October 3, 2013 •
The Tech Talk
Israel against Iran’snuclear weapons
UNITED NATIONS (AP)— Israeli Prime MinisterBenjamin Netanyahu playedthe spoiler Tuesday to anyeasing o Iran’s relationswith the West, telling worldleaders his country will dowhatever it takes to preventTehran rom developing nu-clear weapons, even i it hasto stand alone.
Torture continuesin Libyan jails
UNITED NATIONS (AP)— Torture is widespread inLibyan jails run by militiasthat toppled MoammarGadha’s regime in 2011,according to a United Na-tions report released Tues-day.U.N. investigators, whohad periodic access to vari-ous detention centers, saidthere is evidence that 27people have been torturedto death in the prisons, 11o them this year, accordingto a report by the U.N. HighCommissioner or HumanRights and the U.N. SupportMission in Libya.
Number o elderlycauses concern
(AP) — The world isaging so ast that mostcountries are not preparedto support their swellingnumbers o elderly people,according to a global studybeing issued Tuesday by theUnited Nations and an elderrights group.
BRF takes overLSU hospitals
BATON ROUGE (AP) — A nonprot research ounda-tion has taken over manage-ment o the LSU hospitals inShreveport and Monroe.The Biomedical ResearchFoundation o NorthwestLouisiana, or BRF, began itsmanagement o the hospi-tals Tuesday, under a priva-tization deal pushed by Gov.Bobby Jindal.
Man arrested orcruely to grandma
ARNAUDVILLE (AP)—St. Landry sheri’s depu-ties say an Arnaudville mandrugged his 78-year-oldgrandmother so he andhis riends could make andsmoke crystal meth in theattic o the woman’s homewhile she slept.Deputies say 35-year-oldTodd Richard also is accusedo stealing more than $7,000his grandmother gave him topay her monthly bills.Detectives say she oundout about the thet ater Ar-naudville disconnected thewater rom the home sheshared with the suspect.It is unclear whetherRichard has an attorney.
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Hailing it as a “historicday,” President Barack Obama pressed orwardhis fagship health care pro-gram Tuesday, inauguratingnew insurance exchangesto expand access or thosewithout coverage despitethe shutdown taking holdacross much o the govern-ment.Obama said the oppor-tunity to access aordableinsurance is lie-changingor those who could not doso beore the launch o theexchanges, now open orenrollment or six monthsstarting Tuesday. As a signo how eager Americanswere to get started, Obamasaid more than 1 millionpeople had visited thewebsite beore 7 a.m. EST — exceeding expectationsand, in some cases, slow-ing down the computersystems.“This is lie-or-deathstu,” Obama said in theWhite House Rose Garden,fanked by Americans whoplan to enroll through theexchanges. He said tens o thousands o Americansdie each year or lack o health insurance, and oth-ers go bankrupt. “Today we begin to ree millions o ourellow Americans rom thatear.”Obama urged Ameri-cans to call in or go online,promoting an online systemthat he said will oer morechoices, more competi-tion and lower prices. Forthat to work, the Obamaadministration needs tenso millions o Americans — mostly younger, healthypeople — to sign up o oset the costs o patientswhose health care costsmore.Obama acknowledgedthere would be glitches inrolling out the program — there have been plenty al-ready — but said that’s nor-mal and that the problemswill be xed. The Obamaadministration hopes tosign up 7 million peopleduring the rst year.Obama’s appearancekicked o a major cam-paign by his administrationand its allies to enroll asmany Americans as possi- ble through the exchanges,a centerpiece o Obama’shealth care law.But any sense o estiv-ity surrounding the open-ing o the exchanges wasquickly eclipsed by the actthat throughout Washing-ton and across the coun-try, much o the ederalgovernment was shuttered.Congress, gridlocked overwhether to dismantle thelaw, missed the midnightdeadline to keep undingthe government.That meant that hun-dreds o thousands o ederal workers were senthome — including manyo Obama’s own aides.The White House cut itssta by three-quarters asthe rst partial shutdown inalmost two decades began.
Obama hails Affordable Care
President Obama addresses the nation concerning the Aordable Care Act Tuesday.
Pope Francis says hedoesn’t want a “Vatican-centric” church concernedabout itsel but a mission-ary church that reaches outto the poor, the young, theelderly and even to non- believers. That’s the visionhe laid out as he openeda landmark meeting Tues-day on reorming the2,000-year-old institution.Francis convened the in-augural meeting o his eightcardinal advisers or threedays o brainstorming onrevamping the antiquatedVatican bureaucracy andother reorms. The moveullls a key mandate o thecardinals who elected him:They wanted a pope whowould involve local churchleaders in helping make de-cisions about the 1.2-billionstrong church.The closed-door meet-ing got underway againstthe backdrop o one o themost tangible signs thatchange is already aoot:The secretive Vatican bank,under investigation or al-leged money-laundering by Italian prosecutors, re-leased its rst-ever annualreport Tuesday, the lateststep toward nancial trans-parency championed byFrancis and his predeces-sor Benedict XVI.Net earnings at the bank, known as the Insti-tute or Religious Works,rose more than our-old to86.6 million euros ($116.95million) in 2012, the reportsaid. More than 50 millioneuros o that was given tothe pope or his charitableworks.Francis has put the Vati-can bank on notice, orm-ing a commission o inqui-ry to look into its activitiesamid accusations by Italianprosecutors that its clientsmay have used its lax con-trols to launder money. The bank’s two top managershave already resigned anda Vatican monsignor has been arrested ater tryingto smuggle 20 million eurosinto Italy rom Switzerlandwithout declaring it at cus-toms.
Pope Francis ready to reform Church
Pope Francis began his parallel cabinet meeting on Tues-day or frst-round talks o reorming the Catholic church.
US governmentshutdown closesparks, monuments
Visitors arrived tond “CLOSED” signs atthe Statue o Liberty, theSmithsonian and otherparks and historic sitesacross the country. Call-ers looking or help romthe government reachedonly voicemail. And ed-eral employees were let towonder when they wouldreturn to work.The rst governmentshutdown in 17 years took hold Tuesday in ways largeand small.About 800,000 ed-eral employees were senthome — a number greaterthan the combined U.S.workorces o Target,General Motors, Exxonand Google.“Ater next week, i we’re not working, I’mgoing to have to nd a job,” said Robert Turner,a building mechanic at theSmithsonian’s AmericanHistory museum in the na-tion’s capital. Turner wascalled in or hal the day.The eects played outin a variety o ways, romscaled-back operations atederal prosecutors’ oc-es and the FBI to revokedpermits or dozens o weddings at historic sitesin Washington.Campers and hikersat the Grand Canyon, Yo-semite, Yellowstone andother national parks weregiven two days to pack up and leave, and newvisitors were being turnedaway. St. Louis’ landmark 630-oot-high GatewayArch was o-limits as well.