Today's News - Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 28, 2013

The part of the Affordable Care Act that would allow small businesses to buy insurance online for their employees through the new federal marketplace is being delayed by a year.  The announcement Wednesday is the latest setback for the Obama administration in the problem-plagued rollout of it's new healthcare law.  Officials said the delay is necessary to focus on the basic functions of the healthcare website so that individuals could shop for insurance before offering online enrollment to small businesses. 

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The massive storm that was to create a mess for Thanksgiving holiday travelers didn't exactly do what was expected.  The storm did bring high winds, rain and some ice and snow yesterday, but many public safety and airline officials called the disruptions caused by the weather system "minimal."  High winds continue to be a concern, especially for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and the balloons that fly in it.  Forecasters say the high winds should last well into the day before cold and clear conditions take hold for Black Friday.

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An hours-long hostage situation in California is over.  Police in Inglewood say the suspect fired at officers then barricaded himself inside a home with hostages.  Authorities originally responded to a domestic dispute call yesterday afternoon.  When police arrived at the home the suspect allegedly pulled out a gun and a major shootout followed with one of the officers hit in the chest.  He eventually released the hostages and surrendered to police late Wednesday night.

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Students at a California university say school administrators have ignored racism claims for years.  Student leaders at San Jose State tell the "Mercury News" they uncovered a 2011 study on race relations that was presented to the previous school president.  The study found black students experienced racist behavior from professors, coaches and other students.  The chairman of the Black Unity Group says there had been no response to their campus racism claims until last week when four white students were suspended for allegedly abusing their black roommate.

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The New York City Council is considering banning e-cigarettes in public places.  The city already has some of the toughest laws against smoking in the country.  Now, the council wants to outlaw e-cigs in restaurants, bars, parks and beaches.  E-cigs contain nicotine and vapor that can be inhaled.  Supporters of a ban consider them a gateway to using regular cigarettes.  The council could vote on the measure by the end of the year.

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Convicted Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger has been moved from a jail in Massachusetts to a federal prison in New York City.  "The Boston Globe" reports that Bulger is now at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn.  The 84-year-old is serving two life sentences.  He was convicted in August of murder and racketeering charges.

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A new survey suggests Sony's PlayStation 4 is on more holiday shopping lists than Microsoft's Xbox One.  The Nielsen Video Game Tracking survey indicates 30 percent of active gamers definitely plan to buy the PS4, while 22 percent will get the Xbox One.  The survey also shows the video game most consumers want on both systems is "Call of Duty: Ghosts."

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SpaceX will make its second attempt to launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Thursday afternoon.  The 224-foot rocket is carrying a communications satellite into a geosynchronous orbit.  Monday's launch attempt was scrubbed because of several small mechanical problems.  Forecasters say there is an 80-percent chance of good weather at launch time.

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