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October 21, 2013

NJN/am for Monday, October 21

It must be Monday again...

Weather: Almost frosty. In fact, some of the valleys in Blount County may have gotten a little frost this morning. But for the rest of us there will be fog throughout the area, dense in some spots, until about 8 a.m. Once the fog burs off we'll have sunny skies with highs in the middle 70s, and tonight will see clouds coming in with a low around 50. Cloudy on Tuesday, with a slight chance of rain and a high around 70.

Bring in lots of pizza and Red Bull. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the the Department of Health and Human Services is about to stage what it calls a “tech surge” – a roundabout way of saying that they are bringing in some help to fix, the linchpin of the Affordable Health Care Act (also known as ObamaCare) that is supposes to allow users to shop for health insurance through so-called exchanges. The website has been beset with problems ever since it launched on Oct.1, with very few people actually able to sign up for the newly-approved health insurance packages. Numerous reports have said that programmers looking at the underlying code for the site say that cos is poorly written, and bogging down under high traffic. An HHS blog post says that the department is “committed to doing better.”

Better call Jethro Gibbs. The San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting that two Navy officers – a commander and a high-ranking agent in the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) have been arrested on charges that they supplied classified information on movement of ships in the Pacific Fleet to a contractor, so that the contractor could win contracts to service the ships while in port. In addition, The Washington Post reports that a navy ship captain was relieved of command as part of the investigation.

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