your account, you’ll need to answer a few questions and change your password,” the Facebook security message says. “For your protection, no one can see you on Facebook until you finish.”

“We’re proactive about finding sources of compromised passwords on the Internet,” Facebook security engineer Chris Long said in a comment to a blog post about this action by security reporter Brian Krebs. “Through practice, we’ve become more efficient and effective at protecting accounts with credentials that have been leaked, and we use an automated process for securing those accounts.”

A Facebook spokesman in the U.K. confirmed Long’s comment is legitimate, but declined to share additional information like how many Facebook users were affected by this security measure or what questions those users need to answer in order to regain access to their accounts.

Blame Adobe

At the beginning of October Adobe announced that hackers broke into its internal computer network and stole source code for several products, as well as information on 2.9 million customers including their log-in IDs and encrypted passwords for Adobe’s online services.

After a file containing 150 million Adobe user names and encrypted passwords appeared online late last month, the company revised its estimation and said that the breach affected approximately 38 million active users.

Researchers who looked at the leaked file concluded that the encryption used by Adobe combined with various user-supplied hints accompanying the passwords made it possible for attackers to guess many of them.

Facebook might not be the only company taking proactive measures as a result of the Adobe breach.

“We used the plaintext passwords that had already been worked out by researchers,” Long said. “We took those recovered plaintext passwords and ran them through the same code that we use to check your [Facebook] password at login time.”

Facebook might not be the only company taking proactive measures as a result of the Adobe breach.

According to Krebs, some customers of Diapers.com and Soap.com, two websites operated by Amazon-owned online retailer Quidsi, received emails over the weekend informing them that their account passwords have been reset because they matched those on a list of leaked credentials that appeared online, but didn’t originate from the two websites.

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Prosecutors received Winston case on Tuesday

FILE – In this Sept. 21, 2013, file photo, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston watches from the sidelines during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Bethune-Cookman in Tallahassee, Fla. Winston is under investigation in an alleged sexual assault reported nearly a nearly a year ago, the university and Winston’s attorney confirmed on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Phil Sears, File)

FILE – In this Sept. 21, 2013, file photo, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston watches from the sidelines during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Bethune-Cookman in Tallahassee, Fla. Winston is under investigation in an alleged sexual assault reported nearly a nearly a year ago, the university and Winston’s attorney confirmed on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Phil Sears, File)

FILE – In this Oct. 5, 2013, file photo, Florida State’s Jameis Winston looks around during warms ups prior to an NCAA college football game against Maryland in Tallahassee, Fla. Winston is under investigation in an alleged sexual assault reported nearly a nearly a year ago, the university and Winston’s attorney confirmed on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, (AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)

(AP) — An assistant state attorney says prosecutors in Tallahassee did not receive information about an 11-month-old sexual assault allegation involving Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston until Tuesday.

Tallahassee police investigated the Heisman Trophy contender in connection with a sexual assault that was reported nearly a year ago in an off-campus apartment. FSU records show the first report was made to campus police on Dec. 7 by a student at a dormitory. The investigation was handed over to Tallahassee police.

The case was not given to prosecutors until this week.

Assistant State Attorney Georgia Cappleman says normal procedure for criminal cases in Leon County calls for police to give information to prosecutors if there is evidence for an arrest, or if it is a “close call.” She says police do not tell prosecutors when they have decided against pursuing an arrest.

A day after news of the case broke, jolting college football fans and casting uncertainty on second-ranked Florida State’s perfect season, there were mostly questions left unanswered.

Tallahassee police, citing the ongoing investigation, aren’t saying much about the case as well, including why investigators waited until this week to hand over information about the case to local prosecutors.

The Seminoles went back to work Thursday, preparing for a home game against Syracuse on Saturday.

Coach Jimbo Fisher said Winston took every scheduled practice snap and performed as usual Wednesday and Thursday. He also said nothing has changed Winston’s status as a team leader.

“He’s been great,” Fisher said. “He went out and practiced well, played well and eliminated clutter, from what I can understand as far as distractions.”

Fisher declined comment when asked directly about the investigation and would not divulge when he found out about the alleged incident. He did confirm that he spoke to the team about recent distractions.

“We talk about what’s going on, our task at hand and control what we can control,” Fisher said. “Success brings a lot of clutter from other things. There’s always things that go on and you have to separate on-the-field and off-the-field and what you can control. Our guys are doing a nice job of that.”

Fisher tried to avoid the topic, but the rest of the sports world has been focused on the Heisman Trophy candidate. Several questions remain.

Why did it take so long for the police to notify the state attorney?

How long has the university known and were any actions taken?

Did police request an interview with Winston?

For his part, Winston is only talking football. He spoke to the media for roughly five minutes on Wednesday night. University officials warned they would cut off the press conference if anyone asked questions that weren’t strictly related to football.

Timothy Jansen, the attorney representing Winston, has said his client did nothing wrong and he thought the investigation was over months ago. He said he has already handed over to prosecutors affidavits from two eyewitnesses.

“When I spoke to the detective in February he told me the case was closed,” Jansen said. “I relayed that to my client and to university officials. I hadn’t heard another word until Monday.”

Tallahassee police on Wednesday released a heavily-redacted two-page incident report that does not mention Winston by name, but says the incident took place between 1:30 and 2 a.m. last Dec. 7.

It describes the suspect in the sexual assault case as being between 5-foot-9 and 5-11. Winston is listed by Florida State at 6-4.

Jansen said he did not know why local police waited until this week to hand over their investigation to prosecutors. He speculated that media requests for the records may have played a role. The Tampa Bay Times reported Thursday it had asked for records last week.

Rob Wilson, associate athletic director for communication, distributed a vague press release moments before Winston walked into his press conference. The press release indicated the university was aware of an investigation, confirmed there would be no change in Winston’s availability for Saturday’s game and stated that Fisher and Winston “will be answering questions about football only until there is a resolution.”

The media was warned, again, that Winston would be cut off and taken away if any non-football questions were asked.

Winston did answer a question about dealing with distractions.

“Just game-planning every week,” he said. “We prepare like there’s nothing else to lose. We’re preparing for Syracuse and they have a good defense. They gave up three points the last (two) games.

“We’re just coming in preparing and trying to do our job.”

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You can have a food allergy, and eat it too

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BALTIMORE, MD. (November 8, 2013) Have food allergies? If you answered yes, you know the best way to prevent a severe allergic reaction is to totally avoid the offending food. But according to a presentation at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), you may no longer have to avoid the food entirely.

“Different parts of food may have different allergenicity,” said presenter Sami Bahna, MD, allergist and ACAAI past president. “For example, someone with an egg allergy may be able to tolerate egg yolk but not the whites. And someone with a fruit allergy may be allergic to the seeds but not the pulp.”

In his presentation, Dr. Bahna noted not only can certain parts of food be safe to eat for some food allergy sufferers, but there are some substitutes that can be eaten as well.

“Just because someone is allergic to cow’s milk, doesn’t mean they are allergic to milk from all other animals,” said Dr. Bahna. “Some sufferers might have to avoid several foods, which can be difficult and cause malnutrition. But there are substitutes that can be eaten without any side effects.”

Some food sensitivities may also predict other food allergies. Different types of fruits and fish can often have substantial cross-reactivity, meaning there may be several types that need to be avoided.

Rosaceae fruits, which include apple, apricot, almond, peach, pear, plum and strawberry, showcase this cross-reactivity. Crustaceans, such as shrimp and lobster, or molluscs like clam and squid can also have this cross-reactivity. But it’s more unlikely that someone allergic to shrimp is also allergic to squid.

“While many food allergic individuals find they can eat certain parts of food or substitutes, this isn’t a one size fits all approach,” said Dr. Bahna. “Allergy manifests in everyone differently. If you have a food allergy, evaluation by a board-certified allergist can identify the exact foods that you should avoid and the substitute foods that you can safely eat.”

Allergy skin testing or blood testing are good screening procedures for food allergy. Allergists often confirm the suspected foods by performing oral food challenges. During this test, patients are fed tiny amounts of the suspected allergy-causing food in increasing doses under strict supervision by an allergist.

Although there is no cure for food allergies at present, some sufferers may outgrow their allergy over time. Milk allergy is commonly outgrown in childhood, while a peanut or shellfish allergy usually lasts for many years or for a lifetime.

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BALTIMORE, MD. (November 8, 2013) Have food allergies? If you answered yes, you know the best way to prevent a severe allergic reaction is to totally avoid the offending food. But according to a presentation at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), you may no longer have to avoid the food entirely.

“Different parts of food may have different allergenicity,” said presenter Sami Bahna, MD, allergist and ACAAI past president. “For example, someone with an egg allergy may be able to tolerate egg yolk but not the whites. And someone with a fruit allergy may be allergic to the seeds but not the pulp.”

In his presentation, Dr. Bahna noted not only can certain parts of food be safe to eat for some food allergy sufferers, but there are some substitutes that can be eaten as well.

“Just because someone is allergic to cow’s milk, doesn’t mean they are allergic to milk from all other animals,” said Dr. Bahna. “Some sufferers might have to avoid several foods, which can be difficult and cause malnutrition. But there are substitutes that can be eaten without any side effects.”

Some food sensitivities may also predict other food allergies. Different types of fruits and fish can often have substantial cross-reactivity, meaning there may be several types that need to be avoided.

Rosaceae fruits, which include apple, apricot, almond, peach, pear, plum and strawberry, showcase this cross-reactivity. Crustaceans, such as shrimp and lobster, or molluscs like clam and squid can also have this cross-reactivity. But it’s more unlikely that someone allergic to shrimp is also allergic to squid.

“While many food allergic individuals find they can eat certain parts of food or substitutes, this isn’t a one size fits all approach,” said Dr. Bahna. “Allergy manifests in everyone differently. If you have a food allergy, evaluation by a board-certified allergist can identify the exact foods that you should avoid and the substitute foods that you can safely eat.”

Allergy skin testing or blood testing are good screening procedures for food allergy. Allergists often confirm the suspected foods by performing oral food challenges. During this test, patients are fed tiny amounts of the suspected allergy-causing food in increasing doses under strict supervision by an allergist.

Although there is no cure for food allergies at present, some sufferers may outgrow their allergy over time. Milk allergy is commonly outgrown in childhood, while a peanut or shellfish allergy usually lasts for many years or for a lifetime.

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For more information about food allergies, and to locate an allergist, visit AllergyAndAsthmaRelief.org.


The ACAAI Annual Meeting is being held Nov. 7-11 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore. For more news and research being presented at the meeting, follow the conversation on Twitter #ACAAI.


About ACAAI

The ACAAI is a professional medical organization of more than 5,700 allergists-immunologists and allied health professionals, headquartered in Arlington Heights, Ill. The College fosters a culture of collaboration and congeniality in which its members work together and with others toward the common goals of patient care, education, advocacy and research. ACAAI allergists are board-certified physicians trained to diagnose allergies and asthma, administer immunotherapy, and provide patients with the best treatment outcomes. For more information and to find relief, visit AllergyAndAsthmaRelief.org. Join us on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.


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Jury convicts husband in Ohio hospital shooting

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who said he fatally shot his hospitalized wife out of love because of her debilitated condition that left her unable to speak, was convicted by a jury on Friday and could face life in prison.

Police say John Wise, 68, calmly walked into Barbara Wise’s hospital room on Aug. 4, 2012, and shot her at her bedside. She died the next day.

Barbara Wise, 65, was in the intensive care unit at Akron General Medical Center after suffering triple cerebral aneurysms that had left her unable to speak, a family friend has said.

Wise testified that he couldn’t stand to see his wife of 45 years in pain in the hospital.

“She opened her eyes and looked at me like she was in pain and a tear rolled down her cheek,” Wise told the jury this week. “I decided then what I was going to do.”

Hours later he returned to the hospital with a gun.

“My recollection is that I walked in there, and within two minutes, I kissed her on the cheek and shot her,” he said.

Mercy is not a defense to a murder charge in Ohio. However, defense attorney Paul Adamson said in closing arguments Friday that Wise acted out of love.

“He was not there out of hate. He fully believed he was doing the right thing, not the wrong thing,” Adamson told jurors.

Summit County Assistant Prosecutor Brian LoPrinzi said Wise’s attorney was asking jurors to decide the case on mercy.

“They are asking you to ignore the law and find him not guilty,” LoPrinzi said.

After the verdict, LoPrinzi said Wise declined an offer of a reduced charge of manslaughter, which would have carried a maximum 14-year sentence. Wise will have to serve a minimum of 23 years, LoPrinzi said. He’s scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 18.

Adamson said he still believed in the case. “But I respect the jury’s verdict,” he said.

Jurors deliberated for about three hours Friday.

Shortly before the verdict was read, Wise leaned across the table and shook the hands of the prosecutors, telling them he knew they had a job to do.

“No hard feelings, although I disagree with you 100 percent,” LoPrinzi said Wise told them.

He was immediately taken into custody following the verdict.

Those who know Wise say he was a loving husband devastated by his wife’s sudden disability. Some describe the shooting as a mercy killing.

Terry Henderson, who worked with Wise for years at a steel plant, said the couple had agreed they didn’t want to live out their years bedridden and disabled. He called Wise an exemplary husband without a hint of domestic violence.

Wise told police he intended to kill himself after shooting his wife, but the weapon jammed. He surrendered to hospital security and was restrained until police arrived and was later placed on house arrest.

Police say they found an apologetic note written by Wise in the hospital room.

Dr. Michael A. Passero Jr., who confronted Wise in the intensive care unit moments after the shooting, told The Associated Press that Wise had told him, “Please tell me she’s dead.”

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Obama admin says health website improving

Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner testifies Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing as the panel seeks reassurances about problems with the debut of the Affordable Care Act. Republicans on the committee emphasized their longstanding criticism of the law, citing examples of cancellations and increased costs while raising questions about cyber-security for healthcare.gov. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner testifies Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing as the panel seeks reassurances about problems with the debut of the Affordable Care Act. Republicans on the committee emphasized their longstanding criticism of the law, citing examples of cancellations and increased costs while raising questions about cyber-security for healthcare.gov. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing as the panel seeks reassurances about problems with the debut of the Affordable Care Act. Republicans on the committee emphasized their longstanding criticism of the law, citing examples of cancellations and increased costs while raising questions about cyber-security for healthcare.gov. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing as the panel seeks reassurances about problems with the debut of the Affordable Care Act. Republicans on the committee emphasized their longstanding criticism of the law, citing examples of cancellations and increased costs while raising questions about cyber-security for healthcare.gov. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee member Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., questions Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, as she testified before the committee’s hearing as the panel seeks reassurances about problems with the debut of the Affordable Care Act. At right is Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska. Republicans on the committee emphasized their longstanding criticism of the law, citing examples of cancellations and increased costs while raising questions about cyber-security for healthcare.gov. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration dodged questions Tuesday about whether it will support legislation to fulfill President Barack Obama’s oft-stated promise that anyone who likes their health care plan will be able to keep it under the nation’s new law.

Instead, the administration dispatched the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Marilyn Tavenner, to the Senate, where she told a panel that the government’s health care website has improved since its widely panned launch a month ago, and is still improving.

“Users can now successfully create an account and continue through the full application and enrollment process,” she said. “We are now able to process nearly 17,000 registrants per hour, or five per second, with almost no errors.”

With millions of Americans receiving cancellation notices in the mail, pointed questions about whether Obama lied to the public dominated an hour-plus-long briefing for reporters at the White House. Obama first made that pledge in 2009 as he was pitching his proposal to the public.

White House spokesman Jay Carney insisted Obama had been speaking broadly about the law’s intentions, but he acknowledged that because of the website failure, customers losing their current insurance were left with inadequate information about their new options to buy insurance under the law.

“That’s on us and I accept that,” Carney said.

To that effect, Obama’s chief of staff, Denis McDonough, met Tuesday with CEOs from some of the largest health insurers, asking for the companies’ help in explaining to Americans whose policies were canceled what options they may have available. The White House said McDonough also solicited input on whether the website fixes were working.

But Carney and other administration officials declined repeatedly to address legislation that lawmakers from both parties were pushing to let individuals retain their existing coverage if they want to. Still, Carney said that in general, allowing insurers to continue selling sub-standard plans would undermine the law’s fundamental purpose.

On Capitol Hill, Republicans on the Senate Health, Education Labor and Pensions Committee emphasized their longstanding criticism of the law, citing examples of cancellations and increased costs while raising questions about cyber-security for healthcare.gov.

During the hearing, Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., had a poster displayed behind his seat saying, ‘Tip of the iceberg’ that showed a pale blue iceberg floating in water. Above the waterline, the iceberg was labeled ‘website failures.’ Below were examples of reported health care law problems including canceled coverage, higher co-pay and deductibles, premium increases and fraud and identify theft.

Committee Democrats were less pointed, although Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland cited consumer confusion.

“I think it’s very confusing about where you go,” she said. “I can tell you, people really don’t know, they really, really don’t know.”

Tavenner, who last week apologized to the public for the poor quality of the website in its earliest days, invited the public to go online for to see how it was now functioning.

“We are seeing improvements each week, and by the end of November, the experience on the site will be smooth for the vast majority of users,” she said.

Tavenner said the site would be “fully functioning” by the end of the month.

She seemed reluctant to concede the widespread cancellations that some senators referred to.

“Some of the 5 percent of Americans who currently get insurance on the individual market have recently received notices from their insurance companies suggesting that their plans will no longer exist,” she said.

“These Americans do have a choice. They can choose a different plan being offered by their insurer or they can shop for coverage in the marketplace or outside the marketplace. As insurers have made clear, they are not dropping consumers; they’re improving their coverage options, often offering better-value plans with additional benefits.”

Despite her general assurances, several senators raised detailed questions about experiences their own constituents have had.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, an Alaska Republican, said as of Monday, only three people in her state had been able to enroll, and she said there were concerns that they had done so on the basis of incorrect information.

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., cited an example of a man whose personal financial information had been inadvertently disclosed.

Tavenner appeared at a time when Democrats remain uneasy about the implementation of a program they created over unanimous Republican opposition in 2010.

The website went down again in the middle of the day Monday for about 90 minutes. And the administration still refuses to divulge enrollment statistics until mid-November.

Tavenner began her career as a nurse and built a successful record as a hospital executive before entering public service. Seen as a businesslike manager, she has enjoyed support from lawmakers across the political spectrum.

HealthCare.gov was supposed to provide one-stop shopping for people who don’t have a health plan on the job. Its target audience is not only uninsured Americans but those who already purchase coverage individually. Middle-class people can sign up for private coverage made more affordable by tax credits that act like a discount on premiums. Lower-income people will be steered to an expanded version of Medicaid in states that agreed to expand that safety net program.

A new study released Tuesday estimates the potential size of the market nationally at 28.6 million people. The nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation says three out of five, or more than 17 million people, will be eligible for tax credits. That includes both uninsured people and those switching over from current individual plans. Texas, California and Florida have the highest numbers of residents eligible for the credits.

Earlier, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that 7 million uninsured people would gain coverage through the marketplaces, a statistic the Obama administration adopted as its own enrollment target.

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Associated Press writer Josh Lederman contributed to this report.

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Suspect tells police he acted alone in LAX shooting

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The gunman charged in the deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport lay bloodied and handcuffed on the floor of Terminal 3 after being gunned down by police, but he replied to critical questions that helped authorities lock down the scene.

Paul Ciancia, 23, was hauled away moments later on a stretcher and later heavily sedated for medical reasons, but not before he told investigators he had acted alone when he opened fire in the terminal, a law enforcement official who has been briefed on the investigation told The Associated Press on Sunday.

Ciancia, an unemployed motorcycle mechanic who recently moved to Los Angeles from the small, blue-collar town of Pennsville, N.J., also told police a friend had dropped him at LAX on Friday just moments before he shot a Transportation Security Administration officer at point-blank range and wounded three other people, including two more TSA workers.

Officials do not believe that the friend knew of the shooter’s plans. Ciancia arrived at the airport in a black Hyundai and was not a ticketed passenger.

Ciancia was under 24-hour armed guard at the hospital Sunday after being shot four times, the official said. He was sedated for medical reasons, the official said, adding that one gunshot to the mouth blew a molar out of his jaw.

Ciancia is facing charges of murder of a federal officer and committing violence at an international airport. The charges could qualify him for the death penalty.

It was not immediately clear when he would make a first court appearance given his medical condition.

In court documents and interviews, authorities spelled out a chilling chain of events, saying Ciancia walked into the airport, pulled a .223-caliber assault rifle from his duffel bag and fired repeatedly at 39-year-old TSA officer Gerardo I. Hernandez. He turned back to see Hernandez move and returned to finish him off, according to surveillance video reviewed by investigators.

He then fired on two other uniformed TSA employees and an airline passenger, who all were wounded, as he moved methodically through the security checkpoint before airport police shot him as panicked travelers hid in stores and restaurants.

It wasn’t clear why Ciancia targeted TSA officers, but what he left behind indicated he was willing to kill any of them that crossed his path, authorities revealed.

The shooter’s duffel bag contained a handwritten letter signed by Ciancia stating he’d “made the conscious decision to try to kill” multiple TSA employees and that he wanted to “instill fear in their traitorous minds,” FBI Agent in Charge David L. Bowdich said.

“Black, white, yellow, brown, I don’t discriminate,” the note read, according to a paraphrase by a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.

The screed also mentioned “fiat currency” and “NWO,” possible references to the New World Order, a conspiracy theory that foresees a totalitarian one-world government.

The letter also talked about “how easy it is to get a gun into the airport,” the law enforcement official said.

When searched, the suspect had five 30-round magazines, and his bag contained hundreds more rounds in boxes.

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday that Ciancia’s actions show how difficult it is to protect travelers at a massive airport such as LAX.

The terminals are open and easily accessible to thousands of people who arrive at large sliding glass doors via a broad ring road that fronts the facility and is designed to move people along quickly.

“It’s like a shopping mall outside the perimeter, it’s almost like an open shopping mall,” McCaul said.

The FBI has served a search warrant on a Sun Valley residence where Ciancia lived, Ari Dekofsky, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s Los Angeles field office, said Sunday. Agents are still interviewing people, she said.

Authorities believe the rifle used in the shooting was purchased in Los Angeles. Ciancia also had two additional handguns that he purchased in Los Angeles, but which weren’t at the crime scene, a law enforcement official said. The official, who has been briefed on the investigation, was not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity.

The purchases themselves appeared legal, although authorities were still tracing them, and it’s unclear if the shooter used his own identification or someone else’s, the official said.

“He didn’t buy them on the street. He didn’t buy them on the Internet,” the official said. “He bought them from a licensed gun dealer — the rifle and the two handguns.”

Hernandez, a three-year veteran of the TSA, moved to the U.S. from El Salvador at age 15, married his sweetheart, Ana, on Valentine’s Day in 1998 and had two children.

The other two TSA officers wounded in the attack have been released from the hospital.

Brian Ludmer, a Calabasas High School teacher, remained in fair condition at Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the leg. Two other people suffered injuries trying to evade the gunman, but weren’t shot.

The FBI was still looking into Ciancia’s past, but investigators said they had not found evidence of previous crimes or any run-ins with the TSA. They said he had never applied for a job with the agency.

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Associated Press writers Alicia Chang and Gillian Flaccus in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/gunman-told-police-acted-alone-lax-shooting-174959371.html
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Health Care Consumers Were Sold a Lemon

Unfortunately, except the 80% largely unaffected, these numbers are garbage.

 

According to Lizza, Gruber marks 14% of the population as clear winners because they are uninsured now but gain access to affordable coverage. That would be about 45 million people as of 2016, when the Affordable Care Act is in full swing.

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2013/11/01/health_care_consumers_were_sold_a_lemon_319083.html
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