MNsure releases enrollment numbers, still working on bugs Nearly 8,200 Minnesotans have completed the insurance application process after creating an account on MNsure. About one quarter of them had incomes low enough that they would qualify for federal subsidies to help pay for a commercial health plan. Nearly 3,800 people have enrolled in a plan.5:19 p.m.
Army vet offers Muslim women shelter in a storm Sisters Need A Place began informally 15 years ago as Muslim women gathered in homes around the Twin Cities to talk about life over tea and coffee. In 2004, organizers opened a permanent location for the service. Sakinah Ali Mujahid, the shelter's executive director, was honored recently by the Minnesota Humanities Commission for her achievements.5:52 p.m.
Finally, An End In Sight For The Government Shutdown
The government shutdown should end tonight and America should be able to pay its bills. Both the House and Senate will vote this evening on legislation to achieve those goals. For months, President Obama has said he would not negotiate with Republicans in Congress about Obamacare or the federal deficit until those goals were met. After weeks of stalemate and more than two weeks into a partial shut down of the federal government, the GOP met his demands.
Pew Poll: Support For Tea Party Drops To Lowest Ever
Audie Cornish talks with Michael Dimock, director of the Pew Research Center for People and the Press about the Pew poll that came out Wednesday on the Tea Party and their stance on the shut down, debt ceiling, and a Tuesday poll looking at the broader GOP on the same issues.
Tech Startups Face All The Usual Challenges And More In Gaza
Building an IT startup in the Gaza Strip isn't simple: electricity is sporadic, there's no mobile 3G and even if you can sell your app outside Gaza's tightly controlled borders, it's difficult to get paid. Nonetheless, half a dozen Gazan entrepreneurs recently pitched their ideas as part of a unique program that seeks to catapult the businesses into the global marketplace.
Banksy Project Sends Fans Online To Find Art In The Streets
The British artist Banksy is holding a month-long show on the streets of New York. Every day, the reclusive street artist posts a photo of his latest piece and fans locate the piece through social media. But they have to find the art fast — it's often destroyed within hours of being discovered.
Bonham Carter Takes On Taylor, And She Did Her Homework
The actress spoke with NPR's Robert Siegel about playing the icon in BBC America's Burton and Taylor. The movie follows the preposterously famous '60s and '70s couple as they reunited for a 1983 Broadway production of Private Lives.
Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Announces 2013 Nominees
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the 2013 class of nominees. Sixteen acts have made the cut, and the run the gamut from 90s grunge gods Nirvana and rapper LL Cool J to singer Linda Ronstadt and folk singer Cat Stevens — now known as Yusuf Islam.
To Reduce Patient Falls, Hospitals Try Alarms, More Nurses
Patients fall in just a small fraction of hospital visits. But safety experts say bad falls should be called "never events" and shouldn't ever happen inside hospitals. There's a difference of opinion over the best way to reduce hazardous falls.
More Angst For College Applicants: A Glitchy Common App
Applying to college is stressful at the best of times. But technical flaws in the online Common Application, used by hundreds of colleges, have sparked panic among some high school seniors. With deadlines approaching, some schools are making backup plans — like a return to mail or even faxed applications.
Boehner Signals He'll Cave To Stave Off Debt Default
With hours left before the U.S. Treasury could start defaulting on its obligation, House Speaker John Boehner finally appears to have relented to allow an end to the standoff using a mix of Democratic and Republican votes.