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HealthCare.gov finally works. Now people just need to use it.
The error-plagued website, which was supposed to be the portal for Americans seeking to buy health insurance through the exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act, isfinally approaching basic functionality two months after it went online.
In a report released Sunday, the Department of Health and Human Services breathlessly announced that the website now functions more than 90 percent of the time, not including scheduled downtime for maintenance. That is twice the rate of the beginning of November, when the website was functional 42 percent of the time. Of course, for users logging on in an attempt to get health care for themselves and their family, HealthCare.gov still won’t work roughly 10 percent of the time. But it’s still an improvement.
The report and an accompanying blog post offer a blizzard of metrics, none of which has been independently verified, on how the website has improved since the fiasco of its launch. Those working to turn around HealthCare.gov, according to Julie Bataille of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, “identified the root cause problems that needed to be addressed to fix the site. These root causes included hundreds of software bugs, inadequate hardware and infrastructure, and a general lack of system monitoring and incident response capabilities. The assessment also identified weaknesses in how the project was being managed, with slow decision-making and diffuse or unclear accountability. With these root causes identified, the conclusion was that HealthCare.gov was fixable, if significant changes were made to the management approach and if we executed against the lengthy punch list of software and hardware fixes with relentless focus and discipline.”
'Tis the season to kick off holiday shopping, but if you're not careful, a Grinch could walk away with your recently purchased presents. The Clay County Sheriff's Office is reminding people to keep their holiday goodies out of the hands of thieves with their "Like it, Lock it" campaign.
There's no official word yet on what caused the horrific crash that killed Paul Walker and Roger Rodas, but sources close to Rodas' auto shop tell TMZ they believe a steering fluid leak is to blame.
Their evidence: There were no skid marks until right before the point of impact, and the skid marks were straight, indicating Rodas lost steering control just before the crash; and the fire spread quickly in the front of the vehicle—indicating a fluid leak, since typically the rear (where the engine is) would burn more quickly.
They also say they saw evidence of a fluid trail leading up to the skid marks. TMZ also reports that the Porsche was acting up and kept stalling as one of Rodas' employees tried to get it back into the shop—and that's why Rodas ended up behind the wheel. Walker jumped in asking for a ride, because he hadn't driven in the car yet.
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The Amelia Island Youth Soccer League took a kick in the wallet as investigators found the organization was embezzled out of $60,000.
Fernandina Beach Police arrested Ronee Malama who handled cash for the soccer league. She is currently being held in the Nassau County Jail with bail set at $75,002.
"Over 500 children affected as far as registration fees," said Captain Jim Norman.
He says hundreds of hours were spent pouring over more than 1,000 pages of bank and business statements.
Norman says Malama was investigated and arrested on another theft case earlier this year. The woman's employer found checks in her desk belong to the Amelia Island Youth Soccer League.
No one from the organization could be reached for comment on Monday.
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Get ready to load up those virtual shopping carts—Cyber Monday is here and the deals are huge. Electronics were hot on Black Friday and are expected to stay hot on Cyber Monday. If you need a new TV, now is the time to get it. And the deals don't just stop on Cyber Monday—many are now calling it Cyber Week. Some of the best deals: Free shipping on Apple orders, and 50% off a $1,000 TV from Walmart.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says four people are dead in this morning's train derailment in the Bronx. Cuomo, who toured the derailment site in the Spuyten Duyvil section, says the families of those lost have not been notified.
He asked everyone to keep the victims in their thoughts and prayers. At least 63 people were injured in the derailment and Cuomo says they believe everyone has been accounted for.
Those wanting to locate passengers are asked to call 3-1-1. The train operator survived and is being treated. The 5:54 am train out of Poughkeepsie jumped the tracks around 7:20 this morning, derailing seven cars. The accident is under investigation.